Airstrike kills IS militants in Iraq

Based on intelligence reports, the Iraqi army’s helicopter gunships bombed an IS hideout near the city of Jalawla, some 135 km northeast of Baghdad…reports Asian Lite News Four militants of the extremist Islamic State (IS) group were killed on Wednesday in an airstrike in Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala, a provincial police source said. Based

Balancing The Ties

The Delhi-Riyadh strategic relationship is going beyond defence with Saudi Arabia planning investments worth US $100 billion and identifying India as one of the Kingdom’s eight Strategic Partner Countries, reports Rahul Kumar Like large parts of the world, India too is navigating the shifting sands of Gulf politics with caution – a region which has

1st UAE ambassador lands in Israel

The Latest development will be a milestone in the history of Middle East Al Khaja said UAE and Israel share a common vision of ‘tolerance and cooperation.’..reports Asian Lite News Mohamed Mahmoud Al Khaja, the first ever Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Israel, has arrived to begin his term, about six months

Iran promises to support Syria

Iran will keep supporting the Syrian government in fighting against terrorism, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a telephonic conversation with the Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad. Zarif reaffirmed that the Islamic Republic will continue its support for Syria in various fields and in its efforts to ensure security and stability across Syria, according

IS threats spike again: UN

Addressing the Security Council on Wednesday, UN counter-terrorism chief Vladimir Voronkov said that despite the competing priorities brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, it is “crucial” for member states to remain focused and united in thwarting terrorism…reports Asian Lite News A top UN official said the threat to international peace and security posed by the Islamic

Abu Dhabi sets world’s largest single-site solar plant

An hour’s drive southeast of Abu Dhabi is the world’s largest single-site solar plant. Located at Sweihan in Abu Dhabi, Noor Abu Dhabi (which means ‘light’ in Arabic) features 3.2 million solar panels. The clean, renewable energy produced here will power the daily lives of 90,000 families in the emirate. A video released on Wednesday

US Blacklists Iranian Foundations

The US has blacklisted two Iranian foundations allegedly linked to the leadership, the latest move to reinforce its maximum pressure campaign against Tehran. In a statement on Wednesday, the Department said that its Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned “two organisations, along with their leaders and subsidiaries, controlled by the Supreme Leader of Iran,

Jordan to start Covid-19 vaccination drive

Addressing a press conference in the capital Amman, Obeidat said on Sunday that the quantity of Covid-19 vaccines is enough for 20 per cent of Jordan’s population…reports Asian Lite News Jordan will start a nationwide vaccination campaign against the novel coronavirus from Wednesday onwards, Health Minister Nathir Obeidat said. Addressing a press conference in the

Crossing the border after 3 years

Qataris drove across the land border into Saudi Arabia on Saturday for the first time in more than three years. “We’re returning to our second home country,” said the first Qatari to enter the Kingdom through the Abu Samra-Salwa border crossing. “The process and passing through was easy, and port authorities are cooperative and welcoming.”

China urges caution on Syria chemical weapon issue

China notes that Syria has expressed on many occasions its strong willingness to cooperate with the Technical Secretariat of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)…reports Asian Lite News A Chinese envoy on Tuesday called for caution in dealing with the issue of Syria’s chemical weapons. China notes that Syria has expressed on