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: WASHINGTON

Key US Republican says Trump must work with Europe on Iran

:: US Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, urged President Donald Trump’s administration on Monday to work closely with European allies as it develops its new Iran policy. “This is something that can only

Trump: ‘Total termination’ of Iran nuclear deal possible

:: United States President Donald Trump said Monday that a “total termination” of the Iran nuclear deal remains possible, after refusing to certify the 2015 accord and leaving its fate to Congress. Speaking to reporters ahead of a cabinet meeting,

IMF advises KSA to ease austerity measures

:: Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan revealed that the Kingdom may incrementally decrease its energy subsidies, and will take longer to achieve a balanced budget, since it is seeking to mitigate the impact of its drive to achieve public finance

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.

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

‘Blade Runner’ reboot races to top of box office

:: Long-awaited sequel “Blade Runner: 2049” snatched the box office top spot this weekend — three and a half decades since “Blade Runner” hit the big screen in 1982, industry estimates showed Sunday. But with takings of $31.5 million in

Democrats rule out Trump’s request for border wall funding in help for ‘Dreamers’

Nancy Pelosi

:: Congressional Democrats rejected President Donald Trump’s requests on Sunday that renewed protection for “Dreamers” — people brought illegally to the United States as children — include funding for a border wall and money for thousands more immigration officers. “We

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

Google’s sister company Deepmind forms ethics unit for artificial intelligence

:: DeepMind, the Google sibling focusing on artificial intelligence, has announced the launch of an “ethics and society” unit to study the impact of new technologies on society. The announcement by the London-based group acquired by Google parent Alphabet is

IMF’s Lagarde: World must ‘seize the opportunity’ of global recovery

:: International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said Thursday a worldwide economic recovery is taking hold, opening a window for countries to enact reforms aimed at attaining broader, lasting prosperity. “The long-awaited global recovery is taking root,” she said in

Mattis says will try to work with Pakistan ‘one more time’

Jim Mattis

:: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday the United States would try “one more time” to work with Pakistan in Afghanistan before President Donald Trump would turn to options to address Islamabad’s alleged support for militant groups. Relations

US defense chief suggests sticking with Iran nuclear deal

:: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday offered qualified support for the Iran nuclear deal, ahead of an announcement by President Donald Trump on whether to stick with the agreement. While deferring to the president’s review, Mattis said he

Trump: US will admit up to 45,000 refugees next year

:: The United States will admit a maximum of 45,000 refugees during the 2018 fiscal year, President Donald Trump said in a memorandum to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and released by the White House on Friday. The cap, the

Trump to travel to Asia in November, says White House

:: Donald Trump will travel to Asia in November for the first time since becoming president, stopping in Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines on a trip expected to be dominated by the North Korea nuclear threat. Joined

US cuts embassy staff in Cuba, warns citizens not to visit

:: The United States is cutting its diplomatic presence in Havana by more than a half and will warn US citizens not to visit Cuba because of targeted attacks that have injured at least 21 US personnel, a senior official

ISIS militants killed in Libya by US airstrike

:: Two US air strikes killed several ISIS militants in Libya earlier this week, the US military said on Thursday, the second series of strikes in the country in recent days. In a statement, US Africa Command said the strike

US willing to ‘facilitate’ talks between Baghdad, Kurds

:: Washington is willing to “facilitate” talks between Baghdad and Iraq’s Kurdish region to calm soaring tensions surrounding a controversial independence referendum, the US State Department said Thursday. Iraqi Kurds overwhelmingly chose independence in a non-binding vote on Monday, drawing

US verifying Baghdadi recording, but says ‘no reason to doubt’ authenticity

:: The United States is still trying to verify a purported recording of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who had been rumored to be dead, but suggested audio released Thursday could well be real. “We are aware of the audio

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