Arabic News

Saudi shares tumble after journalist’s disappearance

Saudi Arabia’s stock market tumbled in early Sunday trade on concerns about relations with the international community following the disappearance of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Riyadh and a US resident, vanished on 2 October after visiting the Saudi consulate in Turkey. Ankara believes that he was murdered inside the building and his body removed. ...

ISIS Is Poised to Make a Comeback in Syria

on the surface, the Syrian civil war appears to be nearing its final stage. Bashar al-Assad’s regime and its Russian and Iranian backers won the battle that mattered the most for them in July, when they drove the moderate rebels out of their last bastion in the southern Syrian city of Deraa. With that military victory, any hopes of a ...

Russia defers one crisis in Syria, but is embroiled in another

A RUSSIAN-BACKED offensive to retake Idlib, the last big rebel-held stronghold in Syria, seemed imminent only a few days ago. Russia had expanded its fleet of warships off the Syrian coast. Regime troops were massing at the perimeter of the province. Russian jets had begun to bomb rebel targets and destroy hospitals. UN officials were warning of the biggest humanitarian ...

Embracing the past – Lebanese in South Africa Faces in the Forest by Cecile Yazbek

Sydney author, Cecile Yazbek was born into a Lebanese family in South Africa: her father, Joe Yazbek’s family was from Hadeth Beirut and her mother’s family, Haddad, was from Beit Meri. Their parents went to South Africa from Lebanon between 1894 and 1910. To this day, their descendants cook authentic Lebanese food using ancestral recipes. Lebanese-Arabic language remains in small ...

Brits flock back to Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt

British holidaymakers are flocking back to destinations that until recently were feared by many to be at risk of unrest or terrorism. The big winners are Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt, although the two Arab countries have yet to recover their full potential, according to the latest findings from ForwardKeys and Gfk, which predicts future travel patterns by analysing booking transactions ...

Lebanese demand release of tourist jailed in Egypt over video decrying sexual harassment

Lebanese social media users have called on their government to petition Egyptian authorities to release a tourist jailed for “insulting” Egyptians in an online video. Facebook users in Lebanon took to social media and demanded Beirut take measures to free Lebanese tourist Mona al-Mazbouh, after she was sentenced to eight years in prison on Saturday for “insulting” the country. The users decried ...

Egypt-Saudi electricity power link project to start in 2021

Egypt’s Ministry of Electricity announced that it will sign contracts for the electricity interconnection network with Saudi Arabia by the end of next June, with the project set to start in 2021. Egypt announced back in December 2017 a project worth $1.6 billion that will connect its power network to Saudi Arabia’s, joining a system in the Middle East that allows ...

Egypt Says Sending Arab Troops to Syria a Possibility

CAIRO (REUTERS) – Sending Arab troops to Syria is a possibility that is being discussed by officials from various countries, Egypt’s foreign minister was quoted on Friday as saying. But a foreign ministry spokesman said Sameh Shoukry, who was speaking at a function on Wednesday night, was not raising the possibility that Egypt itself might be ready to send forces to ...

Egypt, Jordan stress ‘Jerusalem is untouchable’

CAIRO – 1 April 2018: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry discussed Sunday with his Jordanian counterpart the recent developments in the Palestinian territory and Syria. The two foreign ministers stressed the importance of the Arab unity behind the Egyptian leadership which engaged in a war against terrorism, stressing that the Qatari policies do not agree with the Arab unified vision. ...

Iranian Nuclear Program? Trump Will Soon Have to Decide About the Saudis Too

The short video was posted on social media in fluent Hebrew. “Several Israeli journalists incited Bibi, or Benjamin Netanyahu, against Saudi Arabia and said there’s a Saudi nuclear threat. And I say to you, the Jewish people: Has Saudi Arabia ever threatened its neighbors? The answer is no. Does Saudi Arabia have aspirations to expand in the region? The answer ...