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 27, 2017

The two Presidents: Nixon and Trump

Ahmad al-Farraj

By : Ahmad al-Farraj The charged atmosphere in the US these days, reminds us of the beginning of the 70s, when President Richard Nixon made the historic mistake of spying on the Democratic Party during the presidential elections of 1972.

After Mosul: Certainties and uncertainties

Amir Taheri

By : Amir Taheri As the battle for Mosul enters what looks like its decisive phase, Iraqi leaders face a number of certainties and uncertainties. The first certainty is that, in pure military terms, Daesh cannot maintain its hold on

Saudi delegation to Asia an opportunity to be part of new world order in trade

Frank Kane

By : Frank Kane The top-level Saudi Arabian delegation that will spend the next month touring some of the most important Asian economies is a straw in the wind of changing global trade patterns and a sign of the importance

US Treasury rekindles interest in rare century bond

Steven Mnuchin

The US has rekindled interest in ultra long-term debt, including possibly a rare century bond, to lock in the current very low borrowing rates. “I think it is something that we should seriously look at,” US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

Trump to skip WHCA dinner, a first in 36 years

Donald Trump

Donald Trump has ratcheted up his feud with the US media by announcing he will skip the annual correspondents’ dinner set for April 29, the first US president to do so in 36 years. By boycotting the event Trump breaks

US Democrats pick Perez as chairman to lead party against Trump

US Democrats elected former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as chairman on Saturday, choosing a veteran of the Obama administration to lead the daunting task of rebuilding the party and heading the opposition to Republican President Donald Trump. Members of the

28 hurt as car plows into parade crowd in New Orleans

A suspect is in custody after 28 people were injured Saturday when a vehicle plowed into a crowd watching the Krewe of Endymion parade in the Mid-City section of New Orleans, police said. Police Chief Michael Harrison said the suspect

Saudi King Salman in Malaysia: We stand fully behind Islamic causes

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud has said that his country stands behind Islamic causes across the world. “We confirm that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia stands with all its might behind the Islamic causes in general and we

Iran’s ex-president Ahmadinejad writes open letter to Trump

Iran’s ex-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad published Sunday an open letter to Donald Trump, welcoming his criticism of the US political system but taking issue with his visa ban and attitude to women. Many Iranians see the new US president as cut

Iraqi police commandos recapture new neighborhood in Mosul

A senior commander says Iraqi militarized police have captured a neighborhood on the western side of Mosul amid fierce clashes with ISIS militants. Maj. Gen. Haider al-Maturi of the Federal Police Commandos Division told The Associated Press that his troops

Iran begins navy drill off Strait of Hormuz

Iran’s navy has begun an annual drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, its first major exercise since the inauguration of US President Donald Trump. Iranian state television quoted navy chief Adm. Habibollah Sayyari on Sunday as saying the maneuver

King Salman arrives in Malaysia during month-long Asian tour

Malaysia welcomed Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Sunday for the start of a rare, month-long Asian tour, where the monarch will build ties and seek to draw more investments to the Gulf nation. The visit is the first by a

Bombings, air strikes in Syria rattle Geneva peace talks

A United Nations peace envoy said a militant attack in Syria on Saturday was a deliberate attempt to wreck peace talks in Geneva, while the warring sides traded blame and appeared no closer to actual negotiations. Suicide bombers stormed two

Kim Jong Nam died within 20 minutes of poisoning

Subramaniam Sathasivam

Malaysia’s health minister said Sunday that the dose of nerve agent given to North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un’s half brother was so high that it killed him “within 15-20 minutes.” Kim Jong Nam died Feb. 13 at Kuala Lumpur’s

Egypt annoyed as Britain continues suspension of flights

Egypt expressed frustration on Saturday at Britain’s refusal to lift a suspension of flights from the United Kingdom to the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh, imposed after Islamic State brought down a Russian airliner in 2015. The issue of

King Salman’s visit to add new dimension to Malaysia ties

King Salman

The historic visit today of King Salman to Malaysia will provide a new dimension to the ties between the Kingdom and Malaysia. The king’s Asia tour is expected to include Indonesia, Japan, China, Brunei, Jordan and the Maldives. Malaysian Prime

EU lawmakers, in unusual move, pull the plug on racist talk

With the specter of populism looming over a critical election year in Europe, the European Parliament has taken an unusual step to crack down on racism and hate speech in its own house. In an unprecedented move, lawmakers have granted

Saudi Arabia to witness major drive in tourist projects: Prince Sultan

Prince Sultan bin Salman

Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH), said the Kingdom will experience a major drive to offer tourism and heritage projects in 2017. Prince Sultan said at the 5th Forum of Tourist

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