Trump backs away from demand for border wall money

President Donald Trump stepped back Monday from demanding a down payment for his border wall in must-past spending legislation, More »

Israel president accuses Le Pen of denying Holocaust responsibility

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Monday accused French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen of a new, dangerous form More »

Saudi king swears-in new Saudi government officials after reshuffle

Newly-appointed Saudi government officials were sworn-in before King Salman at Al-Yamamah palace in the capital Riyadh on Wednesday. The More »

Saudi deputy crown prince grants ground forces chief new military rank

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman granted army official Prince Fahd bin Turki bin Abdulaziz with the new More »

Trump at 100 days: ‘It’s a different kind of presidency’

For nearly 100 days’ President Donald Trump has rattled Washington and been chastened by its institutions. He’s startled world More »


Jazan floods claim 3 lives

Civil Defense teams in Jazan fished out a body of a flood victim from Wadi Bin Abdullah near the southern border bringing the total number of fatalities

Jeddah to have 20 more mosques

Twenty new mosques will open in Jeddah just before the start of the holy month of Ramadan, an official said here recently. Talal Al-Aqil, general manager for

Camels in Eastern Province MERS-free

The Department of Agricultural Affairs in the Eastern Province has confirmed that there are no cases of MERS infection in the camels in the province but has

Dutch envoy set for key Riyadh talks

The Dutch government’s special envoy will arrive in Riyadh soon for high-level talks with Saudi offi- cials. Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans has appointed the ministry’s director

Destroying history — Conflicting opinions on Madinah artifacts

WITH the ongoing expansion of the Prophet’s Mosque, many historical sites and artifacts in Madinah have either been destroyed or face demolition. The disregard shown for the

SAGIA’s event aims to attract big businesses to boost KSA economy

ABDULLATIF A. Al-Othman, Governor, SAGIA, outlined the opportunities for investors within Saudi Arabia as the Kingdom continues its “unprecedented transformation from a simple economy to a G20

Bomb blast in Pakistani capital, one injured: officials

A rare bomb attack rocked Pakistan’s capital early Saturday, injuring one, according to officials. “One person has been injured in the blast, he has been shifted to

SR10bn paid to property owners

The government has so far paid out SR10 billion for property expropriations to make way for Makkah’s expansion and development projects. Makkah Mayor Osama Al-Bar said Wednesday

Indian rupee retreated from 11-month high

The Indian rupee retreated from an 11-month high to fall on Friday as the central bank stepped in to temper gains being sparked by continued expectations of

400 villages cut off by floods

JAZAN — The recent rains and floods in Jazan have cut electricity and communications from more than 400 border villages and hamlets in the region. Civil Defense

Health education not PE for schoolgirls

The Ministry of Education has pre-empted opposition to its recent decision to allow physical education (PE) to be taught at girls’ schools by replacing the sports curriculum

SR1 million goes missing from account of chamber

A member of a local chamber of commerce in the country recently discovered the disappearance of SR1 million from the chamber’s accounts. The member also said that

GCC, Germany seek new strategic horizons

Abdel Aziz Aluwaisheg

By: ABDEL AZIZ ALUWAISHEG   I write this week from Berlin, where I took part in the GCC-Germany Economic and Business Forum. The event was organized by

The wild world of insurance companies

By: ABDEL AZIZ ALUWAISHEG When dealing with insurance companies in Saudi Arabia, you get an impression that they still maintain the same posture as when they operated

Arab Spring economics, more than 3 years later

By: ABDEL AZIZ ALUWAISHEG Earlier this month, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released a lengthy study on the economic repercussions of “Arab Spring.” The study examines the

Two choices for Modi’s India

By : Syed Aijaz Zaka For someone who has seldom missed an opportunity to tear into Pakistan and Bangladesh, accusing the Congress government of being ‘soft on

Other Side of the Mirror: Good man walking

By: BIKRAM VOHRA I hate walking. My wife is a walker. She has converted one daughter into a walker and is working on the second. I have

Council to resolve family disputes proposed

The Ministry of Justice has proposed setting up a special council to resolve family disputes, including cases involving divorce, drug abuse and other social problems. The council

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