Investment, security to top agenda during Saudi Crown Prince India visit

Investment, security to top agenda during Saudi Crown Prince India visit

:: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is set to arrive in India on Tuesday as part of his Asian tour, which kick started in Pakistan and will end in China at More »

Public Prosecution to handle customs probes in Saudi Arabia

Public Prosecution to handle customs probes in Saudi Arabia

:: King Salman on Tuesday issued a royal decree to transfer investigations and prosecutions of customs cases to the Public Prosecution, instead of the General Customs Authority, within a period not exceeding More »

King Salman receives officials from anti-corruption agencies

King Salman receives officials from anti-corruption agencies

:: Senior officials from different government monitoring and anti-corruption agencies called on King Salman at his palace in Riyadh on Monday. The king stressed the need for fighting graft and the importance More »

Port paves way for ‘new era of economic affluence’ in Saudi Arabia

Port paves way for ‘new era of economic affluence’ in Saudi Arabia

:: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (center) at the launch of the King Abdullah Port on Monday. King Abdullah Port, the fastest-growing container port in the world, is considered a major success More »

Saudi anti-corruption crackdown recovers $106 billion in assets

Saudi anti-corruption crackdown recovers $106 billion in assets

:: Saudi investigators have recovered assets worth more than $106 billion in an anti-corruption crackdown ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the royal court said on Wednesday. The funds are in More »

 

Hariri: Lebanon must form govt after months of deadlock

:: Lebanon’s prime minister-designate, Saad Hariri, warned Tuesday a government needs to be formed as the country faces a tough economic situation after months of political deadlock. “We have fallen behind — we must form the government”, he told reporters

Newly appointed Saudi Cabinet members sworn in

:: King Salman swore in the new Cabinet ministers at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday. The ministers included Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Fahd as minister of state; Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz as minister of national guard;

US and Israel exit UN cultural agency, claiming bias

:: The United States and Israel have quit the UN’s educational, scientific and cultural agency, arguing the organization fosters anti-Israel bias. The withdrawal took effect on the stroke of the New Year, after the Trump administration and the Israeli prime

Baha’is fear for members excluded from Yemen prisoner swap

:: The Baha’i community voiced fresh concern Monday for members of the faith detained in Yemen under the pro-Iranian Houthi militias, saying that prisoners have been excluded from a swap planned with the government. The Houthis who have a control

King Salman approves steps to improve health care in KSA

:: King Salman on Monday approved a number of decisions taken by the Saudi Health Council including the establishment of the National Center for Evidence-based Health Practice to improve health care services in the Kingdom. The center will work to

King Salman receives dignitaries in Riyadh

:: The Kingdom’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, senior scholars, ministers and a group of citizens called on King Salman on Monday to greet him. The reception began with the recitation of verses from the Holy Qur’an. The audience

4.8 earthquake hits near Sicily’s Mount Etna in Italy

:: A 4.8-magnitude earthquake struck Wednesday in the area near Europe’s most active volcano Mount Etna, injuring several people, damaging buildings and forcing the partial closure of a highway, Italian civil protection authorities said. Two people were rescued from a

Makkah governor inaugurates international book fair

:: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal inaugurated on Wednesday the fourth Jeddah International Book Fair. With the participation of 400 publishing houses from 40 countries, families can enjoy the events and activities of the 10-day book fair, whose theme this

Trump vows no end to shutdown until wall funded

:: US President Donald Trump vowed Tuesday he would not reopen the government until he gets $5 billion to fund his border wall, as the partial government shutdown dragged into a fourth day. Trump’s demand for a physical barrier on

ISIS claims attack on northern Iraqi city Tal Afar

:: ISIS has claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack in the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar, the group said on its news agency Amaq on Tuesday. The attack on Tal Afar, a former ISIS stronghold, killed two people

Syrian army reinforced close to front with Turkish-backed forces

:: Syrian government troops backed by Russian forces have sent extra troops towards the city of Manbij in coordination with the militia that controls it, a militia spokesman said, as Turkish-backed Syrian rebels said they were preparing to attack it.

King Salman receives 58th annual audit report

:: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Tuesday received the 58th annual report of the General Auditing Bureau (GAB) for the fiscal year 1438/1439 (end-2017 to end-2018), which showed the total funds collected, supplied or provided to the public treasury amounted

Saudi female surgeon leads operation to remove rare liver tumor

:: A medical team of surgeons in Saudi Arabia, led by female Saudi surgeon Hanan Al-Ghamdi, have successfully removed a liver tumor weighing more than two kilograms. The complex surgery was conducted at a specialist hospital in Khobar, eastern Saudi

Two dead, 11 wounded in car bomb in northern Iraqi city Tal Afar

:: At least two people were killed and 11 wounded on Tuesday by a car bomb in the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar, a former ISIS stronghold, the military said. Tal Afar, about 80 km (50 miles) west of

Turkey warns France ‘no benefit’ in protecting Kurd militia

:: France will not gain in any way by retaining forces to protect Kurdish militias in Syria, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Tuesday, after Paris announced it would maintain a presence despite an imminent US withdrawal. Washington’s decision to pull

Rouhani presents Iran budget, says US sanctions to hit lives, growth

:: Iran’s president submitted next year’s budget to parliament on Tuesday, the first since the United States restored sanctions that had been lifted under the nuclear deal. The $47.5 billion budget is less than half the size of last year’s,

Saudi ambassador says kingdom protected Yemen from becoming ‘failed state’

:: Saudi ambassador to Yemen Mohammed Said Al Jaber said Saudi Arabia’s help to Yemen’s legitimate government on the military and diplomatic fronts has made the recent negotiations feasible noting that if the Kingdom had done nothing, Yemen would have

Heads and tales: history of the Saudi halalas

:: The Kingdom’s fiscal trajectory in many ways mirrors the tribulations it endured before emerging as one of the world’s foremost trade and financial hubs. Before the Kingdom was unified by its late founder, King Abdul Aziz, the Arabian Peninsula

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