Iran, Qatar send Saudis support after bombing near Mecca

Iran and Qatar have expressed support for Saudi Arabia following a suicide bombing near Islam’s holiest site. A man who was planning to attack Mecca’s Grand Mosque detonated himself after security forces surrounded him. Regional rivals sent Saudi Arabia their support after police foiled a suicide bomber near Islam’s holiest site during Ramadan – an […]

Suicide bomber blows himself up as Saudis foil Mecca plot

By Abdullah Al-Shihri and Jon Gambrell | AP June 24 at 12:56 AM RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — A suicide bomber blew himself up near the Grand Mosque at Mecca as police disrupted a plot to target the holiest site in Islam just as the fasting month of Ramadan ends, Saudi security forces said Saturday.The Interior Ministry said […]

Iranians chant ‘Death to Israel’ at rallies

By Parisa Hafezi Hundreds of thousands of Iranians chanted “Death to Israel” in nationwide rallies on Friday at which they also burned flag of the Islamic State militant group which claimed responsibility for attacks in Tehran this month, state TV reported. Iranian state media said millions of people turned out for the rallies to mark […]

Hezbollah chief warns Israel that a future war could draw Shiite fighters from Iran, Iraq, etc

Hezbollah leader  Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday that a future war waged by Israel against Syria or Lebanon could draw thousands of fighters from countries including Iran and Iraq. His comments indicated that the same array of Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias – but not countries – currently fighting in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad […]

World population to near 10 billion by 2050, says UN , as 83 million are added every year

India’s population is expected to surpass China’s in about seven years and Nigeria is projected to overtake the United States and become the third most populous country in the world shortly before 2050, a U.N. report said Wednesday. The report by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ Population Division forecasts that the current world […]

Macron: Assad is the enemy of the Syrian people, but not of France

President Emmanuel Macron said in remarks published on Wednesday that he saw no legitimate successor to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and that France no longer considered his departure a pre-condition to resolving the six-year conflict. “The new perspective that I have had on this subject is that I have not stated that Bashar al-Assad’s departure […]

PM May hopes to reassure EU leaders at Brussels summit despite being badly weakened

Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May will try Thursday to convince European leaders she can still push through Brexit despite being badly weakened by an election bet that turned sour. The two-day Brussels summit marks the debut of French President Emmanuel Macron, the figurehead of a renewed confidence among the remaining 27 states that Britain’s […]

Israel would use all its strength from the start in a new Lebanon war with Hezbollah, says Eshel

Israel would use all its strength from the start in any new war with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, the chief of the Israeli air force said on Wednesday, sending a firm warning a decade after their last conflict. At the annual Herzliya security conference near Tel Aviv, Major-General Amir Eshel said qualitative and quantitative […]