Archive for the ‘Middle East’ Category

ISIS Says Leader Abu al-Hassan al-Qurayshi Killed in Battle

BEIRUT—The leader of the ISIS terrorist group, Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, was killed in battle recently, the group’s spokesman said in audio released Wednesday. He gave no further details. Al-Qurayshi is the second ISIS leader to be killed this year at a time when the terrorist group has been trying to rise again with its […]

Israel Lapid slams politicians’ incitement against army commanders

Outgoing Israeli Prime Minister, Yair Lapid, on Wednesday, slammed what he described as "wild incitement" against commanders of the Israeli army, Anadolu News Agency reports. Lapid's statement was made in response to criticism of extremist politician, Itamar Ben-Gvir, to the army punishment of soldiers who assaulted Israeli activists last week in the West Bank city […]

Ex-US diplomats advise Biden administration to cease providing arms to Israel extremist government

Former American diplomats have advised the administration of President Joe Biden to no longer provide offensive weapons or military assistance to Israel's incoming government, arguing that it contains more extremist elements which further threaten the situation in the Occupied West Bank. In an opinion article published in The Washington Post today, the former US ambassador to […]

Iran top court sentences 4 to death over links with Israel

Iran's apex court has upheld the death penalty for four people accused of working for Israel's intelligence agency, the judiciary said on Wednesday, Anadolu News Agency reports. The individuals were charged with "destroying private and public property, kidnappings and obtaining false confessions", said a statement published by Mizan news agency, which is linked with the […]

Iraq President calls for an end to Palestine people’s suffering

Marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Iraqi President, Abdel Latif Rashid, stressed the Palestinians' "legitimate right to establish the Palestinian State, with Jerusalem as its capital", and called for "joint action to put an end to the suffering of the Palestinian people." Rashid's remarks came in a tweet posted on his […]

Saudi Arabia resumes drug related executions

READ: Fear mounts over possible execution of 54 inmates in Saudi Arabia Source

Morocco fan dances with Senegal supporters

WATCH: African teams continue to shine after Morocco triumph Source

Cristiano Ronaldo accepts $20m-a-year contract with Saudi Arabia football club

The football player, Cristiano Ronaldo, has agreed to join a top Saudi team in a contract worth over $200 million per year, according to a media report. Following Portugal's match against Ghana last week during the ongoing World Cup games, in which Ronaldo made history by becoming the first player to score in five World […]

Bahrain: what the recent elections have shown

The fraudulent parliamentary elections in Bahrain (a small kingdom in the Persian Gulf) were roundly condemned in many countries, as all opposition parties were officially banned from participating. Those who could have stood for election and competed with the ruling regime were instead sentenced to death, sexual violence, beatings, sleep deprivation and other ill-treatment. But since […]

Iranians have something to celebrate after Wales victory

READ: Iran Football Manager dodges question on protests Source

‘Halal products not just for Muslims, they are favourites for many people worldwide’

Thanks to its unparalleled standards in such areas as cleanliness and health, halal products are the favourites of people all over the world, not just Muslims, said a top official of the Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC), Anadolu News Agency reports. International interest in halal products grows greater each day, Mahmut Sami […]

Iran football manager dodges question on protests

Iran's football manager, Carlos Queiroz, dodged a question from a reporter over ongoing protests in the country, saying he only wanted to talk about the game, Anadolu News Agency reports. At a press conference on Thursday, ahead of Iran's game against Wales, Queiroz told a BBC reporter: "Why don't you ask such questions to (England's […]

Israel designate-Premier appoints far-right Ben-Gvir as new Security Minister

Israeli designate Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party signed its first coalition deal with Itamar Ben-Gvir, appointing the Head of the far-right Otzma Yehudit Party as the "Minister of National Security", Likud announced in a statement this morning. "We took a big step tonight toward a full coalition agreement, toward forming a fully, fully right-wing […]

UN calls for more support for refugees ‘dying a slow death’ in Lebanon

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has called for more support to help the organisation assist vulnerable Palestinian refugee families, amid the deteriorating financial situation in Lebanon. "The humanitarian situation of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon is extremely alarming," UNRWA's Commissioner General, Philippe Lazzarini, said yesterday. The UN official also emphasised the harsh living […]

EU Foreign Policy Chief notes widening economic gap along the two shores of Mediterranean

The European Union's High Representative for Foreign Relations and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, said Thursday that the "economic gap" has widened along the two shores of the Mediterranean Sea, calling for more cooperation between the north and south, Anadolu news agency reported. Speaking at the opening session of the Union for the Mediterranean conference in […]

Arab League: warns situation in Palestine on verge of explosion

Secretary-General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, warned Thursday, that the Israeli violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory are escalating in a manner that could lead the situation to explode right before the international community's sight, which seems to have abandoned its responsibility to achieve the vision of a two-state solution through negotiations. Aboul […]

Saudi Arabia Looks to Replace Washington with Beijing

Whereas China and Russia do already have an agenda of a new, multipolar world order, they are far from the only players. While undoubtedly the most important ones, both are not only allied with each other, they are forming alliances with countries that were previously squarely placed in the US camp. Among the countries willing […]

Qatar signs 27-year deal with China as LNG competition heats up

QatarEnergy has signed a 27-year deal to supply China's Sinopec with liquefied natural gas (LNG), the longest such LNG agreement, so far, as volatile markets drive buyers to seek long-term deals, Reuters reports. Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February, competition for LNG has become intense, with Europe, in particular, needing vast amounts to help […]

US setting up maritime defence system in Middle East

The United States is working to build an "integrated" infrastructure for air and maritime defence in the Middle East, a US official said. The National Security Council coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, Brett McGurk, told the annual Manama Dialogue conference in Bahrain yesterday that his country is focused on deterring "imminent threats" […]

Yemen, UK FMs review repercussions of Houthi attacks on oil facilities

Yemeni Foreign Minister Ahmed Bin Mubarak has discussed with the British Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, James Cleverly, the repercussions of the Houthi attacks on oil facilities and ports in Yemen, Anadolu news agency reported. This came during a meeting held on the sidelines of the 18th session of the Regional […]

Israel Orthodox parties demand gender segregation be legalised

Ultra-Orthodox Israeli parties have demanded Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu agree to pass a law that would permit gender segregation at publicly funded events, Israel Hayom reported yesterday. According to the paper, the far-right Religious Zionism and United Torah Judaism parties made the demand in return for joining Netanyahu's coalition government as negotiations renewed. The legislation […]

FIFA World Cup: angry fans slam BBC for not showing opening ceremony

Thousands of football fans have slammed the BBC over its decision not to air the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup which started in Qatar yesterday. For the first time in its history, the British broadcaster ignored the spectacle in favour of a political broadcast aimed at Qatar that has outraged football fans around […]

Erdogan, Sisi shake hands at World Cup opening ceremony in Qatar

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shook hands with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi for the first time on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar yesterday, according to the Turkish presidency. An official in the Turkish presidency confirmed to AFP that this is the first meeting between the […]

Al-Qaeda tells Muslims to shun ‘immoral’ Qatar World Cup 

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has called on Muslims around the world to shun the FIFA World Cup currently underway in Qatar, although the terrorist group stopped short of issuing any threats to carry out attacks or calling for acts of violence. AQAP, which is an affiliate based in Yemen, condemned the tournament's host […]

Egypt’s national karate team holds Palestine flag as their team wins first and second place in Slovenia

Egypt's national karate team held the Palestinian flag as they accepted medals for first and second place at the International Championship, the Trbovlje open, in Slovenia. The Israeli player, who came third, raised the Israeli flag at the same time. Support for Palestine is common during sporting competitions across the world. In 2019 a football […]

Qatar’s hosting of a successful FIFA World Cup will be an Arab success

Qatar is living through one of the thousand and one nights, which people thought was a fantasy but can now see with their own eyes. It has become a reality, with a dazzling display that is capturing hearts. This small country is throwing a large party for countries from around the world; two million people […]

PA: Palestinian refugees rescued in Mediterranean Sea

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced yesterday that dozens of Palestinian irregular migrants have been rescued in the Mediterranean Sea off the coasts of Libya and Greece. The political adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ahmed Al-Deek, said the Palestine embassy in Libya is following up the matter after two boats carrying irregular […]

Hamas: Israel coalition gov’t deal will explode situation

Hamas spokesperson, Hazem Qassem, said the Israeli right-wing parties' agreement on "legalising settlement outposts" in the occupied West Bank reflects the depth of racism and fascism that will rule in the next Israeli government. Qassem said in a statement issued yesterday that the next government's expansionist schemes and terrorist ideology will exacerbate the situation in […]

PA calls on international community to prevent Netanyahu-Ben Gvir deal

The Palestinian Authority yesterday called on the international community and the US administration to put pressure on Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu not to implement the agreement he concluded with the far-right Member of the Knesset Itamar Ben-Gvir regarding the deepening and expansion of illegal settlement outposts in the occupied Palestinian territories. The Palestinian Ministry […]

President Joe Biden grants immunity to Saudi’s MBS over Khashoggi killing

The US has granted Saudi's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman sovereign immunity in a lawsuit over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The decision means that despite the near certainty of the US intelligence community that the 37-year-old authorised the brutal murder of Khashoggi in 2018, any prospect for holding the crown prince legally accountable […]

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