Khalid bin Salman: Capture of ISIS leader shows commitment to eradicate terror

Khalid bin Salman: Capture of ISIS leader shows commitment to eradicate terror

:: The capture of ISIS’ leader, Abu Osama al-Muhajir, in Yemen is just the latest example of our commitment to eradicating the scourge of terrorism, Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid More »

Iran foreign minister accuses US’ Bolton of plotting for war

Iran foreign minister accuses US’ Bolton of plotting for war

:: Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused US National Security Adviser John Bolton of plotting for war against Iran in a tweet on Tuesday. “Wanna know why those with proven record More »

Saudi Crown Prince departs for Asia trip including South Korea, Japan

Saudi Crown Prince departs for Asia trip including South Korea, Japan

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has departed on a trip to South Korea and Japan, where he will lead the Kingdom’s delegation to the G20 summit in Osaka, the More »

King Salman promotes, appoints 38 judges at various levels

King Salman promotes, appoints 38 judges at various levels

:: King Salman issued a royal order on Monday promoting 38 judges at the Ministry of Justice at various ranks. The Kingdom is taking measures to revolutionize its judicial system. Recently, the More »

Iran says it welcomes any diffusion of tensions in region

Iran says it welcomes any diffusion of tensions in region

:: Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday Tehran welcomes any diffusion of tensions in the Gulf region following weeks of deteriorating relations with Washington. “We welcome diffusion of tensions in the More »


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 detected the presence of virus-carrying antibodies in the animals. Salahudeen Al-Dosari, deputy director

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 general for political affairs, Wim Geerts, as his government’s envoy to visit the

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 city’s history has proven to be polarizing with opponents saying the expansion plans

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 country”. Al-Othman, while relating his own experiences in London following his first visit

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 hospital,” Abdul Majeed, a police official told AFP by telephone, adding the explosion

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 that the money was paid out to the owners of 13,000 properties in

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 robust foreign inflows and a rally in domestic shares. The currency still rose

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 spokesman Maj. Yahya Bin Abdullah Al-Qahtani said three people were rescued and 13

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 with theoretical lessons about female health-related issues. Sources at the ministry said that

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 a SR50,000 bonus was given to another member without the approval of the

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 Gulf Research Center and the Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Several

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 before insurance was legalized in 2003. It should not be surprising, however; as

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 economies of Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Yemen, Tunisia, and Libya and concludes that 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 the terrorists,’ (“They are killing Bharat Mata’s sons on the border and you

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 resisted it for ten years. If human being were made to walk they

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 would oversee dispute resolution across all government departments, the ministry said in its

Makkah mega project unveiled

The government plans to spend SR160 billion over the next 20 years to expand Makkah with a new residential area for 800,000 people. The Makkah Gate project was unveiled Wednesday in Jeddah by Osama Al-Bar, the mayor of Makkah, and

Uphold Kingdom’s global status as ‘cradle of Islam’

Deputy Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Salman has called for greater efforts to strengthen Saudi role in the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Prince Salman made this comment while hosting Mohammed bin Ahmed Tayeb, the Kingdom’s permanent

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