Iran says Saudi ties can improve if Riyadh willing

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari says relations between the Islamic Republic and Saudi Arabia can improve if there is “a definitive will” on the part of Riyadh for such enhancement of ties.  In a press conference on Monday, Jaberi Ansari said there is great potential to change the current climate between Iran and […]

Historic moment as women vote for first time in Saudi

London: In a historic moment, women cast their votes for the first time ever in Saudi Arabia’s elections, marking a small step towards easing restrictions that are among the worlds tightest on women. According to the Telegraph, male voters began to enter a polling booth in central Riyadh at about 8:00 am (0500 GMT). On […]

Donald Trump in spat with ‘dopey’ Saudi Prince as Muslim row rumbles

Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate who has shot to the head of the polls with a campaign based on hyperbole and bombast, has done it again, this time engaing in a very public slanging match with a Saudi prince. Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, who is thought to be worth $32 billion (£21 billion), called […]

Climate change conference promises to deliver a deal

Paris: Negotiators from 196 countries appeared set to clinch a deal on Saturday after burning midnight oil, veering around limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius and even 1.5 degrees if possible and creating a fund of $100 billion per annum by rich nations for developing countries to pursue their national interests without harming the […]

Turkish troops not leaving Iraq:Erdogan

Ankara:-Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday said it was “out of the question for the moment” that Turkish troops would withdraw from Iraq, after Baghdad accused Ankara of sending them in without permission. The row has badly soured relations and saw the Turkish ambassador to Iraq summoned on Saturday to demand that Turkey immediately withdraw […]

Two Koreas met to ease tensions

SEOUL: North and South Korea sat down to rare, high-level talks on Friday, aimed at building on an August agreement to ease cross-border tensions after a flare-up brought them to the brink of an armed conflict. Although any dialogue between the two Koreas is welcomed as a positive step, past experience suggests the talks being […]

Syrian opp. groups agree to meet govt.

The Syrian opposition groups have agreed at a meeting in Saudi Arabia to negotiate with the government in Damascus in January. More than 100 members of opposition groups from inside and outside Syria took part in the two-day meeting, which began Wednesday, in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. The meeting was aimed at welding the […]

Kandahar airport attack leaves 37 dead

Kabul, Afghanistan: Thirty-seven civilians were killed in an attack Tuesday night at a market bazaar and a school near Kandahar airport, Afghan officials said. Another 35 people were wounded, the Afghan Defense Ministry said. Fighting continued Wednesday into the early evening after Afghan National Army forces surrounded the attackers. Nine “armed terrorists” were also killed, […]

Six More Migrant Children Drown Off Turkey

ISTANBUL: At least six children died on Tuesday when a boat carrying Afghan migrants sank in Turkish waters while on its way to Greece, local media reported. The Turkish coastguard recovered the bodies of the children, including a baby, and were still looking for two other migrants reported missing, the official Anatolia news agency said. […]

Trump defends ban Muslims as ‘a temporary measure in time of war’

WASHINGTON: Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his call to ban Muslims from entering the United States, calling it a temporary measure in a time of war. Trump likened his proposal to those implemented by former US President Franklin Roosevelt against people of Japanese, Germans and Italian descent during World War II. “What […]