Saudi Crown Prince arrives in Washington on official visit

:: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz arrived in Washington on Tuesday, beginning his official visit to the United States, during which he will meet with the President Donald Trump More »

Saudi FM Jubeir: US-Saudi ties bound by ‘eight decades of mutual respect’

:: Ahead of Tuesday’s meeting between US President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir hailed US-Saudi relations as “at their highest level ever.” More »

UAE minister Gargash: Saudi Crown Prince’s visit to US could be game changer

:: UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Monday that the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to the US, which began on Tuesday, carries a special More »

Saudi envoy says historic relations with US nurtured by Democrats and Republicans

:: Seldom in human history do countries embark upon a resolute course correction to recalibrate a national economy and expand societal norms — without comprising religious sensibilities, Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the More »

Saudi Crown Prince leaves Riyadh on official visit to Washington

:: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud left Riyadh on Monday on an official visit to the United States, during which he will meet with the President Donald More »


Category Archives: Asia

Thousands of Indian farmers protest in Mumbai

:: Tens of thousands of Indian farmers protested in Mumbai on Monday after walking more than a hundred kilometers to demand better crop prices and land rights. The farmers, wearing red caps and carrying red flags, arrived in the city

Pakistan’s ruling party picks ousted PM’s brother as president

:: Pakistan’s ruling party on Tuesday chose Shahbaz Sharif as its president, officials said, replacing his brother and veteran leader Nawaz Sharif following his latest disqualification by the Supreme Court. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party also elected Nawaz as

Thousands of Rohingya flee ‘no man’s land’ after resettlement talks

:: Thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled a strip of land on the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh after the two countries met to discuss resettling them, an official and a community leader said. The United Nations refugee agency has

UN experts: North Korea sent banned chemical items to Syria

:: UN experts say North Korea sent items used in ballistic missile and chemical weapons programs to Syria along with missile technicians in violation of UN sanctions, and it transferred banned ballistic missiles systems to Myanmar. The panel of experts

Afghan Taliban calls for direct talks with the US

:: The Taliban has called for direct talks with the US to find a “peaceful solution” to the conflict in Afghanistan, in an apparent policy reversal after months of escalating attacks. Civilian casualties surged in recent months as militants from

Emirates flight stairway collapses at Islamabad airport, 5 injured

:: An Emirates flight stairway collapsed at Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Islamabad on Tuesday, causing five injuries according to the Tribune. According to airport officials, the plane was departing to Dubai when the incident happened. Rescue officials said that

Shifting alliances as Pakistan manages relationship with US

:: As Pakistan navigates its troubled relationship with the United States and scrambles to avoid being blacklisted for doing too little, too late to stop terror funding, regional alliances are shifting and analysts ponder whether a cozier relationship with countries

Female Nobel laureates in Bangladesh to meet Rohingya women

:: Three female Nobel Peace laureates began a weeklong trip to Bangladesh on Saturday to meet Rohingya Muslim women who were tortured and raped by soldiers in Myanmar before fleeing the country. During their visit, Iran’s Shirin Ebadi, Yemen’s Tawakkol

More than 20 killed in attacks in Afghanistan

:: A series of militant attacks in Afghanistan killed more than 20 people, officials said on Saturday, ahead of an international meeting next week aimed at building diplomatic support for hoped-for peace talks with the Taliban. Taliban militants attacked an

Malaysia scholars deny forming body to monitor Two Holy Mosques

:: A group of 46 Malaysian Islamic associations has jointly denied any establishment of a body to monitor Saudi Arabia’s management of the Two Holy Mosques. In an exclusive statement to Al Arabiya English, the group of associations categorically denied

6 months after attacks began, Rohingya see no end in sight

:: Their houses are often made of plastic sheets. Much of their food comes from aid agencies. Jobs are few, and there is painfully little to do. The nightmares are relentless. But six months after their horrors began, the Rohingya

North Korea cancels planned meeting with Pence

:: United States Vice-President Mike Pence was scheduled to meet with the North Korean delegation during his visit to Pyeongchang for attending the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics earlier this month, but North Korea cancelled the meeting at the

Maldives parliament approves extension of state of emergency by 30 days

Abdulla Yameen

:: Parliament in the Maldives on Tuesday approved a 30-day extension of a state of emergency sought by President Abdulla Yameen who cited an ongoing national security threat and constitutional crisis. Countries including the United States, India and Canada along

Rohingya refugees say no repatriation without security guarantee

:: Over 6,500 Rohingya protesters from Tambru’s no man’s land are reportedly among the 8,032 named in the initial repatriation list, which Bangladesh handed over to Myanmar on Friday, reports Tarek Mahmud after returning from Bandarban’s Ghumdum. The Rohingya refugees

Saudi Arabia, India renew pledge to boost economic ties

:: Saudi Arabia and India have renewed pledges to boost bilateral economic, investment and trade cooperation following talks between King Salman and Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at Al-Yamamah Palace on Sunday. “King Salman and the Indian minister discussed bilateral

Trudeau, Modi likely to discuss Sikh separatists’ threat

:: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday toured the Taj Mahal with his wife and children as he began a week-long visit to promote trade and investment with India. Trudeau, his wife Sophie Gregoire and their three children posed

Pakistan’s Imran Khan ties knot to ‘spiritual adviser’ in third marriage

:: Pakistani cricketer-turned-politican Imran Khan has tied the knot for the third time, his party said on Sunday, confirming his marriage to a woman local media call a “faith healer”. Khan, who captained the Pakistan team when it won the

Envoy thanks King Salman for additional $160m aid for Maldives


:: The ambassador of the crisis-hit Maldives thanked Saudi Arabia on Saturday for the grant of a new $160 million facility for projects in the Indian Ocean island republic. “I thank King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the

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