Saudi Arabia, ignoring Trump’s slights, will give him a royal welcome

When President Trump heads to Saudi Arabia on Friday for his first trip overseas since taking office, it will be for much more than a run-of-the-mill state visit. The Saudis have internationalized the event, organizing a sprawling “Arab Islamic American Summit” with leaders from dozens of Muslim countries, as well as talks with the king, … Continue reading Saudi Arabia, ignoring Trump’s slights, will give him a royal welcome

With latest airstrikes, US signals to Iran: Containment is back

The U.S.-led coalition against ISIS waged a series of airstrikes against a military convoy of loyalists to the Syrian regime, CNN has confirmed. This marks only the second time in the history of the 6-year conflict that American warplanes have intentionally targeted Iranian proxies in Syria. The convoy appears to have consisted not of regular … Continue reading With latest airstrikes, US signals to Iran: Containment is back

Kurdish-led forces advance on ISIS-held Raqqa, say activists

Syrian Kurdish-led forces were closing in Saturday on the de-facto capital of the Islamic State group in Syria, seizing a cotton mill only a couple of miles north of the city and clashing with the militant group on a number of fronts, activists and Kurdish media reported. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said … Continue reading Kurdish-led forces advance on ISIS-held Raqqa, say activists

Jordanian stabber shot dead in Jerusalem

An Israeli police officer shot dead a Jordanian attacker who stabbed him in the Old City of Jerusalem on Saturday, police said. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the attacker quickly pulled a knife and stabbed the officer several times, moderately wounding him. Samri said the officer responded by opening fire and killing his attacker, a … Continue reading Jordanian stabber shot dead in Jerusalem

Pakistan signs nearly $500 million in China deals at Silk Road summit

Pakistan signed new deals with China on Saturday worth nearly $500 million (387.9 million pounds) ahead of Beijing's international forum on its "Silk Road" trade and infrastructure initiative for Asia, Africa and Europe, the Pakistani government said. The memorandums of understanding add to $57 billion already pledged for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a network … Continue reading Pakistan signs nearly $500 million in China deals at Silk Road summit

Israel releases video purportedly showing hunger-striking Palestinian leader sneaking cookies

Israel released video footage Sunday purportedly showing Marwan Barghouti, a man Palestinians compare to Nelson Mandela and the leader of an open-ended hunger strike by hundreds of Palestinians incarcerated in Israel, breaking the strike by sneaking a mouthful of cookies. The hunger strike started on April 17, a fight, the prisoners said, to improve deteriorating living … Continue reading Israel releases video purportedly showing hunger-striking Palestinian leader sneaking cookies

Iranian president attacks rival’s background in judiciary

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Monday that voters in next week’s presidential election do not want someone who is only familiar with “execution and imprisonment,” an apparent criticism of a hard-line rival who is a longtime judge. The semi-official ISNA news agency says Rouhani did not name any of his five election rivals in the … Continue reading Iranian president attacks rival’s background in judiciary

Syria violence kills 4, wounds child despite safe zones

Violence left at least four opposition fighters dead and a child wounded in central and southern Syria Saturday despite relative calm prevailing across the war-ravaged country after a deal to set up “de-escalation zones” in mostly opposition-held areas went into effect, opposition activists and government media outlets said. The casualties were the first after the … Continue reading Syria violence kills 4, wounds child despite safe zones

Film from the controversial Clarion Project spotlights Christian persecution, exodus from Middle East

On May 23, dozens of churches around the United States are expected to host a screening of a new film about the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. The film is called Faithkeepers, and the people behind it are almost entirely American Jews living in Israel. The hour-long film features chilling testimony from Christian … Continue reading Film from the controversial Clarion Project spotlights Christian persecution, exodus from Middle East