Iraq election commission ignored warnings over voting machines

Iraq election commission ignored warnings over voting machines

Iraq’s election commission ignored an anti-corruption body’s warnings about the credibility of electronic vote-counting machines used in May’s parliamentary election, according to investigators and a document seen by Reuters. The devices, provided by South Korean company Miru Systems under a deal with the Independent High Elections Commission (IHEC), are at the heart of fraud allegations […]

Saudi teenager wins FIFA eWorld Cup final and $250000

Saudi teenager wins FIFA eWorld Cup final and $250000

Mosaad Al-Dossary wins computer-console version of FIFA football tournament on Saturday (Reuters) The eWorld Cup is coming home to Saudi Arabia, after teenager Mosaad Al-Dossary on Saturday won the computer-console version of the FIFA football tournament, the Arab News reported. The Saudi, 18, battled it out against Belgium’s Stefano Pinna to clinch the $250,000 prize […]

Oman mediates between Iran, US

Oman mediates between Iran, US

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is expected to meet with the American President Donald Trump to discuss the latter’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal and the threat of placing new sanctions on Tehran, an Israeli news website has revealed. According to Arabi21, Israeli news site Debka revealed the news about the potential meeting, noting that it […]

Israeli forces kill Palestinian demonstrator in Gaza

Israeli forces kill Palestinian demonstrator in Gaza

Palestinian protesters carry tyres to set ablaze during a Great March of Return demonstration on 3 August 2018 in Gaza (MEE Mohammed Asad) Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian and wounded at least 220 others at protests on the Gaza border on Friday, a Gaza hospital official said. The official said that a 25-year-old man […]

Christians in the Middle East Reflect the Early Church

Christians in the Middle East Reflect the Early Church

JERUSALEM, Israel – The Church in the Middle East has gone through some dark days in recent years. Some say the lives of believers today reflect the heroes and heroines of the past in the place where Christianity was born. Across the Middle East, Christians and the Church have suffered terrible persecution. Yet there is […]

Arabic press review: Saddam scam goes bust

Arabic press review: Saddam scam goes bust

Millions of dollars belonging to Saddam Hussein and members of his government are still reportedly held by Lebanese banks (AFP) Lebanon thwarts gang trying to steal Saddam Hussein’s fortune The Lebanese security services have detained a group plotting to seize billions of dollars belonging to deceased former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and his associates, according […]

Iran preparing major military exercise, US officials say

Iran preparing major military exercise, US officials say

US officials say Iran’s Revolutionary Guards appear to prepare more than 100 vessels for exercises (AFP) Iran is preparing to carry out a major exercise in the Gulf in the coming days, apparently moving up the timing of annual drills amid heightened tensions with Washington, US officials told Reuters on Wednesday. Iran has repeatedly expressed […]

Pundi X technology to debut in the Middle East following partnership with ebooc

Pundi X technology to debut in the Middle East following partnership with ebooc

Pundi X and ebooc will work closely on developing digital payment gateway services for governments, financial institutions and major corporates in the Gulf and Middle East as well as broader business lines such as blockchain-based customer loyalty programs and NFC contactless payment options. The collaboration will bring consumers in Dubai, UAE and the broader Middle […]

Dubai To Build Middle East's Largest Chinatown

Dubai To Build Middle East's Largest Chinatown

A vendor waits for customers at a shop selling Chinese goods at Dragon Mart in Dubai NASSER YOUNES/AFP/Getty Images) On July 19th, the Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in the UAE for the first time as leader of China. Mandarin signs along the highway welcomed the president for a three-day visit meant to mark the […]

Remembering the arson attack that orphaned Ahmed Dawabsheh

Remembering the arson attack that orphaned Ahmed Dawabsheh

What: Extremist Jewish Israeli settlers attacked the Dawabsheh family home, orphaning Ahmed and killing his parents and baby brother, Ali. Where: Duma village near Nablus, occupied West Bank. When: 31 July 2015. What happened? On 31 July 2015, Ali Saeed Dawabsheh was burned to death in his home. He was 18 months old. Ali suffered […]