Ethiopian Prime Minister heads to Sudan for a three-day official visit 

  On Tuesday, Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, left for a three-day visit to Sudan at the head of a high level delegation. Desalegn discussed ways to strengthen bilateral ties between Khartoum and Addis Ababa, as well as regional and international issues of common concern, with Sudanese officials. Prime Minister Desalegn to meet President Bashir in Khartoum https://t.co/rTRRt9eYjl https://t.co/pqNXm9Lngs — Veo News (@VeoNews_) August 15, 2017 According to the spokesman for the Ethiopian foreign ministry, Meles Alem, the visit comes after an invitation by Sudanese president Omar Al-Bashir. In a statement to Anadolu Agency, Alem said Desalegn’s visit comes within the framework of developing bilateral relations between the two countries in different fields, and it aims at strengthening bilateral cooperation, as well […]

Iran could quit nuclear deal in “hours” if new US sanctions imposed

Iran could abandon its nuclear agreement with world powers “within hours” if the United States imposes any more new sanctions, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday. “If America wants to go back to the experience (of imposing sanctions), Iran would certainly return in a short time – not a week or a month but within hours – to conditions more advanced than before the start of negotiations,” Rouhani told a session of parliament broadcast live on state television. Iran says new US sanctions breach the agreement it reached in 2015 with the United States, Russia, China and three European powers in which it agreed to curb its nuclear work in return for the lifting of most sanctions. US Ambassador […]

Saudi Arabia and Iraq to re-open border crossing after 27 years

Saudi Arabia and Iraq plan to open the Arar border crossing for trade for the first time since 1990 when it was closed after the countries cut ties following Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait, Saudi local media reported on Tuesday. Saudi and Iraqi officials toured the site on Monday and spoke with Iraqi religious pilgrims, who for the past 27 years had access to the crossing only once annually during the Hajj season, Saudi sources reported. The governor of Iraq’s southwestern Anbar province, whose staff was on hand for the ceremonies, said the Iraqi government had deployed troops to protect the desert route leading to Arar and called its opening a “significant move” to boost ties. “This is a great start for further future cooperation […]

Militants say they shot down Syrian military jet, army confirms crash

The Syrian military said on Tuesday that one of its jets crashed in southern Syria, state television reported, hours after Western-backed rebels said they had shot it down and captured the pilot. State-owned Ikhbariya television quoted a Syrian army source as saying an investigation was under way to determine what caused the crash. It did not mention the fate of the pilot. Opposition forces released photos of a pilot they identified as Major Ali al Hilwa, with bruises on his face, and the wreckage of a jet they said was a Russian-built MiG brought down by anti-aircraft guns. Saad al Haj, spokesman for the Osoud al Sharqiya rebel group, earlier told Reuters the rebels shot down the jet in the eastern countryside of […]

Iranian court freezes assets of more than 150 BBC staff

More than 150 Iranian current and former BBC staff and contributors have been barred from major financial transactions in Iran, an Iranian court order seen by Reuters showed, in a fresh step against foreign media seen as hostile to Tehran. The order bans 152 individuals from any transaction that needs to be registered, including buying or selling property or any “movable or immovable assets” in Iran, restrictions the British broadcaster said on Tuesday were effectively an asset freeze. All individuals on the list work, or have worked, for BBC Persian, part of the BBC World Service. A Reuters correspondent who was working for the BBC until 2015 was also on the list. The order was issued in July by a prosecutor’s office based in […]

Iranian court freezes assets of more than 150 BBC staff

More than 150 Iranian current and former BBC staff and contributors have been barred from major financial transactions in Iran, an Iranian court order seen by Reuters showed, in a fresh step against foreign media seen as hostile to Tehran. The order bans 152 individuals from any transaction that needs to be registered, including buying or selling property or any “movable or immovable assets” in Iran, restrictions the British broadcaster said on Tuesday were effectively an asset freeze. All individuals on the list work, or have worked, for BBC Persian, part of the BBC World Service. A Reuters correspondent who was working for the BBC until 2015 was also on the list. The order was issued in July by a prosecutor’s office based in […]

Algerian president replaces PM after 79 days in office

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Tuesday appointed his office chief, Ahmed Ouyahia, as prime minister, replacing Abdul-Majeed Tabboun, who had been in office for only 79 days. “In line with Article 91 of the Constitution, the president ended the term of Prime Minister Abdul-Majeed Tabboun,” according to a presidential statement carried by the Algeria Press Service. “According to the same constitutional provision, and after consulting the parliamentary majority, the president entrusted Ahmed Ouyahia with the Premiership,” the statement added. Born in 1952, Ouyahia is a graduate of Algeria’s Higher School of Management. He holds a postgraduate degree in political science from the University of Algiers.  

UK minister sets off for 2-day visit to Turkey

Britain’s Minister of State for Europe and the Americas, Alan Duncan, will set off for Turkey on Tuesday on a two-day official visit. “I’m delighted to travel to Turkey on my fifth official visit. Turkey is an indispensable partner for the UK. Our cooperation across security, trade and science is hugely beneficial to both our countries,” Duncan said in a statement which appeared on the UK government’s website. “As a close friend, the UK stands ready to support Turkey in its endeavours to protect democracy,” Duncan added. According to the statement, Duncan will travel to Ankara and Istanbul to meet government officials, Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) members, journalists and civil society representatives. Duncan, the minister of state for […]