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Erdogan Excludes Syrian President of Any Peace Deal

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called Syria’s president Bashar Assad “a terrorist” stressing that it is impossible to reach a peace deal with him. “Al-Assad is definitely a terrorist who has carried out state terrorism,” Erdogan said at a televised news conference with his Tunisian counterpart Beji Caid Essebsi in Tunisia’s capital Tunis, on Wednesday. Erdogan’s […]

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Yemen: Macron pressures Saudi Arabia to remove blockade

President Emmanuel Macron of France has called Saudi Arabia to ‘entirely’ lift the air and sea blockade its coalition has imposed on Yemen and which has worsened the humanitarian situation in the country devastated by more than two years of conflict. The information came from the French leader’s office on Wednesday. The French President, according […]

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Twitter saga: UAE urges Arab union against Turkey

The United Arab Emirates top Foreign Minister Wednesday called for Arab union against Turkey pointing out that the Tayyip Erdogan-led country would not lead the Arab world. A spat has broken since last week between the UAE and Turkey with Cheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan retweeted an insult trading about the role of Erdogan’s ancestors […]

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Hamas Chief confirms Saudi-backed US plan proposing Abu Dis as future Palestinian capital

Head of the Palestinian Hamas movement Tuesday stressed that the US is working on a peace plan proposing to Palestinian leaders the village of Abu Dis, close to Eastern Jerusalem, as the future capital of Palestine. Ismail Haniyeh revealed the plan when addressing tribal leaders in the Gaza strip, reports say. “The plan involves building […]

December 27th, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

KSA: 23 high profile detainees at Ritz-Carlton released

The anti-corruption commission driving the purge in Saudi Arabia has released 23 figures rounded up in the corruption clean-up launched November 4. The arrested individuals were accused of extortion, bribery and diversions. Early this month, the Attorney General of the kingdom, Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb, said most detainees agreed to sign settlement deals in exchange for […]

December 27th, 2017 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Egypt: British woman gets 3 years in jail for smuggling painkillers

British Laura Plummer received Tuesday a three-year jail sentence for smuggling into Egypt Tramadol tablets, which are banned in the North African country. The 33-year old was arrested in October upon landing at Hurghada, a Red Sea resort city. Authorities have accused her of carrying in her luggage 290 tramadol tablets. The painkiller is allowed […]

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Gulf Crisis: Kuwaiti blogger sentenced to five years in jail for insulting KSA

A court has sentenced blogger Abdullah al-Saleh to five years in prison in absentia for criticizing Saudi Arabia in the diplomatic showdown between the kingdom, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain plus Egypt on one side and Qatar on the other. “I have been sentenced to five years for insulting Saudi Arabia – the reason is […]

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Number of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Dropped below 1 mln, UN

The number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has dropped to less than one million for the first time since 2014, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said. As of the end of November, the UN refugee agency counted 997,905 Syrian refugees, registered in Lebanon, said UNHCR spokeswoman Lisa Abou Khaled. “The number reached […]

December 27th, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Gulf Crisis: Qatar boycotts chess tournaments in KSA over denial to hoist national flag

Qatar will not be part of Speed Chess Championship to be held in Saudi Arabia after the local organizing committee banned the raising of Qatari national flag amid the ongoing diplomatic row between the small Gulf country and its neighbors. The Qatar Chess Association announced Sunday its teams would not join other nations at the […]

December 26th, 2017 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Tunis condones Emirates’s travel restrictions over possibility of terror attack

Tunisian state-run news agency TAP revealed that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had information authorities that Tunisian women traveling or transiting through the Gulf state could likely stage a terror attack. Tunisia Sunday banned Emirates flights in response to restrictions imposed to Tunisian women Friday as they prepared to fly to or transit through the […]

December 26th, 2017 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »