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Stories written by Peter Mulvany

Security Council urged to prevent ‘uncontrollable escalation’ in Syria

UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, on Monday briefed the emergency Security Council meeting following reports of a chemical weapons attack in Syria over the weekend. The recent escalating violence across Syria, including allegations of chemical weapons use in a Damascus suburb, could have consequences so devastating they are “difficult to even imagine,” […]

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

Syria: situation in Afrin deeply alarming – UN

The situation in the northwestern Syrian town of Afrin is deeply alarming as dozens of children have been killed since fighting began in the city, where people are under bombardment, hospitals have been shut down and water supplies cut off, the United Nations has reported. Along with Eastern Ghouta, the Kurdish-held town is now among […]

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

Turkey rejects EP’s anti-Afrin operation motion as ‘one-sided’

Turkey on Friday criticized a European Parliament motion urging Turkey to withdraw from Afrin and to stop its ongoing operation in the Syrian district saying the motion is biased In a written statement, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said that with the motion, the European Parliament once again showed its one-sided views. The statement said that […]

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

Iran-backed militia groups officially join Iraqi army

Iran-backed Shia militia groups operating under the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) will be officially included in the Iraqi security services. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi issued a decree on Thursday giving the Iran-backed militia groups the same rights as members of the military. The Iraqi Prime Minister’s decision will allow the 40 paramilitary militia groups to […]

March 9th, 2018 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

KSA: Italian Salini Impregilo wins housing project worth $1.3 bn

The Italian giant Salini Impregilo group will be building the 6,000 villas-project commissioned by the Saudi powerful National Guard in a deal that has been estimated at $1.3 billion. Salini Impregilo, which boasts a global expertise in construction and civil engineering, will also build a 160-km road running through the project area estimated at around […]

February 23rd, 2018 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Iraq: Authorities woo FIFA to lift ban on international matches

The Iraqi Sports and Youth Minister has called on the world football governing body FIFA to remove decades-long ban on hosting international matches, noting that Baghdad has met up conditions as the national team is set to play Saudi Arabia late this month. Iraq has been under FIFA ban since former President Saddam Hussein’s invasion […]

February 23rd, 2018 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Turkish, Syrian Soldiers Face Off in Kurdish-held Afrin

Turkey has shelled pro-Syrian government forces as they entered the city of Afrin in support of the Kurdish SDF militia. The Turkish bombing of Syrian regime fighters marks another escalation in the Syrian war, which has turned to a series of proxy wars pitting regional powers against each other: Turkey vs Kurds, Regime vs rebels, […]

February 21st, 2018 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Tunisia: Lawmaker tore up Israeli flag, called for criminalizing ties with Tel Aviv

A Tunisian MP from a left-wing opposition party Tuesday tore an Israeli flag in the Parliament premises to protest the normalization of ties with Israel. Ammar Amroussia ripped up the flag after the parliament indefinitely delayed the debate of a draft bill criminalizing ties with Israel. The bill, reports say, did not get the endorsement […]

February 14th, 2018 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

KSA: Construction of world’s tallest tower to go ahead despite crackdown on investors

The project to build the world’s tallest skyscraper in the Saudi city of Jeddah will continue as planned despite seizure by the government of some investors’ assets amid anti-corruption campaign, head of the consortium behind the project has said. Mounib Hammoud, chief executive of Jeddah Economic Co (JEC), told Reuters that construction works at Jeddah […]

February 8th, 2018 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Pro-Assad Delegates Dominate Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi

The Syrian National Dialogue Congress, kicked off in Sochi on January 29 with pro-Assad delegates dominating the event. The dialogue brings together 1,500 pro-regime delegates and few opponents of the Syrian government. A key delegation of the armed opposition had arrived in Sochi, the venue of the Congress, only to refuse to leave the airport. […]

January 31st, 2018 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »