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How Houthi war tactics impede vital aid flow to Yemen’s needy

How Houthi war tactics impede vital aid flow to Yemen’s needy

/ 4Newly recruited Houthi fighters during a gathering in January in the capital Sanaa to mobilize more fighters to battlefronts to fight pro-government forces in several Yemeni cities. AFP/ 4Newly recruited Houthi fighters during a gathering in January in the capital Sanaa to mobilize more fighters to battlefronts to fight pro-government forces in several Yemeni cities. AFP/ 4/ 4https://arab.news/y4adxDUBAI: Among the first steps taken by the new US administration was the reversal of the State Department’s designation of Yemen’s Houthi militia as a foreign terrorist organization.The...

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Tehran hard-liners admit Iran attacked Israeli ship off Oman

Tehran hard-liners admit Iran attacked Israeli ship off Oman

The Israeli-owned Bahamian-flagged MV Helios Ray cargo ship arrived on Sunday at Port Rashid in Dubai for damage assessment. (AFP)https://arab.news/yh495JEDDAH: An Israeli ship hit by an explosion off the coast of Oman was “a legitimate target” attacked by Iran and its allies, a hard-line Iranian media outlet claimed on Sunday.The MV Helios Ray, a vehicle carrier, was traveling from the Gulf to Singapore on Thursday when the blast blew two holes in its hull.Kayhan, Iran’s leading ultraconservative daily, claimed the vessel was “a military ship belonging to the Israeli army” and was...

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Pakistani PM urges Sri Lanka to join China corridor

Pakistani PM urges Sri Lanka to join China corridor

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan (R) and Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa talk during their meeting in Colombo on February 24, 2021. (AFP)https://arab.news/6mw5mCOLOMBO: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday opened Pakistan’s doors to “religious tourism” from Sri Lanka, inviting business leaders to visit the historically rich Gandharan region in the northwest of the country where a 40-foot statue of sleeping Buddha was recently unearthed.He also sought their participation in Islamabad’s multibillion-dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project with Beijing.“Pakistan...

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Saudi Arabia opens military recruitment to women

Saudi Arabia opens military recruitment to women

All applicants must have a clean record and be medically fit for service. (Supplied)https://arab.news/89xd6JEDDAH: Women can now join Saudi Arabia's armed forces, following a ruling by the Saudi Ministry of Defense that opened the way for both genders to sign up through a unified admission portal starting Sunday.Military ranks from soldier to sergeant will be available in the Saudi Arabian Army, Royal Saudi Air Defense, Royal Saudi Navy, Royal Saudi Strategic Missile Force, and Armed Forces Medical Services.All applicants must pass admission procedures according to specified conditions,...

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Iranian soldier implicated in nuclear scientist’s assassination

Iranian soldier implicated in nuclear scientist’s assassination

Revelations that an Iranian soldier was involved in planning the assassination of the country’s top nuclear scientist have led to a rare public row between organs of the regime. (File/AFP)https://arab.news/bdzezLONDON: Revelations that an Iranian soldier was involved in planning the assassination of the country’s top nuclear scientist have led to a rare public row between organs of the regime.Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi told a TV interviewer that an army recruit had carried out advance planning for the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh — widely believed to have been masterminded...

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Feb 18
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30 Taliban killed ‘making bombs’ inside northern Afghan mosque — officials

30 Taliban killed ‘making bombs’ inside northern Afghan mosque — officials

Balkh was among one of the relatively secure parts of Afghanistan until recent years, but the Taliban have extended their reach there from their traditional power base in the south and southeast of the country. (AFP/File Photo)https://arab.news/vdvqjKABUL: Thirty Taliban insurgents, six of them foreign militants, were killed by an explosion inside a mosque where they had gathered for a “bomb-making training” session in northern Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said.“As a result of the explosion of a mine in a mosque, 30 terrorist Taliban, including six foreign nationals who were...

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Saudi Arabia says foreign companies must have regional HQs in Kingdom to access government contracts

Saudi Arabia says foreign companies must have regional HQs in Kingdom to access government contracts

Some 24 countries have already said they will base their regional headquarters in Riyadh. (Shutterstock)https://arab.news/8v8bmRIYADH: Saudi Arabia will stop signing contracts with foreign companies from 2024 unless their regional headquarters are based in the Kingdom.The rule will include agencies, institutions and government-owned funds, a statement on Saudi Press Agency said.The decision aims to incentivize foreign companies that deal with Saudi Arabia’s government to base themselves in the Kingdom.It will also create jobs, increase spending efficiency, and guarantee that the main goods...

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Afghanistan to build $2 billion airport in Taliban-dominated province

Afghanistan to build $2 billion airport in Taliban-dominated province

The Afghan government is planning to open a new international airport in Logar province. (File/AFP)https://arab.news/6en74KABUL: The Afghan government is planning to open a new international airport in a Taliban-dominated eastern province to transform the region into an air travel hub, the country’s aviation regulator said on Friday.The project, estimated to cost $2 billion, was already planned in the 1970s by then-President Mohammad Daud Khan, whose killing in a coup in 1978 marked the beginning of Afghanistan’s civil war and foreign invasions that have consequently destroyed the country’s...

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Feb 12
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IAEA inspectors find new evidence of Iran’s undeclared nuclear work — WSJ

IAEA inspectors find new evidence of Iran’s undeclared nuclear work — WSJ

https://arab.news/22m55RIYADH: UN inspectors have unearthed fresh evidence that Iran had undertaken work on nuclear weapons without declaring such activities, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday."Samples taken from two sites during inspections in the fall by the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) contained traces of radioactive material," the report said, quoting diplomats briefed on the discovery.While the diplomats said they didn’t know the exact nature of what was found, the discovery raises new questions about the scope of Iran’s nuclear ambitions, it added.Tehran...

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UAE vehicle trade hits $18.7bn in 9 months

UAE vehicle trade hits $18.7bn in 9 months

Automobile imports hit AED 42 billion. (File/AFP)https://arab.news/2z9rcDUBAI: The UAE’s automotive trade amounted to AED 68.8 billion ($18.7bn) from January to September of 2020, official government data has shown.Car and tractor re-exports reached AED 25.6 billion in the same period, while exports stood at AED 1.26 billion, according to figures from the Federal Competitiveness Statistics Centre.Automobile imports hit AED 42 billion, which was attributed to household spending, according to the report.The UAE has expressed ambitions to be a key re-export hub in the Gulf, state news agency...

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11 UAE banks fined $12.46m for anti-money laundering shortcomings

11 UAE banks fined $12.46m for anti-money laundering shortcomings

The fines imposed by the Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) were imposed on Jan. 24. (File/AFP)https://arab.news/v4p5jDUBAI: Eleven banks in the UAE have been fined a total of 45,758,333 dirhams ($12.46 million) for failing to adequately comply with rules related to money laundering and the financing of terrorism and illegal organizations.The fines imposed by the Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) were imposed on Jan. 24, state news agency WAM reported.“All banks operating in the UAE have been allowed ample time by the CBUAE to remedy any shortcomings and were instructed in the middle of 2019 to...

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US Secretary of State: Iran may be weeks away from obtaining materials used in nuclear weapons

US Secretary of State: Iran may be weeks away from obtaining materials used in nuclear weapons

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Biden is building a strong team to deal with Iran to seek a “longer and stronger” nuclear deal. (File/AFP)https://arab.news/v9c8pIran could be weeks away from having material for nuclear weapon if it continues to lift restraints of nuclear deal, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday.Blinken said Biden is building a strong team to deal with Iran to seek a “longer and stronger” nuclear deal than the UN-backed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that was signed in 2015 by the five permanent members of the Security Council — the...

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Former MEPs slam Iran’s terror campaign across Europe

Former MEPs slam Iran’s terror campaign across Europe

the EU must list the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, the Quds Force and the intelligence services as terrorist outfits, says former Scotland MEP Struan Stevenson. (AFP/File)https://arab.news/yf9jcLONDON: A group of former Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have slammed Iran for its campaign of terror across Europe.A cross-party panel of former European policymakers and experts on Tehran’s use of terrorism criticized the regime for using intelligence assets as terrorists.The panel, hosted by the International Committee in Search of Justice (ISJ), gathered amid a diplomatic crisis...

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Saudi rights chief receives Swiss envoy

Saudi rights chief receives Swiss envoy

Awwad Al-Awwad, president of the Human Rights Commission, holds a meeting with Swiss Ambassador Dr. Andreas Schaller on Tuesday. (SPA)https://arab.news/mfdr9RIYADH: Swiss Ambassador Dr. Andreas Schaller called on the president of Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission, Awwad Al-Awwad, at his office in Riyadh on Tuesday.  During the meeting, they discussed several issues related to human rights. The Saudi rights chief highlighted the Kingdom’s measures for the protection of human rights. Saudi Arabia is witnessing a qualitative leap in the field of human rights. The Kingdom’s Vision 2030...

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Libyan sides meeting in Egypt agree on constitutional referendum

Libyan sides meeting in Egypt agree on constitutional referendum

Troops from the Libyan National Army loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar. (AFP)https://arab.news/2u5a3CAIRO: Participants in the second Libyan Constitutional Committee meeting, which started in Hurghada in southern Egypt on Wednesday, agreed to hold a referendum on the constitution prepared by the constituent body.The attendees agreed to complete their discussions from Feb. 9 to 11 and invite the High Electoral Commission to participate in the discussions, leading to a date being set for the referendum and the procedures associated with it.Participants agreed to submit this agreement to...

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World leaders welcome US transfer of power

World leaders welcome US transfer of power

US President-elect Joe Biden and incoming First Lady Jill Biden arrive at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Jan.19, 2021, one day ahead of his inauguration as 46th President of the US. (AFP)https://arab.news/nj9gmPARIS: Several world leaders said they were looking forward to Wednesday’s transfer of power in the United States, where Democrat Joe Biden will be sworn in as president after four turbulent years under Donald Trump.President Hassan Rouhani did not miss the opportunity to hail the departure of “tyrant” Trump, with Tehran repeatedly calling on Washington to lift sanctions imposed...

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Bomb kills two policemen in Afghan capital

Bomb kills two policemen in Afghan capital

The bloodshed comes even as the Taliban and government negotiators engage in peace talks to end the nearly two decade war in the country. (File/AFP)https://arab.news/cx93nKABUL: A roadside bomb targeting a police vehicle in the Afghan capital killed two policemen Saturday, officials said, as violence continues unabated in Afghanistan despite peace talks between the Taliban and government.The vehicle carrying the policemen was struck by the bomb in the center of the capital on the road to the prestigious Kabul University, police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz said.Two policemen were killed and...

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Saudi Arabia to appoint women as court judges ‘very soon’

Saudi Arabia to appoint women as court judges ‘very soon’

A “Saudi woman assuming a position of judge is very soon. There are initiatives on several levels.” (File/AP)https://arab.news/ytj6pDUBAI: Saudi Arabia will “soon” be appointing women as court judges, an official said, in continued social reforms over the past years.Hind al-Zahid, undersecretary for women’s empowerment at the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development, said a “Saudi woman assuming a position of judge is very soon. There are initiatives on several levels.”In an interview with Al-Arabiya, Al-Zahid reiterated the Kingdom’s eagerness to pursue women empowerment,...

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Lebanon begins 11 days of 24-hour curfews to stem COVID-19 surge

Lebanon begins 11 days of 24-hour curfews to stem COVID-19 surge

/ 3People shop at a supermarket ahead of a tightened lockdown and a 24-hour curfew to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Beirut on January 13, 2021. (Reuters)/ 3A man carries a gas cylinder on a motorbike in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon on January 13, 2021 as the Lebanese rush to stock up on provisions one day before a total lockdown due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. (AFP)/ 3Empty shelves are pictured inside a supermarket after people hoarded food as authorities are discussing the latest measures to implement to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Beirut,...

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Jan 13
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Finally, Americans hear the truth on Iran

Finally, Americans hear the truth on Iran

https://arab.news/8zhpmUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has finally told the American people what they needed to hear about the malign regime in Tehran.  Americans now know a truth that we in the region have been trying so hard to communicate: Iran and Al-Qaeda are, and have been for a long time, best buddies.In the US and elsewhere in the West, our suggestions of Iran-Al-Qaeda ties were initially laughed off, dismissed with a heavy dose of skepticism. We were accused of trying to tarnish Iran’s image, of projecting our problems on to them. The skeptics appeared to have logic and reason on...

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Twitter deletes Iran’s Khamenei tweet criticizing US, UK COVID-19 vaccines

Twitter deletes Iran’s Khamenei tweet criticizing US, UK COVID-19 vaccines

The tweet has since been taken down on Khamenei’s English and Arabic accounts. (File/AFP)https://arab.news/mcvd7DUBAI: Social media giant Twitter has removed a tweet by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei that questions the COVID-19 vaccines from the US and the UK.The tweet follows a ban on importing the vaccines from the two countries, with Khamenei saying they were “completely untrustworthy.”“The import of American and British vaccines is prohibited… It is not unlikely they would want to contaminate other nations,” the Iranian leader said in a speech, which was also posted on Twitter.He...

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Saudi Arabia and Qatar to open airspace, land and sea borders

Saudi Arabia and Qatar to open airspace, land and sea borders

Print Edition{{#tree}}{{/tree}}© 2020 SAUDI RESEARCH & PUBLISHING COMPANY, All Rights Reserved And subject to Terms of Use Agreement.https://arab.news/g3r6bRIYADH: Saudi Arabia and Qatar to open airspace, land and sea borders, according to Kuwaiti foreign ministerMore to follow...

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Bleak outlook for Turkish media in 2021

Bleak outlook for Turkish media in 2021

The new year brought a new wave of censorship for Turkish media, signaling tough days ahead for independent journalism in the country. (File/AFP)https://arab.news/ms8bdANKARA: The new year brought a new wave of censorship for Turkish media, signaling tough days ahead for independent journalism in the country.On Thursday, prosecutors requested a sentence of up to 158 years in jail for Baris Pehlivan and Baris Terkoglu — the editor-in-chief and news director, respectively, of dissident news site Oda-TV — who face multiple charges related to their newly published book on Turkish domestic...

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Algeria president Tebboune returns from COVID-19 treatment in Germany

Algeria president Tebboune returns from COVID-19 treatment in Germany

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune’s absence since the end of October has fuelled speculation over his ability to finish his first term. (Reuters/File Photo)https://arab.news/vy3r9ALGIERS: President Abdelmadjid Tebboune returned to Algeria Tuesday after a two-month absence in Germany, where he received treatment for Covid-19, ending a period of uncertainty in a country facing a health, political and economic crises.“It is hard to be far from one's country and even harder for someone who has a lot of responsibility,” Tebboune said, according to footage broadcast after he arrived from...

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Envoy: $100bn Saudi investment in India ‘on track’

Envoy: $100bn Saudi investment in India ‘on track’

Saudi Arabia’s plan to invest over $100 billion in India is still on track despite the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic, said the Kingdom’s ambassador to New Delhi. (File/AFP)https://arab.news/62hacRIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s plan to invest over $100 billion in India is still on track despite the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic, said the Kingdom’s ambassador to New Delhi.In February 2019, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced that the Kingdom would invest over $100 billion in India in petrochemicals, refining, infrastructure, mining, manufacturing, agriculture and...

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