Arab League to hold emergency meeting on ‘Iran violations’ at Saudi request

:: The Arab League will hold an extraordinary meeting on Sunday at the request of Saudi Arabia to discuss “violations” committed by Iran in the region, according to a memorandum. Bahrain and More »

Saudi relief official: Yemeni ports controlled by legitimate forces are open

:: Supervisor General of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Rabeeah has confirmed that Yemeni ports under legitimate forces control are open for humanitarian aid to Yemen. Over More »

We founded Qatar, we will purge it and get it back, says Sheikh Sultan bin Suhaim

:: We established Qatar and must purge the country and “rescue it before it plunges into chaos and is manipulated by corrupt people,” Qatar’s Sheikh Sultan bin Suhaim has told a tribal More »

Palestinians reject ‘extortion’ in face of US move to close mission

:: The Palestinian foreign minister says the Palestinians will not give in to “extortion” after a US threat to close their diplomatic mission in Washington. In an interview on Palestine Radio on More »

Saudi officials to visit Pakistan this month

:: A delegation of 27 high-ranking officials from Saudi Arabia will visit Pakistan this month. Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf Saeed Ahmed Al-Maliki told News Agency on Saturday that a delegation representing More »


Daily Archives: February 22, 2017

Arab NATO versus the Iranian ‘Warsaw Pact’

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman al-Rashed Around 100 years of the region’s history is made up of changing camps and shifting alliances and what is being said about the idea of proposing an Arab quartet NATO will be another normal reaction against

Change or be changed and opportunity for Arab youth

Khaled Almaeena

By : Khaled Almaeena Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is one of the few Arab leaders who calls a spade a spade. He puts forward ideas that are relevant, not only to the present but to the future. Addressing

Road to Raqqa a tricky path for US-Turkey cooperation

Menekse Tokyay

By : Menekse Tokyay Turkish officials have recently been in close contact with their US counterparts, and a possible joint military operation in the Daesh stronghold of Raqqa is on the table. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Feb. 12

Top US officials to visit Mexico today for border talks

John Kelly

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly will meet this week in Mexico with President Enrique Pena Nieto, to discuss issues including border security amid frayed relations under new US President Donald Trump. In brief

Trump names H.R. McMaster as national security adviser

United States President Donald Trump has named US Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser on Monday, taking over the post left vacant after Michael Flynn’s resignation. Trump called McMaster, a career Army officer and prominent

Almost 1.4 million children face ‘imminent death:’ UN agency

The United Nations children’s agency is warning that almost 1.4 million children are at “imminent risk of death” as famine threatens parts of South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen. The UNICEF announcement comes a day after famine was declared in

Saudi Electricity Company signs pact with PCMC to reduce carbon emissions

The Saudi Electricity Co. (SEC) and the Petroleum, Chemicals and Mining Co. (PCMC), a subsidiary of the Saudi Binladin Group, have signed a partnership and cooperation agreement aimed at reducing carbon emissions. The deal, which is to be implemented via

Iraqi military says troops consolidate gains south of Mosul

Iraqi forces were consolidating their gains south of Mosul on Tuesday ahead of moving into the city’s ISIS-held western half, a military spokesperson said, as civilians fled along the front line to government-controlled areas. The remarks came on the third

Saudi-UAE Coordination Council Retreat kicks off in Abu Dhabi

A joint retreat between the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia is set to kick off in Abu Dhabi where over 150 government officials and a number of experts in the public and private sectors are also participating. The retreat

Turkish military: 44 ISIS militants killed in north Syria

Turkish forces and the US-led coalition have killed at least 44 ISIS extremists in northern Syria in the last 24 hours, Turkish news agency Anadolu reported. Land and air forces have stuck 109 ISIS targets, including shelters, as part of

Saudi King receives US Senator John McCain

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud received at al-Yamamah Palace on Tuesday a member of the United States Senate, Senator John McCain. During the meeting, they reviewed the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States, the Saudi Press

Le Pen refuses to wear headscarf to meet Lebanon’s Grand Mufti

Marine Le Pen, presidential candidate for France’s far-right National Front party, cancelled a meeting on Tuesday with Lebanon’s Grand Mufti after refusing to wear a headscarf for the encounter. “You can pass on my respects to the Grand Mufti, but

Russia names new envoy to Saudi Arabia

Oleg Ozerov

Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed Sergei Kozlov as his country’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, replacing the present envoy Oleg Ozerov on Monday. The present ambassador Ozerov was relieved of his post following a presidential decree issued in Moscow on

Iranian delegation to visit Riyadh to discuss hajj pilgrimage rift

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Ghasemi has told a press conference that “an Iranian delegation will visit Saudi capital of Riyadh this week to discuss prospects of hajj pilgrimage with Saudi officials; the visit is by an official invitation by

Prince Sultan bin Salman praises philanthropy for the disabled

Prince Sultan bin Salman

Prince Sultan bin Salman, co-founder and chairman of the board of trustees of the King Salman Center for Disability Research (KSCDR), said the center enjoys the patronage of a large clientele that is ready to assist a worthy cause. He

Syrian opposition slams Assad’s ‘bloody message’

Mohamed Aloush.

The Bashar al-Assad regime is sending a “bloody” message ahead of the Geneva talks by intensifying attacks against the opposition-controlled areas, Syrian opposition’s Higher Negotiations Council (HNC) said. According to the HNC, Assad’s regime forces have neither honored the agreed

Candidate vying to lead Indonesian capital denies pandering to Islamists

Anies Baswedan

A former education minister in Muslim-majority Indonesia facing a run-off vote against a Christian to be Jakarta governor, on Tuesday denied pandering to Islamists to win support and said he could unite the capital after a divisive election. Anies Baswedan

UN alarmed by upsurge in Syria fighting

Staffan de Mistura

The United Nations on Monday expressed alarm over escalating fighting in the Damascus area as the world body prepared to launch a new round of peace talks. UN officials have received reports of civilian deaths and injuries from shelling in

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