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 12, 2017

Why weren’t Saudis banned from entering America?

Turki AlDakhil

By : Turki Al-dakhil The US travel ban has led enemies and rivals to ask why the Saudis were not included on the list of the seven countries which Donald Trump banned their citizens from entering the US. This question

A new American strategy in the Middle East

Raghida Dergham

By : Raghida Dergham The reversal of the policies of US former President Barack Obama, which had acquiesced too much of Iran’s nuclear, regional and internal priorities, has begun in earnest. The Trump administration has initiated a qualitative shift in

Jenadriyah festival showcases best of Arab heritage, culture

Mshari Al Thaydi

By : Mshari Al Thaydi The Jenadriyah festival is being held in the Saudi capital Riyadh for the 31st time. It is now more than a quarter of a century-old, loaded with interesting politics, culture and heritage. Late King Abdullah

British PM expresses her dismay in meeting with Netanyahu

Yossi Mekelberg

By : Yossi Mekelberg The Israeli Prime Minister arrived last week to meet his British counterpart Theresa May with a clear agenda of addressing certain issues, while making the utmost effort to sweep any discussion of Jewish settlement expansion in

Trump ‘backs Japan 100%’ after N. Korea missile

US President Donald Trump said late on Saturday that the United States stands fully behind Japan in the aftermath of North Korea’s latest missile launch. “I just want everybody to understand, and fully know, that the United States of America

Lebanese Islamist group under fire for commemorating Iranian revolution

Lebanese party Al-Jamaa al-Islamiya has come under fire after participating in Thursday’s ceremony commemorating the Iranian revolution at the Iranian embassy in Beirut. The group was criticized because it has attended the event although it had voiced its support for

Tehran claims holding eight foreigners planning attacks

Iranian security forces have arrested eight Sunnis suspected of planning attacks to disrupt celebrations for Iran’s revolution in the past week, Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said on Saturday. Alavi said the eight were “Takfiri” foreigners, some of whom were linked

Terror suspects held in Jeddah, Madinah

More than 10 terror suspects were arrested in simultaneous security raids in Jeddah and Madinah on Saturday morning, Sabq online news reported. Several weapons, including guns and knives, were seized from them. The security agencies conducted raids on a number

Iraqi Airways plane evacuated in Jeddah after wheel fire

Hundreds of passengers were evacuated safely from an Iraqi Airways plane on Saturday after a wheel caught fire on landing at King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah. Emergency crews evacuated 356 passengers “in record time without any casualties,” SPA

Asylum seekers fleeing US brave snow, extreme cold

Farhan Ahmed hoped to find refuge in the US after fleeing death threats in Somalia, but fear over a US crackdown on immigration sent him on another perilous journey — to Canada. The 36-year-old was among nearly two dozen asylum

Power outages bring Iranian city of Ahwaz to a halt

Recurrent electricity cuts in the predominantly Arab region of Iran’s Khuzestan has paralyzed life in its capital city of Ahwaz. Despite producing 35 percent of the country’s water and electric energy, the oil and gas-rich province has struggled with water

UN chief to hold talks with top Saudi officials today

As part of his Middle East tour, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres arrived in Riyadh on Saturday to hold talks with top Saudi officials, including King Salman, on key regional and international issues. This is the first visit of UN chief

Rockets hit Iraq’s Green Zone after deadly protest

At least seven people were killed during protests in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone area that houses most of Iraq’s key institutions and main embassies. Governor of Baghdad city confirmed at least five of those in the death toll were

Myanmar jade mine landslide kills 9: Official

A landslide in northern Myanmar’s jade mining region has killed 9 people, a local official said Saturday, the latest fatal incident to strike the shadowy billion-dollar industry. The men were believed to be searching for jade in Kachin state when

Turkey confirms constitutional referendum on April 16

Turkey’s election board officially confirmed Saturday that a referendum on constitutional changes that would expand President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers will take place on April 16. High Election Board head Sadi Guven said in a televised speech that the date

ISIS fighter is first Australian stripped of citizenship

Australian ISIS fighter Khaled Sharrouf has become the country’s first dual nationality individual to be stripped of Australian citizenship under anti-terrorism laws, the Australian newspaper said on Saturday. Australia, a staunch ally of the United States and its battle against

Saudi Arabia to use air balloon to monitor borders

Saudi Arabia has completed its first test launch of an air balloon designed to aid armed forces in monitoring the kingdom’s borders. The launch was carried out by the Prince Sultan Advanced Technical Research Institute. The balloon is equipped with

Test for Prime Minister Modi as India’s biggest state votes

Voting got underway on Saturday in India’s most populous state Uttar Pradesh in a contest seen as a key test for Narendra Modi halfway into his first term as prime minister. Uttar Pradesh is home to over 200 million people

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