Anies Baswedan sworn in as new Jakarta governor

:: Former Education Minister Anies Baswedan and businessman-turned-politician Sandiaga Uno were sworn in Monday as the new governor and deputy governor of Jakarta at a ceremony held by President Joko Widodo at More »

Saudi Crown Prince meets with the commander of the Pakistani Army

:: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Pakistani Army Commander Lieutenant General Javed Bajwa on Monday. The meeting reviewed the bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, especially in the More »

King Salman stresses kingdom’s support for united Iraq in phone call to Abadi

:: Saudi King Salman held a telephone call Monday evening with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq, Dr. Haider al-Abadi, in which he stressed the Kingdom’s support for the unity More »

Dialogue best way to promote peace, security: Saudi Shoura chief

:: Shoura Council President Abdullah Al-Asheikh said that the Kingdom, under the leadership of King Salman, believes in dialogue as an effective means to achieve security, peace and prosperity. Al-Asheikh delivered his More »

Commercial courts to boost investment in Saudi Arabia

:: Justice Minister Walid Al-Samaani has officially launched the commercial courts after they had started to operate on Muharram 1 of this year. Al-Samaani, who is also the Supreme Judicial Council chairman, More »

 

Stampede in India’s financial capital kills at least 22

:: A rush hour stampede during a sudden monsoon downpour at a railway-station in India’s financial hub of Mumbai killed at least 22 people and wounded more than 30, an Indian state official said on Friday. The cause of the

Saudi envoy to US: Royal decree affirms women play central role in kingdom

:: Prince Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the US, confirmed at a press conference at the embassy in Washington on Tuesday that Saudi women will be able to drive alone and won’t need their guardian’s permission to get

US verifying Baghdadi recording, but says ‘no reason to doubt’ authenticity

:: The United States is still trying to verify a purported recording of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who had been rumored to be dead, but suggested audio released Thursday could well be real. “We are aware of the audio

Minister of Interior: We’re ready to apply traffic law on men and women

:: The Saudi Minister of Interior ensured the readiness of security services to apply the provisions of the traffic law on men and women across the Kingdom. “With women driving traffic safety will be transformed into an educational practice that

Iraqi PM office says Turkey agrees to deal only with Baghdad on oil exports

:: Turkey told Iraq it would deal only with the Iraqi government on crude oil exports, the office of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Thursday. In a phone call with Abadi, Turkish Prime Minister Binali “Yildirim confirmed the

Libya arrests ISIS militant involved in 2015 beheadings

:: Libyan authorities have arrested a suspected ISIS militant they believe was involved in the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya in 2015. Chief Prosecutor Al-Sadiq al-Sour told reporters on Thursday that the beheadings took place behind a

Saudi crown prince meets with Lebanon’s Samir Geagea in Jeddah

:: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also first deputy prime minister and minister of defense, met with Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea on Thursday, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The meeting was held in Jeddah and it discussed common

Yemeni army’s chief of staff says ‘victory over coup militias soon’

:: Yemeni army’s chief of staff said on Wednesday that victory over Houthi and Saleh militias is “is closer than ever”. Maj. Gen. Taher Ali al-Auqaili, who was appointed by Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi as the army’s chief

UN special envoy wants new round of Syria talks in coming weeks

:: UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura said Wednesday that he hopes to convene a new round of Syria talks in Geneva in the coming weeks. “I am calling on both sides to assess the situation with realism and responsibility

Iraqi parliament demands Barzani be tried for ‘holding unconstitutional vote’

:: Iraq’s parliament has asked the country’s Council of Ministers to take measures against the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) following the Kurdish independence referendum. Discussions during the parliamentary session on Wednesday boycotted by Kurdish MPs led to issuance of a

Senior cleric says women driving does not contradict Quran, Sunnah

:: Member of the Senior Scholars’ Council, Abdullah bin Abdlemohsen al-Turki, has said that decision taken to allow women to drive in Saudi Arabia does not contradict with the country’s constitution which is the Qur’an and the Sunnah. He added

Muslim Brotherhood leader Badie gets another life sentence

:: An Egyptian court has sentenced 16 people, including the head of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, to life in prison on violence-related charges. It’s the latest of several life sentences for Mohammed Badie, who has also been sentenced to death

Guterres to Myanmar: End military ops, open humanitarian access

:: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres decried the humanitarian “nightmare” faced by Myanmar’s Rohingya on Thursday and demanded that the government end military operations and open humanitarian access to its conflict-wracked western region. “The situation has spiraled into the world’s

Indian court charges ex-editor with raping colleague

:: An Indian court on Thursday charged the former editor of a renowned news magazine with raping a female colleague four years ago, the prosecutor said. Tarun Tejpal pleaded not guilty to charges of rape, sexual harassment and wrongful restraint,

Airbnb enters restaurant reservation businesses

:: Rent-a-room giant Airbnb is now in the restaurant reservation business, hoping to provide customers with a memorable meal before they drift off in their home away from home. The travel accommodations startup that launched in 2008 has teamed up

MENA-focused VC fund MEVP to back region’s tech entrepreneurs

:: MEVP, one of the largest venture capital firms in the Mena, on Wednesday announced the launch of its third MENA venture capital fund – the Middle East Venture Fund III (MEVFIII) – with a target size of $250 million.

Etihad Aviation Group appoints former airport chief as CEO

:: Etihad Aviation Group has named Tony Douglas, who has run both Abu Dhabi and Heathrow airports, as CEO at a time the group’s airline is undergoing a strategic review after investments in troubled carriers contributed to a big loss

From Riyadh to Los Angeles, in the pursuit of musical dreams

:: Tamtam is understandably excited. The 24-year-old Saudi singer has just dropped her latest song, ‘Solidarity’, and coincidentally, it became the same day King Salman issued a historic royal decree granting driving licenses for women as of next June. Taking

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