Saudi attorney general says authorities closely monitoring Jeddah floods

:: Saudi Attorney General Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb issued directives to the head of the Public Prosecution Branch in the Mecca region and the head of the Department of Jeddah province and all More »

Saudi Arabia backs Arab League stance to check Iranian interference

:: The Cabinet, chaired by King Salman, on Tuesday reaffirmed the statement issued by the emergency meeting of the Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo and their condemnation of all terror acts More »

Saudi Arabia steps up oil diplomacy ahead of OPEC meeting

:: Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih and his staff are busy these days. The minister and some of his aides are in continuous talks with global producers to convince them to attend More »

Yemeni vice president warns against Houthi backstabbing

:: The Yemeni Vice President General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar has reaffirmed that the “Houthi party represents Iran’s claws in Yemen, the Arabian Peninsula and the region.” Ahmar also said that Yemenis cannot More »

Saudi crown prince donates SR12 million to support charitable societies in southern region

:: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has donated SR12 million from his own account to charitable societies in the southern region of the Kingdom to supplement the support already being provided to More »


Monthly Archives: January 2017

The heresy called cinema

Turki AlDakhil

By : Turki Aldakhil Some call the talk of cinema in Saudi Arabia as strange as it is impossible for them to imagine the presence of this form of art in our country. However, history actually contradicts this perception. Dr

Telephone diplomacy between King Salman, President Trump

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman al-Rashed Some inciting voices have condemned not including Saudi Arabia in the recent American travel ban list. American President Donald Trump did not categorize Saudis as terrorists and did not ban them from entering the country. Above

How do we eliminate ‘traffic terrorism’

Mshari Al Thaydi

By : Mshari Al Thaydi An infuriating and stubborn threat exists today that is as lethal and harmful to peace as and wellbeing as the terrorism attributed to extremist groups. Yes, that would be “traffic terrorism” that exists in more

Trump fires acting attorney general who defied him

US President Donald Trump on Monday fired the acting attorney general, a holdover from the Obama administration, after she ordered Justice Department attorneys not to defend his controversial executive order on immigration. “The acting attorney general, Sally Yates, has betrayed

Brussels bombing suspect Abrini charged over Paris attacks

Mohamed Abrini

Mohamed Abrini, the “man in the hat” bombing suspect caught on camera during the Brussels airport attack, has been charged in France over the November 2015 jihadist massacres in Paris, his lawyers said Monday. Belgium handed Abrini over to the

Putin’s phone call with Trump display of mutual respect

Donald Trump

The phone call between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday was a display of mutual respect between the two men, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday. In the call, their first conversation since

Iraq parliament appoints new defense and interior ministers

The world’s largest body of Islamic nations said on Monday that it has “grave concern” over US President Donald Trump banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries, warning such moves would only embolden extremists. The 90-day ban, imposed on Friday, affects

Syrian rebels set to leave Wadi Barada for Idlib

Syrian armed opposition fighters have begun preparation to leave with their relatives Wadi Barada and head to northern Syria, as part of an agreement between militant factions and regime forces. Video footage obtained by Reuters shows about 20 buses in

Riyadh condemns Israeli settlements

The Saudi Cabinet has condemned a move by Israel to approve new settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. The announcement last week of 2,500 new housing units in the West Bank marked one of the largest such construction drives in

Pan-Islamic body: US ban emboldens extremists

The world’s largest body of Islamic nations said on Monday that it has “grave concern” over US President Donald Trump banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries, warning such moves would only embolden extremists. The 90-day ban, imposed on Friday, affects

Saudi Cabinet approves VAT measure

King Salman

The Saudi Cabinet approved on Monday the Unified Agreement for Value Added Tax, which will be implemented throughout the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) starting next year. In a session chaired by King Salman at the Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh, the

France’s scandal-hit Fillon: ‘Leave my wife out’ of election

French presidential hopeful Francois Fillon on Sunday hit back at allegations he paid his wife 500,000 euros ($540,000) for a suspected fake job, telling a packed rally his critics should “leave my wife out” of the election. “If someone wants

Two killed after Houthis attack Saudi warship

A Saudi frigate warship has come under a terrorist attack by three suicide boats belonging to Houthi militias while it was on patrol west of Yemen’s Hodeida port. The command of the coalition to support legitimacy in Yemen confirmed the

Fires erupt in refinery, oil field in Iran

Three fires have broken out in refineries and an oil field in Iran in the past week. The blazes were at Abadan refinery in southwest Iran in Ahvaz, a refinery in Tehran and in an oil field, southwest of the

Trump clarifies travel ban policy amid uproar

United States President Donald Trump has officially commented on his latest executive order to temporary ban people from seven Muslim-majority countries amid mass protests across airports in the country. Trump defended the order saying it was not intended to ban

Houthis target UN building in Saudi Arabia

Houthi militias targeted a United Nations building in the southern province of Asir, near Yemen’s border, News Agency reported. Pictures show the front of the build destroyed and glass shattered on the floor, with the reception area wrecked. A rocket,

Saudi Public Investment Fund to be world leader

The publically owned Saudi Public Investment Fund is looking set to become one of the world’s most powerful sovereign funds after a sudden burst deal making, UK daily the Financial Times has reported. The previously little known and generally inactive

Palestinian Authority urges quick ICC ruling on settlements

The Palestinian Authority has urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) to speed up rulings on key issues including Israeli settlements, an official has told Arab News. The authority asked ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to expedite rulings on three Palestinian

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