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 »


Tag Archives: Jerusalem

Israel approves Hebron settlement plans for first time since 2002

:: Israeli authorities on Monday approved permits for 31 settler homes in Hebron in the occupied West Bank, the first such approvals for the flashpoint city since 2002, the Peace Now NGO said. An Israeli committee approved construction permits for

Netanyahu, Israeli police face off over graft probe

:: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli police faced off in a rare public dispute Sunday over an intensifying graft probe that has led to speculation over whether he will eventually be forced from office. Netanyahu late Saturday lashed out

Israel to advance plans for nearly 4,000 settler homes: Official

:: Israel is to advance plans for nearly 4,000 settler homes in the occupied West Bank as part of a push to greatly boost settlement growth, an Israeli official said Tuesday. The approvals are to include units in the flashpoint

Israel strikes Hamas post after Gaza rocket fire

:: The Israeli military said on Sunday it destroyed an outpost belonging to the Hamas in the Gaza Strip on Sunday after Gaza militants fired a rocket toward Israel. The rocket set off air raid sirens in southern Israel but

Trump says will not move US embassy to Jerusalem for now

:: US President Donald Trump said Saturday he will not go ahead with his controversial pledge to move the American embassy to Jerusalem until after pushing for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. “I wanna give that a shot before I even

Israel minister wants probe of Arab filmmaker over Lebanon remarks

:: Israel’s culture minister asked the attorney general Sunday to order the investigation of a prominent Arab Israeli filmmaker who spoke out against the Jewish state during a visit to Lebanon. Mohammed Bakri, who is in Lebanon as part of

Israeli defense minister says Syria’s Assad ‘victorious’

:: Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday that President Bashar al-Assad has been “victorious” in Syria’s civil war and was now being courted by former enemies. “Assad has emerged victorious in the battle,” Avigdor Lieberman told Israeli news

Interpol approves membership for State of Palestine over Israeli objections

:: Interpol voted on Wednesday to admit the State of Palestine as a member over Israeli objections at the international police organisation’s general assembly in Beijing. Dealt a diplomatic blow, Israel said Interpol, which is dedicated to fostering cross-border cooperation

State of Palestine membership in Interpol approved, in move opposed by Israel

:: Palestine joined Interpol as a member state on Wednesday, a move opposed by Israel, in a vote at the international police organization’s general assembly in Beijing, Interpol said on Twitter. “The State of Palestine and the Solomon Islands are

Israel cuts jail term of soldier who killed injured Palestinian ‘assailant’

:: Israel’s military on Wednesday reduced by four months the 18-month jail term of an ex-soldier who killed an incapacitated Palestinian assailant, saying his service record warranted clemency though he showed no remorse in the case. In March 2015, infantry

Israel minister wants probe of Arab filmmaker over Lebanon remarks

Ziad Doueiri

:: Israel’s culture minister asked the attorney general Sunday to order the investigation of a prominent Arab Israeli filmmaker who spoke out against the Jewish state during a visit to Lebanon. Mohammed Bakri, who is in Lebanon as part of

Rights group blasts Israeli banks for settlement expansion

:: Israeli banks are contributing to the proliferation of West Bank settlements by providing loans and mortgages for construction there, violating their human rights obligations, Human Rights Watch said in a report Wednesday. The report said that Israeli law does

Netanyahu says Israel endorses independence for Kurds

:: Israel’s leader says the country supports Kurdish independence ahead of a key referendum on the matter. In an announcement early Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office says Israel rejects the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, and considers it a

World Bank calls for steps to bolster Palestinian economy

:: Even in the absence of an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, steps can be taken now that could significantly brighten a gloomy Palestinian economic situation, the World Bank said on Tuesday. In a new report it said addressing external constraints on

Israel mulls expansion of settlement in east Jerusalem

:: Israeli authorities were set Sunday to discuss granting building permits that would create the largest Israeli settlement inside a Palestinian neighborhood, a watchdog group said. Jerusalem city council’s planning and construction committee was to examine issuing building permits for

Israel’s Sara Netanyahu may face indictment

:: Israel’s attorney-general is considering indicting the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Sara, on suspicion of using state funds for personal dining and catering services amounting to some $100,000, the justice ministry said on Friday. The ministry statement said

Palestinians blast ‘unacceptable’ US ambassador comments

David Friedman

:: The Palestinians have attacked “unacceptable” comments made by the US ambassador to Israel after he referred to the “alleged occupation” of the Palestinian territories. In a letter sent to diplomats, a copy of which was seen by AFP, Saeb

Israel evicts Arab family from Jerusalem home Jews claimed

:: Israeli officials have evicted a Palestinian family from their home in east Jerusalem to make way for new Jewish tenants. Municipality officials backed by security guards enforced a court order Tuesday to remove the six-member Shamasneh family from a

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