- Egypt Independent
The United States said Sunday it will make its case against Iran at the United Nations this week, insisting it wants to give diplomacy “every opportunity to succeed” in the wake of a devastating attack on a vital Saudi oil complex. Setting the stage for President Donald Trump's address to the annual UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo put aside threats of US military retaliation against Iran for the attack. “President Trump and I both want to give diplomacy every opportunity to succeed,” Pompeo said in an interview with ABC's “This Week.” “Our administration's taking this on in a serious way and we are working diligently to see that this has a diplomatic outcome,” he
Flights at Dubai's international airport, one of the world's busiest, were briefly disrupted on Sunday due to “suspected drone activity,” officials said. Two arriving flights had to be diverted, it said, while media reports said the planes had landed at a smaller airport in the neighboring emirate of Sharjah. “Dubai Airports can confirm that flight arrivals were briefly disrupted at Dubai International from 12:36 (0836 GMT) to 12:51 (0851 GMT) UAE local time this afternoon due to suspected drone activity,” a spokesperson said in a statement Sunday. Flights at the airport have been disrupted several times in recent years by recreational drones, with the last incident occurring in February.
- Al Jazeera
In an April 2016 interview with Jeffrey Goldberg for The Atlantic, President Barack Obama outlined his views on US Middle East policy in brutally frank terms. His obvious impatience with Middle Eastern affairs and his unconcealed disdain for regional partners - "freeloaders" is how he described them - aroused much criticism in the US and across the Middle East, where he was already viewed with considerable contempt by several Arab states, as well as Israel, for his Iran and Syria policies. One of Obama's less barbed and more sensible comments also proved controversial. He was criticised for saying that "our friends as well as ... the Iranians ... need to find an effective way to share the neighbourhood." His
- Al Jazeera
Ten Syrian refugees posing as a men's volleyball team have been arrested at the airport of Greece's capital after attempting to travel to a European country. Police said in a statement on Sunday the refugees were dressed in identical athletic uniforms and carried the same sports bags, as well as two volleyballs. They were reportedly hoping to make it to Zurich in Switzerland, but were questioned and later arrested after police at Athens' Eleftherios Venizelos airport determined that they did not belong to a sports club, according to the statement. Police said they had entered Greece without legal documents and were found out carrying Ukrainian passports that had been reported stolen or lost.
- Egypt Independent
GENEVA (Reuters) - Two dozen mainly European countries voiced concern on Monday at alleged torture, unlawful detentions and unfair trials of critics, including women activists and journalists, in Saudi Arabia. It was the second joint statement criticizing the kingdom read out at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in six months, following the first censure of Saudi Arabia at the forum in March. It urged Saudi authorities to establish the truth about the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Istanbul consulate last October and ensure that the perpetrators are held to account. Fifteen European Union members, including Britain and Germany, were among the signatories, as well as Canada, New
A man filmed repeatedly hitting his infant daughter in Saudi Arabia has been arrested after the footage went viral on social media. Police in Riyadh said he was identified as a Palestinian resident of the country, aged in his forties. “He was arrested in Riyadh and his four children were provided with the necessary care in coordination with the concerned authorities,” the police statement added. The video, which went viral on Saturday, showed a man repeatedly slapping his daughter for being unable to stand on her own.
- Al Jazeera
Tens of thousands of people are expected to gather in Houston, Texas, on Sunday to hear Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump address a rally dubbed "Howdy Modi". Organisers say more than 50,000 people - many from the Indian-American diaspora - have registered for the event, which the White House labelled "a great opportunity to emphasise the strong ties between the two countries" and "reaffirm the strategic partnership between the world's oldest and largest democracies". The rally, hosted by the Texas Indian Forum, is set to kick off around 8:45am local time (13:00 GMT) with cultural performances before Modi and Trump take the stage at NRG Stadium around 10:00am (15:00