Iran rejects Trump offer of talks as “humiliation”, without value

Iran rejects Trump offer of talks as “humiliation”, without value

Senior Iranian officials on Tuesday rejected US President Donald Trump’s offer of talks without preconditions as worthless and “a humiliation” after he acted to reimpose sanctions on Tehran following his withdrawal from a landmark nuclear deal. Separately, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Trump’s repudiation of the accord reached in 2015 was “illegal” and Iran would not easily yield to […]

Analysis: For buoyant Assad, Syrian war enters tricky phase

Analysis: For buoyant Assad, Syrian war enters tricky phase

BEIRUT – President Bashar Assad’s path to a final victory in the war in Syria is strewn with diplomatic landmines that will complicate his attempt to recover “every inch” of the country and may leave big areas out of his grasp indefinitely. Assad’s advances have accelerated this year in the conflict that began in […]

Ethiopian PM says Gulf countries not fit to teach Islam

Ethiopian PM says Gulf countries not fit to teach Islam

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed addresses his country’s diaspora, the largest group of Ethiopians outside Ethiopia, in Washington, US (Reuters) Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said that he shunned an offer by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed to build an Islamic centre in the East African country by telling him that he had […]

Central bank: Foreign investment down by $331m in Jordan

Central bank: Foreign investment down by $331m in Jordan

The inflow of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into the Jordanian market has fallen by 54 per cent during the first quarter of the current financial year 2017-18, the Central Bank of Jordan (CBJ) revealed yesterday. Until the end of March, CBJ noted, the net FDI amounted to 436.8 million Jordanian dinars ($615.8 million), compared to […]

Algerian police: After the purge, a restructuring

Algerian police: After the purge, a restructuring

ALGIERS – A powerful police boss has been dismissed; six security chiefs from Algeria’s wilayat (regions) have been sacked; the director of the border police and the director of the General Intelligence (RG) have been fired; and 30 of the country’s 48 police transmissions directors have been removed from their posts. In less than a […]

Palestinian Israeli lawmaker quits parliament over nation-state law

Palestinian Israeli lawmaker quits parliament over nation-state law

Palestinian Israeli lawmaker Zouheir Bahloul resigned on Saturday and branded the parliament “racist” after it passed a controversial new law that declares Israel the nation state of the Jewish people. The new legislation speaks of Israel as the historic homeland of the Jews and says they have a “unique” right to self-determination there. It also […]

How the UAE is destroying Yemen

How the UAE is destroying Yemen

Saudi Arabia often takes the most criticism for Yemen’s crisis, in light of its devastating bombing campaign. But the United Arab Emirates is attracting increasing scrutiny for actions that are tantamount to war crimes in the country. Since the Saudi-led coalition launched its war in Yemen in March 2015, the UAE has been a key […]

Lebanon's Druze leader attacks Syrian government over massacre

Lebanon's Druze leader attacks Syrian government over massacre

The main leader of the Druze sect in Lebanon on Friday attacked the Syrian government for failing to stop an Islamic State massacre of Druze in Syria, saying it should have noticed the militants gathering to attack. “No one can tell me that the squadrons of many American, Russian and foreign planes did not see this […]

Paris: Mossad's playground

Paris: Mossad's playground

A report published by French newspaper Le Monde this week revealed that the Mossad’s operatives based in Paris planned the assassination of Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh. The French capital has become a centre for the Israeli intelligence agency’s activity along with other intelligence agencies, according to the report. This story about the assassination of Al-Mabhouh […]

Austria stop Turkish-language driving tests

Austria stop Turkish-language driving tests

Learner drivers in Austria will no longer be able to take their written driving test in Turkish, according to the country’s transportation minister. Norbert Hofer, of the anti-Islam Freedom Party, said the move was an effort to cut costs and hoped it would also provide “encouragement to learn German”. Some 270,000 people with Turkish roots […]