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Libyan oil pipeline attacked by ‘militant group’

Sunday, 22 April 2018

A Libyan crude pipeline owned by the al-Waha oil company, feeding the port of Es Sider, was set on fire on Saturday causing the loss of between 70,000 barrels per day and 100,000 bpd, state firm NOC said. NOC said on its Twitter feed the cause of the fire on the El-Zkout - Es Sider pipeline was unknown but a Waha source said a “militant group”, was behind it. The pipeline was attacked in December. Production loss then was also put at between 70,000 barrels a ...

Vive la France: Trump to host glitzy White House state dinner

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Now it’s President Donald Trump’s turn to pull off the ultimate charm offensive. Wined and dined on multiple state visits during his tour of Asia last year, Trump is paying it forward and celebrating nearly 250 years of US-French relations by playing host to President Emmanuel Macron at a glitzy White House state dinner on Tuesday. Months in the making, it’s the first state visit and first big soiree of the Trump era in Washington. “It sounds like what they’re ...

Pakistan: Traders call for reopening of Afghan border

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Pakistani traders have demanded the reopening of an Afghan border point closed last week after a deadly clash between the two sides. Nazir Ahmed, a representative of traders in Parachinar, said Saturday that the closure has badly affected their businesses. Last Sunday’s clash at the Laka Tega border post left five Pakistani paramilitary soldiers dead. Pakistan’s Foreign Office said earlier this week that the incident was addressed through “diplomatic and military ...

Riyadh police stop small, radio remote control plane

Sunday, 22 April 2018

The official spokesman of the Riyadh police said that at 19:50 pm on Saturday, one of the security screening points in Al-Khuzama district in Riyadh observed the flight of a small radio remote control aircraft, in violation of the regulations in the area. The personnel at the security point dealt with it according to the instructions in this regard, the official spokesman said. The authorities have also initiated investigation procedures into the incident.

US Treasury chief may visit China as trade tensions simmer

Sunday, 22 April 2018

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Saturday he may travel to China, a move that could ease tensions between the world's two largest economies, as international policymakers acknowledged Beijing needs to change its trade practices. The United States has threatened to impose tariffs on up to $150 billion of Chinese imports to try to force changes in Beijing's industrial policies, which Washington says are aimed at acquiring American intellectual property. Mnuchin told reporters he was ...

Barbara Bush was ‘first lady of the greatest generation’

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Barbara Bush was the “first lady of the greatest generation.” Addressing former presidents, ambassadors and hundreds of other mourners inside the nation’s largest Episcopal church on Saturday, historian Jon Meacham recalled Barbara Bush’s quick wit that made her so popular. He also spoke of her devotion to her husband of 73 years, former President George H.W. Bush, noting he was the “only boy she ever kissed.” Meacham recalled her work bringing awareness to ...

Iranian general threatens all Israel air bases ‘within reach’

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards vice commander has warned Israel that its airbases are “within reach” and Iran’s “hands are on the trigger and missiles are ready”.The exchange of fiery statements between Iran and Israel took place on Friday as a continuation of the escalation, which started after the Israeli air force targeted the Syrian T-4 airbase two weeks ago, killing at least four Iranians. While Iranian agencies confirmed the killing of seven Iranians of the ...

Chemical Weapons inspectors take samples in Syria’s Douma

Saturday, 21 April 2018

A team of inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) visited a site in Douma, Syria on Saturday to collect samples as it tries to determine whether such weapons were used there on April 7, the agency said. In a statement, the OPCW said it would now evaluate and consider whether the team needs to make a second visit to Douma. Samples will be transported back to the Netherlands and onward to the organization’s network of designated labs for analysis. ...

UAE can’t help if Somalia seeks to self-destruct

Saturday, 21 April 2018

What the UAE has provided to Somalia over the decades and since a civil war and famine ravaged the latter has not been provided by any other state. The UAE’s decision to end its training operations in Somalia, where they have been helping the country raise an army since 2014 does not come as a surprise, especially after Somali security forces detained an Emirati airplane earlier this month and seized money that was allocated for supporting the Somali army and for paying Somali trainees. ...

Mohammed Al-Hammadi

Houthis making ‘mockery of justice’ after sentencing Yemeni mother on death row

Saturday, 21 April 2018

In a serious precedent, the first Yemeni woman faces a death penalty after a politicized judgement issued by a Houthi-controlled court in Sanaa in an unfair trial that lacked transparency and integrity. Asmaa al-Omeissy, 22, was sentenced on charges of “conspiracy and espionage” in favor of one of the countries linked to the coalition fighting to support legitimacy in Yemen. Omeissy, is currently in a Houthi prison in Sanaa facing death and a mother of two children. Observers say she ...

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