17th- 24th January

Fronde d’Oman contre l’Arabie Saoudite – 22/01/2014Orient XXI

Unlike Saudi Arabia, locked into its hostility toward Iran, Oman has always been able to maintain good neighboring policy with the Islamic Republic. While Riyadh sees Shia Iran as a dangerous political and religious rival to its own hegemony in the Gulf, Muscat sees it as a natural  and necessary partner for regional stability with whom  cooperation is needed.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (Picture Reuters : Keith Bedford).

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (Picture Reuters : Keith Bedford).

Turkey seals border against al-Qaeda – 23/01/2014Al-Monitor

At the moment, the Turkish border, already the scene of crucial developments because of crossings of refugees, militants, arms and ammunition as well as traditional smugglers, had become even more volatile because of the clashes between the Islamic Front and the al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).

NDC extends Hadi’s terme for one year on a day marked by an assassination – 23/01/2014- Yemen Times

According to the paperwork, called the Solutions and Guarantees Document, the NDC extended President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi’s term in office for one year. The conference also approved federalism as Yemen’s new state structure.

A Davos, l’offensive de charme du président iranien Hassan Rohani – 24/01/2014– Le Monde

The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has again stolen the show from his enemy, the Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, on Thursday 23th January, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. In a charm offensive toward the Western businessmen, he has invited them to come to invest in Iran.

Cairo hit by three bomb blasts on Friday, killing 5 – 24/01/2014–  Al-Ahram English

Three separate bomb attacks took place in Greater Cairo on Friday morning, killing at least five people and injuring dozens of others, on the eve of the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.