Trump may replace Tillerson with Mike Pompeo

President Trump is reportedly planning to oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, with CIA Director Mike Pompeo potentially replacing him. The will come in the next several weeks, The New York Times reported, citing senior administration officials. Still, The Times added that it is not clear whether Trump has approved the plan, which was devised […]

Saudi Prince Released After $1 Billion Deal, Official Says

Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, one of the most senior Saudi royals detained in the kingdom’s declared crackdown on corruption, has been released after reaching a settlement deal believed to exceed the equivalent of $1 billion, an official involved in the anti-graft campaign said. Prince Miteb, son of the late King Abdullah, who headed the powerful […]

Gunmen in Egypt mosque attack carried Islamic State flag, prosecutor says

Gunmen who attacked a mosque on Friday in Egypt’s North Sinai brandished an Islamic State flag as they opened fire through doorways and windows, killing more than 300 worshippers, including two dozen children, officials said on Saturday. No group has claimed responsibility, but Egyptian forces are battling a stubborn Islamic State affiliate in the region, […]

Israeli official under fire for saying Jews’ have a poor commitment to service in U.S. military

A top Israeli diplomat was rebuked by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday for suggesting that American Jews have a poor commitment to service in the U.S. military. Asked in an English-language television interview about criticism of Israeli policies by some U.S. Jews, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely questioned whether “people that never send their […]

Syria opposition calls for direct negotiations with Assad regime

Syria opposition representatives meeting in the Saudi capital have called for direct and unconditional negotiations with the Syrian government that would lead to the launch of a transition period. The opposition didn’t condition its participation in the U.N-based negotiations on the departure of President Bashar Assad from office. However, in a final communique obtained by […]

Russian billionaire senator charged with tax fraud in France

Russian billionaire senator Suleyman Kerimov was charged Wednesday with tax fraud in Nice and released under strict conditions, a state prosecutor said. Kerimov, whose detention Monday upon arrival at the French Riviera airport in connection with a tax evasion case concerning his purchase of several luxury residences via shell companies provoked anger in Moscow, must […]

Israeli minister reveals covert contacts with Saudi Arabia

An Israeli cabinet minister said on Sunday that Israel has had covert contacts with Saudi Arabia amid common concerns over Iran, a first disclosure by a senior Israeli official of such contacts. In an interview on Army Radio, Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz was asked why Israel was hiding its ties with Saudi Arabia. Steinitz replied: […]

Miss Iraq and Miss Israel selfie strikes a nerve

Miss Iraq Sarah Idan and Miss Israel Adar Gandelsman (no relation…) met at the Miss Universe beauty pageant and became friends. Miss Iraq posted this photo on her Instagram. What a great message of hope for the region. Good luck to both Sarah and Hadar. — Ofir Gendelman (@ofirgendelman) November 14, 2017 As contestants […]