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 »


Kobani struggles to cope alone after key victory over Daesh

:: Almost three years after Kurdish fighters defeated Daesh in the Syrian town of Kobani, residents still mourn the dead and feel abandoned by their foreign allies as they struggle to rebuild. Daesh’s defeat in predominately Kurdish Kobani in early

Labor minister: KSA spends more on education than most OECD countries

:: “Human capital is the main focus of development in every society, and giving it sufficient attention is necessary for success and progress. Thus, Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 seeks to improve all aspects of the Saudi economy, with human capital

Eight dead as Rohingya boat sinks off Bangladesh

:: At least eight people drowned and dozens more are missing after a boat packed with Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh sank on Monday, the latest victims of a half a million strong exodus sparked by an army crackdown in Myanmar.

Iraqi forces start advancing toward Kurdish-held Kirkuk

:: Iraqi forces took control of “vast areas” in the oil-rich region of Kirkuk without opposition from Kurdish Peshmerga, state TV said on Monday. The announcement came after reports that Iraqi forces began moving at around midnight toward an important

24 militants, six soldiers killed in attacks in Egypt’s Sinai, military says

:: At least 24 militants and six soldiers were killed on Sunday in attacks on military outposts in North Sinai, the Egyptian military said in a statement. The statement did not give details, but security and medical sources said about

Saudi Crown Prince condoles Somali president over terrorist attacks

:: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent a cable of condolences to the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Mohammed Abdullah Faramaju, following the two terrorist bombings in the capital Mogadishu. The crown prince said: “I received with

Iraq says Kurds brought PKK fighters to Kirkuk in ‘declaration of war’

:: The Iraqi government accused Kurdish authorities on Sunday of bringing fighters from Turkey’s separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) to the disputed oil-rich city of Kirkuk and said it considered the move a “declaration of war”. In a statement published

US-backed SDF says 275 ISIS militants left Raqqa city

:: US-backed militias said they had launched their final assault on Syria’s Raqqa on Sunday after a convoy of ISIS militants left the city, leaving only a hardcore of militants to mount a last stand. “The battle will continue until

Iran’s Soleimani reportedly in Kurdistan as Iraq denies setting Kirkuk deadline

:: A Kurdish source said on Sunday that the leader of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Qasem Soleimani, arrived in Iraqi Kurdistan Region to discuss the escalation of the crisis between Erbil and Baghdad. Meanwhile, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s spokesperson

Deadly blaze rips through carpentry workshop in Riyadh

:: A blaze ripped through a carpentry workshop in the Saudi city of Riyadh on Sunday, claiming the lives of 10 people and injuring three others, the Saudi Civil Defense announced on Twitter. The blaze occurred in the Badr district

Iran denies reports Tehran closed border with northern Iraq

:: Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday denied reports that Tehran had closed a border crossing with northern Iraq in response to an independence referendum in Iraq’s Kurdish region last month, the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA) reported. “As we announced

Netanyahu, Israeli police face off over graft probe

:: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli police faced off in a rare public dispute Sunday over an intensifying graft probe that has led to speculation over whether he will eventually be forced from office. Netanyahu late Saturday lashed out

276 killed in deadliest single attack in Somalia’s history

:: The most powerful bomb blast ever witnessed in Somalia’s capital killed at least 276 people with more than 300 injured, a senator said Sunday, making it the deadliest single attack in this Horn of Africa nation. The toll could

Action movies should channel ‘deep emotions’ says John Woo

:: Action movies should reflect “deep emotions”, acclaimed Hong Kong thriller director John Woo said Saturday, calling on young filmmakers to breathe life into the genre by exploring the human condition. Woo, whose Hollywood films include “Face/Off” and “Mission: Impossible

What Erdogan’s snub says about the US and Turkey

Sinem Cengiz

By : Sinem Cengiz :: A farewell reception took place in Ankara last week for John Bass, the departing US ambassador to Turkey. Attendance at such events is significant, and sends important signals regarding the relations between the host country

Can we ban all nuclear weapons? Yes, we can

Yossi Mekelberg

By : Yossi Mekelberg :: Since it was first awarded in 1901, the Nobel Peace Prize has been regarded as the most prestigious accolade that any individual or organization could receive for their hard graft to bring about a somewhat

Afghan air force gets its own Black Hawk choppers

:: Parked at a military runway in Afghanistan near other aircraft used in the fight against the Taliban, the grey-green helicopter appears unremarkable at first blush. A second look at the UH-60 Black Hawk reveals a vital distinction: the US

Hillary Clinton says Brexit uncertainty affecting children

Hillary Clinton

:: Children are being given “short shrift” in the Brexit process, with some left feeling worried and unsafe, Hillary Clinton said Saturday. The 2016 US presidential candidate spoke at Swansea University in Wales, which presented her with an honorary doctorate.

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