Cabinet welcomes Saudi-Bahrain Coordinating Council

:: The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday thanked foreign leaders, officials, envoys and citizens for their condolences on the death of Prince Bandar bin Abdul Aziz, brother of King Salman. Chaired by the More »

Khalid bin Salman: Capture of ISIS leader shows commitment to eradicate terror

:: The capture of ISIS’ leader, Abu Osama al-Muhajir, in Yemen is just the latest example of our commitment to eradicating the scourge of terrorism, Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid More »

Iran foreign minister accuses US’ Bolton of plotting for war

:: Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused US National Security Adviser John Bolton of plotting for war against Iran in a tweet on Tuesday. “Wanna know why those with proven record More »

Saudi Crown Prince departs for Asia trip including South Korea, Japan

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has departed on a trip to South Korea and Japan, where he will lead the Kingdom’s delegation to the G20 summit in Osaka, the More »

King Salman promotes, appoints 38 judges at various levels

:: King Salman issued a royal order on Monday promoting 38 judges at the Ministry of Justice at various ranks. The Kingdom is taking measures to revolutionize its judicial system. Recently, the More »


Daily Archives: March 4, 2016

Iran election bodes ill for Russia

By : Maria Dubovikova Iranians voted to elect new members of parliament and the Assembly of Experts. The results show people favoring reform, integration into the global economic and political systems, and restoring ties with the West. This is good

Syria truce breaches amid mounting refugee crisis

By : Brooklyn Middleton The two-week cessation of hostilities that began on Feb. 27 has reportedly been marred by a number of breaches by the Syrian regime and its backers, including Russia. Nonetheless, the bloodshed has been significantly reduced, and

No extremists in presidency of Two Holy Mosques: Al-Sudais

The Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques would not allow anyone to propagate deviant ideas, said Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, the body’s president. Al-Sudais said there was no one in the organization known for holding extremist views. He made the comments

U.N. warns against slowing recent increase in aid flow to Yemen

The United Nations’ aid chief Stephen O’Brien on Thursday warned countries not to take any steps that would reverse the recent increase in emergency aid for Yemen moving through ports in the conflict-torn country. “In recent months, there has been

Morocco: Arrested militants planned ‘biological’ attacks

Morocco said Thursday that the alleged members of a jihadist cell it arrested in mid-February, including a French national, were plotting to carry out “biological” attacks in the kingdom. “Some of the seized substances (from the suspects) are classified by

Iran ‘plans to spend $36 mln on Internet smart filtering’

The Iranian government is spending $36 million to develop what has been called “smart filtering” in order to strengthen its Internet censorship capabilities, a report carried by International Campaign for Human Rights has revealed. The project is to be completed

Russia’s Putin plans to hold international phone talks on Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold phone talks with European leaders on Syria on Friday, Interfax quoted the Kremlin as saying on Thursday. It said the talks would involve British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande and German

Nationwide power blackout hits Syria

Syria’s electricity network across the whole of the country was down for unknown reasons, Syrian state media said on Thursday. “The electricity network has been cut in all governorates,” state news agency SANA said, reporting a source in the Ministry

Italy says two hostages likely killed in Libya clashes

Italy said on Thursday that two of its nationals had likely been killed in clashes between ISIS and local militia fighters near the Libyan city of Sabratha. A statement from the foreign ministry in Rome said photographs of the aftermath

Aleppo braced for siege despite Syrian ceasefire: NGOs

The northern Syrian city of Aleppo has been surrounded by pro-regime forces and is facing a devastating siege despite the declaration of a ceasefire, humanitarian leaders said Thursday. Senior members of the agencies leading the relief effort for civilians caught

Thirteen killed as Turkish forces clash with Kurdish militants

Three Turkish soldiers and 10 Kurdish militants have been killed in two clashes in southeast Turkey, the army said on Thursday, the latest casualties in a revived conflict that has killed hundreds since the collapse of a ceasefire last summer.

Two women attack Istanbul riot police station

Two women opened fire and threw a grenade at a Turkish police bus as it arrived at a station in an Istanbul suburb on Thursday, footage from the Dogan news agency showed. Television stations said there were no casualties. One

U.N. envoy: ‘visible’ progress in Syria truce, success ‘not guaranteed’

Syria’s ceasefire has shown clear signs of progress, the top UN envoy for the war-ravaged country said Thursday, but warned there was no guarantee it would succeed. “The situation… on the ground could be summarized as fragile. Success is not

Saudi Crown Prince says Arab world faces dangerous challenges

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef reiterated on Wednesday that the Arab world is faced with challenges and “emphasized the importance of synergizing efforts and coordinating stances to bolster joint Gulf security, in implementation of directives of the GCC member

Greece prepares to help up to 150,000 stranded migrants

Greece conceded Wednesday it is making long-term preparations to help as many as 150,000 stranded migrants as international pressure on Balkan countries saw Macedonia open its border briefly for just a few hundred refugees. “In my opinion, we have to

U.S. reviews Syria ceasefire hotline after language problems

The United States is to review staffing on a hotline to report ceasefire violations in Syria after some volunteers had trouble understanding Arabic speakers. State Department personnel in Washington are manning a line to allow witnesses in Syria to report

Hadi: Over 85 percent of Yemen liberated

Yemen’s national army and popular resistance forces have liberated more than 85 percent of the Yemeni territories from Houthi militia control and the forces of the ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemeni President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi said in an exclusive

Arab Interior Ministers condemn Hezbollah

Interior Ministers from several Arab countries condemned and deplored on Wednesday “the practices and dangerous acts by the terrorist group Hezbollah to destabilize security and peace in some Arab countries.” The statements came following the “Tunis Declaration” issued at the

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