Two Cruise Passengers Killed During Land Excursion in Middle East

Two Cruise Passengers Killed During Land Excursion in Middle East

Two British women have reportedly been killed while stepping off a coach in Salalah, Oman during an excursion on an ‘Authentic Arabia’ cruise in the Middle East. Sources at Mirror say the women, both who have yet to be named, we’re stepping off near the Haffa market when an unlicensed driver veered into the wrong […]

Syria opposition rejects Idlib demilitarisation amid uncertainty over Sochi deal

Syria opposition rejects Idlib demilitarisation amid uncertainty over Sochi deal

Syrian opposition group Faylaq Ash-Shaam denied reports that it has started withdrawing its soldiers and heavy weaponry from Idlib, amid growing resistance from rebel factions to the deal brokered by Turkey and Russia in Sochi last month. Reuters reported last week that Faylaq Ash-Shaam was the first group to comply with a requirement to leave […]

Germany approves extradition of Iran official to Belgium

Germany approves extradition of Iran official to Belgium

Germany hands over Iranian diplomat to Belgium over accusations of plotting attack on Iranian opponents A German court has allowed the country’s authorities to hand over to Belgium an Iranian diplomat who is suspected of having been involved in a plot to attack Iranian opponents in France. Assadollah Assadi, 46, an Iranian diplomat based in […]

Israel killed 193 Palestinians in Gaza since 30 March

Israel killed 193 Palestinians in Gaza since 30 March

Israeli occupation forces killed 193 Palestinian protesters in the besieged Gaza Strip, including 34 children and three women, since the Great March of Return protests were launched on 30 March. The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza said in a statement yesterday that the Israeli snipers also wounded 21,150 protesters during the same period. Three […]

'Death to Al Saud' written on Iran rockets

'Death to Al Saud' written on Iran rockets

Videos broadcast on Iranian TV yesterday showed anti-Saudi phrases written on rockets launched by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards at “terrorists” in Syria, Al-Wattan Voice reported. The phrases read: “Death to America, death to Israel and death to Al Saud” in reference to the ruling family of Saudi Arabia. “Fight the followers of Satan” was also written […]

Israel's Netanyahu met senior Indonesia official in New York

Israel's Netanyahu met senior Indonesia official in New York

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a secret meeting with Indonesian Vice-President, Jusuf Kalla on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York last week, Israeli Army Radio said. According to the report, Netanyahu met last week with many Middle Eastern leaders including “an official in the largest Islamic country in the […]

CPJ welcomes Danya Hajjaji as 2018 Patti Birch fellow for Middle East research

CPJ welcomes Danya Hajjaji as 2018 Patti Birch fellow for Middle East research

New York, September 28, 2018–At a panel discussion held today during the U.N. General Assembly, the Committee to Protect Journalists denounced several countries for imprisoning journalists, and others for failing to admonish those that do. The event highlighted global press freedom challenges, with specific emphasis on Myanmar, Bangladesh, Egypt,… Source link

US State Department tweets but should the Middle East listen?

US State Department tweets but should the Middle East listen?

An undiplomatic tweet from the US State Department has betrayed a worrying lack of understanding both of the oil market and American strategy in the Middle East. The missive, which apparently reflects President Donald Trump’s views, stated that, “Opec nations are ripping off the rest of the world. We defend many of these nations for […]

Israel seeks to 'justify another aggression' with false missile claims

Israel seeks to 'justify another aggression' with false missile claims

Lebanon’s foreign minister said on Monday Israel was trying to “justify another aggression” by falsely alleging there are missile sites near Beirut airport belonging to Iran-backed Hezbollah, Reuters reports. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking at the United Nations last week, identified three locations near the airport where he said the Shi’ite group Hezbollah was converting […]

Saudi Arabia admits coalition “mistakes” in targeting in Yemen

Saudi Arabia admits coalition “mistakes” in targeting in Yemen

Saudi Arabia said on Monday it was working hard to correct mistaken targeting by its military coalition in Yemen that has killed civilians including children, but UN rights experts voiced scepticism, Reuters reports. International pressure mounted on the kingdom, including from allies, to do more to limit civilian casualties in a 3-1/2 year civil war that […]

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