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April 22, 2018 12:00 AM Iran terms US rights report ‘biased’

TEHRAN: Iran rejected the latest US human rights report as hypocritical on Saturday, saying it was "biased by political objectives". "Iran considers the annual report by the US State Department and in particular allegations raised about human rights in Iran as absolutely biased by political objectives, which depicts a distorted and unrealistic image 3

April 16, 2018 12:00 AM Saudi king slams Iran’s ‘interference’ as Arab leaders meet

DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Sunday slammed Iran’s "blatant interference" in regional affairs as Arab leaders met in the kingdom for an annual gathering. Opening the 29th Arab League summit, the king also criticised the US decision to transfer its embassy in Israel to Occupied al-Quds and described "terrorism" as the biggest challenge 3

April 15, 2018 12:00 AM Four Gaza militants killed in blast near Israel border

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Four Palestinian militants from Islamic Jihad were killed in an apparent accidental explosion near the Gaza-Israel border on Saturday, the group said. Islamic Jihad´s armed wing, in a statement, said four of its fighters had been killed during "preparations", without giving further details. The men died when a tuk tuk vehicle

April 14, 2018 12:00 AM Israel in ‘direct combat’ with Iran after Syria raid: Hezbollah

BEIRUT: Israel’s strike on a Syrian airbase this week has put it in direct confrontation with regional foe Iran, the head of Lebanon’s Tehran-backed Hezbollah movement said Friday. “The Israelis committed a historic mistake... and put themselves in direct combat with Iran,” Hassan Nasrallah warned in a televised address. Seven Iranian personnel were killed

April 14, 2018 12:00 AM Saudi aims to pressure rival Iran at Arab League summit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s push for a tough stand against its arch-rival Iran is expected to dominate an Arab League summit on Sunday as regional tensions grow over the wars in Syria and Yemen. The fate of Occupied al-Quds will also be on the summit’s agenda, as the United States prepares to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to the disputed city after declaring 1

April 13, 2018 12:00 AM Iran can destroy Israel: Khamenei’s envoy

ANKARA: The Supreme Leader´s envoy at Iran´s Quds force said on Thursday that Tehran could destroy Israel and warned it to avoid any “stupid” measure against the Islamic Republic, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. “If Israel wants to continue its treacherous existence . . . it should avoid stupid measures. If they give excuses to Iran, Tel Aviv and Haifa 1

April 10, 2018 12:00 AM Tehran accuses Israel of strike that killed four Iranians in Syria

TEHRAN: Tehran accused Israel on Monday of "flagrant" aggression in Syria after an air strike hit a regime base killing four Iranian "military advisers", Iranian media said. The Islamic Republic condemned "strongly the aggression and the air strike by the Zionist regime" against the T-4 airbase in Homs, Iran’s foreign ministry said in a statement. The ministry 7

April 6, 2018 12:00 AM Rouhani angers Israel with ‘support for terrorists’ jibe

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit out at Iran on Wednesday after President Hassan Rouhani accused Israel of supporting "terrorists" in Syria. "Absurdity has no limits: Iran's terrorist regime that sends tentacles of terror across the region accuses Israel of terrorism," Netanyahu wrote on Twitter. "If Rouhani is unaware of the terrorist 8

April 2, 2018 12:00 AM ‘Defenceless’ being killed in Holy Land: Pope

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis, in his Easter address on Sunday, called for peace in the Holy Land two days after 15 Palestinians were killed on the Israeli-Gaza border, saying the conflict there “does not spare the defenseless”. The pope made his appeal in his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) message from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica 4

March 25, 2018 12:00 AM MBS says Trump’s son-in-law in his pocket

WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) boasted US President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner was “in his pocket”, according to a report published in ‘The Intercept’. Citing three sources close to the Saudi and Emirati royal families, the news outlet said Kushner provided the heir to the Saudi throne 10