In a embarassing incident that has the Qatari government bending over backward to fix its “tarnished” reputation in the face of its petrodollar-fueled and U.S.-backed Gulf allies, the state-run Qatar News Agency took down an article that defended all of Hezbollah, Hamas and Iran, claiming the site was hacked.
United States sanctions on alleged Iranian and Chinese parties involved with Iran’s ballistic missile program drew a sharp rebuke from Beijing on Thursday, as China’s Foreign Ministry registered its official protest with Washington.
China has long expressed its dissatisfaction with the U.S.’ use of the sanctions weapon, which frequently affects Chinese individuals and companies allegedly linked to weapons or nuclear development in Iran or the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Saudi Arabia announced Wednesday that it will be launching a national weapons manufacturing company as part of a jobs program and in order to diversify its economy.
Muhammad Majid Bakr was fishing off the coast of the Gaza Strip when Israeli forces detained and shot him, Ma’an News Agency reported Monday.
The 23-year-old Bakr succumbed to his wounds while hospitalized in Israel hours later.
According to Ma’an, Israeli army sources claim that the fishing vessel “deviated from the designated fishing zone.” Restrictions on fishing have been a component of Israel’s coastal blockade since 2007.
On Tuesday U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed for a total of US$2.1 billion in aid to avoid the “starving of an entire generation,” in Yemen.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan claimed victory Sunday in the country’s hotly contested referendum that is set to place extraordinary powers in the hands of the president, heralding the most radical change to the country’s political system in its modern history.
A U.S.-led airstrike mistakenly killed 18 members of a Kurdish and Arab militia backed by Washington south of the Syrian city of Tabqa, the Pentagon said on Thursday.
A joint command center made up of the forces of Russia, Iran and Lebanon’s Shiite group Hezbollah supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad issued a statement Sunday slamming the U.S. strike on a Syrian air base Friday and saying that Washington had already crossed many “red lines” in Syria.
The situation in Syria “amounts to an international armed conflict” following U.S. missile strikes on a Syrian airbase, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) told Reuters on Friday.