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Israel: Netanyahu, Liberman Committed to Revival of Arab Peace Initiative

Prime Minister Netanyahu and newly sworn-in Defense minister Avigdor Liberman have called in a joint statement for the revival of talks to end the conflict with Palestine. Netanyahu said the 2002 Arab peace initiative unveiled by Saudi Arabia in 2002 and endorsed by the Arab League “includes positive elements that can help revive constructive negotiations […]

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Bahrain: Sheikh Salman Handed down Heavier Sentence at Appeal

Sheikh Ali Salman, General Secretary of the Al Wefaq Islamic Society, saw his sentence increased from 4 to 9 years in prison after Bahrain’s Public Prosecution appealed for heavier sentence. Sheikh Ali is accused of promoting a forceful change of the Kingdom’s political system, threatening to use illegal means, and inciting publicly the hatred of […]

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Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

Mohamed Badie, the Supreme Guide of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, was sentenced to life imprisonment on Monday together with 35 members of the organization for their roles in the clashes in Ismailia that left three people dead. The incidents took place during the weeks of violence that followed the ousting of President Mohammed Morsi in […]

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Iraq: Progress Made amid Resistance, Commander Saadi

Lt. General Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, commander in charge of the Fallujah operation, said there are “violent clashes” on the city’s outskirts as “the counter-terrorism troops along with other armed forces and Anbar (province) police have started pushing into the city” from three directions on Monday at dawn. The operation to recapture Fallujah is more than a […]

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EU Extends Sanctions against Syrian Regime by One Year

The European Council extended EU restrictive measures against the Syrian regime until 1 June 2017. The decision, made last Friday, falls in line with the Council conclusions of December 2014, which affirmed that the EU would continue imposing and enforcing sanctions targeting the regime and its supporters as long as repression continues, says the EU […]

May 30th, 2016 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Syria: Opposition Coalition’s Chief Negotiator Resigns

Chief Negotiator Mohammed Alloush of the High Negotiations Committee (HNC,) a Syrian opposition coalition, twitted on Sunday that he was resigning. “The three rounds of talks (with President Assad’s government) were unsuccessful because of the stubbornness of the regime and its continued bombardments and aggressions towards the Syrian people,” he added in his tweet. Speaking […]

May 30th, 2016 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

KSA’s Foreign Assets Falling for 15 Successive Months

Data released by the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency showed that the kingdom’s foreign assets dropped by 1.1% in April highlighting that Riyadh is struggling with its finances as it is the 15th consecutive month that foreign assets are dwindling. The net foreign assets are now at $572 billon, the lowest in four years, and the […]

May 30th, 2016 | Posted in Finance,Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Israel: Environment Minister Walks out of Extremist Cabinet

Israel’s Environment Minister announced Friday his resignation from the coalition government following the Prime Minister’s decision to appoint ultra-nationalist and anti-Palestinian Avigdor Lieberman as defense Minister. Avi Gabbay, who is non-member of the parliament, resigned to protest against the removal of Moshe Yaalon, former defense minister in favor of Avigdor Lieberman, leader of the Yisrael […]

May 28th, 2016 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

GCC-Russia Cooperating against Regional Challenges

A meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavorv and the President of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Adel Al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia’s foreign affairs minister, focused on various topical regional issues, mainly in the Middle East and North Africa, and discussed means of confronting challenges facing the region. Jubeir told a press conference at the end […]

May 27th, 2016 | Posted in Energy,Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Yemen: There is “hope” but an agreement could take long, UN envoy

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, UN’s special envoy for Yemen, said talks being held in Kuwait are progressing but underlined that reaching an agreement for a sustainable and inclusive settlement cannot be reached overnight. He said “there is no time limit” to seal a deal and the delegations will stay in the Kuwaiti capital for “as […]

May 27th, 2016 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »