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Turkey: Erdogan’s jailed challenger addresses supporters ahead of presidential election

Selahattin Demirtas of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in a video clip recorded from prison and aired on TRT addressed supporters for the first time since his arrest for terror-related charges.  Demirtas has been in jail pending trial since November 2016 on security charges. He could face a sentence of up to 142 years if […]

June 18th, 2018 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

KSA-World Cup: Players punished in wake of debacle against Russia

The kingdom’s sports and football authorities have blamed players for the country’s large defeat 5-0 against Russia in the World Cup match opener Thursday. Russia, which was ranking 70th nation on world football governing body (FIFA)’s table crushed 5-0 the Saudi team ranked 67th.   Saudi Arabia is bottom of group A.   Head of […]

June 18th, 2018 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

UAE: ADFD Backs Ethiopian economy with $3-billion aid package

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) has announced its support for Ethiopian government as it signed with the national bank of the African country an agreement for the allocation of a $3 billion aid to support economic policies and facilitate investment for Emirati companies in Ethiopia.  The announcement came following the signing on Friday of […]

June 18th, 2018 | Posted in Finance,Headlines | Read More »

Gulf Crisis: BeIN to face Saudi lawsuit for politicizing World Cup

Saudi Arabia is considering taking legal action against al Jazeera-owned BeIN media group after it claimed that Arabic version of the media’s Sport channel politicized the ongoing FIFA world cup in Russia, following Saudi Arabia’s large defeat against the host country.  “Necessary legal action will be taken in relation to BeIN wrongdoings against KSA, its […]

June 18th, 2018 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Iran: France’s Renault to keep running business despite US sanctions

French car maker Renault has announced it will keep its operations in Iran unlike many multinationals despite new US economic sanctions following the US exit from the 2015 nuclear deal. The Company’s CEO Carlos Ghosn at the annual shareholders’ meeting in Paris Friday said staying in Iran could cost the company but will be advantageous […]

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

2026 World Cup: Moroccans shocked by Saudi Arabia’s unfriendly attitude

Morocco has lost the challenge to organize the 2026 world cup as “United-2026”, the joint bid by the USA, Canada and Mexico, won the final vote at the 68th FIFA Congress by 134 votes. Morocco was supported only by 65 Federations. The Morocco 2026 Organizing Committee, led by billionaire Moulay Hafid Elalamy and the president […]

June 14th, 2018 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines,World News | Read More »

Turkey: Lifting of state of emergency tied to Erdogan’s win of presidential polls

Turkey’s autocratic ruler Recep Tayyip Erdogan has pledged to lift years-old state of emergency if re-elected on June 24.  Erdogan in an interview Wednesday on 24 TV said his first decision if re-elected on June 24 will be to lift the state of emergency in place since July 2016 following a failed coup that attempted […]

June 14th, 2018 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Palestine: UN GA vote slams Israel’s crushing of Palestinians

The UN General Assembly condemned Israel’s use of excessive force against Palestinians who have lost over 120 people in recent clashes with Israeli forces near the border of Gaza.   A draft resolution proposed by Algeria, Turkey and Palestinians garnered the support 120 countries. The resolution irked Israel and its ally the United States because […]

June 14th, 2018 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Gulf Crisis: HRW urges Saudi Arabia to disclose location of Qatari citizen

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on Saudi Arabia to provide indications on the whereabouts of a Saudi-Qatari citizen deported from Kuwait to the kingdom last month.  Nawaf Al Rasheed, a Saudi-Qatari dual citizen has been missing since his deportation by Kuwait at the request of Saudi authorities. Al Rasheed, son of late Prince Talal […]

June 14th, 2018 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Qatar offers Jordan $500-m aid package

Qatar Wednesday unveiled a $500-million aid package to cash-trapped Jordan despite reduced diplomatic ties between the two countries.  A Qatari delegation, led by Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, met with King Abdallah II in capital Amman. The Qatari delegation unwrapped an aid package worth $500 million containing investments, and job opportunities for […]

June 14th, 2018 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »