Abe targets N. Korea after storming to ‘super-majority’ vote win

:: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stormed to a landslide “super-majority” in snap Japanese elections, near complete projections showed Monday, with the hard-line nationalist immediately pledging to “deal firmly” with North Korea. Abe’s More »

Saudi King Salman, Tillerson discuss regional developments in Riyadh

:: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman in the Yamama Palace on Sunday and discussed recent regional developments, bilateral relations and means of cooperation between the More »

Russian president: King Salman’s visit to Moscow a great honor

:: Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Saudi King Salman’s visit to Moscow was a great honor for Russia, and described it as a “historical event” because it was the first visit More »

Yemen PM: Iranian ship seized near the coast of Socotra

:: The Yemeni government announced on Saturday that it had seized an Iranian ship carrying 19 sailors off the coast of the Socotra archipelago, east of the country. “The Iranian ship was More »

Saudi’s Al-Falih says global oil market improving, stabilizing

:: The global oil market is improving and stabilizing, Saudi Oil Minister Khalid Al-Falih said in Baghdad on Saturday. In a speech at the opening of the Baghdad International Exhibition, Al-Falih praised More »


Sisi vows decisive measures after deadly Sinai attack

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi vowed on Saturday to take decisive security measure in Sinai and on the border with the Gaza strip as he blamed foreign actors for a terrorist attack that killed 30 Egyptian soldiers on Friday. “We

Zellweger ‘new face’ highlights Hollywood’s ageing taboo

LOS ANGELES: The storm over Renee Zellweger’s new-look face has thrown the spotlight on one of Hollywood’s eternal questions: how do you grow old in Tinseltown? The “Bridget Jones” star, who won a best supporting actress Oscar in 2004 for

Bloggers inspire Kim’s new line

LOS ANGELES: Reality TV star Kim Kardashian says she took inspiration from the Internet while designing her latest collection. The 34-year-old, who is launching her third Kardashian Kollection for high-street retailer Lipsy, with her sisters Khloe and Kourtney, enjoys “investigating”

Nyong’o seeks US slave-trade preservation

Lupita Nyong’o

RICHMOND, Virginia: “Twelve Years a Slave” actress Lupita Nyong’o is lending her star power to the opposition to a minor league baseball stadium in what was once the center of Richmond’s thriving slave-trading center. Nyong’o has been posting anti-stadium opinions

Iran hangs woman despite world pressure

Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, convicted of murdering a former intelligence official she claimed raped her, was executed on Saturday in defiance to international pressure to spare her life, Agence France-Presse reported. Jabbari, who was on death row for five years, was

Egypt-Gaza border closed after deadly Sinai attack

Egypt was set to close the Rafah border crossing with Gaza Strip as part of an emergency measure in the wake of the deadliest attack on Egyptian security forces in the nearby Sinai Peninsula that killed more than two dozen

Fresh violence rocks Lebanon’s Tripoli

At least 16 people, including seven soldiers were reportedly wounded in a clash late Friday in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, in violence apparently linked to the death of a prominent Islamist militant. Agency France Press quoted a security

Drone strike kills three al Qaeda-linked militants-tribal sources

A U.S. drone strike killed three suspected members of the al Qaeda-linked group near their battlefront with arch-rivals from the Shi’ite Muslim Houthi group, tribal sources said. The sources said the drone was used in the al-Manasseh area against Ansar

U.S. calls for probe into Palestinian-American’s death

The U.S. State Department called for an expedited and transparent investigation into the death of a 14-year-old Palestinian American after confirming he had been shot and killed by Israeli forces, a statement said. Orwah Hammad, was shot in the head

Al-Sudais welcomes constructive criticism

Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais

Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques, has said that he receives constructive criticism with an open mind. Speaking to media professionals on the occasion of a ceremony at the conclusion of this year’s Haj

Four consulates get suspicious packages in Turkey

Turkish authorities say the consulates of Canada, Belgium and Germany in Istanbul have been evacuated after receiving suspicious packages Friday. The U.S. consulate in Istanbul also received an envelope of suspicious yellow powder on Friday, but the building was not

70% of Makkah Mashaer Metro staff are Saudi

The Makkah Mashaer Metro (MMM), developed by the China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC), recently disclosed to Arab News that 70 percent of its locally recruited staff are Saudi. According to CRCC’s Operational Department data, the number of local staff at

Tunisian forces kill six after standoff with militants

Tunisian security forces on Friday killed six people, including five women, after a standoff with Islamist militants near the capital, the authorities said. Interior ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui told reporters at the scene that one militant was among the

GCC vows tough steps to curb ‘media extremism’

Gulf states are stepping up their awareness campaigns to alert young people about the dangers of extremism, said Kuwait’s Information Minister Sheikh Salman Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah. He said the new ‘Gulf Awareness’ programs would adopt a different approach with the aims

Israeli troops kill Palestinian teen in West Bank clash: medics

Israeli troops killed a Palestinian teen in the West Bank on Friday during clashes that followed a Palestinian march against Israeli restrictions on the al-Aqsa mosque and against Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Orwah Hammad, 14, was shot in

Grand mufti: Bogus sick leaves are sinful

Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh has issued a fatwa declaring the issuing and receiving of fraudulent medical sick leave certificates as sinful behavior. The grand mufti was reported as saying in the local media recently that medical professionals who issue

U.S. seeking to confirm if ISIS used chlorine gas

The United States is looking into more information about reports that Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has used chlorine gas against Iraqi security forces last month, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday. Speaking to reporters after

South Yemen separatists turn out to demand independence

Thousands of southern Yemenis turned out in Aden Friday to demand independence for their once sovereign region, as rebels from the north press to expand their control over more of the impoverished country. Yemen continues to reel under the impact

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