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Russian forces arrive in southern Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 A.M.) – Russian paratroopers and special forces arrived in the Al-Sweida Governorate of southern Syria this week, following the …

Syria

Trumps arrive in Saudi Arabia for president’s first foreign tour

The Trumps have touched down in Saudi Arabia for the president’s first foreign trip since taking office.<p>Donald Trump begins the eight-day tour of the Middle East and Europe in Riyadh where he is to set out his “hopes of a peaceful vision of Islam.”<p>Getting ready for my big foreign trip. Will be …

Middle East

Hack me if you can: How governments in the Middle East snoop on human-rights activists

Hack me if you canHow governments in the Middle East snoop on human-rights activists<p>Phishing for dissidents<p>print-edition iconPrint edition | Middle …

Middle East

How Israel is targeting Palestinian institutions

Recent raid of Arab Studies Society's Jerusalem office highlights a long-standing problem, rights groups say.<p><b>Jerusalem -</b> When Israeli police showed up at the maps and survey department of the Arab Studies Society's office in Jerusalem last month, director Khalil Tufakji was surprised to receive a …

Iranian President Rouhani wins reelection by a landslide

ISTANBUL — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was reelected to a second term by a landslide, the interior minister declared Saturday, presenting him a resounding endorsement of his plans to end Iran's pariah status and rejoin the global economy.<p>With 57 percent of the vote, Rouhani defeated his …

Iran

Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia in first foreign trip

US president receives warm welcome by King Salman as he seeks to repair ties with Washington's closest Arab ally.<p>US President Donald Trump has arrived in Saudi Arabia on the first leg of his first foreign trip since taking office, in a crucial test abroad as political scandals mount at home.<p>In a …

Middle East

وزير خارجية (قطر:) العلاقة الإيجابية مع (إيران) واجبة.. واختلاف الرأي مع (دول_الخليج) "صحي لإثراء النقاش" #تطبيق_نبض

دبي، الإمارات العربية المتحدة (CNN)-- رأى وزير الخارجية القطري، الشيخ محمد بن عبدالرحمن آل ثاني، أن دول الخليج تحتاج إلى إقامة علاقات "طيبة" مع …

S Sudan refugees 'hold 13 UN staff hostage' in DRC camp

UN official says negotiations ongoing with 100 unarmed refugees at camp in eastern DRC after MONUSCO staff held.<p>Thirteen United Nations mission staff have been taken hostage by 100 unarmed South Sudanese refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo, demanding to be moved to a third country, …

Egypt declares state of emergency after church bombings

President Sisi says three-month emergency law will be imposed after ISIL-claimed blasts at Coptic churches kill dozens.<p>Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi says a three-month state of emergency will be imposed after two bomb blasts killed dozens of worshippers in Coptic Christian churches.<p>The …

The U.S. strike in Syria failed to change anything

This week’s airstrike didn’t have much of a real impact.<p>In the aftermath of the United States’ decision to fire 59 missiles at an airbase in Syria on …

Trump's U.N. envoy says ouster of al-Assad is a priority of U.S.

| WASHINGTON<p>U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said in an interview that she sees regime change in Syria as one of the Trump administration's priorities in the country wracked by civil war.<p>Defeating Islamic State, pushing Iranian influence out of Syria, and the ouster of Syrian …

Syria

Assad Allies Say U.S. Attack on Syria Air Base Crosses ‘Red Lines’

A joint command center made up of the forces of Russia, Iran and militias supporting Syrian President Bashar al Assad said the U.S. strike on a …

Syria

Analysis: Egyptians see failed security in Palm Sunday church attacks

<b>(CNN) —</b> Fashil -- "failed" -- that's how many Egyptians, particularly Coptic Christians, are describing their government's handling of security in Egypt in the aftermath of the Palm Sunday bombings in Alexandria and Tanta.<p>The bombings, claimed by ISIS, left at least 43 dead and almost 120 …

Terrorism

Trump's Unlawful Attack in Syria

Trump launched an attack on Bashar al-Assad’s government without the legal authority to do so.<p>"It should be more easy to get out of war than into it," Oliver Ellsworth told the Philadelphia Convention on August 17, 1787.<p>With the malignant political genius of the nuclear age, Americans have reversed …

Why is Egypt's Christian minority targeted?

The twin church bombings which killed at least 48 worshippers were one of the deadliest in recent memory.<p>Two churches packed with Coptic worshippers have been bombed in Egypt, killing more than 40 people and wounding dozens more.<p>The first blast struck St George church in Tanta, a city north of the …

Very interesting launch of report on Syrian civil society by @CfSyria in #Beirut today at @AUB_Lebanon @ifi_aub https://t.co/fNBIg4ulqu

Egyptian, Palestinian leaders meet for reconciliation talks

Egyptian and Palestinian leaders are holding talks in Cairo in what Egyptian media reports are branding a "reconciliation" meeting.<p>Relations between …

Israeli ban targeting boycott supporters raises alarm abroad

| JERUSALEM<p>A law barring foreigners from entering Israel if they back boycotts against the country is causing alarm among liberal American Jews and others who perceive an attempt to suppress critical political opinion.<p>Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing government has long campaigned …

World News

World has just months to stop starvation in Yemen, Somalia: Red Cross

| GENEVA<p>The world has got three to four months to save millions of people in Yemen and Somalia from starvation, as war and drought wreck crops and block deliveries of food and medical care, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Wednesday.<p>The aid agency still needs $300 million to …

World News

East Africa hunger appeal supported by Eddie Redmayne hits £30m in a week

Public urged to keep giving as Redmayne, Bill Nighy and Ben Stiller front major fundraising drive for worst humanitarian crisis since the end of world war two<p>A crisis appeal to support the millions of people at risk of starvation in east Africa has raised £30m in a week.<p>The Disasters Emergency …

The UK has made 10 times more in arms sales to Saudi Arabia than it's given in aid to Yemen

Bustling, buzzing and bartering. That is how I would once have described a typical market (or souk) in Yemen.<p>Not any longer. These days they’re often …

Made in Kuwait: Surviving censorship in the filmmaking industry

<b>KUWAIT CITY</b> - His beard and broad smile seem to hide noticeable artistic frustration. Abdullah Boushahri, 37, is a passionate Kuwaiti filmmaker and …

Diplomatic strides as Iran's Rouhani sends Kuwait's ruler a letter

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani sent a letter on Monday to Kuwait's ruler, Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, state media reported, a further sign that the two might be trying to defuse tensions between the Islamic Republic and the Gulf Arab states.<p>Predominantly Shi'ite Iran and the Sunni …

Iran

Kuwait Plans to Sell 5 to 10 Year Debt

Kuwait raised $8 billion from its debut international bond sale, becoming the latest oil producer resorting to foreign investors to help bridge …

Best Tanks In The World: Russian T-90s May Be Delivered To Saudi Arabia, Kuwait

Russia is involved in discussions with Saudi Arabia and Kuwait over the delivery of its third-generation main battle tanks, the T-90, the CEO of …

Saudi Arabia

Over 2 million to attend world's biggest Camel fest in Saudi Arabia

The 2017 King Abdulaziz Camel Festival kicked off on 19 March.<p>More than two million people are expected to attend the 2017 King Abdulaziz Camel …

Festivals

Dubai has highest number of self-made Gulf billionaires – report

Dubai is the preferred location for the Gulf’s super-rich with 12 billionaires located in the UAE emirate, according to the first ever list of …

Luxury

AP Interview: Emirates defends security as laptop ban looms

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The president of Emirates, the Middle East's biggest airline, defended security measures at the carrier's Dubai hub on Wednesday and said the ban on personal electronics onboard U.S.-bound flights came without warning.<p>Tim Clark told The Associated Press that he …

Airlines

How A Jordanian Venture Capital Firm Elbowed Its Way Into U.S. Deals

After delivering a rousing pitch for his startup Quartzy, a developer of lab management software, founder Jayant Kulkarni stepped off the stage to …

Venture Capital