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Monday, Aug 21


Lebanese-Australian operation to foil terror attack on Abu Dhabi bound plane


400 passengers were aboard the flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi, including 120 Lebanese citizens. (Al Arabiya). Staff Writer, Al Arabiya English Monday, 21 August 2017. Text size A A A. Lebanese Interior Minister Nuhad al-Mashnouk revealed…


Deadly swine flu virus on a killing spree in India


A deadly respiratory disease which snuffed out lives of 3,000 Indians just two years ago is back with a vengeance, having killed 1,000 people so far this year, 700 of them in the past six weeks alone. Swine flu, caused by the H1N1…


Honoring victims of attacks, Barcelona wins league opener


Wearing shirts honoring victims of the recent attacks in Spain, Barcelona opened its Spanish league season with a comfortable 2-0 win over Real Betis on Sunday. Players had the word “Barcelona” instead of their names on the back of their…

Sunday, Aug 20


In quiet mountain town, Barcelona attackers went under the radar


The young Islamist militants suspected to have staged Spain’s deadliest attack in over a decade were all young men who went to school and played football together and skipped prayers at the local mosque to hang out in bars. Neighbors who…

Tuesday, Aug 15


Muslim who shielded Filipino Christians in ISIS-held Marawi says he’s no hero


Although media outlets in the Philippines and abroad have called him a Muslim hero, Norodin Lucman says there is nothing heroic about his act of saving at least 64 Christians from ISIS militants in the city of Marawi. Lucman, who has…

Monday, Aug 14


ANALYSIS: Congress is taking the lead on Iran policy


A visit by a high-profile delegation of American Senators to Albania, home to members of the Iranian opposition, is sending major signals and messages to Tehran about growing consensus in Washington over the necessity to adopt regime…


Saudi cabinet sets up General Authority for Military Industries


The Saudi cabinet, chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, decided on Monday to set up the General Authority for Military Industries. (SPA). Staff writer, Al Arabiya English Monday, 14 August 2017. Text size A A A. The Saudi cabinet,…

Sunday, Aug 13


Turkey policeman stabbed to death by ISIS suspect


An officer was stabbed to death near a police station in Istanbul on Sunday by a suspected member of ISIS, Turkish media said. (Reuters). AFP, Ankara Monday, 14 August 2017. Text size A A A. An officer was stabbed to death near a police…


Iraq’s Kurds stick to independence vote despite US call to delay it


Iraq’s Kurds are sticking to a plan to hold an independence referendum on Sept. 25, despite a US request to postpone it, a high-ranking Kurdish official told Reuters on Saturday. The United States and other Western nations are worried that…

Saturday, Aug 12


Uber, beset by scandal, faces battle over ‘destructive’ lawsuit


Ride-services company Uber is facing a divided board of directors and angry shareholders after investor Benchmark Capital filed a lawsuit against the company’s ousted chief executive, Travis Kalanick, dealing another blow to the firm as it…


Will the Trump and Kim Jong Un verbal barrage lead to a nuclear showdown?


Since taking control of North Korea, following the death of his father, Kim Jong Un's paranoia has increased ten-fold. (Shutterstock). By Tony Duheaume Special to Al Arabiya English Saturday, 12 August 2017. Text size A A A. It now seems…

Thursday, Aug 10


Buoyant bitcoin stirs crypto-bubble fears


Bitcoin and other “cryptocurrencies” are big money, virtually as big as Goldman Sachs and Royal Bank of Scotland combined. The price of a single bitcoin hit an all-time high of above $3,500 this week, dragging up the value of hundreds of…


Pakistan’s judiciary and the trial of Nawaz Sharif


The trial of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and the verdict to disqualify him from holding public office as Pakistan’s prime minister have sparked controversy in various circles. There are some people who welcomed the court’s landmark ruling. They…

Brangelina - Are they getting back together?


Seems like Brangelina is making a comeback. Almost a year after filing for a divorce, actress Angelina Jolie has 'stalled' her divorce from husband and actor Brad Pitt, Us Weekly magazine reported yesterday. Speaking to Us Weekly, a source…


Intel set to roll out 100 self-driving cars


Silicon Valley giant Intel on Wednesday announced plans for a fleet of self-driving cars following its completion of the purchase of Israeli autonomous technology firm Mobileye. A day after closing the $15 billion deal to buy Mobileye,…


Nagasaki mayor pleads for end to nuclear threat on bomb anniversary


Nagasaki's Mayor Tomihisa Taue (2nd R) and other representavies carry wreaths for atomic bomb victims during a ceremony at the Peace Memorial Park in Nagasaki, western Japan, on August 9, 2017. (AFP). AFP Thursday, 10 August 2017. Text…

Wednesday, Aug 9


British model's Italy abduction 'linked to Arab buyers' amid reports of hoax

Chloe Ayling told police she had been lured to Milan last month for a photo shoot. (Instagram). Al Arabiya English with Agencies Wednesday, 9 August 2017. Text size A A A. A British model at the center of an alleged kidnapping in Italy was…

Tuesday, Aug 8


Chris Pratt and Anna Faris announce separation

Action star Chris Pratt and comic actress Anna Faris announced their separation after eight years of marriage in a joint statement on Sunday. The couple, whose son Jack turns five this month, said they were “disappointed” to be making the…

Ed Sheeran, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry to perform at MTV VMAs

Ed Sheeran, Miley Cyrus, the Weeknd and host Katy Perry will perform at the MTV Video Music Awards later this month. MTV announced Monday that Lorde, Shawn Mendes, Fifth Harmony and Thirty Seconds to Mars will also hit the stage Aug. 27 at…

Monday, Aug 7


ANALYSIS: Are sanctions on Iran a sign of shifting US policy?

Disclaimer: Views expressed by writers in this section are their own and do not reflect Al Arabiya English's point-of-view. The enactment of a comprehensive sanction bill and designating the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a…

Sunday, Aug 6


Kuwait and Saudi Arabia between two crises

Saudi Arabia's King Fahd, may he rest in peace, could have acted like Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa, Qatar’s crown prince in 1990 and its real ruler, but he didn’t. Back then, during the Gulf Cooperation Council meeting in Doha in the wake of…


Trump begins 17-day vacation as troubles brew in Washington

Donald Trump, who once asked "what's the point" of vacations and often admonished his presidential predecessor for taking them while in office, embarked Friday on a 17-day holiday to one of his golf resorts. Arriving in Bedminster, New…

Challenges facing NATO in its fight against ISIS

As I was returning home from a visit to NATO headquarters, the streets of Brussels were packed with protestors against President Trump’s arrival to attend the NATO summit on May 25, as he had called Brussels a “hellhole” during his…

Saturday, Aug 5


Can low-nicotine cigarettes stop people from smoking?

Smokers still wanted to stop smoking within a year even if they believed low-nicotine cigarettes to be less risky than traditional smokes. (Shutterstock). Andrew M. Seaman, Reuters Saturday, 5 August 2017. Text size A A A. When cigarettes…

Friday, Aug 4

Netanyahu’s son under fire for crude social media post

Since becoming an adult, the eldest son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly drawn media criticism for what has been portrayed as a life of privilege at taxpayers’ expense. Yair Netanyahu, 26, has been described as…

Wednesday, Aug 2


New routes used by Iran to smuggle weapons to Houthis uncovered

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have started using a new route across the Gulf to funnel covert arms shipments to their Houthi allies in Yemen’s civil war, sources familiar with the matter have told Reuters. In March, regional and Western…

Monday, Jul 31


Will Qatar save itself or ‘the project’?


The quartet alliance, which consists of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, has gone beyond defending itself against the “new Middle East project” and has entered the phase of arranging the ranks inside the countries…


ISIS claims attack on Iraq embassy in Kabul


ISIS claimed it had attacked the Iraqi embassy in Kabul Monday, as a series of explosions and the sound of gunfire shook the Afghan capital in a continuing assault. A security source told AFP that a suicide bomber had blown himself up…


This worm could usher in medical miracles


For centuries, the only use humans found for the lugworm -- dark pink, slimy and inedible -- was on the end of a fish hook. But the invertebrates' unappreciated status is about to change. Their blood, say French researchers, has an…


Two supersonic US Air Force bombers fly over Korean peninsula after ICBM test


The United States flew two supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula on Sunday in a show of force against North Korea following the country's latest intercontinental ballistic missile test. The B-1 bombers were escorted by South Korean…