Arab Parliament demands repeal of JASTA

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, 11th October, 2016 (WAM) — The United States Congress should repeal the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) because it lacks legal and political foundation and would undermine the sovereignty of other countries, the Arab Parliament, an affiliate of the Arab League, demanded on Tuesday.

Houthi-Saleh mortars kill 5, wound10 in Taiz

TAIZ, 11th October, 2016 (WAM) — Five civilians were killed and 10 others wounded in the Sofitel neighbourhood on Tuesday when the militias of the rebel Houthi group and the now-ousted president Ali Abdullah fired mortar bombs from their barracks in Taiz International Airport, east of the city, the state Yemen News Agency said, quoting a source in the government army.

GCC members plan civil defence research centre

ABU DHABI, 12th October, 2016 (WAM) — A plan to set up a new research and studies centre dedicated to enhancing civil defence capabilities in the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) was recently discussed at the 27th meeting of civil defence chiefs of member states in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Mohammed bin Rashid launches global initiative for tolerance, openness

DUBAI, 8th October 2016 (WAM) – Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has launched a global initiative to encourage tolerance, and to honour champions of tolerance throughout the world.

Russian draft resolution on Syria truce fails to get minimum votes

NEW YORK, 8th October, 2016 (WAM) – A Russian-drafted United Nations Security Council resolution on a ceasefire
deal on Syria did not garner the minimum nine votes on Saturday,Reuters reported.

GCC condemns air attacks on Aleppo

RIYADH,1st October, 2016 (WAM) — Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Abdullatif Al-Zayani renewed on Saturday the GCC's call for the international community to enforce the UN Security Council resolutions relating to the crisis in Syria.

Turkish President receives Saudi Crown Prince

ANKARA, 30th September, 2016 (WAM) — Reviewing developments in the Middle East was high on the agenda when President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan of the Republic of Turkey received Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Crown Prince,
Deputy Premier and Minister of the Interior, in Ankara today.

WHO calls humanitarian corridors to evacuate sick and wounded from eastern Aleppo

GENEVA, 27th September, 2016 (WAM) — As the escalation of fighting in Aleppo claims more victims every day, the World Health Organisation (WHO) called for an immediate establishment of humanitarian routes to evacuate sick and wounded from the eastern part of the city.

Abdullah bin Zayed meets Chairman of Libya’s Presidential Council

NEW YORK, 24th September 2016 (WAM) – H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation met on Friday with Fayez Al Sarraj, Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya of the Government of National Accord of Libya.

Saudi Arabia announces start of Umrah season 1438 H

JEDDAH, 18th September, 2016 (WAM) — Saudi Arabia has announced the start of next year's Umrah season, 1438 H, as well as planning for next year's Hajj.