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 »


Saudi energy minister reveals Kingdom’s ambitious electricity plans

:: Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid Al-Falih says that Saudi Arabia plans to supply electricity to Ethiopia through its privatization programs. During his inauguration of the Saudi Electricity Forum at the Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh on Tuesday,

Iraq court orders arrest of Kurd referendum vote organizers

:: An Iraqi court on Wednesday ordered the arrest of the chairwoman and two other members of the commission that organized last month’s vote for Kurdish independence, a judicial official said. The court in east Baghdad acted in response to

How family of Qatar’s UNESCO candidate escaped jail for Villagio mall fire

:: The daughter and son-in-law of Qatar’s candidate for top UNESCO post were charged, sentenced and eventually acquitted for a 2012 Doha mall fire that killed 13 children and four adults. Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kawari, Qatar’s former minister of culture,

US official: No negotiated pullout for ISIS from Syria’s Raqqa

:: The US-led coalition battling ISIS said on Wednesday that it won’t accept a negotiated withdrawal for hundreds of ISIS militants holed up in the Syrian city of Raqqa, once the extremists’ de facto capital. The remarks by coalition spokesman,

Bahrain’s King Hamad calls for religious tolerance, peaceful coexistence

:: Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa has announced the release of an official declaration calling for religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence, in an opinion piece on Tuesday. In the piece, published on the Washington Times, the king recognized Bahrain’s

US flies bombers over Korea as Trump discusses options

:: The US military flew two strategic bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force late on Tuesday, as President Donald Trump met with top defense officials to discuss how to respond to any threat from North Korea.

Britain’s ‘firm’ commitment to Iran deal not seen breaking Gulf ties

:: UK Prime Minister Theresa May reaffirmed Britain’s commitment to a 2015 Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday in a telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump ahead of a key US decision on whether Tehran has stuck to the terms

US offers $12 million for Hezbollah operatives

:: The United States on Tuesday offered multimillion-dollar rewards for two officials of the Iran-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah as the Trump administration prepared to unveil a strategy to counter Tehran’s growing regional influence. Washington will pay up to $7 million

India may allow female Hajj pilgrims to travel without male guardian

:: Indian women over the age of 45 and traveling in groups of four will be able to go for the Hajj pilgrimage without a male guardian next year, if the government adopts proposed reforms. Women meeting these criteria will

Mekhlafi: UN only sees Yemen’s tragedy through Sanaa’s suffering

:: In its latest report on violations of children, the United Nations has ignored abuses committed by Houthi militias against Yemeni minors, Yemen’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulmalik al-Mekhlafi told a press conference on Tuesday. During

Sudanese diplomat arrested for groping woman in New York bar

:: The Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs is investigating a case of a Sudanese diplomat who was reportedly arrested after he groped a woman at a New York East Village bar. The diplomat identified by the New York Daily News

North Korea hacked Seoul’s war plan: report

:: North Korean computer hackers have stolen hundreds of classified military documents from South Korea including detailed wartime operational plans involving its US ally, a report said Tuesday. Rhee Cheol-Hee, a lawmaker for the ruling Democratic party, said the hackers

Houthi militias fire missile at a school in Saudi Arabia’s Jazan region

:: Houthi armed militias fired a ground-to-ground missile targeted at a school in the the village of Al-Jaradiyah in the Jazan region of Saudi Arabia. No injuries of casualties have been reported so far. An official source at the Command

Reminder for Saudi citizens: return tickets necessary for travel to Philippines

:: The Saudi Interior Ministry is urging citizens who want to visit the Philippines to have a return ticket so as not to be denied entry to the country. Philippine authorities have modified regulations, allowing them to prevent foreigners who

Cholera epidemic claiming unborn children in Yemen

:: One of the latest victims of the cholera epidemic that has killed more than 2,000 people in Yemen had yet to even take her first breath. Her mother Safaa Issa Kaheel, then nine months pregnant, was brought into a

87,575 business licenses issued for Saudi women

:: The Ministry of Commerce and Investment issued 87,575 commercial registrations for women at the end of the Hijra year 1438. Licenses were issued throughout the Kingdom, with the highest number in Riyadh with 20,086, followed by Jeddah (13,826), Makkah

Syrian rebels hand border crossing to opposition government

:: A rebel group in northern Syria handed control of a major border crossing to a Turkey-backed Syrian opposition government on Tuesday, a senior rebel official said. By handing over the Bab Salama crossing at the Turkish border, the Jabha

Madinah governor inaugurates anti-drugs youth forum

:: Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman on Monday inaugurated a nine-day youth forum on narcotics control. The director general of drug control in the Kingdom, Maj. Gen. Ahmad Saadi Al-Zahrani, and representatives from government and non-governmental religious, cultural and

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