Middle East News

Israeli PM wants Al-Jazeera shut for inciting Temple Mount violence
Jerusalem [Israel], July 27 : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused Qatar-based media broadcaster Al Jazeera network of fermenting violence in the Old City, that houses Temple Mount and the Noble Sanctuary, following the recent clashes between Palestinian Muslim worshippers and Israeli forces. Read Full Story

Houthi rebels target Saudi oil facility with Scud missile
Sana, July 27 : Yemen's Houthi rebels fired a Scud missile to target a oil facility near the port city of Yanbu in Saudi Arabia. Read Full Story

King Salman Appoints Commissions to Develop Al-Ola and Diriyah Gate into Major Tourist Attractions
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, July 26: King Salman bin Abdulaziz has decreed the establishment of renovation commissions tasked with the development of two of the most important archaeological and historic sites in the Kingdom, Al-Ola and Diriyah Gate. Read Full Story

Worshippers refuse to enter Temple Mount despite removal of detectors
Jerusalem [Israel], July 26 : Despite Israel removing metal detectors from holy Temple Mount compound, Muslim worshippers on Tuesday evening refused to enter, thus continuing their boycott. Read Full Story

Saudi led bloc blacklist Qatar, Yemeni organisations, individuals
Cairo [Egypt], July 25 : Saudi Arabia and its allies on Tuesday released a new list of 18 organisations and individuals with ties to Yemen, Qatar and Libya branding them as "terrorist" over suspected links to Islamist extremism in Syria. Read Full Story

Flynas Returns to Beirut With 4 Flights From Riyadh
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, July 25, 2017 : Flynas, the national Saudi airline, has announced it will return to Beirut, the Lebanese capital, later this year. Read Full Story

Israel removes metal detectors from Al- Aqsa Mosque
Jerusalem [Israel], July 25 : After a week of violent protests that claimed seven lives,Israel on Tuesday removed controversial metal detectors installed outside the entrance of the sensitive compound that houses al-Aqsa mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem. Read Full Story

Israel to remove metal detectors at Temple Mount
Jerusalem [Israel], July 25 : The Israeli Security Cabinet has decided to remove metal detectors, which have aroused a wave of protests among Palestinians in Jerusalem and the West Bank, from the Temple Mount compound and replace them with "smart security checks" at the entrance. Read Full Story

Two Jordanians killed in shooting at Israeli embassy in Amman
Amman [Jordan], July 24 : Two Jordanians were killed and an Israeli wounded in an incident at the Israel embassy compound in Amman on Sunday night, according to media reports. Read Full Story

US special envoy to visit Israel to de-escalate Temple Mount tensions
Jerusalem [Israel], July 24 : U.S. envoy to the peace process Jason Greenblatt will today visit Israel to support de-escalation of tensions amid the backdrop of the Temple Mount row. Read Full Story

Saudi Arabia allows direct flights to Qatari pilgrims for Hajj
Riyadh [Saudi Arabia], July 24 : Amid the ongoing impasse, Saudi Arabia has allowed access to Qatari pilgrims for Hajj (annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca) aboard all flights other than Qatar Airways, country's national carrier. Read Full Story

One killed in shooting at Israeli embassy in Jordan
Amman [Jordan], July 24 : At least one person was killed on Sunday in a shooting incident at the Israeli embassy in Amman, according to media reports. Read Full Story

Taliban makes further gains in Afghanistan, capture two districts in Ghor, Faryab
Kabul [Afghanistan], July 23 : The Taliban seized control of two key districts in Afghanistan - Kohistan district in Faryab and Taywara in Ghor - in a matter of hours. Read Full Story

Turkish, Egyptian FMs discuss Al-Aqsa crisis on phone
Ankara [Turkey], July 23 : The Turkish and Egyptian foreign ministers spoke on the phone on Sunday to solve a crisis in Jerusalem over new security measures put in place at one of its most important holy sites Al-Aqsa Mosque by the Israel Government after a bloody weekend. Read Full Story

Israel 'playing with fire' by crossing Jerusalem 'red line': Arab League chief
Jerusalem [Israel], July 23 : The Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Ghiet has said that Israel is playing with fire with the new security measures put in place at the Temple Mount compound in the Old City of Jerusalem. Read Full Story

Erdogan arrives in Jeddah on first leg of Gulf tour to resolve Qatar crisis
Jeddah [Saudi Arabia], July 23 : Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday arrived in the Saudi city of Jeddah on the first leg of his Gulf tour that will also include Kuwait and Qatar, aimed at defusing the stand-off between Qatar and its Arab neighbours. Read Full Story

Rocket fired from Gaza towards Israel explodes mid-air
Jerusaleum [Israel], July 23 : A rocket fired from the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday was exploded mid-air by the Israeli Army. Read Full Story

Egypt sentences 28 to death over prosecutor's killing
Cairo [Egypt], July 22 : A Cairo criminal court on Saturday confirmed death sentences against 28 people over the killing of Egypt's public prosecutor in 2015 and handed jail term to 15 others of 25 years each. Read Full Story

Iran ready to hold talks with Saudi Arabia: Iranian official
Tehran [Iran], July 22 : An Iranian official has said that Tehran is ready to hold talks with Riyadh despite all mistake made by Saudi Arabia. Read Full Story

Major Terrorist Plot Foiled in Saudi Arabia, Ministry of Interior Announces
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, July 22: The Saudi Ministry of Interior has announced that a major terrorist attack was prevented by security services in the city of Saihat in the Qatif governorate. Read Full Story

Gulf crisis: Qatar ready for dialogue to resolve blockade
Doha [Qatar], July. 22 : Asserting that differences can be resolved through dialogue and political differences should not burden civilians, Qatar's ruling emir said he is open for dialogue to solve the boycott by the four powerful Arab neighbours. Read Full Story

Al Aqsa Mosque : Clashes erupt as Israel bans Muslim men from praying
Jerusalem [Israel], July 21 : Palestinian worshippers and Israeli police clashed Friday outside the Old City of Jerusalem amid tensions over the Israeli authorities' decision to bar male worshippers under 50 from entering the area for Friday prayers. Clashes erupted near al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City. Read Full Story

Jerusalem's Old City on high alert over anticipated riots by Muslim worshippers
Jerusalem [Israel], July 21 : Jerusalem's Old City has been deployed with police officers on high alert on Friday morning in anticipation of violent riots by Muslim worshippers over Israel's installation of metal detectors at the Temple Mount compound. Read Full Story

Iraqi envoy says India can help reconstruct Mosul
New Delhi , Jul 20 : Iraq's Ambassador to India Fakhri-H-Al-Issa said on Thursday that India can play a significant role in the reconstruction of Mosul, which has been liberated by Iraq's security forces from the terrorist organsiation Islamic State or Daesh. Read Full Story

Qatar envoy says economy won't be affected if Arab embargo lasts forever
Doha [Qatar], July 20 : : Appealing for an end to the ongoing "blockade" of his country by Arab states, Qatar's Ambassador to the United States has said his country won't be affected if the embargo lasts forever. Read Full Story

Saudi woman arrested for wearing skirt released without charge
London [U.K.], July. 20 : Following global outcry after a Saudi woman was arrested for wearing an indecent skirt and crop top, she has been released and cleared of all charges. Read Full Story

Jerusalem Police orders Temple Mount be closed for Jews
Jerusalem [Israel], July 19 : Jerusalem Police ordered that the Temple Mount be closed for Jewish worshipers after a group of Jewish visitors breached the rules of conduct of the holy site. Read Full Story

Saudi woman arrested for wearing skirt
New Delhi , July 19 : A Saudi woman was arrested and questioned for donning a skirt in the highly conservative Muslim country where woman are required to cover their full body. Read Full Story

Qatar urges Pakistan to play part in solving gulf diplomatic crisis
Islamabad [Pakistan], July 18 : Qatar has asked Pakistan to play a part in solving the escalating gulf diplomatic crisis in the region. Read Full Story

Jordanian soldier sentenced to life imprisonment for killing three US military trainers
Amman [Jordan], July 18 : A Jordanian soldier has been sentenced to life imprisonment by a military court for killing three U.S. trainers. Read Full Story

Jerusalem attack: Temple Mount reopens to Jewish visitors
Jerusalem [Israel], July 17 : The Temple Mount in Jerusalem was reopened on Monday morning, after being shut for three days in the wake of a terrorist attack. Read Full Story

Cairo: One died, 19 injured during clash between police, citizens
Cairo [Egypt], July 17 : At least one person died and 19 others were injured after a clash took place between Egypt's police and citizens in the capital city Cairo as the city's authorities decided to demolish illegal constructions in a densely populated and disadvantaged neighborhood, country's Interior Ministry said. Read Full Story

Iranian President's brother jailed
Tehran [Iran] July 17 : Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's younger brother, Hossein Fereidoun, has been sent to jail after he failed to secure bail set by judiciary on Saturday, said media reports on Sunday. Read Full Story

French Foreign Minister on Gulf States visit to mediate crisis
Riyadh [Saudi Arabia], July 16 : French Foreign Minister Le Drian started his two-day visit to Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates on Saturday in order to hear the positions of the states on the ongoing diplomatic row crisis as well as to offer France's contribution to the mediation efforts led by Kuwait. Read Full Story

Indian forces rescue humanitarian workers in Sudan
Juba[Sudan], July 16 : The Indian peacekeeping forces serving in Pibor, have rescued more than a dozen humanitarian workers who came under heavy fire from unknown gunmen. They were alerted about the gunmen in the early hours of Thursday. Read Full Story

France, Saudi Arabia pledge to combat terrorism
Riyadh [Saudi Arabia] July 16 : France and Saudi Arabia have pledged to combat terrorism. Read Full Story

Trump, Saudi King discuss Qatar dispute
Washington (USA) July 15 : Untied States (US) President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Friday discussed Qatar dispute. Read Full Story

Two tourists stabbed to death in Egypt
Cairo [Egypt], July 14 :Two tourists were reportedly killed and four other tourists were wounded after an assailant attacked them with a knife on the Red Sea resort in Egypt's Hurghada. Read Full Story

Friday prayers cancelled post attack in Jerusalem's Old City
Jerusalem [Israel], July 14 : Three attackers were shot dead by the police during a shootout near the entrance to the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem's Old City on Friday morning, during an attack in which three people were wounded with two critically injured. Read Full Story

Macron likely to discuss Syria, Iraq with Trump
Paris [France], July 13 : : U.S. President Donald Trump touched down in Paris to forge a strong relationship with French President Emmanuel Macron. Read Full Story

US lifts electronic ban on EgyptAir flights
Washington D.C. [United States], July 13 : The United States has lifted the ban on passengers carrying laptops and other electronics on EgyptAir flights with immediate effects, said the airlines in a statement. Read Full Story

Tillerson meets Saudi King, FM in bid to resolve Gulf crisis
Jeddah [Saudi Arabia], July 13 : in a bid to resolve the Gulf diplomatic crisis, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held talks with Foreign Ministers from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, after meeting first with Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Read Full Story

Turkey to continue supporting Qatar amid Gulf blockade
Ankara [Turkey], July 13 : Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci has said that his country will continue exporting necessary supplies to Qatar amid blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain, and Yemen on it. Read Full Story

US troops to stay in Iraq indefinitely even after ISIS' defeat
Mosul [Iraq], July 12 : The U.S. troops and coalition forces will likely to remain in Iraq for indefinite period even after Islamic State terrorists are entirely eliminated to "avoid the mistakes of the Obama administration".There are currently about 5,000 U.S. troops in Iraq. Read Full Story

Qatar accuses GCC nations of leaking 'Riyadh Agreement'
Doha [Qatar], July 12 : Qatar has accused nations in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) of leaking documents to the media about the Riyadh Agreement of 2013-2014. Read Full Story

Royal Opera House Muscat all set for its seventh season
New Delhi (India), July 11 : The Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM), Oman's premier venue for musical arts and culture, has announced its performances scheduled for the forthcoming season - 2017-2018: A Legendary Season. Read Full Story

ISIS leader Baghdadi dead
Baghdad [Iraq], July 11 : The ISIS terror group has finally admitted that their chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead. Read Full Story

India only country where energy demand will continue to rise: Dharmendra Pradhan
Istanbul [Turkey], July 11 : Addressing the ministerial session on 'Current Economic Strategies in the Indian Oil and Gas Sector' and a plenary session on 'Supply and Demand Challenges for Oil, Gas and Products' at the t the 22nd World Petroleum Congress here, Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan said Monday that India would be the only country for the next decade or more where the demand for energy would not subside, but continue to rise. Read Full Story

Petroleum sector facing growing challenges, says WPC president
Istanbul [Turkey], July 10 : World Petroleum Council president Jozsef Laszlo Toth has said that the global petroleum sector is facing growing challenges as the population has increased and economic development has brought about a large number of consumers into the market. Read Full Story

Jordanians allowed to carry laptops on U.S.-bound flights
New York [U.S.], July 10 : : The Royal Jordanian has become the latest Middle Eastern airlines to allow passengers carry laptops in the cabin on US-bound flights. Read Full Story

Arab states boycotting Qatar will seek to change Doha's 'terror' policy
Cairo [Egypt], July 10 : Four Arab states boycotting Qatar will pursue their commitment towards changing Doha's policy of financing and giving safe havens to terrorist organizations, the Egyptian foreign ministry has said. Read Full Story

Qatar to take legal action against Arab countries over economic blockade
Doha [Qatar], Jul 10 : Qatar will take legal action against Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt, over the damage caused to the country due to economic blockade. Read Full Story

Iraqi PM declares victory against ISIS in 'liberated' Mosul
Nineveh [Iraq], Jul 9 : Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on Sunday declared victory over the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group, also known as Daesh in the liberated Mosul city of Iraq. Read Full Story

Security forces kill 35 ISIS terrorists in Mosul
Mosul [Iraq], July 9 : At least 35 ISIS terrorists were killed and six others arrested on Saturday as they tried to escape from western Mosul where security forces were closing in. Read Full Story

Egypt: Two police killed, nine injured in explosion in Northern Sinai
Cairo [Egypt] Jul. 9 : Two policemen were killed and nine others were injured in a blast in the north of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. Read Full Story

Qatar Prince says Pak JIT must come to Doha to quiz him
Islamabad [Pakistan], July 8 : Qatar Prince Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al-Thani has reportedly told Pakistan's Joint Investigation Team (JIT) that he is ready to be questioned at his palace in Doha. Read Full Story

Qatar rejects Saudi-led bloc' allegations, terms it baseless
Doha [Qatar] Jul 8 : Expressing regret over the recent remark of the Saudi-led Arab states, Qatar said that the accusations levelled against it of supporting terrorism are false and baseless. Read Full Story

Saudi Foreign Minister says measures against Qatar for its 'benefit' not 'harm'
Cairo [Egypt], July 7 : Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has said that the measures taken against Qatar were not aimed at harming it, but instead, helping it as he denounced Doha's alleged support to terrorism at a press conference in Cairo. Read Full Story

Egypt blames Qatar for human suffering in Syria, Libya
Abu Dhabi [UAE], July 7 : Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has blamed Qatar for human suffering in several parts of Syria and Libya. Read Full Story

India, Israel firms ink 12 strategic business MoUs worth over USD 4.3 billion: FICCI
Tel Aviv [Israel], July 6 : To revitalize and steer Indo-Israel economic and investment relations, the first formal meeting of India-Israel CEOs forum was organized here on Thursday to coincide with the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Israel. Read Full Story

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