Kuwait to give $2 billion in loans, investments for Iraq

:: Kuwait’s Emir said it would lend $1 billion and commit a further $1 billion of investments to Iraq, joining a group of international backers that have this week pledged funds to More »

“France will strike” if proven chemical bombs used in Syria

:: President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that “France will strike” if chemical weapons are used against civilians in the Syrian conflict but that he had not yet seen any evidence that More »

King says Jordanians ‘let down’ by international community

:: Jordan’s King Abdullah II says that “life for Jordanians today is very, very tough” as a result of a large refugee influx and that he feels the international community has “let More »

King Salman’s call for cultural diversity wins praise

:: The Saudi Cabinet has welcomed King Salman’s address to guests at the 32nd Janadriyah festival emphasizing the importance of culture as a basic pillar for a nation’s identity and values. Chaired More »

Sami Anan blackmail documents revealed, Egyptian army investigates

:: The Egyptian military said Monday it would take legal action against the country’s former anti-corruption chief Hisham Geneina and former military chief-of-staff Sami Anan, who is currently under arrest. Geneina, who More »


Libya’s factions agree to new talks at U.N.

Libya’s factions have agreed to a new round of negotiations to attempt to end the North African country’s crisis, the United Nations said on Saturday. The meeting will take place next week at the United Nations office at Geneva, the

India PM pledges 24-hour power for Delhi

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed to provide round the clock electricity for India’s capital Saturday as he kicked off his party’s campaign in elections to Delhi’s state assembly. Delhi has an unenviable reputation both for blackouts and as

Students asked to avoid unlicensed dawa activities

The Ministry of Higher Education called on Saudis who are preparing to study abroad to avoid illegal dawa (proselytization) activities outside the Kingdom, which are a clear violation of Saudi law. This warning is part of an awareness program for

Prince Turki lends a hand in cleaning the environment

Riyadh Gov. Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz has underlined the importance of preserving the environment and observing hygiene. He unveiled a ‘carrot and stick’ policy as part of the regulatory framework to keep the environment green and clean.

Sirisena victory delights Sri Lankan expats in Saudi Arabia

There was widespread jubilation among the 500,000-strong Sri Lankan expatriate community in the Kingdom as they savored the victory of Maithripala Sirisena over incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa in the presidential elections on Thursday. For the expatriates, it was a long night

Turkey places 3,000 Syrians in winter camp

Turkey rounded up more than 300 Syrian refugees in Ankara on Friday, tearing down makeshift shelters, eyewitnesses said, in what authorities described as an operation to send vulnerable families to camps as winter temperatures plunge. Turkey has removed 3,000 refugees

Three Saudis behind attack along Iraq border

Three Saudi nationals were identified among the four gunmen who were involved in a deadly attack on a Saudi border patrol on the frontier with Iraq, the Interior Ministry said on Friday. The ministry said it is still trying to

Iran’s Rowhani condemns killing in name of Islam

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani has denounced “terrorism” and violence committed in the name of Islam, after the deadly attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. In remarks carried by Iranian media on Friday, Rowhani said “violence and terrorism

Syrian opposition figure declines Moscow parley later this month

Prominent Syrian opposition figure Mouaz Al Khatib said on Friday he had turned down an invitation to a Moscow meeting with Syrian government officials, in a further blow to Russian efforts to find a solution to the Syrian conflict. “We

Yemen arrests 5 suspects in police academy bombing

Yemeni security forces have arrested five suspected Al-Qaeda members accused of carrying out a car bomb attack on a police academy that killed 40 people, the Sanaa police chief said Friday. General Abdel Razaq al-Moayed, quoted by the official Saba

Turkish leftist group retracts claim of responsibility for bomb attack

A far-left Turkish group on Friday retracted its claim of responsibility for a suicide bombing of a police station in central Istanbul this week. A woman entered the police station in the historic Sultanahmet district on Tuesday, saying in English

Unidentified gunmen shoot, wound man in Egypt’s Arish

Unidentified gunmen shot and wounded a man south of the Egyptian city of Arish in the Sinai Peninsula early Friday, Egypt-based Aswat Masriya news website reported. A 19-year-old man was shot at as he made his way down Arish airport

Rafah to be razed as part of Sinai security zone

Egyptian authorities began evacuating residents from the city of Rafah on Thursday as a senior official confirmed that the town, which borders the Gaza Strip, will be bulldozed as part of an expanding security zone, the New York Times reported.

Saudis applaud role of Indian engineers

The Indian Engineers Forum (IEF) celebrated its annual event by holding a seminar on risk management at the Consulate General of India, with Indian Consul General B.S. Mubarak as the chief guest, and Faiz Al-Abideen and Fahad Ali Muttawa as

Diplomats honor Algerian envoy

Arab consuls general accorded farewell to Saleh Atiyah, Algerian consul general and dean of Arab Consuls General Group, in Jeddah. Honorary consuls, senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and representatives of regional and international organizations joined them at

Haia chief decries Arar attack

Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh

The suicide attackers who killed three Saudi soldiers this week have committed a “heinous crime” for which they would be punished in the Hereafter, said Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh, chief of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention

Fee hike for seasonal work visas proposed

The Shoura Council’s human resources committee has proposed an increase in fees for seasonal visas, with SR1,000 for the visa and a further SR1,000 for an extension. The proposal is part of amendments to regulations governing visas for temporary and

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa concedes election defeat

Mahinda Rajapaksa

COLOMBO : Sri Lanka’s Mahinda Rajapaksa has conceded defeat in presidential elections, officials said, after a bitter campaign that saw Asia’s longest-serving leader brought down by allegations of corruption and a failure to bring about post-war reconciliation. After the island’s

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