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 »


Factory run by female workers in Saudi Arabia breaks stereotypes

The Saudi government’s drive to draw more women into the labor force appears to be bearing fruit, as the jobs occupied by women seems to breaking the stereotypical ideology of suitable jobs for women in the kingdom. A factory producing

Putin’s exit sparks ridicule on Twitter

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s abrupt departure from a testy G20 summit in Australia under the pretext of having to get some sleep sparked ridicule on social media, with wits also predicting that a koala may win a government post

Friends mourn beheading of U.S. aid worker Kassig

Peter Kassig first experienced the Middle East as a soldier, then returned as a student and, finally, as a humanitarian intent on helping those whose lives were upended by the brutal civil war in Syria, whatever their allegiance. It was

Saudi Arabia thumps Bahrain 3-0

Saudi Arabia scored its first full three points with a 3-0 victory over Bahrain on Sunday in the 22nd Arabian Gulf Cup football tournament at the King Fahd International Stadium. It was the first win in two matches for the

Fierce clashes around Tripoli airport kill four

Deadly fighting between Islamist militias and forces backed by Libya’s internationally recognised government on Sunday forced the closure of an airport in eastern Tripoli, military sources said. At least four people were killed and 10 wounded in clashes between the

Study begins on Red Sea resources

The National Commission for Fishing has begun a study of the administrative laws and policies related to the regulation of fishing and the protection of the regional marine environment with a view to achieving sustainable resource use. The study is

U.S. accelerates training of Iraqi forces: Hagel

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the U.S. military is starting its program to train and advise Iraqi forces ahead of schedule in an effort to accelerate efforts in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Rains may stall infrastructure projects

Experts in construction business have demanded that Jeddah’s Secretariat ensure that ongoing work at road projects and underpasses in the city are not affected by rains. According to experts, there are many possibilities that the infrastructure projects will be severely

G-20: Crown prince in talks with top leaders

Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, who was here to lead the Saudi delegation to the G-20 summit, had a busy day on Sunday meeting a number of prominent world leaders, including French President Francois Hollande, German

Oil price fall not to hit KSA economy

Saudi Arabia will continue to show strong economic growth this year despite the fall in oil prices, said Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf on Sunday. He attributed his prediction to the huge government expenditures on major infrastructure projects across the country.

Shoura to vote on minimum wage proposal

The Shoura Council will vote Monday on a proposal for a minimum wage for Saudi employees through proposed amendments in the pension scheme of the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI). Head of the Human Resources Committee at the Shoura

Kingdom joins world in marking Diabetes Day

The Ministry of Health launched a nationwide awareness campaign to combat diabetes on the World Diabetes Day on Saturday. This year’s World Diabetes Day is under the theme “Healthy Living and Diabetes,” and is observed worldwide by over 200 member

Car bomb wounds 5 on perimeter of Baghdad airport

A car bomb exploded on the perimeter of Baghdad’s heavily guarded international airport complex on Sunday, wounding five people, security sources said. The blast occurred at a security checkpoint close to a parking lot where passengers are searched before boarding

‘Contracting sector needs to hire Saudis’

The contracting sector in the Kingdom employing the largest number of expatriates is up against tough challenges amid the implementation of Saudization, experts think. The Jeddah Human Resources Forum met Sunday to discuss the obstacles in the contracting sector. Participants

Afghan female MP survives suicide attack, three killed

A suicide bomber on Sunday targeted a vehicle convoy of Afghan lawmakers that included a prominent female MP, killing three civilians and injuring 17 others, officials said. The blast, in which the attacker detonated an explosives-packed car, left the MPs’

Rain prayers in mosques today

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has called on Muslims in the Kingdom to pray for rain on Monday. “Istisqa”, or rain prayers, have been offered since the time of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and are

Nigerian army says it has regained town of Chibok

The Nigerian army has regained control of Chibok, the northeastern town where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Islamic extremists more than six months ago, said army officials. The army wrested back control of Chibok on Saturday, about 48

GCC surprise meeting ends rift with Qatar

GCC leaders held an emergency summit in Riyadh late Sunday to resolve the rift between three GCC countries and Qatar ahead of a scheduled annual summit in Doha next month. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah chaired the

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