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 6, 2017

The world according to Trump and his men

Hisham Melhem

By : Hisham Melhem With each passing day president Donald J. Trump and his close advisers continue to dismantle the scaffoldings of the post-war world order his Republican and Democratic predecessors have invested a lot of blood, sweat, treasure and

Has Trump triumphed over institutions?

Yahya al-Amir

By : Yahya al-Amir Things now seem to be happening through non-traditional sources, outside of institutions that defined the traditional path. The media no longer relies on institutions and the same applies to politics. This new wave of transformation started

Trump steps up attack on judge over travel ban

President Donald Trump on Sunday ramped up his criticism of a federal judge who blocked a travel ban on seven mainly Muslim nations and said courts were making US border security harder, intensifying the first major legal battle of his

US VP warns Iran not to test Trump administration

Days after the Trump administration imposed new sanctions on Iran, Vice President Mike Pence issued a stern warning to the country in an interview with ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos. “Iran would do well not to test the resolve

King Salman receives Janadriyah festival guests

King Salman

King Salman on Sunday received guests participating in the Janadriyah 31 cultural festival. The king welcomed writers, scholars, intellectuals and media professionals to the Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh. Many came to the Kingdom from their respective countries to take part

Russia, Turkey, Iran discuss Syria ceasefire implementation in Astana

Experts from Russia, Turkey, Iran and the United Nations have started a technical meeting in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana, to discuss in detail the implementation of the Syrian ceasefire agreement, Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday. “Representatives of Jordan are expected

Syrian army chips away at ISIS on several fronts

Syrian troops and allied militia on Sunday chipped away at territory held by ISIS militants on several fronts across the country, state media and a monitoring group said. Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have doubled down against ISIS in

Saudi Arabia, Pakistan defense ministers discuss bilateral ties

Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman al-Saud received Pakistan’s Minister of Defense Khawaja Mohammed Asif in Riyadh on Sunday. Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is also the kingdom’s second deputy premier and minister of defense, discussed means to

Turkey detains 400 ISIS suspects in nationwide raids

Turkish police on Sunday detained around 400 suspected members of ISIS in nationwide raids, including foreigners and those suspected of planning attacks, reports said. The operation around the country saw 150 suspects detained in Sanliurfa in the southeast, 60 in

Coup defeat a matter of time, says Yemeni VP

Ali Mohsen Saleh Al-Ahmar

Yemeni Vice President Lt. Gen. Ali Mohsen Saleh Al-Ahmar said the defeat of the coup in his country is just “a matter of time” given the progress made by the Saudi-led Arab coalition. “The legitimate Yemeni forces are in a

Libya halts more than 400 migrants bound for Europe

Libya’s coast guard said Saturday it intercepted more than 400 African migrants attempting to reach Europe, a day after EU leaders agreed on moves to curb mass migration from the country. General Ayoub Qassem, the coast guard spokesman, said 431

Saudi warship reaches Jeddah base following Houthi attack

Saudi Arabia’s navy warship ‘Al-Madinah’ has docked at the King Faisal Naval Base of the Western fleet in Jeddah after a terror attack last week by Houthi militias, while on patrolling duties monitoring the southern Red Sea. The frigate managed

Mass wedding of Yemenis who lost their limbs in war with Houthis

40 Yemeni amputees married in a mass wedding in Taiz in Yemen on Saturday. The amputees sustained their injuries during battles against Houthi militias and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Hundreds attended this wedding which was organized

Negotiations panel on Syria to meet in Riyadh today

Syrian High Negotiations Committee will hold a meeting in Riyadh on Sunday to discuss preparations for the meetings of Geneva 4, which is scheduled later in February. The announcement comes as Syrian opposition sources said it is working on the

Max Mosley ‘would have kept’ Bernie Ecclestone at F1 helm

Formula One’s new owners Liberty Media may have made a mistake in ousting commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone immediately after completing their takeover of the sport, according to former FIA president Max Mosley. Ecclestone, 86, was replaced by American Chase Carey

Uber chief quits Trump advisory group after uproar

Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick on Thursday quit US President Donald Trump’s business advisory group, as a movement grew to dump the ride-sharing service because of his connection to the new administration. Kalanick said in an email to Uber employees

Apple keeps lead in slumping global tablet market

Apple remains the leader in a global tablet computer market that has been in an extended slump for the past two years, according to surveys released Thursday. Tablet sales in the fourth quarter fell 20 percent from a year earlier

Oil edges further above $55 on Russia, OPEC cuts

Oil edged further above $55 a barrel on Wednesday supported by signs that Russia and OPEC producers are delivering on promised supply reductions, although a report showing a large rise in US crude inventories limited gains. Russia has cut production

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