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Duterte considers autonomy for restive Muslim province


Since the time of former dictator President Ferdinand Marcos to the term of the immediate predecessor of the present president Benigno Aquino III, there has been a formal desire in the Philippines to find a peaceful solution of the Muslim…


Russia evacuates embassy employees, citizens in Sana'a


Russia on Tuesday evacuated its embassy employees and citizens in Sana’a via the Sana’a International Airport, an official source at the coalition forces command said. The source disclosed that the evacuation and humanitarian operation…

Tuesday, Dec 12


Iran: From human rights violations to dangerous meddling


From day one the regime of Iran has been based on the pillars of domestic crackdown, and exporting terrorism and a reactionary, religious mentality. As we speak, spreading extremism and Islamic fundamentalism remains a cornerstone policy…


Four scenes from a region in turmoil


Four scenes from Sunday’s news have captured the attention of the Arab reader. These scenes point to the magnitude of the problems facing the Middle East, some of which are turning into prolonged conflicts that are passed down from…


Israeli tank, aircraft hit Gaza after rocket fire


A picture taken on December 10, 2017 shows a tear gas cannister falling amdist Palestinian protesters during clashes with Israeli forces near the Israel-Gaza border. (AFP). AFP Tuesday, 12 December 2017. Text size A A A. The Israeli…

Monday, Dec 11


A New Saudi Arabia to the world: We are open for business


Saudis watch Yanni concert at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University in Riyadh on December 3, 2017. (Reuters). By Ali Al Shabnan Special to Al Arabiya English Monday, 11 December 2017. Text size A A A. Transformative. That is the word…


Saudi Arabia says cinemas to get licenses in early 2018


“As the industry regulator, the General Commission for Audiovisual Media has started the process for licensing cinemas in the Kingdom,” Minister of Culture and Information Awwad bin Saleh Alawwad said in a statement. ”We expect the first…

Sunday, Dec 10


Prime Minister Abadi declares ‘end of war against ISIS’ in Iraq


Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced on Saturday “the end of the war” in Iraq against the ISIS group and that his forces had regained full control of the border with Syria. “Our forces are in complete control of the Iraqi-Syrian border…


Iran sentences fugitive ex-bank chief to jail


Iran has handed down heavy jail sentences to a former head of its largest state-owned bank who fled to Canada over a record-breaking $2.6 billion embezzlement scandal, the judiciary said on Saturday. Mahmoud Reza Khavari, the former head…


14 UN peacekeepers killed and 40 wounded in Congo attack


Fourteen United Nations peacekeepers have been killed and more than 40 were wounded in an attack in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, UN officials said on Friday, speaking on the condition of anonymity. Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the UN's…

Saturday, Dec 9


Macron, Tillerson meet in Paris to support Lebanese PM Hariri

Lebanon’s prime minister appealed for support for his country from world powers on Friday at a summit convened by France to bolster Lebanon’s institutions as it emerges from a bizarre political crisis with regional and international…


In series of tweets, minister says what is happening in Yemen is ‘annihilation’

Yemen’s Minister of Information Moammar al-Eryani said on Thursday that Houthi militias’ violations and practices in Sanaa are tantamount to “annihilation” and crimes against humanity. 1/1 Residents of Sana'a are being exposed to genocide,…

UN calls social media giants to control platforms used to lure African migrants

The UN migration agency called on social media giants on Friday to control their platforms that it said are being used by smugglers to lure West African migrants to Libya where they face detention, torture and slavery. The smugglers often…


Trump Mideast advisor Dina Powell leaving white house

President Donald Trump's deputy national security advisor, Dina Powell, is leaving the post early next year, the White House said Friday. The Egyptian-born Powell, a top advisor on Middle East policy and a fluent Arabic speaker, has been…

Friday, Dec 8


Israeli air strikes on Gaza injures 14, including children

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said, Friday, that 14 people were injured, including children, by Israeli air strikes on Gaza. Israel aircraft attacked Hamas military facilities in the Gaza Strip on Friday night in response to rocket…


Human Rights Day and Iran’s indifference to another UN resolution

Human Rights Day is celebrated across the world on December 10 every year. This day means nothing to Iran, which is among the leading violators of human rights. On November 14, UN General Assembly’s Third Committee condemned the Iranian…

After Jerusalem outcry, Trump dangles Middle East peace plan

When President Donald Trump told the Palestinian president of his intention to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, he assured him a peace plan being put together would please the Palestinians, officials said, an apparent effort to…


Document reveals US asks Israel to restrain response to Jerusalem move

The United States is asking Israel to temper its response to the US recognition of Jerusalem as its capital because Washington expects a backlash and is weighing the potential threat to US facilities and people, according to a State…


More nations voice protest against Jerusalem as Israel capital

Several nations from around the globe have come forward to oppose Donald Trump’s move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. German Chancellor Angela Merkel “does not support” the decision by US President Donald Trump to recognize…


Emergency OIC summit, Arab League meeting called to discuss Jerusalem

Jordan and the Palestinians on Wednesday requested an emergency Arab foreign ministers’ meeting to discuss the issue of Al-Quds, the Arab League said. The meeting is likely to be convened on Saturday, a diplomatic source said. Turkish…

Thursday, Dec 7


Fight against corruption: Paving the way to the fourth Saudi state

Since the coming to power of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and the emergence of Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman on the political scene, we are witnessing a new stage, or rather, a new version of the country with attributes…


World powers warn US recognition of Jerusalem risks igniting ‘fire’

The Turkish government's spokesman on Wednesday said that the United States' decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will plunge the region and the world into "a fire with no end in sight". "Declaring Jerusalem a capital…

Wednesday, Dec 6


British security services foil Theresa May assassination plot

British security services believe they have foiled a plot to assassinate Theresa May in Downing Street, British daily The Independent reported on Wednesday. Two men have been arrested on suspicion of plotting to kill the Prime Minister by…


Rohingya Muslims should only return to Myanmar under UN supervision

Global media has reported that Bangladesh has reached an agreement with the government of Myanmar that will allow hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to return to Myanmar. Rohingya Muslims have been victims of genocide and rape and…

Tuesday, Dec 5


EXPLAINER: How did Ali Abdullah Saleh die?

New pictures spreading on Yemeni outlets purport to show the moment Houthi gunmen attacked Saleh’s car. According to the sources, tribal mediation was able to convince Saleh to leave his home in Sanaa to his hometown in Sinhan district…

Houthis ‘murder 200 prisoners’ and spread forces across Yemen capital

The Houthi militia killed 200 people who were taken as prisoners in the civil war during an attack on slain former President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s home and neighborhood, according to local reports. These reports also stated that the Houthis…


Yemen’s ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh killed by Houthi militias

Sources from Yemen's General People's Congress confirmed their leader and ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed on Monday during fierce clashes in the capital Sanaa with Houthi militias. A video showed Saleh lying on blanket…

Sunday, Dec 3


What we know so far about the situation in Yemen

Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said on Saturday he was ready for a “new page” in relations with the coalition fighting in Yemen. The call came as his supporters managed to control the majority of Sanaa. - Al-Houthi militias…

Saturday, Dec 2


Forces allied to Yemen’s Saleh control major areas in Sanaa

Yemen's General People's Congress (GPC) forces, allied to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, gained control of key areas in the capital Sanaa on Saturday. The forces expelled Houthis from Mahwit city and were also able to control the…


Russia calls US threat to destroy North Korea a ‘bloodthirsty tirade’

US President Donald Trump dismissed a Chinese diplomatic effort to rein in North Korea’s weapons program as a failure on Thursday, while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Beijing was doing a lot, but could do more to limit oil supplies…