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.S.

Middle East reality: An inconvenient truth for Obama

Joyce Karam

By : Joyce Karam Characterizing events from Yemen to Syria to Libya as a “transformation that will play out for a generation, rooted in conflicts that date back millennia” is not only a reality distortion by U.S. President Barack Obama,

Iran says reactor core removed in key step for deal

Iran has removed the core of its Arak heavy water reactor and filled part of it with cement, a crucial step under a soon to be implemented nuclear agreement with world powers. A spokesman for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation told

EU extends Iran sanctions freeze by extra two weeks

The EU on Thursday extended a freeze on sanctions against Iran for another two weeks, clearing the way for their complete end once the U.N. certifies Tehran is complying with the terms of a historic nuclear deal. The International Atomic

10 Yemeni ex-Guantanamo inmates arrive in Oman

Ten Yemeni former inmates at the U.S. detention centre in Guantanamo Bay arrived in Oman Thursday for a “temporary stay” as Washington moves to close the notorious prison, Muscat’s foreign ministry said. Oman has received the men “in response to

Malaysia on alert after Jakarta attacks

The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta said on Thursday it will stay closed on Friday as a precaution after an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) attack by suicide bombers and gunmen in the heart of the Indonesian capital. The

World powers to push for lifting sieges in Syria

World powers will push for “immediate action” to deliver aid to besieged areas in Syria ahead of peace talks later this month, the U.N. envoy said Wednesday. U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura announced the new diplomatic effort in a statement

U.N. envoy on Syria to meet major powers on Wednesday

The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria will meet ambassadors from major powers in Geneva on Wednesday, ahead of planned peace talks set for Jan. 25. Staffan de Mistura was already expected to meet senior U.S. and Russian envoys in

Aides say Obama, Jordanian king to meet soon

President Barack Obama and Jordan’s King Abdullah plan to meet in the next few months, an official said Tuesday, amid questions about why they did not hold talks in Washington this week. “A meeting with the president will be arranged

Iran official denies report of nuclear reactor being sealed

Iran’s deputy nuclear chief on Tuesday denied a report that the core of the country’s nearly finished heavy water reactor has been dismantled and filled it with concrete as part of Tehran’s obligations under the nuclear deal with the West.

Putin: too early to speak about sheltering Assad in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that it would be too early to speak about granting political asylum to Syrian President Bashar Assad, a Putin ally and arguably the main obstacle in the Syrian peace process. Russia began carrying

U.S. man charged with supporting African terror group

A Maryland man has been indicted on federal charges he provided material support to an al-Qaeda offshoot that has claimed responsibility for a series of deadly attacks in East Africa. Authorities on Monday said 31-year-old Maalik Alim Jones traveled to

Dutch to push intelligence sharing after missed signals in Paris

The Netherlands will push for greater sharing of intelligence data, including lists of suspected foreign fighters, at a gathering of global counter-terrorism officials on Monday. The Dutch, who hold the rotating European Union presidency, circulated a draft outlining the objective

U.S. concerned over Israeli bill on foreign-backed NGOs

Ayelet Shaked

The U.S. ambassador to Israel expressed concern Monday over a draft bill that would toughen rules on foreign-backed NGOs, which rights groups say is aimed at stifling government criticism. If the bill is passed it will require Israeli NGOs which

Syrian rebel group casts new doubt on peace process, wants missiles

A big Syrian rebel group said it was unacceptable to talk about a political solution to the war as people die of hunger and bombardment and the best way to force Damascus towards a settlement was to give insurgents anti-aircraft

Pakistan to host four-nation meeting on ending Afghan war

Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States will hold talks in Islamabad on Monday aimed at reviving the Afghan peace process. Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmad Shekib Mostaghni said Saturday that the representatives will discuss a “roadmap for peace talks.”

Merkel’s party calls for tighter laws after Cologne assaults

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party is calling for stricter laws regulating asylum seekers after a string of New Year’s Eve sexual assaults and robberies in Cologne blamed largely on foreigners. The reports of the attacks on women by groups of men

German police spray anti-migrant protesters

Migrants who commit crimes should lose their right to asylum, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday, toughening her tone as police in Cologne confronted right-wing protesters venting their anger at mass assaults on women on New Year’s Eve. Police

Australian prime minister to discuss security during U.S. trip

Australia’s prime minister said on Saturday he will discuss with President Barack Obama regional security and combatting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) movement when he visits Washington this month. Malcolm Turnbull will make his first visit to

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