King Salman receives Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al-Thani

:: Saudi King Salman received in his residence in the city of Tangier in the Kingdom of Morocco, on Thursday night, Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali bin Abdullah bin Jassim More »

Iraq acknowledges abuses committed against civilians in Mosul campaign

:: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s office said on Thursday a unit of the security forces committed “abuses” against civilians during the offensive to oust ISIS insurgents from the More »

UAE Minister: Qatar must end politicization of Hajj after King Salman initiative

:: The UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar al-Gargash, said on Thursday that Qatar’s politicization of Hajj must come to an end following the initiative taken by More »

Iran reform leader Mehdi Karroubi on hunger strike over 6-year house arrest

:: Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, under house arrest for the past six years, was hospitalized Thursday after going on hunger strike a day earlier to demand a trial More »

Who is Abdullah Al Thani, descendant of ruling family which built modern Qatar?

:: Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali bin Abdullah Al Thani is the second son of the late Emir Ali bin Abdullah Al Thani, the grandson of the Emir of Qatar, 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 writing about it) has been the race between regional cities

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 negotiations, peace or recognition of Israel. Nor was it like

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 in both his credibility and ability to pass other vital

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 low, with both trading accusations and threats. Tehran claims that

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 a column at La Martorana Cathedral in Palermo. Such pillars

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 to blackmail the society and government. They are sometimes released

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 providers to sell information about their customers’ browsing habits. The

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 and fishing. The islands are characterized by their charming nature

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 leaving the European Union. Chancellor of the Exchequer Hammond will

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 on Saturday posted a photo of her on a verified

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 there was no post-Brexit trade deal. Prime Minister Theresa May

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 private sectors to support them. They have paid visits to

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. Questionnaires titled “Let’s stop Brussels!” are being posted to households

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 be addressed after the investigations are completed. “We don’t want

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 pitch. This week, hundreds of civilians escaped Raqqa and headed

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 is basically the documentation of marriage contracts, and “if the

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 sources told Reuters, potentially reviving a deal which had triggered

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 in the Hajjah governorate in Yemen. The spokesperson for the

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