Trump, Clinton trade jibes in first debate

Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic Hillary Clinton faced off for the first time in what could be considered the most-watched presidential debate in US history. A record 100 million people are More »

Government officials pay cut

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman reduced on Monday the salaries and benefits of senior government officials. The royal decree announced by SPA on Monday orders a 20 percent reduction More »

Bloomberg names Saudi prince in influential list

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul-Aziz has been ranked 42nd on the list of Bloomberg’s 50 Most Influential People in the world of finance. Bloomberg said that the 31-year More »

Libya PM calls for national reconciliation

Libya’s prime minister called for a national reconciliation initiative to repair the divisions in a fragmented country reeling from the turbulence that has followed the fall of dictator Muammar Qaddafi. Fayez Seraj More »

Top marks for transparent reforms drive

Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s selection among the top 50 influential figures in the world is based on a number of factors, most notably his transparent efforts to reform the Kingdom’s More »

 

Saudi Arabia slams JASTA law

The Saudi foreign ministry said the enactment of JASTA would contribute to the “erosion” of the principle of sovereign immunity.

The Saudi foreign ministry said late Thursday that the enactment of the US legislation allowing 9/11 victims to sue the kingdom would weaken sovereign immunity and leave a negative impact on all nations. A ministerial source said the Justice Against

Car bomb explodes near Egypt prosecutor

A picture purportedly shows Thursday's car bomb in a Cairo suburb after Egypt's deputy prosecutor general drove by.

A car bomb exploded in a Cairo suburb after Egypt’s deputy prosecutor general drove by late Thursday, wounding a passerby, the interior ministry said. “A bomb in a car parked on the side of the road exploded after deputy prosecutor

Senate votes to override Obama veto of 9/11 bill

Senators voted 97-1 to override Obama's veto.

The Senate acted decisively Wednesday to override President Barack Obama’s veto of Sept. 11 legislation, setting the stage for the contentious bill to become law despite flaws that Obama and top Pentagon officials warn could put US troops and interests

India carries out ‘strikes’ on Kashmir frontier

Pakistan’s military however accused India of killing two of its soldiers in “unprovoked firing” along the Line of Control.

India’s military has carried out “surgical strikes” along the de facto border with Pakistan in Kashmir to thwart a series of attacks being planned against major cities, the army said Thursday. Pakistan’s military however accused India of killing two of

More US troops to reach Iraq ahead of Mosul battle

A US soldier trains an Iraqi security forces member in a shooting drill in Taji, north of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, March 21, 2015.

The United States will send around 600 new troops to Iraq to assist local forces in the battle to retake Mosul from ISIS that is expected later this year, US and Iraqi officials said on Wednesday. The new deployment is

Kerry threatens to cut off Syria talks with Russia

Syrians carry a victim after airstrikes by government helicopters on the rebel-held Aleppo neighborhood of Mashhad, Syria.

US Secretary of State John Kerry called his Russian counterpart on Wednesday and warned him that Washington will end talks on the Syrian conflict unless Moscow halts the assault on Aleppo. A State Department spokesman said Kerry told Foreign Minister

As Aleppo burns, US announces $364 mln in new Syria aid

The latest slice of funding brings the total amount that the United States - the effort’s biggest single donor - has spent since the war started.

With the Syrian city of Aleppo facing a new regime onslaught and Washington’s diplomacy under criticism for failing to halt the carnage, the United States announced a new aid package Tuesday. The State Department said it would release a further

Pakistan says Indian fire kills 2 soldiers in Kashmir

Indian Border Security Force soldiers patrol the India-Pakistan border area at Ranbir Singh Pura, about 35 kilometers from Jammu, India, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016.

Pakistan’s military says that Indian troops have killed two of its soldiers on the Pakistani side of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir in an “unprovoked” attack. In a statement Thursday, the military said Pakistani soldiers “befittingly responded to Indian

Raids hit two largest hospitals in rebel-held Aleppo: NGO

Air raids hit the two largest hospitals in rebel-held parts of Syria’s Aleppo early Wednesday, putting them temporarily out of service.

Air raids hit the two largest hospitals in rebel-held parts of Syria’s Aleppo early Wednesday, putting them temporarily out of service, the medical organization that supports them said. “The attack happened at 4:00 am (0100 GMT). One warplane targeted both

Turkey to complete Syria border wall within 5 months

Construction on a border wall to combat smuggling and illegal migration started as early as 2014 even as Turkey maintained an open-border policy that has seen nearly 3 million Syrians seek refuge in the country.

A concrete wall being built to stop illegal crossings along the length of Turkey’s 900-km (560-mile) border with Syria will be finished by the end of February, an official at a Turkish state institution with knowledge of the project said

Russia makes public parts of US deal on Syria

John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov hold a press conference in Geneva.

Russia has made public parts of a deal it struck with the United States on Syria, the country’s foreign ministry said after publishing a leaking of the papers appeared in US media. “We are publishing the text of all Russia-US

Hamas says Peres criminal, Abbas says brave

Israel’s former President Shimon Peres poses for a portrait at the Peres Center for Peace in Jaffa, Israel

Hamas welcomed the death of former Israeli president Shimon Peres Wednesday, calling him a “criminal”, while Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas lauded the “brave” Nobel Peace Prize winner. In the Gaza Strip, a spokesman for the Islamist Hamas movement which runs

Pakistan says India will ‘disintegrate’ when Kashmir is free

Kashmiri protesters holding a Pakistan occupied Kashmir flag shout slogans during a protest in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016.

Pakistan’s defense minister says its nuclear-armed rival India will “disintegrate” when Kashmir gains independence. Khawaja Muhammad Asif said Wednesday that Pakistan will continue to extend moral support to the people of the disputed Himalayan region, which is split between Pakistani

Ahmadinejad vows to follow Khamenei’s order not to run

Iranian supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameni, second left, talks with former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, second right, when he was still in office.

Former Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad says he will not seek reelection in the country’s 2017 presidential vote. His announcement came a day after Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told him he should not run. In a letter published in Iranian media, he

Leopard on the loose mauls 9-year-old Egyptian girl

The leopard escaped from a wildlife farm in a village near the outskirts of southern Cairo.

A nine-year-old Egyptian girl was killed after being attacked by a leopard that escaped from a wildlife farm in a village near the outskirts of southern Cairo. The leopard reportedly mauled Amani Mohamed Fadeel – attacking her neck – on

Trump, Clinton trade jibes in first debate

A record 100 million people are expected to watch the first television debate between Trump and Clinton.

Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic Hillary Clinton faced off for the first time in what could be considered the most-watched presidential debate in US history. A record 100 million people are expected to watch the first television debate between

Suicide bomber kills at least nine in Baghdad

Iraqi security forces gather at the site of a suicide bomb blast in Baghdad al-Jadida.

A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest in a predominately Shiite Muslim district of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least nine people and wounding 30, police and medical sources said. The blast targeted a commercial street in the eastern Baghdad

Egypt detains owner of capsized migrant ship

An Egyptian man reacts upon the arrival of a body along the shore in the Egyptian port city of Rosetta.

Egyptian police on Monday detained the owner of a vessel that capsized in the Mediterranean last week drowning at least 168 migrants, a security official said. Up to 450 migrants may have been on board the fishing boat when it

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