King Salman performs Eid al-Fitr prayers in Grand Mosque

:: The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abulaziz, performed Eid al-Fitr prayers on Friday morning in the Grand Mosque of Mecca, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. King More »

King Salman congratulates Muslims on Eid al-Fitr

:: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz has congratulated the citizens of his kingdom and Muslims everywhere for the Eid al-Fitr holiday. The following is the translated text of King Salman’s message: More »

Saudi Cabinet approves measure criminalizing sexual harassment

:: The Saudi government approved a measure on Tuesday criminalizing sexual harassment in the Kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The Cabinet, chaired by King Salman in Jeddah, backed the legislation, which More »

Lebanon PM in second trip to Saudi since surprise resignation

:: Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri headed to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for the second time since his shock resignation in the kingdom last year. On November 4, Hariri announced he was More »

Turkey tells Israeli envoy to return to Israel ‘for some time’ after Gaza deaths

:: The Turkish Foreign Ministry has told Israel’s consul general in Istanbul to return to Israel “for some time”, state-run Anadolu news agency said on Wednesday, after Israeli forces killed more than More »

 

King Salman receives Kuwaiti deputy premier

:: Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs of Kuwait, visited Jeddah on Sunday. Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Fahd bin Abdul Aziz, adviser at the royal court, and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir

Lebanon’s Hariri make major change in his staff after election setback

:: Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has replaced his chief of staff after his Future Party lost more than a third of its seats in parliamentary elections a week ago. The Future Movement Party won 20 seats, down from the

Makkah water services chief: Proportion of faltering projects have gone down

:: Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, adviser to King Salman and governor of Makkah, discussed the works and projects of the National Water Co. (NWC) in the region, including 87 projects worth a total of SR6.8 billion ($1.8 billion). Mohammed bin Saleh

Hamas leader in Cairo ahead of expected protests in Gaza

:: Hamas leader Ismail Haniya arrived in Cairo on Sunday to meet the head of Egypt’s security services, as speculation mounts that Egypt is seeking to negotiate a deal with Hamas to ease potential violence on Monday. Sources in Hamas

Iraq Elections 2018: Voter turnout at 44.52 percent, says electoral commission

:: Iraqis voted on Saturday in the first parliamentary election since the country declared victory over ISIS, but the turnout was historically low. The balloting is expected to be a referendum on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s tenure and his pledge

Indonesia links deadly church attacks to local ISIS-inspired group

:: A series of attacks in Indonesia by suicide bombers on churches in the city of Surabaya were suspected to be carried out by the ISIS-inspired group Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), a spokesman for the country’s intelligence agency said on

Saudi Arabia ‘to seek nuclear weapon’ if Iran resumes program

:: Iran’s actions amount to a “declaration of war,” the Saudi foreign minister warned on Wednesday, after two ballistic missiles were fired toward Riyadh by Tehran-backed Houthi militias. Adel Al-Jubeir, speaking to CNN, said Saudi Arabia would seek to develop

Saudi FM says kingdom to resume efforts to address Iran’s hostile policies

:: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir reaffirmed the kingdom’s support of US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal with Iran and reinstate economic sanctions, and said that the kingdom will continue to work with its

Xi Jinping and N. Korea’s Kim Jong Un met in China

:: Chinese President Xi Jinping and Kim Jong Un met in northeast China on Tuesday in an unannounced visit by the North Korean leader ahead of an expected summit with US President Donald Trump. Chinese state broadcaster CCTV showed Xi

Saudi air force intercepts ballistic missile launched from Yemen

:: Saudi air forces intercepted a ballistic missile launched from Yemen on Wednesday. Four consecutive loud booms were heard in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh on Wednesday, witnesses were reported as saying. Yemen’s Houthi militia said it fired missiles at “economic

Turkey says US decision on Iran deal will cause instability, new conflicts

:: A spokesman for Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that the decision by the United States to unilaterally withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal will cause instability and new conflicts. In a tweet, Ibrahim Kalin also said

Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia fail to agree on Nile dispute

:: An Egyptian official says Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia have again failed to make progress on their Nile dispute as Ethiopia works to complete a massive upstream dam. Egypt fears the Renaissance Dam will cut into its share of the

Egypt refers 555 ISIS Sinai suspects to trial

:: Egypt’s public prosecutor has referred to military trial 555 people accused of belonging to a branch of the ISIS group in the Sinai Peninsula, a judicial official said Tuesday. The 555 were alleged to have formed 43 cells as

French defense minister says weakening Iran deal would aggravate region

:: France’s defense minister said weakening the Iran deal would aggravate an eruptive region, as world powers waited to see if U.S. President Donald Trump would pull out of the accord on Tuesday. Florence Parly told French radio RTL the

Saudi Arabia welcomes US withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal

:: Saudi Arabia welcomed the announcement on Tuesday by President Donald Trump that the United States is withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal. The government said it also supports the reinstatement of economic sanctions on the Iranian regime, which were

Saudi interior minister patronizes Civil Defense graduation ceremony

:: Under the patronage of Saud Arabia’s Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif, the graduation ceremony of the Civil Defense training course was held on Monday in Makkah. He was received by Civil Defense officials and its

Saudi King Salman urges best possible services for pilgrims during Ramadan

:: King Salman has called for efforts to be redoubled to provide the best services and facilities for Umrah performers, visitors and worshipers in the Two Holy Mosques, and the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah during Ramadan. Chaired by

Saudi minister reaffirms Kingdom’s stance on Palestine as Arab information ministers meet in Cairo

:: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture and Information Awwad Al-Awwad on Tuesday chaired the 9th regular session of the Executive Office of the Council of Arab Information Minister in Cairo. Al-Awwad conveyed the wishes of King Salman and Crown Prince

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