Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr: Why isn’t Trump hosting the traditional Iftar

Ramadan will come to an end this weekend with the major Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr, and thus far President Donald Trump’s recognition of Islam’s holiest month has been limited to a statement that almost exclusively addressed violence and terrorism. Breaking with a tradition that dates back more than 20 years, to Bill Clinton’s administration, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Kushner begins shuttle diplomacy in Israel and West Bank in search of a peace deal

By Joshua Mitnick Presidential advisor Jared Kushner waded into the nitty-gritty of Middle East peace mediation for the first time on Wednesday, as the Trump administration seemed to lower expectations for a swift breakthrough by emphasizing that “peace will take time.’’ The son-in-law of President Trump, who has been tasked with overseeing the diplomacy to […]

Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman ( MBS) is the new Crown Prince

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman made his son his successor on Wednesday, removing his nephew as crown prince and giving the 31-year old almost unprecedented powers as the world’s leading oil exporter implements transformational reforms. A royal decree appointed Mohammed bin Salman crown prince and deputy prime minister. He retains defense, oil and other portfolios. It […]