Syria vows to end US presence; Russia, Turkey warn over ‘border force’ plan

January 15, 2018 1:32 am
Syria vows to end US presence; Russia, Turkey warn over ‘border force’ plan

US military vehicles drive in the Syrian town of Darbasiya next to the Turkish border, April 28, 2017. (Photo by Reuters) Damascus says it is determined to end US military presence after Washington declared plans to build a 30,000-member “border force” in the Arab country that Russia says could lead to Syria’s partition. […]

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Jailed billionaire Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talal negotiating settlement: Official

January 14, 2018 11:40 pm
Jailed billionaire Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talal negotiating settlement: Official

Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talal (Photo by AFP) Billionaire Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talal, who has been detained for more than two months as part of a royal purge, is reportedly negotiating a possible settlement with authorities, amid reports that he has been subjected to torture in detention. A senior Saudi […]

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Qatar files complaint to United Nations over ‘airspace violation’ by United Arab Emirates fighter jet

January 12, 2018 1:57 am
Qatar files complaint to United Nations over ‘airspace violation’ by United Arab Emirates fighter jet

The file photo of an F-16E fighter jet belonging to the UAE air force Qatar has lodged a complaint with the United Nations about what it calls a violation of its airspace last month by a United Arab Emirates (UAE) fighter jet, warning that Doha reserves the right to defend […]

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Qatar seeks compensation for Saudi-led blockade, sanctions

January 10, 2018 1:48 am
Qatar seeks compensation for Saudi-led blockade, sanctions

People walk on the corniche of the Qatari capital Doha on July 2, 2017. (Photo by AFP) A high-ranking Qatari official has described the ongoing Saudi-led diplomatic and trade boycott against his energy-rich Persian Gulf country as “economic warfare,” stressing that Doha plans to seek compensation for those hit by the […]

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Saudi prince fired over criticism of bin Salman

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Saudi prince fired over criticism of bin Salman

The undated photo shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (AFP photo) A prominent Saudi royal critical of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s sweeping arrests of fellow princes has been sacked from his post. Local press reports said Wednesday that Prince Abdullah bin Saud bin Mohammed had been sacked as […]

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Iran interior minister tasked with preparing report on recent violence by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

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Iran interior minister tasked with preparing report on recent violence by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (C) chairs a cabinet meeting in Tehran on January 10, 2018. (Photo by president.ir) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says he has tasked the interior minister with preparing a detailed report on the recent wave of violence that hit some areas of the country. During a cabinet […]

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Saudi Arabia charges royals arrested for protesting austerity

January 8, 2018 1:31 am
Saudi Arabia charges royals arrested for protesting austerity

Saudi Arabia has charged 11 princes, who were arrested recently for protesting the government’s austerity measures. Saudi Arabia has charged 11 princes, who were arrested recently for protesting the government’s hiking of domestic gas prices and introducing value-added tax (VAT). “A group of 11 princes staged a sit in at the historic Qasr Al-Hokm […]

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Jailed activists in Kuwait announce formation of new political party

January 3, 2018 11:42 pm
Jailed activists in Kuwait announce formation of new political party

The photo taken on June 18, 2017 shows a general view of the Palace of Justice in Kuwait City, which is home to Kuwait’s Supreme Court. (AFP photo) A group of imprisoned activists in Kuwait have announced the formation of a new political party despite Kuwait’s general ban on such […]

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Jordan raps Israeli measures seeking further occupation, annexation of Palestinian land

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Jordan raps Israeli measures seeking further occupation, annexation of Palestinian land

Protesters shout slogans and wave flags during an anti-US demonstration near the American embassy in the Jordanian capital, Amman, on December 22, 2017. (Photo by AFP) Jordan, the custodian of Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem al-Quds, has condemned as “null and void” the latest Israeli measures meant to consolidate the […]

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Israeli bill makes it harder to cede parts of Jerusalem al-Quds to Palestinians

January 2, 2018 4:10 am
Israeli bill makes it harder to cede parts of Jerusalem al-Quds to Palestinians

A view of the al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem al-Quds Emboldened by a recent US policy shift, the Israeli parliament has passed a bill that makes it more difficult to cede parts of Jerusalem al-Quds to Palestinians, who want the eastern section of the occupied city as the capital of […]

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Saudi Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on hunger strike over detention of sons: Report

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Saudi Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on hunger strike over detention of sons: Report

Saudi Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Saudi Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has reportedly gone on hunger strike in protest at the detention of three of his sons as part of the kingdom’s purported anti-graft campaign, which is considered the biggest purge of the elite in the country’s […]

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