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 »

 

Iran’s never-ending hostage-taking

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

By : Dr. Majid Rafizadeh :: Nazanin Ratcliffe, a project manager at the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was with her infant daughter when Iranian authorities confiscated their passports. Ratcliffe, a British citizen working for the foundation’s charitable section, was imprisoned on

The two backlashes against globalization

Shashi Tharoor

By : Shashi Tharoor :: When I left India for graduate school in the US in 1975, the word “globalization” was not in use anywhere in the world. Back then, crossing borders was still a big deal, and getting a

Trump will not ratify Iran nuclear deal as more sanctions are approved

:: A source in the White House revealed to Al Arabiya Television on Thursday that US President Donald Trump will announce on Friday his refusal to ratify the nuclear agreement with Iran. The move comes just as the US Congress’

US to pull out of UNESCO amid Palestinian tensions

:: US officials have told The Associated Press that the United States is pulling out of UNESCO, after repeated criticism of resolutions by the UN cultural agency that Washington sees as anti-Israel. UNESCO head said it has had official notification

Yemeni government says it did not receive details about UN envoy’s initiative

:: The Yemeni government said it did not receive any details about the initiative which UN envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said is comprehensive towards finding a solution to the Yemeni crisis. Yemen Foreign Minister Abdulmalik Al-Mekhlafi told

Kurdish VP : Thousands of troops sent to Kirkuk to face ‘Iraq threat’

:: Kurdish authorities have sent thousands more troops to the oil region of Kirkuk to confront “threats” from Iraq’s central government, the vice president of the autonomous Kurdistan region said on Friday. Tens of thousands of Kurdish soldiers were already

Turkey’s Erdogan says no problem with Russian S-400 purchases

:: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said there was no problem with the country’s planned purchase of Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems and talks have also been held on the S-500 system, Haberturk and other newspapers reported on Friday. His Foreign

Chile welcomes more than 60 Syrian refugees

:: Chilean President Michelle Bachelet welcomed more than 60 Syrian refugees to the country’s capital of Santiago on Thursday, as Chile joined other Latin American nations in offering safe harbor to families fleeing Syria’s civil war. At a ceremony at

Saudi Minister of State: Fight against terrorism must be taken to every avenue

:: The Saudi Minister of State for Arabian Gulf Affairs, Thamer al-Sabhan, called for the fight against terrorism to be taken to every avenue warning from the existence of terrorists within governments. “Is it possible that the world can be

US to follow up on Gaza situation following Hamas, Fatah reconciliation

:: The US Department of State said it will closely follow up on the humanitarian situation in Gaza after rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation deal on Thursday. A US Department of State spokesperson welcomed the Palestinian

Turkish forces set up positions in Syria’s Idlib

:: Turkey’s military has begun setting up observation posts in northwest Syria’s Idlib province, its General Staff said on Friday, part of a deployment that appears partly aimed at containing a Kurdish militia. Turkey sent a convoy of about 30

Swiss open criminal case against ex-FIFA official Valcke, beIN CEO

:: Swiss prosecutors have opened a criminal proceeding against former FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke and Qatar’s beIN Media Chief Executive Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the latest escalation in their ongoing investigation into corruption in soccer. “It is suspected that Jerome Valcke

Hamas, Fatah agree to complete Gaza handover by December 1

:: Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation deal on Thursday after Hamas agreed to hand over administrative control of Gaza, including the key Rafah border crossing, a decade after seizing the enclave in a civil war. The

Coptic priest stabbed to death in Cairo suburb

:: A Coptic priest of a church in Egypt’s governorate of Beni Suef was stabbed to death in a street in a Cairo suburb on Thursday, according to local sources. The priest, Samaan Shehta, was in Cairo to attend a

Kurds offer talks with Baghdad over airport, banks ban

:: The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) offered to hold talks with Iraqi authorities on the status of Kurdish airports, border posts and banks, on which they placed restrictions following an independence referendum. Baghdad took the measures in an attempt to

Hyperloop One gets Richard Branson on board

:: Los-Angeles-based company, Hyperloop One said billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Group has invested in the company to form a strategic partnership. Branson joined the board of Hyperloop One and the company would rebrand itself as Virgin Hyperloop One in the

Pop star Sherine in Riyadh for charity concert, crazy ticket prices

:: The #Sherine_in_Riyadh hashtag went viral on Twitter following reported news that Egyptian singer Sherine will give a concert in the Saudi capital. The director of the Sanad Children’s Cancer Support Association, Reem Al-Hujailan, explained to Makkah Newspaper that “the

Bruno Mars leads American Music Awards nominees with 8

:: Bruno Mars is the top nominee with eight nods at the American Music Awards, while The Chainsmokers, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd all earned five nominations apiece. The nominations were announced Thursday for the fan-voted American

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