Middle East

Trump administration bans Laptops, Tablets & electronic devices on flights from 8 Muslim countries

David Shepardson & Mark Hosenball with News Desk Input Passengers travelling on certain U.S.-bound foreign airline flights will have to check electronic devices larger than...

Saudi’s Prince Mohammad calls President Trump a ‘true friend of Muslims’

On Tuesday, a meeting took place between Donald Trump, President of United States and Mohammad bin Salman, Deputy Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. This is...

How Egyptian Courts failed its Spring Revolution? Story of hopes betrayed

Salma Essam| The retelling of historical narratives requires someone with a good knack for storytelling, a silver tongue if you will. The way you deliver...

King Salman’s visit to China & Malaysia: What Saudis Want?

James M. Dorsey | Yet Salman’s geopolitical concerns go far beyond whether the US remains a reliable guarantor of regional security. Saudi Arabia is locked...

After Pak-Army’s success in securing PSL Qatar wants Pak-Army assistance for World Cup

Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Prime Minister of Qatar, met with General Qamar Bajwa, Army Chief of Pakistan, on Tuesday and requested...

Kuwait lifts visa ban on Pakistanis – Success of Nawaz Diplomacy

News Analysis The government of Kuwait on Tuesday decided to lift visa-ban over Pakistani applicants. The decision came in the wake of a meeting between...

Human rights violation in Sudan in the name of Sharia’h

Minahil Toor | Authoritarian regimes running on religious basis have always helped dictators keep their public quiet. Similar is the case of Sudan where we...

Demolition of Arab houses by Israel faces countrywide protests

Dov Lieber and Times of Israel Staff | Jewish, Arab protesters accuse officials of racism, incitement against minorities, say treatment vastly different to that of...

Trump Team’s Dark View of Islam: Where its coming from?

Dr. Moeed Pirzada | On Feb 1, 2017, three leading investigative reporters of New York Times, each distinguished in his own right - Scott Shane, Mathew...

By targeting Iran Trump stokes sectarian fires across the Middle East

James M. Dorsey| By singling out Iran rather than tackling root causes, the Trump administration risks fuelling sectarianism across the Muslim world and exacerbating multiple...

Trump-Netanyahu bromance and the dismal future for Palestinians

ISRAEL’S Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, is in a bind. He prefers the status quo whereby Israel occupies the West Bank, allowing the 2.9m Palestinians...

Iranians worried about Trump’s “real intentions” & future of Iran-US Nuclear Deal

News Analysis Trump’s hostility towards Iran and his proximity towards Israel was clear from his repeated statements before and after the elections. But even then...

Is Trump condoning General Sissi’s terror on Egyptians?

James M. Dorsey | An Egyptian government decision to designate soccer icon Mohammed Aboutreika as a terrorist coupled with the recent arrest of more than...

Obama quietly sends $221 million to Palestinian Authority

Alex Christoforou | It has been reported that as one of his last acts as President, Obama quietly sent $221 million to the Palestinian Authority...

No rules apply to Raheel Sharif taking a job in Saudi Arabia

Pakistan's Defence Minister Khawaja Asif finally revealed that General (r) Raheel Sharif has not yet asked for permission from any institution in the country;...

Why Obama thinks Netanyahu is destroying the two-state solution?

Despite, enormous peacemaking efforts past several decades, the Israeli-Palestine conflict is still deemed as one of the most intractable conflicts in the world, and...

Muslim country, Morocco bans sale of burqas: violation of female rights?

The kingdom of Morocco, a Muslim country with population of 34 million people has banned the sale and production of burqas. The Moroccan media...

Benjamin Netanyahu questioned again by Israeli police over gifts

Israeli PM is alleged to have accepted ‘favours’ from businesspeople but denies wrongdoing Israeli police have questioned the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, for the second...

John Kerry blames Britain for derailing Obama’s plan for intervention in Syria

The US secretary of state made the link explicit between British parliament’s vote against air strikes and Obama’s failure to enforce his ‘red line’....

UAE Financial Regulations may soon become Pakistan’s next political scandal

UAE based banks have started sending out notices, to all wealthy account holders, asking them to provide information on their citizenship and tax resident...

Aleppo battle: Hopes rise for evacuation of rebel-held areas

Hopes have risen that a planned evacuation of rebel-held parts of the Syrian city of Aleppo will now begin soon, after an earlier deal...

Who was behind Cairo church bombing?

CAIRO — Egyptian officials said today they have arrested four suspects and identified a man they believe to be the suicide bomber responsible for...

Saudi-Egypt crisis leaves Israel concerned

Mountains of words have been written about the wonders of the “Sunni axis” of pragmatic Arab states, each of which maintains an “extramarital affair” — that is, low-profile...

Will Israel expand settlement to Jerusalem border?

The court-ordered evacuation of the illegal Amona outpost in the West Bank (scheduled for Dec. 25 at the latest), and the proposed outpost Regularization...

Found at an Islamic State training camp: bunk beds, weapons manuals, steroids

MOSUL, Iraq — The bunk beds that fill the rooms sleep more than 80 Islamic State recruits. On the walls, posters detail the components of...

Did Obama just sign the last waiver before Trump moves the U.S. Embassy in...

JERUSALEM — As he has every six months of his administration, President Obama signed a waiver Thursday ordering the U.S. Embassy in Israel to...

Operation in Syria only targets terror, Erdoğan clarifies

Turkey’s military operation in Syria is not against any country or person but terror groups in general, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said, in...

Turkish soldiers killed by Syrian air strikes: Military

In first such incident on Syrian territory, three dead and 10 wounded in attack near northern city of Al Bab. The Turkish military says...

Lebanon’s tourism sector suffers with lack of Gulf tourists

The road was empty. Dried leaves danced on vacant sidewalks, their rustling clearly audible as they rolled on the ground. Gazing upon the scene...

Tensions flare between Hezbollah, Gulf states

The undeclared war between some Arab Gulf countries and Lebanon's Hezbollah is on again, as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Oct. 31 sentenced seven people to prison...

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