mahmoud abbas

Report: Abbas to Meet Egypt’s Sisi on Israeli-Palestinian Talks

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas is set to meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on Monday for discussions on advancing Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts, The Jerusalem Post reported, citing a Palestinian diplomat.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman

Egypt Relinquishes Control Of Strategic Islands To Saudi Arabia

Ynetnews reports: According to the Egyptian newspaper Al-Youm Al-Sabaa, the Egyptian cabinet announced an agreement with Saudi Arabia on Saturday, delineating the maritime boundaries between the two countries. The Saudi boundary now includes the islands of Tiran and Sanafir, which

AP Photo

Egypt Detains Airport Personnel as Russia Confirms Metrojet Crash Was Terrorism

The Russians have been saying they would not jump to conclusions about the nature of the Metrojet crash in Egypt until a lengthy investigation was concluded but, on Tuesday, Russian security officials suddenly declared the plane was indeed destroyed by a terrorist attack. There have also been reports of police detaining or arresting airport workers, although the Egyptian government has disputed those accounts.

Getty Images

Report: U.S. Official ‘99.9 Percent’ Certain Russian Plane Brought Down By Terrorist Bomb

While American officials discuss terrorist bombing scenarios as a “possibility” for the crash of a Russian jetliner over Egypt on October 31, and President Obama has used that word in his public comments so far, CNN reports intelligence agencies are increasingly confident of this diagnosis. One official, speaking off the record, said it was “99.9 percent certain” that a terrorist bomb brought the plane down.

Suliman el-Oteify/AP

ISIS May Have Used ‘Inside Man’ at Airport to Plant Bomb on Russian Plane

It has been said that one reason American and British intelligence agencies suspect an ISIS bomb brought down a Russian Metrojet airliner over Egypt is that elevated “chatter” about the incident between ISIS militants was detected online. On Monday, U.S. intelligence officials told ABC News these intercepts “indicated that ISIS was in communication with someone at the airport.”

AP Photo

Egypt Officials Concede Bomb Was Most Likely Cause of Metrojet Crash

Soon after the Russians appeared to begin taking the possibility of terrorism in the Metrojet crash more seriously, placing restrictions on flights into Egypt, Egyptian authorities conceded that a bomb was the most plausible explanation for the crash.

AP Photo

World View: Countries Line up for and Against Saudi Intervention in Yemen

Puerto Rico bankruptcy may be imminent, potentially a ‘seminal event’; Israel releases tax revenue collections to Palestinian Authority; Mideast nations line up for and against Saudi airstrikes in Yemen; Mideast countries opposed to Saudi intervention in Yemen