Assad, Russian officials meet in Damascus

Assad, Russian officials meet in Damascus

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met representatives of Russia’s foreign and defence ministries in Damascus on Friday, Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Saturday. During the meeting, they discussed the development of the situation in Syria and reaffirmed their commitment to the “destruction of terrorist presence” and advancement towards a long-term political settlement in […]

BREAKING: Jamal Khashoggi is dead, Saudi Arabian state television confirms

BREAKING: Jamal Khashoggi is dead, Saudi Arabian state television confirms

Saudi Arabia has said the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared after visiting the country’s consulate in Istanbul earlier this month, is dead. The news, which cited preliminary findings from an official investigation, was announced on state television on Friday. It said a fight broke out between Khashoggi and people who met him in the consulate, leading […]

Egypt reveals details of its 'new military drones'

Egypt reveals details of its 'new military drones'

Egypt has unveiled video footage of its new unmanned aerial aircraft system which it recently added to its Air Force fleet. In a move which was described as a “major shift, the Egyptian Ministry of Defence yesterday released a documentary on its official social media pages, introducing the “Wing Loong” armed drones. The video was […]

Arabic Press Review: Raqqa reduced to rubble

Arabic Press Review: Raqqa reduced to rubble

According to al-Hayat, barely any structures in Raqqa remains standing since the international coalition offensive to claim the Syrian city from IS (AP) Former IS capital razed to the ground Raqqa, which formerly stood as the de facto capital of the Islamic State in Syria, has been almost completely destroyed with no edifices remaining from […]

Report: Iraq's Shia militias partnering with Daesh militants

Report: Iraq's Shia militias partnering with Daesh militants

Iraqi Shia militia is absorbing former Daesh fighters into their ranks, US magazine Foreign Policy has claimed, citing interviews with several Iraqi government officials and activists. The Popular Mobilisation Force (PMF), an exclusively Shia faction that played a significant role in the three-year war against so-called Islamic State militants, has reportedly started to join forces with […]

IMF chief Lagarde defers Middle East trip

IMF chief Lagarde defers Middle East trip

Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, has deferred a visit to the Middle East that was to include the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh. “The Managing Director’s previously scheduled trip to the Middle East region is being deferred,” the IMF said in a statement, without giving a reason for delaying […]

Syrian foreign minister says federalism is 'unconstitutional'

Syrian foreign minister says federalism is 'unconstitutional'

Syria’s Foreign Minister, Walid Al-Muallem, said on Monday that federalism is contrary to the current constitution, the SANA news agency has reported. He added that the government in Damascus wants to retain control over all Syrian territory. Al-Muallem made his comments after meeting with his Iraqi counterpart, Ibrahim Al-Jaafari in the Syrian capital. “If [the […]

Middle East Christians Risking All, Preaching in Deadly Muslim Areas

Middle East Christians Risking All, Preaching in Deadly Muslim Areas

(Screenshot: Open Doors USA)Open Doors President David Curry (R) speaking with a ministry leader in the Middle East. Christians are continuing to share the Gospel even in highly dangerous areas in the Middle East where the Islamic State terror group remains on the minds of the people. William, a Christian ministry worker who for years […]

The Six: Traditional natural remedies from the Middle East

The Six: Traditional natural remedies from the Middle East

DUBAI: Doctors are calling for a national breast cancer screening program targeting all women in Saudi Arabia over the age of 40 to give women a greater chance of survival. While cancer is one of the biggest killers of women in the Middle East — and breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of […]

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