Investment, security to top agenda during Saudi Crown Prince India visit

Investment, security to top agenda during Saudi Crown Prince India visit

:: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is set to arrive in India on Tuesday as part of his Asian tour, which kick started in Pakistan and will end in China at More »

Public Prosecution to handle customs probes in Saudi Arabia

Public Prosecution to handle customs probes in Saudi Arabia

:: King Salman on Tuesday issued a royal decree to transfer investigations and prosecutions of customs cases to the Public Prosecution, instead of the General Customs Authority, within a period not exceeding More »

King Salman receives officials from anti-corruption agencies

King Salman receives officials from anti-corruption agencies

:: Senior officials from different government monitoring and anti-corruption agencies called on King Salman at his palace in Riyadh on Monday. The king stressed the need for fighting graft and the importance More »

Port paves way for ‘new era of economic affluence’ in Saudi Arabia

Port paves way for ‘new era of economic affluence’ in Saudi Arabia

:: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (center) at the launch of the King Abdullah Port on Monday. King Abdullah Port, the fastest-growing container port in the world, is considered a major success More »

Saudi anti-corruption crackdown recovers $106 billion in assets

Saudi anti-corruption crackdown recovers $106 billion in assets

:: Saudi investigators have recovered assets worth more than $106 billion in an anti-corruption crackdown ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the royal court said on Wednesday. The funds are in More »


Daily Archives: November 18, 2015

US-China rivalry, Paris attack domiante Manila summit

Tensions with China and the Paris attacks could upstage trade issues at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, being held under extra-heavy security in the Philippine capital this week. President Barack Obama and the leaders of China, Japan, Mexico and

Tunisia says it prevented major Islamist attack this month

Tunisia has arrested a cell of 17 Islamist militants and prevented a major assault on hotels and security forces in the resort town of Sousse planned for this month, a senior government official told Reuters on Tuesday. Sousse was the

France gets EU support after calling for anti-ISIS coalition

European Union defence ministers on Tuesday unanimously backed France’s request for help with military missions in the wake of the Paris attacks, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said. On Monday, France’s President Francois Hollande called on the United States

German diplomat takes over as U.N. envoy to Libya

Veteran German diplomat Martin Kobler will take over from Bernardino Leon of Spain as the top United Nations envoy to Libya on Tuesday, the U.N. press office said. “The leadership transition comes at a critical time for Libya,” it said

Study: ‘Unprecedented’ rise in deaths from ‘terrorism’

The number of people killed globally in terrorist attacks jumped 80 percent last year to the highest level ever recorded, the Institute for Economics and Peace said Tuesday. The Global Terrorism Index found that 32,658 people were killed by terrorists

Tunisia arrests seven women over ISIS propaganda

Seven women have been arrested in Tunisia for posting propaganda on the Internet on behalf of the country’s branch of the Islamic State militant group, the interior ministry announced Monday. It said the women had confessed to “activities within the

German police chief plays down security threat from refugees

There is no sign that Islamist militants posing as refugees have entered Germany to commit an attack, the head of the German police said, responding to concerns following the attacks in Paris that an open-door refugee policy poses a security

Iran army exercise simulates response to ISIS attack

Iran’s army conducted exercises Tuesday close to its border with Afghanistan designed to simulate how it would respond if “terrorist groups” such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) organization mounted an attack. The operation in the northeastern

Britain to hire 1,900 more spies to defend against ISIS militants

Britain will boost its intelligence agency staff by 15 percent and more than double spending on aviation security to defend against militants plotting attacks from Syria, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday. Britain said it had decided to bolster

Russia targets Raqqa, U.S. strikes more ISIS oil facilities

Russia maybe have used cruise missiles to target Islamist militants’ stronghold in Syria on Tuesday and U.S.-led military coalition staged 23 air strikes against jihadists in Syria and Iraq. A U.S. defense official said Russia is waging a significant number

Belgium urges EU intel sharing after Paris attacks

Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders called in an interview with AFP on Monday for intelligence sharing in Europe to be strengthened in the wake of the Paris attacks. At least 129 people were killed in Friday’s gun and suicide attacks

Kerry says Syria could be ‘weeks away’ from ‘big transition’

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that Syria could be weeks away from a “big transition,” following on from international talks in Vienna at the weekend. “We are weeks away conceivably from the possibility of a big transition

Kerry says ISIS feeling the pressure, losing ground

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is losing territory in the Middle East and the Western-backed coalition is making inroads against the group, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday. “The level of cooperation could not be

Iran’s Rowhani tells Hollande that ‘all our might’ needed to fight ISIS

It is of vital importance to fight Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) with “all our might”, Iranian President Hassan Rowhani told French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday, a day after Paris called for a grand coalition to destroy

Russia confirms bomb downed plane over Egypt

The Kremlin said for the first time on Tuesday that a bomb had ripped apart a Russian passenger jet over Egypt last month and promised to hunt down those responsible and intensify its air strikes on Islamist militants in Syria

Marriott buys Starwood Hotels for $12.2 billion

US-based Marriott International said that it has purchased Starwood for $12.2 billion, creating the world’s largest hotel chain bringing together such famous institutions as Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, W, Westin and Sheraton. The boards of directors of both companies unanimously approved the

1,776 drug smugglers arrested in 8 months, says Saudi Interior Ministry

Saudi authorities have seized 22.4 million amphetamine pills and arrested 1,776 drug smugglers during the last eight months of the past Hijri year, the Interior Ministry announced. Giving a breakdown of the latest statistics on its anti-drug trafficking operations, the

Obama, Australian PM discussed ramping up pressure on ISIS

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that he discussed with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull the need to ramp up pressure on Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the need for claimants to areas of the South

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