Middle East

Saudi Arabia's king issues order allowing women to drive

King Salman ordered the reform in a royal decree delivered on Tuesday night, requesting that drivers licences be issued to women who wanted them<p>Women in Saudi Arabia have been granted the right to drive overturning a cornerstone of Saudi conservatism that had been a cause celebre of activists …

Saudi Arabia

Trump misfired on tweet about Iranian missile launch

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday that Iran had "just test-fired" a missile, he seemed to know something the rest of the government did not. Turns out, he did not.<p>There was no Iranian ballistic missile launch, three U.S. officials said Tuesday.<p>Iran's Revolutionary …

Politics

Syria to consider granting Kurds greater autonomy

Discussions on extended powers for Syrian Kurds to begin once Assad government defeats ISIL, foreign minister says.<p>Syria is considering granting its minority Kurdish population further autonomy for the first time, a government official has said.<p>Walid Muallem, Syria's foreign minister, said his …

Syria

The Real Reason So Many Jews Can’t Stand Jared Kushner

Few in Donald Trump’s administration have elicited as much attention as his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Since Trump’s surprise November election, the …

Jared Kushner

Mapping out Syria’s remaining battles

Battles intensify as fighting in Syria now focused on three key areas.<p>As the conflict in Syria enters its seventh year, the civil war has left many parts of the country in ruins, killing more than 465,000 people, and displacing some 12 million Syrians from their homes.<p>Amid a wave of protests across …

Syria

Saudi Arabia to lift ban on women driving

On June 24, 2018, women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to drive.<p>The announcement came via state TV in Saudi Arabia, but was also announced in …

Saudi Arabia

Iran Has Stopped Hacking The US. Trump Could Change That.

The last damaging Iranian cyber attack on a US target took place in 2014.<p>For years, government hackers in Iran and the US went after one another with a vengeance. The US destroyed nuclear centrifuges, the Iranians threatened dams, and bled tens of millions of dollars from private institutions …

Cybersecurity

US-led airstrikes near Raqqa killed at least 84 civilians, report says

Airstrikes on a market and a school near Raqqa, Syria, in March killed at least 84 civilians, including 30 children, raising concerns that U.S.-led …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Top Iranian general says Kurdish referendum an Israeli ‘plot’

Senior Iranian officials claimed Tuesday the independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan a day earlier was a “plot” orchestrated by Israel and the …

Israel

Saudi Arabia Officially Decrees That Women Will Finally Be Allowed To Drive

From visiting soccer players being forced to cut their hair, to a viral video of a woman wearing a miniskirt leading to her arrest, the predominantly Muslim nation of Saudi Arabia is famous for its strict social practices. Nowhere is this better demonstrated than in the country’s longstanding …

Saudi Arabia

4,000-Year-Old Jar of Headless Toads Discovered in Jerusalem Burial

Finding a tomb that's been sealed for thousands of years is always a treat for archaeologists —especially when that tomb contains a jar of headless …

Archaeology

Saudi Arabia finally lets women drive

Saudi Arabia will finally allow women to get drivers licenses, according to reports.<p>King Salman issued a historic royal decree Tuesday granting women …

Saudi Arabia

Memories of an Anti-Semitic State Department

The former C.I.A. officer Valerie Plame Wilson made news with her Twitter account last week when, on the first day of Rosh Hashana, she shared an article that said, “America’s Jews are driving America’s wars: Shouldn’t they recuse themselves when dealing with the Middle East?”<p>The article, which …

Opinion

Woman drivers could provide a boost to the Saudi Arabia auto market

Saudi Arabia has lifted a ban on women driving, and the move could give a boost to an auto market in the country that's been declining.<p>After years of trending up and pushing toward 1 million in annual sales, 2016 saw the Saudi market swoon, plunging by almost 30%.<p>The key factor has been the lower …

Business

Saudi education officials sacked over history textbook showing Yoda with King Faisal at the UN

A Saudi education official and his aides have been sacked after they published a history textbook that included a doctored photograph of the former king sitting next to the Star Wars character Yoda.<p>The Saudi government scrambled to pull the book, which showed the little green Jedi Master perched …

Darth Vader

Saudi Arabia Will Finally Let Women Drive

The long-standing ban has been deeply unpopular abroad and is often pointed to as proof of Saudi Arabia’s repressive rule.<p>Saudi Arabia will soon allow women to drive, King Salman decreed Tuesday, in a move that ends the kingdom's reign as the only country in the world that forbids women from …

Saudi Arabia

Top U.S. general says leaving Iran nuclear pact would make future deals tough | Reuters

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.<p>Published Date: Sep 27, 2017 12:17 am | Updated Date: Sep 27, 2017 …

Iran

Top general says Iran complying with nuclear deal

The top general in the U.S. military said Tuesday that Iran is complying with a landmark nuclear deal and that the agreement has achieved its result …

Iran

Report: Israel fires missile at Syrian aircraft over Golan

Arab media outlets have reported that a Syrian aircraft flying over the Syrian-controlled side of the Golan Heights near the border with Israel was …

Israel

Another Palestinian West Bank village to be emptied, Israeli security official says

Sussia in South Hebron Hills now on chopping block, joining Bedouin village Khan al-Amar

West Bank

Saudi Arabia to Lift Ban on Women Driving, Ending Global Isolation

Saudi Arabia said it will remove a ban on women driving, ending its status as the only country in the world to impose such restrictions on half the …

Saudi Arabia

Egypt calls on UK to lift ban on flights to Sharm El Sheikh

Egypt has renewed calls for the government to lift its ban on British flights to the tourist resort of Sharm El Sheikh, claiming it is causing serious hardship for businesses and employees.<p>Downing Street imposed a blanket ban on all British flights to Sharm after a Russian charter jet crashed in …

Egypt

Iraqi Kurds claim victory in independence vote

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The president of Iraq's Kurdish region has claimed victory for the "yes" vote in the referendum on support for independence.<p>In a televised address Tuesday, Masoud Barzani called for "dialogue" with Baghdad, which has rejected the vote as unconstitutional and is staunchly opposed …

Iraq

Istanbul shopping district losing its charme

Gentrification imposed from above, a series of terrorist attacs and political turbulence have alienated European tourists and hurt business in …

Turkey

IAEA chief calls for clarity on disputed section of Iran nuclear deal

VIENNA (Reuters) - The U.N. nuclear watchdog's chief urged major powers on Tuesday to clarify a part of their nuclear deal with Iran dealing with technology that could be used to develop an atom bomb, an area Russia said the agency should leave alone.<p>The 2015 pact between six major powers and Iran …

Iran

Tim Kaine: Backing Out of the Iran Agreement Would Destroy America’s Moral Authority

North Korea tested its sixth nuclear device earlier this month. Experts estimated that the blast from this test was significantly stronger than the …

Iran

Saudi ministry of education sacks undersecretary over viral King Faisal, Yoda photo

JEDDAH: Saudi’s education minister has sacked the undersecretary after the discovery of a photo in school text books showing King Faisal at the …

Education

More people traveled to this city in 2016 than any other

But where they visit, and where they drop the most cash, are different destinations<p>These hot travel destinations will keep adventures spicy in the …

Money

Russia Gears Up for Big Syria Offensive

Russia prepared for a major new offensive by government forces in Syria after building a bridge across the Euphrates river, amid growing tensions …

Syria

New antisemitism row for Labour over fringe speaker's Holocaust remarks

Tom Watson says party will investigate comments by Miko Peled that people should be allowed to question whether the Holocaust took place<p>Labour’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, said the party will investigate how it gave a platform at a conference fringe event to a speaker who said people should be …

Israel