Bahrain says dispute with Qatar is political, accuses it of military escalation

:: Bahrain’s foreign minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said on Monday that the dispute with Qatar is related More »

What did Iran’s president tell Qatar’s emir on Eid al-Fitr?

:: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday said his country wants to bolster ties with Qatar and rejected a More »

Turkey’s Erdogan backs Qatar’s response to list of Arab demands

:: Turkish President Tayyip Ergodan said on Sunday he backed Qatar’s response to a list of demands issued by More »

Terrorism scourge of this era, says King Salman

:: Terrorism is the “scourge of this era,” King Salman said on Saturday, adding that Saudi Arabia was making More »

Yemen launches investigation into human rights abuses in liberated areas

:: Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dajar issued a decision to form a joint committee to investigate allegations regarding More »


Daily Archives: April 3, 2017

Riyadh gaining ground in race to be Gulf financial hub

Frank Kane

By : Frank Kane One of the constant themes of financial policy in the Gulf region over the past decade (the length of time I have been

A summit of Arab accord and partnership?

Raghida Dergham

By : Raghida Dergham The Amman Summit this week was not historic. It was not along the lines of the Khartoum Summit in 1967, which stipulated no

Trump policy setbacks and implications for the Gulf

Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady

By : Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady Rolling back the Obamacare program has eluded the self- professed king of deal makers President Trump, and left a large hole

Iran and Turkey: Two-bit players in a deadly game

Amir Taheri

By : Amir Taheri After a brief diplomatic honeymoon, mostly sustained by propaganda and wishful thinking, relations between Iran and Turkey appear to have hit a new

A lost history of cultural tolerance

Zaid M. Belbagi

By : Zaid M. Belbagi Unbeknownst to many, Qur’anic calligraphy still adorns stone pillars of certain Sicilian churches. The best-known example is the “Bismillah” motif engraved into

Inciting statements for ideological reasons

Turki AlDakhil

By : Turki Aldakhil Statements released for a specific political purpose have always been used for political ends. They are used to inflame public anger and sometimes

Dems urge Trump to veto bill blocking online privacy rule

Charles Schumer

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer is urging President Donald Trump to veto a resolution that would kill an online privacy regulation, a move that could allow Internet

Al-Birk: Saudi islands dot the Red Sea with virgin nature

The islands belonging to the province of Al-Birk on the Red Sea coast west of Asir region have a virgin nature that attracts lovers of marine tourism

UK trade delegation heads to India after Brexit trigger

Philip Hammond

British finance minister Philip Hammond will head a business delegation to India next week in an effort to boost international trade as Britain begins the process of

London attack victim stands on her own after broken leg

The Utah woman who suffered a broken leg from a high-profile London attack is now able to stand up on her own. Melissa Cochran’s brother Clint Payne

British role in European security ‘unconditional’

Britain’s contribution to European security is “unconditional,” Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told a French newspaper, denying the government had made a veiled threat to reduce cooperation if

Initiatives launched for Saudi soldiers in southern border areas

In recognition of the efforts and sacrifices of Saudi soldiers in the southern border areas, the Makkah Cultural Forum has launched seven initiatives from several government and

Hungary launches ‘Stop Brussels’ questionnaire campaign

Bence Tuzson

Hungary launched Saturday an anti-EU campaign that asks households in a survey their advice on how to deal with Brussels policies that it says threaten Hungarians’ independence.

No question Russia meddled in election, says US envoy to UN

Nikki Haley

The US ambassador to the United Nations says there’s no question Russia was involved in the US presidential election and that the actions of the Kremlin will

Syrians flee Raqqa ‘hell’ as US-backed assault nears

In a muddy camp in northern Syria, civilians who fled Raqqa said fear of an expected US-backed assault on the Daesh group bastion was reaching a fever

Saudi fatwa rules women can solemnize marriages

Women can solemnize marriages, according to a fatwa by Sheikh Abdullah Al-Manea, a member of the Council of Senior Scholars. He told News Agency that the job

Egypt court: Decision to block Red Sea islands transfer to Saudi Arabia void

Egypt’s Court of Urgent Matters ruled on Sunday that a judicial decision to block the transfer of two Red Sea Islands to Saudi Arabia is void, judicial

Arab coalition’s assessment team apologizes for error on Hajjah factory in 2015

Mansour al-Mansour

The Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT) tasked with evaluating the Arab coalition’s actions in Yemen has apologized for an error recently made during an attack targeting militia

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