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Military operation in northeast Syria could see unintentional release of ISIL affiliates: UN chief

UN Secretary General António Guterres called for an immediate de-escalation of the fighting in northeast Syria, which has generated many civilian casualties and displaced up to 160,000 people in less than a week. “He also notes with serious concern that the current military operations could lead to the unintended release of individuals associated with ISIL, […]

October 15th, 2019 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines,World News | Read More »

Egypt: World Bank forecasts economy to grow by 5.8%

The World Bank forecasts Egypt’s economy would grow by 5.8% this fiscal year. The projection is lower than the government’s target of 6-7%. In a country note released last weekend, the World Bank inched up its growth estimate for Egypt’s gross domestic product (GDP) in the last fiscal year to 5.6% from 5.5%, matching the […]

October 15th, 2019 | Posted in Finance,Headlines,World News | Read More »

Tunisia: Runoff poll results project Kaïs Saïed next President

Exit polls published Sunday evening by a number of polling firms showed a landslide victory for independent constitutional law professor Kaïs Saïed in Tunisia’s presidential runoff over his contender businessman Nabil Karoui with 76.90% of the vote. Saïed commenting the poll results at the end of voting process pledged to carry the message of all […]

October 14th, 2019 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Banks should help youth and SMEs access loans- Moroccan King says

King Mohammed VI stressed the social role that Banks and financial institutions have to play in supporting Morocco’s development efforts through notably facilitating access of young graduates and SMEs to funding. The King insisted, in a speech at the opening of the Parliament’s fall session, that banks and financial institutions should be at the heart […]

October 11th, 2019 | Posted in Finance,Headlines,World News | Read More »

Yemen: UAE reportedly withdrawing hundreds of troops from Aden

More Emirati troops have been pulled out of Yemen’s southern port city of Aden, officials and witnesses claimed on Tuesday, as reports emerged claiming that warring parties were close to reaching a power-sharing agreement, The New Arab and The Middle East Monitor reported. The UAE has deployed hundreds of troops to Yemen since 2015, fighting […]

October 10th, 2019 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines,World News | Read More »

Turkey-Syria: Civilians ‘must not be a target’, UN Agencies

The scale-up in military operations in north-east Syria has forced tens of thousands of civilians to seek safety, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Thursday, one day after Turkey launched airstrikes and a ground offensive across the border. UNHCR is calling on all sides to respect international human rights law, which includes providing access […]

October 10th, 2019 | Posted in Uncategorized | Read More »

Morocco’s King Receives New Government Team

King Mohammed VI received on Wednesday at the Royal Palace in Rabat the new government team formed of 24 members (including 4 women) instead of the ex- 38 cabinet line-up. The reshuffle takes place following the latest State of the Nation Address (July 29, 2019) where the Monarch had criticized some senior officials of the […]

October 9th, 2019 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Constitutional Committee breakthrough offers ‘sign of hope’ for long-suffering Syrians

There is a “sign of hope for the long-suffering Syrian people” as a Syrian-led, Syrian-owned, credible and inclusive Constitutional Committee is set to start deliberations next month, the United Nations Special Envoy for the country told the Security Council on Monday. As the “first concrete political agreement” between the Government and opposition groups, it “implies […]

September 30th, 2019 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Independent human rights experts urge Saudi Arabia to free Loujain Al-Hathloul

A group of UN human rights experts on Friday urged Saudi Arabia to release Loujain Al-Hathloul whose arrest 500 days ago, marked the beginning of a crackdown against women human rights defenders across the country. In a statement, the group of 15 independent experts – Special Rapporteurs and members of the UN Working Group on […]

September 30th, 2019 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines,World News | Read More »

UN Chief, US President call for protection of religious freedom

As global leaders gathered at UN Headquarters on Monday to present their plans to combat climate change, United States President Donald Trump and UN chief António Guterres put the spotlight on the need to safeguard religious freedom worldwide. Mr. Trump explained that freedom of religion is enshrined in the US Constitution and protected under the […]

September 24th, 2019 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »