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 10, 2017

Japan, a nation that survives and thrives

Turki AlDakhil

By : Turki Al-dakhil “The whole of Japan is a pure invention. There is no such country, there are no such people.” This is how Irish playwright, author and poet Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) described this marvelous country, which imitated no

The Gulf states and anarchy in the Middle East

Dr. Ibrahim Al-Othaimin

By : Dr. Ibrahim Al-Othaimin Former US Secretary of State and National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger made an interesting remark in World Order: Reflections on the Character of Nations and the Course of History. The book addresses the conflict of

The king of Saudi Arabia’s Asia tour

John Defterios

By : John Defterios The size of Saudi King Salman’s entourage on his tour of Asia has been stealing the show, but there are big business and political priorities that are driving this month-long journey. Those priorities can be broken

Brexit and the unthinkable – ‘Frexit’ next?

Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady

By : Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady The UK’s Brexit vote and Trump’s election triumph took many pundits by surprise. As Europe faces several national elections, more surprises can no longer be discounted, especially on a possible French exit or Frexit,

A future of partnership and innovation between the Gulf and the UK

Amir Ramzan

By : Amir Ramzan News that 2016 was the hottest year on record, and that 2015 and 2014 recorded the previous highest temperatures, is alarming for the world, but particularly for those of us who live in the Gulf. Water,

Europe’s far-right parties and the future of European Muslims

Osama Al-Sharif

By : Osama Al-Sharif If polls are not to be trusted — which seems fair, especially after the polls wrongly predicted the outcome of the US presidential election and the Brexit vote last year — then the party of the

US to host 68-nation meeting on countering ISIS

Rex Tillerson

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will host a 68-nation meeting in Washington this month to discuss the next moves by the coalition fighting ISIS, a senior Trump administration official said on Thursday. An official announcement about the March 22-23

France’s Macron seen on top in first round presidential vote

Emmanuel Macron

Centrist Emmanuel Macron would come out ahead of far right leader Marine Le Pen in the first round of France’s presidential election before going on to win a runoff vote against her, a Harris Interactive poll showed on Thursday. Macron

Turkey’s Syria plans face setbacks as Kurds see more US support

Turkey has lost momentum in the war for northern Syria as the United States draws on Kurdish allies in the assault on ISIS-held Raqqa, but Ankara is still pressing Washington for a deal that allays its fears of Kurdish ascendancy.

Boris Johnson: Alternative to two-state solution is Israel apartheid

British foreign minister Boris Johnson has warned that the alternative to a two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an “apartheid system,” in an interview with an Israeli newspaper published Thursday. Johnson had a whistlestop 24-hour visit to Israel and

Saudi Arabia, New Zealand agree to exchange political consultations

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir and his New Zealand counterpart Murray McCully on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding in Riyadh for the two countries to exchange political consultations. The ministers also discussed bilateral relations, and regional and international developments.

US general says Russia deploys cruise missile, threatens NATO

Russia has deployed a land-based cruise missile that violates the “spirit and intent” of an arms control treaty and poses a threat to NATO, Vice Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Paul Selva said on Wednesday. It

Bodies and civilians trapped under rubble in Mosul streets

Iraqi forces announced on Thursday that they have liberated two neighborhoods west of Mosul. Abdul Amir Rashid Yarallah, the commander of the “We are Coming Nineveh” operations said that the counter terrorism forces have liberated al-Muallimin and al-Saylou neighborhoods. Special

US marines deploy artillery battery to Syria

The United States has sent a Marine Corps artillery battery into Syria to help defeat ISIS militants in Raqqa, a US official said Wednesday. The official said troops from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit had deployed a battery of 155mm

Death sentence for Egyptian who killed Coptic shopkeeper

A court in the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria sentenced a man to death after he stabbed a Coptic liquor store owner to death. During the court hearing, the defendant, Adel Aboul Nour Suleiman, admitted killing his Coptic “friend” outside

Suicide bomb blasts hit wedding near Iraq’s Tikrit

Iraq’s Defense Ministry says a twin suicide bombing targeting a village wedding north of Baghdad has killed at least 20 people. The ministry says two suicide bombers walked into the wedding party in al-Hajaj village, near the city of Tikrit,

UN envoy Ould Cheikh to propose new Yemen peace plan

Ismaiel Ould Cheikh.

Yemeni political sources have confirmed that UN special envoy Ismaiel Ould Cheikh is set re-open peace talks on Yemen by proposing a new peace plan. According to the sources, the plan involves four main quintessential points as follows: 1- Yemeni

‘We need to get Iran’ out of Syria, says US envoy to UN

The United States supports the UN-led Syria peace talks, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Wednesday, saying Syria could no longer be a “safe haven for terrorists” and that it was important “we get Iran and their proxies out.” Haley

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