Al Bawaba - Daily Headlines http://www.albawaba.com/rss/all en US commander enjoys 'flexible powers' in Syria http://www.albawaba.com/news/us-commander-enjoys-flexible-powers-syria-968288 <p>Around <a href="http://english.aawsat.com/n-habriri/news-middle-east/1000-us-soldiers-syria-flexible-powers" target="_blank">1,000 US soldiers</a> are currently deployed in Syria, but their commander has flexible powers that allow him to ask for additional forces, a US official at the US Central Command (CENTCOM) told Asharq Al-Awsat on Thursday.</p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/us-commander-enjoys-flexible-powers-syria-968288" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="http://albawabacdn.albawabamiddleea.netdna-cdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/Syria_2017/US_troops_Syria.jpg" alt="Armed men in uniform identified by Syrian Democratic Forces as US special operations personnel ride in a pickup truck in the village of Fatisah in the northern Syrian province of Raqa on May 25, 2016 (AFP/Delil Souleiman)" title="Armed men in uniform identified by Syrian Democratic Forces as US special operations personnel ride in a pickup truck in the village of Fatisah in the northern Syrian province of Raqa on May 25, 2016 (AFP/Delil Souleiman)" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.aawsat.com/english" title="Asharq Alawsat - English" target="_blank"><img src="http://logo.albawaba.com/logos/small/425.png" title="Asharq Alawsat - English" border="0" /></a> Copyright © Saudi Research and Publishing Co. All rights reserved. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.albawaba.com/news/us-commander-enjoys-flexible-powers-syria-968288" target="_blank">read more</a></p> NEWS Main Headlines Conflict in Syria Syria United States Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:00:00 +0000 968288 at http://www.albawaba.com Two US soldiers killed in anti-Daesh operation in Afghanistan http://www.albawaba.com/news/two-us-soldiers-killed-anti-daesh-operation-afghanistan-968240 <p>The U.S. Department of Defense said Thursday two U.S. servicemembers <a href="http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/04/27/Two-US-soldiers-killed-in-Afghanistan-anti-Islamic-State-operation/9511493303032/?utm_source=sec&amp;utm_campaign=sl&amp;utm_medium=4" target="_blank">were killed during combat</a> against the&nbsp;Islamic State&nbsp;[Daesh] in&nbsp;Afghanistan's Nangahar Province.</p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/two-us-soldiers-killed-anti-daesh-operation-afghanistan-968240" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="http://albawabacdn.albawabamiddleea.netdna-cdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/Afghanistan_2017/afghan-soldier-anti-daesh-operation-nangarhar.jpg" alt="In this photograph taken on April 11, 2017, an Afghan security force personnel fires during an ongoing an operation against Daesh militants in the Achin district of Nangarhar province. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)" title="In this photograph taken on April 11, 2017, an Afghan security force personnel fires during an ongoing an operation against Daesh militants in the Achin district of Nangarhar province. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.upi.com" title="UPI " target="_blank"><img src="http://logo.albawaba.com/logos/small/358.png" title="UPI " border="0" /></a> Copyright © UPI, 2017. All Rights Reserved. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.albawaba.com/news/two-us-soldiers-killed-anti-daesh-operation-afghanistan-968240" target="_blank">read more</a></p> NEWS Main Headlines Regional News Afghanistan United States Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:00:00 +0000 968240 at http://www.albawaba.com Catholics less than one percent of Egyptians, but Pope Francis is on a mission of interfaith dialogue http://www.albawaba.com/news/catholics-less-one-percent-egyptians-pope-francis-mission-interfaith-dialogue-968238 <p>Despite facing <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2017/04/26/pope-to-strengthen-ties-with-islam-during-egypt-trip" target="_blank">security concerns and criticism</a> from his most conservative followers,&nbsp;Pope Francis&nbsp;is preparing for his visit to Egypt.</p> <p>Catholics in Egypt make up less than one percent of the population, but Pope Francis wants to strengthen dialogue between religions.</p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/catholics-less-one-percent-egyptians-pope-francis-mission-interfaith-dialogue-968238" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="http://albawabacdn.albawabamiddleea.netdna-cdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/Egypt_2017/pope-francis-egypt-visit.jpg" alt="Egyptians walk past a welcome banner bearing a portrait of Pope Francis a day ahead of his visit to the capital Cairo, on April 27, 2017. (AFP/Mohamed El-Shahed)" title="Egyptians walk past a welcome banner bearing a portrait of Pope Francis a day ahead of his visit to the capital Cairo, on April 27, 2017. (AFP/Mohamed El-Shahed)" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.euronews.com/" title="euronews" target="_blank"><img src="http://logo.albawaba.com/logos/small/2168.png" title="euronews" border="0" /></a> Copyright © euronews 2017 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.albawaba.com/news/catholics-less-one-percent-egyptians-pope-francis-mission-interfaith-dialogue-968238" target="_blank">read more</a></p> NEWS Main Headlines Regional News Egypt Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:00:00 +0000 968238 at http://www.albawaba.com Nabil Maaloul officially named new Tunisia coach http://www.albawaba.com/sport/nabil-maaloul-officially-named-new-tunisia-coach-968256 <p>Nabil Maaloul has been named as the new coach of Tunisia’s national soccer team, the Tunisian Football Federation (FTF) announced on Thursday.</p> <p>Maaloul is taking over from Franco-Polish Henryk Kasperzcak who was sacked last March after two friendly matches lost to Cameroon in Monastir (0-1) and to Morocco in Marrakech (0-1).</p> <p>Nabil Maaloul had trained the national team in 2013 but had resigned after the failure of the Carthage Eagles to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in South Africa.</p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sport/nabil-maaloul-officially-named-new-tunisia-coach-968256" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="http://albawabacdn.albawabamiddleea.netdna-cdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/Sport/nabil_maaloul.jpg" alt="Nabil Maaloul" title="Nabil Maaloul" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.tap.info.tn" title="Agency Tunis Afrique Press" target="_blank"><img src="http://logo.albawaba.com/logos/small/392.png" title="Agency Tunis Afrique Press" border="0" /></a> © Tap 2017 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.albawaba.com/sport/nabil-maaloul-officially-named-new-tunisia-coach-968256" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sport Football Main Headlines Tunisia Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:29:00 +0000 968256 at http://www.albawaba.com Iraqis take half of the year off, Saudi king sacks officials and the 'business of war': Week's top 10 business stories on Al Bawaba http://www.albawaba.com/business/iraqis-take-half-year-saudi-king-sacks-officials-and-business-war-weeks-top-10-business-sto <p>From Saudi King’s dismissal of his top officers to Qatar Airways chief’s rant about Trump’s anti-competitive practices; from Iraqis being the ‘laziest’ employees in the world to a scandalous advertisement in Bahrain that lets you ‘win a maid’ (yes, really!), here are this week’s top 10 business stories from Al Bawaba.</p> <p><strong>1. <a href="http://www.albawaba.com/business/iraqis-worked-just-six-months-2016-report-965958">Iraqis took half of the year off in 2016</a> and some are calling them the ‘luckiest’ employees in the world</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/business/iraqis-take-half-year-saudi-king-sacks-officials-and-business-war-weeks-top-10-business-sto" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="http://albawabacdn.albawabamiddleea.netdna-cdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/weekly-roundup-business.jpg" alt="Follow Al Bawaba Business on Twitter and Facebook for breaking business news, photos and reports on topics that move the Middle East. (Al Bawaba)" title="Follow Al Bawaba Business on Twitter and Facebook for breaking business news, photos and reports on topics that move the Middle East. (Al Bawaba)" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.albawaba.com" title="Albawaba.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://logo.albawaba.com/logos/small/176.png" title="Albawaba.com" border="0" /></a> © 2000 - 2017 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com) </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.albawaba.com/business/iraqis-take-half-year-saudi-king-sacks-officials-and-business-war-weeks-top-10-business-sto" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BUSINESS Economy and Policy Main headlines Middle East Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:59:19 +0000 968244 at http://www.albawaba.com Bahrain unveils new tourism identity, plans for 15 new hotels by 2020 http://www.albawaba.com/business/bahrain-new-tourism-identity-15-new-hotels-2020-968234 <p>Bahrain’s hotel and restaurant sector witnessed robust growth at a rate of 3%, the latest Bahrain Economic Quarterly (BEQ) report by the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) revealed. This was underpinned by plans to establish 15 new five and four-star hotels and beachfront resorts, with a collective investment value of more than $10 billion over the next five years.</p> <p>The list includes world-renowned hotel brands including The One&amp;Only Resort, Wyndham Grand Hotel, Fairmont, Vida Hotel &amp; Resort, The Address Hotel &amp; Resort, Ibis Hotel and Pullman Hotel.</p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/business/bahrain-new-tourism-identity-15-new-hotels-2020-968234" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="http://albawabacdn.albawabamiddleea.netdna-cdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/bahrain-new_hotels-2020.jpg" alt="Bahrain is a regional hub for tourism, with over 300 million people within two hours flight, of which the majority are regional visitors traveling from within the GCC, notably Saudi Arabia. (Pixabay)" title="Bahrain is a regional hub for tourism, with over 300 million people within two hours flight, of which the majority are regional visitors traveling from within the GCC, notably Saudi Arabia. (Pixabay)" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.saudigazette.com.sa" title="The Saudi Gazette" target="_blank"><img src="http://logo.albawaba.com/logos/small/1526.png" title="The Saudi Gazette" border="0" /></a> © Copyright 2017 The Saudi Gazette. All Rights Reserved. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.albawaba.com/business/bahrain-new-tourism-identity-15-new-hotels-2020-968234" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BUSINESS Main headlines Travel and Tourism Bahrain GCC International Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:00:00 +0000 968234 at http://www.albawaba.com Palestinians take on #SaltWaterChallenge, plan ‘Day of Rage’ to stand with prisoners http://www.albawaba.com/loop/palestinians-take-saltwaterchallenge-plan-%E2%80%98day-rage%E2%80%99-stand-prisoners-968232 <p>As some 1,500 Palestinian prisoners entered their 11th day of a hunger strike, thousands of Palestinians also closed up shop across the West Bank in a general strike in solidarity with the prisoners.</p> <p>Locals <a href="https://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=776707" target="_blank">told Ma'an News</a> that the eerily empty streets were reminiscent of the days before the First Intifada, when Palestinians organized strikes as a form of civil disobedience against Israeli forces.</p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/loop/palestinians-take-saltwaterchallenge-plan-%E2%80%98day-rage%E2%80%99-stand-prisoners-968232" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="http://albawabacdn.albawabamiddleea.netdna-cdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/Palestine_2017/palestinian-woman-jerusalem-strike-afp.jpg" alt="An elderly woman walks past closed shops in the Old City of Jerusalem on April 27, 2017, during a trade strike in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)" title="An elderly woman walks past closed shops in the Old City of Jerusalem on April 27, 2017, during a trade strike in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.albawaba.com" title="Albawaba.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://logo.albawaba.com/logos/small/176.png" title="Albawaba.com" border="0" /></a> © 2000 - 2017 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com) </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.albawaba.com/loop/palestinians-take-saltwaterchallenge-plan-%E2%80%98day-rage%E2%80%99-stand-prisoners-968232" target="_blank">read more</a></p> The Loop The Loop Israel Palestine Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:17:02 +0000 968232 at http://www.albawaba.com Tunisia's anti-corruption plan boosts tax revenues by 15 percent: Minister http://www.albawaba.com/business/tunisias-anti-corruption-plan-boosts-tax-revenues-15-percent-minister-968226 <p>The tax revenues in the first quarter of 2017, edged up by 15%, compared with a decline during the same period in 2016, said Finance Minister Lamia Zribi.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Read more:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.albawaba.com/business/tunisias-fdi-166-percent-first-quarter-2017-966398" target="_blank">Tunisia's FDI Up 16.6 Percent In First Quarter Of 2017</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/business/tunisias-anti-corruption-plan-boosts-tax-revenues-15-percent-minister-968226" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="http://albawabacdn.albawabamiddleea.netdna-cdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/tunisia-finance-minister.jpg" alt="Lamia Zribi, Tunisian Minister of Finance (L) and Angel Gurria, Secretary-General of the OECD. (OECD/ Michael Dean)" title="Lamia Zribi, Tunisian Minister of Finance (L) and Angel Gurria, Secretary-General of the OECD. (OECD/ Michael Dean)" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.tap.info.tn" title="Agency Tunis Afrique Press" target="_blank"><img src="http://logo.albawaba.com/logos/small/392.png" title="Agency Tunis Afrique Press" border="0" /></a> © Tap 2017 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.albawaba.com/business/tunisias-anti-corruption-plan-boosts-tax-revenues-15-percent-minister-968226" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BUSINESS Economy and Policy Main headlines International United States Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000 968226 at http://www.albawaba.com IOC announces composition of its commissions - 38 percent of members now women http://www.albawaba.com/sport/ioc-announces-composition-its-commissions-38-percent-members-now-women-968224 <p><a href="http://www.olympic.org/ioc" target="_blank">The International Olympic Committee (IOC)</a> announced the composition of the IOC commissions for 2017, marked by an increase of 70 per cent in female participation since September 2013. The commissions also reflect a broader geographical representation and include a number of new faces from a new generation who will be the leaders of tomorrow.</p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sport/ioc-announces-composition-its-commissions-38-percent-members-now-women-968224" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="http://albawabacdn.albawabamiddleea.netdna-cdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/Sport/international_olympic_committee_logo_ioc.jpg" alt="The International Olympic Committee (IOC) logo" title="The International Olympic Committee (IOC) logo" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.dailymessenger.com.pk" title="Daily Messenger" target="_blank"><img src="http://logo.albawaba.com/logos/small/1942.png" title="Daily Messenger" border="0" /></a> Copyright © 2017, Daily Messenger </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.albawaba.com/sport/ioc-announces-composition-its-commissions-38-percent-members-now-women-968224" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sport Other Sports Main Headlines International Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:46:41 +0000 968224 at http://www.albawaba.com Russian warship crashes, sinks in Black Sea near Istanbul http://www.albawaba.com/news/russian-warship-crashes-sinks-black-sea-near-istanbul-968210 <p class="selectionShareable">A Russian warship <a></a></p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/russian-warship-crashes-sinks-black-sea-near-istanbul-968210" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="http://albawabacdn.albawabamiddleea.netdna-cdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/Turkey_2017/russian-warship-istanbul.jpg" alt="A Russian warship passes through the Bosporous Strait in Istanbul. (AFP/File)" title="A Russian warship passes through the Bosporous Strait in Istanbul. (AFP/File)" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.aa.com.tr/" title="Anadolu Agency (AA)" target="_blank"><img src="http://logo.albawaba.com/logos/small/400.png" title="Anadolu Agency (AA)" border="0" /></a> © Copyright Andolu Ajansi </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.albawaba.com/news/russian-warship-crashes-sinks-black-sea-near-istanbul-968210" target="_blank">read more</a></p> NEWS Main Headlines Regional News Russian Federation Turkey Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:12:24 +0000 968210 at http://www.albawaba.com