Saudi Arabia has for a first time in history appointed a member of the royal family as the country’s energy minister, a move which could spark concerns about the balance of power in the kingdom and lead to more politicized policy-making in the oil sector.
A US federal judge has drastically reduced prison terms of three American guards involved in massacring unarmed Iraqi civilians – including women and children -- in Baghdad in 2007 while working for the notorious Blackwater security firm, praising the killers as “fine young men.”
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has again lambasted the United States for its offering of unwavering support to Kurds in northern Syria, saying Washington has been overgenerous to the Kurdish militants in the region.
In a retaliatory action, Yemeni army forces, supported by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have fired a domestically-developed ballistic missile at a strategic economic target in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border region of Najran.
President Michel Aoun says Lebanon has a legitimate right to fight off any act of aggression threatening its territorial integrity, warning that the Israeli regime will bear all the consequences in such a case.