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.

U.N. says monitor on Palestinian territories quits over lack of access

The United Nations expert on the human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territories resigned Monday, complaining that Israel had never granted him access to the areas he is meant to monitor. “The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation

Somalia housing boom as Mogadishu emerges from ashes of war

Somalia’s elegant colonial villas were left in ruins by two decades of street fighting among warlords, and the seaside capital Mogadishu was dubbed the most dangerous city in the world. But now new housing estates are being built amid an

U.N. envoy urges Libya rivals to end bloodshed

The U.N.’s envoy for Libya held talks in Tripoli Friday, seeking to encourage the administration there to commit to a national unity government that would end years of bloodshed. Martin Kobler, on a desperate diplomatic push to get Libya’s two

U.N. says 980 killed in Iraq violence in December

Violence has claimed the lives of 980 Iraqis in December, up from 888 the previous month, the United Nations said on Friday. The U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq, known as UNAMI, said in a statement that 506 of those killed

U.N. Libya envoy push for national unity govt

The U.N. envoy for Libya arrived Thursday in the east of the restive country in a bid to persuade the internationally recognized administration to join a national unity government, state media reported. Martin Kolber visited Shahat, a town close to

Evacuation of three Syrian towns begins

The evacuation of more than 450 fighters and civilians including wounded started Monday from three Syrian towns under a rare deal between the regime and rebels, a monitor said. In September, both sides reached an agreement for a six-month truce

Hollywood celebrities speak out on migrant crisis

As Europe grapples with its biggest migrant crisis in recent history, Hollywood celebrities are rallying to raise awareness about the issue and lashing out at calls to turn away refugees. Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon this month became the latest star

Which U.S. presidential candidate is Iran’s favorite?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

By : Dr. Majid Rafizadeh Although Tehran would prefer a totally different political establishment in the United States, it prefers one American presidential candidate to the others: Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders. It bases its preference on candidates’ view of the

Libyan deal on course, but who is on board?

Abdallah Schleifer

By : Abdallah Schleifer Last week, representatives of the internationally-recognized Libyan government in Tobruk, and the General National Congress (GNC) – the Islamist-dominated rival authority in Tripoli – signed a U.N.-brokered agreement to form a unity government, which was quickly

Assad’s presence obstructing a solution in Syria

Nayla Tueni

By : Nayla Tueni Those in power often reach a state where they think they are more important than authority itself, and thus link the fate of the country and its people to their own. This is what Arab leaders

UN surprised at Saudi lack of interest in volunteering

A UN official expressed surprise over the absence of Saudi youths in volunteer programs of the United Nations at a time when more than 8 percent of Arab youths participate in volunteer work with the UN. Ibrahim Hasan, the UN

U.N.’s Ban appoints new head of Mali mission

Ban Ki-moon

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday named a new special representative in Mali where the peacekeeping mission has struggled to help implement a peace deal amid a surge in violence by militants. Ban named Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the former foreign

Syria ready to take part in Geneva peace talks

Syria is ready to take part in peace talks in Geneva and hopes that the dialogue will help the country form a national unity government, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Thursday. The U.N. Security Council last Friday unanimously

Libya ‘will hold off’ call for strikes against ISIS

Libya’s U.N. ambassador said Wednesday his country will hold off asking nations like the United States and Britain to intervene with airstrikes against the growing presence of the ISIS group in the oil-rich North African nation as a new national

24 Libyan municipalities sign up to unity deal

The leaders of 24 Libyan municipalities on Monday signed the U.N.-sponsored agreement on the formation of a national unity government, in a move welcomed by U.N. envoy Martin Kobler. “I’m very happy there are 24 signatures of the Libyan political

Arab League backs U.N. plan to end Syria war

The Arab League welcomed Sunday a U.N.-backed roadmap to end the Syrian war and vowed to support international efforts to implement a ceasefire. The resolution, approved unanimously by the U.N. Security Council on Friday, foresees talks between the rebels and

Yemen peace talks end without agreement, to resume Jan. 14

Yemeni peace talks in Switzerland ended on Sunday without an agreement to end nine months of civil war and foreign intervention but rival factions will resume negotiation on Jan. 14, a government delegation source told Reuters. “The first round of

France demands assurances Assad will leave power

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Friday demanded that talks on Syria’s future yield assurances that President Bashar al-Assad will leave power. “There must be safeguards regarding the exit of Bashar al-Assad,” Fabius told the U.N. Security Council after the

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