Middle East

China ban on ivory sales begins Sunday, aims to curb elephant poaching

China ban on ivory sales begins Sunday, aims to curb elephant poaching

  HONG KONG: A ban on ivory sales in China, the world’s largest importer and end user of elephant tusks, takes effect on Sunday with wildlife activists calling it a vital step to reducing the slaughter of the endangered animals. China has made a big push to eradicate ivory sales and demand has fallen since early 2014 because of […]

Two Saudi princes released from detention

Two Saudi princes released from detention

DUBAI: Two sons of Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah have been released from detention at Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton hotel, days after nearly 20 other detainees in the two-month-old anti-corruption campaign were also freed. Saudi Arabia’s attorney general approved the release of Prince Meshaal bin Abdullah and Prince Faisal bin Abdullah after they reached financial settlements with […]

Nawaz’s ‘Saudi visit plan’ talk of the town

Nawaz’s ‘Saudi visit plan’ talk of the town

LAHORE: Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif will leave for Saudi Arabia to meet dignitaries there, a media report suggests. It was informed that ruling PML-N head Mr Sharif is likely to depart for the Gulf kingdom within 48 hours, the report said quoting family sources. A party source said Nawaz may leave on Saturday. His […]

Recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital ‘makes peace possible’: Netanyahu

Recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital ‘makes peace possible’: Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that recognising Jerusalem as his country’s capital “makes peace possible”, after widespread international criticism of the US decision to do so. US President Donald Trump’s announcement last week has been followed by days of protests and clashes in the Palestinian territories as well as demonstrations across the Islamic world. The […]

Saudi Arabia lifts decades-long ban on cinemas

Saudi Arabia lifts decades-long ban on cinemas

Agencies: Saudi Arabia on Monday lifted a decades-long ban on cinemas, part of a series of social reforms by the powerful crown prince that are shaking up the ultra-conservative kingdom. “Commercial cinemas will be allowed to operate in the kingdom as of early 2018, for the first time in more than 35 years,” the culture and […]

Saudi Arabia fights extremism with ‘5-star’ rehab centre

Saudi Arabia fights extremism with ‘5-star’ rehab centre

With its indoor swimming pool, sun-splashed patios and liveried staff, the Saudi complex has the trappings of a five-star resort, but it is actually a rehab centre — for violent militants. Riyadh’s Mohammed bin Nayef Counselling and Care Centre, a cushy halfway house between prison and freedom, spotlights a controversial Saudi strategy for tackling homegrown […]

Israelis in the Prophet’s mosque: Jewish blogger takes tour of Islam’s second holiest site

Israelis in the Prophet’s mosque: Jewish blogger takes tour of Islam’s second holiest site

This, Israeli, Zionist, Ben Tzion, got, to, visit, Masjid al-Nabawi, Something, thousands, of , Palestinians, won’t, ever, have, the, luxury, of, doing, Images posted by an Israeli blogger inside the Mosque of the Prophet Muhammad in the Muslim holy city of Medina in Saudi Arabia sparked outrage across the region this week over what many […]

Saudi King to visit White House in 2018

Saudi King to visit White House in 2018

WASHINGTON:  King Salman of Saudi Arabia will make an official visit to Washington early next year for talks with President Donald Trump, the White House said Wednesday. The two leaders held a telephone conversation in which they discussed how to advance shared goals such as strengthening security and prosperity in the Middle East, the White […]

Saudi firm raises Careem’s investment to $500m

Saudi firm raises Careem’s investment to $500m

Reuters An investment of $150 million by a Saudi Arabia-based venture capital firm in Careem raised its investment capital to $500m, a statement from the Dubai-based ride-hailing company said. The $150m investment was undertaken by carmaker Daimler and Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Holding, a firm owned by billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. Venture capital firm DCM […]

Norway urges India, Pakistan for dialogue on Kashmir issue

Norway urges India, Pakistan for dialogue on Kashmir issue

By News Desk The Norwegian Foreign Minister, on Tuesday, called for dialogue between Pakistan and India to resolve the Kashmir issue, Radio Pakistan reported. Borge Brende made the comments in response to a motion tabled by leader of the Christian Democratic Party, Knut Arild Hareide on the human rights violations being committed by the Indian forces […]

Azhar moves up in ICC rankings; Yasir, Pakistan retain positions

Azhar moves up in ICC rankings; Yasir, Pakistan retain positions

Sports Desk   Right-handed batsman Azhar Ali moved one place up to the seventh position in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Test batsmen’s rankings after Pakistan beat West Indies on Saturday to claim a historic series win in West Indies. Pakistan had never beaten West Indies in the Caribbean in a Test series but retired […]

China pledges $124 billion for new Silk Road, says open to everyone

China pledges $124 billion for new Silk Road, says open to everyone

Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged $124 billion on Sunday for his ambitious new Silk Road plan, saying everyone was welcome to join what he envisioned would be a path for peace and prosperity for the world. China has touted what it formally calls the Belt and Road initiative as a new way to boost development […]