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: April 16, 2017

An attack on the Iraqi Communist Party

Adnan Hussein

By : Adnan Hussein :: Assailants attacked the headquarters of the Iraqi Communist Party in Al-Diwaniyah on Monday at midnight. The attack is, first and foremost, neither brave nor heroic. It’s rather the work of cowardly gangs which only work

Withdrawing Lebanese forces from Syria

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman al-Rashed :: Roles have ironically reversed in Syria with the conflict and the power of Damascus now coming under the watch of Lebanese militias. Seen in this perspective, we will consider that Hezbollah militias are Lebanese forces,

The contribution of female Muslim scholars in Islamic history

Suhaila Zain Al-Abideen

By : Suhaila Zain Al-Abideen :: Some Muslim historians, both old and modern, have tried to hide the contributions of Muslim women to the scientific and non-scientific advancement of Muslim societies throughout Islamic history. Such historians wanted the public to

Syria between Obama and Trump

Ahmad al-Farraj

By : Ahmad al-Farraj :: It has been clear since the second year of the Syrian revolution that Syria has turned into an international battlefield where armed militias fight to serve the interests of international powers, or to be more

Hungary’s Orban sets stakes for 2018 election as protests persist

Hungary’s 2018 election will decide whether a government fighting for the national interest remains in power or forces serving foreign interests gain control, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Saturday. Orban, whose right-wing government has been in power since 2010,

EU Parliament could summon Le Pen over funds before French presidential runoff vote

Marine Le Pen

European Union lawmakers could summon French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen to discuss the lifting of her immunity over the alleged misuse of European Union money, before the second round of the French election, an influential legislator said on

Berlin Christmas market attacker got order directly from ISIS

The Tunisian who killed 12 people by driving a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin received his orders directly from ISIS, a German magazine reported on Saturday. The militant group claimed responsibility for the attack on Dec. 19, but

US judge blocks use of one of three drugs in lethal injections

An Arkansas judge on Friday issued a temporary restraining order barring the state from administering one of three drugs it planned to use in a series of lethal injections scheduled to begin early next week. Judge Wendell Griffen of the

Death toll mounts after bomb blast on Aleppo bus convoy

A bomb blast hit a bus convoy waiting to enter Aleppo on Saturday, killing and wounding dozens of people after an evacuation deal between Syria’s warring sides halted and stranded thousands at two transit points on the city outskirts. Pro-Damascus

Saudi Minister calls for more universities to solve overcrowding

Ahmad Al-Isa

The education minister is seeking to increase the number of universities or expand technical intermediate colleges to solve the problem of overcrowding of students at the Kingdom’s 28 universities. Minister Ahmad Al-Isa said universities are accommodating too many students. He

North Korea’s nuclear threat to the US: ‘We will respond to war with war’

North Korea is prepared to respond to any nuclear attack by the United States in kind, the country’s number two official said Saturday. “We’re prepared to respond to an all-out war with an all-out war and we are ready to

Turkey referendum: What are the main issues and process?

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey is holding a national referendum Sunday to approve or reject a package of constitutional reforms that would replace the country’s parliamentary system with a presidential one. The referendum is seen by many as the ultimate test of President Recep

At least 25 dead, several missing in Iran flash floods

At least 25 people were killed and 16 declared missing as flash floods hit northwestern Iran, state media reported on Saturday. “Twenty-five people have been killed in the floods across four provinces,” the head of Iran’s emergency response organisation, Esmail

Yemeni forces storm rebels’ largest military base in Mocha

Military sources revealed that the Yemeni army stormed the western gate of Khalid bin al-Walid camp in Taiz, on Friday night. The camp is the largest military base for Houthi and Saleh militia in the east of Mocha. The sources

Saudi Civil Defense launches truck driver safety program

Salim bin Marzouq Al-Matrafi

Saudi Arabia’s Directorate General of Civil Defense on Thursday launched an exhibition to promote volunteer work and to develop truck drivers’ skills. Prince Mishaal bin Majed bin Abdulaziz, governor of Jeddah, inaugurated the volunteer scheme at Jeddah’s Andalus mall, under

UN chief Guterres warns that Libya risks a return to widespread conflict

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning that Libya risks a return to widespread conflict, citing the volatile security situation in Tripoli and fighting in the eastern oil crescent and elsewhere. The UN chief expressed alarm in a report to the UN

Saudi Labor Ministry drafts law to protect the elderly

The Ministry of Labor and Social Development on Wednesday announced a draft law protecting the rights of the elderly, two days after it found an old man locked up in a homemade jail created by his sons. Khaled Abalkhail, the

Saudi forces repel Houthi attack near Yemen border

Saudi forces repelled an attack led by Houthis and militias allied to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Friday night. The militias attempted to head towards the Saudi port village of Tuwal. Tuwal is a village in Jizan Province, in

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