The Middle East’s nuclear technology clock starts ticking

James M. Dorsey | The Middle East’s nuclear technology clock is ticking as nations pursue peaceful capabilities that potentially leave the door open to future...

What is actually happening in Eastern Ghouta?

Sophie Mangal | Currently, the situation around Eastern Ghouta can only be described as drastic. Jaysh Al-Islam along with Faylaq al Rahman militants are blocking...

What was the purpose of the Jordanian king’s visit to India?

News Analysis | Jordanian king, Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein’s three-day visit to India is starting from today (February 27, 2018). He is expected to exchange...

President Bashar al-Assad’s bombing campaign kills more than 500 people in Syria

AFP | Desperate civilians trapped in one of the most ferocious assaults of Syria's civil war awaited aid and medical help Monday after regime airstrikes...

Gulf crisis shows separation of sports and politics unlikely

James M Dorsey | The Gulf crisis that has pitted World Cup host Qatar against a United Arab Emirates-Saudi Arabia-led alliance for the past eight...

Iraq, Saudi face off in bout of football diplomacy

AFP | Iraq is hosting a football international against Saudi Arabia on Wednesday for the first time in almost four decades, in a friendly encounter...

US to open Jerusalem embassy in May for Israel’s 70th anniversary

AFP | The United States said Friday it will relocate its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem in May, bringing forward the contested move to coincide...

Russia tested ‘over 200 new weapons’ in Syria: MP

AFP | Russia has tested over 200 new types of arms in Syria during its campaign in support of President Bashar al-Assad, a senior lawmaker...

Netanyahu’s friend agrees to testify against him on corruption probe

AFP | One of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's closest confidants has agreed to testify against him in a graft probe, Israeli police said Wednesday,...
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Foreign secretary speaks on foreign policy challenges

GVS: The world around us is changing, transforming at a rapid pace; how Pakistan’s foreign Office looks at all that? Foreign Secretary, Ms. Tehmina Janjua:...

China’s step into the maelstrom of the Middle East

James M Dorsey | China’s abandonment of non-interference is manifested by its (largely ineffective) efforts to mediate conflicts in South Sudan, Syria and Afghanistan as...

Battle to free Mosul of IS ‘intellectual terrorism’

AFP | In a classroom of the University of Mosul, in the Islamic State group's former Iraqi capital, around 50 volunteers have undergone a week's...

Saudi Arabia and Iran battle it out in Azerbaijan

James M Dorsey | It’s the pot calling the kettle black. As Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of seeking to encircle it with its support for...

Israel corruption case turns spotlight on PM Netanyahu and family

AFP | Israeli police accusations this week against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu involving fancy cigars, champagne and jewellery have revived older stories of alleged misbehaviour...

Pakistan Army contingent to be deployed to Saudi Arabia

News Analysis | Pakistan Army is sending a contingent to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) on a training and advice mission according to a...

Saudi cleric endorses Valentine’s Day as ‘positive event’

AFP | A prominent Saudi cleric on Wednesday endorsed Valentine's Day, long forbidden in the ultra-conservative kingdom, calling it a "positive social event" that was...

Corrupt Israeli PM to be investigated by police

AFP | Israeli police recommended Tuesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted for alleged corruption, shaking the country's politics and raising questions over whether...

Saudi Arabia surrenders great mosque in Brussels

James M Dorsey | Saudi Arabia, in an indication that it is serious about shaving off the sharp edges of its Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism, has...

Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi undergoes trial behind closed doors

AFP | A Palestinian teenager charged after a viral video showed her hitting two Israeli soldiers in a case that has gained global attention went...

US evacuates ISIS militants from Syria and Iraq to Afghanistan

Sophie Mangal | On Sunday, February 4, 2018, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami stated that the US is transferring ISIS to Afghanistan to...

What was Israel’s PM up to in Moscow?

Andrew Korybko | Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s meeting with President Putin last week was very significant. The “Israeli” premier traveled to Moscow to meet with...

Asia’s dark underbelly: Conflicts threaten long-term stability and development

James M. Dorsey | A host of conflicts, stretching across the Asian landmass from the Middle East to Southeast Asia and northwest China, are likely...

Saudis ban botox lips for Camels at beauty pageant

AFP | Huddled together on a dusty racetrack, Saudi judges scrutinise pouty lips and shapely humps in a high-stakes camel beauty pageant mired in scandal after botox and cosmetic...

Saudi government to tighten fundraising laws to promote moderate Islam

James M Dorsey | A Saudi draft law could constitute a first indication that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s vow to return the kingdom to...

Gulf crisis continues to fuel the fire in Syria and Iran

James M Dorsey | Turkish allegations of Saudi, Emirati and Egyptian support for the outlawed Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) threaten to turn Turkey’s military offensive...

Is Saudi inspired ultra-conservatism leading to worsening Shiite conditions in Malaysia?

James M Dorsey | Allegedly kidnapped, forty-three-year old Malaysian activist Amri Che Mat, a foreign exchange trader and mountain climber, has not been heard of...

Is the Saudi Crown Prince still encouraging moderate Islam?

James M Dorsey | Recent Algerian media reports detailing Saudi propagation of a quietist, apolitical yet supremacist and anti-pluralistic form of Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism raises...

Is Gulf crisis turning Qatar into the region’s Israel?

James M Dorsey | Prominent US constitutional lawyer and scholar Alan M. Dershowitz raised eyebrows when he described Qatar as “the Israel of the Gulf...

Palestinian President seeks EU support after US row

AFP | Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas will seek EU support in Brussels on Monday amid bitter acrimony with the United States, but he looks unlikely...

Israeli PM says he does not consider Pakistan an enemy

News Analysis | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stressed that his country is not an enemy of Pakistan and that the South Asian nation...

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Universe brought me to Pakistan & Pakistanis guided me to Islam: Rosie Gabrielle

Canadian solo traveler, Rosie Gabrielle, embraced Islam following her long stay in Pakistan last year. Gabrielle posted her image in a white gown and...

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