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Ghana-KSA: Riyadh Stops 39 Ghanaian Women from Performing Hajj

Saudi authorities have banned 39 Ghanaian women from performing Hajj because of their young age and because they are not accompanied by a guardian, reports say. Ghanaian hajj authorities are in talks with the Saudi embassy in Accra, Ghana to allow these women perform the ritual. The 39 women, including nine minors, have been deported […]

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Japan’s JBIC Deepens Presence in Africa, Signs MoU with Moroccan Attijariwafa bank

Japan’s Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Morocco’s leading Attijariwafa Bank to strengthen its presence in Africa and help develop trade and investment between Japanese and African companies. The two banks have long cooperation ties and have both contributed to various projects in Morocco, including Jorf Lasfar 5 […]

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Israel’s Problem is Within and not Elsewhere, Ex-Mossad Chief

“Israel is not threatened externally; the existential threat Israel faces comes from the division within it,” ex-Mossad chief Tamir Pardo told reporters at a press conference ahead of a march to be held at the end of September in commemoration of the fallen Druze fighters of the Israeli Defense Force. He stressed that “a State […]

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

Iran Sends Away US Drone a Day after S-300 Deployment to Nuclear Plant

A source at the Iranian Defense Ministry has hinted that a US drone that was about to enter Iranian airspace probably from Afghanistan “did not do so” after responding to “a warning” because “if it entered, it would have been downed.” The drone that allegedly attempted to enter Iran from the east was in all […]

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

Libya Losing $10m Daily Because of the PC, NOC Chairman

Chairman of the Tripoli-based National Oil Corporation (NOC) Mustafa Sanalla has demanded explanations from the Presidency Council (PC) headed by Faiez Serraj for the lack of financial allocation to the state-owned institution. In a statement posted on NOC’s website, he urged the PC’s Financial Arrangements Committee “to explain the delay because every day our country […]

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

Egypt Steps Closer to IMF Loan with Passing of VAT Law

The Egyptian parliament has passed a law on Value Added Tax (VAT) after an intense debate and Finance Minister Amr El Garhy said “it’s a tax reform that Egypt needed to begin its economic reform process.” The VAT, fixed at 13% for 2016-2017 financial year before being increased to 14% in 2018, will replace the […]

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

Syria: Turkey, U.S. Exchange Words over Military Operation

Ankara and Washington are at odds over the latest intervention of Turkish forces in Syria with US special envoy for the anti-IS war Brett McGurk lamenting on Twitter that it is “unacceptable and a source of deep concern” because clashes have been going on “in areas where ISIL is not located.” Turkey has vowed that […]

August 29th, 2016 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Yemen: At Least 60 Recruits Killed in a Car Bomb Attack

The Hadi-led government’s efforts to retake provinces neighboring Aden have been dealt a blow after an early Monday car bomb attack on a training camp killed at least 60 recruits and injured dozens others. The government has trained hundreds of soldiers over the past two months in preparation for an assault on provinces controlled by […]

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Iraq Asks Riyadh to Replace Ambassador Thamer al-Sabhan

Spokesman for the Iraqi Foreign Ministry Ahmad Jamal said Baghdad has requested Saudi Arabia to replace its Ambassador to Baghdad, Thamer al-Sabhan, for he has breached “the limits of diplomatic representation.” The spokesman reiterated however the government’s desire to continue maintaining the “best relations with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.” Ambassador Sabhan recently stated that […]

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Libya: Final Battle for Sirte Launched, 34 killed by IS

Clashes between forces loyal to the UN-backed government and the Islamic State have intensified during the weekend. Spokesman of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Reda Issa described it as “the final battle for Sirte” since the offensive to take over the coastal city from the extremist group began in May. The battle has been […]

August 29th, 2016 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »