Lebanese singer Hiba Tawaji dazzles Riyadh with majestic voice

BY NOOR NUGALI RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – For the first time in the Saudi capital, an all-female concert took place late Wednesday. The performance by Lebanese soprano Hiba Tawaji was sold out days before she took to a Riyadh stage. Many excited attendees of all ages attended a packed King Fahad Cultural Center. The environment was […]

‘Extreme’ winds drive fierce California wildfires

VENTURA, Calif. — Southern California has felt yellow wind, orange wind, and red wind. But never purple wind. Until now. The color-coded system showing the expected strength of the winds driving the region’s fierce wildfires has reached uncharted territory, pushing past red, which means “high” into the color that means “extreme.” “The forecast for tomorrow […]

Clashes break out in West Bank over Trump Jerusalem speech

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers broke out Thursday in Ramallah and other places in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, one day after President Trump announced that his administration would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The Palestinian Authority called for a general strike in Palestinian cities and, in Gaza, […]

Lebanese leaders slam Trump’s ‘dangerous’ decision on Jerusalem

President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Wednesday slammed U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “It is a dangerous decision that undermines the United States’ credibility as a sponsor of the peace process in the region,” Aoun said in a tweet. “This decision sets back […]

Abbas slams Trump’s move, says Jerusalem is ‘Eternal Capital of Palestine’

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the United States can no longer play the role of peace broker after Donald Trump’s decision on Wednesday to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, describing the holy city as “the eternal capital of the State of Palestine.” “These deplorable and unacceptable measures deliberately undermine all peace efforts,” Abbas said in […]

Is Kushner bringing conflict, not peace, to the Middle East?

Several top Trump administration officials, including the president’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, slammed Iran this weekend, demonstrating that the administration is maintaining its support for Saudi Arabia and its efforts to contain Iran’s influence in the Middle East. But experts argue their rhetoric might be hurting the administration’s diplomatic efforts. In a rare public […]

Putin seeks fourth term. On track to become Russia’s longest-serving ruler since Stalin

  Putin’s approval ratings regularly top 80 percent, making him all but certain to win the March election by a broad margin. While few doubted the 65-year-old leader would run, the delay in his declaring so fueled some conspiracy theories and was seen as the Kremlin’s political maneuvering. The 65-year-old Russian leader’s potential rivals include […]

Jerusalem is a powder keg. Trump’s decision will have huge implications, report

Muslims across the Middle East warned Wednesday of disastrous consequences after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but in a region more divided than ever, many asked what leaders can do beyond the vehement rhetoric. Arab powerhouses are mired in their own internal troubles, their populations tired of wars, and the days when […]

Texas Democratic rep pushes vote on Trump impeachment

Texas Democrat Al Green forced a House vote on the impeachment of President Trump on Wednesday, but a broad bipartisan majority voted down the effort. Green introduced two articles of impeachment against Trump. The articles did not include any charges related to Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, which has led to criminal charges […]