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Syria operation to last until threats eliminated: Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim (photo by AFP)Turkey says its troops are to stay in Syria as long as there are “threats” against the Turkish state, days into a military incursion violating Syrian sovereignty.Turkish Prime Minister Binali Y...

Saudi Arabia's drastic measures to alleviate financial crisis failing

Oil sales account for almost 80 percent of Saudi Arabia's revenues.Saudi Arabia’s drastic measures to alleviate its cash crunch through loosening lending rules and direct money injections are reportedly doing little to solve the country's worst fin...

Saudi Arabia withholding Iranians’ blood money: Iran Hajj official

Saeed Ohadi, the head of Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage OrganizationThe head of Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization says Saudi Arabia continues to withhold all cooperation toward compensating the victims of a deadly crush during Hajj pilgrimage r...

Indian Oil Corp. (IOC) raises Iran oil imports, pays debt

Indian Oil Corp has dramatically raised crude oil import from Iran.Iran’s crude sales to Indian Oil Corp. (IOC) has risen four folds, reflecting the country’s success in raising exports in order to claw back its market share after the lifting of...

Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin says UN report on chlorine gas attack in Syria inconclusive

Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly ChurkinSyria and Russia have rejected findings by a UN-led investigation that claims Damascus used chlorine gas in two attacks in 2014 and 2015."These conclusions lack any physical evidence, whether by samples or attes...

60 US lawmakers want planned arms sale to Saudi Arabia delayed

Smoke rises from the site of a Saudi-led air strike in Sana'a, Yemen, August 30, 2016. (Reuters)A bipartisan group of 60 American lawmakers has penned a letter to President Barack Obama seeking to delay the planned sale of $1.15 billion in arms and o...

Saudi jets killed 20 in new launch of airstrikes in Yemen

A picture taken on August 9, 2016 shows smoke billowing behind buildings following an airstrike carried out by Saudi Arabia in the Yemeni capital Sana’a. (By AFP)At least 20 people have lost their lives and many others sustained injuries in a numbe...

Israeli forces raid, shut down Palestinian radio station

This photo shows the aftermath of an Israeli military raid on the office of Radio Sanabel in the town of Dura, in the occupied West Bank, August 31, 2016.Israeli officials have stormed the office of a Palestinian Arabic-language radio station and tak...

Turkey: US criticism over Syria operations unacceptable

A child waves toward Turkish troops heading to the Syrian border, in Karkamis, Turkey August 26, 2016. (AP)Ankara has summoned the US ambassador over Washington’s criticism of Turkey’s incursion into northern Syria.On Tuesday, Turkish Foreign Min...

Former Mossad director Tamir Pardo says internal polarization leading Israel to civil war

File photo of former Mossad director Tamir PardoFormer Mossad director Tamir Pardo has warned that growing polarization in the Israeli society is leading up to a civil war.Pardo’s Tuesday comments were his first public ones since he stepped down as...

At least 16 civilians killed in Saudi Arabia’s latest airstrike in Yemen

Iranian lawmakers support Bahrainis' anti-oppressive struggle

This file photo shows a general view of Iran’s parliament in session.The majority of Iranian lawmakers have expressed their support for the struggle of the Bahraini people against oppressive moves taken by the Al Khalifah regime.In a Tuesday s...

French President Francois Hollande criticizes Turkey's 'contradictory interventions' in Syria

French President Francois Hollande gestures as he addresses French ambassadors on August 30, 2016 in Paris. (AFP photo)French President Francois Hollande has criticized Turkey for expanding its military intervention in Syria, saying the action would...

Iran rejects ‘meddlesome’ remarks by Arab League chief

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram QassemiIran has dismissed “meddlesome” remarks by the Secretary General of the Arab League (AL) Ahmed Aboul Gheit about three Iranian islands in the Persian Gulf, inviting him to brush up on&nbs...

Iraq blacklists 3 tankers for shipping Kurdistan's oil

This file photo shows the SN Olivia tanker.The Iraqi state oil firm has put on its blacklist three tankers involved in shipping crude from the semi-autonomous northern region of Kurdistan, which has been bypassing the central government in Baghd...

Turkish, Kurdish forces in Syria agree to stop fighting: US official

Turkish soldiers seat in a tank driving to Syria from the Turkish-Syrian border city of Karkamis in the southern region of Gaziantep, August 27, 2016. (AFP)A US military official says Turkish and Kurdish forces in northern Syria have reached a "loose...

Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet leaders in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, UK at G20 summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin (AFP photo)Russian President Vladimir Putin is to hold a series of high-profile meetings with Turkish, British and Saudi leaders, among others, as part of his schedule for attending a summit in China in early Septembe...

Syria receives medical supplies shipped from Cuba

A two-tonne shipment of medicine, including vaccines, sent from Cuba has arrived in Syria, which has been gripped by foreign-sponsored militancy over the past five years.The Cuban package arrived at Damascus International Airport on Mo...

Palestinian lives matter and not just when they are lost

The sun sets on the Israel-Gaza border January 4, 2009. (REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis)Palestine has never been the same since the 1917 Balfour Declaration, by which the British government allowed “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for th...

Daesh says spokesman killed in Syria’s Aleppo

Daesh’s spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani (Wikipedia)Daesh has announced that its spokesman and overseer of external operations, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, has been killed in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo.On Tuesday, the groups’ news ou...


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