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Iran: China warns against actions in Strait of Hormuz

China Friday urged Iran to reconsider its threats after the powerful Revolutionary Guards suggested that the Islamic Republic could hamper navigation in the Strait of Hormuz, which is critical to China’s vital oil and gas imports.  Thursday, Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp reportedly indicated that his forces could block sea […]

July 6th, 2018 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines,World News | Read More »

Tunisia: Head of election commission resigns

Head of Tunisian election commission (ISIE) Thursday confirmed his resignation few days after releasing results of municipal elections in capital Tunis.   Mohamed Mansri Tlili told radio Mosaïque FM that he was stepping down from his position. He met with President Caid Essebsi Wednesday to inform him of his decision, Huffpost Maghreb reports.   The […]

July 6th, 2018 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Syria: Civilians caught in crossfire, UN refugee chief urges Jordan to open its border

“More than 320,000 people are now displaced and most are living in dire and insecure conditions, including some 60,000 people camped at the Nasib/Jaber border crossing with Jordan,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi said, in a statement Thursday.  Although local communities in Syria have opened their doors to take in many of the […]

July 6th, 2018 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Iran: Japan’s Abe cancels historical trip over US increasing pressure

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has cancelled a trip to Teheran because of mounting pressure from US President Donald Trump on allies around the world.   Official sources, on condition of anonymity, told Japan Times  that Abe’s scheduled meeting with President Hassan Rohani in Tehran in the middle of this month will no longer go […]

July 5th, 2018 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines,World News | Read More »

Yemen: ‘No justification for this carnage,’ says UNICEF chief

The relentless conflict in Yemen has pushed a nation already on the brink “deep into the abyss,” said the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) chief, after returning this week from a four-day visit to the war-torn country. “Social services are barely functional. The economy is in ruins. Prices have soared. Hospitals have been damaged. Schools […]

July 5th, 2018 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Syria: Son of ISIS leader killed

One of the sons of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State group (ISIS), has been reported dead in the city of Homs, the group’s media mouthpiece reported on Tuesday.   The son identified as Hudayfah al-Badri died in suicide attack against “the Nusayriyyah and the Russians at the thermal power station in Homs.” […]

July 4th, 2018 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Iran: UAE orders freeze of assets of nine Iranians

United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities in charge of security and commodities regulations have instructed companies to report on and freeze assets of nine Iranian individuals and organizations appearing on the country’s terror list.  Securities and Commodities Authority has ordered all companies in the field to tell on and freeze all accounts, funds, securities, goods and […]

July 4th, 2018 | Posted in Finance,Gulf News,Headlines,World News | Read More »

Tunisia: Souad Abderrahim elected first woman mayor of Tunis

Islamist party Ennahdha’s candidate Souad Abderrahim became Tuesday the first woman mayor of the Tunisian capital after winning the majority of the council votes following her lead in the municipal elections held in May. Souad Abderrahim beat rival Kamel Idir of secular Nidaa Tounes with 26 against 22. She has become ‘Cheikh of Medina’, a […]

July 4th, 2018 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Gulf Crisis: UN requests release of Yusuf al-Qaradawi’s daughter jailed in Egypt

The UN High Commission for Human Rights Tuesday called on Egyptian authorities to release unconditionally the daughter of Egyptian cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi who has been willy-nilly involved in the ongoing diplomatic showdown between Qatar and its neighbors led by Saudi Arabia.   Liz Throssell, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in […]

July 4th, 2018 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines,World News | Read More »

Iran involved in Paris foiled attack

The trip the Iranian President Hassan Rohani is to pay to Switzerland and Austria this week to seek assurances on the continuation of the nuclear deal is being compromised by the alleged involvement of an Iranian diplomat positioned in the Iranian embassy in Vienna in a foiled attack targeting Iranian opponents in Paris. Austrian authorities […]

July 4th, 2018 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines,World News | Read More »