Floods kill one in Kuwait a day after minister resigned

Kuwait Oil Company on Saturday lifted its state of emergency following floods across the country in which one person died, and said that facilities were operating normally. Talal al-Khaled al-Sabah, an oil sector spokesman, said in a company tweet that “the state of emergency was lifted at Kuwait Oil Company and all affiliated companies but […]

Obama to Trump supporters : Why are you so mad ?

Besides releasing a list of endorsements earlier this year and fronting the occasional fundraiser, Barack Obama has largely held his fire in advance of the midterms. While some have been frustrated by his reticence, his team has framed it as a winning tactic. “We want to be strategic about this for a number of different […]

After Netanyahu and Abbas visits, Oman offers help in Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts

Oman is offering ideas to help Israel and the Palestinians to come together but is not acting as mediator, Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, the sultanate’s minister responsible for foreign affairs said on Saturday. Oman relies on the United States and efforts by President Donald Trump in working towards this “deal of the century” (Middle […]

Jordan flash floods: School bus swept away near Dead Sea

Flash floods in Jordan swept away a school bus Thursday, killing at least 17 people, mostly pupils, emergency services said. Several more students were injured in the incident near the Dead Sea, said an official from the civil defense, Jordan’s fire service, who asked not to be named. The bus was carrying 37 students and seven […]

Saudi king and crown prince call Khashoggi’s son Salah to express condolences: Report

Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s son, Salah, to express their condolences, the Saudi Press Agency said late on Sunday. Saudi Arabia has said that Khashoggi, a prominent journalist and critic of Saudi rulers, died in a fight inside its Istanbul consulate – after two weeks […]

Saudi Arabia withdraws bid to join Francophonie group

Saudi Arabia on Thursday withdrew its application to join the world’s club of French-speaking countries, the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF). The move comes as Riyadh faces pressure over its human rights record. The organisation, which can be viewed as the French-speaking equivalent of the Commonwealth, was set to decide on the oil-rich nation’s […]

Laughter at Trump among a long line of shocking UN moments

The laughter was sudden, loud and unexpected. It came at the expense of the U.S. president as he addressed global leaders at the United Nations, and it was witnessed by an audience of tens of millions viewing immediate clips online of an awkward moment for Donald Trump. The laughter followed Trump’s boasts that “in less […]

Russia blames Israel for downing of plane by Syrian forces

The Russian Defense Ministry on Sunday again blamed Israel for the downing of a Russian plane by Syrian government forces and said Israel appeared “ungrateful” for Moscow’s efforts to rein in Iran-backed fighters in Syria. Syrian government forces mistook the Russian Il-20 reconnaissance plane for an Israeli jet and shot it down Monday, killing all […]