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Trump son-in-law tried to get $500m loan from Qatar

Trump son-in-law tried to get $500m loan from Qatar

President Trump’s influential son-in-law, Jared Kushner allegedly tried abortively to obtain a $500m loan from Qatari businessman Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Thani (HBJ), before advising the Whitehouse to pursue a hard line on the intra-gulf rift, reports The Independent. In 2015 Kusher apparently approached Al-Thani to help prop up an under performing real estate investment at […]

Yazidi sex slave is starved and then fed a plate of rice and her one-year-old son cooked

Yazidi sex slave is starved and then fed a plate of rice and her one-year-old son cooked

Horrific, first-hand stories from survivors have painted the disturbing picture of experiences as ISIS sex slaves. In a recent interview with the Egyptian TV channel, Extra News, Iraqi politician MP Vian Dakhill described in detail some of the things she heard from the sex slaves. “One of the women whom we managed to retrieve from […]

Middle East & Africa to increase wind capacity 40 GW by 2026

Middle East & Africa to increase wind capacity 40 GW by 2026

An estimated 40 gigawatts (GW) of new wind power capacity is expected to be added in the Middle East and Africa by 2026, according to new analysis from MAKE Consulting. Leading renewable energy industry analysts MAKE Consulting’s new report, 2017 Middle East and Africa Wind Power Outlook, states that the wind energy sector is set […]

Saudi King Removes Crown Prince From Post

Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has replaced his cousin as heir to the throne in an abrupt shakeup that consolidates the 31-year-old leader’s growing power in the world’s biggest oil exporter. The new crown prince, who already controls the defense, oil and economy portfolios, took over from Muhammad bin Nayef, 57, who […]

With Qatari forces gone, tension rises between Djibouti and Eritrea

With Qatari forces gone, tension rises between Djibouti and Eritrea

The African Union is calling for calm as border tensions between Djibouti and Eritrea intensify. The rising threat of unrest is further fallout from the diplomatic crisis embroiling Qatar. A decades-long border dispute in the Doumeira region that, on occasion, had turned violent, was dampened in 2010 when the two sides agreed to let Qatar […]

Africa and the Gulf Crisis – the Peril of Picking Sides

Africa and the Gulf Crisis – the Peril of Picking Sides

As the Gulf crisis enters its third week, the decision to cut or downgrade diplomatic ties with Qatar by nine African countries could have a long-term impact on the nationals of those countries, analysts warned. “This is not good for Africa. This is rush decision-making and taking sides in a crisis that the leaders have […]

Algeria’s Belhadj slams boycott of Qatar

Algeria’s Belhadj slams boycott of Qatar

Co-founder of Algeria’s Islamic Salvation Front, Sheikh Ali Belhadj, has criticised the siege imposed by a number of Gulf and Arab countries on Qatar. In an interview with Quds Press, Belhadj strongly criticised the involvement of Islamic institutions and using them to achieve political purposes against the State of Qatar. “The involvement of the Muslim […]

Children hardest hit as cholera spreads in war-torn Yemen – UNICEF

Children hardest hit as cholera spreads in war-torn Yemen – UNICEF

As the outbreak of cholera in Yemen continues to spread at an alarming rate – with terrible impact on children – the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called for immediate support to enable the country’s health workers respond or risk even more deaths from the deadly disease. In a statement yesterday, Meritxell Relaño, the […]

Somalia President Mohammed Abdullah Farmajo turns down $80m to cut ties with Qatar

Somalia President Mohammed Abdullah Farmajo turns down $80m to cut ties with Qatar

Somali President, Mohammed Abdullah Farmajo, has been offered $80 million in exchange for his agreement to sever diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar, the New Khalij news outlet reported a prominent journalist has revealed. “After two hours of enticement, Farmajo rejected the tempting offer,” journalist Jaber Al-Harimi said. Yesterday, the newspaper Somalia Today quoted […]

UN condemns terrorist attack in Kabul, underscores need to protect civilians

UN condemns terrorist attack in Kabul, underscores need to protect civilians

Condemning the terrorist attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul, United Nations officials, including the Secretary-General and his Special Representative for the country as well as members of the Security Council underscored that all parties to the conflict are obliged, under international law, to ensure that civilians are protected from any harm. “Indiscriminate attacks against civilians […]

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