Arabic News

Saudi Arabia sends letter warning humanitarian organisations to remove staff from Houthi-held regions of Yemen

Saudi Arabia has sent a letter to the United Nations and international aid groups advising them to remove staff from areas of Yemen under Houthi control.   The Saudi Embassy in London sent the short note, saying the warning’s intention was to “protect the international organizations and their employees”. It was not immediately clear how many aid groups received the ...

United Nations hoping to deliver aid to Syria’s besieged areas ‘within 24 hours’

The United Nations is hoping to deliver aid to Syria’s besieged areas within 24 hours following an agreement between world powers to cease hostilities. Seventeen world powers struck a deal in Munich to start to bring an end to hostilities in a week and provide rapid humanitarian access to besieged Syrian towns. A new UN taskforce will meet in Geneva ...

FINAL COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE EXTRAORDINARY

The Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held an Extraordinary Meeting at the Headquarters of the OIC General Secretariat in Jeddah on Thursday 11 Rabii Athani 1437 AH, corresponding to 21 January 2016 AD, under the chairmanship of His Excellency Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the ...

Organisation of Islamic Cooperation condemns attacks on Saudi embassy and consulate in Iran

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Thursday condemned the arson attacks on Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Tehran and consulate in Mashhad on 2nd January, which led to Riyadh quickly severing diplomatic ties with Tehran. It called on all OIC member states and the international community to take serious and effective steps to prevent the occurrence and recurrence of such ...

ISIS fighter executes own mother in Syria for ‘apostasy,’ rights groups say

An ISIS fighter has executed his own mother before a public audience, an expat Syrian rights group said. The 20-year-old killed his mother in the Syrian city of Raqqa, ISIS’ de facto capital, as hundreds looked on near the post office where she worked, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. ISIS had accused her of apostasy after her son ...

How to ease Iran-Saudi Arabia crisis

execution of Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia at the weekend has triggered a predictable diplomatic crisis. Iran immediately condemned the move, the Saudi Embassy in Tehran was attacked by angry demonstrators, and Saudi Arabia then severed diplomatic ties with the country. On Monday, Bahrain, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates followed suit. Yet despite the war of ...

Egypt hotel attack: One attacker killed, other wounded

Two men with knives attacked at least three guests and threatened others at a hotel in the Egyptian coastal city of Hurghada, the country’s Ministry of Interior said Friday. Security forces stationed at the hotel confronted the men as they tried to escape, killing one and seriously wounding the other, according to the ministry’s Facebook page. Previous reporting indicated the ...

Kuwait Airways scraps London-New York flight after dispute over Israeli passengers

Did Kuwait Airways just scrap an entire flight service to avoid carrying Israeli passengers? The airline has this week pulled its connection between New York’s JFK airport and London Heathrow after U.S. authorities threatened legal action over alleged discrimination. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in September warned the Kuwaiti carrier that it had “unlawfully discriminated” against a passenger using ...

Libyan Rivals Sign Disputed Unity Government Deal

Rival Libyan politicians signed Thursday a deal on a unity government despite opposition on both sides, in what the United Nations described as a “first step” towards ending the crisis. World powers have urged the warring factions to break a political deadlock that has allowed jihadists and people-smugglers to flourish since the fall of strongman Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. A ...

Hizbullah Questions ‘Motives’ of Saudi-led Coalition, Says PM’s Stance ‘Not Binding’

Hizbullah on Thursday expressed “deep doubts” about “the motives and objectives” that pushed Saudi Arabia to announce the formation of “an Islamic anti-terror military coalition.” “This announcement was a response by Saudi Arabia and other countries to a U.S. decision seeking to provide forces from certain regimes in the Arab and Islamic worlds … as an alternative to sending U.S. ...

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