Spain bracing after 2 days of violent protests over separatist’s separatists leaders

Protesters and police clashed late on Tuesday in Barcelona during rallies against the jailing of nine Catalan separatist leaders, with the unusually tense confrontations turning into a major challenge for Spanish and regional authorities. Protesters threw cans, stones and flares at riot police, and set garbage containers and cardboard on fire in the middle of […]

Women to be permitted to join the Saudi army

Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday it will allow women in the ultra-conservative kingdom to serve in the armed forces as it embarks on a broad programme of economic and social reforms. The move is the latest in a series of measures aimed at increasing the rights of women in the kingdom, even as rights groups accuse […]

Trump threatens Turkey after abandoning Kurds

US President Donald Trump warned Turkey on Monday against going too far in Syria, one day after giving Ankara a green light to invade its southern neighbor and sparking panic among Washington’s Kurdish allies. The US pulled back 50 to 100 “special operators” from Syria’s northern frontier, where they have served as a buffer between […]

Iran backed Houthi rebels show video of alleged August attack on Saudi and Yemeni forces

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have released video claiming responsibility for a 72-hour attack on Saudi Arabian and Yemeni forces that purportedly left hundreds dead. Brigadier Gen. Yahya Saree, a spokesman for the Houthi forces, said the operation in the Saudi province of Najran was months in the making and involved luring the enemy into what he […]

Saudi King Salman’s bodyguard shot dead by friend

The bodyguard of Saudi King Salman has been killed by one of his friends after a “personal dispute”, authorities say. Gen Abdel Aziz al-Fagham was visiting a friend when he had a row with Mamdouh bin Meshaal Al Ali on Saturday night. A police statement said Ali left the house in Jeddah to return with […]

Twitter closes thousands of fake news accounts worldwide

Twitter said Friday it shut down thousands of accounts worldwide for spreading misinformation, including some artificially amplifying pro-Saudi messaging as part of a regional propaganda war. The move affected pro-Saudi accounts coming from Egypt and the United Arab Emirates directed at Qatar and Yemen, Twitter said, as well as others from China seeking to sow […]

Trump deploys a new label for China’s Xi – ‘enemy’

KEY POINTS President Donald Trump has a new label for Chinese President Xi Jinping: “Enemy.” In one of a series of tweets that hit the market like a torpedo Friday morning, the president posed a question to his more than 60 million followers comparing Xi to Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. As recently as this […]