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: Lebanon

Lebanon parliament passes amended tax law

:: Lebanon’s parliament passed a contentious tax law designed to fund a public sector salary increase on Monday, Lebanese media said. Lebanon’s parliament approved a $917 million rise in public sector salaries and a series of tax increases to fund

Saudi minister says ‘international alliance needed’ to confront Hezbollah

:: The Saudi Minister of State for Gulf Affairs Thamer al-Sabhan on Sunday commended US sanctions against Lebanon’s Hezbollah but proposed another way to confront the group. “US sanctions against the terrorist militia in Lebanon are good, but the solution

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

Syria army ousts ISIS from all of Hama province

:: The Syrian army and allied fighters drove the ISIS from their last positions in the central province of Hama on Wednesday, October 4, after heavy fighting, a monitor said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor of

Hezbollah leader Nasrallah says Israel pushing region to war

:: Lebanon’s Hezbollah said on Sunday that the Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was pushing the region to war in Syria, Lebanon and in the Gaza Strip. In a speech to followers, the leader of the Iran-backed group,

Lebanese cleric sentenced to death, pop-star to 15 years for clashes with army

Ahmed al-Assir

:: A Lebanese military tribunal on Thursday sentenced a radical Sunni cleric to death for his role in 2013 clashes that killed 18 soldiers, following a trial that lasted for two years. The firebrand cleric, Ahmed al-Assir, had gained support

Saudi crown prince meets with Lebanon’s Samir Geagea in Jeddah

:: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also first deputy prime minister and minister of defense, met with Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea on Thursday, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The meeting was held in Jeddah and it discussed common

Lebanon civil servants on strike amid wage hike crisis

:: Lebanon’s civil servants are on strike to pressure the government to pay them recently approved wage hikes amid a new crisis over how to finance them. The Cabinet is meeting on Tuesday to discuss new ways to finance the

Lebanese Cabinet to look at ways to fund public sector pay rise

Saad Al-Harirs

:: Lebanon experienced a nationwide strike involving all public sector institutions as well as both public and private schools on Monday, with those on strike demanding a public sector pay rise. A new salary scale was approved by Parliament only

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

Aoun: Sectarian division of states will increases wars

:: Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Thursday that sectarian or ethnic division of countries will not solve problems, but increases extremism and wars. Aoun said during a speech in the United Nations that the UN should focus on the

Lebanon takes steps toward long overdue elections

:: The speaker of the Lebanese Parliament, Nabih Berri, put forward an urgent draft law on Monday to end Parliament’s term on Dec. 31 this year, instead of May 2018. That would mean parliamentary elections — set to be held

Lebanon arrests 19 people suspected of belonging to ISIS

:: Lebanon’s army said on Friday it had arrested Islamist militants who were planning attacks in the country after foreign embassies warned their citizens to avoid public places. Army intelligence “carried out several raids arresting 19 people linked to a

Iran magnifies the role of Hezbollah in Lebanon, Geagea responds

:: In an exaggerated statement, Iran spoke of the role Hezbollah played for the sake of Lebanon and its people. This was followed by a response from Samir Geagea, leader of the Christian Lebanese Forces, to the statement by the

Iran Revolutionary Guards’ commanders to support militias in the region

:: An Iranian military official revealed that the Revolutionary Guard has sent commanders and trainers to the battlefields to support its militias in the region as part of the military intervention of Tehran in the Arab countries. Brigadier Hamid Abadri,

Lebanon to complain to UN over Israel violating airspace

:: Lebanon will file a complaint to the United Nations against Israel for violating the country’s airspace and causing damage by breaking the sound barrier in the south of the country, its foreign minister said on Monday. Israeli jets flew

Lebanon identifies bodies of soldiers killed while in ISIS hands

:: Lebanon has identified the bodies of 10 of its soldiers found along the Syrian border in an area taken back from ISIS last week, the Lebanese National News Agency reported on Wednesday. The army’s offensive against the ISIS-held enclave

Saudi minister denounces Lebanon’s Hezbollah as ‘Party of Satan’

:: Saudi Arabia’s Arab Gulf Affairs Minister Thamer al-Sabhan slammed Lebanon’s Hezbollah and warned of the consequences of the party’s crimes. “The inhumane crimes which the Party of Satan is committing in our nation will inevitably have consequences on Lebanon,”

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