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 »


‘Everyone’ knew about Weinstein harassment, says actress Lea Seydoux

:: French actress Lea Seydoux Wednesday became the latest in a string of female Hollywood stars speaking out to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment. Writing in the Guardian, Seydoux claimed “everyone” in Hollywood knew “what Harvey was up to.”

Eminem looks to ‘stomp’ Trump with lyrical tirade

:: Eminem has unleashed a lyrical tirade against President Donald Trump, saying he “came to stomp.” The rapper took aim at Trump in a 4½-minute freestyle rap video that aired as part of BET’s Hip Hop Awards on Tuesday night.

Trump’s ‘breath of fresh air’ is an ill wind for Palestinians

Ray Hanania

By : Ray Hanania :: As tensions rise between Palestinians and Israelis, there are signs that President Donald Trump may soon unveil a new peace plan. An outsider from traditional Washington politics, Trump came to the White House unencumbered by

Grand master Putin watches as the pieces move

Maria Dubovikova

By : Maria Dubovikova :: The Middle East is undergoing a full-scale reshuffle of its geopolitical power system. Last week, the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi was in France, King Salman of Saudi Arabia was in Russia and the Turkish

The bear steps in when the eagle flies away

Abdel Latif el-Menawy

By : Abdellatif El-Menawy :: Egypt is an important player in the region’s political equation. In relation to Russia’s foreign policy in the Middle East, Egypt is an important component that has had a considerable impact since the fall of

Living for ‘Likes’: a new pressure on the society

Harun Yahya

By : Harun Yahya :: Today, there are about two billion Facebook and 1.4 billion YouTube active users on social media. Instagram users are around 700 million. If we add 350 million Snapchat and 330 million Twitter users to this

Abbas to visit Gaza within a month for Palestinian unity bid

:: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will visit Gaza for the first time in a decade within a month, a top official in his Fatah party said on Thursday, after reconciliation talks with rivals Hamas. Abbas “will be in Gaza within

Two arrested over deadly Marseille train station attack

:: French police investigating the fatal stabbing of two young women in the southern city of Marseille, an attack claimed by ISIS, have arrested two men, a judicial source said Wednesday. The pair, aged 24 and 29, were arrested on

Arab coalition destroy Houthi missile launch site in Yemen’s Hudaydah

:: The Arab coalition announced on Friday that it had destroyed a Houthi missile launch site in Hudaydah that is used to target Saudi Arabia. A coalition unmanned aircraft documented earlier this month targeted locations of Houthi and Saleh militias

Spain PM threatens to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy

:: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday threatened to suspend Catalonia’s regional autonomy after its leader said there was a mandate to split from Madrid. In a televised address Rajoy said he had asked Catalan leaders to confirm if

Egypt extends state of emergency for three months

:: Egypt has extended a state of emergency for another three months, starting Friday, the official gazette said on Thursday. Egypt first imposed the state of emergency in April after two church bombings killed at least 45 people. It was

British ISIS bride Sally Jones ‘killed in drone strike’

:: Sally Jones, a British militant who recruited online for the ISIS group, has been killed in Syria by a US drone along with her 12-year-old son, The Sun newspaper reported on Thursday. A convert to Islam from southern England,

UN opens second line of contact with Houthis in Hezbollah stronghold

:: Diplomats in New York told Lebanese daily An-Nahar that the office of UN envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed has opened a “second” line of contact with the Houthis via the Almasirah television channel that broadcasts from Beirut’s

Hamas reaches political reconciliation deal with Palestinian rival Fatah

:: Palestinian rival factions Hamas and Fatah have reached a deal over political reconciliation and details will be released at a news conference later on Thursday, the pro-Hamas Palestinian Information Center reported. Quoting a member of the Hamas media department,

Turkey expects visa spat with US to be ‘resolved soon’

:: A diplomatic crisis between the United States and Turkey that led them to stop issuing visas to each other’s citizens is “overblown” and will likely be resolved soon, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek said on Wednesday. In remarks

KSRelief reaches Bangladesh to help distressed Rohingyas

:: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) was the first organization to visit Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh to assess their needs, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has revealed. KSRelief signed an agreement with

Houthis take over second largest Saleh camp in Sanaa

:: Houthi militias seized a camp of the Republican Guard forces south of Sanaa who are loyal to outset President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Various Yemeni sources confirmed on Tuesday that the Houthis have taken full control of the Dabwa camp,

Iran intelligence minister defends jailed nuclear negotiator

:: Iran’s intelligence minister on Wednesday defended a nuclear negotiator imprisoned on spying charges in a rare implied criticism of the judiciary. Abdolrasoul Dorri Esfahani, a Canadian-Iranian, was given a five-year prison sentence this month, with the judiciary saying he

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