Posts Tagged ‘region’

Foreign Ministers of Israel, UAE, Greece and Cyprus Meet to Develop Region’s ‘New Narrative’

Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides, Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, Greece’s Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and Anwar Gargash, diplomatic adviser of UAE’s President, attend a joint news conference in Paphos, Cyprus April 16, 2021. Iakovos Hatzistavrou/Pool via REUTERS Israel, the UAE, Greece and Cyprus said they would seek to deepen their cooperation in fields ranging […]

Lion-dragon alliance: a serious threat to U.S. influence in region

TEHRAN – The signing of a 25-year cooperation document between Iran and China has become the subject of debate by many political and economic experts and scholars and even ordinary people all over Iran. The agreement, dubbed the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, covers cooperation in a variety of areas including politics, economic, security, defense, culture, agriculture, […]

Increased Risk of Forest Fires in Himalayan Region

This year much higher incidence of forest fires has been reported from Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. Generally the risk becomes high only in the summer season but this year the risk started during winter and has already recorded very high damage at the time of writing on April 4. To get an idea of the […]

Zarif says Iran has always favored inclusive arrangements in region and beyond

TEHRAN – Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Tuesday that Iran has always been ready for inclusive and workable arrangements in the region and beyond, Iran Press reported. Zarif made the remarked at a the “Tehran Dialogue Forum 2021” attended virtually by foreign ministers of Afghanistan and Turkey. Regarding the transformation in international politics […]

Kremlin critic Navalny: I being held in a prison camp in Vladimir region

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s Instagram account confirmed on Monday that the jailed opposition politician is being held in a prison camp in Russia’s Vladimir region northeast of Moscow known for its strict regime. Navalny‘s precise location had been unknown after his legal team said last week that he had been moved from the nearby Kolchugino […]

The region’s wars are concentrated in Yemen حروب المنطقة تتركّز في اليمن

– The U.S. push to stop the war in Yemen, when the U.S. adopted Saudi conditions based on the separation of the request to stop the bombing of the Saudi rear by Ansar Allah, without asking to stop the Saudi-Emirati aggression on Yemen, and stop the blockade that closes Sana’a airport and the port of […]

Madrid will not shut its borders for Easter, region’s president says, defying Covid measures adopted by rest of Spain

The Madrid region will be the only one in Spain without a Covid-19 border shutdown for Easter, its President Isabel Diaz Ayuso said on Wednesday following a meeting of top-level health chiefs. Spain’s Interterritorial Council of the National Health System (CISNS) met to approve a number of health measures for Spanish regional and national holidays, […]

Navalny emerges in jail in Russia’s Vladimir region, meets lawyers

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is sharing a quarantine cell in central Russia, allies said on Wednesday, revealing his location for the first time since he was moved from jail in Moscow last week to serve a 2-1/2 year sentence in a penal colony.The whereabouts of Navalny, 44, had been a mystery since he left jail […]

Iran Says US Air Strikes in Syria Encourage Terrorism in the Region

A closer view of an Iraq-Syria border crossing and buildings before airstrikes, seen in this February 3, 2021 handout satellite image provided by Maxar. Photo: Satellite image (copyright) 2021 Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS Friday’s US air strikes against Iran-backed militias in eastern Syria encourage terrorism in the region, Iran’s top security official, Ali Shamkhani, said […]

US airstrikes ‘strengthen & expand’ terrorist activities in the region, Iran says

The recent US airstrikes on Iran-backed militias in Syria has shown that Washington is seeking to “revive” terrorism in the region and support now-shattered Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), a senior Iranian official has said. The airstrike on militias stationed on Syria’s border with Iraq commissioned by US President Joe Biden earlier this week, was […]

US Holocaust Memorial Museum Presents ‘2021 Western Region Virtual Event’ On March 11

At this historic time for reflection and action – members of the Western Region community supporting the efforts of the D.C.-based U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) will come together virtually on March 11 at 7 p.m. PT. The COVID-19 pandemic rapidly changed much of how the USHMM does its work, but not why it’s done. […]

After genocide, Yazidis’ region is in Turkey and Iran’s crosshairs

In August 2014 Islamic State extremists attacked the region of Sinjar in northern Iraq. This area consists of flat plains around a long mountain that is shaped like an oval. The region is desolate and on the border with Syria. ISIS targeted the Yazidis for extermination and slavery. While the genocidal attacks on Yazidis motivated […]

Catalonia election: Abstentions expected as region goes to polls despite pandemic

Catalonia goes to the polls on Sunday for an election that Madrid hopes will unseat the region’s ruling separatists. More than three years ago they failed to break away from Spain by holding an illegal referendum. This vote could see a high level of abstentions as the country battles a third wave of the pandemic. […]

Iran a successful model for the region: ex-Lebanese minister

TEHRAN – Noting that the world is looking to Iran as an inspiring example for Islamic movements, former Lebanese labor minister Tarad Hamadeh says that the Islamic Republic founded a successful model for the region. “There is no doubt that the Islamic Revolution due to importance and status of Iran will have an impact on […]

Brazil’s Amazon region suffers deadly lack of oxygen supplies amid COVID pandemic

Doctors in a Brazil city are grappling with a shortage of oxygen stocks amid the coronavirus pandemic. Manaus is an isolated city of two million people and it’s difficult to import supplies. The lack of supplemental oxygen is affecting COVID-19 patients and those that don’t have the virus alike. One of the cemeteries in Manaus […]

Region in Siberia has longest cold spell for 14 years

The Siberian region of Yakutia has experienced its longest cold spell in fourteen years. Temperatures dipped below 40℃ over a month ago, an abnormally long period even for this northern region. And there is no respite on the horizon. The mercury is set to plunge to -50℃ and school children have been released from classes […]

Hospitals struck by artillery in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, according to humanitarian report

Many of the hospitals in Ethiopia’s conflict-hit Tigray region have been struck by artillery during the two months of fighting, according to the first humanitarian assessment of the devastation as aid begins to arrive with desperately needed supplies. The scale of the damage has been largely unknown while Ethiopian forces pursue and clash with those […]

Quds Force chief: Americans must be expelled from the region

TEHRAN – Chief of the IRGC Quds Force Brigadier General Esmaeil Ghaani said on Wednesday that the Americans must be expelled from the region. Ghaani said the unreal grandeur of the global arrogance must be revealed, adding that the followers of Iran’s anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani will expel the Americans from the region. […]

Iraq is rapidly becoming the region’s next failed state

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Over 100 people killed in attack in Ethiopia’s Benishangul-Gumuz region

More than 100 people were killed in a shooting attack on Wednesday in Ethiopia’s Benishangul-Gumuz region, the state-appointed human rights commission said.Gunmen shot people in the Bulen area of the region, in western Ethiopia, and set on fire the homes of sleeping residents, the commission said in a statement. Gashu Dugaz, a senior security official […]

Biden will continue ‘record arms sales to the region’: Georgetown University professor

TEHRAN – Director of the Center for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar says the incoming Biden administration will continue “close relations and cooperation” with Israel, the Persian Gulf Arab states and maintain “record arms sales to the region”.  Mehran Kamrava also says, “If Tehran indicates that it […]

Ethiopian PM orders army to attack Tigray region’s capital

Ethiopia’s prime minister ordered the army to attack the capital of the Tigray region after a 72-hour ultimatum for the region’s ruling party to surrender expired. Abiy Ahmed, last year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner, ordered the federal troops to move on Mekelle after weeks of fighting in the semi-autonomous region. In a statement, Ahmed said […]

Ethiopia to begin ‘final phase’ of offensive in Tigray region, says PM

ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI – The Ethiopian military will begin the “final phase” of an offensive in the rebellious northern Tigray region, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Thursday, hours after an ultimatum for Tigray forces to surrender expired.The government gave the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) 72 hours on Sunday to lay down their arms or […]

Blinken: Israel is ‘anchor and foundation for democracy in the region’

Tony Blinken is Joe Biden’s choice to be secretary of state and he brings long loyalty to Biden to the job as well as a highly polished internationalism, which entails active engagement with allies, and yes, militarism. Biden supported the Iraq war and the Yemen slaughter with Blinken huddled at his side (Blinken gets low […]

Syria’s war-torn Idlib region sees ‘a new terror’ threat from COVID-19

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Coronavirus: French region of Auvergne Rhône-Alpes to carry out mass testing before Christmas

The French region of Auvergne Rhône-Alpes is set to carry out mass COVID-19 testing in the run-up to Christmas, the area’s top official has announced. Residents will be able to take the tests, which are voluntary, “Our objective is to test as many people as possible in one week, Laurent Wauquiez said. He added that […]

Joint List chief: Israel’s occupation, not Iran, is region’s main problem

MK Ayman Odeh, head of the majority-Arab Joint List Knesset faction, has said Israel’s normalization agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain were based on a “twisted logic,” and insisted that the Palestinian issue, rather than Iran, should be the region’s main concern. On Thursday the Joint List was the sole Knesset faction to […]

Missile fired in Turkey’s Black Sea region where S-400 tests were expected

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France to impose 9pm curfew on Paris region and other French cities

France is to reimpose a ‘state of health emergency’ in a bid to tackle its worsening coronavirus epidemic. A “curfew” will be introduced in and around Paris and eight other main cities from this weekend, from 9pm until 6am in the morning. It will kick-in from midnight on October 17 and will last for four […]

Assad says Russian bases in Syria keep balance of power in region

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