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Iraqi Kurds postpone polls in face of crisis


IRBIL, IRAQ: Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region on Wednesday postponed presidential and legislative elections because of the current crisis with Baghdad, its electoral commission said. The region’s Independent High Electoral Commission said…

Bahrain accuses Iran of harboring 160 ‘terrorists’


DUBAI: Bahrain’s interior minister accused Iran of harboring 160 Bahrainis convicted of terrorism and stripped of their citizenship, in an interview published Wednesday.

Pakistan denies US drone strike targeted insurgents on its soil


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif denied that Monday’s US drone strike near the porous Pak-Afghan border targeted insurgents on Pakistani soil.

Israel carries out ‘large-scale’ raids on Palestinian media firms


HEBRON, Palestinian Territories: Israeli forces raided Palestinian media offices across the occupied West Bank overnight in what a military spokeswoman on Wednesday called a “large-scale operation” against incitement. The raids on eight…

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Jeddah's criminal court clears dog beauty pageant organizers


JEDDAH: According to Sabq e-newspaper, the Criminal Court in Jeddah cleared the Dog Beauty Contest organizers of a charge addressing moral and religious indecency. The contest, which had created controversy on social media, was canceled by…


Pakistan premier vows to rid country of assault weapons


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has made it his personal mission to rid the country of automatic weapons in a bid to control crime.


Princess Reema opens new gym for women


JEDDAH: Princess Reema Bint Bandar Bin Sultan, president of the Community Sports Union, has opened the newest Studio 5 gym in Jeddah, which is based on electronic registration and scheduling sport sessions.


US wants evidence over detained staff to end Turkey visa dispute


ANKARA: A US delegation has asked Turkey for information and evidence regarding consular staff whose detention has led to a diplomatic rift and suspension of visa services, private HaberTurk television channel reported on Wednesday. Two…


Officers fired following probe of United passenger dragging


CHICAGO: The city of Chicago revealed Tuesday that it fired two airport police officers in connection with the controversial removal of a passenger from a United Airlines plane earlier this year. Video went viral online of a bloodied David…


Saudi king orders creation of ‘King Salman Complex’ for Prophet’s Hadith


DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has issued a royal decree ordering the creation of the “King Salman Complex,” for the Prophet’s Hadith, in the city of Madinah, state news agency SPA reported.

Madagascar plague death toll climbs to 74


ANTANANARIVO: An outbreak of highly contagious plague has claimed 74 lives in Madagascar over the past two months with the capital particularly affected, according to a new official toll published Tuesday.

Philippines arrests militant widow for trying to recruit Daesh fighters


MANILA: Philippine law enforcement agents have arrested a woman who tried to spread radical ideas and recruit hundreds of foreigners to reinforce pro-Daesh rebels occupying a southern city, the justice minister said on Wednesday.


Oil prices rise on tighter US market, Middle East tensions


SINGAPORE: Oil prices rose on Wednesday, lifted by a fall in US crude inventories and concerns that tensions in the Middle East could disrupt supplies.


Saudi Border Guards carry out ‘Grip Exercise’ in line with border security symposium


JEDDAH: The General Directorate of the Border Guards on Wednesday will carry out the “Grip Exercise” as part of the First International Symposium on Land and Maritime Borders (Challenges and Solutions) on the Red Sea coast of Jeddah.

SRMG acquires controlling stake in Saudi financial news service Argaam


LONDON: The Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG) has acquired a controlling stake in the Argaam Investment and Trading Company, which publishes an online financial news service.

Trump’s fortune slides by $600 million on Forbes wealth list


NNEW YORK: America’s richest may be getting richer but President Donald Trump’s fortune has slid by $600 million to $3.1 billion, according to a list of 400 billionaires released by Forbes magazine on Tuesday.

Hillary Clinton says threats to start war with North Korea “dangerous, short-sighted“


SEOUL: Former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday that “cavalier” threats to start war on the Korean peninsula are “dangerous and short-sighted.”


Kurds’ statehood dream dies as Baghdad retakes oil fields


BAGHDAD: Iraqi troops and allied Shiite-dominated paramilitary forces took control on Tuesday of all Kirkuk’s oil fields, dealt a crushing blow to fragmented Kurdish forces and redrew the map of northern Iraq.


Saudi Cabinet hails Trump’s Iran stance, reiterates KSA’s support for fight against terrorism


RIYADH: King Salman headed Saudi Arabia’s latest Cabinet session on Tuesday afternoon at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh.

Islamic Development Bank pledges $800m to boost economies of 7 developing countries


WASHINGTON: The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has signed agreements worth $804 million with seven countries in Africa and Latin America in order to help boost their economies.

Tuesday, Oct 17

Yemeni people trust Saudi Arabia, says deputy prime minister


RIYADH: Yemeni Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Maj. Gen. Hussein Mohammed Arab, praised the Saudi humanitarian and active role in the Yemeni cause saying the Yemeni people trust the Kingdom.

Anger over Israeli plan for new homes in Hebron


AMMAN: Palestinians accused Israel on Tuesday of using the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation as a distraction while building illegal new homes in the old city of Hebron.

Daesh cleared from Syria’s Raqqa — monitor


RAQQA, Syria: US-backed militias have completely taken Syria’s Raqqa from Daesh, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday.

Philippines’ Duterte says city ‘liberated’ after siege


MARAWI, Philippines: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday declared a southern city “liberated from terrorists” after a five-month battle against militants loyal to the Daesh group.

Monday, Oct 16

Iraqi troops storm into Kirkuk without a fight


BAGHDAD: Iraqi troops and allied Shiite-dominated paramilitary forces recaptured the northern city of Kirkuk with hardly a shot fired on Monday after Kurdish forces split in two and one group refused to fight.

Dialogue best way to promote peace, security: Saudi Shoura chief


ST. PETERSBURG: Shoura Council President Abdullah Al-Asheikh said that the Kingdom, under the leadership of King Salman, believes in dialogue as an effective means to achieve security, peace and prosperity.

Death toll in Somalia bombing jumps: medical workers


MOGADISHU, Somalia: At least 300 people were killed by twin bomb explosions in the heart of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, doctors said on Monday, confirming the deadliest attacks since an Islamist insurgency began in 2007.

9 Saudis win 21 medals at International Warsaw Invention Show in Poland


RIYADH: Nine Saudis won 21 medals for 10 inventions, registered at King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), which they presented at the International Warsaw Invention Show in Poland.

Sunday, Oct 15

Iraqi Army on alert for attack on Kirkuk


BAGHDAD: The Iraqi army and allied Shiite-dominated paramilitary troops were on alert to raid Kurdish peshmerga forces in the disputed city of Kirkuk early on Monday after talks failed and a 48-hour deadline passed for the Kurds to…

Grief descends on Somalia as death toll from truck bomb attack rises to 231


MOGADISHU, Somalia: The most powerful bomb blast ever witnessed in Somalia’s capital killed at least 231 people with more than 275 injured, a senator said Sunday, making it the deadliest single attack in this Horn of Africa nation. The…

Final assault starts on Syria’s Raqqa as some Daesh fighters quit


AIN ISSA, Syria : US-backed militias said they had launched their final assault on Syria’s Raqqa on Sunday after a convoy of Daesh fighters left the city, leaving only a hardcore of jihadists to mount a last stand.

Army says battle for Philippine city to end soon, 1,000 dead


MARAWI: Philippine troops Sunday bombed militants loyal to the Daesh group who have held out for over four months in a southern city and the military said the conflict would be over “very soon.”

Saturday, Oct 14

Eight in 10 Saudis want women to drive: Arab News/YouGov poll


LONDON: Almost eight in 10 Saudis who reside in the Kingdom agree with the decision to allow women to drive, with the majority of females saying they plan to apply for a license, an Arab News/YouGov poll has found.

Support for women driving shows public on board for Saudi reforms


LONDON: Saudi society supports a recent decision to lift the long-standing ban on granting women driving licenses, with 77 percent of participants in favor of the decision, according to a recent Arab News/YouGov poll.

Baghdad gives ultimatum on Kirkuk pullback: Kurds


SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq: Baghdad has set a pre-dawn Sunday deadline for Kurdish forces to abandon positions in the disputed oil province of Kirkuk they took during the fightback against the Daesh group, a senior Kurdish official said. The…

KSA hopes Fatah-Hamas reconciliation will help Palestinians gain legitimate rights


JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia on Friday expressed hopes that the reconciliation of rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas will help them gain their legitimate rights.