Middle East

WANA region at ‘turning point’

AMMAN – Recent political changes have the potential to transform a region burdened by a lack of economic opportunities and insecurity into one of enlightenment, experts said on Monday. HRH Prince Hassan, chairman and founder of the West Asia and North Africa (WANA) Forum, stressed that the region’s main challenges […]

Syria Government Detains Hundreds In New Crackdown

BEIRUT — Syrian security forces arrested hundreds of activists and anti-government protesters in house-to-house raids across the country Monday, part of an escalating government crackdown aimed at stamping out the nationwide revolt engulfing the country. President Bashar Assad has dispatched army troops and tanks to crush the seven-week uprising that […]

Arab democracy protests could threaten Israel

by Eveline Kobler in Tunis, swissinfo.ch The Swiss ambassador to Israel says the democratisation process sweeping through the Arab world could pose a threat to Israeli security. Walter Haffner also tells swissinfo.ch that the agreement aimed at uniting the main Palestinian factions is a positive development. The interview was conducted […]

Saudi Arabia: This is who we are

HASSAN BIN YOUSSEF YASSIN | ARAB NEWS Stability of monarchies is in sharp contrast to the failure of Arab republics Napoleon Bonaparte once said that monarchy was the most sensible and effective form of government. In any history or course on political theory in the West, it is taken for […]

Press Release: Syria Government must not allow Syria to become the next state for foreign intervention by denying its citizens’ legitimate grievances.

HRC is deeply concerned by the escalating situation in Syria, including the deaths of protestors and security personnel, and the deepening social polarisation. Syria has been at the forefront of forging an independent bloc in the region, that has stood by the Palestinian cause and repelled foreign intervention in the […]

Saleh’s intransigence jeopardizes GCC deal

By SAEED AL-BATATI | ARAB NEWS SANAA: A tirade from Yemen’s embattled president on Friday threatened to scupper the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) efforts to end the political deadlock in the country. Ali Abdullah Saleh told a mass rally of supporters on Friday that he would resist calls to quit, […]

Army Officer, Four Policemen Martyred in Homs

(The Syrian Government version): May 06, 2011 Damascus, (SANA)-A military source said that an armed criminal group attacked on Friday a military checkpoint, the police and security forces west of Baba Amr near al-Sultaniyeh Bridge in Homs. The terrorist group fired at the checkpoint members, killing Officer Ahmad Hallaq and […]

Palestinian factions sign unity deal in Cairo

CAIRO (AFP) – Palestinian factions signed a reconciliation deal in Cairo on Tuesday to end the divide between the West Bank and Gaza and hold elections in a year in an agreement Israel called a blow to peace. Representatives of 13 factions, including Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fateh Party and […]

Quran recitation contest held in Dubai

DUBAI (WAM)- Over 500 people took part in a Quran recitation contest in Dubai that was held to “scout for new talents”, officials said. The competition was for best recitation of the verses of the holy book, held as part of the Dubai International Holy Quran Award. The organising committee […]

New Qur’an translation released

By M. A. SIRAJ | ARAB NEWS BANGALORE: A new translation of the holy Qur’an by Indian-American space scientist Dr. Nazeer Ahmed, titled The Qur’an: An English Translation was released here on April 28 in the Bangalore Press Club. Printed in Bangalore, the translation has been published by The American […]

Experts examining ‘old Christian’ discoveries to determine authenticity

By Taylor Luck AMMAN – Jordanian antiquities authorities have announced the recovery of several lead-sealed texts which they believe will prove whether a cache of metal books represent the oldest Christian writings ever discovered are authentic or well-crafted forgeries. According to Department of Antiquities Director Ziad Saad, security services recovered […]

Qur’an calligraphy show opens in Madinah

MADINAH: Islamic Affairs Minister Saleh Al-Asheikh opened an Islamic calligraphy show at Le Meridien here Tuesday and commended Muslim calligraphers around the world for reviving the Islamic art and promoting the message of Qur’an in an attractive manner. “God has honored the Arab nation by sending the Qur’an in Arabic […]