GCC members call for Arab unity against terror, Iran meddling at Riyadh summit

:: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman said on Sunday the Kingdom is keen to maintain the entity of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and strengthen its current and future role. “In order to More »

King Salman to launch Tarif district restoration program

:: King Salman will patronize the inaugural ceremony for the restoration of the Tarif historical district on Sunday. It is part of a program aimed at the development of the ancient Ad More »

Saudi elected as Arab Parliament speaker

:: Saudi Arabia’s Shoura Council member Dr. Mishaal bin Fahm Al-Salami was elected as the speaker of the Arab Parliament at a special session on Saturday. His election is a seen as More »

Saudi Cabinet welcomes creation of supreme council with Algeria

:: The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday reviewed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s tour of Arab countries and the Kingdom’s participation at the G20 Summit in Argentina. The Cabinet welcomed the Kingdom’s decision More »

Rouhani threatens to block all Gulf oil exports if Iran can’t export oil

:: Iran has threatened to block the waterway in which oil exports are shipped on Tuesday, with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reiterating that the United States will not be able to stop More »

 

Jerusalem Palestinian eyes seat in Israel’s city hall

:: A civil engineer from East Jerusalem is running for a seat in city hall with a campaign that demands equitable municipal services while side-stepping the long struggle over sovereignty. A third of Jerusalem residents are Palestinians, in areas Israel

Saudi crown prince receives Russian envoy

:: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held talks with the Russian president’s special envoy to Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, in Riyadh on Monday. During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries and discussed major issues in the region.

Children injured in Houthi mortar attack on civilian neighborhood in Hodeidah

:: Civilians, including children, were seriously injured following a Houthi mortar attack on their neighborhood in Hodeidah, Yemen on Monday, according to Saba News Agency. Eye witnesses said that the Houthi attack caused the destruction of several houses and the

Pompeo: Trump willing to meet Iran’s Rouhani at UN this week

:: US President Donald Trump is willing to meet with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani at the UN this week, US secretary of State Michael Pompeo said in an interview with NBC. Trump will address the UN’s General Assembly on Tuesday

‘Hundreds of targets’ in Qatar-linked hack, say lawyers for US lobbyist Broidy

:: Lawyers of Republican lobbyist Elliott Broidy said that hundreds of people, including senior officials from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Bahrain and Syria, were targeted by cybercriminals working for agents of the Qatari government. Broidy, known as a top

Yemeni army units find naval mines planted by Houthis off Midi coasts

:: The Yemeni army’s naval teams found naval mines which the Houthi militias planted in the Red Sea. A military source said the mines were found off the coasts of Midi, adding that the Houthis planted them there before fleeing

Netanyahu to Putin: Delivery of S-300 to Syria will increase regional danger

:: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday that supplying advanced weapon systems to “irresponsible players” would increase dangers in the region, Netanyahu’s office said. In a telephone call held shortly after Russia announced it

King Salman to inaugurate Saudi Arabia’s Haramain high-speed railway

:: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will inaugurate the Haramain high speed rail project on Tuesday ahead of the start of commercial operations next month. The 450 kilometer train line connects the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah with stations at

Coalition announces opening of humanitarian corridors in Yemen

:: Arab Coalition spokesperson, Turki al-Maliki, has announced the opening of humanitarian corridors between the Yemeni capital Sanaa and the port of Hodeidah to secure humanitarian passage via al-Mahwit, Hajjah, and Bajil. Al-Maliki said that the Yemenis are still suffering

Gaza: Staff at UN agency for Palestinians strike over job cuts

:: Staff at the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees went on strike in the Gaza Strip on Monday to protest against job losses and US funding cuts. The one-day strike closed more than 250 UNRWA schools in Gaza, as

Muslim Brotherhood chief, 65 others get life for Egypt attack

:: An Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced 66 people to life in prison, including Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohammed Badie, over an August 2013 attack on a police station in Minya. Death sentences were meted out to 183 people over the

Russia says ‘misled’ by Israel in plane downing over Syria

:: The Russian military on Sunday said “misleading” information from the Israeli air force caused the downing of a Russian plane in Syria, and denounced the “adventurism” of Israeli pilots. Military spokesman Igor Konashenkov presented the results of an investigation

Pro-Turkey Syria rebels cautiously accept Idlib deal

:: Pro-Turkey rebels have cautiously accepted a Moscow-Ankara deal to prevent a Russia-backed regime attack on Syria’s last major opposition bastion of Idlib, while a small militants group has rejected it. The dominant force in the northwestern region bordering Turkey,

Iran threatens UAE after tweet by Emirati writer on Ahwaz attack

:: Iran on Sunday summoned the top diplomat of the United Arab Emirates over a tweet attributed to a UAE writer on the weekend’s attack on an Iranian military parade in Ahwaz province. The Emirati charge d’affaires was summoned to

American victims want Palestinian leader barred from UN General Assembly

:: A group of American victims of Palestinian violence are asking President Donald Trump to bar Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas from entering the United States for the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting. The group appealed Sunday for Trump to

King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed ‘lend new dimension to unification’

:: Saudi Arabia’s National Day, celebrated every year on Sept. 23, has come a long way in broadening the concept of unification over the years. Though the National Day meant unifying disparate sheikhdoms under the nation’s founder, the late King

Fatah accuses Hamas of colluding with Israeli government

:: The Palestinian Fatah faction has accused the Hamas leadership of colluding with the Israeli government and abandoning the “right of return” principle. In a statement released on Friday, Fatah said that the Hamas movement is sending messages to the

Saudi Crown Prince: No one will be allowed to attack our sovereignty

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has released a statement on the occasion of the kingdom’s 88th national day. The crown prince affirmed that the occasion of the Saudi National Day as one to recall the achievements of

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