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Putin calls for an all-Syrian conference

Friday, 20 October 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin called for an all Syrian conference to be held that includes representatives of all ethnic groups.Speaking at the Valdai forum in Sochi, Putin stressed that Moscow and Washington are cooperating in a stable manner on Syria.“The peace process in Syria is developing positively, although there are still problems,” he said. “We have every reason to believe that we will defeat the terrorists in Syria soon.”“We are concerned about the slow ...

Israeli tanks fire into Syria after shell hits Golan

Friday, 20 October 2017

Israeli tanks fired into Syria on Thursday after a Syrian mortar shell landed in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.“In response to the projectile that hit Israel earlier today, the Israel Defense Forces targeted the sources of fire in the Syrian Golan Heights,” the Israeli Army said in an English-language statement.It did not identify the sources of the Syrian fire nor say whether it considered it to be a deliberate attack or unintentional spillover from the Syrian civil war, as in ...

King Salman makes telephone call to Iraqi PM Abadi

Thursday, 19 October 2017

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud made a telephone call to Prime Minister Dr. Haydar Al-Abadi of Iraq today. According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), during the telephone conversation, they reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries in various fields and ways of enhancing and developing them through the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council.  

UN concerned by reports of forced displacement of Kurds in N.Iraq

Thursday, 19 October 2017

The United Nations expressed concern on Thursday at reports by Kurdish officials that civilians, mainly Kurds, were being forcibly displaced in northern Iraq and their houses and businesses looted and destroyed. “The United Nations urges the Government of Iraq to take every action to halt any violations and ensure that all civilians are protected and that the perpetrators of acts of violence, intimidation and forced displacement of civilians be brought to justice,” the UN Assistance ...

Saudi-Iraqi military talks held in Riyadh

Thursday, 19 October 2017

The Iraqi Defense Ministry said that Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Othman Al-Ghanmi headed a high-level military delegation on Monday for a two-day official visit to Saudi Arabia at the invitation of his Saudi counterpart General Abdul Rahman Al-Bunyan, Chief of Staff of the Saudi Armed Forces. The visit was the first of its kind in decades for a senior Iraqi military official, according to Alsharq Alawsaat newpaper. The visit aimed to “discuss important issues through cooperation ...

VIDEO: Israeli MP walks out after Kuwait’s speaker slams his remarks

Thursday, 19 October 2017

An Israeli member or parliament walked out of an international conference held in Russia after Kuwait's chief lawmaker slammed his comments on imprisoned Palestinian lawmakers at an international conference on Wednesday. “The saying ‘if you have no shame do as you please’ applies to the comments made by this rapist (Israeli) parliament,” National Assembly Speaker Marzouq al-Ghanim told lawmakers gathered at Inter-Parliamentary Union talks, Kuwait’s news agency, KUNA ...

Iran’s Guards say missile programme will accelerate despite pressure

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards said on Thursday that the country’s ballistic missile programme would accelerate despite pressure from the United States and European Union to suspend it, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported. In a major US policy shift, President Donald Trump last Friday refused to certify Tehran’s compliance with a landmark 2015 nuclear deal, signalling he would take a more aggressive approach to Iran over its ballistic missile programme. ...

Hamas calls US comments on unity deal ‘blatant interference’

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Islamist movement Hamas accused the United States of “blatant interference” in Palestinian affairs Thursday after US President Donald Trump’s envoy demanded they disarm and recognise Israel in any unity government. “This is blatant interference in Palestinian affairs because it is the right of our people to choose its government according to their supreme strategic interests,” senior Hamas official Bassem Naim told AFP. He accused Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s ...

Lebanon parliament paves way for budget approval

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Lebanon’s parliament on Wednesday paved the way for the country’s first state budget in 12 years, by passing a law to allow the 2017 budget to be approved before auditing previous years’ accounts, the minister of finance said. Minister of Finance Ali Hassan Khalil told Reuters parliament’s vote opened the door to the budget’s approval when it next meets on Thursday. Successive governments have failed to pass annual budgets due to a string of political crises since ...

Turkey’s Erdogan says may shut Iraqi border any moment

Thursday, 19 October 2017

President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey may shut its border with northern Iraq “at any moment” after closing its air space to the region, Hurriyet newspaper reported on Thursday, reviving a threat first made after Kurds there voted for independence. “We have completely closed our air space to the regional government in northern Iraq,” the paper cited Erdogan as telling reporters on his plane returning from a trip to Poland. “Talks are continuing on what will be done ...

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