Turning point in Sudan as Bashir supports new president to lead ruling party

:: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Thursday expressed his support for a leader of his ruling party for the presidency in the 2020 elections in a speech that was broadcast by local More »

Saudi Foreign Minister Jubeir says Hezbollah hijacked Lebanon

:: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Hezbollah is the root of the problem in Lebanon as it has hijacked the Lebanese system. During a joint press conference with his French counterpart More »

Tillerson says US considers individual sanctions for Myanmar

:: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that his country was deeply concerned by “credible reports” of atrocities committed by Myanmar’s security forces and called for an independent investigation into More »

Saudi Arabia part of solution to tackle climate change: Al-Falih

:: Saudi Oil Minister Khalid Al-Falih has said oil-exporting countries such as Saudi Arabia are an integral part of the solution to tackle the challenges of climate change and its adverse economic More »

Saudi Arabia concerned over female terrorism at universities, schools

:: The Cabinet on Tuesday highlighted the threat of female terrorism at universities and schools and stressed the need to prevent women from becoming involved in terrorist and extremist acts. King Salman More »

 

Arab Coalition foils Houthi attack targeting international shipping lines

:: The Arab Coalition’s spokesman, Colonel Turki bin Saleh al-Maliki, said on Saturday that the coalition thwarted an imminent action to target international shipping routes. “Houthi elements on the Yemeni island of Bawadi were attacked, as they planned violent operations

Putin and Trump joint remarks: ‘No military solution to Syria conflict’

:: US President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin agreed there was “no military solution” for the war in Syria, in a joint statement approved on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific summit, the Kremlin said Saturday. “The presidents agreed

Saudi-led coalition reopens Yemen’s Aden and Seiyoun airports

:: Yemeni officials announced on Friday evening that the Saudi-led Arab coalition fighting the Houthi militia has re-opened the Aden and Seiyoun airports four days after its decision to temporarily close Yemeni ports. The coalition had said it closed all

ISIS regains full control of Syria border town Albu Kamal: monitor

:: The ISIS group fully recaptured the Syrian border town of Albu Kamal on Saturday, a monitor said, after a tough fightback for its last urban bastion against pro-regime forces. “ISIS fully recaptured Albu Kamal, and regime forces and allied

US drone strike in Somalia kills ‘several’ al-Shabab militants

:: The United States military said on Saturday it has carried out a new drone strike against the al-Shabab extremist group in Somalia, killing “several” militants. A statement by the US Africa Command said the strike was carried out Friday

Iraqi interior minister says 41 Iranians arrested after crossing borders

:: The Iraqi Minister of Interior, Qasim al-Araji, said that local authorities have arrested 41 interiors who illegally crossed the country’s borders, reported Anadolu Agency on Saturday. The statement said that the Ministry of Interior (MOI) warned all residents in

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets Yemen party leader

:: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with the head of the Yemeni Islah Party, Mohammad al-Yidumi, in Riyadh today, to discuss a number of issues related to the crisis in Yemen, reported the Saudi Press Agency. The meeting

Bahrain oil pipeline fire was act of sabotage – Interior Ministry

:: State-run Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) closed the flow of oil to the stricken pipeline, the civil defense added in the statement, published on the interior ministry’s website. Residents close to the incident near Buri village, some 15 kilometers (10

Egyptian forces destroy arms smugglers’ vehicles on Libya border

:: Egyptian military jets destroyed 10 vehicles carrying weapons, ammunition and smuggled goods near the country’s western desert border with Libya, the army said on Saturday. Egypt’s porous border with Libya has long been a headache for security forces as

Houthis continue to pose big danger to international navigation, says Yemeni vice president

Ali Mohsen Saleh

:: Yemeni Vice President Ali Mohsen Saleh expressed his appreciation for the Saudi-led Arab coalition for supporting Yemen’s legitimate government. Addressing an expanded military meeting of heads of bodies and directors of the Ministry of Defense of Yemen, he reaffirmed

Lebanon Grand Mufti stresses importance of brotherly relations with Saudi Arabia

:: Lebanon’s Grand Mufti Abdul Sheikh Abdul Latif Deryan reemphasized on Friday the importance of “brotherly and historic relations” that tie the Middle Eastern country to Saudi Arabia. His remarks come after the resignation of Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri last

Iraqi forces launch offensive to recapture last ISIS-held district

:: Iraqi forces launched an offensive on Saturday to capture Rawa, the last remaining town under ISIS control. Two infantry divisions and Sunni tribal forces are participating in the offensive to recapture Rawa, a small town on the bank of

World Bank official: Saudi fight against corruption ‘important for development’

Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman

:: Fighting corruption is key to Saudi Arabia’s development, a senior World Bank official said as he welcomed the raft of reforms underway in the Kingdom. Hafez Ghanem, vice president of the World Bank for the Middle East and North

Tillerson: No place or role in Lebanon for any militias or armed elements

:: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday warned other countries and groups against using Lebanon as a vehicle for a larger proxy fight in the Middle East, saying the United States strongly backed Lebanon’s independence. “There is no

Saudi Arabia says remains committed to climate accord

Khalid Al-Falih

:: Saudi Arabia remains committed to the 2015 Paris climate change agreement, the energy minister for the world’s top oil exporter said on Saturday. Minister Khalid Al-Falih’s statement came as almost 200 countries started talks in Germany to bolster a

Saudi King Salman prays at Quba Mosque in Medina

:: The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud paid a visit to the Mosque of Quba in Medina late in the evening on Thursday and performed the two-Rak’ah prayer of Tahiyyat-ul-Masjid. Upon his arrival,

US official in Riyadh meets Saad Hariri

:: US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the US charge d’affaires in Riyadh met on Wednesday with Saad al-Hariri, who resigned as Lebanese prime minister while in Saudi Arabia. She described the talks as “diplomatic conversations.” Hariri has met

Israel downs Syrian drone over Golan Heights: army

:: The Israeli army said it had shot down a Russian-made Syrian drone carrying out a reconnaissance mission over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Saturday. The drone was intercepted by a Patriot missile in the demilitarized zone between the Israeli-

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