Saudi Arabia’s FM Jubeir: Iran’s role in Lebanon, Syria and Yemen is a ‘major threat’

:: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said Tuesday Iran was the biggest source of danger in the region because of its role in Lebanon, Yemen and Syria. “Iran supplied the Houthis More »

Sisi vows to protect Egypt’s water supply

:: President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi vowed Monday to protect Egypt’s water supply while striving for peace with the Nile upstream countries of Sudan and Ethiopia, which is building a controversial dam. “Egypt More »

Palestinian Central Council calls for struggle against Israel “in all forms”

:: The Palestinian Central Council instructed the Executive Committee of the Palestinian Administration to suspend the recognition of the state of Israel on Monday. The Council furthermore announced its support for the More »

Sisi stresses Egypt’s ‘strategic relationship’ with Saudi Arabia

:: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday stressed the “strategic and discrete” nature of the Egyptian-Saudi relations. Sisi was speaking during a meeting in Cairo with Saudi Minister of Civil Service More »

Saudi King Salman orders new allowances to offset rising cost of living

:: Saudi King Salman issued a royal decree, on Friday, approving annual gratuity for Saudi civil and military personnel. Based on suggestions by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the decree was approved More »


Daily Archives: March 5, 2017

The objecting enclaves of Saudi Arabia

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman Al-Rashed The wave of protest on social media against Saudi Arabia’s modernization plan represents those that fear change. These uncontrolled objections do in fact highlight the credit due to the Saudi government — for its struggle to

Iran believes Trump is bluffing

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

By : Dr. Majid Rafizadeh When President Donald Trump assumed office, Iranian leaders were cautious about issuing critical announcements against the new American administration or the US. Even Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is known for his inflammatory

Trump’s ‘bromance’ with Putin appears to be cooling

Matt Spetalnick

By : Matt Spetalnick With his administration on the defensive over investigations into alleged Russian meddling in last year’s election, US President Donald Trump is no longer tweeting praise for his Kremlin counterpart. Less than five weeks after he took

Why Trump’s Congress speech heralds his makeover

Trisha de Borchgrave

By : Trisha de Borchgrave Trump’s speech to Congress on Tuesday was, on first impression, a welcome harbinger of a restrained and more presidential attitude. Unsurprisingly, the standing ovations were by members of the GOP majority, many of whom also

Trump alleges wire tapping by Obama during campaign

Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump on Saturday accused former president Barack Obama of wire tapping him in October during the late stages of the presidential election campaign, but offered no evidence to support the allegation. “How low has President Obama gone

US agents in aggressive sweep for unauthorized migrants

US immigration agents increasingly are detaining unauthorized migrants in or near places once considered “safe” like courthouses and churches, spreading panic among migrants and outrage among activists. Since taking office on an “America First” agenda, President Donald Trump has made

Amid firestorm, Trump appears to waiver on Russia deal

Donald Trump

Facing a new wave of questions about his ties to Russia, President Donald Trump is telling advisers and allies that he may shelve — at least temporarily — his plan to pursue a deal with Moscow on the Daesh group

Indonesia visit adds new dimension to bilateral ties

The landmark visit of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, has ushered in a new era of relations between the two countries, officials and commentators said. Mohamed Al-Khunaizi, a senior member of the Shoura

Yemen forces shoot down drone belonging to Houthi militias in east Sanaa

A drone belonging to Houthi militias has been shot down in Sanaa, sources from Yemen armed forces have announced. On a different front, Yemeni forces were able to find and destroy a weapons facility near Qarn Nehm mountain which included

Turkey’s Erdogan accuses Germany of ‘aiding and harboring terror’

Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday accused Germany of “aiding and harboring terror” and claimed a journalist who was detained this week on terror-related charges was a German agent. “They need to be put on trial for aiding and

Saudi-Bruneian ties ‘solid and distinguished’ as King Salman concludes visit

Historical relations between Saudi Arabia and the Sultanate of Brunei has been called “solid” as King Salman concluded his visit to Dar Al-Salam. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud and Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei Dar Al-Salam held constructive

Jordan hangs 15 death row prisoners, mostly terror convicts

Jordan hanged 15 death row prisoners at dawn on Saturday, Information Minister Mahmud al-Momani said. The executions were a further break with the moratorium on executions the country had observed between 2006 and 2014. Momani told the official Petra news

King Salman receives Indonesian president, religious leaders

King Salman received President Joko Widodo in the Indonesian capital on Friday. The king also met with top Islamic and religious leaders in Indonesia. King Salman expressed his happiness with the meeting, saying Indonesia enjoys political stability, economic growth, and

Libyan National Army loses control of major oil ports to armed faction

An armed faction entered two major Libyan oil ports on Friday, pushing back forces that captured and reopened the terminals in September, officials and residents said. The move risks increasing the fighting around the ports and casts new doubt over

Top Philippine officials fly to US carrier in disputed sea

The Philippine defense chief and two other Cabinet members on Saturday toured a US aircraft carrier patrolling the disputed South China Sea on the invitation of the Navy, US Embassy officials said. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez

Riyadh governor inaugurates Al-Dawadmi projects worth SR2.65bn

Faisal bin Bandar

Prince Faisal bin Bandar, governor of Riyadh, on Thursday inaugurated projects valued at SR2.65 billion during his visit to the province of Al-Dawadmi. A number of additional ongoing projects are valued at SR7.35 billion. The new and ongoing projects include

India child protection officers held in trafficking probe

Two child protection officers have been arrested for alleged links with a trafficking gang that ran illegal adoption centers in eastern India selling children to foreign couples, police said Saturday. Investigators said children aged between six months and 14 years

US launches 30 airstrikes in two days against al-Qaeda in Yemen

The United States carried out a second day of air strikes against al-Qaeda in Yemen on Friday, US officials said, in the latest sign of increasing US military focus on a group whose strength has grown during Yemen’s civil war.

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