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Nuclear deal: Beirut deems US pullout detrimental to Middle East

President Michel Aoun of Lebanon Monday said Washington’s withdrawal from the multinational nuclear deal will have negative repercussions on the Middle East region. “The unilateral US withdrawal from the nuclear agreement [in May] will have negative repercussions for security and stability in the region,” Aoun wrote on Twitter. The comment was the first public statement […]

July 17th, 2018 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Egypt: Former presidential hopeful hospitalized in critical condition

Former Egyptian army chief of staff and March election presidential hopeful General Sami Anan is hospitalized in critical condition, reported Reuters, citing two sources. Anan, 70, was arrested in January and held at a military barrack following the announcement of his plans to run for March Presidential elections. The army arrested him on grounds that […]

July 17th, 2018 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Iran: Washington dismisses EU plea for sanctions exemption

The United States has rejected the European Union’s plea to spare European companies from sanctions as the Trump ad-ministration tightens grip around Iran. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told European allies, in a letter, that the White House has rejected the plea and that the US would only make exemptions if they benefited US […]

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

Soccer World Cup: Russia hands baton to Qatar for 2022 tournament

Russia Sunday handed Qatar the mantle to host FIFA 2022 World Cup. Russian President Vladimir Putin in a ceremony in Moscow handed the relay baton to Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in the presence of FIFA President Gianni Infantino. “Russia is handing over the relay baton for hosting the FIFA World Cup to Qatar,” […]

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

Turkey: Pakistan buys 30 T129 attack helicopters

Pakistan will purchase 30 of the Turkey-made T129 helicopters used in battle fields, the Turkish defense industry directorate said Friday.  “Contract negotiations on T129 ATAK helicopters between Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) and the Pakistani Ministry of Defense Production were finalized,” the Directorate said.   The defense authorities have not disclosed the cost of the transaction. […]

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

Egypt: blast at chemical factory near Cairo airport injures 12

A loud explosion at a chemical factory near Cairo international Airport Thursday left 12 people injured.  The blast according to the army spokesperson, Colonel Tamer al-Rifai, was caused by high temperatures. “Due to high temperatures, an explosion happened at a petrochemicals storage belonging to the Heliopolis for Chemical Industries,” he said.   “Civil defense trucks […]

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

Syria: Senior US lawmaker warns Israel against deal with Russia

A top US lawmaker and former Republican presidential candidate has sent warning to Israel against moves by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to notch a deal with Russia to remove Iranian forces out of Syria. Russia has been since 2015 Syria’s top power protector and has helped turn the tide of fighting in the civil war […]

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

Iran: India heeds US call to halt oil purchase

India has ceased buying Iran’s crude oil as hoped by the United States as data from the industry and shipping sources show sharp decrease in oil imports last month. Oil imports from Iran in June dropped by 16 per cent to reach 592,800 barrels per day (bpd) compared with May data. The move, officials said, […]

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

Iran: US pressuring Berlin to block money withdrawal from Germany-held accounts

US ambassador to Germany Tuesday urged German authorities to prevent withdrawal by Iran of around €300 million ($350 million) from its Germany-based accounts as it faces suffocating economic pressure led by the United States.   Richard Grenell, a staunch aid of US President Donald Trump, urged German authorities to kill Iran’s request to withdraw around […]

July 11th, 2018 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Egypt: Head of customs authority manacled on bribery charges

Egypt’s Administrative Control Authority (ACA) Monday announced that they arrested the head of Egyptian customs suspected for bribery and allowing banned goods to enter the country.  The ACA is Egypt’s highest anti-corruption agency.   The watchdog said Gamal Abdel-Azim faces bribery, profiteering and squandering public funds charges.  Abdel-Azim according the ACA took bribe from a […]

July 10th, 2018 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »