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White House expected to remove Cuba from State Sponsors of Terrorism list

US and Cuba aiming to restore diplomatic ties after more than three decades
Source: Al Jazeera
Full Article: White House expected to remove Cuba from State Sponsors of Terrorism list

Syria regime 'launches 15 air raids around Palmyra'

A military source confirmed operations were under way in and around Palmyra."Military operations, including air raids, are ongoing in the area around Al-Suknah, Palmyra, the Arak and Al-Hail gas fields and all the roads leading to Palmyra," he said."We are pursuing Daesh wherever they are," he added, using the Arabic acronym for IS.IS is accused of executing hundreds of people in and around Palmyra since it swept into the oasis city last week after a lightning advance across the desert from its stronghold in the Euphrates Valley to the east.The Observatory said on Sunday that it had documented the executions of at least 217 people, among them 67 civilians, including 14 children.Some of those killed had been beheaded, Abdel Rahman said, adding that the jihadists had also taken some 600 people prisoner.Syrian state media said at least 400 civilians had been killed by IS in Palmyra, most of them women, children and old men.The pro-government Al-Watan daily reported on Monday that the number of executions had risen to 450.
Source: Albawaba
Full Article: Syria regime 'launches 15 air raids around Palmyra'

Israel ex-PM Olmert gets 8 months for corruption: reports

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to eight months in prison for corruption on Monday, the latest legal blow in a spectacular fall from grace.Lawyers for Olmert, who served as premier from 2006 to 2009, crowning a political career spanning decades, immediately announced they would appeal.
Source: Albawaba
Full Article: Israel ex-PM Olmert gets 8 months for corruption: reports

Reborn in the Irish mainstream, Sinn Fin boosted by anti-austerity stance

Shedding image of conflict, political wing of the IRA morphs into leftist powerhouse attracting middle-class support
Source: Al Jazeera
Full Article: Reborn in the Irish mainstream, Sinn Fin boosted by anti-austerity stance

Lebanon's Hezbollah urges backing for fight against IS

The head of Lebanon's Hezbollah on Sunday urged broad support for his movement's fight in Syria, saying it was engaged in an existential battle against the Islamic State group.Hassan Nasrallah acknowledged for the first time that his powerful Shiite group was fighting across all of Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
Source: Albawaba
Full Article: Lebanon's Hezbollah urges backing for fight against IS

Kuwait Airways names banks for $400m loan

NBAD & Arab Banking Corporation will be lead arrangers for the Sharia-compliant loan to purchase five Airbus aircraft to be leased by the airline
Source: Arabian Business
Full Article: Kuwait Airways names banks for 0m loan

Investors’ confidence increasing, say StartUp Academy speakers

More than 100 entrepreneurs attended the June edition of Arabian Business StartUp Academy to learn about angel and venture capital investing in the region
Source: Arabian Business
Full Article: Investors’ confidence increasing, say StartUp Academy speakers

IS executes 217 in, near Syria's Palmyra in 9 days: monitor

The Islamic State group has executed at least 217 people, including civilians, in and around the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra in the last nine days, a monitor said Sunday.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it had documented the executions of 67 civilians, including children, and 150 members of regime forces by IS jihadists in different parts of Homs province since May 16.
Source: Albawaba
Full Article: IS executes 217 in, near Syria's Palmyra in 9 days: monitor

Abu Dhabi's ADIB eyes UAE expats as industry growth slows

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank says will focus on winning more business in the expatriate community this year
Source: Arabian Business
Full Article: Abu Dhabi's ADIB eyes UAE expats as industry growth slows

Fierce fighting in Yemen as peace hopes fade

Rebel forces and loyalist fighters were locked in fierce fighting in Yemen on Monday as hopes of a political solution faded after the United Nations postponed peace talks.Clashes raged in the country's third city Taez, sowing panic after Shiite Huthi rebels bombarded several districts with rocket and tank fire.
Source: Albawaba
Full Article: Fierce fighting in Yemen as peace hopes fade

Is Islamic State 'secondary priority' for Saudi Arabia?

Riyadh is preoccupied with the military campaign in Yemen; Velayati tells Lebanese officials there will be no deal on Assad; the Turkish opposition party is under attack ahead of June 7 elections.
Source: Al Monitor
Full Article: Is Islamic State 'secondary priority' for Saudi Arabia?

Does US have right tools to help success story like Tunisia?

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi’s Washington visit lays bare the limitations of US reliance on military aid.
Source: Al Monitor
Full Article: Does US have right tools to help success story like Tunisia?

In wake of suicide, social media expert calls for compassion when posting online

The responses on Facebook, such as likes, shares, and comments, says Ravid, validates and empowers people’s opinions in their own minds, even when that share is to disagree with the original post.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Full Article: In wake of suicide, social media expert calls for compassion when posting online

Doubt raised over continued tenure of Rabbi Riskin, evinces fierce criticism towards rabbinate

A storm erupted on Monday when the Council of the Chief Rabbinate decided not to immediately renew the tenure of the popular modern Orthodox leader Rabbi Shlomo Riskin as chief rabbi of Efrat.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Full Article: Doubt raised over continued tenure of Rabbi Riskin, evinces fierce criticism towards rabbinate

Israel's answer to the BDS movement – Gilad Erdan

On May 17, Erdan decided not to enter the cabinet because Netanyahu did not accept his demand to head the Foreign Ministry or the Interior and Public Security portfolios together.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Full Article: Israel's answer to the BDS movement – Gilad Erdan

Crime syndicate boss Nissim Alperon arrested as ‘Case 512’ crackdown continues

Historic organized crime dragnet spanning multiple countries results in 57 arrests, and counting.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Full Article: Crime syndicate boss Nissim Alperon arrested as ‘Case 512’ crackdown continues

Iran aid plane for Yemen barred from landing in Djibouti

An Iranian Red Crescent plane carrying 20 tonnes of food for war-torn Yemen was prevented from landing in Djibouti, where the UN has a relief hub, official media said Saturday."Despite coordination with the United Nations and the World Food Programme, the plane was not granted permission to land in Djibouti," the state run IRNA news agency said quoting a Red Crescent official.
Source: Albawaba
Full Article: Iran aid plane for Yemen barred from landing in Djibouti

Syria's Assad pays tribute to soldiers despite setbacks

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has paid tribute to his army and a group of soldiers who escaped an almost month-long rebel siege, in comments which follow a series of regime losses.Assad, quoted by state news agency SANA late Friday, saluted the "heroism" of some 150 soldiers and their families who were able to escape a hospital building in the town of Jisr al-Shughur in northwestern Syria.
Source: Albawaba
Full Article: Syria's Assad pays tribute to soldiers despite setbacks

Cleveland police officer not guilty in deadly shooting case

Patrolman acquitted in the shooting of two unarmed suspects who died in a 137-shot barrage by police officers
Source: Al Jazeera
Full Article: Cleveland police officer not guilty in deadly shooting case

Nasrallah: Hezbollah in worst state since 1982 onslaught by Israel

The Hezbollah leader said that now is the time for mobilization. He called on everyone “who enjoys a reputation of integrity” to contribute.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Full Article: Nasrallah: Hezbollah in worst state since 1982 onslaught by Israel

Liberman to government: Don't harm converts to Judaism from former Soviet Union

Yisrael Beytenu criticized coalition’s plan to strike down Tzohar Law, which made it easier for those not recognized as Jews to marry.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Full Article: Liberman to government: Don't harm converts to Judaism from former Soviet Union

California oil spill difficult to clean in choppy waters, officials say

Crews face challenges as they rush to clean Santa Barbara shoreline and save wild animals affected by spill
Source: Al Jazeera
Full Article: California oil spill difficult to clean in choppy waters, officials say

IS enters Syria's Palmyra museum

Islamic State group fighters have entered the museum in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, placing guards at its doors, the country's antiquities director Mamoun Abdulkarim said Saturday.He also confirmed that the jihadist group had raised their flag over the ancient citadel that overlooks some of the spectacular Greco-Roman ruins in the city.
Source: Albawaba
Full Article: IS enters Syria's Palmyra museum

Senate votes put domestic surveillance program in limbo

Sen. Mitch McConnell schedules last-minute session to address the expiration of some Patriot Act provisions
Source: Al Jazeera
Full Article: Senate votes put domestic surveillance program in limbo

Why Saudi Arabia's Yemen war is not producing victory

Saudi Arabia is seen as having jumped into the war in Yemen without having thought out the consequences for itself, the United States and the struggle against the Islamic State.
Source: Al Monitor
Full Article: Why Saudi Arabia's Yemen war is not producing victory

Secular Jews rediscover Jewish heritage

Tel Aviv council member Mickey Gitzin explains how secular Jews have created their own narratives and celebrations in regard to the Feast of Weeks celebration on May 23-24.
Source: Al Monitor
Full Article: Secular Jews rediscover Jewish heritage

Damaged gas cylinders become another threat to Gazans

In addition to other hardships suffered by Palestinians, damaged gas cylinder explosions are claiming the lives of citizens in Gaza who are unaware of their risks.
Source: Al Monitor
Full Article: Damaged gas cylinders become another threat to Gazans

Colliers Int'l inks deal to acquire Gulf-based real estate consultancy

Flanagan Arabia will immediately be rebranded as Colliers International; founder to continue to run operations
Source: Arabian Business
Full Article: Colliers Int'l inks deal to acquire Gulf-based real estate consultancy

Top GCC construction bosses said to be raking in $1.2m salaries

New research says top-tier wages have risen over past year in region, particularly in booming construction sector
Source: Arabian Business
Full Article: Top GCC construction bosses said to be raking in .2m salaries

UAE consumers among world's most confident in Q1, says Neilsen

Latest Nielsen global survey shows UAE is top for Middle East consumer confidence, ahead of Saudi Arabia
Source: Arabian Business
Full Article: UAE consumers among world's most confident in Q1, says Neilsen

Iraq forces 'attack IS east of Ramadi'

Iraqi forces retook territory from the Islamic State group east of Ramadi Saturday, commanders said, in their first counterattack since the jihadists' capture of the Anbar provincial capital last week.The UN Security Council, meanwhile, condemned the deadly suicide bombing of a Shiite mosque claimed by IS and called for the group to be defeated.
Source: Albawaba
Full Article: Iraq forces 'attack IS east of Ramadi'

Morsi and secular camp in dock again for 'insulting' Egypt judiciary

Ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi went on trial Saturday alongside several secular figures behind Egypt's 2011 uprising, underlining a crackdown on all forms of dissent.The trial for "insulting the judiciary" is the fifth for Morsi, who was sentenced to death last week on charges connected with a mass prison break during the uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
Source: Albawaba
Full Article: Morsi and secular camp in dock again for 'insulting' Egypt judiciary

Pacific trade opponents urge skepticism on labor promises

Critics of the TPP say trade pacts have a poor record of improving working conditions around the world
Source: Al Jazeera
Full Article: Pacific trade opponents urge skepticism on labor promises

Malaysia discovers mass graves of suspected trafficking victims

Graves are believed to contain the bodies of hundreds of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh, say local reports
Source: Al Jazeera
Full Article: Malaysia discovers mass graves of suspected trafficking victims

Zimbabwe's Lemba build first synagogue, but struggle to keep the faithful

Some Lemba, Africans who adhere to Jewish beliefs, have newly embraced the religion after testing proved semitic origin
Source: Al Jazeera
Full Article: Zimbabwe's Lemba build first synagogue, but struggle to keep the faithful

Hezbollah's Nasrallah: The US can't protect anyone from ISIS

Leader of Lebanese Shi’ite organization calls for countrymen to “end their silence and confront the [infidel] threat” posed by Islamic State, Syrian rebel groups.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Full Article: Hezbollah's Nasrallah: The US can't protect anyone from ISIS

Senior Hezbollah official speaks out

In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, the head of Hezbollah’s parliamentary bloc in Lebanon discusses the war in Syria and the party’s role there, the Saudi war against Yemen and the presidential stalemate in Lebanon.
Source: Al Monitor
Full Article: Senior Hezbollah official speaks out

Iran reportedly agrees to 'managed' inspections of military sites

Iran’s deputy FM reiterates that Tehran will not permit inspectors access to the country’s nuclear scientists, according to local media report.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Full Article: Iran reportedly agrees to 'managed' inspections of military sites

Protests, arrests follow acquittal of Cleveland police officer

Verdict of not guilty in case of white cop who killed two unarmed black men in barrage of bullets ignites anger
Source: Al Jazeera
Full Article: Protests, arrests follow acquittal of Cleveland police officer

UAE Banks Fed appoints agency to monitor members' behaviour

UAE Banks Federation also agrees to set up a number of committees to ensure ethical behaviour
Source: Arabian Business
Full Article: UAE Banks Fed appoints agency to monitor members' behaviour

Kuwait's Burgan mulls UAE, Saudi, Egypt expansion

Chief executive says Kuwait’s third-largest lender is looking to raise share of international operations in its business
Source: Arabian Business
Full Article: Kuwait's Burgan mulls UAE, Saudi, Egypt expansion

Saudi king vows to punish those behind Friday suicide attack in kingdom

“Any participant, planner, supporter or sympathizer with this heinous crime will be held accountable, tried and will receive the punishment he deserves,” vows king.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Full Article: Saudi king vows to punish those behind Friday suicide attack in kingdom

Saudi's Emaar Economic City expects rush in new tenants in 2015

Boss of special economic zone expects its inflow of new corporate tenants to speed up this year
Source: Arabian Business
Full Article: Saudi's Emaar Economic City expects rush in new tenants in 2015

Abu Dhabi bank part of $400m deal to finance new aircraft

National Bank of Abu Dhabi is one of two banks picked by International AirFinance Corporation for loan for five aircraft
Source: Arabian Business
Full Article: Abu Dhabi bank part of 0m deal to finance new aircraft

Reclaiming Syriac heritage: A village in Turkey finds its voice

Returning from Europe decades after fleeing war, ancient community asserts new multicultural identity in Aramaic, German
Source: Al Jazeera
Full Article: Reclaiming Syriac heritage: A village in Turkey finds its voice

Dubai's Abraaj invests $30m in fund to help regional SMEs

Company says it is a cornerstone investor in Auvest fund to suppport small businesses in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia
Source: Arabian Business
Full Article: Dubai's Abraaj invests m in fund to help regional SMEs

Qatar's PSG named the best paid team in world sport

New Global Sports Salaries Survey reveals average $8.3m salary for players; Abu Dhabi’s Man City are third in global list
Source: Arabian Business
Full Article: Qatar's PSG named the best paid team in world sport

ENOC appeals to Dragon Oil investors with 735p-a-share offer

Emirates National Oil Co goes public with offer to buy out minority shareholders of Turkmenistan-focused oil firm
Source: Arabian Business
Full Article: ENOC appeals to Dragon Oil investors with 735p-a-share offer

IS and Syria regime locked in fierce battles near Palmyra

According to officials from Anbar, at least 500 people were killed in three days of fighting in Ramadi during which IS used waves of suicide car bombs.The army's retreat was chaotic, once again raising questions over the credibility of Iraq's regular forces.Tens of thousands were forced to flee their homes in the process.And on Wednesday, more than 2,000 were able to join them and escape conflict-torn Anbar after the authorities opened a bridge that had been closed for three days.
Source: Albawaba
Full Article: IS and Syria regime locked in fierce battles near Palmyra

Resignation of two Moroccan ministers stirs debate

Moroccan Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane asserted that his government is not facing a crisis despite the resignation of four ministers.
Source: Al Monitor
Full Article: Resignation of two Moroccan ministers stirs debate

Did Ya'alon cave in to settler pressure?

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon revoked his decision to separate Palestinian and Israeli bus passengers traveling to the territories following an international outcry about apartheid, as well as harsh criticism in Israel.
Source: Al Monitor
Full Article: Did Ya'alon cave in to settler pressure?

Turkey can’t part with currency zeroes

Though Turkey wiped off six zeroes from its currency a decade ago, politicians stick to old figures, hoping for a stronger propaganda impact in the run-up to general elections.
Source: Al Monitor
Full Article: Turkey can’t part with currency zeroes

First international blunder of Bibi's new government

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s zigzagging over the plan to separate Jews and Palestinian workers traveling to the territories demonstrates the strong hold of the settlers over his fragile coalition.
Source: Al Monitor
Full Article: First international blunder of Bibi's new government

Likud MK says Obama's criticism of Netanyahu has 'a bit of hypocrisy'

In an interview with Israel Radio on Friday, Likud MK Tzachi Hanegbi was asked to comment on Obama’s comments to ‘The Atlantic’.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Full Article: Likud MK says Obama's criticism of Netanyahu has 'a bit of hypocrisy'

Peres says 'clear majority of Israelis back two states,' urges immediate resumption of talks

Peres spoke at the World Economic Forum confab which attracted numerous statesmen and leaders from across the region.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Full Article: Peres says 'clear majority of Israelis back two states,' urges immediate resumption of talks

Abbas: Israeli settlement activity preventing peace talks

At World Economic Forum, Palestinian Authority president calls on international community to intervene on issue of settlement building.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Full Article: Abbas: Israeli settlement activity preventing peace talks

EU to propose relocating 40,000 refugees from Italy, Greece

Europe has been scrambling to respond to the worsening crisis of migrants fleeing instability in Africa and the Mideast
Source: Al Jazeera
Full Article: EU to propose relocating 40,000 refugees from Italy, Greece

Infoblox secures DNS inside enterprise networks with new solution

Infoblox Internal DNS Security offers protection against infrastructure attacks, malware, and data exfiltration
Source: ITP.net
Full Article: Infoblox secures DNS inside enterprise networks with new solution

Book your seat for the Network ME Innovation Awards

Network ME Awards celebrate the achievements of networking professionals, service providers and vendors in the last one year.
Source: ITP.net
Full Article: Book your seat for the Network ME Innovation Awards

Banks call for global coordination of bubble-busting measures

New risk watchdogs have been set up in the US, Britain and the EU to spot such broader risks
Source: Arabian Business
Full Article: Banks call for global coordination of bubble-busting measures

Palmyra, the ancient pearl of Syria's desert

Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, the "pearl of the desert" is a well-preserved oasis 210 kilometres (130 miles) northeast of Damascus.Palmyra, which means City of Palms, is known in Syria as Tadmor, or City of Dates.
Source: Albawaba
Full Article: Palmyra, the ancient pearl of Syria's desert

IS in full control of Syria's ancient city Palmyra: monitor

The US official said Washington would step up its aid to Iraq, including sending 1,000 anti-tank missile systems to help stop suicide car bombs and accelerating its training and equipping of tribal forces to fight IS."You'd have to be delusional not to take something like this and say: 'What went wrong, how do you fix it and how do we correct course to go from here?'," the official told reporters.Asking not to be identified, the official highlighted the IS tactic of ploughing huge "vehicle-born improvised explosive devices" (VBIEDs) into buildings and walls.In Ramadi, an explosives-packed bulldozer was used to blow up the security perimeter around a government-held compound.Around 30 vehicles such as Humvees then flowed in, many loaded heavily with explosives.Besides the more than 3,000 air strikes carried out so far, Washington has supported a deep reform of Iraq's army and offered training to Sunni tribesmen.But that failed to prevent the loss of Ramadi, where Iran-backed militias will now take the lead in any counter-attack.According to officials from Anbar, at least 500 people were killed in three days of fighting in Ramadi during which IS used waves of suicide car bombs.Tens of thousands were forced to flee their homes in the process.And on Wednesday, more than 2,000 were able to join them and escape conflict-torn Anbar after the authorities opened a bridge that had been closed for three days.
Source: Albawaba
Full Article: IS in full control of Syria's ancient city Palmyra: monitor

On Syria-Lebanon border, Hezbollah in 'hardest' battle

On a windy hilltop overlooking the mountainous Syrian border, a fighter from Lebanon's Hezbollah says the battle against militants in the area is among the toughest the group has ever faced.The powerful Lebanese Shiite movement, a key ally of the government in Damascus, has fought across Syria in the years since an uprising began in 2011.
Source: Albawaba
Full Article: On Syria-Lebanon border, Hezbollah in 'hardest' battle

Lieberman blasts Netanyahu for talks with Arab List

Lieberman, who heads the hardline anti-Arab Yisrael Beitenu party which is currently in opposition, stepped down as Israel's top diplomat earlier this month.He could still potentially join Netanyahu's coalition, which only has a razor-thin majority with 61 seats in the 120-member Knesset or parliament.
Source: Albawaba
Full Article: Lieberman blasts Netanyahu for talks with Arab List

Qatar failing to deliver on labour reform: Amnesty

"We continue to be troubled by the reports coming out of Qatar related to the World Cup and migrant worker conditions," credit card giant Visa said Wednesday, adding that it had expressed its "grave concern" directly to football's top body.Coke said it was also pressing FIFA to demand more labour reforms from Qatar, after fresh accusations from rights group Amnesty that labourers in the tiny oil-rich country were dying in their hundreds.
Source: Albawaba
Full Article: Qatar failing to deliver on labour reform: Amnesty

Baghdadis live with constant threat of violence

Amid ravaging terror and repeated security breaches, civilians in Iraq do not feel safe as a customary trip to the coffee shop could cost their lives.
Source: Al Monitor
Full Article: Baghdadis live with constant threat of violence

Jabhat al-Nusra deals blow to Syrian army camp in Idlib

Jabhat al-Nusra and its allies have been waging violent attacks on the strategic al-Mastumah camp in Idlib, thus causing the Syrian army’s loss of control over the area surrounding the camp.
Source: Al Monitor
Full Article: Jabhat al-Nusra deals blow to Syrian army camp in Idlib

Khamenei draws line on military sites, nuclear scientists

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said that Iran would not allow inspections into military sites nor allow nuclear scientists to be interrogated.
Source: Al Monitor
Full Article: Khamenei draws line on military sites, nuclear scientists

Lenovo delivers solid fourth quarter and full year 2014/15 results

Revenue was up 21 percent year-over-year with quarterly net income of US$100 million.
Source: ITP.net
Full Article: Lenovo delivers solid fourth quarter and full year 2014/15 results

1,000 days and counting: Family of Austin Tice awaits his return

Tice went missing in Syria in August 2012 one of many reporters abducted in the vicious four-year conflict
Source: Al Jazeera
Full Article: 1,000 days and counting: Family of Austin Tice awaits his return

When marijuana is decriminalized, what about prior convictions?

After Maryland decriminalized small amounts of marijuana, thousands are still stuck with their criminal records
Source: Al Jazeera
Full Article: When marijuana is decriminalized, what about prior convictions?

Obama rejects 'rubber stamp' of Israel policies

President says in Atlantic interview he cares so deeply about Israel that he’s motivated to criticize continued settlement activity, comments from Netanyahu.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Full Article: Obama rejects 'rubber stamp' of Israel policies

Suspect arrested in major mob crackdown accused of poisoning Yoni Elzam in 2006

Rishon Lezion District Court judge orders man remanded for 15 days for allegedly killing Elzam in prison cell the night before he was scheduled to testify against underworld figure.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Full Article: Suspect arrested in major mob crackdown accused of poisoning Yoni Elzam in 2006

Alleged Saudi airstrike hits humanitarian office in Yemen, killing five

The shelling comes several days after the end of a brief cease-fire in fighting that has killed more than 1,800 people
Source: Al Jazeera
Full Article: Alleged Saudi airstrike hits humanitarian office in Yemen, killing five

Lew, Lowey to address ‘Post’ parley in New York

The Jerusalem Post Annual Conference will focus on US-Israel relations, the emerging Iran nuclear agreement and the rise of anti-Semitism.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Full Article: Lew, Lowey to address ‘Post’ parley in New York

Muslim Brotherhood becoming more violent and radical, expert tells 'Post'

Egyptian expert to “Post”: The Brotherhood will probably continue its long tradition of double-talk, speaking of democracy in English while emphasizing “jihad” in Arabic.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Full Article: Muslim Brotherhood becoming more violent and radical, expert tells 'Post'

Saudi regulator said to seek prosecution of 9 Mobily execs

Capital Market Authority reportedly recommends action against current and former officials at troubled Saudi telco
Source: Arabian Business
Full Article: Saudi regulator said to seek prosecution of 9 Mobily execs

Netanyahu calls for dialogue between his government and Arab MKs

Joint List chairman Aiman Odeh: “I am coming out of a meeting with the prime minister that was not straightforward.”
Source: Jerusalem Post
Full Article: Netanyahu calls for dialogue between his government and Arab MKs

Khamenei orders schooling for all Afghan children in Iran

Iran’s supreme leader has ordered that all Afghan children in Iran, regardless of their residency status, be schooled.
Source: Al Monitor
Full Article: Khamenei orders schooling for all Afghan children in Iran

Dubai regulator fines investment bank over rules violations

Dubai Financial Services Authority slaps $56k fine on United Investment Bank over lax money laundering systems
Source: Arabian Business
Full Article: Dubai regulator fines investment bank over rules violations

Gulf banks increase lending footprints in Asia, Africa

There’s an emerging trend in international capital markets: the rise of the Gulf as a syndicated loan market for Africa and Asia
Source: Arabian Business
Full Article: Gulf banks increase lending footprints in Asia, Africa

Microsoft’s app-tweaking ploy stalls, with lack of interest from developers

Redmond finding it tough to drum up support for Windows 10 from iOS, Android tool-builders
Source: ITP.net
Full Article: Microsoft’s app-tweaking ploy stalls, with lack of interest from developers

Netanyahu suspends West Bank Palestinian bus ban

The announcement came several hours after a three-month pilot project which was approved by Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon went into action.The ban was immediately attacked by rights groups and the opposition, who denounced it as an "unprecedented" move that heaped unnecessary humiliation on the Palestinians and would ultimately damage Israel.
Source: Albawaba
Full Article: Netanyahu suspends West Bank Palestinian bus ban

Obama set to speed arms shipments and training for Iraq tribes

The United States has already agreed to send military advisors to train around 6,000 vetted Sunni tribesmen, who will be armed with assault rifles and other weapons.It was not immediately clear if the increased pace of training would spell an increase in the number of US military advisors. But the White House insisted that there was no major shift in policy."There is no formal strategy review," said Baskey, indicating that the pace rather than type of assistance to Sunni tribes was in question.A more detailed announcement could come as soon as Wednesday.Obama has repeatedly ruled out sending vast numbers of US troops back to the theater of a bloody and unpopular nine-year war that he vowed to end.Instead, he has promised to support Iraq's struggling army and hit IS from the air.There has also been support for disparate Iraqi armed groups that have sometimes proven a more potent fighting force than army or police regulars, though not without controversy.In the north, Baghdad had been uneasy about arms flowing to Kurdish peshmerga fighters, fearing those arms could later be used in the battle for independence.Meanwhile, many of the Shiite groups that helped retake Tikrit are armed and trained by Iran and their role in campaigns in overwhelmingly Sunni Anbar could risk reigniting a sectarian bloodbath.Reeling from the worst setback since IS grabbed swathes of territory in June last year, Baghdad and Washington may have few other options.But the White House wants to see those groups firmly under the command and control of the Iraqi military and is also turning to Sunni tribes, which helped turn the tide of America's own war in Iraq through the "Sunni Awakening." Iraq's army and allied paramilitary forces have already massed around Ramadi, looking for swift action to recapture the city from IS before it builds up defenses."The Iraqi government needs to launch an immediate counteroffensive before (IS) can consolidate its power, both for symbolic reasons and because of Ramadi's proximity to Baghdad," said Michael Knights of the Washington Institute.
Source: Albawaba
Full Article: Obama set to speed arms shipments and training for Iraq tribes

Qataris snap up $62m home in London area now dubbed 'Little Doha'

Sale is the latest in a string of property deals in the exclusive Mayfair area by investors from the Gulf state
Source: Arabian Business
Full Article: Qataris snap up m home in London area now dubbed 'Little Doha'

Palestinians banned from riding same buses as Israelis

"Under a three-month pilot project, Palestinians who work in Israel will, starting Wednesday, need to return home by the same crossing without taking buses used by (Israeli) residents" of the occupied West Bank, the official told AFP.Hundreds of Palestinians travel each day to work in Israel from the occupied West Bank, mainly in the construction business, using travel permits each time they cross.
Source: Albawaba
Full Article: Palestinians banned from riding same buses as Israelis

European nations synchronise laws on Islamist 'foreign fighters'

The agreement by the Council of Europe, a pan-European rights group which includes the EU but also takes in countries such as Russia and Turkey, will make cross-border tracking and prosecutions easier.Under the agreement signed by foreign ministers, countries must criminalise acts such as "participating in an association or group for the purpose of terrorism", "receiving training for terrorism" and "travelling abroad for the purpose of terrorism".
Source: Albawaba
Full Article: European nations synchronise laws on Islamist 'foreign fighters'

Heavy Strikes on Nuqom Mountain in Sana’a after the Truce Expired

 The Saudi-led coalition warplanes targeted Nuqom Mountain in the capital, Sana’a after a 5 day truce.

Source: Yemen Times
Full Article: Heavy Strikes on Nuqom Mountain in Sana’a after the Truce Expired

What do attacks on Turkey's pro-Kurdish party mean?

Simultaneous bombing attacks against the pro-Kurdish People’s Democracy Party show that Turkey may be heading toward a wild finish in key June 7 parliamentary elections.
Source: Al Monitor
Full Article: What do attacks on Turkey's pro-Kurdish party mean?

Saudi regulator cancels Arabian Contracting float plans

Capital Market Authority says it has taken the action at the request of the Saudi advertising firm
Source: Arabian Business
Full Article: Saudi regulator cancels Arabian Contracting float plans

UN and US condemn Russian embassy attack in Damascus

Lithuanian Ambassador Raimonda Murmokaite, whose country holds the rotating UN Security council presidency this month, said the "terrorist" attack caused "serious damage."The 15-member council stressed that host countries have an obligation to "take all appropriate steps to protect diplomatic and consular premises."
Source: Albawaba
Full Article: UN and US condemn Russian embassy attack in Damascus

Palestinians campaign for Israels suspension from FIFA

Palestinian soccer body calls for Israel to be cut from FIFA unless it halts travel restrictions on Palestinian players
Source: Al Jazeera
Full Article: Palestinians campaign for Israels suspension from FIFA

Odeh joins ‘Nakba’ ceremony at Tel Aviv University amid Zionist counter protest

Around a couple hundred Nakba protesters and a few dozen Zionist counter-protesters were in front of the university at midday with a heavy police presence.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Full Article: Odeh joins ‘Nakba’ ceremony at Tel Aviv University amid Zionist counter protest

In visit with EU foreign minister, Abbas repeats demand for settlement freeze, release of prisoners

Erekat said that Abbas stressed during the meeting that he was in favor of the resumption of the peace process with Israel, but only after the Israeli government accepts the two-state solution.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Full Article: In visit with EU foreign minister, Abbas repeats demand for settlement freeze, release of prisoners

Public pressure grows on Gulf sovereign funds with cheap oil

SWF managers face growing pressure from politicians and the public to prove they’re investing national reserves wisely
Source: Arabian Business
Full Article: Public pressure grows on Gulf sovereign funds with cheap oil

Five global banks to pay $5.7 billion in fines over rate rigging

For the first time in more than two decades, major banks have admitted to criminal wrongdoing
Source: Al Jazeera
Full Article: Five global banks to pay .7 billion in fines over rate rigging

Report: Swiss court orders Israel to pay Iran $1b for over Shah era oil deal

According to report, Iran delivered 14.75 million cubic meters of crude oil at a value $450 million to Israel’s Trans-Asiatic Oil Ltd.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Full Article: Report: Swiss court orders Israel to pay Iran b for over Shah era oil deal

Ya'alon denies Left's charges of 'separating Israelis and Palestinians on buses'

“Every well-run and responsible country, particularly those with sensitive security issues, check people as they enter and exit,” Ya’alon said.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Full Article: Ya'alon denies Left's charges of 'separating Israelis and Palestinians on buses'

Struggle of Negev region against layoffs

The well-connected employees of Israel Chemicals have succeeded in making waves against a layoff plan, but there’s little correlation between their struggle and the socio-economic problems of the Negev residents.
Source: Al Monitor
Full Article: Struggle of Negev region against layoffs

Use of Win 10 ‘middle-finger’ emoji could lead to jail, fines in UAE: report

Lawyers, police urge residents to refrain from using symbol
Source: ITP.net
Full Article: Use of Win 10 ‘middle-finger’ emoji could lead to jail, fines in UAE: report

Former FM denies Iranian involvement in 1994 Argentina attack

Ali Akbar Velayati, Iran's foreign minister in 1994 and current foreign affairs adviser to the country's supreme leader, described allegations of Iranian involvement in the attack that killed 85 people and injured hundreds "unfounded, false" and a "lie".Velayati's interview in Tehran by an Argentine C5N news team was aired Monday along with an interview with the cultural attache from Iran's embassy in Buenos Aires in the 1990s, who also denied involvement.
Source: Albawaba
Full Article: Former FM denies Iranian involvement in 1994 Argentina attack

Yemen peace talks in limbo after upsurge in fighting

A peace conference for Yemen expected to be held next week in Geneva was put on hold on Monday as fighting resumed in the Arab country.UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was expected to announce the conference to re-launch talks between all parties to the Yemen conflict.
Source: Albawaba
Full Article: Yemen peace talks in limbo after upsurge in fighting

Italian president in Tunis

 
 
This handout picture released by the Quirinale press office shows Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi (L) welcoming Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella prior their meeting in Tunis on Monday. — AFP
Source: Saudi Gazette
Full Article: Italian president in Tunis

Jordan’s interior minister resigns, police chiefs dismissed

 
 
AMMAN — King Abdullah accepted the resignation of Jordan’s interior minister and the government dismissed top police chiefs over reported rights abuses in prisons and the mishandling of a crackdown in the south of the country, officials said on Sunday.
 
Two officials contacted by Reuters said the
Source: Saudi Gazette
Full Article: Jordan’s interior minister resigns, police chiefs dismissed

Yemeni factions taking part in peace talks

 
 
Rua’a Alameri
Special to Al Arabiya News
 
 
 
 
DUBAI — Following a request from Yemen’s President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman is hosting a three-day Yemeni dialogue conf
Source: Saudi Gazette
Full Article: Yemeni factions taking part in peace talks

Singapore slams Iran for firing warning shots at commercial ship

 
 
 
 
 
Singapore — Singapore on Monday condemned Iranian forces for firing warning shots in the Gulf at a commercial ship registered in the Asian city-state, calling it a “serious violation of international law.”
 
The Maritime and Port Autho
Source: Saudi Gazette
Full Article: Singapore slams Iran for firing warning shots at commercial ship

Gunmen on motorbike shoot dead Egypt policeman

 
 
Cairo — Gunmen on a motorbike shot dead an Egyptian policeman while two suspects in a failed bomb attack targeting a judge were killed in a shoot-out with police, officials said Monday. The gunmen on a motorbike opened fire on a policeman during the night near a court in Belbeis, a town around 60 kilometers (about 38 miles) northea
Source: Saudi Gazette
Full Article: Gunmen on motorbike shoot dead Egypt policeman

Iran hails Hezbollah gains on Syria-Lebanon border

Ali Akbar Velayati, foreign affairs adviser to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a trip to Beirut praised the "victories" by the Shiite Hezbollah movement."We are filled with pride and appreciation when we see that in recent days, the valiant Lebanese resistance (Hezbollah) has achieved great progress and excellent victories alongside the brave Syrian army," he said after meeting Lebanon's parliamentary speaker.
Source: Albawaba
Full Article: Iran hails Hezbollah gains on Syria-Lebanon border

Fall of Ramadi deals a blow to US-led war on IS group

The Iraqi security forces' defeat in the capital of Anbar province came despite US and coalition warplanes carrying out more than 160 air strikes over the past month, and after an elaborate effort starting last year to arm and train government troops and Sunni tribesmen.And the fall of the western city undercut the upbeat portrayal of the war effort promoted by President Barack Obama's administration. Commanders had insisted the IS group was losing ground and momentum on the battlefield.
Source: Albawaba
Full Article: Fall of Ramadi deals a blow to US-led war on IS group

Israel's Ethiopian Jews back on the streets to protest

Hundreds of Israeli Ethiopian Jews and activists held a rally on Monday evening in Tel Aviv to protest against alleged racism, an AFP journalist said.The march passed off without incident under the watch of dozens of security officers, a police spokesman said.
Source: Albawaba
Full Article: Israel's Ethiopian Jews back on the streets to protest

Three-quarters of IT organisations to be bimodal by 2017 says Gartner

Analyst company sees more IT departments developing agile, creative capabilities
Source: ITP.net
Full Article: Three-quarters of IT organisations to be bimodal by 2017 says Gartner

Want to escape Alzheimer’s disease? Run for your life and exercise

Exercise slows down aging of the brain and can reduce risks of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias by about half.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Full Article: Want to escape Alzheimer’s disease? Run for your life and exercise

TechKnow Q&A: Kosta Grammatis on making the internet accessible

Network expansion and broadband competition can make the internet accessble to everyone
Source: Al Jazeera
Full Article: TechKnow Q&A: Kosta Grammatis on making the internet accessible

Christian Zionist in Israel filming anti-BDS movie

The satirical film, which will require several trips to Israel and she says will star comic Brad Stein, will explore the effects of BDS on both Israelis and Palestinians.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Full Article: Christian Zionist in Israel filming anti-BDS movie

Vatican says Pope meant no offense calling Abbas 'angel of peace'

The pope met Abbas a few days after the Vatican formalized its recognition of the Palestinian state, a move which riled Israel’s government.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Full Article: Vatican says Pope meant no offense calling Abbas 'angel of peace'

Thailand's former PM pleads not guilty to rice subsidy scheme

Ousted premier faces 10 years in prison for dereliction of duty, a charge supporters say is politically motivated
Source: Al Jazeera
Full Article: Thailand's former PM pleads not guilty to rice subsidy scheme

Emirates NBD, Abraaj said to mull IPO of payments firm

Sources say Network International, one of the region’s largest payments processing firms, could be valued at over $1bn
Source: Arabian Business
Full Article: Emirates NBD, Abraaj said to mull IPO of payments firm

Customs seize 120 ISIS rings at Ben Gurion Airport

The Tax Authority added that the rings were shipped from Turkey, and have been categorized as constituting illegal propaganda, and hence, banned for import.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Full Article: Customs seize 120 ISIS rings at Ben Gurion Airport

Coalition air strikes resume on Yemen's Aden: army officials

Saudi-led coalition air strikes resumed against rebel positions in Yemen's south after a five-day ceasefire expired late Sunday, despite a UN envoy's calls for an extension of the truce.The humanitarian ceasefire that began late on Tuesday expired at 2000 GMT Sunday with no word from the coalition, which had repeatedly accused the rebels of "violations", on where the truce stands.
Source: Albawaba
Full Article: Coalition air strikes resume on Yemen's Aden: army officials

Two UAE banks 'still in frame' to buy Citi's Egyptian retail ops

Sources say ADIB and Emirates NBD are on shortlist of banks interested in buying Egyptian consumer business
Source: Arabian Business
Full Article: Two UAE banks 'still in frame' to buy Citi's Egyptian retail ops

Singapore slams Iran for firing warning shots at commercial ship

Singapore on Monday condemned Iranian forces for firing warning shots in the Gulf at a commercial ship registered in the Asian city-state, calling it a "serious violation of international law".The Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) also urged Tehran to investigate Thursday's incident involving the Singapore-flagged Alpine Eternity which it said was in international waters.
Source: Albawaba
Full Article: Singapore slams Iran for firing warning shots at commercial ship

Shiite militias converge on Iraq's Ramadi after IS takeover

The effective loss of the capital of Iraq's largest province was Baghdad's worst military setback since it started clawing back land from the jihadists late last year.Days after a rare message from IS supremo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi urging mass mobilisation, the group came close to also seizing the heritage site of Palmyra in Syria, but the army pinned the jihadists back.
Source: Albawaba
Full Article: Shiite militias converge on Iraq's Ramadi after IS takeover

Disaster after disaster hits Marshall Islands as climate change kicks in

Rising seas and increasing floods put low-lying islands on front line of climate change; president appeals for help
Source: Al Jazeera
Full Article: Disaster after disaster hits Marshall Islands as climate change kicks in

Bahrain set to list first real estate investment trust

Bourse boss says has seen interest in REITs from property developers as an alternative financing option
Source: Arabian Business
Full Article: Bahrain set to list first real estate investment trust

Johanna Arbib named president of the Jerusalem Foundation

Internationally recognized business leader unanimously selected by foundation’s executive board.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Full Article: Johanna Arbib named president of the Jerusalem Foundation

Lindsey Graham to seek Republican nomination for president

South Carolina’s third-term senator says he’s running because ‘the world is falling apart’
Source: Al Jazeera
Full Article: Lindsey Graham to seek Republican nomination for president

Hillel CEO Fingerhut worried about rise in hatred of Jews, BDS support on campuses

Eric Fingerhut spotlights as one of Post’s 50 most influential Jews in the world.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Full Article: Hillel CEO Fingerhut worried about rise in hatred of Jews, BDS support on campuses

Chief Rabbi Lau calls for gov't to consult with chief rabbinate over all legislation

“Israel is both a Jewish and democratic state, and these expressions do not contradict each other but combine together,” says chief rabbi.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Full Article: Chief Rabbi Lau calls for gov't to consult with chief rabbinate over all legislation

Palestinian Authority advances bid to file lawsuits against Israel at ICC

PA foreign minister says Palestinians submitted request to set date for filing cases about settlements, alleged war crimes.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Full Article: Palestinian Authority advances bid to file lawsuits against Israel at ICC

Hundreds arrested after deadly biker gang meeting in Texas

Waco, Texas, shaken by deadly shootout between rival biker gangs that killed nine people on Sunday
Source: Al Jazeera
Full Article: Hundreds arrested after deadly biker gang meeting in Texas

Kuwait's KFH may sell properties, cut small number of jobs

Kuwait Finance House may auction real estate assets of offer them to be run by other operators
Source: Arabian Business
Full Article: Kuwait's KFH may sell properties, cut small number of jobs

After protest, Greek town backtracks on cancellation of Holocaust memorial

Last week, Kavala mayor expressed her objection to the inclusion of a star of David on local monument.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Full Article: After protest, Greek town backtracks on cancellation of Holocaust memorial

Daesh takes Ramadi as Iraqi forces pull out

 
 
Baghdad — Iraqi government forces staged a desperate retreat from their last bases in Ramadi on Sunday, effectively giving the Daesh (the so-called IS) terrorist group full control of the capital of Iraq’s largest province.

An estimated 500 civilians and security forces have been killed since IS launched a fresh offensiv
Source: Saudi Gazette
Full Article: Daesh takes Ramadi as Iraqi forces pull out

Egypt executes 6 militants for attack on soldiers

 
 
CAIRO — Egypt has executed six members of a Sinai-based militant group with links to Daesh for carrying out an attack on soldiers near Cairo in 2014, the state news agency reported on Sunday. The group, Sinai Peninsula, has killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers since 2013. The case marked the first trial of members of Sinai Peninsula, wh
Source: Saudi Gazette
Full Article: Egypt executes 6 militants for attack on soldiers

Passport thefts results in Tunisian entry restrictions

 
Ajnadin Mustafa
 

TRIPOLI — Tunisian fears that terrorists may be using Libyan passports to enter the country have resulted in them refusing to accept certain Libyan passport holders, according to a Tunisian immigration source.

Holders of the old green Libyan passports is
Source: Saudi Gazette
Full Article: Passport thefts results in Tunisian entry restrictions

Republicans debate Iraq war at major Iowa gathering for 2016

 
 
DES MOINES — A debate over the Iraq war triggered by Jeb Bush’s wobbly response to questions about it spilled into a major gathering of Republican 2016 US presidential hopefuls on Saturday, reflecting divisions about whether the conflict was worthwhile.

The forum sponsored by the Iowa Republican Party was the biggest gat
Source: Saudi Gazette
Full Article: Republicans debate Iraq war at major Iowa gathering for 2016

Daesh militants ‘hidden’ among Europe migrants

 
 
DUBAI — The Daesh (the so-called IS) militants are being smuggled into Europe across the Mediterranean by smugglers, a Libyan official told the BBC exclusively on Sunday.

Libyan government official Abdul Basit Haroun said that smugglers were hiding ISIS militants aboard their vessels crammed with migrants.

He cl
Source: Saudi Gazette
Full Article: Daesh militants ‘hidden’ among Europe migrants

Queen Elizabeth II to visit Bergen-Belsen in June

During the Holocaust, more than 50,000 prisoners, mainly Jews, died at Bergen-Belsen of starvation, overwork, disease or following gruesome medical experiments before it was liberated.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Full Article: Queen Elizabeth II to visit Bergen-Belsen in June

IDF Tank brigade’s recon company switches gears

Unit completes maneuvers simulating conflict with Hezbollah; “On modern battlefields, we have to maneuver faster,” officers tell ‘Post.’
Source: Jerusalem Post
Full Article: IDF Tank brigade’s recon company switches gears

Strong correlation found between Israel experiences, marriage within the fold

The survey was based on the responses of several hundred alumni of a four-week Israel program run by the National Council of Synagogue Youth.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Full Article: Strong correlation found between Israel experiences, marriage within the fold

Netanyahu: Jerusalem has and always will only be the capital of the Jewish people


“Only under Israeli rule will there be freedom of worship for all religions in Jerusalem,” says PM.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Full Article: Netanyahu: Jerusalem has and always will only be the capital of the Jewish people