Cabinet welcomes Saudi-Bahrain Coordinating Council

:: The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday thanked foreign leaders, officials, envoys and citizens for their condolences on the death of Prince Bandar bin Abdul Aziz, brother of King Salman. Chaired by the More »

Khalid bin Salman: Capture of ISIS leader shows commitment to eradicate terror

:: The capture of ISIS’ leader, Abu Osama al-Muhajir, in Yemen is just the latest example of our commitment to eradicating the scourge of terrorism, Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid More »

Iran foreign minister accuses US’ Bolton of plotting for war

:: Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused US National Security Adviser John Bolton of plotting for war against Iran in a tweet on Tuesday. “Wanna know why those with proven record More »

Saudi Crown Prince departs for Asia trip including South Korea, Japan

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has departed on a trip to South Korea and Japan, where he will lead the Kingdom’s delegation to the G20 summit in Osaka, the More »

King Salman promotes, appoints 38 judges at various levels

:: King Salman issued a royal order on Monday promoting 38 judges at the Ministry of Justice at various ranks. The Kingdom is taking measures to revolutionize its judicial system. Recently, the More »


Daily Archives: August 20, 2014

Palestinian president due in Doha to meet Emir and Hamas leader

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will meet the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, and exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in Doha on Wednesday to discuss the conflict in Gaza and more aid for Palestinians, diplomatic sources told Reuters.

Iran’s parliament votes out moderate minister

Iranian lawmakers dismissed the country’s science minister on Wednesday over his alleged support for pro-Western voices at universities, dealing a blow to moderate President Hassan Rouhani. The no-confidence vote against Science, Research and Technology Minister Reza Faraji Dana is a

Media failure: Is it technology or freedom?

By: Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi A remarkable journalist once said it perfectly. “You are the ones who have let readers down,” he said as he stood up between the thousands of journalists attending the international press conference just like himself. The

Is Iraq’s Haidar al-Abadi another sectarian leader?

By: Abdulrahman al-Rashed This is what many social media posts claimed as they dug into Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Haidar al-Abadi’s past, posting videos, statements and photos of him claiming they represent his orientations and ideas and calling on many to

Parallel politics in Pakistan

By: Mahir Ali It might have made slightly more sense had the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) announced the resignation of its elected representatives from all assemblies but one before Imran Khan embarked on his motorized azadi (freedom) march last Thursday. It

Bangsamoro law: Mission possible?

By: Susan V. Ople The much-awaited draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law may finally see the light of day after the Bangsamoro Transition Commission submits its second version to the Office of the President this week. Missed deadlines and a

Tough task of salvaging Iraq

By: Osama Al Sharif The almost impossible task of salvaging Iraq has begun along two distinct, but interconnected, courses: Political and military. Last week’s decision by former Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki to withdraw his candidacy for a third term as

British media reacts to James Foley alleged executioner’s accent

The man who reportedly killed U.S. photojournalist James Foley in a video released by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has been reported by a number of British media outlets to have a British accent. “If the British-accented

Patient isolated in California hospital for Ebola testing

A patient who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus has been put in isolation at a hospital in Sacramento, California, health group Kaiser Permanente announced Tuesday. “We are working with the Sacramento County Division of Public Health regarding

Hollande: ‘We need a global strategy to fight ISIS’

French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday he would arrange a conference next month on the threat posed by fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Iraq, describing the current international situation as the most serious since

Tiger carries away woman in eastern India

Officials say a tiger snatched a woman and disappeared into the surrounding mangrove forest in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal. Forest official Nabin Chandra Bahunguna says the woman, her husband and a boat driver were trying to catch

Kurdish ministers rejoin Iraqi government

Kurdish ministers who withdrew from meetings of the government of outgoing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki have rejoined the administration, Iraq’s outgoing foreign minister told Reuters on Wednesday. “I am back in Baghdad as foreign minister,” Hoshiyar Zebari, who is Kurdish,

HRW says Iran is imprisoning dozens unlawfully

Human Rights Watch on Tuesday urged authorities in Iran to release immediately and unconditionally dozens of prisoners jailed in a northern city “for exercising their basic rights”. In a lengthy report, the New York-based body studied the cases of 189

New office to oversee Haj-related activities

The Haj Ministry has approved a new management office aimed at monitoring Haj-related programs and arrangements more effectively. The “strategic initiative management office” (SIMO) was approved on Sunday. Haj Minister Bandar Hajjar stressed the importance of promoting teamwork, cooperation, partnership

JCCI bridges gap between courts and businessmen

A delegation from Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) visited the headquarters of General Court in Jeddah. The delegation consisting of Vice Chairman of JCCI Ziyad bin Bassam Al-Bassam, acting Secretary General Hassan bin Ibrahim Dahlan, and Director of

Holmstrom named as new US CG in Jeddah

New US Consul-General Todd Holmstrom arrived in Jeddah on Aug. 6 to assume his post. Prior to his appointment, Holmstrom served as deputy chief of mission in N’Djamena, Chad, from 2011 to 2013. From 2005 to August 2008, Holmstrom spent

Saudi gives WHO $50m for humanitarian aid in Iraq

Saudi Arabia has provided the World Health Organization (WHO) with a $50-million grant for humanitarian relief to Iraqis affected by the ongoing conflict in their country. The WHO support would help expand access to health services with projects to be

Saudia staff urged to improve services

A leading Saudi Arabian Airlines official has urged Saudia executives and field workers at King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA), as well as other employees in maintenance and ground operations, to double up their efforts in improving services to passengers. Saleh

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