Erdogan to Trump: Turkey ready to take over Syria’s Manbij

:: Turkey is ready to take over security in Syria’s Manbij, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told US President Donald Trump in a telephone call on Sunday, the Turkish presidency said in a More »

Organization of Islamic Cooperation chief slams terrorist attacks in Africa

:: The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned attacks that caused the deaths of at least 37 people in intercommunal clashes in central Mali on Tuesday. Dr. Yousef More »

King Salman approves steps to improve health care in KSA

:: King Salman on Monday approved a number of decisions taken by the Saudi Health Council including the establishment of the National Center for Evidence-based Health Practice to improve health care services More »

Turkey warns France ‘no benefit’ in protecting Kurd militia

:: France will not gain in any way by retaining forces to protect Kurdish militias in Syria, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Tuesday, after Paris announced it would maintain a presence despite More »

Rouhani presents Iran budget, says US sanctions to hit lives, growth

:: Iran’s president submitted next year’s budget to parliament on Tuesday, the first since the United States restored sanctions that had been lifted under the nuclear deal. The $47.5 billion budget is More »


MERS coronavirus Q & A

Airports step up alert to keep MERS away

Health authorities on Thursday announced the deaths of another three people from the MERS respiratory virus, taking the country’s toll to 160. The death toll rose as US reports said airline crews have also been told to be on the

Non-Haj govt agencies to be relocated out of Mina

The Supreme Haj Committee plans to ban all non-Haj government agencies from operating in Mina to streamline operations for pilgrims. The discussion on the issue took place at a committee meeting recently in Jeddah. The space would be allocated for

Hagel: US-Iran talks ‘not at cost of Gulf security’

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Wednesday promised Saudi Arabia and other GCC states that US negotiations to contain Iran’s nuclear program would not weaken their security. “First, these negotiations will under no circumstances trade away regional security for concessions on

King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah inaugurated

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz patronized the opening ceremony of the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah yesterday evening. The inauguration was followed by the finals of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques

WHO says deadly MERS virus very serious, but not an emergency

    LONDON: Concern about the deadly new Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus has “significantly increased” but the disease is not yet a global health emergency, the World Health Organization said. The virus, which causes coughing, fever and sometimes

Prince Khalid named new deputy Defense minister

  The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has relieved Prince Salman bin Sultan from the position of Deputy Minister of Defense upon his request. Prince Khalid bin Bandar will replace him. Prince Turki bin Abdullah has been

U.S. to surpass Saudi Arabia to become world’s top oil producer by 2015

  Washington – The United States is set to become the world’s top energy producer by 2015, according to a new report. The report from the International Energy Agency found that the US would even surpass Saudi Arabia to become

Saudi Arabia officially rejects term on UN Security Council

  United Nations – Saudi Arabia, in an unprecedented moved, formally rejected Tuesday its two-year term on the UN Security Council, clearing the way for Jordan to take the seat as a replacement, Xinhua reported. The Middle East power had

Saudi Arabia arrests 62 Accused of Ties to Yemeni and Syrian Terrorists

Security authorities have arrested 62 militants accused of having ties to terrorists in Yemen and Syria and suspected of planning attacks on government installations and foreign interests and of plotting to assassinate security officials, the state news agency reported Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia jails organiser of women’s protests for six years


  A Saudi court jailed a man for six years for organizing women’s demonstrations and taking part in protests against the regime, the official Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday. The report gave no further details of the demonstrations over

Saudi fears rise over mystery virus


  A mystery virus known as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) has claimed an increasing number of lives in Saudi Arabia, where it has spread to at least five cities. There is no known cure and fear of the

Saudi Mers death toll rises to 126

Arab Mers

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia’s death toll from Mers has risen by five to 126 fatalities since the mystery respiratory virus first appeared in the kingdom in 2012, the health ministry said Friday. Two men, aged 47 and 60, died in the

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