Dubai ruler promises ‘best Expo’ in 168-year history

Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Tuesday inspected infrastructure works at the Expo 2020 site and promised the emirate would hold the best Expo in its 168-year history. The visit of Sheikh Mohammed, also the UAE Prime Minister and Vice President, alongside Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan, marked

British-Iranian social anthropologist arrested: Iranian website

A British-Iranian social anthropologist was arrested in Iran on Sunday, the Iran Wire website reported on Tuesday, citing his wife. Kameel Ahmady’s wife, Shafagh Rahmani, said that he hasn’t been charged yet and that she was not given any reason for his arrest, according to the website. The Iran Wire also reported

Iran’s Rouhani says Gulf countries can protect region’s security

DUBAI (Reuters) - President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday Iran and other Gulf states could protect the region’s security and foreign forces were not needed, state TV reported, repeating a longstanding rejection of a U.S. maritime security mission in the region. The United States has launched a maritime security mission in

Iran’s Khamenei meets with Houthi spokesman Abdul Salam

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei met with the spokesman of the Iranian-backed Houthi militia, Mohammed Abdul Salam, in Tehran on Tuesday, Khamenei’s official website reported. Earlier on Sunday, Fars News Agency posted in a tweet that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with the spokesman of the Iranian-backed Houthi militia, Mohammed Abdul Salam,

Clashes kill nearly 60 fighters in northwest Syria: Monitor

Clashes between regime loyalists and insurgents in rebel-held northwest Syria killed 59 combatants on Tuesday, a war monitor said. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), an extremist group led by Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate, has since January controlled most of Idlib province as well as parts of neighboring Hama, Aleppo and Latakia provinces. Several