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ADB sets $7.5 billion lending programme for Pakistan

Sindh threatens to stop gas supply to other provinces

Who approached PTI’s Murad Saeed for an NRO?

BBC says omission of Kulbhushan remark from Asad Umar interview 'not an act of censorship'

Army top brass backs renewed push for Afghan peace

Impasse resolved

Iran to repatriate 1784 clay tablets from US

Iran welcomes initial agreements among Yemenis

‘US wants to help Pakistan protect its economy’

Fitch expects further delay in IMF bailout for Pakistan

Global outcry over INGOs’ closure in Pakistan

NAB lets media inside its lock-ups to counter complaints

Israel won’t succeed if it launches another war on Lebanon, says Hariri

Head of Iran Presidential Office off to Turkey

American military support for Saudi-led Yemen war must stop: US Senate

US and allies rely on defunct resolutions: Zarif

Foreign exchange: SBP reserves fall 3.22%, amount to $7.3b

Iraqi official hails ‘strategic ties’ with Iran

Sarfraz calls on squad to play 'without fear' in South Africa

'Wealth creation' imperative to alleviate poverty: PM

Iran, Japan keen on boosting cultural ties

Ex-Olympians want regime change at PHF after World Cup disaster

'Positive U-turn': PM concedes PAC chairmanship to Shahbaz Sharif 'in the interest of democracy'

US media blocked in Pakistan for spreading propaganda

Lebanon warns against regional consequences of anti-Iran sanctions

Maulana Samiul Haq's personal secretary arrested, labelled person of interest in murder probe

ISRAELIS OF ILLEGAL JEWISH SETTLEMENT CALL FOR MAHMOUD ABBAS MURDER

SANAA AIRPORT REOPENING AGREED UNDER CBM AT SWEDEN TALKS: SOURCES

MIDDLE EAST ROLE WINS SAUDI MONARCHY ISRAELI SUPPORT DESPITE KHASHOGGI MURDER

PRESIDENT ALVI MEETS SAUDI KING SALMAN IN RIYADH

ALLAMA SAJID NAQVI’S GRANDSON RETURNS HOME AFTER 2MONTH ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCE

Allama Sajid Naqvi’s grandson returns home after two month enforced disappearance

Pakpattan JIT: Miseries pile up for Nawaz Sharif

International travellers can get their phones seized at airports

SC orders 20pc reduction in private school fees over Rs5,000

SC forms JIT to probe 'illegal transfer' of Pakpattan shrine land in 1986

Javed Hashmi claims receiving family members’ kidnapping threats: report

TRUMP SNATCHES DEFEAT IN TRADE WAR DUE TO TARIFFS HE IMPOSED

Sanctions not impacting Iran’s trade: Official

Iran urges UNSC to slam US for violating int’l law

Saudi to make biggest foreign investment in Pakistan's history: finance minister

Netanyahu talks of attacking Iran

ICC boss ‘confident’ of corruption-free World Cup

‘Increasing Islamophobia’: FO rejects US religious freedom report

PNS Hangor: Pakistan’s Shark that gave India its costliest naval defeat

Iran, Russia FMs discuss latest Syria developments on phone

Iran remains safe thanks to Islam: Leader

China shares data to check misdeclaration

Pakistan’s power sector causes $18bn loss a year: report

Iran plays down US officials' remarks on renegotiating JCPOA

PM orders inquiry as gas crisis bites

Trump says stands by Saudi crown prince despite rebuke from Senate

China steady on Iran oilfields, to ditch South Pars project: Report

Belgium knock listless Pakistan out of World Cup

TALIBAN ATTACK ON INTELLIGENCE TEAM NEAR KABUL KILLS AT LEAST 12

AGREEMENT ON PRISONERS SWAP REACHED AT YEMEN TALKS IN SWEDEN

Market watch: Stocks continue to bleed as index drops 545 points

Govt has no right to remain in power if it can't bring back stashed wealth: Fawad

US BLACKLISTS PAKISTAN FOR SUPPRESSION OF RIGHTS OF RELIGIOUS MINORITIES

LEBANESE ISF FOILED MAJOR TERROR ATTACK THRU OPERATION LETHAL CHEESE

IRAQ CELEBRATES NATIONAL HOLIDAY TO MARK FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF DAESH DEFEAT

IRAQ TO SEND DELEGATION TO US TO SEEK SANCTIONS WAIVER FOR IRAN GAS IMPORT

ALLAMA JAVAD NAQVI CONCERNED OVER ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCE OF SHIA MUSLIMS

A doctor of dubious distinctions

NAB goes after Marriyum Aurangzeb: What is the future of PML-N?

Why is the Afghan war unwinnable?

MWM announces support f for PTI candidate in Punjab by-election

5th Gen. War: How Pakistani media played in the hands of enemy?

Nikki Haley’s swansong at the UN was an embarrassment

Pellet Horror In Kashmir

Dr Shireen Mazari criticises HEC for ‘harassing’ foreign degree holders

Three people killed, 12 wounded in France attack

US action may hurt Pak economy

Lack of religious freedom alleged: Pakistan placed on US black list

Democracy, constitution & rule of law: Essentials to take Pakistan forward

Tit for Tat: Canadian ex-diplomat detained in China amid spat over Huawei executive’s detention

Time magazine names Khashoggi 'person of the year'

IS presence in Afghanistan a 'constant threat to Pakistan'

Who is Umm-ul-Baneen?

Govt releases 41pc less funds for development projects

Recent ballistic missile test significant for Iran: Gen. Hajizadeh

US, allies seeking to undermine Iran, Russia

Leader: Outgrowth of Revolution leading to enemy’s defeat

Islam, Humanity and Human Values

Pakistan must not recognize Israel, PLF letter to President and Prime Minister

Hamza Shahbaz's name placed on ECL

Helena Saeed: The first female AIG Police

A formal Arab-USA alliance brewing against Iran

Kashmir boy who acted in Bollywood movie martyred

Is there really a ban on Overseas Pakistanis to bring mobile phone?

Saad Rafique, brother Salman taken into NAB custody in Paragon Housing scam case

100 days not enough to judge performance: Aitzaz Ahsan

PTI to rely on Ordinances: Why is Opposition not happy?

Two Russian nuclear-capable bombers in Venezuela for joint exercises

Peshawar girl to represent country in US Open U-15 squash

PPP questions govt claim of seizing ‘ill-gotten’ £400m abroad

Iran High Council of Human Rights condemns crackdown on French people

THE deadlock appears closer to being broken

Balochistan cabinet shocked by CPEC presentation

EU's Mogherini says promised SPV to Iran to be in place in coming weeks

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American military support for Saudi-led Yemen war must stop: US Senate

1397/9/23 | 07:11
  The US Senate has voted to stop US armed forces from supporting Saudi Arabia in its military aggression against its impoverished southern neighbor, Yemen. The historic bipartisan vote on Thursday, for the first time, invoked Congress' war powers to challenge US military involvement abroad despite the Trump administration's unwavering support for the Saudi regime in its aggression against Yemen. The 56-to-41 vote by the Democrats and some Republicans was both a condemnation of the Saudi-led war on Yemen – which has killed thousands ...

Trump says stands by Saudi crown prince despite rebuke from Senate

1397/9/22 | 07:11
    US President Donald Trump has reiterated that he stands with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman despite a CIA assessment that he personally ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and pressure from fellow Republicans in Congress to rebuke the kingdom’s de facto ruler. “He’s the leader of Saudi Arabia. They’ve been a very good ally,” Trump said in an interview with Reuters in the Oval Office. The US president has declined to say whether bin Salman was complicit in the brutal murder of Khashoggi, ...

Decision to assassinate Arafat approved by Saudis: Former senior advisor

1397/9/20 | 07:11
  A former senior adviser to Yasser Arafat, the late leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), has said that Arafat's death was not natural and he was actually assassinated, with Saudi Arabia approving the decision to assassinate him. Speaking in an exclusive interview with Palestine’s Arabic-language Shehab news agency, Bassam Abu Sharif said former US president, George W. Bush, had contacted Saudi officials after a meeting with former Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, during which Arafat's liquidation was discussed, ...

Saudi Arabia rules out extraditing Khashoggi case suspects

1397/9/19 | 07:11
  Saudi Arabia says it is not sending back two of its former senior officials to Turkey, which seeks to arrest them on suspicion of planning the October murder of a renowned Saudi dissident journalist. "We don't extradite our citizens," Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told a news conference at the annual [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council ([P]GCC) in Riyadh on Sunday, Reuters reported. Turkish officials said last week that the Prosecutor's Office in the country had concluded there was "strong suspicion" that Saud al-Qahtani, ...

The Wooing of Jared Kushner: How the Saudis Got a Friend in the White House

1397/9/18 | 07:11
Senior American officials were worried. Since the early months of the Trump administration, Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and Middle East adviser, had been having private, informal conversations with Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the favorite son of Saudi Arabia’s king. Given Mr. Kushner’s political inexperience, the private exchanges could make him susceptible to Saudi manipulation, said three former senior American officials. In an effort to tighten practices at the White House, a new chief of staff tried to reimpose longstanding ...

Israel authorized sale of spyware to Saudis: Report

1397/9/18 | 07:11
  A report in the Washington Post says the Israeli government was directly involved in the sale of sophisticated spyware to Saudi Arabia to help the kingdom purge and assassinate dissidents. The Post said in its report that Israel’s ministry of military affairs had authorized the NSO Group to sell Pegasus, a patch of highly complicated software used for hacking and espionage, to the Saudi kingdom despite earlier denials that the Tel Aviv regime was directly involved in the case. The report said the sale was carried out through ...

Turkey files arrest warrants for Saudi crown prince allies over Khashoggi murder

1397/9/15 | 07:11
  A Turkish prosecutor has issued arrest warrants for two Saudi nationals close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the brutal murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Istanbul Chief Prosecutor’s office said on Wednesday that there is “strong suspicion” that Ahmed al-Asiri and Saud al-Qahtani were “among the planners” of Khashoggi’s assassination inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in early October. A Turkish official told Reuters that the fresh move “reflects the view that the Saudi authorities ...

Qatar could give Saudi more headache after leaving OPEC: Bloomberg

1397/9/15 | 07:11
  Qatar’s surprise decision to leave the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) might be just a taste of things to come, as some analysts suggest the tiny Persian Gulf country plans to irritate Saudi Arabia even more by leaving the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council ([P]GCC). Qatar waited until Monday to announce its departure from OPEC, a move that guaranteed maximum effect ahead of the organization’s meeting this week in Vienna. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, Qatar’s former prime minister, ...

Saudi crown prince snubbed in Algeria, delays Jordan visit amid Khashoggi crisis

1397/9/14 | 07:11
  Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has reportedly postponed a planned visit to Jordan after getting the cold shoulder in Algeria, where President Abdelaziz Bouteflika scrapped a meeting with him, citing flu. Bin Salman, who has been struggling over the past weeks to distance himself from a scandal over the gruesome murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, arrived in Algeria late Sunday for a two-day visit following a stop in Mauritania. The trip is part of a tour of Arab countries that the Saudi crown prince ...

Revolt against Saudi crown prince in Arab countries / Saudi isolation at G20 summit

1397/9/10 | 07:11
  In the past two months, bin Salman, who has been deeply embarrassed by the media coverage of the horrific and painful murder of a Saudi critic journalist inside the consulate building in Istanbul, has broaden his net in Arab countries with several choices to visit the capitals of his friendly government in Abu Dhabi, Manama and Cairo.   In the past two months, bin Salman, who has been deeply embarrassed by the media coverage of the horrific and painful murder of a Saudi critic journalist inside the consulate building in ...

Canada sanctions 17 Saudi nationals over Khashoggi killing

1397/9/10 | 07:11
  Canada announced targeted sanctions Thursday against 17 Saudi nationals it said were linked to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month. The sanctions, which freezes their assets and bars their travel to Canada, “target individuals who are, in the opinion of the government of Canada, responsible for or complicit in the extrajudicial killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on October 2, 2018,” Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement. The Canadian sanctions target individuals alleged ...

US, Saudi Arabia closer to signing $15b deal for THAAD missile system

1397/9/8 | 07:11
  Saudi Arabia has signed a letter of offer and acceptance with the United States for Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system, taking a significant step toward closing a $15 billion deal, a US State Department spokesperson says. The State Department spokesperson, who was speaking on condition of anonymity, said Wednesday that the Saudis and US officials signed the crucial government-to-government document earlier this week, paving the way for the massive sale of 44 THAAD launchers, missiles and related equipment. The ...

Saudi brutality and imperialist hypocracy

1397/9/7 | 07:11
  The murder of Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul’s Saudi Consulate at Istanbul has intensified the diplomatic rows on a world scale due to capitalism’s protracted crisis internationally. After repeated denials the kingdom finally confessed that Khashoggi ‘died’ in a “fist-fight” inside the consulate, without disclosing the whereabouts of his body. Bruce Riedel, a former CIA official said, “This puts the ball firmly in Washington’s court… Not only will there be more pressure now from the media but Congress will say, ‘Gina, ...

Saudi Arabia, Egypt to continue diplomatic, trade boycott against Qatar

1397/9/7 | 07:11
  Saudi Arabia and Egypt have jointly announced that the ongoing Saudi-led diplomatic and trade boycott against Qatar, which they imposed on the energy-rich Persian Gulf kingdom in June 2017, would remain in effect until further notice. During a meeting between visiting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at the Ittihadiya Presidential Palace in Cairo on Tuesday, the pair reiterated their refusal to “make any concessions” to the Doha government, Saudi-owned and Dubai-based al-Arabiya ...

Israeli firm offered Saudi Arabia hacking system ahead of royal purge: Report

1397/9/6 | 07:11
  A recent report reveals Saudi Arabia had negotiated with a secretive Israeli technology firm the purchase of a system that hacks into cellphones, months before Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman unleashed a purge of the country’s rival royals and businessmen. Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz revealed Riyadh’s behind-the-scenes attempts to buy Israeli cyberattack software, citing a complaint filed with the Israeli police by a European businessman, who said representatives of Israel’s NSO Group Technologies offered their Pegasus 3 technology ...

Nuclear energy; Saudi Arabia’s coming Washington battle

1397/9/5 | 07:11
  When Saudi General Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz went shopping in the late 1980s for Chinese medium-range missiles capable of carrying nuclear, chemical or biological warheads he made no bones about keeping the United States, one of the kingdom’s closest allies, in the dark. it was “my task to negotiate the deal, devise an appropriate deception plan, choose a team of Saudi officers and men and arrange for their training in both Saudi Arabia and China, build and defend operation bases and storage facilities in different parts of ...

Saudi hunt for opponents went way beyond Khashoggi: Report

1397/9/4 | 07:11
  A new report by a major American magazine says Saudi Arabia had been hunting and hitting critics of the regime on a massive scale long before it ordered the assassination of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in its consulate in Istanbul last month. The Forbes said in an exclusive report published on its website that Saudi Arabian government had been using extensive technology tools to harass the dissidents living abroad or spy on them before Khashoggi's death on October 2, an incident which exposed Riyadh's zero tolerance for the ...

Almost 85,000 Yemeni kids may have died of malnutrition amid Saudi war: Save the Children

1397/9/1 | 07:11
  A UK-based charity says more than 84,700 children under the age of five may have starved to death in Yemen since the Saudi regime and a coalition of its allies launched a brutal war on the already-impoverished nation over three years ago. Using data compiled by the UN, Save the Children calculated in a Tuesday report the mortality rate for untreated cases of Severe Acute Malnutrition among Yemeni kids between April 2015 and October 2018. “We are horrified that some 85,000 children in Yemen may have died because of extreme hunger since ...

US to give Saudis a pass even if Crown Prince behind murder

1397/8/30 | 07:11
  President Donald Trump vowed on Tuesday to stick by ally Saudi Arabia even while admitting that de facto leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may have been behind the brutal murder of a dissident journalist. "It could very well be that the crown prince had knowledge of this tragic event — maybe he did and maybe he didn't!" Trump said in a statement. "We may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr Jamal Khashoggi. In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," he said. "The United States intends ...

King: Saudi Arabia supports political solutions in Yemen, Syria

1397/8/29 | 07:11
  Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz said yesterday that his country supports political solutions to the conflicts in Yemen and Syria. In an address to the kingdom’s Shura Council, King Salman refrained from talking about the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month. However, he said that new directives have been given to Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to “focus on developing human capabilities and prepare the new generation for future jobs”. “The kingdom will continue ...

Saudi sports diplomacy: An effort to bury Khashoggi’s killing

1397/8/27 | 07:11
  Saudi sports diplomacy is proving to be a mirror image of the kingdom’s challenged domestic, regional and foreign policies. Overloaded by sports czar Turki al-Sheikh, Saudi sports diplomacy, like the kingdom’s broader policies, has produced at best mixed results, suggesting that financial muscle coupled with varying degrees of coercion does not guarantee success. Mr. Al-Sheikh, a 37-year old brash and often the blunt former honorary president of Saudi soccer club Al Taawoun based in Buraidah, a stronghold of religious ultra-conservatism, ...

Saudi hosts new conference in shadow of critic’s murder

1397/8/25 | 07:11
  Cyborg artists, parkour pioneers and a British boxing star headlined a Saudi youth conference Wednesday hosted by the powerful crown prince’s charity, the latest high-profile event in the shadow of critic Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. Organisers of the MISK Global Forum kept its speakers and sponsors secret until the event began, apparently to avoid the mass cancellations that beset a glitzy investment summit in Riyadh last month amid global outrage over the journalist’s murder. Shaima Hamidaddin, executive manager of the two-day ...

Saudi monarchy beheaded 80 Pakistanis out of over 3000 prisoners since 2014

1397/8/23 | 07:11
  More than 3,000 Pakistanis are currently imprisoned in Saudi Arabia and since December 2014, Saudi Arabia has executed 80 Pakistani prisoners.   Addressing a press conference, Asma Shafee from Chichawatni, whose brother has been in prison in Saudi Arabia for nine years, urged the government to fulfill its constitutional responsibilities and negotiate and prisoner transfer agreement on an urgent basis. The families of the prisoners have also written Prime Minister Imran Khan a letter urging him to play his role and halt the ...

Recording links Saudi crown prince to Khashoggi assassination: Report

1397/8/23 | 07:11
  A phone call recording collected by the Turkish intelligence links the brutal murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi to the kingdom’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as MbS, The New York Times reports. Citing three people familiar with the recording, The Times on Monday reported a secret phone conversation made by Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, a member of the 15-man Saudi hit squad that killed Khashoggi, to a superior believed to be bin Salman’s aide. In the phone call, which came shortly after Khashoggi’s murder ...

Persian Gulf kingdoms normalizing ties with Israel Saudi decision: Hezbollah official

1397/8/22 | 07:11
  A senior official of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement says the fact that a number of Arab countries in the Persian Gulf region are dramatically warming their relations with the Tel Aviv regime after secret contacts is a decision dictated to them by the Saudi regime. “Persian Gulf states' attempts at normalizing ties with Israel is a decision made by the royal Saudi family, because Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salam is currently facing numerous crises, namely the war on Yemen, the murder of prominent dissident journalist Jamal ...

US to Saudi Arabia: No more ‘bombings in Yemen’

1397/8/21 | 07:11
  The United States of America has announced to halt the refueling operation of coalition jets and bombers, the only active part in the Saudi led coalition campaign against the Houthi rebels in Yemen. It was announced by Saudi Arabia, however, in a statement, giving the impression that the support was actually declined by the coalition and not the other way around. “Recently, the Kingdom and the Coalition increased its capability to independently conduct in-flight refueling in Yemen. As a result, in consultation with the United States, the ...

Top Saudis discussed assassinating Iran’s General Soleimani in 2017, sources tell NY Times

1397/8/21 | 07:11
  Saudi Major General Ahmed al-Assiri, who has allegedly been fired over killing of Jamal Khashoggi, took part at a meeting in Riyadh in 2017 that involved plans to assassinate the kingdom’s “determined enemy,” Iran’s Major General Qassem Soleimani as well as sabotaging Iran’s economy, The New York Times reports, citing three sources familiar with the matter. The March 2017 meeting in Riyadh, brought together businessmen that “pitched a $2 billion plan to use private intelligence operatives to sabotage the Iranian economy,” ...

Saudi coalition halts refueling deal with US for Yemen war

1397/8/19 | 07:11
  A controversial refueling arrangement between the United States and the Saudi-led coalition that is bombing Yemen was ended on Saturday, halting a key part of Washington's involvement in the conflict. The move came as warplanes pounded the key strategic port city of Hodeida and after Washington's support for the campaign was placed under increased scrutiny following the brazen murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi by a Saudi intelligence team. US Defence Secretary James Mattis said he supported Saudi Arabia's "decision" after ...

Opposition not satisfied with Foreign Minister stance on Saudi war on Yemen

1397/8/18 | 07:11
  The opposition remained unconvinced with the Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s assurances in the Senate regarding Pakistan’s role as a mediator in the Saudi-Yemen conflict. She added: "Pakistan publicly made this offer and Yemen refused it. How can Pakistan act as a mediator in the conflict when it is taking loans from Saudi Arabia?" "Saudi Arabia could raise questions on Pakistan's offer of acting a mediator," she said, adding that the details of the loans taken from the Kingdom have also not been shared with the Parliament. ...

Israeli spyware may have helped Saudi Arabia track, kill Khashoggi: Snowden

1397/8/18 | 07:11
  Former US National Security Agency contractor and whistle-blower Edward Snowden says Saudi Arabia may have used software made by an Israeli cyber firm to track prominent dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed after visiting the kingdom’s consulate in Turkey’s largest city of Istanbul last month. Addressing a conference in Tel Aviv via a video call from Russia, Snowden said Pegasus spyware, developed by Israeli cyberarms firm NSO Group, was used to track opponents. “The Saudis, of course, knew that Khashoggi was going ...

Khashoggi murder: What are US plans for Saudi Arabia?

1397/8/17 | 07:11
U.S secretary of state Mike Pompeo has stated that it is just a matter of “handful weeks” before the United States is certain enough to substantiate and trace back the motive and order of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder to right people.   While talking to a radio station in the United States he said that the President had already stated that he had no plan of letting the heinous crime being committed inside the Saudi consulate of Istanbul go without impunity. “It’ll take us probably a handful more weeks before we have enough evidence ...

Pakistan can mediate in Yemen war if stakeholders agree, says PM

1397/8/16 | 07:11
  Prime Minister Imran Khan met with Ambassador of Yemen Mohammed Mohatar Alashabi in Islamabad on Monday. According to reports, relations between the two countries and peace in the Middle-East was discussed between the two. The premier emphasised Pakistan’s desire to see a peaceful resolution to the war in Yemen, reports further suggest. PM Imran also laid out Pakistan’s willingness to be a mediator in the conflict if stakeholders are in agreement. The premier had previously said that the country would mediate in the conflict between ...

Saudi dissident journalist dies after torture at Al Saud regime's prison

1397/8/16 | 07:11
  A journalist and writer in Saudi Arabia has reportedly died as a result of torture while in the regime custody as the conservative oil-rich kingdom grapples with an international crisis over the murder of prominent dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The rights group Prisoners of Conscience, which is an independent non-governmental organization seeking to promote human rights in Saudi Arabia, announced in a post on its official Twitter page that Turki bin Abdulaziz al-Jasser lost his life due to severe torture he was subjected to during ...

Saudis launch 'Boycott Amazon' to take on Post over coverage of Khashoggi murder

1397/8/15 | 07:11
  Saudis have launched an online campaign to "Boycott Amazon and Souq.com" to take on the Washington Post over coverage of the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who wrote for the paper. A call to boycott Amazon, whose CEO Jeff Bezos owns the newspaper, was trending on social media in Saudi Arabia on Monday. The move appears to be part of an effort to punish those highlighting the role of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the last month assassination of the dissident journalist in Turkey. The monarchy is using socials media ...

Erdogan: Order to kill Khashoggi came from ‘highest levels’ of Saudi gov't

1397/8/12 | 07:11
  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the assassination of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul had been ordered at the "highest levels" of the Saudi government, but he does “not believe for a second” that King Salman issued the order. In a Friday op-ed for The Washington Post, the Turkish president said there are still many "questions" for Saudi Arabia to answer regarding the killing of Khashoggi in the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul. “Where is Khashoggi’s body? Who is the “local collaborator” ...

Female asylum seekers from Saudi found dead, duct-taped in US river

1397/8/10 | 07:11
  Two Saudi sisters have been found dead while duct-taped together in New York’s Hudson River. Police has launched an investigation after Tala Farea, 16, and Rotana Farea, 22, were discovered on a bank of the Hudson river, on the west side of Manhattan, on October 24. Their family had been ordered to leave the US by an official at the Saudi Arabian embassy in Washington, according to the girls’ mother, who had received the call a day before her children were found. No cause of death has been released, days after the bodies were found ...

Trump pressured to suspend nuclear talks with Saudi

1397/8/10 | 07:11
  US President Donald Trump has been urged to suspend nuclear talks with Saudi Arabia after the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Trump received a letter Wednesday from five Republican lawmakers, led by Senator Marco Rubio, in the wake of “ongoing revelations about the murder.” “The ongoing revelations about the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as well as certain Saudi actions related to Yemen and Lebanon, have raised further serious concerns about the transparency, accountability, and judgment of current ...

‘Saudi-led coalition sends 10,000 of troops to Hudaydah ahead of new offensive’

1397/8/9 | 07:11
The Saudi-led military coalition has sent 10,000 of troops to Yemen’s Hudaydah ahead of a fresh offensive against the blockaded port city, a report says. Leading a coalition of its allies, including the United Arab Emirates and Sudan, Saudi Arabia invaded Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall Yemen’s former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who resigned amid popular discontent and fled to the Arab kingdom. Since the onset of the imposed war, the Yemeni army, backed by fighters of the country’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement, ...

Israel sells advanced spy systems to Saudi Arabia under $250 million deal: Report

1397/8/8 | 07:11
  Saudi Arabia and Israel have secretly reached an estimated $250-million deal, which includes supplying the kingdom with Israeli espionage technologies, a report says. The deal was reached after secret meetings held between Saudi and Israeli officials in Washington and London through a European mediator, Israel’s Jerusalem Post daily reported, citing the UAE's news website Al-Khaleej. "Some of the spy systems, which are the most sophisticated systems Israel has ever sold to any Arab country, have already been transferred to Saudi Arabia ...

Might not even have to go to IMF if Saudis brutally murder just one more journalist: Asad Umer

1397/8/7 | 07:11
  (Disclaimer: this is a work of fiction. Learn to take a joke; you’ll live longer.) Even though Pakistan will have to go to the International Monetary Front (IMF) to seek financial assistance, as indicated by the prime minister, Pakistan just might be able to avoid going for the loan program, if the Saudi authorities were to murder just one more journalist. These were the views of Finance Minister Asad Umer on Friday, while addressing a press conference. “The unfortunate incident in Turkey was a fortunate incident, yes, but such ...

Israel kills 3 Palestinian teenagers in Gaza

1397/8/7 | 07:11
  Israel conducts another airstrike near the Gaza Strip’s border fence, killing at least three Palestinians in their early teens. The regime’s military staged the attack on Sunday, claiming that the targets were “apparently” carrying an explosive device, AFP reported. "A short while ago, three Palestinians approached the security fence in the southern Gaza Strip, attempted to damage it and were apparently involved in placing an improvised explosive device adjacent to it," the military said in a statement. It added that the military’s ...

Was Khashoggi going to disclose Saudi use of chemical weapons in Yemen?

1397/8/7 | 07:11
  Dissident Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, who was recently murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, was about to disclose details of Saudi Arabia’s use of banned chemical weapons in its imposed war on Yemen days before he was killed, a report says. British Sunday Express weekly reported that a close friend of Khashoggi, speaking on condition of anonymity, had told it on Saturday night that he was about to obtain “documentary evidence” from his murdered friend proving claims that Riyadh had used banned chemical weapons in ...

After Saudia: Oman stabs in the back of Palestinians

1397/8/6 | 07:11
  After Saudia now Oman has described Israel as an accepted Middle East state on Saturday, a day after hosting a surprise visit by its prime minister that Washington said could help regional peace efforts. Oman is offering ideas to help Israel and the Palestinians to come together but is not acting as mediator, Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, the sultanates minister responsible for foreign affairs, told a security summit in Bahrain. “Israel is a state present in the region, and we all understand this,” bin Alawi said. “The world ...

Britain has sold its soul to the House of Saud. Shame on us: Owen Jones

1397/8/5 | 07:11
  There is, finally, some scrutiny of Britain’s sordid relationship with one of the most abhorrent dictatorships on Earth.   That it has taken the murder of a journalist – rather than, say, Saudi Arabia’s remorseless war in Yemen, now the world’s worst humanitarian crisis – is a travesty. Do not expect this moment to last.   The British establishment and the Saudi tyranny are intertwined: the ties between our ruling elites and a regime that beheads dissidents, exports terror and slaughters Yemeni children are too ...

Saudi king 'will have crown prince replaced to restore the credibility of the monarchy

1397/8/4 | 07:11
  Saudi Arabia’s King Salman could have his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), replaced to restore the credibility of the monarchy which has faced global rebuke following the brutal murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to Colonel Brian Lees, Britain's former defense attaché to the kingdom and the author of a famous book on the Saudi royal family. The crown prince is believed to have been ordered the assassination of the dissident journalist in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. The world has reacted ...

Mediation in Yemen war: Is Saudia looking for a face saving in Yemen?

1397/8/3 | 07:11
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday reiterated his government’s policy of zero tolerance against corruption and corrupt practices, promising that all crooked elements, who had done injustice to the country with their misdeeds and sent it into the debt trap, should not expect any legislation like the defunct National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO). The prime minister, in his televised address to the nation, criticised political opponents for spreading disinformation among the masses, saying instead of feeling ashamed of what they had done ...

Saudi bail out package at what conditions?

1397/8/3 | 07:11
  Expressing disappointment over Prime Minister Imran Khan’s address to the nation, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) on Wednesday asked the government to brief the nation about the terms and conditions on which Saudi Arabia had agreed to provide a bailout package to the country. The leaders of the two opposition parties lashed out at Mr Khan for what they called his threatening tone for the opposition and called upon the government to take parliament into confidence regarding the proposed ...

Implications of PM Khan’s Saudi visit: Beyond the $6 billion support

1397/8/3 | 07:11
  Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan is on the official tour to Saudi Arabia with the primary objective of seizing the opportunity presented at Future Investment Initiative Conference (FII) to bring the much needed foreign investment into the country.   He also met King Salman of Saudi Arabia before going on to make an elaborated 35 minutes speech at FII Conference highlighting vast investment opportunities to the potential investors sitting in the audience. But apart from the future investment into the sectors like energy and ...

Saudi airstrike on Hudaydah kills 20 Yemeni civilians

1397/8/3 | 07:11
  A Saudi airstrike has claimed the lives of at least 20 Yemeni civilians and 10 others sustained injuries in province of Hudaydah as the regime in Riyadh continues its atrocious campaign against its crisis-hit southern neighbor. According to Yemen’s al-Masirah television network, the casualties were caused after Saudi warplanes targeted a group of farmers in a vegetables market in Masoudi area of Bayt al-Faqih district of the western province on Wednesday. The latest aerial assault came after Saudi fighter jets struck a car as it was ...

Khashoggi’s remains found from Saudi envoy’s home?

1397/8/2 | 07:11
  According to a report published in the Sky News, Khashoggi's body parts were found from the garden of the Saudi consulate's home in Istanbul. Sky News was quoted as saying the journalist body was 'cut up' and his face 'disfigured'. Earlier, Turkish police found an abandoned car belonging to the Saudi consulate in an underground car park in the Sultangazi district of Istanbul. Khashoggi -- a Washington Post contributor -- was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. The Saudi government on Saturday said he was ...