Putin and Erdogan warn of rising tension after Trump’s decision on Jerusalem

:: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned against the repercussions of Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel asserting it would be the cause More »

Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage chief highlights tourism’s role in maintaining peace

:: Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) President Prince Sultan bin Salman on Monday iterated that Saudi Arabia’s care for tourism and heritage represents its care for the global human More »

Fighting corruption is a must to achieve development goals, says Muslim World League chief

:: Referring to corruption as a “black hole” that hinders the development process of a nation, Dr. Mohammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa called for confronting this menace in all ways possible. Al-Issa, More »

King Salman’s speech will serve as guideline for Shoura, says council member

:: Guidelines for addressing local and regional challenges with a special reference to domestic and foreign policies, will be spelled out by King Salman on Wednesday, and will set the tone for More »

Trump’s Jerusalem decision could help militants — UAE’s Sheikh Mohammed

:: US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital could provide a lifeline to militants after the setbacks they suffered this year, the de facto leader of the United More »


Dubai invites Saudis to its shopping fest

The Dubai Shopping Festival’s 20th edition will kick off at the start of 2015, and is expected to receive more than four and half million Saudi visitors with an increase of five to eight percent over last year, according to

Libya Islamists press advance on key oil region

Islamist fighters clashed with pro-government forces for the second consecutive day Sunday as they pressed an advance on a key oil region in eastern Libya, sources on both sides reported, according to Agence-France Presse. Libya Dawn (or Fajr Libya), an

Huge umbrellas to be installed at Makkah Grand Mosque

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has approved a project to install about 300 sunshades in the courtyards of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, similar to the ones at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah. Makkah Gov. Prince Mishaal

Be honest, king tells ministers

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah told the newly appointed ministers to be honest in carrying out their duties. The new nine ministers took the oath of office in front of the king at his palace in Riyadh

Palestinians to seek U.N. resolution Wednesday on occupation

The Palestinians are to present a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council Wednesday that would set a two-year deadline for Israel to end its occupation, an official said. “The Palestinian leadership took a decision to go to the

Haia closes over 10,000 Twitter accounts in 2014

The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia) has shut down 10,117 Twitter accounts during the year because of religious violations, its spokesman, Turki Al-Shulail, has revealed. “Their users were committing religious and ethical violations.

Hamas flexes muscles with Gaza drone flight

The Islamic militant group Hamas staged a show of strength to mark its 27th anniversary Sunday, with a military parade through Gaza including a flyover by a drone. Founded in 1987 shortly after the start of the first Palestinian intifada,

10-hour shift hits women employment

Despite government efforts to support women’s employment in the private sector, their participation in the labor force is not up to the desired level owing to the obstacles in implementing the decision including the 10-hour working day that tops the

Saudi crown prince holds talks with U.S. House majority leader

Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud held talks in Riyadh on Sunday with U.S. congressman and U.S. House of Representatives majority leader Kevin McCarthy, the Saudi Press Agency reported. According to the state-run news agency, the Saudi crown

Tunisia closes largest border point with Libya

Tunisia closed its largest border point with Libya at Ras Gdair on Sunday following heavy clashes between the forces of retired Libyan General Khalifa Haftar and the Dawn of Libya rebel forces. Earlier today, Haftar forces declared their control of

Collision kills 13 Egyptian fishermen in Gulf of Suez

Thirteen fishermen were killed and 13 others are still missing after a passing cargo ship collided with a small boat in the Gulf of Suez early Sunday, according to Egyptian security and hospital officials. However, the head of the fishermen’s

Prince George in new Christmas photos

LONDON: Three Christmas photos of a rosy-cheeked Prince George were released by Britain’s royal family Saturday, offering a festive glimpse of the future king. The pictures show 17-month-old George in a courtyard at Kensington Palace, where his parents, Prince William

Syrian wins Arab Idol, keeps clear of politics

Syrian singer Hazim Sherif

BEIRUT: A Syrian from war-torn Aleppo was declared the winner of this year’s “Arab Idol” singing contest at the grand finale of the gruelling four-month television competition in Beirut this weekend. The audience at Saturday’s finale broke into applause and

Sisi back from Jordan and off to court China

Abdallah Schleifer

By : Abdallah Schleifer Reading the official communiques coming from both Jordan and Egypt following last Thursday’s official visit of Egyptian President Al-Sisi to Amman and his meeting with King Abdallah II provoked a curious nostalgia. It was not nostalgia

Haidar al-Abadi’s fearless vow to fight corruption

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman al-Rashed Was Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi sending a message to his rivals or crying out to his allies when he frankly spoke a few days ago about defying “them” –his rivals-even if this led to his

Insulting Egypt’s revolutions: Criminalization vs. free speech

By : Sonia Farid “The Jan. 25 revolution is a reality that no one can ever question,” Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told journalists, adding that a law to criminalize insulting the revolution would be issued shortly. The decision came

Smartphone app to report road accidents in Saudi Arabia

The Ministry of Interior has announced plans to launch a new smartphone app service for reporting road accidents. When involved in an accident, users can take a picture of their damaged car and submit it to the Public Security through

Bashir claims victory after ICC shelves probe

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir claimed victory over the International Criminal Court on Saturday after it shelved further investigation of war crimes in Darfur, and reaffirmed his hard line on the rebel region. The Hague-based court indicted Bashir in 2009 for

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