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Barzani: We are ready for dialogue, but after Kurdish referendum

Friday, 22 September 2017

Massoud Barzani, president of the Kurdistan region of Iraq announced on Friday that the disputed independence referendum will go ahead on September 25. Barzani, who has been under international pressure to delay the vote, defiantly told his supporters that the referendum would go ahead as scheduled and that “anyone who opposes it can go to the ballot box and vote no”. Saudi Arabia called upon the parties concerned to engage in dialogue in order to achieve the interests of the Iraqi ...

Houthi rockets fired from Yemen land on Saudi mountain village

Friday, 22 September 2017

An official source at the Coalition Command said that rockets fired from Yemen on Thursday landed on an elementary school in a mountain village at Al-Arda Governorate in the Jazan province. In the statement the coalition said that the rockets also landed on a housing area which resulted in structural damage but no deaths or injuries have been reported. The coalition confirmed that the rockets were launched by Houthi militias from the Yemeni territories, stressing that these attacks represent a ...

Jordan’s young crown prince makes global debut in UN speech

Friday, 22 September 2017

Just a year out of college, Jordan’s crown prince has made his debut on the world’s biggest stage, addressing the UN General Assembly – the clearest sign yet that he is on a fast track to a prominent public role at home and abroad. The accelerated roll-out of 23-year-old Crown Prince Hussein underscores the continuity of the family - a reassuring prospect for Western and Arab allies who view the stability of the kingdom, a front-line state in the battle against extremism, as a ...

Report: Rockets hit Damascus airport area in probable Israeli attack

Friday, 22 September 2017

Two rockets struck near Damascus airport at dawn on Friday, Lebanese TV station al-Mayadeen reported, an attack it said had probably been carried out by Israeli warplanes from outside Syria’s borders.Al-Mayadeen gave no further details in the report carried in a news flash on screen. An Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment on the reports of the air strike, saying: “We do not respond to such reports.”Earlier this month, the Syrian army reported an Israeli air strike ...

Saudi cleric suspended for making controversial remarks about women

Friday, 22 September 2017

A Saudi cleric has been suspended after he made derogatory remarks about women in a public lecture.Sheikh Saad al-Hijri, member of the Asir province religious jurisprudence committee, said during a lecture in the southwestern city of Khamis Mushait that women should not drive because they lack reason and religious commitment.Al-Hijri went on to say that women have only “a quarter of a mind” therefore they cannot make decisions involved while being behind the wheel. The lecture ...

Iran’s Rouhani vows to strengthen missiles despite US criticism

Friday, 22 September 2017

President Hassan Rouhani vowed on Friday that Iran would boost its ballistic missile capabilities despite criticism from the United States and also France.“Whether you like it or not, we are going to strengthen our military capabilities which are necessary for deterrence,” Rouhani said in a speech marking the anniversary of the outbreak of Iran’s devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq.“We will strengthen not only our missiles but also our air, land and sea ...

Syrian opposition figure, daughter murdered in Istanbul

Friday, 22 September 2017

A Syrian opposition figure and her daughter were found murdered in their Istanbul apartment on Thursday night. Orouba Barakat and her daughter Hala were stabbed to death. Turkish police found their bodies in their apartment in Istanbul’s area of Uskudar. The police, however, has not issued any information about the murder yet. Orouba’s sister Shaza wrote on Facebook: “The hand of tyranny and injustice assassinated my sister Doctor Orouba and her daughter Hala in their ...

On the eve of its National Day, some quick facts about Saudi Arabia

Friday, 22 September 2017

The Saudi National Day is celebrated on September 23 every year to commemorate the establishment of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Here are some facts about the country: • Saudi Arabia has 83,000 square miles in area, which makes it the 13th largest country in the world. • It is the largest country in the world without river. • Riyadh has the world’s biggest camel market and it sells about 100 camels per day. • Saudi Arabia will have the World’s Tallest Building in ...

Report: Faulty devices help keep Iran in nuclear deal limits

Friday, 22 September 2017

Frequent breakdowns of advanced uranium enrichment devices have inadvertently helped Iran comply with restrictions in the international agreement curbing its nuclear program, according to a new report by a Washington-based think tank.Iranian compliance also is due to tougher policing by US President Donald Trump’s administration of the 2015 pact to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons, the Institute for Science and International Security said in a report due on Friday. A copy of ...

At UN, Bangladesh PM urges ‘safe zones’ for Myanmar’s Rohingya

Friday, 22 September 2017

Bangladesh’s prime minister on Thursday proposed creating UN-supervised safe zones inside Myanmar to protect Rohingya Muslims who are fleeing a military crackdown to seek refuge in her country.“These people must be able to return to their homeland in safety, security and dignity,” Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told the UN General Assembly.OPINION: Humanitarian catastrophe in Myanmar The United Nations says more than 420,000 Rohingya have fled for safety to Bangladesh in the ...

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