Middle East News

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

CEO forum aimed at greater cooperation, reach 20 billion trade in five years: Officials
Tel Aviv [Israel], July 6 : Ahead of meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday officials of the Indo-Israel CEO forum said that the goal of the establishment of the forum is greater business cooperation to reach 20 billion trade mark in the next five years. Read Full Story

PM Modi, Netanyahu pay homage to Indian soldiers at Haifa Cemetery
Haifa [Israel], July 6 :Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday paid homage to fallen Indian soldiers of World War I at the Haifa Cemetery . Read Full Story

500 families evacuated amidst IS, Iraqi army clashes in Mosul
Mosul [Iraq], Jul 6 : More than 500 civilians were evacuated in the last 24 hours from Western Mosul amidst clashes between Islamic State terrorists and the Iraqi Army. Read Full Story

Saudi-led blockade to continue over Qatar's 'negative' response
Doha [Qatar], Jul 6 : Four Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia, have said that they would continue their diplomatic and economic blockade of Qatar after the nation gave a egative response to their list of demands. Read Full Story

Netanyahu gifts PM Modi photograph depicting Indian soldiers leading British military column
Jerusalem [Israel], July 5 : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gifted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi a framed photograph depicting Indian soldiers leading a British military column to liberate Jerusalem. Read Full Story

Netanyahu describes 'deeply moving moment' as India, Israel sign seven MoUs
Jerusalem [Israel], July 5 : New Delhi and Tel Aviv signed seven Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) on Wednesday in the presence of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu at Jerusalem which includes cooperation in the fields of Science and Technology, Space, Agriculture and Water. Read Full Story

India, Israel agree to strengthen cooperation against terrorism, radicalization
Jerusalem [Israel], July 5 : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday agreed for further cooperation between the two nations in the fight against growing radicalisation and terrorism. Read Full Story

India, Israel face threat from radical Islamism: BESA Center professor
Jerusalem [Israel], July 5 : Terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Israel as very significant, Professor Efraim Inbar, Founding Director of the Begin Sadat Centre for Strategic Studies, said India is extremely important country for Israel, because of the changes in the international system, while adding that both countries face threat from radical Islamism. Read Full Story

PM Modi to be treated with 'maa ka khaana' in Israel
Jerusalem [Israel], July 5 : Israel is leaving no stone unturned for making first-ever Indian Prime Minister's visit historic and memorable. Read Full Story

Moshe's grandfather urges PM Modi to make India more secure
Jerusalem [Israel], July 5 : The grandfather of 2008 Mumbai attacks survivor, Rabbi Holzberg Nachman, in his message to visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the leader to continue the legacy of kindness and make the country more secure. Read Full Story

India, Israel can jointly fulfill interests, do things for world: Israeli envoy
Jerusalem [Israel], July 5 : Israeli Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon said on Wednesday that through collaboration India and Israel can jointly fulfill their interests as well as do things for the world. Read Full Story

Israeli Prez breaks protocol to receive PM Modi
Jerusalem [Israel], July 5 : Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday broke protocol to receive Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said 'he is welcome to the State of Israel in the capital city of Jerusalem". Read Full Story

After Etihad, Emirates also exempted from U.S. laptop ban
Dubai [United Arab Emirates], July 5 : The United States has lifted the ban on passengers carrying laptops and other electronics on Emirates Airways flights from its base in Dubai with immediate effects, said an airlines spokesperson. Read Full Story

Netanyahu and family host PM Modi for a 3-hour dinner
Israel (Jerusalem), July. 5 : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hosted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a private dinner at their residence Beit Aghion in Jerusalem on Tuesday. Read Full Story

Modi gifted sets of relics from Kerala to Netanyahu
Tel Aviv [Israel] 5 July : As a sign of India's centuries old friendship with Israel and also to show special gratitude to the people of Israel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his ongoing visit to Tel Aviv presented Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu replicas of 2 sets of relics from Kerala that are regarded as key artifacts in the long Jewish history in India. Read Full Story

Netanyahu and family host PM Modi for a 3-hour dinner
Israel (Jerusalem), July. 5 : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hosted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a private dinner at their residence Beit Aghion in Jerusalem on Tuesday. Read Full Story

Israel slams UNESCO for calling it an occupying power in Jerusalem
Jerusalem [Israel], Jul 5 : The UNESCO's act of passing a resolution denouncing Israel and labeling them as occupying power in the Jerusalem has drawn strong criticism from the officials, who have condemned the UNESCO's World Heritage Committee's decision. Read Full Story

Israeli Chrysanthemum flower named 'Modi' in honour of Indian PM
Tel Aviv [Israel], July 4 : A new fast-growing Israeli Chrysanthemum flower has been named after visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to honour him. Read Full Story

Ahmadiyya head in Israel thanks PM Modi for support to community
Tel Aviv [Israel], July 4 : The head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Israel thanked visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the support offered to the country back home. Read Full Story

Aapka swaagat hai mere dost: Israeli PM Netanyahu welcomes PM Modi
Tel Aviv [Israel], July 4 : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who, in a special gesture, was present to receive Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he landed at Tel Aviv on Tuesday, welcomed the latter with "open arms" and said that the country had been waiting for him for long. Read Full Story

Modi thanks Netanyahu for 'warm welcome'
Tel Aviv [Israel], July 4 : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who today arrived at Tel Aviv, thanked his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu, who, in a special gesture, was present to receive him, for the 'warm welcome'. Read Full Story

Netanyahu receives PM Modi in Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv [Israel], July 4 : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday arrived at the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv where he was received by his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu. Read Full Story

Qatar responds to Saudi-led blockade demands
Doha [Qatar], July 4 : Qatar's foreign minister has delivered a written response to a list of demands from Saudi Arabia-led Arab alliance, which early Monday gave Doha an extra 48 hours to think twice. Read Full Story

Qatar officially responds to Arab nations' demands
Doha [Qatar], Jul 4 : Qatar has handed over its official response to a list of demands made by Saudi Arabia and its allies after another 48 hours was given to address their grievances. Read Full Story

Modi, Netanhayu to honour fallen Indian soldiers at Haifa Cemetery
Jerusalem [Israel], July 3 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Israel, which starts tomorrow, will visit the Haifa India Cemetery along with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu to pay tributes to the Indian soldiers who fought in World War I. Read Full Story

Israel emphasises importance of Modi's visit, hints at some surprises
Jerusalem [Israel], July 3 : Israel's foreign ministry on Monday stressed upon the importance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's two-day visit to Israel and hinted that many surprises could unfold during the visit. Read Full Story

Qatar-Saudi tensions 'political not military', says Saudi envoy
Istanbul [Turkey], July 3 : A Saudi envoy has said that the recent tension between Riyadh and Doha is political and not military in nature. Read Full Story

Israel PM Netanyahu blocks legislation to divide Jerusalem
Jerusalem [Israel], July 3 : A legislation to divide Jerusalem was blocked by Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday. Read Full Story

Netanyahu gives in to Ultra-Orthodox demands to secure his government
Jerusalem [Israel], July 2 : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under severe criticism from international Jewish groups regarding his recent approval of religious proposals by Ultra-Orthodox parties in a bid to secure his slim government majority. Read Full Story

Damascus: Scores killed in suicide car bombing
Damascus [Syria], July 2 : A suicide bomber blew himself up in the Syrian capital on Sunday, killing several people while the other two car bombs were chased and destroyed by security forces on the road to Damascus airport southeast of the city. Read Full Story

Qatar to reject demands from Gulf states, says FM
Doha [Qatar], July 2 : Qatar is set to reject a set of demands issued by other Arab nations, according to statements made by the country's foreign minister. Read Full Story

Israel adopts resolution for strengthening ties with India
Jerusalem [Israel], June 30 : Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's historic visit to Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that his government has approved the "Israeli Cabinet Resolution on Strengthening Ties with the Republic of India." Read Full Story

Qatar 'grateful' for Turkey's support amid Gulf diplomatic crisis
Washington D.C. [United States], June 30 : Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdurrahman Al-Thani has said that his country is "very thankful and grateful" for Turkey's support during its current diplomatic crisis with neighbouring Gulf countries that began earlier this month. Read Full Story

Iraq announces 'end of Islamic State' in Mosul
Abu Dhabi [Iraq], June 29 : Iraq on Thursday announced the end of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as Daesh, in the city of Mosul that has been under seizure of the extremist groups for three years. Read Full Story

Former Israel PM Olmert to be freed on July 2
Jerusalem [Israel], June 29 :The former Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been granted early release from prison. Read Full Story

Iran brands Trump travel ban ruling as 'racist,' 'unfair'
New York [U.S.A.], June 29 : As Washington prepares to begin implementation of Trump's travel ban on Thursday, Iran has branded a recent U.S. supreme court order to reinstate elements of the divisive policy racist and unfair. Read Full Story

Afghanistan capable of fighting terrorists: Iran Speaker
Tehran [Iran], June 28 : The Speaker of Iran's Parliament, Ali Larijani has said foreign troops in Afghanistan are unnecessary, as the latter is capable of fighting terrorists on its own. Read Full Story

S. Arabia says demands on Qatar non-negotiable, US seeks help of Gulf diplomats
Washington [United States]/Riyadh [Saudi Arabia], June 28 :With Saudi Arabia emphatically stating that its demands on Qatar are non-negotiable, the United States appears to be under pressure to resolve the crisis in the Gulf region. Read Full Story

Blockade will remain until Qatar meets 13-demand list, pronounces Saudi Foreign Minister
Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], June 28 : Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has said that the Qatar blockade would stay unless the officials meet non-negotiable demands from Gulf nations to end backing of terrorism. Read Full Story

Israel targets Syrian artillery, ammunition truck
Damascus [Syria], June 26 : On the second day of the Israeli military strikes in the Golan Heights, the Israel Defence Forces struck two artillery launchers and an ammunition truck on the Syrian side of the border. Read Full Story

Demands of Saudi an attack to Qatar's sovereignty: Erdogan
Istanbul [Turkey], June 25 : Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday dubbed the demands made by Saudi Arabia and three other nations to Doha to end a blockade as an attack to Qatar's sovereignty right. Read Full Story

Egypt President Sisi ratifies Red Sea islands deal
Cairo [Egypt], June 25 : Eypt President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has ratified the maritime demarcation deal that cedes sovereignty over two uninhabited Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, despite widespread public criticism of the deal. Read Full Story

Saudi Arabia's demands 'infringe upon our sovereignty': Qatar
New Delhi /Doha [Qatar], June 24 : Responding to the list of demands handed over to Qatar by Saudi Arabia as the price for lifting a blockade on trade and diplomacy, Qatar's Ambassador to the United States Meshal bin Hamad Al Thani has asserted that it was an attempt to 'infringe' upon the state's sovereignty. Read Full Story

Saudi Arabia makes 13 demands to Qatar for ending blockade
London [U.K.], June 23 : Saudi Arabia has handed down a list of 13 demands to Qatar as the price for lifting blockade on trade and diplomatic embargo. Read Full Story

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