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Saudi Arabia accuses Lebanon of declaring war on it

  • 7 November 2017 - 13:32
Saudi Arabia accuses Lebanon of declaring war on it

Saudi Arabia accused Lebanon on Monday of declaring war against it because of aggression by the Iran-backed Lebanese Shi‘ite group Hezbollah, a dramatic escalation of a crisis threatening to destabilize the tiny Arab country. Lebanon has been thrust to the center of regional rivalry between...

Over 27 people killed in shooting at Church in Texas, US

  • 5 November 2017 - 22:38
Over 27 people killed in shooting at Church in Texas, US

At least 27 people have died after a gunman opened fire at a church in Texas during Sunday services, police say, BBC reported. The attack happened at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs in Wilson County, BBC added. Police official Albert Gamez Jr confirmed the number of fatalities...

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri resigns fearing for his life

  • 4 November 2017 - 16:55
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri resigns fearing for his life

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has resigned, saying in a televised broadcast he feared for his life, while also fiercely criticising Iran. Mr Hariri's father, former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, was assassinated in 2005. Mr Hariri accused Iran of sowing "fear and destruction" in...

Iraqi troops control previously Kurdish-held border with Turkey

  • 31 October 2017 - 22:22
Iraqi troops control previously Kurdish-held border with Turkey

Iraqi troops deployed on Tuesday at one of the main land crossings with Turkey, gaining a foothold at the Kurdish-held frontier for the first time in decades and imposing one of Baghdad’s central demands on the Kurds. Iraq’s entire land border with Turkey is located inside the Kurdish...

Trump’s former campaign manager surrenders to FBI on charges of conspiracy

  • 30 October 2017 - 20:01
Trump’s former campaign manager surrenders to FBI on charges of conspiracy

Paul Manafort, a former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, surrendered to the FBI on Monday and another ex-aide pleaded guilty to lying to agents in the most serious steps yet of a federal probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Manafort, 68, a longtime...

Qatar ready for US-hosted talks to solve Gulf crisis, emir Tamim says

  • 30 October 2017 - 10:44
Qatar ready for US-hosted talks to solve Gulf crisis, emir Tamim says

Qatar’s ruler said he is ready for U.S.-hosted direct talks aimed at solving the worst diplomatic crisis in the Gulf in years but has yet to hear a response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s invitation to the four Arab states boycotting Doha. Speaking to U.S. broadcaster CBS News, Qatari Emir...

US, S.Korea, Japan urge N.Korea to abandon “reckless path”

  • 30 October 2017 - 10:42
US, S.Korea, Japan urge N.Korea to abandon “reckless path”

Senior defence officials from the United States, South Korea and Japan held trilateral talks and urged North Korea to walk away from its “destructive and reckless path” of weapons development, the U.S. military said in a statement. Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph...

Iraqi Kurdistan’s leader Barzani to leave leadership post by November

  • 28 October 2017 - 21:50
Iraqi Kurdistan’s leader Barzani to leave leadership post by November

Iraqi Kurdistan’s veteran leader Masoud Barzani will not extend his presidential term beyond Nov. 1, a Kurdish government official said on Saturday, Reuters reported. Reuters said that Barzani's decision came just weeks after a referendum on Kurdish independence backfired and triggered a...

UN report blames Syrian government for chemical attack, Syria rejects

  • 28 October 2017 - 20:27
UN report blames Syrian government for chemical attack, Syria rejects

The Syrian regime has rejected a report by experts from the United Nations and the chemical weapons watchdog blaming its government for a sarin nerve gas attack that killed over 90 people last spring. In a statement Saturday, the Syrian regime said the report was a result of US instructions to...

Mayhem in Catalonia over uncertain independence

  • 26 October 2017 - 23:22
Mayhem in Catalonia over uncertain independence

Catalan separatists rebelled against their leader’s plan to draw back from declaring independence as Spanish authorities finalize plans to oust his insurgent administration. After a day of confusion in Barcelona, President Carles Puigdemont said in a televised address that he had considered...

Kenyan opposition supporters clash with police over elections re-reun

  • 26 October 2017 - 16:16
Kenyan opposition supporters clash with police over elections re-reun

Kenyan opposition supporters clashed with police and threw up burning barricades in pockets of the country on Thursday, seeking to derail an election rerun likely to return Uhuru Kenyatta as president of East Africa’s economic powerhouse. In the western city of Kisumu, police used tear gas and...

Syrian President receives former dissident footballers after World Cup qualifier’s loss to Australia

  • 23 October 2017 - 22:41
Syrian President receives former dissident footballers after World Cup qualifier’s loss to Australia

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met two former dissident footballers who returned to the national team for its World Cup qualifying campaign after years in exile, photographs posted by his office showed on Monday. Syria’s football team outdid expectations in its campaign to qualify for the...

Israel threatens to to step up military response to Syrian fight spill-over in Golan Heights

  • 21 October 2017 - 21:57
Israel threatens to to step up military response to Syrian fight spill-over in Golan Heights

Five projectiles from Syria set off air raid sirens in Israeli towns on Saturday, prompting the Israeli military to say it would step up its response to stray fire from the Syrian war that has repeatedly spilled over the border. The projectiles crossed into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and...

Over 54 Egyptian policemen killed in militants’ ambush in Cairo

  • 21 October 2017 - 21:20
Over 54 Egyptian policemen killed in militants’ ambush in Cairo

At least 54 policemen, including 20 officers and 34 conscripts, were killed when a raid on a militant hideout southwest of Cairo was ambushed, officials said Saturday. The ensuing firefight was one of the deadliest for Egyptian security forces in recent years. Two police officials told the...

Iraqi court orders arrest of Kurdistan vice president

  • 19 October 2017 - 21:43
Iraqi court orders arrest of Kurdistan vice president

An Iraqi court has ordered the arrest of the vice-president of the Kurdistan Region for calling troops sent to Kirkuk this week "occupying forces". A Supreme Judicial Council spokesman said the court believed Kosrat Rasul's remarks were an incitement to violence. He made them in a statement...

Hezbollah: Israel pushing the Levant region to war

  • 1 October 2017 - 21:05
Hezbollah: Israel pushing the Levant region to war

Lebanon’s Hezbollah accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government on Sunday of pushing the region to war in Syria, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, and said nowhere in Israel would be safe if such a conflict were to erupt. Tensions have risen this year between Iran-backed...

Syrian, Russian fighter aircraft killed at least 150 civilians in bombing on Idleb

  • 28 September 2017 - 12:07
Syrian, Russian fighter aircraft killed at least 150 civilians in bombing on Idleb

Russian and Syrian jets killed at least 150 civilians and injured dozens in over a week of heavy bombing that shattered a six-month halt in intensive aerial raids in opposition-held northwestern parts of Syria, opposition rescue workers said on Wednesday. The renewed bombing campaign came after...

Iraq ponders all options to topple Kurds’ overwhelming independence vote

  • 28 September 2017 - 11:27
Iraq ponders all options to topple Kurds’ overwhelming independence vote

Baghdad heaped pressure on Iraq’s Kurds on Wednesday, demanding they cancel their overwhelming vote for independence while parliament urged the Iraqi central government to send troops to take control of vital oil fields held by Kurdish forces. Stepping up efforts to isolate autonomous...

Iraqi Kurds to vote on independence on Monday, Iran halts flights ahead of referendum

  • 24 September 2017 - 12:59
Iraqi Kurds to vote on independence on Monday, Iran halts flights ahead of referendum

Iraq’s Kurds will go ahead with a referendum on independence on Monday because partnership with Baghdad has failed, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani said on Sunday. Iraq’s Kurds will seek talks with the Shi‘ite-led central government to implement the expected...

US-backed Syrian Kurdish forces seize key gas oilfield in Deir Al-Zor

  • 24 September 2017 - 11:26
US-backed Syrian Kurdish forces seize key gas oilfield in Deir Al-Zor

U.S.-backed forces said on Saturday they had seized a major natural gas field in Syria’s Deir al-Zor province from Islamic State militants in rapid advances since the start of an operation earlier this month to capture areas east of the Euphrates river. Commander Ahmed Abu Khawla told...