Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi vows to avenge death of Revolutionary Guards commander Sayad Khodai

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said on Monday that Tehran will avenge the death of Revolutionary Guards Colonel Hassan Sayad Khodai, who was shot dead by two people on a motorcycle in the capital. “I have agreed for our security forces to seriously follow up on this matter and I have no doubt that revenge for… Read More Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi vows to avenge death of Revolutionary Guards commander Sayad Khodai

Israel’s ruling coalition regains majority status following return of Arab lawmaker

A lawmaker from Israel’s Arab minority said on Sunday she was returning to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s coalition, restoring its tenuous hold over half of the seats in parliament after she briefly bolted in solidarity with the Palestinians. Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi of the liberal Meretz party said in a statement that she reversed course in… Read More Israel’s ruling coalition regains majority status following return of Arab lawmaker

Israel’s ruling coalition becomes minority following defection of lawmaker

Israel’s ruling coalition became a minority in parliament on Thursday when an Arab lawmaker from a left-wing party quit, leaving Prime Minister Naftali Bennett with a more precarious grip on power. The defection by Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi leaves Bennett controlling 59 of the 120 seats in the Knesset. In a letter to the prime minister,… Read More Israel’s ruling coalition becomes minority following defection of lawmaker

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan dies at 74

United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a pro-Western moderniser who had aligned the Gulf Arab state closer to the United States and its allies, died on Friday. The Ministry of Presidential Affairs announced the death of Khalifa, who was also ruler of the UAE’s richest emirate, Abu Dhabi, but gave no… Read More UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan dies at 74

Scores injured as Israeli forces clash with Palestinians at Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem

At least 152 Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli riot police inside Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Friday, extending a recent resurgence of violence that has raised fears of a slide back to wider conflict. Most of the Palestinian injuries were incurred by rubber bullets, stun grenades and beatings with police batons, the Palestine… Read More Scores injured as Israeli forces clash with Palestinians at Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem

Israeli PM Naftali Bennett meets Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin on Saturday to discuss the war in Ukraine and later spoke by phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Bennett’s spokesperson said. Bennett is coordinating his efforts in the crisis with the United States, France and Germany, an Israeli official said. After his… Read More Israeli PM Naftali Bennett meets Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Western sanctions similar to war

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Western sanctions were akin to war as his forces pressed their assault on Ukraine on Saturday for a 10th day and the IMF warned that the conflict would have a “severe impact” on the global economy. Moscow and Kyiv traded blame over the failure of plans to impose a brief… Read More Russian President Vladimir Putin says Western sanctions similar to war

Israeli PM Naftali Bennett meets with UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan hosted Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Monday in the first ever public meeting between the United Arab Emirates’ de facto ruler andan Israeli leader. Israel’s ambassador to Abu Dhabi said the issue of Iran was on the agenda for their talks, which follow the formalisation… Read More Israeli PM Naftali Bennett meets with UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed