Anies Baswedan sworn in as new Jakarta governor

:: Former Education Minister Anies Baswedan and businessman-turned-politician Sandiaga Uno were sworn in Monday as the new governor and deputy governor of Jakarta at a ceremony held by President Joko Widodo at More »

Saudi Crown Prince meets with the commander of the Pakistani Army

:: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Pakistani Army Commander Lieutenant General Javed Bajwa on Monday. The meeting reviewed the bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, especially in the More »

King Salman stresses kingdom’s support for united Iraq in phone call to Abadi

:: Saudi King Salman held a telephone call Monday evening with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq, Dr. Haider al-Abadi, in which he stressed the Kingdom’s support for the unity More »

Dialogue best way to promote peace, security: Saudi Shoura chief

:: Shoura Council President Abdullah Al-Asheikh said that the Kingdom, under the leadership of King Salman, believes in dialogue as an effective means to achieve security, peace and prosperity. Al-Asheikh delivered his More »

Commercial courts to boost investment in Saudi Arabia

:: Justice Minister Walid Al-Samaani has officially launched the commercial courts after they had started to operate on Muharram 1 of this year. Al-Samaani, who is also the Supreme Judicial Council chairman, More »

 

Daily Archives: February 1, 2017

Can the region be home to the new Silicon Valley?

Yara al-Wazir

By : Yara al-Wazir The Middle East has the resource and potential to become home to the new Silicon Valley – what is getting in the way is not investors, entrepreneurs, or the lack of ambition, rather the legal pitfalls

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

How many expatriates will leave?

Mahmoud Ahmad

By : Mahmoud Ahmad I HAVE received many requests from my expat friends to highlight the issue of the fees to be imposed on expats from the first half of this year. Many are worried how the imposition of the

Has Trump’s seven nation ban been misunderstood?

Peter Harrison

By : Peter Harrison Every country has a right to defend its borders, but there has to be a better way than the approach Donald Trump has taken with his blanket ban of nationals from the seven listed countries. It

Trump picks conservative judge Gorsuch to shift Supreme Court balance

President Donald Trump nominated federal appellate judge Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court Tuesday, as the new Republican leader seeks to tilt the balance of the court back in the conservatives’ favor. In a prime-time address that was part

Obama weighs in on President Trump for first time since inauguration

Former US president Barack Obama expressed his objections Monday to any faith-based discrimination, in an apparent dig at his successor Donald Trump’s ban on nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries entering the country. “With regard to comparisons to president Obama’s foreign

Israel authorizes 3,000 West Bank settler homes

Israel announced Tuesday night the construction of 3,000 settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, the fourth such announcement in the less than two weeks since the inauguration of US President Donald Trump. “Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Prime Minister

Trump admin to allow 872 refugees this week

The US government has granted waivers to let 872 refugees into the country this week, despite President Donald Trump’s executive order on Friday temporarily banning entry of refugees from any country, according to an internal Department of Homeland Security document

Syrian militias see more US support for ISIS fight, plan new phase

The US-led coalition against ISIS has boosted support for its Syrian allies since President Donald Trump took office, supplying armored vehicles for the first time as they prepare to launch a new phase in their campaign for Raqqa, a spokesman

US defense secretary talks security with Saudi deputy crown prince

A telephone conversation took place on Tuesday between Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz and US Secretary of Defense James Mattis in which the two discussed mutual cooperation on security issues. During the call, the US Secretary

US envoy to UN slams Iran missile test

Iran’s test-firing of a medium-range ballistic missile is “absolutely unacceptable,” US Ambassador Nikki Haley said Tuesday following a closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council. The United States requested the urgent talks following the weekend missile launch, the first action

Arab coalition slams Houthi attack on warship

Arab coalition spokesman Ahmed Asiri slammed a Houthi attack on a Saudi warship earlier this week and said it was a dangerous indicator. “Launching attacks from the Hodeida port and targeting a Saudi warship is an act of sabotage and

German delegation, JCCI in talks to boost economic ties

Senior officials of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) on Tuesday received a high-level German delegation headed by Christian Wulff, former president of Germany and head of the Euro-Mediterranean Economic Cooperation Organization. The two sides discussed ways of

UN peace talks on Syria delayed until February 20

UN-led peace talks on Syria have been postponed until February 20, the UN special envoy told the Security Council on Tuesday, according to diplomats at the closed meeting. The talks in Geneva had been scheduled to begin on February 8

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince meets Japan’s former chief of staff

Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Japan’s former chief of staff and highest ranking admiral in the country’s Self-Defense Forces Katsutoshi Kawano at his office in Riyadh on Tuesday. During the meeting, bilateral relations were discussed, especially

Riyadh governor opens Alzheimer’s conference

On behalf of Prince Ahmad bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, honorary president of the Saudi Alzheimer’s Disease Association (SADA), Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar inaugurated the third International Alzheimer’s Conference at the headquarters of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology

Austrian coalition pledges face veil ban, curbs on foreign workers

Austria’s coalition government promised on Monday to ban Muslim face-covering veils and to restrict eastern European workers’ access to the labor market, in a package of policies aimed at countering the rise of the far-right Freedom Party. The anti-Islam Freedom

Palestinians sets delayed local elections for May 13

The Palestinian Authority said Tuesday that local elections delayed last October after a spat between political factions will now take place in the West Bank and Gaza on May 13. The Islamist Hamas movement which controls the Gaza Strip has

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