Senate panel unanimously approves quadrupling missile defense aid to Israel

Senate panel unanimously approves quadrupling missile defense aid to Israel

by WorldTribune Staff, May 31, 2016 The Senate Appropriations Committee has unanimously approved an increase in spending on Israeli missile defense that is four times more than what President Barack Obama had requested. The increase proposes $600 million in funding for fiscal year 2017 – an increase of $113 million from last year and $454 […]

Egypt closes hospital where girl died after procedure now banned by government

Egypt closes hospital where girl died after procedure now banned by government

by WorldTribune Staff, May 31, 2016 Egyptian authorities closed a hospital and prosecutors are investigating after a 17-year-old girl died during an outlawed female circumcision operation. Mayar Mohamed Mousa, 17, died while under full anesthesia in El Canal hospital in Suez province on May 29, said Lotfi Abdel-Samee, the health ministry undersecretary in the province. […]

Three royals sentenced in Kuwait for insulting Emir on instant messaging

Three royals sentenced in Kuwait for insulting Emir on instant messaging

by WorldTribune Staff, May 31, 2016 Three members of Kuwait’s ruling family were each sentenced to five years in prison for insulting the country’s emir on an internet messaging service. The men were sentenced on May 30 for posts on Whatsapp that were determined to be insulting to Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, local […]

Former Miss Turkey convicted of ‘insulting’ Erdogan on social media

Former Miss Turkey convicted of ‘insulting’ Erdogan on social media

by WorldTribune Staff, May 31, 2016 A fashion model and former Miss Turkey received a suspended sentence of over one year for “publicly insulting” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an Instagram post. An Istanbul court sentenced Merve Buyuksarac, 27, to one year and two months in prison for a satirical poem she posted on her […]

Egypt’s Sisi: Christian woman’s attackers will face justice

Egypt’s Sisi: Christian woman’s attackers will face justice

by WorldTribune Staff, May 30, 2016 Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi said the Muslim men who attacked, stripped naked and paraded a 70-year-old Christian woman through the streets will face justice. The woman was attacked in her village south of Cairo after rumors spread that her son had an affair with a Muslim woman. “They […]

Iran, India hold first joint naval exercise since lifting of international sanctions

Iran, India hold first joint naval exercise since lifting of international sanctions

by WorldTribune Staff, May 30, 2016 India and Iran will hold a joint naval drill on June 3 which focuses on the Strait of Hormuz. The exercise is the first between the two countries since the lifting of international sanctions on Teheran in January 2016. Rear Adm. Habibollah Sayyari, commander of the Iranian Navy, confirmed […]

Jordan’s king dissolves parliament

Jordan’s king dissolves parliament

by WorldTribune Staff, May 30, 2016 King Abdullah dissolved Jordan’s parliament on May 29 and appointed a caretaker prime minister to organize new elections. Abdullah appointed veteran politician Hani Mulqi as prime minister after accepting the resignation of Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour, Reuters reported. The main political opposition in Jordan comes from the Muslim Brotherhood, […]

Saudis hit Iran’s key role as Iraqi offensive targets Fallujah; ISIL car bombs Baghdad

Saudis hit Iran’s key role as Iraqi offensive targets Fallujah; ISIL car bombs Baghdad

by WorldTribune Staff, May 30, 2016 Saudi Arabia condemned Iran’s “intervention” in Iraq as Iraqi forces began their push into Fallujah on May 29. While U.S. special forces are on the front lines in Syria in a new offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in Raqqa, Iran “has become the face […]

ISIL gains territory near Turkish border through which rebel forces have been supplied

ISIL gains territory near Turkish border through which rebel forces have been supplied

by WorldTribune Staff, May 29, 2016 Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has launched its biggest offensive in Syria’s Aleppo province in two years and gained territory from rebel forces near the Turkish border. ISIL captured territory from Syrian rebels on May 28 and inched closer to a town on a supply route for […]

U.S. troops ordered to remove Kurdish insignias from uniforms

U.S. troops ordered to remove Kurdish insignias from uniforms

by WorldTribune Staff, May 29, 2016 The Pentagon has ordered U.S. special forces soldiers to stop wearing the insignia patch of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) on their uniforms. Photos of U.S. troops with the insignia patches infuriated Turkey’s increasingly authoritarian president, who views the YPG as a terrorist organization linked to the Kurdish […]