Almost 1 billion passengers through EU airports last year

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

The number of air travel passengers in the European Union increased by 5.9 percent last year, continuing a steady rise over the past decade. Airports in the EU saw 972.7 million passengers travel in the 28-nation bloc. Britain saw the most traffic, taking a quarter of all passengers, with 249 million. It was followed by Germany, Spain, France and Italy. Passenger traffic declined only in Belgium and Slovenia, the EU statistics agency Eurostat said Wednesday. London’s Heathrow airport ...

Arsenal’s Giroud reaches ton in win, Lokomotiv striker bags quick treble

Friday, 29 September 2017

Arsenal led a list of nine clubs who grabbed a second win in as many games in the Europa League group phase as France striker Olivier Giroud scored his 100th goal for the club in a 4-2 win at BATE Borisov on Thursday. AC Milan, Braga, Dynamo Kiev, Lazio, Nice, Ostersund, Steaua Bucharest and Zenit St Petersburg also won again to add to their success from the opening matchday on Sept. 14. Former Portugal international Manuel Fernandes scored a hat-trick in the first 17 ...

EU plans to take 50,000 refugees from Africa, Mideast

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

The EU unveiled plans on Wednesday (Sept 27) to take at least 50,000 refugees directly from Africa, the Middle East and Turkey to discourage migrant boats from making the risky Mediterranean crossing. The proposal involves admitting refugees to European Union countries over the next two years under the bloc’s resettlement programme, which was introduced during the migration crisis that hit the continent in 2015. “We need to open real alternatives to taking perilous irregular journeys ...

Muslims willing to embrace non-Muslims in Europe, EU survey finds

Thursday, 21 September 2017

A survey of Muslims in 15 European Union countries finds most are willing to embrace non-Muslims, but they often feel rebuffed by the majority populations of the places they live. The findings released Thursday by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights reflect the views of 10,527 Muslim immigrants and children of immigrants who were interviewed between October 2015 and July 2016. Nine out of 10 of those surveyed reported having non-Muslim friends and 92 percent said they tended to feel ...

Qatar enters Turkey-EU fray to ‘resolve’ crisis with GCC?

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani’s visit to Ankara, before he headed to Berlin and Paris on his way to New York for the United Nations General Assembly meetings, sent several political signals and messages. One of the messages was directed toward Qatari people and to the Qatari opposition conference, which was held in London on September 14, that the regime in Doha remains strong. The second message aims to seek assistance from Turkey as a strategic partner, along with Germany ...

Shehab Al-Makahleh

Does the religion of your neighbor matter to you?

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

There are plenty of things that can annoy us about our neighbors.From the ones who steal our parking spaces to those who hold parties until the early hours, I was certain most of us would share the same view on what makes a good neighbor.That’s why the results of a recent German survey about neighbors baffled me so much.The research, by Bertelsmann Stiftung –an independent foundation under private law - as part of the Religious Monitor 2017 project, revealed that around a fifth of ...

Bodies of 16 migrants found in Libya’s eastern desert

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Libyan security forces said on Tuesday that the bodies of 16 migrants had been found in the desert near the country’s border with Egypt. The bodies were found about 310 kilometers southwest of the coastal city of Tobruk, said Ahmed al-Mismari, spokesman for the Libyan National Army. He said the area was still being searched and no more details were available about the migrants’ identities. In the past, patrols and rescuers have recovered the ...

Fears of new migrant 'Jungle' in the heart of Europe

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Hundreds of migrants sleep in the shadow of high-rises in downtown Brussels, raising fears in the EU capital of a new "Jungle", similar to the dismantled camp in Calais.  

Europe under attack: How does a terrorist mind tick?

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Several major or minor motives have been ascribed to terrorists, who have carried out recent attacks across Europe. It is averred that their major motive is the desire to exact revenge from states and communities “that oppose the Muslim ‘Ummah’ and Muslims.” Although terror attacks in Europe are usually claimed by the ISIS, many security agencies differ over the extent to which this terror group has links with the lone wolves conducting these attacks.What thought drives ...

Radwan al-Sayed

Europe’s extremism problem

Thursday, 17 August 2017

In a panel discussion of MiSK Tweeps held on the sidelines of the Riyadh summit on May 22, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir addressed the French allegations of Saudi support for Islamic extremism in France, saying: “We have long been accused of supporting and financing extremist mosques and Islamic centers in France. The Saudi response has always been to ask for proof in order to shut those centers down. Nevertheless, we end up in a barren discussion with the French side having no such ...

Dr. Ibrahim Al-Othaimin

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