Riyadh keen to unify efforts to overcome terrorism, extremism

:: The Minister of Culture and Information, Dr. Awwad bin Al-Awwad, delivered King Salman’s speech on his behalf to More »

Yemeni army closes in on presidential palace in Taiz

:: The commander of Taiz front, Major General Khalid Fadel, has confirmed that the Yemeni Armed Forces are few More »

Arab NATO plan being studied to fight ISIS, isolate Iran

:: A NATO-style alliance for the Middle East was discussed on Thursday during a NATO summit, attended by US More »

Trump: King Salman is a wise man who wants ‘rapid’ improvements

:: US President Donald Trump said that Saudi Arabia’s King Salman is a “wise man” during both his visits More »

US Senate panel advances bill to impose new sanctions on Iran

:: The United States would impose new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile development, arms transfers, support for More »


Qatar emir urges political solution to refugee problem

:: Millions of refugees have fled their countries and homes to escape oppression, persecution and natural disasters in search of a better life, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim

Saudi Arabia allows Syrians to attain, renew temporary work permits

:: The Saudi Ministry of Labor and Social Development has permitted Syrians who live in Saudi Arabia to attain temporary work permits or renew them if they

Investigators raid homes of Indian ex-finance minister, son

P. Chidambaram

:: India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raided the homes of former finance minister P. Chidambaram and his son on Tuesday, in what it said was a

Kuwait ready to host Yemeni talks under certain conditions

:: Kuwait has announced its readiness to host the parties involved in the Yemeni conflict, provided that they reach an agreement that would end the crisis rather

Philippines president open to South China Sea deals

:: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday he was open to exploring the South China Sea’s natural resources with rival claimants China and Vietnam, after securing a

Saudi officer killed after RPG attack in restive Qatif neighborhood

:: A Saudi officer working for Saudi’s emergency services has been killed after being attacked by extremists using an RPG, Al Arabiya News Channel has reported. A

Thomson Reuters inaugurates 9th Annual Compliance and Anti-Money Laundering Seminar

:: Thomson Reuters on Monday inaugurated the ninth Annual Compliance and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Seminar in Riyadh, held in association with the Saudi Institute of Finance under

Tension between Israel and White House ahead of Trump’s Mideast tour

:: Israel wants the White House to explain why a U.S. diplomat preparing President Donald Trump’s visit to Jerusalem said Judaism’s Holy Western Wall in its Old

Bangladesh upholds life sentence for Jamaat leader

Delwar Hossain Sayeedi

:: Bangladesh’s top court Monday upheld a life sentence for a renowned Jamaat-e-Islami preacher convicted of war crimes, rejecting calls for him to be hanged. The Supreme

US intel says Iran supplying ‘explosive boats’ to Houthi militias

:: Iran is providing “explosive boat technology”, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and missile support to Yemen’s Houthi militias, US Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats informed the

High measures to block ‘ransomware’ attack across Arab banks

:: Banks and financial institutions in the Arab countries have taken precautionary measures in order to anticipate the unprecedented electronic attacks that some banks have experienced directly

UN restarts Geneva talks on Syria with fresh format, same obstacles

:: Syria peace talks in Geneva this week should benefit from a tighter format and a deal to reduce the violence, U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura said

Dammam Airports Company hires first Saudi woman executive

:: Dammam Airports Company has hired its first Saudi woman as an executive director. Hind Al-Zahid became the first Saudi woman to work as an executive director

Tunisia economic growth picks up in first quarter

:: Tunisia’s embattled economy picked up in the first quarter of 2017, and there was a slight fall in unemployment, according to data published Monday by the

Arabs take center stage at Cannes Film Festival

:: The 70th Cannes International Film Festival revealed that Egyptian director Mohammed Diab will be a member of the “Un Certain Regard” judging panel along with French

Disney blackmailed over apparent movie hack

:: Disney chief Bob Iger said Monday hackers claiming to have access to one of the company’s unreleased movies were demanding a “huge” ransom, according to US

Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia and Gulf unity

Dr. Khaled M. Batarfi

By : Dr. Khaled M. Batarfi :: I was trying to clarify the positions of the Gulf states on main Middle Eastern issues, and to explain the

Expert view paints optimistic picture of Gulf economies

Frank Kane

By : Frank Kane :: I make no apology for using this column from time to time to reflect the views of Capital Economics (CapEcon), the London-based

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