Saudi Crown Prince: Attacks are test of int’l resolve against destructive acts

Saudi Crown Prince: Attacks are test of int’l resolve against destructive acts

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Wednesday that the attacks on Saudi Aramco oil facilities are a test of international resolve in the face of destructive acts that More »

Saudi Crown Prince says attacks on oil facilities are a ‘dangerous escalation’

Saudi Crown Prince says attacks on oil facilities are a ‘dangerous escalation’

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said the recent attacks on Saudi Aramco facilities represented a “dangerous escalation not only toward the Kingdom but also the entire world.” The Crown More »

Makkah Governor to announce moderation award on Wednesday

Makkah Governor to announce moderation award on Wednesday

:: Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal will announce the winners of the 2019 moderation award at a press conference at King Abdul Aziz University on Wednesday. The award, in its third year, More »

Saudi Arabia wants global community to confront Aramco attackers

Saudi Arabia wants global community to confront Aramco attackers

:: The Cabinet on Tuesday strongly condemned the attacks on two Saudi Aramco facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais and reaffirmed the Kingdom’s ability to effectively deal with such attacks and their impact. More »

UAE’s FM Anwar Gargash says Aramco attacks are dangerous escalation

UAE’s FM Anwar Gargash says Aramco attacks are dangerous escalation

:: UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Tuesday that the Aramco attacks are a dangerous escalation. Justifying the terrorist attacks on the two oil facilities as a More »


Monthly Archives: December 2015

Chinese state TV fights for Xi’s right to rule via rap

Xi Jinping

China’s state television broadcaster has proved a poor match for rap giants Public Enemy, Snoop Dogg and Tupac, with Internet users on Wednesday slamming a cartoon video it released to get people revved up about government reform. Rapping about the

Nigeria president says ready to negotiate for release of Chibok girls

President Muhammadu Buhari.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said he had no new intelligence on some 200 schoolgirls kidnapped almost two years ago, and that his government would negotiate with any “credible” Boko Haram leadership for their release. A total of 276

‘Rat on a plane’ forces Air India flight to turn back

A “suspected rat sighting” in the cabin forced an Air India plane carrying more than 200 passengers to return to Mumbai almost three hours into a flight to London, the airline said Thursday. Air India said it had decided to

2015 winner in Middle East: U.S. arms exporters

Joyce Karam

By : Joyce Karam 46.6 billion U.S. dollars is the average estimate for arms sales from the United States to the world in 2015. Big chunk of those receipts have gone to the Middle East where four wars are simultaneously

Will Russia boost Mideast ties in 2016?

Maria Dubovikova

By : Maria Dubovikova The year 2015 was very controversial and ambiguous for Russia, particularly regarding its military and foreign policies. Its unprecedented involvement in the Middle East, and its engagement with the Muslim world, reflect fundamental changes in Russia’s

A much-needed thaw

Rajeev Sharma

By : Rajeev Sharma For six and a half decades, Pakistan has been ahead of India in playing mind games and coming up with out-of-the-box diplomatic and political initiatives. But since Narendra Modi became the Indian prime minister 19 months

Year 2015 in retrospect

Talal Alharbi

By : Talal Alharbi The New Year is just about to dawn on us. The clock is ticking and soon we will enter yet another year. The year 2015 proved to be a year riven by conflict and crisis. It

King Salman commends athletes for achievements

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on Wednesday praised Saudi athletes for their achievements at the second Gulf Cooperation Council Sport Games held earlier this year in Dammam. King Salman made the comments during a meeting at Al-Yamamah

U.S. preparing sanctions on Iran over missile tests

U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration is preparing new sanctions on international companies and individuals over Iran’s ballistic missile program, sources familiar with the situation said on Wednesday. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier that the potential sanctions would target about

Workshop tackles development of services and facilities for pilgrims

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal along with Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed chaired a workshop with the participation of 40 entities in development of services and facilities for pilgrims on Tuesday at the Hilton Hotel in Jeddah. Prince Khaled,

World preps for 2016 festivities amid global threats

As the world prepares to bid farewell to a tumultuous 2015, security forces have been making their own plans to thwart potential militant attacks taking place on the night. While most cities will go ahead with their plans to celebrate

PRC meeting pays rich tribute to Quaid-e-Azam

The Pakistan Repatriation Council organized a function here recently to mark the birth anniversary of Pakistan’s founder Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. The meeting adopted resolutions calling on the government of Pakistan to resolve the issue of Pakistanis stranded in Bangladesh

Two blasts hit Kurdish-controlled city in Syria

Twin suicide bomb blasts hit two restaurants in a Kurdish-controlled city in northeastern Syria on Wednesday, killing or wounding dozens of people, a Kurdish official and a group monitoring the war said. The explosions took place in Qamishli, near the

Shoura sets gift rules

The Shoura Council has decided on a number of organizational rules to determine how and when government officials can accept gifts offered to them on various official events and visits, according to a website. Article 2 of the organizational rules

Baghdad, Ankara bicker over Turkish troops in Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Wednesday that Turkey had not respected a commitment to withdraw its troops from northern Iraq. He reaffirmed, during a call to the Turkish prime ministers, that he refuses any military Turkish presence in

Dearth of talent hampers Modi’s plan to revamp cabinet

After a drubbing in a state poll in November, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to overhaul his cabinet to weed out underperformers and improve his government’s image. Problem is, several sources said, he can’t find the right replacements. As

Global growth will be disappointing in 2016 says IMF’s chief

Christine Lagarde

Global economic growth will be “disappointing” next year, the head of the International Monetary Fund said in a guest article for German newspaper Handelsblatt published on Wednesday. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said the prospect of rising interest rates in

Oman plans spending cuts, tax rises, petroleum price changes

Oman’s cabinet approved in principle a series of spending cuts and tax rises to cope with the damage to state finances from low oil prices, state news agency ONA reported on Wednesday. “The council of ministers approved a number of

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