Middle East News

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

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

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