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 17, 2017

Unpredictable Trump unsettles China as North Korea policy wobbles

Joanna Chiu

By : Joanna Chiu :: From Twitter threats to Tomahawk missiles, US President Donald Trump’s unorthodox and seemingly impulsive approach to foreign policy has unsettled China, piling new pressure on its hands-off North Korea policy. As tensions rise on the

Contours of a Russian-American ‘deal’ on Syria

Raghida Dergham

By : Raghida Dergham :: The bargaining for a potential Russian-American deal on Syria has started. It is without a putative “grand bargain” that would take into account Ukraine and Western sanctions on Russia, which remain a less attainable goal

The road to Raqqa passes through Damascus

Baria Alamuddin

By : Baria Alamuddin :: Many Western observers have been seduced into the false narrative that we face two incompatible options in Syria: Either we combat the regime of President Bashar Assad, or we wage a full-blooded assault on Daesh.

US power is back

Dr. Amal Mudallali

By : Dr. Amal Mudallali :: Washington feels good about the week before 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency. It “reset” its entire foreign policy and reasserted US leadership in the Middle East and the world, to the delight of

Arab Coalition’s priority in Yemen is to protect civilians: Asiri

The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen considered sending in thousands of troops, but decided against this approach to minimize casualties, coalition spokesman General Ahmed Asiri told Al Arabiya News’ general manager Turki Aldakhil in a special interview aired on Sunday. “The

Fireworks in Istanbul as ‘Yes’ side seems to claim victory

With 97 percent of the ballots counted in Turkey’s historic referendum, those who back constitutional changes greatly expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers had a narrow lead Sunday night, the official Anadolu news agency said. The results from Sunday’s vote

Pope decries ‘vile’ attack on Syrians in Easter address

On Christianity’s most joyful day, Pope Francis lamented the horrors generated by war and hatred, delivering an Easter Sunday message that also decried the “latest vile” attack on civilians in Syria. Both in his impromptu homily during Mass in St.

Turkish referendum: “Yes” on 57% with half the ballots counted

Voting has ended in Turkey’s historic referendum on whether to approve constitutional changes that would greatly expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The result of Sunday’s referendum will determine Turkey’s long-term political future and will likely have lasting

Syrian army regains key town in north Hama province

The Syrian army regained the strategic town of Soran near the city of Hama in the central part of western Syria on Sunday with an assault backed by heavy Russian air strikes, rebels and residents said. Most of the rebels

Saudi, Jordan forces carry out joint drill

Units from Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army (JAF), on Saturday, arrived at the Saudi King Abdulaziz Naval Base (KANB), while a group of Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) arrived at the Marka military airport in Amman, to carry out the “Abdullah

PM says Britain uniting around Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday that Britain was beginning to unite behind Brexit, 10 months after the divisive referendum that saw the country narrowly vote to leave the European Union. “This year, after a period of intense debate over

Yemeni forces launch ‘Operation Naval Arrow’ to remove Houthi mines

Yemen’s legitimate forces launched an operation codenamed Naval Arrow on Sunday in an effort to remove naval mines which they say were planted by Houthi militias. The mines, which are believed to have been sourced from Iran and which are

Who was Mashal Khan, the student killed in Pakistan?

Mashal Khan

Who was Mashal Khan, the student who was killed by a large mob in Pakistan on Thursday over accusations of blasphemy? According to Pakistani media reports, Khan described himself as ‘The Humanist’ on his Facebook page. It is not clear

191,000 narcotic pills seized at Saudi-Jordanian border

Border guards and customs officers thwarted the smuggling of about 191,000 pills in three operations, two at the Durra border crossing and one at Tarif. In the first operation, border guards at the northern border foiled the smuggling of 119,000

Russian parliamentary official: Saudi Arabia key partner in combating terror

A top Russian parliamentary delegation arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday on a three-day visit, the Russian TASS news agency reported. Valentina Matviyenko, the chairperson of the federation council which is the Russian parliament’s upper house, said ahead of the

Iranian official admits Tehran bid to supply missiles to Houthis

Iranian cleric Mehdi Taeb, who also heads the Ammar Strategic Foundation, admitted that Tehran supplies the Houthis in Yemen with weapons. In a video which activists circulated on social media, Taeb, who is close to the Supreme Guide Ali Khamenei,

Jeddah governor launches King Abdullah Exhibition

Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed launched the second stop of the five-day convoy of the King Abdullah Exhibition 2018 “Values and Wisdom” tour at the Red Sea Mall. The launch event was attended by Prince Turki bin Abdullah, CEO

British FM Boris Johnson says Syria’s Assad is an ‘arch-terrorist’

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is an “arch-terrorist” and it is time Russia realised he is “literally and metaphorically toxic”, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Sunday. Johnson said Assad’s ally Moscow still had time to be on the “right side

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