Abu Dhabi airport best in Middle East

Abu Dhabi airport best in Middle East

ABU DHABI: The Airports Council International (ACI) World has recently announced Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) as the winner of “Best Airport in the Middle East,” for the second year in a row, at its annual Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards. The ASQ is the only worldwide programme to survey passengers at […]

Qatar accuses UAE, Bahrain of new airspace violations

Qatar accuses UAE, Bahrain of new airspace violations

French made Mirage 2000 belonging to United Arab Emirates air force (AFP/file photo) Qatar has made another complaint to the United Nations alleging new violations of its airspace by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, state media reported on Saturday. The Qatar News Agency said its airspace was violated by a UAE military transport aircraft […]

Netanyahu to meet Israel coalition chiefs for crisis talks

Netanyahu to meet Israel coalition chiefs for crisis talks

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to meet with Israel’s ruling coalition heads, his office said on Saturday, to discuss a political crisis that could force early elections. A meeting with leaders of two ultra-Orthodox parties was to be held later Saturday, to be followed the next day by talks with the other members of his […]

First woman White Helmets rescuer killed in Syria

First woman White Helmets rescuer killed in Syria

Syria White Helmets evacuate victim of air strike in Eastern Ghouta last month (AFP/file photo) The White Helmets rescue force suffered its first woman fatality on Saturday, after air strikes hit a rebel-held town in the battered Idlib province of northwest Syria, the group said. It said rescue worker Sobhiya al-Assad was killed along with […]

Tunisia women march for same inheritance rights as men

Tunisia women march for same inheritance rights as men

Tunisians demand altering religious law concerning inheritance on Saturday in capital Tunis (AFP) Tunisian women led a march by more than 1,000 demonstrators on Saturday, including men, to demand equal inheritance rights for both sexes in the North African country. Tunisia’s inheritance law is based on Islamic jurisprudence stipulating that men inherit double the amount […]

Haley buffeted by Russian headwinds at UN on Middle East agenda

Haley buffeted by Russian headwinds at UN on Middle East agenda

NEW YORK (Tribune News Service) — After a year rallying international support against North Korea, United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley is finding the ability to unite the U.N. Security Council around U.S. priorities in the Middle East stymied — as they were during the Cold War — by Russia. Whether Haley is seeking […]

Through weeks in Eastern Ghouta's cellars, women try to keep life going

Through weeks in Eastern Ghouta's cellars, women try to keep life going

Children in basement used as makeshift bomb shelter earlier this week in rebel-held town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta (AFP) As thousands of families in Eastern Ghouta continue to hide in overcrowded underground cellars, women have taken the lead on providing support for children who have been holed up in dark shelters for weeks. “We […]

Civilian death toll tops 1000 in assault on Syria's Eastern Ghouta

Civilian death toll tops 1000 in assault on Syria's Eastern Ghouta

Smoke billows after Syrian government bombardment rains down on Eastern Ghouta on Saturday (AFP) More than 1,000 civilians have been slain since Syria’s government launched a brutal offensive against the rebel-controlled Eastern Ghouta enclave almost three weeks ago, a war monitor said on Saturday.  “The death toll has gone up to 1,002 civilians, after eight […]

Muslim Brotherhood will not disappear, says Saudi exile

Muslim Brotherhood will not disappear, says Saudi exile

A Saudi writer now living in the US has said that the Muslim Brotherhood is not simply going to disappear. Jamal Khashoggi made his assertion during an interview on Al-Jazeera TV. Despite all the pressure on the movement, he insisted, its ideology will remain influential. The journalist went on to explain that the movement will […]

US policy on the Middle East just got foggier

US policy on the Middle East just got foggier

Washington – Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s visit to the White House deepened uncertainty about the United States’ Middle East policy by demonstrating a growing gap between US President Donald Trump’s official pronouncements as a would-be peace broker and practical steps that run counter to the goal of a peace plan. Trump met with Netanyahu […]