Turkey tells Israeli envoy to return to Israel ‘for some time’ after Gaza deaths

:: The Turkish Foreign Ministry has told Israel’s consul general in Istanbul to return to Israel “for some time”, state-run Anadolu news agency said on Wednesday, after Israeli forces killed more than More »

Saudi Arabia condemns brutal Israeli aggression against unarmed Palestinians

:: Saudi Arabia’s government on Tuesday said it opposed the US decision to relocate its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “The Kingdom rejects the American administration’s decision to transfer its More »

Lebanon’s Hariri make major change in his staff after election setback

:: Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has replaced his chief of staff after his Future Party lost more than a third of its seats in parliamentary elections a week ago. The Future More »

Saudi Arabia ‘to seek nuclear weapon’ if Iran resumes program

:: Iran’s actions amount to a “declaration of war,” the Saudi foreign minister warned on Wednesday, after two ballistic missiles were fired toward Riyadh by Tehran-backed Houthi militias. Adel Al-Jubeir, speaking to More »

Saudi FM says kingdom to resume efforts to address Iran’s hostile policies

:: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir reaffirmed the kingdom’s support of US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal with Iran and reinstate economic sanctions, and said that More »


Massive Cabinet shake-up

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman announced a massive Cabinet reshuffle on Thursday, appointing Azzam Al-Dakhil, new education minister, Ahmed bin Aqeel Al-Khateeb new health minister, Adel Al-Toraifi, minister of culture and information and Abdul Lateef bin Abdul

Top Iraq Kurd office among six killed in ISIS attack

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) Islamist group killed a senior Kurdish commander and five other fighters on Friday in a major attack in Iraq’s Kirkuk province, an officer and a doctor said. The ISIS assault on areas

Royal magnanimity: bonuses and other incentives announced

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman

Generous bonuses and payouts will be given out to Saudi government employees, government scholars, retirees and other citizens under a package approved on Thursday by newly enthroned King Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. The King

Israel reduces electricity to indebted Palestinians

Israel’s state-run electricity company is to reduce energy supplies to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank because of a debt of more than $450 million, an official said Thursday. The move comes at a time of diplomatic tensions, weeks after

Syria Kurds kill 22 militants around Kobane

Kurdish fighters killed 22 jihadists around Kobane Thursday, days after recapturing the Syrian town, but the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group still controls hundreds of villages in the area, a monitor said. “Nineteen ISIS members were killed

Turkey tells Kurdish rebels to lay down arms in March

Turkey’s government has demanded that the outlawed Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) lay down its arms on March 21, the Kurdish New Year, and relaunch peace talks to end three decades of conflict. In what appeared to be the first direct

Japan, Jordan working closely on fate of hostage

Japan was working closely with Jordan on Friday to find out what was happening to a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants after a deadline passed for the release of an Iraqi would-be suicide

Sisi cuts short overseas trip after Sinai attacks

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is cutting short a visit to Ethiopia for an African Union summit, returning home to deal with a wave of deadly militant attacks, his office said Friday. Egypt’s deadliest militant group, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, had

King shakes up Cabinet; Riyadh, Makkah governors replaced

• Prince Faisal bin Abdulaziz is back as Makkah governor • Education Ministry and Ministry of Higher Education merged A huge Cabinet revamp has taken place following a royal decree issued by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman.

Militant attacks kill 25 in Egypt’s Sinai

At least 25 people were killed, most of them Egyptian soldiers, when militants fired rockets and set off a car bomb Thursday in the Sinai Peninsula, officials said. The assault targeted a military base, a nearby police headquarters and a

Egypt women protest killing of Shaima Sabbagh

A group of women protested in downtown Cairo on Thursday against security forces after female activist Shaimaa Sabbagh was shot dead on the eve of the anniversary of the January 25 revolution. Sabbagh, 32, died on Saturday as riot police

Yemen’s Houthi rebels detain student protestors

Armed members of Yemen’s Houthi rebels were holding a number of student protestors at Sanaa University on Thursday, an Al Arabiya News Channel correspondent has reported. The armed men also beat the students as demonstrations against the militia group continued

65 husbands jailed for contempt of court

Courts in Riyadh have sentenced more than 65 men to prison terms ranging from 2 days to three months for their refusal to implement court rulings in favor of their former wives, the Ministry of Justice announced. The rulings made

Spain’s former king in Riyadh to express condolences

Spain’s former King Juan Carlos extended his condolences on Wednesday in Riyadh over the death of Saudi King Abdulllah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. Carlos, who abdicated last year making way for his son King

New Iran U.N. envoy expected to get U.S. visa: sources

Iran’s newly appointed U.N. ambassador is set to receive a U.S. visa so he can take up that key post, diplomatic sources said on Wednesday, likely removing a major strain on Tehran’s tense relations with Washington. Washington had infuriated Iran’s

Israel: Hezbollah not interested in escalating violence

Israel said on Thursday it received a message from the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah that it was backing away from further violence, a day after the worst deadly clashes in years erupted along the border. The Israel-Lebanon frontier, where two

No military solution to Libyan crisis: African Union

Ending conflict in Libya can only be achieved through a political deal, Libyan and regional leaders said Wednesday after African Union-led talks. “The only solution to bring an end to the current crisis in Libya is a political settlement,” Libyan

Ethiopia aims to soothe Egypt fears over the Nile

Ahead of the upcoming African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s prime minister has sought to soothe Egyptian fears over the potential impact of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance dam on the Arab country’s share of Nile River water. In an

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