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 11, 2017

Saudi economic growth looks set to beat pessimists’ forecasts

Frank Kane

By : Frank Kane There is a genuine debate going on about Saudi Arabia’s economic prospects this year, but the momentum is with the upside. That is the message from recent research based on the latest economic and financial data.

The two-sided problem of Muslims

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman al-Rashed It is not possible to disregard Muslims or ignore the importance of Islam as a widespread and influential religion. There are 1.5 billion Muslims spread around the world, and there are 57 countries with a Muslim

A defiant Iran pokes the world in the eye

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

By : Dr. Majid Rafizadeh It has become an alarming and dangerous pattern: Provocations by Iran against many nations in the region, as well as the UK, the US and its allies. On March 4, US officials said several Iranian

Liberating Mosul and Raqqa: The end of evil?

Maria Dubovikova

By : Maria Dubovikova Iraqi troops are advancing in Mosul, taking new districts from Daesh. The liberation of the city is entailing high civilian losses and a humanitarian crisis, the scale of which is yet to be evaluated. The psychological

‘Nightmare’ scenes as Guatemala children shelter fire kills 35

RA fire that raged in a home for abused children in Guatemala killed at least 35 people, mostly girls, and doctors on Thursday described their shock at the severity of the burns suffered by two dozen more hospitalized victims. “I’ve

Pentagon: Iran is the biggest security threat to the region’s stability

US CENTCOM commander Army Gen. Joseph Votel, asserted that Iran poses the greatest security threat in the whole Middle East. Votel told the Senate Armed Committee Thursday that Iran seeks to be the regional hegemon, pointing out to its clout

Five injured in axe attack at German station

German police said they had detained a man who attacked five people at Duesseldorf central train station with an axe on Thursday. A police spokesman said the suspected assailant had been taken into custody. One of those attacked was seriously

US-backed SDF says it can capture Syrian city of Raqqa

US-backed Syrian militias said on Thursday they have enough forces to capture the city of Raqqa from ISIS with support from the US-led coalition, underlining their opposition to any Turkish role in the attack. Raqqa is ISIS’s main base of

Houthi militia coercively recruit senior civil servants

The Houthi militia have recently instigated a coercing intellectual awareness campaign to recruit high profile civil servants to join the warring militants backed by Iran, well-informed sources in Sana’a revealed to Al Arabiya. Applicants who are enrolled in the covert

Assailants of Jeddah policeman identified

Security forces in Mecca revealed the identities of seven motorcyclist suspects accused of assaulting a policeman and endangering citizens’ lives in Jeddah City. In a statement published, Thursday, police stated that five of the suspects: one Saudi and six expatriates,

Egypt says two security officers killed, four wounded in Sinai

Egypt’s Interior Ministry and security officials say militants have detonated a roadside bomb, killing two officers and wounding four in the north of the restive Sinai Peninsula. The explosion took place on Thursday evening when a security patrol came upon

Mosul: ISIS battles fiercely as Iraqi forces push forward

The joint Iraqi forces continued their progress on Friday in the western part of the city of Mosul. An official statement emphasized that the forces are 150 meters away from the main entrance of the governmental compound. The statement highlighted

Saudi Arabia: Security forces wanted killed man on terror charges

Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry announced on Friday that the man who was killed, Mustafa Ali Abdullah al-Madad, was wanted by security forces for his involvement in terror crimes in the eastern governorate of Qatif. The security spokesperson for the Interior

Palestinian leader, President Trump to hold first phone call

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will speak by telephone with US President Donald Trump in the first contact between the two leaders since Trump took office. Trump’s planned phone call to Abbas was revealed in a White House notice Friday. Abbas

Saudi general: Internet recruiting of young people by terrorists is ‘most dangerous’

Brig. Gen. Prince Faisal bin Mohammed bin Nasser Al-Saud

Brig. Gen. Prince Faisal bin Mohammed bin Nasser Al-Saud, lecturer at Al-Imam University in Riyadh, said that terrorists’ material capabilities are not equal to those of states and terrorists, whether individually or within organizations, can never eliminate states. His statements

GCC supports Ould Cheikh efforts in Yemen

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed

The Gulf Cooperation Council Secretary-General said that the GCC supported the efforts of the UN Envoy to Yemen after his meeting on Thursday. Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Alzayani discussed the current political, security and humanitarian situation in Yemen with Ismail

Chinese business leaders expected to be briefed on bright prospects in Saudi mining sector during king’s visit

Abdullah Al-Meleihi

Top industry leaders expect that Chinese investors will be briefed on the prospects of the local mining industry during the upcoming visit of King Salman to China. Abdullah Al-Meleihi, board member of the Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce and

Iran successfully tests naval missile: reports

Iran has successfully test-fired a naval missile which hit its target 250 kilometers away, local news agencies reported Thursday. “We have this week tested the Hormuz-2 missile,” the Fars and Tasnim agencies quoted the commander of the air wing of

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