Twenty-nine arms control and human rights organisations have signed a letter opposing the sale of $23bn worth of missiles, fighter jets and drones to the United Arab Emirates and asking US Congress to block the deal. “The hope is to stop these sales altogether,” said Seth Binder, advocacy officer at[…]
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on the European Union for dialogue, warning the bloc not to become a “tool for enmities” during escalating tensions over the Eastern Mediterranean. Turkey’s deployment of a vessel to search for natural gas in waters claimed by Greece set off a fierce war[…]
Amnesty International has called on the United States to stop the sale of 18 sophisticated armed MQ-9B aerial drones to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), in light of evidence that civilians are being killed during attacks in war-ravaged Yemen and Libya. Philippe Nassif, the advocacy director for the Middle East[…]
Fast-spreading wildfires have forced evacuation orders for more than 100,000 people and seriously injured two firefighters in Southern California as powerful winds across the state prompted a power outage to hundreds of thousands of residents. Some 60,000 people fled their homes near Los Angeles on Monday as the wildfire raged[…]
Armenia and Azerbaijan have again agreed to respect a “humanitarian ceasefire” in the conflict over the mountainous enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, according to a joint statement from the US State Department and the two governments. The truce will take effect at 8am local time (04:00 GMT) on Monday, the statement said[…]
The death toll from COVID-19 in the United States could exceed 500,000 by February unless nearly all Americans wear face masks, researchers said on Friday, as the country set a new single-day record for new cases. The latest estimate by the widely cited University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics[…]
The Israeli cabinet approved on Monday the Abraham Accords, the normalisation deal signed by the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Israel on 15 September in Washington, DC. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he had spoken to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Abu Dhabi’s crown prince on Monday, and that[…]
Many Middle East-related policy questions that would affect the lives of millions of people hang over the outcome of the US presidential elections in November: a possible return to the Iran nuclear deal; Washington’s relations with Riyadh; and the White House stance on the Israeli-Palestinians conflict amongst other issues. But[…]
The United States has made preparations to withdraw diplomats from Iraq after warning Baghdad it could shut its embassy, two Iraqi officials and two Western diplomats say, a step Iraqis fear could turn their country into a battle zone. Any move by the US to scale down its diplomatic presence[…]
Pretoria-based online school Think Digital College has scooped The Virtual School of the Year category in the 2020/21 international Corporate Livewire Prestige Awards, run from the United Kingdom. The Corporate Livewire Prestige Awards recognise small and medium-sized businesses “that have proven to be the best in their market” over the[…]
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