Ousted Yemen President conducted illegal transactions to induce instability

The son of ousted Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, Khalied Abdullah Saleh, has been found to have conducted a series of money laundering schemes for his father in five countries, bypassing sanctions in place since November 2014. According to documents obtained by Al-Jazeera Arabic. The money laundering was for the purpose of facilitating Saleh’s influence as a political actor in Yemen, after he was ousted from power during the Arab Spring in February 2012. Ali Abdullah Saleh transferred his bank accounts and overseas shares to his son Khaled, who then established an investment company in the UAE. The report also discussed the way in which other sanctioned personnel who are affiliated to Saleh and the Houthi movement in Yemen have […]

Iran returns to Oscar race with ‘The Salesman’

Iran returned to the Oscar race on Tuesday with domestic drama “The Salesman” in a foreign language film category that included a Danish war drama, a quirky German comedy, Australian entry about a remote Pacific tribe, and the tale of a grumpy Swede. Director Asghar Farhadi, who in 2012 gave Iran its first ever Academy Award with domestic drama “A Separation,” was nominated on Tuesday for his latest Farsi-language movie “The Salesman.” In “The Salesman,” an Iranian couple’s relationship is strained as they perform the American stage classic “Death of a Salesman.” Iranian censors can impose strictures on filmmakers in the name of Islamic morality and national morale, although Farhadi, who lives and works in Iran, said his 2012 film […]

Iran returns to Oscar race with ‘The Salesman’

Iran returned to the Oscar race on Tuesday with domestic drama “The Salesman” in a foreign language film category that included a Danish war drama, a quirky German comedy, Australian entry about a remote Pacific tribe, and the tale of a grumpy Swede. Director Asghar Farhadi, who in 2012 gave Iran its first ever Academy Award with domestic drama “A Separation,” was nominated on Tuesday for his latest Farsi-language movie “The Salesman.” In “The Salesman,” an Iranian couple’s relationship is strained as they perform the American stage classic “Death of a Salesman.” Iranian censors can impose strictures on filmmakers in the name of Islamic morality and national morale, although Farhadi, who lives and works in Iran, said his 2012 film […]

Israeli settlements advocate, Nikki Haley confirmed as Trump’s UN ambassador

The US Senate voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to confirm South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley as Ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday, as Republican President Donald Trump rounds out his national security team. Ninety-six senators backed Haley, and four opposed her. The only “no” votes came from three Democratic senators, Tom Udall, Chris Coons and Martin Heinrich, and Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with Democrats. While most lawmakers praised Haley, 45, the governor of South Carolina, a few expressed concerns about her lack of foreign policy experience. She has only ever held office in the US state. “The position of US ambassador to the United Nations requires a high level of expertise on international affairs, not someone who will […]

Israeli settlements advocate, Nikki Haley confirmed as Trump’s UN ambassador

The US Senate voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to confirm South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley as Ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday, as Republican President Donald Trump rounds out his national security team. Ninety-six senators backed Haley, and four opposed her. The only “no” votes came from three Democratic senators, Tom Udall, Chris Coons and Martin Heinrich, and Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with Democrats. While most lawmakers praised Haley, 45, the governor of South Carolina, a few expressed concerns about her lack of foreign policy experience. She has only ever held office in the US state. “The position of US ambassador to the United Nations requires a high level of expertise on international affairs, not someone who will […]

Israel plans more than 2,500 new settler homes to start Trump era

Israel announced plans on Tuesday for 2,500 more settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, the second such declaration since US President Donald Trump took office signalling he could be more accommodating toward such projects than his predecessor. A statement from the Israeli Defence Ministry, which administers lands Israel captured in a 1967 war, said the decision was meant to fulfil demand for new housing “to maintain regular daily life”. Most of the construction, it said, would be in existing settlement blocs that Israel intends to keep under any future peace agreement with the Palestinians. However, a breakdown provided by the prime minister’s office showed large portions of the planned homes would be outside existing blocs. Trump spoke by phone […]

Israel plans more than 2,500 new settler homes to start Trump era

Israel announced plans on Tuesday for 2,500 more settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, the second such declaration since US President Donald Trump took office signalling he could be more accommodating toward such projects than his predecessor. A statement from the Israeli Defence Ministry, which administers lands Israel captured in a 1967 war, said the decision was meant to fulfil demand for new housing “to maintain regular daily life”. Most of the construction, it said, would be in existing settlement blocs that Israel intends to keep under any future peace agreement with the Palestinians. However, a breakdown provided by the prime minister’s office showed large portions of the planned homes would be outside existing blocs. Trump spoke by phone […]

Trump to begin immigration crackdown, targets Syrians, Middle Easterners

US President Donald Trump is expected to sign several executive orders on Wednesday restricting immigration from Syria and six other Middle Eastern or African countries, according to several congressional aides and immigration experts briefed on the matter. In addition to Syria, Trump’s orders are expected to temporarily restrict access to the United States for most refugees. Another order will block visas from being issued to those from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, said the aides and experts, who asked not to be identified. The restrictions on refugees are likely to include a multi-month ban on admissions from all countries until the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security can make the vetting process more rigorous. Stephen Legomsky, […]

Trump to begin immigration crackdown, targets Syrians, Middle Easterners

US President Donald Trump is expected to sign several executive orders on Wednesday restricting immigration from Syria and six other Middle Eastern or African countries, according to several congressional aides and immigration experts briefed on the matter. In addition to Syria, Trump’s orders are expected to temporarily restrict access to the United States for most refugees. Another order will block visas from being issued to those from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, said the aides and experts, who asked not to be identified. The restrictions on refugees are likely to include a multi-month ban on admissions from all countries until the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security can make the vetting process more rigorous. Stephen Legomsky, […]

Egypt seized $400m worth of explosives, says Al-Sisi

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi announced on Tuesday that the state has recently seized 1,000 tons of explosives worth $ 400 million, Ahram Online reported. He noted that a lot of money has been funnelled to terrorist groups. Al-Sisi’s remarks came in his speech during a celebration on Tuesday at the Police Academy marking the National Police Day, where he praised and honoured the policemen who were killed in recent years. The Egyptian president pointed out that Egypt has been fighting a 40-month war fought by “men who took the responsibility to protect Egyptians”, referring to policemen. He stated that Egypt is “fighting a vicious war and the whole world knows that it is fighting it alone”, warning that the war […]