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    Dubai to deploy driverless cars from 2023

    Dubai has signed an agreement with General Motors Co's majority-owned Cruise self-driving car subsidiary to operate its autonomous vehicles in Dubai starting in 2023, Reuters reported the emirate's crown prince announcing today. The self-driving fleet will reach 4,000 vehicles by 2030, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum said on Twitter, adding...
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    Iran: Israel behind Natanz nuclear plant outage, vows revenge

    Iran today accused arch-foe Israel of sabotaging its key Natanz nuclear site and vowed revenge for an attack that appeared to be the latest episode in a long-running covert war, Reuters reported. Iran's semi-official Nournews website said the person who caused an electricity outage in one of the production halls at the underground uranium enrichment...
  • Canadian flag [Cole Burston/Bloomberg via Getty Images]

    Canada's NDP Party endorses boycott of Israel settlements, arms embargo

    Members of Canada's New Democratic Party (NDP) have voted overwhelmingly to endorse sanctions on Israel during the party's 2021 convention. NDP members voted over the weekend in favour of a motion brought forward by a coalition of Palestinian and Jewish activists calling to amend its policy book to include...
  • Syria’s first lady Asma Al-Assad and Syria's president and husband, Bashar Al-Assad [sana.sy]

    US offered cancer treatment to Assad's wife in efforts to release hostages, official reveals

    A US official has revealed that Washington offered an unidentified ally to help Syria's first lady Asma Al-Assad get cancer treatment two years ago, as a strategy to advance negotiations for the regime to release US hostages. In October last year, during the administration of former President Donald Trump,...
  • An Iraqi anti-government protester waves a national flag during a demonstration in the central Iraqi city of Najaf on March 14, 2021 [ALI NAJAFI/AFP via Getty Images]

    Protesters block bridges, oil company in southern Iraq

    Hundreds of protesters in southern Iraq yesterday closed three bridges in the city of Nasiriyah, the capital of Dhi Qar Governorate, and the Maysan Oil Company building demanding jobs for local residents, Anadolu reported. Eyewitnesses said hundreds of protesters demanding jobs in government institutions and oil companies closed the three bridges...
  • Fighters from the separatist Southern Transitional Council take control of a pro-government checkpoint in Khormaksar, north of Aden, on January 30, 2018. Separatists in war-ravaged Yemen have surrounded the presidential palace in the government's de facto capital Aden, moving closer Tuesday to taking full control of the southern city. / AFP PHOTO / SALEH AL-OBEIDI (Photo credit should read SALEH AL-OBEIDI/AFP via Getty Images)

    Yemen: Southern Separatists 'create own economy' in Aden

    The separatists of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) in Yemen have created a separate economy in the south of the country and obstructed the role of the Yemeni government, an economic researcher has claimed. Faisal Abdul-Ghani made his comments in an interview with Al-Araby Al-Jadeed. He claimed that after...
  • Egyptian protesters stand in the burnt headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo, Egypt on 1 July 2013 [KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images]

    Egypt adds 103 Muslim Brotherhood members to terror list

    Egyptian authorities have added the names of 103 members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood group to the country's list of terrorists, local media reported. The Money Laundering Combating Unit (MLCU) published the names on its website after court rulings were issued against them on 9 March and 4 April. In...
  • This picture taken on March 16, 2021 shows a model for the Faw Grand Port on display at the ports authority in Iraq's southern city of Basra [HUSSEIN FALEH/AFP via Getty Images]

    Iraq PM lays Grand Faw Port foundation stone

    Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi yesterday laid the foundation stone for the Grand Faw Port in the southern province of Basra, a government statement said. The project includes building five berths to unload ships, a yard for containers, and creating an access navigation channel. "The Grand Faw project is...
  • Iran's Head of the Atomic Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi speaks during the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) International Conference on Nuclear Security 2020 in Vienna, Austria on February 10, 2020 [Aşkın Kıyağan - Anadolu Agency]

    AEOI chief: Iran produces, exports radiopharmaceuticals

    The head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi, said the Islamic Republic is a leading global producer and exporter of radiopharmaceuticals. "Our production of radiopharmaceuticals is increasing every year, for example, we have produced radioactive medicine whose foreign version is worth €15,000 ," Salehi...
  • Palestinians retrieve money at a post office in Gaza City, Gaza on 26 January 2019 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]

    Qatar distributes $100 to 100,000 poor families in Gaza

    Qatar has begun distributing $100 to 100,000 poor Palestinian families in the besieged Gaza Strip, Qatar's Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza said yesterday. Palestinians went to the government banks to receive the aid. On Thursday, the Qatari Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza said it would pay $100 each...
  • Jordan Prince Hamzah bin al Hussein in Copenhagen on December 17, 2009 [ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty Images]

    Jordan's Prince Hamza involved in planning coup attempt, wasn't duped, analyst says

    Jordanian Prince Hamza Bin Al Hussein was not the victim of conspirators but was involved in a real coup attempt, a Jordanian writer said in a column in Al Ghad newspaper on Saturday. Prince Hamza's signing of the declaration of allegiance was the beginning, not the end, as he now needs to...
  • International Criminal Court's prosecutor Fatou Bensouda (L) shakes hands in the courtroom of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands, on July 8, 2019 [EVA PLEVIER/AFP via Getty Images]

    As Israel rejects the ICC investigation, what are the possible scenarios?

    The Israeli government's position regarding an impending investigation by the International Criminal Court over alleged war crimes committed in occupied Palestine has finally been declared by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "It will be made clear that Israel is a country with rule of law that knows how to...
  • A Hindu monk carries a bowl of water to pour over the ashes of a dead man after the act of cremation is completed on January 28, 2018 [Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Images]

    Kuwait prevents cremation of non-Muslims

    The Funeral Department of Kuwait Municipality has rejected requests by Buddhists and Hindus to cremate the bodies of their dead in Kuwait, Al Rai newspaper reported yesterday. According to the paper, the Funeral Department rejected a request to cremate corpses using modern incineration tools such as electric ovens. Director of Funeral...
  • Sharon Brannigan [@aaanmarkaz/Twitter]

    Palestinians in Chicago topple extremist pro-Israel election's candidate

    The Palestinian community in Chicago, Illinois, succeeded in defeating extremist right-wing and pro-Israel candidate, Sharon Brannigan, in the local election, news agencies reported yesterday. According to news agencies, the Palestinian community mobilised other Arab communities and supporters of the Palestinian cause to take part in a campaign to ensure Brannigan does not...
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech on Iran's nuclear program at the defence ministry in Tel Aviv on 30 April 2018. [JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images]

    Israel at odds with US regarding Iran nuclear issue

    Israeli defence analysts believe Israel and the US are at odds regarding the Iranian nuclear issue, local media reported yesterday. Following remarks by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Israel will not be bound by a revitalised nuclear deal between world powers and Iran, the analysts said, according to the...
  • King of Jordan Abdullah II (front R), Prince Hamza Bin Hussein (2nd L), Prince Hassan Bin Talal (front L) and Hussein, Crown Prince of Jordan (R) visit the mausoleum of the Hashemite royal family on the 100th anniversary of the founding of Jordan in Amman, Jordan on 11 April 2021 [@RHCJO/Twitter]

    Jordan king, prince appear for 1st time since rift

    Jordan's King Abdullah II on Sunday appeared with former Crown Prince Hamzah bin Al-Hussein for the first time since a rift shook the kingdom last week, Anadolu Agency reported. A statement by the Royal Court said a number of the royal family members, including Prince Hamzah and Crown Prince Hussein, joined...
  • Natanz Nuclear Facility, Iran [Wikipedia]

    Iran blames 'sabotage' for blackout in nuclear site

    An Iranian official said Sunday a power failure in the Natanz nuclear plant, near Tehran, may be the result of a "sabotage and infiltration act", according to the semi-official Fars news agency, Anadolu Agency reported. The official spoke on condition of anonymity, without giving any further details. Spokesperson of Iran's Atomic...
  • Saudi-led coalition shot down two drones fired by Houthi rebels [Twitter]

    Yemen's Houthis claim attack on Saudi airbase

    Yemen's Houthis on Sunday claimed two drone attacks on a Saudi airbase in southern Saudi Arabia. Spokesman Yahya Sare'e said the attacks targeted King Khalid Airbase and Jazan Airport in the city of Khamis Mushait. The spokesman said the attacks were in retaliation to the Saudi-led coalition's attacks in...
  • Bombing by Houthis in Yemen [Hussain Albukhaiti]

    Saudi-led coalition intercepts Houthi drones, claims state media

    The Saudi-led military coalition battling Yemen's Houthi movement intercepted and destroyed drones launched by the Iran-aligned group towards Khamis Mushait and Jazan in southern Saudi Arabia, state media said on Sunday, Reuters reported. The coalition said it would take "necessary operational measures" to protect civilians in line with international law. Houthi...
  • VIENNA, AUSTRIA - APRIL 06: In this handout provided by the EU Delegation in Vienna, Representatives of the European Union (L) and Iran (R) attend the Iran nuclear talks at the Grand Hotel on April 06, 2021 in Vienna, Austria. Representatives from the United States, Iran, the European Union, Russia, China and other participants from the original Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) are meeting directly and indirectly over possibly reviving the plan. The JCPOA was the European-led initiative by which Iran agreed not to pursue a nuclear weapon in exchange for concessions, though the United States, under the administration of former U.S. President Donald Trump, abandoned the deal and intensified sanctions against Iran. (Photo by EU Delegation in Vienna via Getty Images)

    Saudi columnists urge firm Western stand on Iran in Vienna talks

    Saudi columnists on Sunday voiced concern that Western nations were not taking a tough enough stance in indirect talks aimed at restoring the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, Reuters reported. Saudi Arabia opposes the deal because it does not address the wider regional behaviour of Iran, its arch enemy. The talks in...
  • A banner from the Pfizer Pharmaceutical Company of Puurs, visible from the highway, lets motorists know that the company is hiring staff on 10 November 2020 in Puurs, Belgium. Pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced positive early results on its Covid-19 vaccine trial and has proven to be 90% effective in preventing infection of the virus. Pfizer, in partnership with Germany company BioNtech, plans to supply 1.3 billion doses of the vaccine in 2021. [Jean-Christophe Guillaume/Getty Images]

    Iraq gets first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

    Iraq said on Sunday it has received the first batch of the German-American Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, Anadolu Agency reported. "Iraq received 50,000 doses out of three million it has ordered from the company," Health Ministry spokesperson Seif el-Badr said in a statement. Baghdad has signed deals to purchase 16 million doses...
  • TEHRAN, IRAN - AUGUST 19: Medical personnel wearing protective suits work at a new coronavirus (COVID-19) section of the Masih Daneshvarii Hospital on August 19, 2020 in Tehran, Iran. Iran is experiencing a second wave of infections. After a dip in the middle of April the death toll has now reached over 100 people a day. Iran has been the country worst hit by the coronavirus in the Middle East. (Photo by Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)

    Iran reports 258 coronavirus deaths, highest daily toll since Dec

    Iran reported 258 deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Sunday, the highest daily toll since early December, Reuters reported. That brings the total number of fatalities from the coronavirus to 64,490 in Iran, the worst-hit country in the Middle East. Health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat...
  • A view of the skyscrapers in Doha, Qatar [Sean Gallup/Getty Images]

    Ten years of lobbying: The Qatari lobby's operations before and after the blockade

    This report is part of the "Hajj (Pilgrimage) to Washington" project published by Sasapost. It covers the Middle East lobbies in the US between 2010 and 2020. Most of the report is based on documents from the US Department of Justice database, operating under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)....
  • Libyan Prime Minister Abdelhamid Dbeibah receives the coronavirus vaccination at a Centre for Disease Control in the capital Tripoli on April 10, 2021, at the launch of the national vaccination campaign. - Libya officially launched its coronavirus vaccination campaign, starting with the Prime Minister, health authorities in the conflict-wracked nation said. Dbeibah urged fellow citizens to register online for their own vaccinations. (Photo by Mahmud TURKIA / AFP) (Photo by MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP via Getty Images)

    Libya launches COVID-19 vaccination drive after delays

    Libya's new unity government launched a long-delayed COVID-19 vaccination programme on Saturday after receiving some 160,000 vaccine doses over the past week, with the prime minister receiving his jab on live television, Reuters reported. While Libya is richer than its neighbours due to oil exports, the country's healthcare system has been strained by...
  • Rohingya refugees carry their belongings as they leave a Rohingya refugee camp in Jammu on March 7, 2021. (Photo by Rakesh BAKSHI / AFP) (Photo by RAKESH BAKSHI/AFP via Getty Images)

    India paves way for deporting Rohingya from Kashmir

    The government of Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir will withdraw cases filed against a group of people from Bangladesh, including members of the Rohingya community, so that they can be deported, local media reported on Saturday, Anadolu Agency reported. It is not clear how many of the group are Rohingya refugees, hundreds...
  • Defence Minister Benny Gantz in Jerusalem on December 2, 2020 [ALEX KOLOMIENSKY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images]

    Israel says it will work closely together with US on Iran

    Israel's defence minister pledged on Sunday to cooperate with the United States on Iran, voicing hope that Israeli security would be safeguarded under any renewed Iranian nuclear deal that Washington reaches. "Israel views the United States as a full partner across all operational theatres, not the least Iran," Benny...
  • News

    Israel to seal off Palestinian territories for 3 days

    Israel will seal off the occupied Palestinian territories for three days as of Tuesday, according to the Israeli military on Sunday, Anadolu Agency reported. A military statement said the measure includes a complete lockdown of the West Bank and the closure of crossing points with the Gaza Strip. The statement said...
  • Newly approved the US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin arrives at the Pentagon in Washington D.C., United States on January 22, 2021 [Kasım İleri / Anadolu Agency]

    US Defense Secretary arrives in Israel amid Iran talks

    US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin arrived in Jerusalem today amid nuclear deal negotiations with Iran, The New Arab reported. The two-day visit comes as President Joe Biden's administration starts talks to rejoin the nuclear deal with Iran that was scrapped by former US President Donald Trump; a move that...
  • An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspector at nuclear research centre of Natanz, some 300 kilometres south of Tehran on January, 20, 2014 [KAZEM GHANE/IRNA/AFP via Getty Images]

    Iran reports electrical incident at Natanz nuclear site, no casualties

    A problem with the electrical distribution grid of Iran's Natanz nuclear facility caused an incident at the site on Sunday, Iranian Press TV reported, a day after Tehran launched new advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges at the site, Reuters reported. The Natanz facility, which is located in the desert in the...

    Tunisia says won't accept harm to Egypt water security

    Tunisia will not accept any harm to Egypt's water security, Tunisian President Kais Saied said on Saturday, Anadolu Agency reported. "We look for fair solutions , but Egypt's national security is ours and Egypt's position in any international forum is our position as well," Saied said during a...
  • AFRIN, SYRIA - JANUARY 31: A view from a tent camp as refugees trying to clear their houses with their own means, after the camp have flooded with heavy rain, in in Syria's northwestern Afrin province on January 31, 2021. Houses and tents made of bricks were filled with water and mud. ( Muhammed Abdullah - Anadolu Agency )

    UN: '2.7M people live in difficult conditions in NW Syria'

    The Turkish diplomat heading the UN General Assembly said on Saturday that the greatest human catastrophe the world has ever seen after the World War II is being experienced in Syria, Anadolu Agency reported. Volkan Bozkir, accompanied by the UN officials, inspected the UN Transfer Area in the Reyhanli district of...
  • TRIPOLI, LIBYA - FEBRUARY 06: Libyan New Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah speaks exclusive interview in Tripoli, Libya on February 06, 2021. ( Mücahit Aydemir - Anadolu Agency )

    Libyan premier, top officials to visit Turkey

    The head of the Libyan National Unity Government will visit Turkey on Monday for talks, a government spokesperson told Anadolu Agency late Saturday. Mohammed Hammude said a high-level delegation led by Abdul Hamid Dbeibah will include five deputy prime ministers and 14 ministers, as well as the Prime Minister...
  • President of Tunisia Kais Saied in Tripoli, Libya on 17 March 2021 [Presidency of Tunisia/Anadolu Agency]

    Tunisia says won't accept harm to Egypt water security

    Tunisia will not accept any harm to Egypt's water security, Tunisian President Kais Saied said today, Anadolu Agency reports.. "We look for fair solutions , but Egypt's national security is ours and Egypt's position in any international forum is our position as well," Saied said during a...
  • Sheikha Latifa Al-Maktoum, daughter of the UAE's Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, seen in January 2018, a few weeks before her escape from her family in February 2018 [Tiina Jauhiainen / wikimedia]

    UN says UAE failed to provide compelling proof that Sheikha Latifa is alive

    A spokeswoman for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) announced Friday that the UAE has not provided evidence that Sheikha Latifa, the daughter of Dubai's ruler, is alive as the office had previously requested the Gulf State. OHCHR spokeswoman Marta Hurtado added in...
  • A Libyan man waves his national flag in Benghazi, Libya on 27 February 2015 [ABDULLAH DOMA/AFP/Getty Images]

    UN hails Libya deal on constitutional basis for polls

    The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on welcomed an agreement by the Libyan Legal Committee (LC) on the constitutional basis for the upcoming elections, Anadolu Agency reports. "LC members worked for long hours and were able to overcome divisions and managed to reach consensus on constitutional basis for...
  • A driver fills his car with gasoline at a petrol station in the Syrian capital Damascus on 16 April 2019 [LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images]

    Fuel crisis paralyses transportation in Damascus

    The exacerbation of a fuel security crisis in areas controlled by the Syrian regime has caused long lines of vehicles in front of gas stations on Friday, Anadolu Agency reports. The transportation sector is paralyzed completely, especially in the capital of Damascus where public transport has stopped operating, local sources...
  • Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein in Baghdad, Iraq on 1 February 2021 [Murtadha Al-Sudani/Anadolu Agency ]

    Iraq calls for dialogue between stakeholders in Syria

    Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein called Saturday for finding a mechanism for dialogue between influential states involved in Syria to achieve stability in the war-torn country, Anadolu Agency reports. This came during a press conference Hussein held in Baghdad with Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Abul Gheit, who arrived in...
  • Sudanese people rally against their country's recent signing of a deal on normalising relations with Israel, outside the cabinet offices in the capital Khartoum, Sudan on January 17, 2021 [Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency]

    The US empire is extorting Sudan into an unpopular recognition of Israel

    "No conciliation, no coexistence and no negotiations with Israel" – those were the famous "Three Nos" of the August 1967 Khartoum summit of the Arab League. This was a defiant declaration of the refusal to accept Israeli violence, expansion and apartheid, in the wake of the June 1967 war...
  • A general view of the Blue Nile river as it passes through the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), near Guba in Ethiopia, on December 26, 2019 [EDUARDO SOTERAS/AFP via Getty Images]

    Renaissance Dam: Houthis propose mediation for Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt

    Senior leader of the Houthis in Yemen Mohammed Ali Al-Houthi on Friday proposed a five-term initiative to mend the rift between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt regarding the Renaissance Dam crisis, Rai Al- Youm reported. Al-Houthi posted on Twitter: "We are ready to bring views closer to each other among...
  • Former Palestinian senior Fatah official Mohammed Dahlan on 16 September 2015 [STR/AFP/Getty Images]

    Palestine: Tens of appeals against parliamentary election candidates

    The Central Elections Commission is examining tens of appeals against candidates for the parliamentary elections, including the head of the list registered by dismissed Fatah leader Mohammed Dahlan. According to sources from the Central Elections Commission, some appeals relate to administration issues such as submitting the lists to the...
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Brussels, Belgium 24 March 2021 [Olivier Hoslet/Anadolu Agency]

    Report: US, Israel fear possible Hamas victory in elections

    US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi have shared concerns in a phone call about Hamas's potential victory in the upcoming Palestinian parliamentary election, RT reported on Friday. In a report issued by the Israeli Walla news website, RT disclosed that Ashkenazi voiced Israel's...
  • A Saudi man monitors an exchange board at the Stock Exchange Market (Tadawul) bourse in Riyadh on November 3, 2019. [FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images]

    Norway sovereign wealth fund should not have Saudi stocks in reference index

    The minority government of Norway has stated that the $1.3 trillion wealth fund should not have Saudi stocks in the reference index, Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail reported on Friday. According to The Globe and Mail, the fund's reference index would now be cut to around 6,600 companies...
  • Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi in Tripoli, Libya on 6 April 2021 [Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency]

    EU institutions tone down Italy PM's description of Erdogan as 'dictator'

    EU institutions have been toning down Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's description as a "dictator" by Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, AKIpress News Agency reported on Friday. During a meeting held in the Turkish capital Ankara on Tuesday, European Union (EU) Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, one of...
  • Jordanian police close the streets reaching to area of the prime minister's office on 29 July, 2020 in Amman, Jordan [Jordan PIx/Getty Images]

    UN rights office concerned about arrests in Jordan

    The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Office on Friday voiced its concerns about the arrests made following the alleged attempted coup in Jordan, news agencies reported. Spokesperson for the office Marta Hurtado said it was unclear whether Jordan's Prince Hamzah, the key suspect, remains under house arrest. Hurtado also...
  • A general view of the Tunisian parliament in session in Tunis on 26 January 2021 [Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency]

    Kais Saied: 'Tunisia needs respectful parliament and responsible government'

    Tunisian President Kais Saied has asserted: "Tunisia needs a respectable national parliament and a fully responsible ministry (referring to the government)." This came in a speech delivered by Saied during his participation in the commemoration of the 83rd anniversary of Martyrs' Day in Tunis on Friday morning. Saied expressed:...
  • AT SEA - JANUARY 04: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY – MANDATORY CREDIT - "ISLAMIC REVOLUTIONARY GUARD CORPS / HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) A photo shows the South Korean-flagged tanker being escorted by Iran's Revolutionary Guards navy after being seized in the Gulf. The Naval Command of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps announced that it has seized a South Korean-flagged oil tanker. It was stated that the ship going to South Korea from Saudi Arabia's Al Jubail Commercial Sea Port was carrying 7,200 tons of ethanol and was towed to Bandar Abbas Port. ( Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps - Anadolu Agency )

    Iran releases South Korea tanker seized in January

    Iranian authorities released on Friday the South Korean oil tanker seized in January amid a dispute over Iran's $7 billion frozen in Korean banks. The funds were frozen due to sanctions imposed on the Middle Eastern country concerning its nuclear programme, international news agencies reported. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard...
  • Members of Iraqi security forces look on as a demonstrator stands draped in a national flag durign a rally in Iraq on 8 March 2021 [HUSSEIN FALEH/AFP/Getty Images]

    Iraq's electoral commission: 'Election date is certain'

    Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission announced on Friday that the date for holding early general elections next October is "certain and will not be reversed." Over the past days, Iraqi politicians from different parliamentary blocs have expressed their concerns about the electoral commission's inability to hold early elections on...
  • Saudis and foreign residents circumambulate the Kaaba (Tawaf), as part of the Umrah pilgrimage, in the Grand Mosque complex in the holy city of Makkah, on October 4, 2020 [Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umra/AFP via Getty Images]

    Saudi Arabia to fine pilgrims for performing Ramadan Umrah without permit

    The Saudi Ministry of Interior has decided to fine anyone attempting to perform Umrah without obtaining a permit with 10,000 Saudi riyals. The ministry stated that the implementation of these measures comes within the framework of confronting and preventing the spread of COVID-19 and ensuring commitment to applying the...
  • Tunisian President Kais Saied speaks during a ceremony in Tunis, Tunisia on March 22, 2021 [Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency]

    Tunisia: President Saied presents 1936 caricature to deliver message to Mechichi, Ghannouchi

    Tunisian President Kais Saied showed Parliament Speaker Rached Ghannouchi and Head of the government Hichem Mechichi a caricature dating back to 1936, intended to describe the state of the country. Mosaique FM disclosed that President Saied wanted to deliver an indirect message to Mechichi and Ghannouchi following the interruption...
  • Tunisians cast their vote at a polling station during the parliamentary elections in Ben Arous, Tunisia on October 6, 2019 [Yassine Gaidi / Anadolu Agency]

    LPDF legal committee: No agreements reached on constitutional basis for elections in Tunisia meetings

    The legal committee of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) concluded its meetings on the third day in Tunisia without reaching a final agreement on the constitutional basis for the upcoming elections. In a statement to Al-Quds Al-Arabi, member of the legal committee Abdul Qadir Hawili confirmed that the...