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Russia hopes Biden administration will keep promise and close Guantanamo Bay

At a press conference on Friday, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova announced that Moscow hopes that the US will keep its promise and close Guantanamo Bay. Guantanamo Bay, where 19 years ago the...

Yemen minister slams UN envoy's discontent over US designation of Houthis as terror group

Yemen's Minister of Religious Endowments and Guidance Mohammed Eida Shabiba has slammed Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths as he was not pleased with the US designation of Houthi militia as a terror group,...

Iran fires long-range missiles into Indian Ocean in military drill

Iran's Revolutionary Guards on Saturday fired long-range ballistic missiles into the Indian Ocean on the second day of a military exercise, state media reported, reports Reuters. The drill, which comes in the waning days...

Was the US Embassy move to Jerusalem actually a hoax?

There will be a collective sigh of relief from Palestinians when disgraced President Donald Trump finally leaves the White House for good on Wednesday, because no single nation has suffered more as a result...

Turkey renews call for dialogue with US on S-400 missile system

Turkey has renewed calls to the US to discuss solutions to the Russian S-400 defence system crisis while urging Washington to withdraw the sanctions imposed on Ankara in this regard. On Wednesday, Turkish Defence...

HRW calls on Biden to stop arms sales to Saudi, UAE

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the administration of President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday to stop selling weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), in order to have a positive...

US imposes fresh sanctions on Iran in final days of Trump presidency

The United States on Friday sanctioned companies in Iran, China and the United Arab Emirates for doing business with the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines and on three Iranian entities over conventional arms...

Official: Trump receives Morocco's highest award for Middle East work

US President Donald Trump on Friday received Morocco's highest award for his work in advancing a normalisation deal between Israel and Morocco, Reuters reported a senior administration official as saying. In a private Oval...

NFL: New York Jets hiring first Muslim coach

The New York Jets have announced they reached an agreement in principle to hire Lebanese-American Robert Saleh, setting him on the path to become the first Muslim head coach in American football history, Anadolu...

US lowers troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to 2,500

The US has decreased its number of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to 2,500, accomplishing a key goal of President Donald Trump as he prepares to leave office next week, the Pentagon announced Friday, Anadolu...

Egypt hopes US' Biden engages in Ethiopia dam crisis

Egypt on Friday called on the incoming US administration to play a role in finding a solution to the Ethiopia dam crisis, Anadolu Agency reports. Egypt's official news agency quoted Motaz Zahran, the ambassador...

Trump orders US Central Command to include Israel for more effective anti-Iran efforts

Donald Trump has ordered the US military to include Israel in its Central Command (CENTCOM), which oversees the Middle East, the Wall Street Journal has reported. The move comes in the final few days...

US ignores famine in Yemen as it designates Houthis as 'terrorists' 

The US has rejected pleas from the UN to reverse its decision to designate Yemen's Houthis as a terrorist group. The decision has been met with widescale condemnation and accusations of "political vandalism". Senior...

Iraq: new US sanctions on PMF's deputy head 

The US has imposed new sanctions on the deputy head of Iraq's Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) after classifying him as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) on Wednesday. Abdul Aziz Al-Muhammadawi, also known as...

Palestinians need a centralised strategy to counter Israel in Africa, not slogans

Arab normalisation with Israel is expected to have serious consequences that go well beyond the limited and self-serving agendas of a few regional countries. Thanks to the Arab normalisers, the doors are now flung...

Israel to urge Biden not to let human rights jeopardise Arab alliances

Israel is to urge the incoming Biden administration not to exert pressure on Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE over their serious record of human rights violations as well as regional issues such as...

Orientalism still runs deep within the Western subconscious, Capitol Hill has shown

When supporters of the soon-to-be ex-President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol Building in Washington DC last week, many things were revealed that day. We saw the lengths that Trump supporters would go to keep...

Yemen's Houthis won't abandon peace efforts over US designation, says chief negotiator

Yemen's Houthi movement will not walk away from peace talks with the United Nations and Saudi Arabia despite the US decision to designate the Iran-aligned group as a foreign terrorist organisation, the Houthi chief...

Russia: US terror label on Houthis may have negative effect

The US decision to declare Houthis rebels, who fought the central government in Yemen's civil, a "terrorist organisation" could negatively affect the political process, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday, Anadolu Agency reported....

Israel approves new US Embassy building in Jerusalem

The Israeli District Planning and Building Committee in Jerusalem has announced its approval for the construction of a new US Embassy building in the city, AP has reported. The location of the new building...