Saudi Arabia: Concerns Over MERS As Haj Dates Near

The spike in cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus is worrying because of the upcoming annual pilgrimage, according to a top doctor. Hanan Balkhi, head of the Health Ministry’s national scientific committee of infectious diseases, said that even if Haj pilgrims were tested, it was not possible to get a true picture … Continue reading Saudi Arabia: Concerns Over MERS As Haj Dates Near

Why Iran’s Charm Offensive Is Not Enough – OpEd

By Abdel Aziz Aluwaisheg After their nuclear deal with the P5+1, Iranian officials have vacillated between confrontation and reconciliation regarding their weary neighbors. The equivocation reflects obvious divisions within the Iranian establishment on the meaning and implications of the deal. The fact that Iran is getting ready for important election in 2016, for the parliament … Continue reading Why Iran’s Charm Offensive Is Not Enough – OpEd

Saudi Arabia: Stock Market Drops 7% On Low Oil Prices, Fitch Ratings

By Khalil Hanware The Saudi stock market plunged nearly 7 percent on Sunday in relentless selling sparked by falling oil prices and a decision by Fitch Ratings to cut its outlook for Saudi Arabia’s debt. The Tadawul All-Share Index lost 6.86 percent to close at 7,463.32 points, nearing support on its December low of 7,226 … Continue reading Saudi Arabia: Stock Market Drops 7% On Low Oil Prices, Fitch Ratings

North Korea Orders ‘Final Attack’

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un put his front-line troops on a war footing on Friday to back up an ultimatum for South Korea to halt high-decibel propaganda broadcasts across the border. A North Korean military official says a meeting of senior party and defense officials led by Jong Un met Thursday night and “reviewed and … Continue reading North Korea Orders ‘Final Attack’

Saudi Arabia Says Won’t Tolerate Unruly Behavior During Haj

The Kingdom will not tolerate — as it did not do in the past — any activity that undermines Haj rituals. Any conduct contrary to regulations and directives in place for the pilgrimage will be dealt with firmly. Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Chairman of the Supreme Haj Committee Prince Mohammed bin … Continue reading Saudi Arabia Says Won’t Tolerate Unruly Behavior During Haj