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 »



Afghan Taliban calls for direct talks with the US

:: The Taliban has called for direct talks with the US to find a “peaceful solution” to the conflict in Afghanistan, in an apparent policy reversal after months of escalating attacks. Civilian casualties surged in recent months as militants from

Shifting alliances as Pakistan manages relationship with US

:: As Pakistan navigates its troubled relationship with the United States and scrambles to avoid being blacklisted for doing too little, too late to stop terror funding, regional alliances are shifting and analysts ponder whether a cozier relationship with countries

North Korea cancels planned meeting with Pence

:: United States Vice-President Mike Pence was scheduled to meet with the North Korean delegation during his visit to Pyeongchang for attending the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics earlier this month, but North Korea cancelled the meeting at the

Trump visits Florida hospital to pay respects after shooting

:: US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited a Florida hospital Friday to offer their respects to the victims of a mass shooting that claimed 17 lives at a nearby high school. The first couple visited Broward

US still unsure who directed Syria attack, despite Russian deaths

:: The United States is still unsure who directed a Feb. 7 attack on U.S. and U.S.-backed forces in Syria, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday, even as he acknowledged accounts that Russian civilian contractors were involved. Reuters has

US Senate rejects immigration bills, leaves Dreamers in limbo

:: The US Senate rejected a series of bills to protect “Dreamer” immigrants on Thursday, leaving in limbo the future of 1.8 million young adults brought to the United States illegally as children. The Senate failed to get the 60

US urges world to ‘speak with one voice’ on Syria chemical attacks

:: The US on Monday urged that the international community to demand that Syria not use chemical weapons any longer, following the sixth reported incident of chlorine gas use in the past 30 days. “The United States is gravely alarmed

US-led coalition says ‘adjusting’ down forces in Iraq

:: The US-led coalition said on Monday it is “adjusting” its force levels in Iraq downward as it shifts away from combat operations against ISIS. In a statement, it gave no specifics but made clear that the focus now will

No. 3 US diplomat quits in latest departure under Trump

:: The US State Department’s third-ranking official, Tom Shannon, said on Thursday he was stepping down, the latest senior career diplomat to exit since President Donald Trump took office a year ago. Shannon, who serves as undersecretary of state for

Fidel Castro’s eldest son ‘Fidelito’ commits suicide

:: The eldest son of late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, committed suicide on Thursday aged 68 after being treated for months for depression, Cuban state-run media reported. Castro Diaz-Balart, also known as “Fidelito”, or Little Fidel,

Nikki Haley: UN list of firms linked to Israeli settlements a ‘waste of time’

:: US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Wednesday slammed a UN report on 206 companies with ties to Israeli settlements as “a waste of time and resources” that showed an “anti-Israeli obsession.” The office of the UN high commissioner for human

Iran grants US citizen Baquer Namazi four-day release from prison

:: Iranian authorities granted a four-day leave on humanitarian grounds Sunday to Baquer Namazi, the oldest of a group of American citizens known to be held in the Islamic Republic. His lawyer Jared Genser said that Namazi, an 81-year-old former

At US request, UN Security Council to meet today on Iran protests

:: The UN Security Council is planning an emergency meeting about Iran on Friday, after the US asked the world body to show support for Iran’s anti-government protesters. With council members divided in their views of the demonstrations that have

US demands Iran end social media blocks as protests continue

:: The United States on Tuesday urged Iran to stop blocking online social media and advised its citizens to set up virtual private networks, or VPNs, to circumvent censorship. Steve Goldstein, the State Department’s under-secretary for public diplomacy, denounced Iran’s

Trump eyes potential talks between North Korea, South Korea

:: US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that possible talks between North Korea and South Korea held mixed potential, while sanctions were beginning to take a toll on Pyongyang amid tensions over its nuclear and missile programs. “Sanctions and

Pence says on Iran protests: ‘US will not repeat shameful past mistake’

:: United States Vice President Mike Pence tweeted his support for Iranian protesters saying that his country would not “repeat past mistakes”. “As long as @RealDonaldTrump is POTUS and I am VP, the United States of America will not repeat

Palestinians recall envoy to US for consultations after Jerusalem move

:: The Palestinians said Sunday they were recalling their envoy to the United States for consultations in a move that follows US President Donald Trump’s designation of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Palestinian foreign minister Riad al-Malki decided to recall PLO

Trump tweets: World understands Iran leaders fear their own people the most

:: United States President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday his support for an ongoing popular uprising across Iran and shared a video of his United Nations speech earlier this year to make his point. “The entire world understands that the

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