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polls

Israel polls: Tight race denies majority to Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main challenger Benny Gantz awaited results from the country's general election on Wednesday after exit polls showed...
Iran

Trump did not carry out his threat on Iran last time – what will...

Donald Trump famously cancelled a missile strike on Iran in June, but Tehran will not be resting easy following the unpredictable president's warning that...
Saudi

“Looks like Iran is responsible”, Trump on Saudi oil attacks

The United States readied its response Monday to the "unprecedented" attack on Saudi oil facilities as President Donald Trump said Iran was likely to...
Iraq

Iraq makes landmark electricity import deal to fill power gap

Iraq on Sunday signed a landmark deal with the Gulf Cooperation Council for a transmission line that would import 500 magawatts of electricity to...
oil

Locked and Loaded: Trump says US is ready to defend Saudis after oil attack

President Donald Trump said Sunday the US is "locked and loaded" to respond to attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure that Washington blamed on Iran,...
Oil

Oil prices rocket to record high after attacks on Saudi facilities

Oil prices saw a record surge Monday after attacks on two Saudi facilities slashed output in the world's top producer by half, fuelling fresh...
Saudi

Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s sister sentenced to jail in France

A French court on Thursday handed a 10-month suspended sentence to a sister of the Saudi crown prince over the beating of a workman...
official

US to reveal evidence proving Saudi government is linked to 9/11

The US Justice Department said Thursday that it would unmask the long-protected name of a Saudi official who allegedly had ties to the Al-Qaeda...
Netanyahu

Israel’s Netanyahu under fire from all sides over annexation plan

AFP | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's pre-election pledge to annex the West Bank's Jordan Valley drew praise from right-wing allies Wednesday, but opponents called...
abaya

Defiant Saudi women abandon abaya

AFP | Her high heels clacking on marble tiles, a defiant Saudi woman turned heads and drew gasps as she strutted through a Riyadh mall...
Shiite

More than 30 dead in stampede at Imam Hussain’s shrine

AFP | More than 30 pilgrims were killed and dozens injured Tuesday in a stampede at a major shrine in the Iraqi city of Karbala...
Jordan Valley

Annexing Jordan Valley: Netanyahu’s new campaign promise

AFP | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a deeply controversial pledge on Tuesday to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if...
media

War between ‘electronic armies’ further divides Iraq

AFP | Journalists, activists and researchers in Iraq are facing a wave of accusations and threats by shadowy online groups they suspect are linked to...
peace

Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan in tatters as chief planner quits

AFP | Jason Greenblatt, a key architect of President Donald Trump's troubled Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, announced his resignation Thursday. His departure places another question mark...
Combat

Pakistan all set to add 36 Mirage-V Combat Aircraft to its arsenal

News Desk | Pakistan Air Force will strike a deal with Egypt for Mirage-V Combat aircraft amid rising tensions with India on Kashmir issue. Egypt and...
Iran

Iran will further accelerate its nuclear processes: Deal with EU unlikely

President Hassan Rouhani said Iran will announce a new step in scaling back its nuclear commitments by Thursday despite a diplomatic push for relief...
Dubai

Dubai’s economy is in turmoil, and it wont’t be getting better any time soon

AFP | A slowdown in Dubai's economy since 2014 is forecast to carry on through 2022 due to low oil prices, fallout from the US-China...
Saudi

Yemen catastrophe: Hazards of Saudi interventionist policy

AFP | Saudi Arabia is confronting the perils of its combative foreign policy as it slides further into a military quagmire in Yemen, one of...
Iran

Iran will not hold any talks with US unless sanctions are lifted

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday ruled out holding any bilateral talks with the United States, saying the Islamic republic is opposed to such...
Hezbollah

Attack us and we will strike deep inside Israel, Hezbollah says

AFP | Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah threatened Monday to hit "deep inside" Israel, a day after an exchange of fire on the Lebanese-Israeli border sparked...
prison

More than 100 killed in air strike on Yemen prison: ICRC

AFP | More than 100 people are believed to have been killed in an airstrike by the Saudi-led military coalition on a detention centre in...
Iranian

‘Good morning, Donald Trump’: Iranian Minister mocks Trump over Tweet

An Iranian satellite involved in this week’s failed launch miraculously survived a large on-site explosion, according to a Tehran minister who taunted the US...
attacks

Israel attacks Iraq covertly, Iraq to take matter to UNSC

Iraq's government is preparing a complaint to the UN after finding Israel is "certainly" behind several attacks on Hashed al-Shaabi bases, a parliamentarian and...
Iran

Iran Issues Rare Criticism of India over Kashmir

Iran’s Supreme Leader and a group of the country’s grand ayatollahs have taken a rare position on Kashmir and condemned India’s government for eliminating...
Protest

Protest: The King is dead, long live the king

Dr. James M. Dorsey | Protesters occupy streets in cities ranging from Hong Kong and Moscow to Khartoum and Algiers. They would likely do so...
government

Yemen government accuses UAE of launching air strikes on its troops

AFP | Yemen's government on Thursday accused the UAE of launching airstrikes against its troops in the interim capital Aden in support of separatists who...
Iran

Iran will not stop making atomic advances unless US lifts all sanctions

AFP | The United States must observe a landmark nuclear deal and halt "economic terrorism" against Iran if it wants to hold talks, the Islamic...
Harvard

Palestinian Harvard student sent back after social media search

AFP | A Palestinian teenager admitted to Harvard University said he was detained for hours at Boston's airport and refused entry into the United States...
US

US State Dept removes ‘Palestine’ as a country from its website

AFP | Palestinian leaders are in an uproar after the US State Department's website removed the territories from its list of countries and areas, following...
Saudi

Saudi Arab’s modernization continues: Shops stay open during prayers

AFP | With burger patties sizzling over a hot grill, a Saudi eatery did the unthinkable as a muezzin's call to prayer sent Muslim worshippers...

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