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 30, 2016

Suu Kyi aide sworn in as Myanmar president in historic power shift

Htin Kyaw, a trusted friend of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, took over as Myanmar’s president Wednesday, taking a momentous step in the country’s long-drawn transition toward democracy after more than a half-century of direct and indirect military rule.

Aid to Syria’s besieged boosted since ceasefire

A new report says the United Nations and partners delivered badly needed medical and food supplies to about 150,000 people in besieged areas of Syria after a cease-fire that started last month led to a drop-off in fighting. U.N. convoys

Iran missile tests were ‘in defiance of’ UN

By launching nuclear-capable missiles Iran has defied a United Nations Security Council resolution that endorsed last year’s historic nuclear deal, the United States and its European allies said in a joint letter seen by Reuters on Tuesday. Iran’s recent ballistic

Blasts and heavy gunfire heard in Libyan capital

Several loud explosions followed by heavy gunfire were heard over Tripoli in the early hours of Wednesday, a Reuters reporter said. The cause of the firing was not immediately clear, but the Libyan capital has been on edge amid speculation

Crown Prince meets with US Ambassador

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior received at the Ministry of Interior on Tuesday the Ambassador of the United States of America to the Kingdom Dr. Joseph W. Westphal. During the meeting, they

EgyptAir hijacker described as ‘man of few words’

The man who hijacked an EgyptAir flight from Alexandria to Cairo, and forced it to divert to Cyprus on Tuesday, was described as a “troublemaker” by neighbors. Seif El-Din Mustafa had claimed to be wearing an explosive belt that authorities

Pakistan detains more than 200 people after Easter bombing

Pakistan has detained more than 200 people and questioned thousands more as authorities hunt down those behind the Easter Sunday bombing in Lahore which killed 73 people, including children, the Punjab provincial law minister said Tuesday. “More than 5,000 people

Suicide bomber kills at least 7 civilians in Iraqi capital

Iraqi officials say a suicide bombing in the capital has killed at least seven civilians and wounded 23. A police officer says the suicide bomber set off his payload among a group of day laborers in Baghdad’s Tayaran Square on

China appoints first special envoy for Syria crisis

China on Tuesday appointed its first special envoy for the Syrian crisis, a career diplomat who has served as ambassador to Iran, as it seeks a more active role in the Middle East. While relying on the region for oil

Iranian president postpones Austria visit ‘for security reasons’

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has postponed for security reasons a planned visit to Austria this week, only his second to Europe since last year’s nuclear deal, Austria’s presidency said Tuesday. “The visit for March 30-31 by President Hassan Rouhani and

ISIS ‘planning attack on Jewish children in Turkey’

Britain’s Sky News quoted intelligence sources on Monday as saying that ISIS had “advanced plans” to kill Jewish children in Turkey by attacking kindergartens, schools and youth centers. Sky Foreign Affairs Editor Sam Kiley said the information on the “imminent”

Hottest summer, heavy rains expected this year in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia will have the hottest summer season in recent years this year, said Dr. Ayman Ghulam, vice president of the Presidency for Meteorology and Environment (PME). He said the Kingdom’s interior, deserts, south-central and southeastern regions are likely to

UN seeks to resettle one-tenth of 4.8 mln Syrian refugees amid fear

The United Nations said on Tuesday it was seeking to re-settle more than 450,000 Syrian refugees, some one-tenth of those now in neighboring countries, by the end of 2018, but conceded that it was battling widespread fear and politicization of

Protests over Israeli soldier who shot Palestinian attacker

Hundreds of protesters have rallied outside a court in support of a soldier filmed last week shooting dead a wounded Palestinian attacker in the West Bank, an incident that has proven divisive in Israel, where army service is mandatory. Protesters,

EgyptAir hijacker surrenders in Cyprus

An EgyptAir plane flying from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked and forced to land in Cyprus on Tuesday but the passengers and crew were freed unharmed and the hijacker, whose motives remained a mystery, was arrested after giving himself up.

Egyptian govt apologizes to man mistakenly identified as plane hijacker

The Egyptian government officially apologized on Tuesday to a college professor who was wrongly identified as the hijacker of an EgyptAir flight that was forced to divert its path to Cyprus with over 80 people on board. The Egyptian state

Israeli law to allow suspension of Arab legislators passes first hurdle

Israel’s parliament gave initial approval on Monday to a bill that would allow members to suspend from the legislature colleagues whom they believe have supported Israel’s enemies or have acted against the state. The proposal was strongly criticized by opposition

Sisi sacks man who alleged Egypt state corruption

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday sacked Egypt’s top auditor who had stirred controversy by publicly concluding that government corruption had cost the country billions of dollars. Hesham Geneina came under heavy fire from senior officials and pro-government media after

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