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: March 2, 2017

Toward the rising sun

Turki AlDakhil

By : Turki Aldakhil Asia is the biggest continent where more than one third of the world population lives. The continent’s population has quadrupled during the 20th century. The strange irony is that some geographers only consider Europe – which

How Trump plans to ‘knock the hell out of Daesh’

Joyce Karam

By : Joyce Karam While former US President Barack Obama came to office in 2009 pledging to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, his successor Donald Trump has embraced more aggressive rhetoric, promising to “knock the hell out of”

Travel ban not a solution to terror threat

Harun Yahya

By : Harun Yahya President Trump concentrated his pre-electoral promises and statements on certain key topics. The most prominent ones among these topics were the issues about immigrants, war on radicalism and new international economic measures aimed at protecting the

Significance of King Salman’s historic visit to Asia

Dr. Theodore Karasik

By : Dr. Theodore Karasik Saudi King Salman Abdulaziz’s tour of Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Japan, China and the Maldives, followed by a stop in Jordan before returning to the Kingdom, is full of thematically importance. While these Asian states as

Trump and the Russians

Hussein Shobokshi

By : Hussein Shobokshi To many observers of the American affairs, the resignation of US national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, following the revelation of his connection with Russian officials, did not come as a big surprise, rather it was

Trump vows to ‘extinguish’ ISIS, protect US from ‘radical Islamic terrorism’

Heralding a “new chapter of American greatness,” President Donald Trump stood before Congress for the first time Tuesday night and issued a broad call for overhauling the nation’s health care system, significantly boosting military spending and plunging $1 trillion into

US couple who terrorized black child’s party sentenced to decades in jail

A US judge jailed a couple on Monday for terrorizing a black child’s birthday party, carrying Confederate flags, and shouting racial slurs and threats, US media reported. The incident happened on July 25, 2015 where Kayla Rae Norton, 25, and

US officials: Iraq to be lifted off US travel ban

US officials say President Donald Trump’s new immigration order will remove Iraq from the list of countries whose citizens face a temporary US travel ban. Four officials say the administration’s decision follows pressure from the Pentagon and State Department. They

Russia, Syria bombed US-backed fighters in Syria

Russian and Syrian aircraft bombed positions held by the US-backed Syrian Arab Coalition near the Syrian town of al Bab on Tuesday, inflicting casualties, the top US commander in Iraq said on Wednesday. “Yesterday, we had some Russian aircraft and

Sisi defends anti-ISIS fight after Copts flee Sinai

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has defended his country’s fight against the ISIS group, after dozens of Christian families fled the Sinai Peninsula following a string of jihadist attacks. An ISIS affiliate waging an insurgency in the Sinai last week

King Salman holds bilateral talks with Indonesia’s president

King Salman held talks with Indonesia’s president on Wednesday and signed a range of cooperation agreements at the beginning of a 12-day visit to the world’s largest Muslim-majority country. King Salman and Indonesian President Joko Widodo oversaw, among 11 pacts,

Pervez Musharraf: I see Donald Trump as an agent of change

I generally see things optimistically and, whatever his personal qualities, I see him [Donald Trump] as an agent of change, Former President of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf, has said. In an exclusive interview to Al Arabiya English – conducted on

Iraqi army controls main roads out of Mosul, trapping ISIS

US-backed Iraqi army units on Wednesday took control of the last major road out of western Mosul that had been in ISIS’s hands, a general and residents there said, trapping the militants in a dwindling area within the city. The

Official: Yemen raid yields data on al-Qaida explosives

US special operations forces gathered valuable intelligence on the al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen in a raid last month, including data on the explosives they’re manufacturing and the types of threats they’re developing, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday. President Donald

Saudi King Salman lands in Jakarta as part of month-long trip to Asia

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Wednesday landed at a military airbase in the capital of Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, to kick off the longest leg of a month-long trip across Asia. The visit is the first by a

Houthi leader killed in coalition airstrike

A senior officer of the Houthi militia, Yahya al-Eryani and five of his bodyguards were killed in an Arab coalition air raid in Yemen on Wednesday. The airstrike struck his car in the southern Khalid ibn al-Walid camp east of

UK judge slams Tunisian police over beach massacre

A British coroner says the Tunisian police response to a deadly gun attack on the beach resort of Sousse was “at best shambolic, at worst cowardly”. Judge Nicholas Lorraine-Smith is delivering his findings Tuesday at an inquest into the deaths

Houthis block UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien access to Taiz

Reports suggest Houthi militias have blocked UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien’s motorcade access to besieged areas of Taiz. O’Brien and his entourage were scheduled to visit Taiz, which has been besieged by Houthi militias and forces belonging to the ousted

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