Outspoken Saudi prince to launch pan-Arab news channel

Feb 1, 2015

Outspoken Saudi prince to launch pan-Arab news channel

An outspoken billionaire Saudi prince on Sunday launched a pan-Arab satellite news channel aimed at challenging established networks in the region. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is a nephew of King Abdullah, who died on Jan. 23. In a highly conservative Islamic kingdom, Alwaleed, who ...

Islamic State militants attack Kurdish outposts across Iraq

Jan 31, 2015

Islamic State militants attack Kurdish outposts across Iraq

Islamic State militants struck at Kurdish forces southwest of the Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Friday, while bombs in Kirkuk, Baghdad, Samarra and Ramadi killed at least 27 people. The Sunni Islamists have often battled Iraqi security forces and Shiite militias further south and ...

Obama meets new Saudi king, seeks to shore up ties

Jan 28, 2015

Obama meets new Saudi king, seeks to shore up ties

U.S. President Barack Obama led a heavyweight delegation to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to meet new King Salman and shore up ties that have suffered in recent years. The longstanding allies remain bound by shared interests in regional stability and oil. Since last year ...

Iraq's 'sleeper cells' undermining Islamic State

Jan 27, 2015

Iraq's 'sleeper cells' undermining Islamic State

“Sleeper cells” made up of former Iraqi police officers and soldiers are tipping off authorities to Islamic State group positions in the northern city of Mosul, a prominent lawmaker has told reporters. The comments by Hakim al-Zamili, the head of parliament’s security and defense ...

Reporter flees Argentina after threats in dead prosecutor's case

Jan 26, 2015

Reporter flees Argentina after threats in dead prosecutor's case

A reporter who broke the story that an Argentine prosecutor was found dead shortly before he was about to make explosive allegations about President Cristina Fernandez fled Argentina on Sunday after threats. “Now safe in Tel Aviv. Thanks everybody. We’ll talk soon,” Damian Pachter ...

Mass protests occur after Yemen leader quits

Jan 25, 2015

Mass protests occur after Yemen leader quits

Thousands of Yemenis took to the streets on Saturday in the biggest demonstrations yet against the Houthi group that dominates the country, two days after President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s resignation left the country in political limbo. Houthi gunmen shot and wounded four people ...

Washington and Riyadh uneasy allies in turbulent Middle East

Jan 24, 2015

Washington and Riyadh uneasy allies in turbulent Middle East

Long-standing ties between the United States, the world’s oldest democracy, and Saudi Arabia, an ultraconservative Islamic absolute monarchy, have strained at times, but the unlikely allies remain bound by mutual interests in regional stability and oil. The depth of the complex relationship was highlighted ...