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Kerry: US, Russia to Meet Saturday on Syria Ceasefire

Secretary of State John Kerry said U.S. and Russian officials would meet later Saturday on Syrian opposition complaints of truce violations but that peace talks should go ahead as planned. Asked at the end of a visit to Saudi Arabia whether indirect dialogue in Geneva between the Syrian regime and opposition could go ahead as planned on Monday, Kerry said: ...

What President Hassan Rouhani’s election win means for Iran

He is known as the Diplomat Sheikh — and he has struck again. He beat three conservatives to win a landslide presidential election in 2013, led Iran through two years of tortuous negotiations to a nuclear and sanctions deal, and now Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani — as he is formally known — has again triumphed. If reformist voters felt marginalised ...

Saudi Arabia Rejects U.N. Security Council Action on Yemen Aid Crisis

Saudi Arabia’s U.N. ambassador said Friday there was no need for a U.N. Security Council resolution to address the dire humanitarian crisis in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is waging a military campaign. “We don’t think that a resolution is needed at this time,” Ambassador Abdallah al-Mouallimi told a news conference. His remarks came after the 15-member council expressed grave ...

Tunisia’s labor union won the Nobel Peace Prize. But can it do its job?

On Jan. 22, Tunisians in the impoverished interior regions of the countrytook to the streets, demanding increased economic development. Five years ago, similar protests sparked a revolution centered on economic justice. The Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT), a working- and middle-class-based labor union, played a leading role in the transition process that followed, winning the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize as ...

Blair: I thought IRA victims could not get Libya deal

Tony Blair has said British victims of the IRA’s terror links with Libya were legally barred from inclusion in a US compensation deal. Colonel Muammar Gaddafi gave arms and Semtex explosives to the republican group during the Troubles. Semtex from Libya became the IRA’s most devastating threat during the Troubles and caused the loss of many lives. The Northern Ireland ...

Qassem Says ‘Saudi Must Apologize’: Lebanon Will Remain Country of Freedoms

Hizbullah deputy chief Sheikh Naim Qassem hit back at Saudi Arabia on Friday, saying it must “apologize to Lebanon” over the events of last week. “Some were surprised when Saudi Arabia decided to call off the several billions’ (military) grant to Lebanon, but in fact it was a chance for them (Saudis) to attack Lebanon and Hizbullah,” said Qassem during ...

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 ...

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