Turning point in Sudan as Bashir supports new president to lead ruling party

:: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Thursday expressed his support for a leader of his ruling party for the presidency in the 2020 elections in a speech that was broadcast by local More »

Saudi Foreign Minister Jubeir says Hezbollah hijacked Lebanon

:: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Hezbollah is the root of the problem in Lebanon as it has hijacked the Lebanese system. During a joint press conference with his French counterpart More »

Tillerson says US considers individual sanctions for Myanmar

:: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that his country was deeply concerned by “credible reports” of atrocities committed by Myanmar’s security forces and called for an independent investigation into More »

Saudi Arabia part of solution to tackle climate change: Al-Falih

:: Saudi Oil Minister Khalid Al-Falih has said oil-exporting countries such as Saudi Arabia are an integral part of the solution to tackle the challenges of climate change and its adverse economic More »

Saudi Arabia concerned over female terrorism at universities, schools

:: The Cabinet on Tuesday highlighted the threat of female terrorism at universities and schools and stressed the need to prevent women from becoming involved in terrorist and extremist acts. King Salman More »


Daily Archives: March 4, 2017

A world of fear and hatred

Eyad Abu Shakra

By : Eyad Abu Shakra From the security meetings in Bonn, Munich and Baku, to the French and German elections, following Britain’s Brexit vote and Trump’s election, the world looks worried, anxious and different. Is it a crisis of priorities,

The conflicting discourse in Saudi Arabia

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman al-Rashed We can often spot on social media outlets a wave of refusal and protest against modernization, representing those that fear the winds of change. In fact, these uncontrolled objections give a big credit to the Saudi

EU parliament wants US citizens to get visas

Schengen border.

The European Parliament on Thursday said US citizens should have to get visas to visit the EU as long as Washington refuses to allow permit-free travel for five of the bloc’s countries. A non-binding resolution passed by a show of

Bush exhibits his portraits of veterans

George W. Bush

After putting down his executive pen former US President George W. Bush picked up a paint brush — and the hobby has become something of a career. An exhibition of his oil paintings depicting US military veterans opened on Thursday

US Vice President Pence used private email as Indiana governor

United States Vice President Mike Pence used a private email account for matters of public business as governor of Indiana, US media reported Thursday. Emails obtained by that state’s daily Indianapolis Star newspaper showed that Pence used the private account

Media outlets give different shapes to Sessions story

Jeff Sessions

Reports about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ two meetings with Russia’s US ambassador became a textbook illustration of the vastly different shapes a story takes in today’s media world. The story moved with lightning speed on Thursday across the media ecosphere,

Merkel: Tunisia agrees to take back 1,500 migrants

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday Tunisia had agreed to take back 1,500 rejected Tunisian migrants from Germany, after an attack by a Tunisian on a Christmas market in Berlin which killed 12 people. Merkel had told Tunisia she wanted

King Salman meets with Indonesian clerics

During a meeting with a number of Islamic figures in Indonesia, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz said that Islam is facing a campaign that seeks to undermine its values of moderation and tolerance. The monarch stressed that the Kingdom of

Moscow, NATO in first high-level military talks since freeze

Vladimir Putin.

Senior Russian and NATO military chiefs on Friday held their first phone talks since ties between the two sides collapsed over the crisis in Ukraine, the Defense Ministry in Moscow said. The chairman of the NATO Military Committee Petr Pavel

US judge orders Florida nightclub shooter’s widow to remain in jail

The widow of the gunman who killed 49 people at a nightclub in Florida must remain in jail after prosecutors argued that she was a threat to the community and a flight risk, a US judge on Thursday ordered. The

Syrian opposition accepts UN principles at end of peace talks

The Syrian opposition has provisionally accepted 12 principles given to delegates by the United Nations at the end of an eight-day round of peace talks, chief negotiator Nasr al-Hariri said. The general principles on the future of Syria were derived

Philippine Embassy thanks Riyadh governor for helping resolve OFW cases

Faisal bin Bandar

Consul General Iric Cruz Arribas of the Philippine Embassy expressed his thanks to Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar for helping resolve difficult issues involving Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). Arribas and other embassy officials, including Consul Christopher Patrick Aro and

UK PM May’s Brexit plan suffers setback in parliament

Britain’s upper house of parliament defeated Prime Minister Theresa May’s government on Wednesday, voting in favor of a change to her Brexit plan that says she can only trigger exit talks if she promises to protect the rights of EU

Less damage to ancient Palmyra than feared, Syrian antiquities chief says

Damage to the World Heritage site of Palymra by ISIS militants may be less than earlier believed, Syria’s antiquities chief said on Friday. Maamoun Abdulkarim told Reuters that video from Palmyra after it was recaptured by the Syrian army has

Saudi Arabia: Houthis using children in armed conflict

Saudi Arabia’s delegation to the United Nations held a press conference on Thursday that was attended by delegation from the Arab coalition. The press conference discussed the coalition’s efforts in Yemen and the seven truces violation broken by the Houthi

Italy coastguard says almost 1,000 migrants rescued off Libya

Some 970 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya on Thursday, Italy’s coastguard said, as the numbers attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe continue to rise. Even before Thursday’s arrivals, more than 13,400 people had arrived on Italy’s

Saudi Special Security Forces enhance preparedness with Watan 87

Special Security Forces are boosting their preparedness and performance levels through the second joint tactical training exercise, Watan 87, held at Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz City for Special Operations and Applications of Advanced Emergency Forces in Madinah. Security

Blame game continues at Geneva talks between opposition and regime

After the regime’s delegation agreed to discuss the constitution and the possibility of a political transition, optimism only lasted for a few hours before fading away in a wave of accusations between the two parties in Geneva. The last of

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