President: Egypt will help enhance security in South Sudan

Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Tuesday expressed his country’s readiness to expend all efforts to enhance security and stability in South Sudan. The Egyptian president’s remarks were made during a meeting with South Sudan Minister of Presidential Affairs, the President special envoy, Mike Deng in Cairo attended by Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri and Acting director of General Intelligence Service, Abbas Kamel. South Sudan Vice President, Taban Deng Gai has earlier hoped that Egypt would support completing the course of national dialogue in Juba during his meeting with Shoukri on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference in Germany. Read More: UNICEF: 7,000 newborns die every day President, al-Sisi also received a message from his South Sudanese counterpart in which […]

Abbas to Security Council: ‘we have a become an authority without authority’

Following an unprecedented speech at the UN Security Council by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the United States declared at the United Nations on Tuesday it was “ready to talk”. This came after Abbas announced his rejection of US-led Middle East peace efforts as “impossible” because of Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. According to Reuters, Abbas instead called for an international conference to be held by mid-2018 to kick-start the stalled peace process with Israel and create a “multilateral mechanism” to oversee it. He left the chamber before US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley spoke. Palestinians view the Trump administration’s intentions on Middle East peace with deep skepticism after Trump reversed decades of US policy and recognized Jerusalem as the […]

More bombs hit Syria’s Ghouta, death toll highest since 2013

Pro-government forces pounded the rebel-held district of eastern Ghouta outside the Syrian capital Damascus on Tuesday, in a surge of violence that a war monitor said had killed at least 250 people since Sunday night, Reuters reports. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was the highest 48-hour death toll in the Syria conflict since a 2013 chemical attack on eastern Ghouta, the last major rebel bastion located near the capital. The wave of air strikes, rocket fire and shelling has sparked international condemnation. France, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, described the bombardment as a serious violation of international humanitarian law. There was no immediate comment from the Syrian military. Damascus says it only targets […]

Egypt adds former presidential candidate Aboul Fotouh to terror list

An Egyptian court on Tuesday added politician Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh and 15 other opponents to a terror list over their alleged membership in “an outlawed group” that aims to “undermine the interests of the state,” the state-run Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported. Egyptian law stipulates that the verdict is subject to appeal before the Court of Cassation, the highest appeals court in the country’s judicial system, within 60 days of its publication in the official gazette. The decision, issued by the Southern Cairo Criminal Court, was based on a memorandum submitted by Egyptian Prosecutor-General Nabil Sadiq, MENA added. Last week, state security prosecutors remanded Aboul Fotouh in custody for 15 days pending an investigation into charges that include […]

UNICEF says no more words to describe children suffering in Syria

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has issued a blank statement on Tuesday, expressing anger at the killing of a large number of children in the besieged Eastern Ghouta and Damascus. “No words will do justice to the children killed, their mothers, their fathers and their loved ones” UNICEF’s regional director, Geert Cappelaere said at the beginning of the statement. The statement then had ten blank lines with quote marks indicating missing text. Read More: Listen carefully Mr Netanyahu: real statesmen don’t need props A note accompanied the statement read “UNICEF is issuing this blank statement. We no longer have the words to describe children’s suffering and our outrage. Do those inflicting the suffering still have words to justify their barbaric […]

Khashoggi: the deal of the century will disappear

The well-known Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi confirmed that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince has started a relationship with Israel and tried to pressure the Palestinians to accept the so-called “deal of the century”. However, this approach has floundered. Khashoggi was speaking during a seminar in Istanbul hosted by the “Riwaq Istanbul,” (Istanbul gallery) enterprise on Friday evening. He went on to say that Riyadh has opened the door for relations with Israel” repeating a claim he had made on Twitter, on 15 February. His tweet then read, “The Deal of the Century is a tradeoff between those who do not own  and  those who are not worth owning  in return for a promise that cannot be fulfilled.” “The Crown Prince’s promise […]

Gerard Depardieu: ‘I will live in Algeria as did Eric Cantona’

French film star Gerard Depardieu said he will move to Algeria, just like former football player Eric Cantona. Depardieu explained that Eric Cantona owns a residence in the city of Oran and he will follow his steps and reside in Algeria, without further specifying his future city of residence. This came in the latest interview by filmmaker Gerard Depardieu to the French newspaper La Provence. It is known that Frenchman Eric Cantona, who is now 51 and who was Manchester United team’s legend, is married to an Algerian female national  and has clear and courageous positions of the regime in his country and also of French colonialism. Read More: US says ready to talk Mideast peace; Abbas calls for conference “Algeria is […]

Tunisia: Military judiciary listening to Marzouki’s testimony

Well-informed Tunisian sources have revealed that the investigating magistrate of the Permanent Military Court in Tunis had a hearing session with Former president Moncef Marzouki, a former president of the republic. Marzouki will act as a witness in a case investigating a conspiracy against state security, with which the businessman Chafik Jarraya was charged. Shams FM, a local radio station in Tunisia, reported, Marzouki’s testimony, which took place yesterday followed statements by security official who reported that Tunisia had given Libyan armed groups training in 2012 and 2013. Though this was undertaken without the official permission of Tunis. Accring to the official and that Marzouki was informed through informal channels, but they did not act so as “not to disrupt the […]

More bombs hit Syria’s Ghouta after heaviest death toll in years

Pro-government forces pounded Syria’s eastern Ghouta on Tuesday, killing at least 66 people after the enclave’s heaviest one-day death toll in three years, a monitoring group said. Sparking an international outcry, the surge in air strikes, rocket fire and shelling has killed more than 210 adults and children in the rebel pocket near Damascus since late on Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. France described the government bombing as a serious violation of international humanitarian law. There was no immediate comment from the Syrian military. Damascus says it only targets militants. Recent violence in the besieged suburb is part of a wider surge in fighting on several fronts as President Bashar al-Assad’s military pushes to end the seven-year rebellion against […]

US says ready to talk Mideast peace; Abbas calls for conference

The United States is “ready to talk” Middle East peace with the Palestinians, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday in remarks directed at Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a meeting of the UN Security Council. US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, and US MiddleEast envoy Jason Greenblatt, who are working on a new peace plan, sat behind Haley. Speaking after Abbas made a rare address to the 15-member council, Haley gave no details of the US plan. “Our negotiators are sitting right behind me, ready to talk. But we will not chase after you. The choice, Mr President, is yours,” Haley said. Abbas did not stay in the council chamber to listen to her. White House […]