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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shake hands .(AFP/File)
September 20, 2018 - 08:37 GMT
A recent agreement between Ankara and Moscow to demilitarize Syria's northwestern Idlib province has given hope to the region’s civilians for a brighter future.
(Turkistan Islamic Party propaganda)
September 19, 2018 - 13:28 GMT
The TIP, wanted by China and isolated by Turkey, has nowhere to go, and has reportedly rejected the demilitarization agreement.
United Nations consider sending humanitarian aid to Syria's Idlib. (AFP/ File)
September 18, 2018 - 13:48 GMT
The UN has sent 29 trucks of humanitarian aid to Syria’s northwestern Idlib province on Tuesday.
Yemeni fighters loyal to the government ride in the back of a pickup truck while closing in on a suspected location of an Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader in February. Saleh Al Obeidi / AFP
September 18, 2018 - 12:30 GMT
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) made significant gains in the early years of the Yemen war, thanks to the chaos. Now the group is on the back foot after it lost the territory it controlled, and it is being subject to a heavy drone attack campaign. But either AQAP or other jihadist groups could make gains again if Yemen is left devastated after the war.
Saudi's late king Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (AFP/FILE)
September 18, 2018 - 10:51 GMT
The MEK got at least 3 tons of gold bars from Saudi Arabia and a share of Iraq's oil revenue under Saddam Hussein.
Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo in Abu Dhabi, April 2017 | Somali Embassy UAE
September 17, 2018 - 11:55 GMT
Somalia has become entangled in the Gulf crisis, as Qatar and the UAE leverage their interests in the Horn of Africa. Gulf influence has exacerbated divisions between the central government and Somalia's federal state administrations. Just as the country needs to unite and assume charge of its own security, it looks to be coming undone.
A Syrian woman casts her vote in local elections held in the Kurdish-dominated northern city of Qamishli (AFP/Delil souleiman)
September 16, 2018 - 14:24 GMT
Syrians have begun voting in the country's first local elections since 2011 in a sign of returning security and normalcy after years of fighting with foreign-backed militants.
Egyptian Forces Foil Terrorist Attack in Alexandria City. (AFP/ File)
September 16, 2018 - 11:09 GMT
Egyptian security forces have foiled a terrorist plot by arresting six members of the "Muslim Brotherhood".
The latest fatalities raise the death toll to 121 since Israel Defence Force (IDF) began their air strikes in response to an Hamas offensive earlier. (AFP)
September 15, 2018 - 10:15 GMT
Israeli warplanes bombed a Hamas position in the east of the Gaza Strip on Friday, according to local sources.
Members of the Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the 'White Helmets,' carrying a victim after airstrikes in Kafr Ain in the Idlib province, September 7, 2018. (AFP/Anas al-Dyab)
September 15, 2018 - 09:39 GMT
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that the Syrian regime is not preparing a major offensive against the opposition-held Idlib, adding that Moscow will do everything to protect civilians.
A Qatari Gas Rig (AFP)
September 13, 2018 - 12:34 GMT
Qatar's exports of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) are growing, with major deals with Germany and China announced recently. As the emirate cements its domination on the LNG market, it ensures its own long term economic security, and its ability to survive and thrive under the Saudi-led blockade.
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) at the Bayan Palace in Kuwait City on December 5, 2017. (AFP/ File Photo )
September 13, 2018 - 06:00 GMT
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) army chiefs-of-staff met with their counterparts from Egypt and Jordan in Kuwait City on Wednesday to discuss military and defense cooperation.
Over 10,000 banks around the globe rely on SWIFT's services. (Swift HQ Belgium, AFP)
September 11, 2018 - 14:02 GMT
If Trump succeeds in coercing a small financial transaction company to expel Iranian banks from its network, it could be a decisive blow to the Islamic Republic's power. Europe's blocking measures are going to get in the way, but it's not clear that they aren't hurting the very companies they're meant to be protecting. But ultimately, Washington's overreach with sanctions could come back to haunt it.
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September 11, 2018 - 13:09 GMT
Peace talks between Yemen's warring parties in Geneva hit a terrible stumbling block when the Houthi delegation didn't arrive. Though the UN Envoy will continue to press for dialogue, this has devastating consequences for the citizens of Hodeidah in Yemen. For now that peace talks are seen to have failed, nothing stands in the way of a terrible battle for the city.
Jordanian King Abdullah II meets with White House senior adviser Jared Kushner in Amman (AFP)
September 09, 2018 - 12:09 GMT
Apparently the Trump administration is proposing a Jordanian-Palestinian confederation as a component of Trump's "deal of the century". The Israeli right-wing has repeatedly suggested a similar solution, and it has been consistently rejected by Jordanians and Palestinians. Neither Jordan nor Palestine will put its national sovereignty at risk by agreeing to this plan without a guarantee of statehood first.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (C), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend a press conference after a trilateral meeting in Tehran on September 7, 2018.(Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / POOL / AFP)
September 08, 2018 - 08:56 GMT
The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran failed on Friday to agree on a ceasefire on the northwestern Syrian region of Idlib, perhaps the final chance to avoid what activists warn will be a humanitarian disaster.