Arabic News

Heavy fighting in S.Sudan oil state: UN

South Sudan troops and rebels are fighting heavy battles close to vital oil production zones in the northeastern battleground state of Upper Nile, the United Nations said Wednesday. Two mortar bombs hit the UN base in Melut, killing four civilians including a child, who were among more than 1,500 people sheltering there, the UN said. Eight others were wounded. Melut ...

Saudi king’s absence from summit shows their security against Iran

The Saudi king’s absence from a regional summit to be hosted by President Barack Obama shows how Gulf states, displeased by what they see as U.S. indifference to Iranian meddling in the Arab world, may hesitate to bless any nuclear deal with Tehran. Analysts and diplomats in the Middle East described King Salman’s decision to skip the meeting at Camp ...

Iran’s first flight had landed in Yemen with a cargo of humanitarian aid

Iran said on Sunday that its first flight had landed in the Yemeni capital only a day after the two countries signed a landmark aviation deal. Iran’s news agency reported that a plane from Iranian airliner Mahan Air had taken a cargo of humanitarian aid – mostly medicine – for Yemen.  The cargo was contributed by the Red Crescent of ...

Workers will die building World Cup-related infrastructure, unable to leave Qatar without employer’s permission

The BBC Newsnight team investigating the 1.5 million migrants employed in Qatar on building World Cup 2022 infrastructure were hustled out of the squalid workers’ accommodation outside Doha by angry security men in the time-honoured fashion in December. But not before they had made some disturbing connections between the dreadful conditions workers had to live in and one big British ...

Palestinian plan to lodge its first case against Israel at the ICC

Palestinian officials say the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority is planning to lodge its first case with the International Criminal Court (ICC) later this year against the Tel Aviv regime’s crimes. “One of the first important steps will be filing a complaint against Israel at the ICC on April 1 over the (2014) Gaza war and settlement activity,” Mohammed Shtayyeh, a member ...

Oman plans to make its first sovereign issue of Islamic bonds

Oman plans to make its first sovereign issue of Islamic bonds, a 200 million rial ($520 million) issue, by mid-2015 to help finance a budget deficit caused by the plunge of oil prices, the head of its central bank said on Sunday. “The issue will be through the central bank for the local market,” central bank executive president Hamood Sangour ...

Fans have been banned from Lebanese Basketball games after a series of brawls

Fans have been banned from attending Lebanese Basketball League games, the country’s sports minister said Monday after a series of brawls erupted Sunday between rival teams and their supporters. But the final decision over the matter is expected to be issued later Monday after the league is set to meet. “I have decided, after consultations with Prime Minister Tammam Salam and Interior ...

ISIS has released 19 Assyrian hostages without clear reason

ISIS has released 19 of its Assyrian hostages, according to the human rights group A Demand for Action. The 17 men and two women are from Tal Goran, Syria; it is unclear why they were released on Sunday. Last week, ISIS took hundreds of Assyrian villagers hostage in the Tell Tamer region of Syria. Although the exact number of captives is unknown, ...

Federal Cabinet plan to send 300 more Australian troops to Iraq as a joint training mission with N.Z.

Australia is poised to expand its military role in Iraq, with Federal Cabinet approving a plan to send another 300 soldiers to help train forces fighting Islamic State militants. Some 200 Australian special forces are already in Iraq helping train Iraqi government forces. Now Federal Cabinet has agreed to send up to 300 more troops as part of a joint ...

Iran’s nuclear program could be concluded if U.S. agree to remove sanctions

A deal on Iran’s nuclear program could be concluded this week if the United States and other Western countries have sufficient political will and agree to remove sanctions on Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday. “Our negotiating partners, particularly the Western countries and particularly the United States, must once and for all come to the understanding ...

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