August 19, 2019

BlackBerry admits massive outage in Europe and Africa

The maker of the BlackBerry smartphone said that email services had been restored to users in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, but some might still have messaging and browsing problems. Canada-based Research in Motion earlier confirmed widespread service outages for its users this those areas, … [Read more...]

Canada imposes sanctions on Syria

Canada is imposing sanctions against members of the Syrian regime in response to the continuing brutal crackdown on protesters in Syria. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said the sanctions will take effect immediately and include a travel ban on President Bashar al-Assad and others associated … [Read more...]

Obama wants Israel to return to pre-1967 borders

United States President Barack Obama has officially announced that it is U.S. policy that a future Palestinian state should be based on borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war. Israel seized the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Golan Heights and the Sinai Peninsula in the so called 'six day … [Read more...]

Hamas and Fatah agree Palestinian reconciliation deal

Egypt has brokered an agreement between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah Party and Hamas, to bury their differences and form an interim unity government. The deal will once again unite the Fatah controlled West Bank, and the Hamas controlled Gaza Strip. A date will be fixed … [Read more...]

Alicia Gali – raped then jailed for adultery -suing employer

Brisbane woman Alicia Gali is suing the Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort in the United Arab Emirates after she was jailed for adultery after being drugged and raped by three male co-workers. Alicia Gali was sentenced to 12 months in a UAE prison after laying a complaint with police about her … [Read more...]

Saudi Arabia troops enter Bahrain

More than 1000 Saudi troops have entered Bahrain following growing protests against the government and its ruling family. A convoy of over 150 armoured personnel carriers and other vehicles moved across the border to take up positions guarding key installations and buildings. The United Arab … [Read more...]

Saudi King announces new benefits for citizens

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has returned home after months of medical treatment abroad and immediately announced a flurry of increased benefits for Saudi citizens. King Abdullah has stepped off the plane and sniffed the air of change. Wisely he has decided that it might just be an opportune time … [Read more...]

Bahrain protest numbers increasing

Thousands of protesters are occupying Pearl Square at the centre of the Bahrain capital of Manama. There have been three days of anti-government rallies with a core of protesters camped overnight and their numbers swelling during the day. After initial clashes with security forces that left … [Read more...]

Street protests in Yemen blocked by police

Unrest continues to simmer in Yemen with hundreds of protesters attempting to march on the presidential palace getting blocked by lines of police. President Ali Abdullah Saleh has been making concessions in recent weeks in an attempt to stave off a peoples revolution similar to Egypt's and … [Read more...]

Mubarak shuffles cabinet

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has announced a new cabinet after a week of protests. With thousands still gathered in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Mubarak seemed to be hoping that it will all go away. He sent some tanks on a day trip to Cairo and got some planes and helicopters to buzz the … [Read more...]

Sepp Blatters Qatar madness continues

FIFA President Sepp Blatter not content with corruption and homophobic gaffs is now raising the idea of shifting the 2022 World Cup from June or July to January. The reason is that his pet choice for the 2022 World Cup - Qatar - is too hot at the time of year the cup is traditionally … [Read more...]

FIFA World Cup hosting to Russia and Qatar- How Bizarre?

FIFA has awarded the 2018 Football World Cup to Russia, in what was a predictable result, respite late optimism from England. It is the 2022 World Cup hosting rights though that have sent shockwaves around the footballing world with Qatar being awarded the rights. New Zealand band Otara … [Read more...]

Blog: Attack of the killer drones

Two suspected drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal region Wednesday killed eight suspected militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said. In the first incident, one missile was fired on a militant hideout in the area of Mir Ali of North Waziristan, one of the seven districts of Pakistan's tribal … [Read more...]

Egypt hosts Palestinian-Israeli peace talks

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheik next week. Hillary is going to have another crack at Middle-East peace. It is hard not to get cynical when … [Read more...]