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UN Report Accuses Saudi Arabia, Iran of Violations in Yemen

A UN confidential report accused both Saudi Arabia and Iran of protracting the crisis in Yemen through their involvement in arming warring parties in the impoverished country. The report, issued by a UN panel, noted that Iran violated an arms embargo imposed on Yemen by failing to prevent the Houthi rebels in that war-ravaged nation […]

January 16th, 2018 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Gulf Crisis: UAE blames Qatar over interception of two commercial flights, Doha Denies

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Civil Aviation Authority Monday accused Qatar of intercepting with fighter jets two of its commercial flights in two incidents that it described as violation of the internal law conventions including threats to safety of civil aviation. The Qatari foreign ministry rejected the Emirati claims terming them as ‘completely false’. The […]

January 16th, 2018 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Palestinian Authority to Suspend Recognition of Israel

The Palestinian Liberation Organization’s central council has authorized its executive committee and President Mahmoud Abbas to cease recognition of Israel and stop security cooperation until Israel recognizes the Palestinian state, cancels East Jerusalem annexation and stops settlements. “[The Central Council] decided to assign the PLO Executive Committee with suspending recognition of Israel until Israel recognizes […]

January 16th, 2018 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Turkey Expresses Concern at Setting up of US-backed Kurdish Border Force

Turkey has expressed concern at the creation of an US-backed Kurdish border force in the area east of the Euphrates river controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces, a majority Kurdish area . The 30,000 men-strong force will be deployed at the borders of the area controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), made mostly of […]

January 15th, 2018 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Trump Maintains Obama-era Nuclear Deal with Iran

US President Donald Trump has approved the 2015 nuclear deal by waiving a set of sanctions against Iran, but warned European allies and Congress it will be the last such waiver he signs if they fail to agree to radical changes to the agree-ment. He gave European allies four months to agree to a stricter […]

January 13th, 2018 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines,World News | Read More »

Lebanese Sunni PM Voices Support for Hezbollah Despite Saudi Pressure

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri made a U-turn on his party’s alliance with Saudi Arabia by showing support for Iran-backed Hezbollah. After announcing a shock resignation last November from Riyadh, blaming Iran for interfering Lebanese domestic affairs, Hariri defied the Saudis by withdrawing his decision to step down in December while voicing support for government […]

January 13th, 2018 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines,World News | Read More »

UAE Expects Oil Price to Regain Balance in 2018

As oil prices rise to hit a four-year high of $70 a barrel, the UAE’s Energy minister Suhail al-Mazrouei expects the markets to stabilize after a dip that lasted since the end of the expensive oil era in 2014. He told CNBC that 2018 will be the year when a balance will be stricken between […]

January 12th, 2018 | Posted in Uncategorized | Read More »

Egypt: Mubarak-era army commander to run for March elections

General Sami Anan, Chief of the army under Hosni Mubarak, announced he would bid for the top position in March Presidential elections. The announcement came just days after military comrade Ahmad Shafiq abandoned his presidential plans. Anan is proposed by his party, Arabism Egypt Party, which said Thursday that the ex-commander has nodded to the […]

January 12th, 2018 | Posted in Uncategorized | Read More »

Kuwait to Host Donor Conference on Iraq’s Reconstruction

Kuwait said it will host a conference to raise funds for the reconstruction of war-torn Iraq, on February. Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Khaled al-Jarallah made the announcement at a joint news conference in Kuwait City with the secretary general of the Iraqi cabinet, Mahdi al-Allaq. Iraq needs at least $100 billion in assistance to rebuild […]

January 12th, 2018 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines,World News | Read More »

UN Rebukes UAE over Human Rights Record

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has condemned the UAE over its deplorable human rights record citing vague “anti-terror” crimes that attract the death penalty, the tightening of censorship and the detention of human rights activists. The OHCHR has said in a report that “the UAE’s 2014 counter-terrorism law […]

January 12th, 2018 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »