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: April 14, 2017

Seven things I learned from my first visit to KSA

Frank Kane

By : Frank Kane :: It has taken 10 years — for reasons too complicated to explain here — but I finally made it to Saudi Arabia. After a decade of living and working in the Arabian Gulf, a trip

How to end Iran’s occupation of Syria?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

By : Dr. Majid Rafizadeh :: When it comes to the Syrian war, Iran is in the driver seat, not Syrian President Bashar Assad. For Tehran, Syria is a core pillar of its hegemonic strategy. Iran has penetrated every Syrian

Trump’s missile message to Assad: What next?

Amir Taheri

By : Amir Taheri :: What next? This was the question circulating in Western capitals hours after the US carried out a missile attack on Syria’s Shayrat air base, reportedly destroying nine bombers and damaging a further five. Some analysts

US-led coalition mistakenly kills 18 militia allies in Syria: Pentagon

A US-led air strike mistakenly killed 18 members of a Kurdish and Arab militia backed by Washington south of the Syrian city of Tabqa, the Pentagon said on Thursday. The US-led coalition forces struck the position on Tuesday after another

United States’ first female Muslim judge found dead in Hudson River

A groundbreaking black jurist who became the first Muslim woman to serve as a US judge was found dead in New York’s Hudson River on Wednesday, police said. Sheila Abdus-Salaam, a 65-year-old associate judge of New York’s highest court, was

Yemen’s Houthis appoint new Mufti educated in Iran

Houthi militias have appointed Beraas Shams al-Din Muhammad Sharaf al-Din as a new Mufti to be the leading authority in issuing fatwas in Sanaa, a decision reflects a sectarian ideological orientation of the militia and could create sectarian division in

US drops ‘mother of all bombs’ in Afghanistan: Pentagon

The United States dropped a massive GBU-43 bomb, the largest non-nuclear bomb it has ever used in combat, in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday against a series of caves used by ISIS militants, the military said. It was the first time

Malala Yousafzai becomes youngest ever to get honorary Canadian citizenship

Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai returned to Canada on Wednesday to receive her honorary citizenship and address the country’s lawmakers after her first visit to Parliament in 2014 was put off because of a terror attack. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

US sanctions Iran military chief’s brother over prison abuses

The United States on Thursday added the brother of Iran’s most high-profile military chief Qassem Soleimani to its sanctions list, accusing him of overseeing torture and other abuses at Tehran’s Evin Prison. The measure from the US Treasury Department targets

Security forces enter Lebanon’s Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian camp after clashes

Local security forces were deployed across Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp – Lebanon’s most densely populated – on Thursday, a commander said. The deployment ended a week of sporadic clashes with extremist group known as Badr group, led by al-Qaeda

Sweden to fast-track tighter law on joining militant groups

Sweden’s center-left government wants to fast-track plans to make it a criminal offence to be a member of what it deems a terrorist organization, Justice Minister Morgan Johansson said, bringing Sweden into line with neighbor Norway. The deadly truck attack

US-led coalition mistakenly kills 18 militia allies in Syria: Pentagon

A US-led air strike mistakenly killed 18 members of a Kurdish and Arab militia backed by Washington south of the Syrian city of Tabqa, the Pentagon said on Thursday. The US-led coalition forces struck the position on Tuesday after another

Egypt’s interior ministry identifies Tanta church suicide bomber

Egypt’s interior ministry has identified the suicide bomber in the church bombing in the Nile Delta city of Tanta as Mamdouh Amin Mohamed Baghdadi, a resident of Qena, south of Cairo, state television said on Thursday. At least 45 people

At least 97 migrants missing as boat sinks off Libya

At least 97 migrants were missing after their boat sank on Thursday off the Libyan coast, a navy spokesman said. Survivors said the missing include 15 women and five children, General Ayoub Qassem told AFP. He said the Libyan coastguard

Abbas seeks new steps to end Palestinian split

Mahmoud Abbas

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned that he will take “unprecedented steps” to end the political division between his West Bank-based autonomy government and the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. Abbas did not explain, but could try to use financial pressure to extract

Syria’s Assad: Idlib chemical attack ‘fabrication’

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said an alleged poison gas attack blamed on his government last week in Idlib province was “100 percent fabrication,” news agency AFP reported on Thursday. Assad also said Syria’s military had given up all chemical weapons,

Al-Qassabi insists on zero tolerance for fraud

Majed Al-Qassabi

Minister of Commerce and Investment Majed Al-Qassabi said Monday that zero tolerance will be shown toward commercial fraud in the Kingdom. He made his remarks at an event honoring ministry officials for effectively controlling fraud in the private sector. “You

King Salman launches Saudi village for camels in Siahed region

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud attended today the closing ceremony of King Abdulaziz Festival for Camels held in Southern Siahed in Dahana Desert which is about 140 kilometers northeast of Riyadh. The ceremony was attended by King Hamad bin

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