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 17, 2017

Compulsions surrounding Russia and Israel over Syria

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman al-Rashed All stakeholders in the region are trying to re-reposition themselves to prepare for the expected Russian plan, anticipating an agreement to end the war in Syria. This is indeed an important period in terms of the

Dealing with North Korea

Jonathan Power

By : Jonathan Power Rocket launches galore in North Korea. Colors and flames in the sky. It is all a bit like a peacock spreading his feathers. Murders abound. Is this a butcher’s shop? An uncle, a half-brother, a couple

Israeli democracy under assault by its own legislature

Yossi Mekelberg

By : Yossi Mekelberg In history, some political systems collapse all at once, while others erode gradually and excruciatingly until they are unrecognizable. Israel, which prides itself on being a democracy, is increasingly falling into the second category, as its

Why do Western ‘leftists’ and ‘liberals’ love Iran’s government?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

By : Dr. Majid Rafizadeh Many wonder why so-called Western “leftists” and “liberals,” as well as mainstream liberal media outlets, shower praise on Tehran, particularly given its condemnation of the West, its state sponsorship of terrorism, its poor human rights

President Trump suffers second defeat as revised travel ban on hold

A federal judge blocked President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban hours before it was to take effect, marking the second time courts have thwarted Trump’s efforts to freeze immigration by refugees and citizens of some predominantly Muslim nations. This time,

Several injured in shooting at French school

Eight people were injured after a shooting at a high school in the small southern French town of Grasse, the interior ministry said, and a 17-year old student carrying a rifle, handguns and grenades was arrested, police sources added. “The

At least 42 dead in Russian raids on Aleppo mosque

At least 42 people were killed and dozens more wounded on Thursday in air raids on a village mosque in northern Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. “The raids by unidentified warplanes targeted a mosque in Aleppo

Austrade road show focuses on health, mining, dairy in Riyadh

Australia’s dynamic health, mining and dairy sectors were in focus during a road show held here Wednesday to help boost investments from Gulf and North African countries. “We want to cooperate with the Kingdom in bilateral trade and investment in

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince meets US Defense Secretary to discuss Iran, ISIS

Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with the United States’ Defense Secretary James Mattis at the Pentagon on Thursday to discuss ways to further enhance military cooperation between the two countries. In a meeting that lasted over

700,000 documents highlight appalling tortures in Assad’s prisons

A new documentary film shed light on hundreds of thousands of documents and evidence that exposes widespread torture and murder of Syrian detainees by Bashar al Assad’s regime. Through a secret network, the Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA),

Palestinian leader Abbas: Trump brings hope for ‘peace’

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday he hopes recent meetings with US President Donald Trump’s team lead to “peace” between Israelis and Palestinians. Trump called the Palestinian president on March 10 for the first time since his inauguration, inviting him

Istanbul: ‘Major’ terrorist attack thwarted

Turkish police reported that it had arrested two suspected ISIS loyalists on Thursday who were planning on committing a “major attack” similar to the Istanbul restaurant attack that happened early New Years’ day. Istanbul police raided a suspected ISIS cell

Coalition intercepts ballistic missile launched by Houthis around Taiz

The Arab coalition reported that it had intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Houthi militias towards the Yemeni army outpost in Thabab province in Taiz. Army sources reported that the missile was launched from the Khaled camp near Taiz. Also

Saudi Arabia’s ‘look-east’ policy pays off

King Salman

Chinese foreign affairs analysts say that a series of agreements signed by Saudi Arabia and China is a “win-win” situation for both countries. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman oversaw the signing of deals worth potentially $65 billion on the first day

Lebanese businessman wanted by US for financing Hezbollah detained in Morocco

A lawyer for a Lebanese businessman that the US says has provided millions of dollars to the Hezbollah group says his client has been arrested by Moroccan authorities. The lawyer for Kassim Tajeddine says he was arrested in Casablanca on

Saudi deputy crown prince says Donald Trump is a ‘true friend of Muslims’

Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince has hailed United States President Donald Trump as a “true friend of Muslims” and says he does not believe Trump’s controversial immigration ban targets Islam specifically. A spokesperson from bin Salman’s delegation to the United

STTIM 2017 to host a scientific program to discuss tourism development

Prince Sultan bin Salman

Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment Market (STTIM-2017), an event devoted to travel and tourism industry in the Kingdom, will feature a scientific program providing opportunities for stakeholders, businessmen and government officials to discuss ways develop the tourism sector in the

Turkey’s Erdogan accuses EU of launching anti-Islam ‘crusade’

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey’s president on Thursday accused the EU’s top court of starting a “crusade” against Islam after a ruling allowing European companies to ban employees from wearing religious or political symbols including the Islamic headscarf. “The European Union’s court, The European

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