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U.S. Extends Lebanon extra $140 M to Address Syrian Refugees’ Needs

The United States announced Tuesday it is providing more than $140 million in additional humanitarian assistance to Lebanon to help the Middle Eastern country address the urgent needs of refugees from Syria and those of Lebanese host communities. This announcement was made by the State Department during the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s visit to […]

July 26th, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Gulf Crisis: UAE requests change in attitude from Qatar

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), one of the regional countries having boycotted Qatar over its alleged support for terrorism, Saturday welcomed the Qatari ruler’s proposal for dialogue to end the unprecedented Gulf crisis, but demanded that Doha changes its attitude. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani proposed Friday, in his first speech since the crisis broke […]

July 24th, 2017 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Iraq: After referendum, Kurds to hold presidential, parliamentary elections

President Masoud Barzani of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has revealed that the independence referendum scheduled for September 25 will be followed by presidential and parliamentary elections in November. The announcement is expected to increase the displeasure of Baghdad and other regional countries such as Turkey and Iran over the plan of the semi-autonomous region […]

July 21st, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Iran-USA: Tehran vows to hit back over new US sanctions

Iranian authorities Tuesday rejected US fresh sanctions against 18 individuals and entities over their involvement in the country’s ballistic missile program and pledged to slap on Americans their own sanctions. Eighteen people and entities were targeted by the new US sanctions against Iran over its missile program despite Washington’s acknowledgement for Iran’s compliance with requirements […]

July 19th, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

KSA: Mohammed bin Nayef was booted out in a palace coup

Reports culled from the New York Times have claimed that the former crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Nayef, was summoned to King Salman’s palace in Mecca in June, at night, around the end of the Holy month of Ramadan, and pressured to step down. After an intense pull-and-push, Nayef was finally replaced by […]

July 19th, 2017 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Gulf Crisis: Qatar-born British boxer praises Emir Tamim after title win

British boxer Abdul Barry Awad aka “Kid Galahad” praised the Qatari ruler and the entire Qatar nation, now isolated by neighbors for alleged funding of terrorism, after his victory over Mexican Jose Cayetano for the IBF Inter-Continental featherweight title over the weekend. Awad beat his rival in the 10th round of the bout though he […]

July 18th, 2017 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Independence of Iraqi Kurdistan “not the right choice”, Iranian FM

Teheran has raised concerns at the plans to hold a cessation referendum by the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) during a meeting at the Council of Foreign Relations in New York. Foreign Minister Zarif believes that the plan announced in June by KRG’s president, Masoud Barzani, “is not the right choice” for the Kurdish region […]

July 18th, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Gulf Crisis: Egypt ends visa-free entry for Qataris

The Egyptian foreign ministry Monday announced it would impose entry visas as of July 20 on Qatari nationals wishing to visit Egypt as anti-Qatar countries tighten grip around the tiny gas-rich country. “It does not make sense to keep making exceptions for Qatar and giving it privileges in light of its current positions,” said Ahmed […]

July 18th, 2017 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Iraq: Baghdadi 99% alive

A top Kurdish counter-terrorism and intelligence officer in Iraq has denied claims that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, caliph of the Islamic State, is dead. Russia stated last month that it killed the ISIS leader in May during an air raid on the outskirts of Raqqa. Weeks later, Iran confirmed his killing. Lahut Talabany rejected such claims […]

July 17th, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Gulf Crisis: UAE allegedly masterminded hacking of Qatari news agency’s website, source of diplomatic spat

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) was reportedly behind the incendiary statements attributed to Qatar’s ruler, which ignited the diplomatic row between tiny gas-rich gulf country and its neighbors, Washington Post reports citing unidentified US intelligence officials. Qatar came in the eyes of the storm last June after its neigbors namely Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain […]

July 17th, 2017 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

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