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 13, 2017

Donald Trump’s train wreck

Hisham Melhem

By : Hisham Melhem Donald Trump’s train slicing through time at breakneck speed was finally derailed after 18 dizzying months of a wild ride, when the supposedly unstoppable force met the only immovable object in its path; the American judicial

Does Trump’s rhetoric serve Iran’s purpose?

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman al-Rashed A recent piece published by The Economist is entitled: “Donald Trump is helping Iran’s radicals.” It cites the Iranian Supreme Leader’s statement: “Thank you, Mr. Trump, for showing the true face of America,” adding that Mohammad

Germany rules out attack in Hamburg airport closure

German authorities said on Sunday the leak of a corrosive substance through the air conditioning system at Hamburg airport was not an attack, adding that police were investigating the incident that forced the brief closure of the facility. Firefighters and

‘Islamophobia’ fueling terrorism: UN chief

“Islamophobia” in parts of the world is fueling terrorism, the head of the United Nations said on a visit to Saudi Arabia Sunday, as anti-immigrant sentiment rises in some countries. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made the comment to reporters after

UN secretary-general visits KSRelief

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and his entourage on Sunday visited the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) in Riyadh, and met with the adviser to the Royal Court and general supervisor of the center, Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah. Guterres

ISIS leader severely wounded, reports claim

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been severely wounded in air strikes targeting ISIS strongholds near the Syrian border, an Iraqi security expert said. In a Facebook post, security expert Fadel Abu Raqif says intelligence information confirms that Al-Baghdadi was

Sheikh Mohammed: GCC under King Salman’s guidance will positively benefit all Arabs

Sheikh Mohammed with King Salman.

UAE Prime Minister and ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum believes the GCC under the leadership of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud will play a positive role on both Arab and regional levels. “GCC achievements over the

Be vigilant: King

In view of the challenges facing the Kingdom, it is the need of the hour to be vigilant and alert, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman told Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir, Foreign Ministry’s senior officials and

‘Loaves’ church in Israel reopens 20 months after Jewish arson

The church in northern Israel where Christians believe Jesus performed the miracle of the loaves and fishes reopened on Sunday, 20 months after an arson attack by Jewish extremists. Two rooms of the church complex in Tabgha on the Sea

UN sec gen says Saudi ‘pillar of stability’ in region

The United Nations’ Secretary General has told a press conference in Riyadh that Saudi Arabia is the ‘pillar of stability in the region’. Speaking at a joint conference with the kingdom’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, Antonio Guterres told journalists: “Saudi’s

Saudi social media users break silence on violence against women

Saudi women found an innovative way to break their silence and expose stories of harassment, rape and physical abuse they face often on a daily basis. The hashtag #Break_Your_Silence_Speak_Up went viral among Saudi women who started sharing their bitter stories

King Salman receives UN Secretary General

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received at Al-Yamamah Palace the Secretary-General of United Nations Antonio Guterres. The King congratulated Guterres on assuming his new job, wishing him all success, while the Secretary General of the United Nations expressed his

Somaliland agrees to UAE military base in northern port

Somalia’s breakaway northern territory of Somaliland has said the UAE can establish a military base in its territory. The UAE government in January submitted a formal application seeking permission from the Somaliland government to open a military base in the

Mob lynches Afghan couple for eloping, in ‘honor killing’

An angry mob lynched a young Afghan couple who had eloped together after storming a police station where they were being held for “immoral acts”, officials said Sunday, the latest so-called honor killing in the country. Fateha, an 18-year-old woman

Shiite tension mounts in Baghdad after clashes

Tension between Iraq’s Shiite leaders mounted on Sunday as the toll from protests in central Baghdad on Saturday increased to six killed, five demonstrators loyal to the fiery cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and one policeman. At least 174 other protesters were

Amnesty to Assad: ‘Reveal the truth about executions’

Amnesty International responded on Monday to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s dismissal of the recent report published by the organization on the mass hangings and executions at Syria’s Seydnaya military prison. “In his interview [with Yahoo News] President Bashar al-Assad repeatedly

Heartbroken UN chief seeks Yemen talks ‘resurrection’

A heartbroken United Nations chief on Sunday called for the “resurrection” of peace talks between Yemen’s warring sides to end the suffering of civilians. Thousands of people have died in Yemen and millions are struggling to feed themselves almost two

Houthi militias attack doctors protesting in Sanaa

Houthi militia besieged al-Thawra Hospital in Sanaa and attacked some of the doctors while they were protesting to demand their salaries, which the militia looted five months ago. According to medical sources, dozens of militiamen besieged the hospital, backed by

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