Abe targets N. Korea after storming to ‘super-majority’ vote win

:: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stormed to a landslide “super-majority” in snap Japanese elections, near complete projections showed Monday, with the hard-line nationalist immediately pledging to “deal firmly” with North Korea. Abe’s More »

Saudi King Salman, Tillerson discuss regional developments in Riyadh

:: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman in the Yamama Palace on Sunday and discussed recent regional developments, bilateral relations and means of cooperation between the More »

Russian president: King Salman’s visit to Moscow a great honor

:: Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Saudi King Salman’s visit to Moscow was a great honor for Russia, and described it as a “historical event” because it was the first visit More »

Yemen PM: Iranian ship seized near the coast of Socotra

:: The Yemeni government announced on Saturday that it had seized an Iranian ship carrying 19 sailors off the coast of the Socotra archipelago, east of the country. “The Iranian ship was More »

Saudi’s Al-Falih says global oil market improving, stabilizing

:: The global oil market is improving and stabilizing, Saudi Oil Minister Khalid Al-Falih said in Baghdad on Saturday. In a speech at the opening of the Baghdad International Exhibition, Al-Falih praised More »

 

Daily Archives: March 18, 2017

A new foundation for Saudi-US relations

Dr. Theodore Karasik

By : Dr. Theodore Karasik Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to meet with US President Donald Trump and his top advisors establishes a new foundation for US-Saudi relations. The visit occurred in extraordinary settings with participants

Where are the stars of the Arab Spring?

Mashari Althaydi

By : Mashari Althaydi In his most recent piece for Kuwaiti Newspaper Ayyam, marking 6th anniversary of the so-called Arab Spring, writer and researcher Khalil Ali Haidar enquired about the fate of the Egyptian Arab Spring political activist and journalist

A crisis of leadership

Zaid M. Belbagi

By : Zaid M. Belbagi The conflict in Syria “is the worst man-made disaster the world has seen since World War II,” said UN Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Al-Hussein. His statement highlights the bigger challenge of an absence

Where has all the water gone?

Yasmin Siddiqi

By : Yasmin Siddiqi We live on a parched planet. Farmers till arid pastureland, and policymakers fret over empty reservoirs, dry rivers and thirsty cities. And that only scratches the surface — literally — of the world’s water problem. Subterranean

A reminder of America’s greatness

Hassan Y. Yassin

By : Hassan Y. Yassin We love the US without any “buts.” When one loves, one is committed for the long term. Your country has always shown great vision and tolerance. Even when the US has moved toward isolationism, it

Trump welcomes Merkel to White House for high stakes visit

It was all smiles as President Donald Trump welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House on Friday, their first personal encounter since he frequently criticized her during the 2016 presidential campaign. Their agenda included discussions on strengthening NATO,

US places Bahrainis backed by Iran on terrorist list, imposes sanctions

The US government has imposed sanctions on two men from Bahrain and has placed them on a terrorist list on Friday. The two, Ahmad Hassan Yousuf and Mortada Majid Ramadan Alawi, have been placed by the US Treasury Department on

Syrian Kurdish YPG says Raqqa attack to start in early April

The head of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said a US-backed assault to drive ISIS from its de-facto capital Raqqa would begin at the start of April and the YPG would be taking part, despite fierce opposition from neighboring Turkey.

Trump wants air traffic control operations privatized

US President Donald Trump is calling for privatizing the nation’s air traffic control operations in his budget proposal, a top priority of the airline industry. The proposal says spinning off air traffic operations from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and

Lebanon charges 18 with transferring $19 million to ISIS

A Lebanese military court on Friday charged 18 people, most of them Syrians, with transferring more than $19 million from Lebanon to the ISIS, a judicial source said. Fifteen Syrians, one Palestinian and two others were accused of “belonging to

UN chief wants report on ‘apartheid’ Israel taken off web

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has asked the UN regional commission that represents most Arab countries to remove from its website a report accusing Israel of practicing an “apartheid regime” against Palestinians, a UN official said on Friday. The report

Iran: Rafsanjani’s daughter imprisoned for criticizing the regime

Faezah Rafsanjani

The daughter of kbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iran’s former president, has been jailed for six months for “propaganda against the regime,” local media sources said. According to Iranian reformist website Kalma, Faezah Rafsanjani was put on trial on charges of anti-regime

UN chief warns against abrupt US funding cuts to world body

Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned against an abrupt cut to US funding for the world body. “Abrupt funding cuts can force the adoption of ad hoc measures that will undermine the impact of longer-term reform efforts,” said Stephane Dujarric,

Intensive meetings by Syrian opposition in Riyadh for Geneva talks

The supreme body of the Syrian Opposition is holding intensive meetings in Riyadh on Friday and Saturday, to discuss the agenda for the next round of the Geneva peace talks due on March 23. Further meetings with the negotiating team

Morocco’s king names PJD’s Othmani as new prime minister

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has named Saadeddine El Othmani of the Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) as the country’s new prime minister and asked him to form a government, a statement carried by MAP state news agency said on

Iraq commander announces gains in Mosul old city

A commander said Friday that Iraqi forces have gained ground from jihadists inside the Old City of Mosul, an area that could see some of the toughest fighting of the battle for the northern metropolis. Iraqi forces launched an operation

King Salman launches library at Peking University

King Salman

King Salman today launched the King Abdulaziz Public Library at Peking University, which granted him an honorary doctorate. Upon arrival, the king was received by Chinese Education Minister Chen Baosheng and a number of officials. The university president delivered a

At least 32 people killed in mosque attack in Yemen’s Marib

At least 32 civilians and military personnel were killed in an attack on a mosque during Friday prayers inside a military base in Yemen’s Marib province, local officials said. Houthi militias fired two missiles at the mosque located inside the

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