North Korea cancels planned meeting with Pence

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

US Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to meet with North Korean officials, including leader Kim Jong Un’s sister, while in South Korea for the Winter Olympics this month but the North Koreans canceled at the last minute, US officials said on Tuesday. “North Korea dangled a meeting in hopes of the Vice President softening his message, which would have ceded the world stage for their propaganda during the Olympics,” Pence’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers, said in a ...

Rape-accused Tariq Ramadan faces US charges as ‘Muslim victim comes forward’

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Rape-accused Muslim academic Tariq Ramadan could now face charges in the United States after American attorney Rabia Chaudry said she had referred an alleged victim to a federal prosecutor this week. Ramadan is currently being held in a French prison since February 2 on charges that he raped two women in Paris and Lyon. Chaudry confirmed to Al Arabiya English that she had referred “a Muslim victim” to the prosecutor, declining to comment on the matter further or explaining exactly ...

Is China winning ‘quantum race’ against the US?

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Although science often appears hostile to the irrational and the fantastic, it paradoxically manifests the stuff of fairy tales into reality. In fact, when it comes to quantum mechanics (the physics of subatomic particles), the scientific gobbledegook often appears more bizarre than the sophistry of the magic arts. The space within Thus quantum physicists posit that we live in an 11-dimensional reality (c.f. the superstring theory) but are consciously aware of only three dimensions – ...

Adil Rasheed

Russia ‘hacking’ American elections

Monday, 19 February 2018

US special counsel Robert Mueller’s recent report which he discussed at a Congress hearing session frankly indicted Russian figures and exposed the depth of Russia’s infiltration of American affairs and not just of American elections.Mueller’s report accused 13 Russians of involvement in a conspiracy that aims to influence the results of the 2016 presidential elections by using Facebook and Instagram accounts.Mueller’s report and American media reports have spoken about ...

Mashari Althaydi

US still unsure who directed Syria attack, despite Russian deaths

Sunday, 18 February 2018

The United States is still unsure who directed a Feb. 7 attack on U.S. and U.S.-backed forces in Syria, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday, even as he acknowledged accounts that Russian civilian contractors were involved. Reuters has reported that about 300 men working for a Kremlin-linked Russian private military firm were either killed or injured in Syria. The U.S. has estimated about 100 pro-Syrian government forces were killed by U.S. strikes to repel the ...

Saudi student in the US dies as he prepares to return home after 11 years

Saturday, 17 February 2018

After nearly 11 years of hard work to fulfil his Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate degree, Saudi expat in the US, Fares al-Salameh, suddenly died of natural causes just before returning to Saudi Arabia. Salameh was sent on a scholarship to complete his higher education in the US by Majmaah University in Saudi Arabia. Salameh pursued the field of Computer Science. The Saudi Cultureal Attaché in the US, Dr. Mohammed al-Essa, said that Fares died of natural causes as there were no criminal ...

Trump visits Florida hospital to pay respects after shooting

Saturday, 17 February 2018

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited a Florida hospital Friday to offer their respects to the victims of a mass shooting that claimed 17 lives at a nearby high school.The first couple visited Broward Health North Hospital, where a white house official said they would thank medical staff “for their life-saving assistance.”The pair are also expected to visit the Broward County sheriff's office “to meet with the law enforcement officials whose bravery ...

Syria continues to unravel in post-ISIS war

Saturday, 17 February 2018

The war in Syria has not ended. In fact, the phase of ‘post-ISIS wars’ has just started. Syria remains a dangerous link between regional conflicts and the great powers, despite the defeat of ISIS in the east. The recent confrontation between Iran and Israel in Syria is only one of the few possibilities that could fuel the next phase of civil war in Syria.A messier quagmireTurkey has opened a direct confrontation with the People’s Protection Units in the northern Kurdish town of ...

Huda al-Husseini

‘I’m going to be a professional school shooter’, said Florida massacre accused

Friday, 16 February 2018

The 19-year-old man accused of shooting 17 people to death at a Florida high school legally purchased the assault rifle used in the killings and may have foreshadowed the attack in a social media comment investigated by the FBI last year, authorities said on Thursday. New details about the troubled background and gun ownership of the suspect, Nikolas Cruz, emerged as he appeared in court to face formal charges of carrying out the second-deadliest mass shooting at a public school in US history. ...

US Senate rejects immigration bills, leaves Dreamers in limbo

Friday, 16 February 2018

The US Senate rejected a series of bills to protect “Dreamer” immigrants on Thursday, leaving in limbo the future of 1.8 million young adults brought to the United States illegally as children. The Senate failed to get the 60 votes needed to move forward on four separate proposals, including one backed by President Donald Trump and a separate bipartisan bill that had been the most likely to win approval in the deeply divided Senate. Trump helped defeat the bipartisan bill, which went ...

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