Sudanese authorities give final approval to 2021 budget – statement

KHARTOUM: Sudan approved on Tuesday its first budget since being removed from a US blacklist last year, earmarking funds to redevelop regions torn apart by conflict under ousted president Omar Al-Bashir, the... Read more »

UN Security Council urged to enhance cooperation with Arab League

NEW YORK: The problems that continue to plague the Arab world were top of the agenda for the UN Security Council on Monday, as it considered ways in which cooperation with the... Read more »

Egyptian leader in Jordan for post-Trump strategy talks

AMMAN: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi was greeted upon arrival in the Jordanian capital Amman on Monday for a bilateral summit aimed at preparing the political ground for the post-President Donald Trump... Read more »

UK slams ‘illegal’ Israeli settlement plans 

LONDON: The UK’s minister for the Middle East and North Africa on Monday slammed the Israeli government’s plans to expand settlements in the West Bank. In a statement issued by the Foreign,... Read more »

Egypt condemns new Israeli West Bank settlement project

CAIRO: Egypt’s foreign ministry has condemned an Israeli project to build 780 new settlement units in the West Bank, labeling the campaign a “new violation of international legitimacy decisions.” Ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez... Read more »

Jordan condemns Israel’s approval of new settler homes in West Bank

DUBAI: Jordan has denounced Israel’s decision to construct more than 780 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank and to recognize two additional outposts. Daifallah Fayez, a spokesperson for the Ministry... Read more »

Israel Prison Service to vaccinate Palestinian inmates

JERUSALEM: The Israel Prison Service said Sunday it will begin vaccinating all incarcerated people against Covid-19, including Palestinians, following calls from right groups, Palestinian officials and Israel’s attorney general.Israel has given at... Read more »

US designates Bahrain, UAE ‘major security partners’

DUBAI: The US called Bahrain and the UAE “major security partners” early on Saturday, a previously unheard of designation for the two countries home to major American military operations.A White House statement... Read more »

Iran deal architect among veterans named for Biden State Department

WASHINGTON: The lead US negotiator of the Iran nuclear accord and a battle-tested hawk on Russia were named Saturday to top posts at President-elect Joe Biden’s State Department, signaling a return to... Read more »

How Iran serves as ‘a key geographic hub for Al-Qaeda’

WASHINGTON, DC: Mike Pompeo, the outgoing US secretary of state, made a splash last week when he unveiled new intelligence pointing to an enduring operational relationship between the regime in Iran and... Read more »