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The series of the arrogant prince

US troops told to ignore child abuse in Afghanistan

Shafaqna special: Did PML-N launch Tehrik.e.Labaik?

Balochistan mass murder:  A terrorist activity or human trafficking?

TTP in Afghanistan: How does Abdullah Abdullah’s confession shift burden from Pakistan to US?

Free Balochistan posters: A new game plan against CPEC

Lebanon's Hariri leaves Saudi capital for France: Lebanese TV

Saudi siege of Yemen leaves three cities without clean water: Red Cross

Social Structure Founded by the Prophet (pbuh)

Death and Burial of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

How has Islamophobia changed over the past 20 years?

West Eyes Nuclear Deal-Style Missile Pact with Iran

Saudi Arabia’s Desperate Moves against Hezbollah

International conference on lovers of Ahlul Bayt (as) and the Takfiri issue

3,000 more US troops deployed to Afghanistan: Pentagon

US Claims North Korea Behind FALLCHILL Malware

Saudi Arabia and Israel want to drag US into war against Iran: Former CIA officer

The story of a French woman who married four ISIS terrorists

'Saudi King Salman to step down next week'

Pakistan, US trade blame over cross-border terrorism

Delinking LeT from Haqqani network: Did US ditch India?

Is PTI backing Tehreek-e-Labbaik protests?

Israel ready to share intel on Iran with Saudi Arabia: Military chief

Saudi Arabia blackmailing detained princes to fill state coffers: Report

Netanyahu: Israel Will Act Alone to Force Iran Out of Syria

50,000 Yemeni children will die by end of the year, says Save the Children

Saudi storms home of detained cleric Salman Al-Ouda

Morsi tells lawyer of threats to his life

How Israel and Saudi Arabia Conspire to Seize Control of the Middle East?

How Trump’s CIA Used Bin Laden Files and a Neocon Think Tank to Escalate Tensions With Iran

Decline in terrorism: Has Pakistan won the proxy war led by Israel and India?

Is TTP returning to South Waziristan again?

Scapegoat: Is Supreme Court going to disqualify Jhangir Tareen?

Is this the end of Nawaz dynasty in Pakistan?

US president takes issue with ‘naïve’ Times op-ed on Xi-Trump ties

Yemeni hospitals will run out of fuel in three weeks: UN

Will new chairman review NAB’s in-house legal view on Musharraf?

How serious is Iraqi Kurdistan about reviewing ties with Washington?

Why Pakistan wants Afghanistan to join CPEC?

Lebanese Bankers Fear Qatar-Style Blockade by Saudis

Corruption in Israel is not just an Israeli issue

New constituency’s controversy: Is PML-N trying to delay the election?

Media Silent as 1 Million Protesters March in Spain to demand the release of Catalan political prisoners

Did Israel enforce Trump to renegotiate nuclear agreement with Iran?

Non-bailable arrest warrants: Has Nawaz Sharif abandoned Ishaq Dar?

Shafaqna Insight: Why India cannot sabotage CPEC?

Zimbabwe army deploys soldiers outside Harare

Sheikh Salman to be tried later this month on false espionage charges

Startling revelations: How politician used terrorists to target their rivals?

Turkish President slams Saudi Crown prince over ’Moderate Islam’

Islamic Jihad vows retaliation for Israeli attack

Don’t get ‘too close’ to Iran: US warning to Pakistan

Re-opening of Hudabiya case: What is the game behind the curtains?

UK Hindu minister urges military aid to Israel

iPhone X owners complain of ‘green line of death’ on screen of $999 device

Rapprochement with Israel carries a heavy price tag for Riyadh

MMA revival: Is it an attempt to induct extremist religious parties into politics?

Shafaqna analysis: Why Pakistan cannot bring Altaf Hussain back?

Strong earthquake hits Iran-Iraq border, kills about 450

US envoy assures Israel that US will move embassy to Jerusalem

The untold story: why Priti Patel’s departure is ‘a great loss for Israel’

Policy flaws: How the electoral endorsement powered a terrorist organization

Mounting debt: Would Nawaz Govt leave a huge economic crisis behind?

Tillerson Warns Against Using Lebanon as Proxy for Mideast Conflict

How Saudi Crown Prince purged royal family rivals

South Sudan using food as weapon of war -UN report

Is Lebanese PM Hariri a Prisoner of Saudi Arabia?

What the Mossad’s female agents do — and don’t do — for the sake of Israel

Revival of MMA: Mullahs on the same page

Tightening noose around Sharifs: The awakening of NAB in Pakistan

Trump’s tweets, thin skin may cause nuclear war: Analyst

130 people killed in Iran’s Kermanshah as quake hits region

Spilling the beans: Karzai’s more revelations about US and Daesh collusion in Afghanistan

Leak: UAE planned financial war against Qatar

Did Trump beg for a war during his Asia trip?

Senior Saudi Princes tortured, beaten in royal purge

Pakistan Awami Itehad:  Who is behind Musharraf’s political gimmick?

When a Hindu devotee went to Karbala

World’s criminal silence on Collapsing Yemen

Wooing Pakistan back: The fodder of CSF for Pakistan

The Saudi-Iran conflict and us

Merger of adversaries: Who is pulling the strings?

Yemenis to give 'unprecedented' response to Saudi possible attack on Hudaydah

China urges South Korea to resume talks with North

Ankara’s reading of the recent events in Saudi Arabia

Scientists find way to make old human cells young again

Report: Daesh leader may be in eastern Syrian border city of Boukamal

Punjab Law Minister threatens MWM leadership of dire consequences

Bringing Hammad Siddique back:  Another pitfall for MQM

Saudi Crown Prince Bin Salman bribed Donald Trump with $1bn

Trump’s Afghan gamble

Terror in Quetta:  Why State failed to protect AIG Hamid Shakeel?

Hudaibiya revived: The quagmire around Nawaz Sharif

Yemen facing world’s worst famine amid Saudi aggression, blockade

Hariri must return to Lebanon for official resignation: Tillerson

Saudis, UAE, Kuwait Order Citizens to Leave Lebanon

Israeli Officials :We Will Bombard Russia’s military bases in Syria If The S-300 is Given to Our Enemies

If convicted, will Nawaz get a presidential pardon?

Over 25 Million Muslims March Against ISIS And The Mainstream Media Completely Ignores It

More than 50 nationalities gather in holy city of Kerbela


The series of the arrogant prince

1396/8/27 | 20:49
  There is no doubt that the ambitious and arrogant Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, crown prince of Saudi Arabia, has entertained the world with an action series, similar to a Mexican soap opera, the first episode of which began with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef stepping down from his position.     It was followed by the episode where moderate intellectuals and clerics were arrested. The episode that has filled us with suspense the most was when the princes, his cousins, were arrested, including Mutaib Bin Abdullah, head of ...

Saudi siege of Yemen leaves three cities without clean water: Red Cross

1396/8/27 | 20:49
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says the Saudi blockade has left three cities in Yemen running out of clean water due to a halt in the import of fuel needed for pumping and sanitation. The ICRC said in a statement on Friday that nearly one million people in the Yemeni cities of Ta'izz, Sa’ada and Hudaydah were now deprived of clean water and sanitation, warning of “a renewed cholera outbreak.” The ICRC also stated that other cities, including the capital Sana’a, were expected to be in the same situation within two ...

'Saudi King Salman to step down next week'

1396/8/26 | 20:49
  Saudi monarch King Salman is set to step down and announce his son Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman as his successor next week, sources said. The 81-year-old king will continue as a ceremonial figurehead, handing over official leadership of the country to his son — often referred to as MBS, the Daily Mail quoted royal sources as saying. The move is seen as the final step in the 32-year-old bin Salman’s power grab, which began earlier this month with the arrests of over 40 princes and government ministers in a corruption probe. “Unless ...

Saudi Arabia’s Desperate Moves against Hezbollah

1396/8/26 | 20:49
  Amid Saudi Arabia's onslaught on Hezbollah, Lebanese President Michel Aoun has said that the country's prime minister, Saad Hariri, is being detained in Saudi Arabia against his will. “Nothing justifies that Saad Hariri has not returned to Lebanon in 12 days. We consider that he has been detained,” President Aoun told reporters on Wednesday. The comments are his most direct criticism of Saudi Arabia in the crisis to date.   Hariri resigned from his post in a speech from the Saudi capital Riyadh in a surprise announcement on ...

Saudi Arabia and Israel want to drag US into war against Iran: Former CIA officer

1396/8/26 | 20:49
  A former American counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer of the CIA says Israel and Saudi Arabia are not in a position to defeat Iran and hence are trying to drag the United States into a war against the Islamic Republic.   Philip Giraldi made the remarks in an article headlined Saudi Arabia and Israel Know They Cannot Defeat Iran, Want to Drag the US into an Uncontainable War published on Monday.   “Both Saudi Arabia and Israel know they cannot defeat Iran,” Giraldi wrote, “without the active ...

Saudi Arabia blackmailing detained princes to fill state coffers: Report

1396/8/26 | 20:49
  A new report says Saudi Arabia has offered deals to detained princes and businessmen to fill depleted state coffers. According to a report published in The Financial Time on Thursday, Saudi authorities were negotiating settlements with individuals held over allegations of corruption at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Riyadh. The report quoting people close to the negotiations said that some of the suspects were keen to secure their release by signing over cash and corporate assets. “They are making settlements with most of those in the ...

50,000 Yemeni children will die by end of the year, says Save the Children

1396/8/25 | 20:49
  Disease and famine struck Yemen will see some 50,000 Yemeni children dead by the end of the year, NGO Save the Children told the Telegraph.   “These deaths are as senseless as they are preventable. They mean more than a hundred mothers grieving for the death of a child, day after day,” Tamer Kirolos, director at Save the Children, said.   Some 40,000 children are estimated to have already died from malnutrition.   The calculations were predicted before the Saudi-led coalition closed air, land and sea ports in ...

How Israel and Saudi Arabia Conspire to Seize Control of the Middle East?

1396/8/25 | 20:49
    The cable instructs Israeli diplomats to ratchet up diplomatic pressure against Lebanese Hezbollah and Iran.   The Israeli plan saw an opportunity in the fact that the new regime in Saudi Arabia headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) was able to force Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, a longtime puppet of the Saudis, to resign his post from Saudi soil.   The Israeli cable also urged its missions abroad to pressure foreign governments to support Saudi Arabia’s war against the Houthis in Yemen. Iran ...

Rapprochement with Israel carries a heavy price tag for Riyadh

1396/8/23 | 20:49
  Riyadh is convinced that rapprochement with Israel is the cornerstone of its desperate attempts to achieve any victory for Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman before he officially takes the throne.   Many Arabs did not believe the Israeli Prime Minister’s statements over recent years that there was a great understanding between Israel and a major Arab country; they were a clear reference to Saudi Arabia.   Observers believe that Riyadh has lost the battle with Tehran in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. The Saudi stalemate in Yemen ...

World’s criminal silence on Collapsing Yemen

1396/8/21 | 20:49
  The Saudi sanctions coupled with the ongoing civil war have destroyed Yemen’s social and economic infrastructure. The kingdom has defended the blockade, which bars aid groups from delivering aid to the starving civilians.      Cautioning against the fatal consequences of Saudi actions, international aid organizations in Yemen said they were "greatly alarmed" by Saudi Arabia's decision, warning it could "bring millions of people closer to starvation and death."   In a similar warning issued by the UN, Millions of ...

The Saudi-Iran conflict and us

1396/8/21 | 20:49
  Mohammad Bin Salman has been in control of Saudi Arabia since his father ascended to the throne in January 2015, starting with the military policy he guided through the Ministry of Defence.     He is still controlling this ministry until today, and is likely to remain in control until he achieves his ambition to succeed his father to the throne.   From the beginning, the young Saudi prince revealed an adventurous tendency that is radically different from the cautious conservatism that characterised the Kingdom’s ...

Yemenis to give 'unprecedented' response to Saudi possible attack on Hudaydah

1396/8/21 | 20:49
  The chairman of Yemen’s Supreme Revolutionary Committee has warned the Saudi-led coalition against launching a military assault on the country’s strategic western port city of Hudaydah, stressing the Yemeni forces’ response would be “unprecedented” in such a case. “If Saudi Arabia and its allies opt to attack Hudaydah, we will take measures like never before,” said a post published on Mohammed Ali al-Houthi’s Facebook page on Saturday, the Arabic service of Russia’s Sputnik news agency reported. He added, “We can ...

Saudis, UAE, Kuwait Order Citizens to Leave Lebanon

1396/8/20 | 20:49
  With Saudi Arabia having accused Lebanon of declaring war over the weekend, a growing number of GCC states are issuing either travel advisories or outright bans on citizens traveling to Lebanon, with Bahrain the first to issue such warnings, and Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates following. All are claiming “safety considerations,” though none are clear about what exactly their intentions toward Lebanon are, or even whether this is related to the missile fired from Yemen, or the resignation of the Lebanese premier ...

‘Saudi Arabia summoned Abbas in response to Hamas trip to Iran’

1396/8/19 | 20:49
  Saudi Arabia has “summoned” the Palestinian Authority and Fatah President Mahmoud Abbas to Riyadh in response to a visit by Hamas officials to Tehran, former Egyptian ambassador Abdullah Al-Ash’al told Quds Press on Tuesday.   “The Saudis will order Abbas to be inflexible on two issues,” explained the political analyst. “He must not respond to Hamas calls to end the security cooperation with the [Israeli] occupation, and not lift the sanctions imposed on the Gaza Strip.” This, he added, will push Hamas to withdraw from the ...

Leak: Israel supported Hariri’s resignation

1396/8/18 | 20:49
  Israel’s Channel 10 has published a leaked cable sent from the Israeli foreign ministry to all Israeli ambassadors calling on them to support Saudi efforts and rally support for the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.   The classified cable urged the diplomats to appeal to the highest officials within their host countries to attempt to expel Hezbollah from the Lebanese government and politics.   On Saturday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described Hariri’s resignation as a wake-up call for ...

Muhammad Bin Salman, another Saddam Hussein?

1396/8/18 | 20:49
  Amid the political drama that has been rattling the Middle East, from the battle to liberate Mosul to terrorist attacks in Tehran and the Riyadh-Doha brawl, the news of Muhammad Bin Salman’s appointment as heir to the throne by his father King Salman of Saudi Arabia did not sound as music to the ears of politicians around globe.   Saudi Arabia’s King Salman made his son Mohammad bin Salman his successor, removing his nephew as the Crown Prince. With this, King Salman not only made his succession plan clear but also gave the ...

Saudi offering $430m for wanted Houthi militants

1396/8/18 | 20:49
  Saudi Arabia is offering $430 million in reward for information leading to the capture of 40 people, mainly Houthi militants, accused of planning and executing terrorist activities.   The Saudi Ministry of Interior issued a statement today with a wanted list that includes the leader of the Houthis, Abdul-Malik Badreddin Al-Houthi. The head of the Houthi insurgency in Yemen has a $30 million bounty on his head.   Ten others on the wanted list have a $20 million bounty on their head; one has $15 million; an additional ten ...

UN warns over mass famine in Yemen over Saudi blockade

1396/8/18 | 20:49
The UN’s aid chief has warned that Saudi Arabia's blockade on Yemen is putting millions of people in danger of a mass famine. The UN undersecretary general for humanitarian affairs, Mark Lowcock, on Wednesday stressed that unless the war-torn country’s borders are reopened, "it will be the largest famine the world has seen for many decades, with millions of victims." On Sunday, Saudi Arabia announced that it was shutting down Yemen’s air, sea, and land borders, after Yemeni fighters targeted an international airport near the Saudi capital. Lowcock ...

Saudi channel retracts Twitter posting on Salman rise to throne

1396/8/18 | 20:49
  A Saudi-owned television news channel has retracted a message on Twitter that had said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman would be appointed as the king during a planned ceremony. Al-Arabiya state television, on its Twitter account, said on Wednesday that it would soon release or broadcast further details about the scheduled ceremony. However, the channel deleted the tweet hours later. The regime in Riyadh is apparently seeking to examine public reaction regarding a surprise shift in power.  In early September, the Arabic-language al-Manar daily ...

Is Saudi’s Bin Salman tackling corruption or making money?

1396/8/17 | 20:49
    Tackling corruption is an Islamic duty akin to combating terrorism, senior Saudi clerics have said in response to the recent purge on princes, officials and businessmen which has seen dozens arrested over the weekend.   As part of its “religious duty”, the newly established anti-corruption commission, set up at the behest of King Salman, hit the ground running and has already led to the arrest of prominent businessmen including Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal who is said to be worth $16.7 billion, according to Forbes magazine.   Critics ...

The end to the Saud family; the march from Najaf Ashraf toward Medina

1396/8/17 | 20:49
    News has been heard that some Shiites are set to march from Najaf Ashraf to Madina on the occasion of the martyrdom anniversary of Hazrat Fatima Zahra (s.a).     According to the report, the distance between Najaf and Medina is about 1,418 kilometers, from the border of Rafha.   Rafha is one of the northern border provinces in Saudi Arabia, and is the second largest city after the city of Arar. This area was in the old route of the Hajj, which linked Baghdad and Mecca. It is also on the international route ...

Arrests could shake investor’s confidence in Saudi Arabia

1396/8/17 | 20:49
The arrest of prominent Saudi billionaire Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal will likely shake the confidence of many investors in Saudi Arabia.   The prince has large shares in companies like Twitter, Citigroup, Lyft, the Four Seasons Hotels, Apple and 21st Century Fox. He also owns the George V hotel in Paris, has a stake in the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan and controls satellite television networks in the Middle East.   The prince had entered into business ventures with some of the world’s largest corporate giants including Bill Gates, ...

Saudi Arabia house arrests former Yemeni president : Officials

1396/8/17 | 20:49
  Saudi Arabia has barred former Yemeni president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, along with his sons, aides and military officials, from returning to Yemen for months, informed Yemeni officials says. On Saturday, The Associated Press cited the Yemeni officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, as saying that the ban was put in place as a result of the growing hostility between Hadi and the UAE, which has invaded southern Yemen as a key member of the so-called Saudi-led coalition in the ongoing war against the country. The coalition has ...

Yemen's Houthis threaten to hit ports, airports in Saudi Arabia, UAE

1396/8/17 | 20:49
Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement, which aids the country's army in its fight against Saudi Arabia’s deadly military campaign, has threatened to launch more missile attacks on ports and airports in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in retaliation for the massacre of thousands of Yemenis. We will not stand idly by, we will seek more radical means to prevent both the tightening of the blockade and all acts aimed at starving and humiliating the people of Yemen,” the statement added. The development came a day after the Saudi-led ...

Consolidating power: The story behind Saudia's massive detentions

1396/8/16 | 20:49
  Saudi Arabia announced the arrest on Saturday night of the prominent billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, plus at least 10 other princes, four ministers and tens of former ministers.   The arrest has been made of 11 princes which include a prominent billionaire with a global profile and dozens of current and former ministers, some from the royal family and others not.   New ministers have been quickly appointed and the King has announced the immediate formation of a new anti-corruption committee to be chaired ...

Saudi Arabia says Hezbollah actions show it has declared war against kingdom

1396/8/16 | 20:49
Saudi Arabia has accused Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah of declaring war against the kingdom. Saudi Arabian Gulf affairs minister Thamer al-Sabhan made the accusations on Monday during an interview with Al-ArabiyaTV, where he said Hezbollah’s acts of “aggression... were considered acts of a declaration of war against Saudi Arabia by Lebanon.” Without further elaboration, Sabhan called on the Lebanese government to recognize the risks of Hezbollah's activities.   Sabhan made the remarks in reference to the recent resignation ...

Hariri quit after Iran rejected Saudi request on Yemen: Informed source

1396/8/15 | 20:49
  Saad al-Hariri resigned as Lebanon’s prime minister after Iran turned down a request by Riyadh to stop supporting the oppressed Yemeni nation in the face of a deadly Saudi war, an informed Iranian source says.   The source close to Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on international affairs, made the revelation to the Fars news agency on Sunday.   After a trip to Saudi Arabia, Hariri returned to Beirut to meet with Velayati and convey the kingdom’s “dictated” ...

Saudi, Israeli officials hold rare meeting in L.A., weigh measures for breakthrough in relations

1396/8/15 | 20:49
  Officials from Saudi Arabia and Israel met on Monday in Los Angeles, California, in a move that could be a major step towards a thaw in the relations between the two countries.   The meeting was held on the sideline of the Middle East Security Forum at Sinai Temple, Los Angeles. It was attended by Prince Turki al-Faisal, former Saudi Intelligence chief, Prince Khalid bin Salman, Saudi ambassador to the U.S., and Dr. Yousef bin Trad bin Yousef Al-Sadoun, deputy minister for international organization affairs of Saudi Foreign Ministry ...

Saudi Arabia arrests princes, ministers in sweeping purge

1396/8/14 | 20:49
  Saudi Arabia arrested 11 princes, including a prominent billionaire, and dozens of current and former ministers, reports said, in a sweeping crackdown as the kingdom's young crown prince consolidates power. Separately, the head of the Saudi National Guard, once a leading contender to the throne, as well as the navy chief and the economy minister were replaced in a series of high-profile sackings that sent shock waves in the kingdom. The crackdown was reported immediately after a new anti-corruption commission, headed by powerful Crown ...

Saudi deletes thousands of tweets from detained scholar’s account

1396/8/14 | 20:49
  Saudi activists have revealed that the security services in their country have deleted thousands of tweets from the account of detained scholar Mohamed Al-Hadeef, reported on Friday.   “The Saudi security deletes tweets of Dr Mohamed Al-Hadeef and keeps only 1,583 out of thousands of tweets,” claimed a Twitter user known as “keymiftah79”. Even while he is detained, the activist pointed out, the Saudi authorities are afraid of his tweets.   The New Khaleej website said that it had fact-checked the ...

Saudi-led coalition says Yemen market legitimate target after deadly strike

1396/8/14 | 20:49
  The Saudi-led coalition claims its recent bloody airstrike on a market in Yemen's northern province of Sa’ada that killed at least 26 people was carried out on a “legitimate” military target. After reviewing the Wednesday attack on a hotel and an adjoining market in Sahar district, the coalition issued a statement on Saturday, claiming the target was the gathering point for some Houthi fighters.   Saudi-led airstrikes continue to claim more civilian lives across Yemen. Three Yemenis were killed and one was injured during ...

Retaliatory missile launched at Riyadh airport was Borkan H2, Yemen says

1396/8/14 | 20:49
  The Yemeni army has confirmed that it targeted Saudi Arabia’s King Khalid international airport in Riyadh with a long distance Borkan H2 ballistic missile. "Our Yemeni forces succeeded in launching a missile, a Borkan H2 long distance missile, at the King Khalid international airport in north eastern Riyadh which was in response to the massacres committed by the US-Saudi coalition in Yemen,” said Colonel Aziz Rashed, a spokesman for the Yemeni army, early on Sunday. “This comes in order to even out power between the coalition ...

Saudi royal family forms committee, arrests princes, ministers

1396/8/14 | 20:49
  Dozens of princes, ministers and former ministers have been detained by Saudi Arabia’s Anti-Corruption Committee. According to Al Arabiya TV on Saturday, the committee, headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was formed by royal decree earlier in the day. The report added that four current ministers were also arrested as part of the so-called anti-corruption efforts.   Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has dismissed several senior ministers, including those in charge of the kingdom’s National Guard, economy, and planning. According ...

Female robots should not be permitted in public places without hijab and Abaya

1396/8/13 | 20:49
  Objecting a hijab less female robot, Saudi women have said that the female robot Sofia should follow the rules of the kingdom and should not be allowed in public places without hijab or Abaya.   Saudi women have condemned the idea of providing Sofia the citizenship of Saudi Arabia. They say that the female robot does not have any male guardian which is an important factor in Saudi Arabia. Similarly, Sofia should cover her head. The decision of providing citizenship to a robot is severely being criticized on social media. People ...

Mega dream: Bin Salman’s NEOM project hardly feasible

1396/8/12 | 20:49
  The Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has announced on Thursday plans to launch a $500 billion project of building a mega city, dubbed NEOM.   The 26,500 square kilometer city will be built in northwest of the country, extending to Egypt and Jordan.   Mohammad bin Salman appointed Klaus Kleinfeld, a former chief executive of Siemens and Aloca, to run the NEOM project.   Unveiling the ambitious plan during an international business conference in the Saudi capital Riyadh, the crown hoped that a privatization program, ...

Saudi Arabia to let women enter sports stadiums in 2018

1396/8/10 | 20:49
  Saudi Arabia will for the first time allow women to attend sports events in three selected stadiums from early next year, the General Sports Authority said in a statement.   The stadiums in Jeddah, Dammam and Riyadh are being prepared to accommodate families in early 2018, said the statement carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency late yesterday.   Last month Saudi Arabia announced that, from June, women would be allowed to drive, ending the world’s only ban on female driving.   Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s ...

Sudan’s troops ‘must come out of Yemen’, says parliamentarian

1396/8/8 | 20:49
  A parliamentarian and member of the Sudanese Reform Now Movement called upon the government to withdraw its troops from Yemen yesterday, RT Arabic reported.     “The armed forces must come out of Yemen,” said Hassan Osman Rizq, speaking during Sudan’s National Assembly. “If we entered the war for the sake of our friendly relations with Saudi Arabia, it was unnecessary as Saudi Arabia has many friendly countries that didn’t enter the war to fight alongside it.”   “And if we entered the war to restore the legitimacy, ...

Saudia's moderate Islam: An attempt to appease West

1396/8/6 | 20:49
The $500 billion mega city planned by Saudi Arabia will be floated on financial markets alongside oil giant Saudi Aramco as part of the country’s drive to diversify away from oil, the crown prince said in an interview late on Wednesday. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also said Aramco’s initial public offering is on track for next year and the national oil giant could be valued at more than $2 trillion - a sum some investors have said appears unrealistically high. His surprise announcement about the listing of NEOM, a 26,500-square-kilometre ...

Saudi authorities impose conditions for release of preachers

1396/8/5 | 20:49
  The famous Saudi Twitter personality known as Mujtahid said yesterday that Saudi authorities were conducting a bargaining process over the release of a number of detainees.   According to Mujtahid, freedom costs a great deal:   “A number of detainees are being held in prison. Their release requires that they “publicly” confess against the rest of the detainees, and they say they have previously received support from Qatar.”This is part of an escalation by the Kingdom against Qatar for allegedly funding terrorism. ...

‘Saudi Arabia’s relation with Israel not based on politics’

1396/8/5 | 20:49
  Diplomatic and intelligence cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Israel are solely based on non-political matters, Alkhaleej Online today reported a former Saudi government adviser saying.   Major General Anwar Bin Majed Bin Anwar Eshki said communication between the two countries is based on cultural and humanitarian matters.   “Saudi Arabia’s main goal is the principles adopted by the United Nations and what the Arabs agreed upon, the Arab peace initiative,” Eshki said.   It is unknown why the former adviser ...

Factors of Saudi-Israeli rapprochement under the auspices of Bin Salman

1396/8/3 | 20:49
  French news agency AFP revealed on Friday that the Saudi official who visited Israel last September was Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman; a disclosure that is of great importance and has long-term significance.   An Israeli official, as quoted by the agency, confirmed the identity of the Saudi guest, which comes in light of a lot of indicators that there is a dramatic development in the relationship between Riyadh and Tel Aviv.   The confirmation of the visit came after hints were made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin ...

Saudi crown prince promises 'a country of moderate Islam'

1396/8/3 | 20:49
  Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday vowed to restore “moderate, open” Islam in a kingdom known for its ultra-conservative rule.   “We are returning to what we were before, a country of moderate Islam that is open to all religions and to the world,” he said at an economic forum in Riyadh.   “We will not spend the next 30 years of our lives dealing with destructive ideas. We will destroy them today,” he added. “We will end extremism very soon.”   The crown prince's statement ...

Differences between Saudi, UAE may fracture their alliance

1396/8/2 | 20:49
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and the Deputy Chief Commander of the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Mohammed Bin Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan is perceived as the “mentor” of the de facto leader of Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman.   King Salman’s ill health has led to the relegation of most of his responsibility to his son Prince Mohammad. He is by a stretch the most powerful leader in terms of economic and military might in the Middle East. He controls one of the richest entities in the world, Aramco, the ...

Saudi Yatra: Would Kingdom play a role of negotiator between Nawaz and establishment?

1396/8/2 | 20:49
    Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived here on Monday from London on a two-day visit to perform Umrah and spend time with his mother who is already in Jeddah.   The former prime minister was received at the airport by his family members, party leaders and Saudi officials.Later, Nawaz left for his son Hassan Nawaz's residence, where he met with his mother.   Though apparently Nawaz Sharif is in Saudia to perform Umrah yet it is quite evident that Nawaz Shari is at point of no return with establishment after his accusation ...

Putin: US will try to impose democracy on Saudi

1396/8/2 | 20:49
  Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned Saudi Arabia that the US will try to impose democracy on it, AlKhaleejOnline reported on Friday. Responded to a question regarding whether Russia was worried that Saudi Arabia would rather a relationship with Washington rather than Moscow, Putin said: “Saudi Arabia must fear that the Americans will impose democracy on it.” He also said that his country plans to expand cooperation with Saudi Arabia and some countries in the region even if they have strong relations with the United States.   “We ...

Saudi religious crisis; gradual change and elimination of Wahhabism

1396/8/1 | 20:49
    Saudi Arabia’s social and religious situation is a reflection of the country’s religious outlook and its contradicting political positions.   One can well comprehend how far this situation has been influence by Riyadh’s political comportment. Changes in the political structure and Salman’s rise to power also affected Saudi Arabia’s religious system.   Even though Saudi society had Wahhabism forced upon it, and has been full of contradiction and religious despotism since its inception, it has been waiting ...

Israeli official confirms Mohammed bin Salman visited Israel

1396/7/30 | 20:49
  An Israeli official has reportedly confirmed that a Saudi prince who was widely reported to have visited Israel back in September was Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.   In September, Israeli and Arab media reported that a Saudi prince had traveled to Israel and had held consultations with senior Israeli officials over “regional peace.”   Some news outlets identified the Saudi prince in question as Mohamed bin Salman, who was appointed as the first in line to the Saudi throne by his father, King Salman ...

‘When the aggression stops, so will we’, say the Houthis

1396/7/30 | 20:49
  As the battle lines settle on a stalemate after the inception of the Saudi-led coalition’s unforgiving bombing campaign, it’s about time all parties to the conflict think about a peace process, which must include the Houthi armed group.   “We are ready to reach a peace agreement with the Saudi-led coalition”, Deputy Head of External Relations, Muhammed Al-Bukhaithi confirms to me.   It’s of mutual interest for all parties in the conflict to put an end to war, but the Houthis claim that Saudi Arabia is not acting ...

Half of UAE’s residents in debt

1396/7/30 | 20:49
  The increase of the value added tax in the UAE, effective next year, is expected to intensify the suffering of UAE residents, the majority of whom already live under debt.   Moreover, the VAT is also expected to hit some trade activity, such as the diamond industry and the construction industry, as it will raise the cost of services and goods for the residents. According to a study by Amazon’s PayFort, recently published on personal debt in Arab countries, almost 50 per cent of the UAE’s residents are drowning in a sea of debt.   The ...

Saudi cleric holds women responsible for rape and harassment

1396/7/30 | 20:49
A Saudi cleric Ahmed Bin Saad Al Qarni has sparked rage on social media for calling women the cause of harassment and adultery. He also stated that a woman who leaves her house wearing makeup and perfume is an “adulteress”.   Saudi government gave women their legal right to drive in the country last month. Another legislation terming harassment a criminal offense will also get introduced soon. These amendments’ in Saudi law have instigated opposing reaction from male respondentsin Saudi Arabia including this cleric Al Qarni.   Cleric ...