Saudi Crown Prince, US Secretary of Defense discuss troop deployment

Saudi Crown Prince, US Secretary of Defense discuss troop deployment

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a phone call on Wednesday from the US Secretary of Defense during which they discussed ongoing arrangements to send US troops of a More »

Saudi Energy Minister confirms restoration of Kingdom’s gas production capacity

Saudi Energy Minister confirms restoration of Kingdom’s gas production capacity

:: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy confirmed on Wednesday the restoration of production capacity, affirming the Kingdom’s position as a reliable energy supplier in the global market. The energy minister, Prince Abdulaziz More »

Egypt calls Erdogan statements ‘ironic,’ accuses Turkey of sponsoring terrorism

Egypt calls Erdogan statements ‘ironic,’ accuses Turkey of sponsoring terrorism

:: Egypt’s foreign ministry spokesman, Ahmed Hafez, slammed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statements at the UN General Assembly this week where he urged the UN to “handle the suspicious death of More »

Saudi Crown Prince: Attacks are test of int’l resolve against destructive acts

Saudi Crown Prince: Attacks are test of int’l resolve against destructive acts

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Wednesday that the attacks on Saudi Aramco oil facilities are a test of international resolve in the face of destructive acts that More »

Saudi Crown Prince says attacks on oil facilities are a ‘dangerous escalation’

Saudi Crown Prince says attacks on oil facilities are a ‘dangerous escalation’

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said the recent attacks on Saudi Aramco facilities represented a “dangerous escalation not only toward the Kingdom but also the entire world.” The Crown More »


Tag Archives: U.N.

Zika virus will be ‘way down’ before Rio hosts Olympics: U.N.

The head of the World Health Organization’s Zika response team is predicting that Brazil will host a “fantastic Olympics” and that the mosquito-borne virus will be “way down” by the time the Summer Games begin in Rio de Janeiro on

Egypt’s elite bid farewell to ex-U.N. chief Boutros Ghali

Egypt’s political and religious elite turned out Thursday for the funeral of former U.N. secretary-general Boutros Ghali, who steered the world body through several global conflicts during one of its toughest periods. The Egyptian diplomat, who became the first African

Boutros-Ghali, first UN chief from Africa, dies

Boutros Boutros-Ghali, a veteran Egyptian diplomat who helped negotiate his country’s landmark peace deal with Israel but then clashed with the United States when he served a single term as U.N. secretary-general, has died. He was 93. Boutros-Ghali, the scion

Assad says proposed Syria ceasefire ‘difficult’

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad poured cold water Monday on an internationally backed plan for a ceasefire to begin later this week, saying it would be “difficult” to implement. His comments were the first from the embattled leader on the plan

U.N. peace envoy to meet Syrian foreign minister: Govt official

U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura will hold talks with Syria’s foreign minister on Tuesday during a surprise visit to Damascus, a Syrian government official told Reuters. The official said the talks were a follow-up to the Munich meeting in

Israel pessimistic on Syria ceasefire, eyes sectarian partition

Israel voiced doubt on Sunday that an international ceasefire plan for Syria would work, with one senior official suggesting a sectarian partition of the country might be preferable. While formally neutral on the five-year civil war wracking its neighbor, Israel

Outgoing French FM raps U.S. role on Syria

Outgoing French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Wednesday criticized the U.S. role in Syria, saying he did not see “a very strong commitment” from Washington. “There are ambiguities… You don’t get the feeling that there is a very strong commitment,”

More than one million Syrians living under siege: NGOs

More than one million Syrians are living under siege after nearly five years of war, a new NGO report said Tuesday, warning the crisis was “far worse” than U.N. officials have acknowledged. “New data gathered by Siege Watch shows that

Syria air strike hits MSF-supported hospital, 3 dead: statement

An air strike hit a hospital in southern Syria that is supported by Doctors Without Borders (MSF), killing three people and wounding six, the medical charity said on Tuesday. “The strike on Tafas field hospital, some 12 kilometres (seven miles)

France to probe new child rape allegations in C. Africa

French investigators will probe new allegations by young children of sexual abuse by French soldiers in the Central African Republic, a judicial source said Monday. The allegations were made to U.N. investigators last month by a sister and brother, now

U.N.: Mass deaths in Syrian jails amount to crime of “extermination”

Detainees held by the Syrian government are dying on a massive scale amounting to a state policy of “extermination” of the civilian population, a crime against humanity, United Nations investigators said on Monday. The U.N. commission of inquiry called on

‘Spare no effort’ to resolve Syrian crisis, says Pope

Pope Francis on Sunday urged the world community to make every effort to revive the Syrian peace talks and appealed for unstinting generosity for civilians fleeing the conflict. “I appeal to the international community to spare no effort to urgently

U.N. to hold talks on N. Korea rocket launch

The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Sunday to discuss the North Korean rocket launch as requested by United States, Japan and South Korea, the U.N. press office said. The closed-door consultations of the 15-nation council

ICRC official says aid convoy on way to besieged Syrian town

An aid convoy carrying food and medicine is on its way to a besieged town southwest of the Syrian capital, the second humanitarian aid delivery to rebel-held areas near Damascus in as many days, a spokesman for the International Committee

Jordan needs international help over refugee crisis: King Abdullah

Jordan’s King Abdullah says his country needs long-term aid from the international community to cope with a huge influx of Syrian refugees, warning that unless it received support the “dam is going to burst”. In an interview with the BBC

Agency: North Korea plans satellite launch this month

Weeks after its fourth nuclear test, North Korea announced plans Tuesday to launch an Earth observation satellite on a rocket later this month, in what critics see as a covert test of banned technology for a ballistic missile that could

U.N. rights boss: War crimes should not be part of any Syria amnesty

Starvation of Syrian civilians is a potential war crime and crime against humanity that should be prosecuted and not covered by any amnesty linked to ending the conflict, the top United Nations human rights official said on Monday. Zeid Ra’ad

New Libya govt must have Tripoli HQ: U.N. envoy

Martin Kobler

U.N. envoy Martin Kobler on Monday urged the speedy formation of a Libyan national unity government and said it should be installed in the capital Tripoli, Algerian state media reported. Kobler said the turmoil that has wracked Libya since the

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