Muslim World League chief: Islam protects rights of minorities

JEDDAH: Islamic values preserve the legal rights and freedoms of everyone and these values do not accept any form of division or discrimination, the secretary-general of the Muslim World League said in Abu Dhabi. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Forum for Promoting Peace, which

Yemen’s warring parties meet for 3rd day of talks in Sweden

CAIRO: Yemen’s warring parties are meeting for a third day of talks in Sweden aimed at halting the country’s catastrophic 4-year-old war. Both the internationally recognized government, which is backed by a US-sponsored and Saudi-led coalition, and the Iran-aligned Houthi militia say they are striving for peace. The Houthi delegation says talks

Outgoing UN envoy makes new appeal to Syria’s warring sides

GENEVA: The outgoing UN envoy for Syria is appealing on the country’s warring sides to form a committee that would negotiate a new constitution as a way of bringing the Mideast nation out of its protracted civil war. Staffan de Mistura says there are disagreements over a “few names” of those

Daesh fights to hang on a year after defeat in Iraq

BAGHDAD: A year after it was routed from Iraq in a devastating war that left entire neighborhoods and towns in ruins, the Daesh group is fighting to hang on to its last enclave in eastern Syria, engaging in deadly battles with US-backed forces. Cornered in the desert near the Iraqi border

Two Saudi-designed satellites launch into space

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia launched two Saudi-designed satellites into space for aerial surveying on Friday morning from China. The two earth-observation satellites that were developed by the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) were launched from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. The satellites, known as Sat 5a and Saudi Sat 5b, join