16 So Asian Sailors Stranded Off UAE Onboard Tanker For Over a Year

(DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Fifteen Indian sailors and one Pakistani seafarer are stranded onboard a tanker 15 miles off the coast of UAE due to a legal dispute involving the ship owners. The sailors, who are stranded onboard MT Zoya1 for over a year now, have also not been paid salaries for four months. The ECB International […]

Years after his hanging, Saddam Hussein mystery lives on

In his native village of Al-Awjah, the mausoleum of Iraq’s executed dictator Saddam Hussein has been reduced to broken concrete and tangled barbed wire, showing no trace of his remains. The man who ruled Iraq with an iron fist for a quarter of a century was hanged at dawn on December 30, 2006, symbolizing the […]

Middle East: a Threat to World Peace & Security, Warns UN Chief

UN Secretary-General António Guterres in an address to the Security Council warns of threat to world peace and security because of the situation in Middle East. By ANTONIO GUTERRES — The situation in the Middle East is in chaos — to such an extent it has become a threat to international peace and security. The […]

PM Abbasi, Army Chief, Defense Minister in Saudi to Inspect Counterterrorism, Gulf Shield Exercises

(DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi along with a high level delegation reached Dammam on Sunday on a two-day official visit to inspect the exercises of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC). The delegation accompanying the prime minister also includes the Army Chief and Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir. The second stage of the […]

Putin Holds SECRET CONVERSATION With Erdogan on Syria Following US-led Airstrikes

(DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Russian president Vladimir Putin has held secret conversations with the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as the two countries look to strengthen relations following the airstrikes on Syria launched early Saturday morning. In a phone call on Saturday the two men discussed the military strikes carried out by the West as they […]

Coalition of U.S., UK, France Calls Syria Strikes a Success; Russia, Iran Condemn Attack

Coalition of U.S. Britain and France launched 105 weapons against Syria, with none intercepted, Deptt of Defense says (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — The United States said Saturday its airstrikes against Syria were successful while Syrian allies Iran and Russia argue the attack was a violation of international law and Syria’s deputy parliament speaker says he believes Western […]

Turkey Stops Thousands of Human Traffickers, Along With Illegal Immigrants

Europe chose “prevention of migration” while Turkey chose “management of migration.” (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Turkey’s Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said Thursday that security forces last year captured 4,500 human smugglers profiting from illegal immigrants seeking access to Europe via Turkey. A favorite destination for migrants aspiring to reach EU countries, Turkey–bridge to Europe, has intercepted more […]

U.S. Navy Awards Contract To Boeing For Standoff Land Attack Missiles For Saudi Arabia

(DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Boeing has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy for standoff land attack missiles to support Saudi Arabia, a major ally for the US in the Middle East region. The deal, announced Tuesday by the Department of Defense, is valued at more than $64 million under the terms of a cost-plus-incentive-fee contract. […]

Pakistan Naval Ship Alamgir Makes a 4-Day Port Call at Jeddah

(PKONWEB) — PNS Alamgir was on a 4-day visit to Jeddah Port after long and tiring 50 days operational duty at sea including a stop in Oman to celebrate Pakistan Day on 23rd March. During its port stop at Saudi western seabord, Mr. Tasawar Iqbal, Commanding Officer of Pakistan Naval ship PNS Alamgir, held a […]

Asia Cup Tournament Shifted to UAE Over India-Pakistan Cricket Row

(PKONWEB) — Cricket’s Asia Cup has been moved from India to the UAE over Pakistan’s refusal to cross the border, as relations simmer between the arch rivals, the Asian Cricket Council said Tuesday. The multi-million dollar biennial cricketing event was due to be held in India in September, sparking protests from the Pakistan Cricket Board […]

Why Abu Dhabi is Seeing Sharp Rise in Chinese Tourists, Expected to Jump to 600K a Year by 2021

The Middle East is at the center of the fast growing trade center; CPEC is expected to be one of the force multipliers. (BE2C2 Report by Irshad Salim) — There has been a sharp increase in number of Chinese visitors to Abu Dhabi– the capital and the second most populous city of the United Arab […]

American Theater Company Issues License For Cinemas In Saudi With ‘Black Panther’ As The Opening Film

(DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — During Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman’s visit to Los Angeles on Wednesday, the American Theater Company (AMC) will issue the first license to operate cinemas in the Kingdom, Okaz reported on Tuesday. In a related note, Black Panther will be the opening film for first Saudi cinema in 35 years– the Kingdom’s […]

White House Approves $1.3 Billion Sale of Howitzers to Saudi Arabia

(PKONWEB/BE2C2) — The U.S. State Department said it has approved a possible foreign military sale to Saudi Arabia of 180 Self-Propelled Howitzers. The proposed foreign military sale “will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States” by strengthening the defensive capabilities of Saudi Arabia, who is a contributing partner to stability […]

Turkey, Russia, Iran Vow to Speed Up Efforts For ‘Calm’ In War-Torn Syria

Hedging on US Withdrawal? – Turkey, Russia, Iran Vow To Speed Up Efforts For ‘Calm’ In War-Torn Syria (PKONWEB) — The presidents of Iran, Turkey and Russia met on Wednesday in Ankara for their second tripartite summit in under six months, aiming to speed the peace process for Syria– despite some conflicting interests, the meeting […]

Senior Dubai Police Official Compares ‘Criminal’ Pakistanis to ‘Disciplined’ Indians

(DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — A senior Dubai police official has tweeted that “Indians are disciplined… while sedition, criminality and smuggling in the Pakistani community are rampant.” Head of General Security for Dubai, Dhahi Khalfan, tweeted: “The Pakistanis pose a serious threat to the Gulf communities because they bring drugs to our countries.” The statements were posted on […]

Works of 17 Contemporary Pakistani Artists Go on Display in Oman

(DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — An exhibition displaying the works of 17 contemporary Pakistani artists began yesterday at the Omani Society for Fine Arts (OSFA) in Muscat. The art show titled “Spectrum” is open until April 12 from 10am to 1pm and 5pm to 8pm at OSFA, Al Sarooj, behind Al Shatti Cinema. Spectrum feature a wide range […]

How One American University Penetrated Saudi Arabia’s Financial Elite

JOE McGRATH — Where money meets power in this arid desert monarchy, Stanford University has sway. The U.S. institution laid groundwork decades ago for the deep ties it has constructed in Saudi Arabia. Then the network effect took over. In the kingdom’s business community, Stanford has become the ultimate brand. And as a new generation […]

Month Long EU Day Celebrations Begins In Riyadh

A month long celebrations to mark the EU Day was flagged off with a Children’s Book Fair at the King Fahd Cultural Center in Riyadh on Thursday. Highlighting the events that are lined up in the Kingdom at a press conference held at the headquarters of the EU Delegation, its head Ambassador Michele Cervone D’Urso, […]

Thousands of Palestinians Grieve After 17 Killed in Violent Gaza Clashes

(PKONWEB Report) — Thousands of Palestinians grieve after 17 were killed in violent Gaza clashes on Friday after Israeli forces fired live ammunition, tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at protesting Palestinians. The incident has prompted UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to call for an “independent and transparent” investigation into the violence and the use […]

Huge Sandstorm Blankets Saudi Capital Riyadh

(PKONWEB Report) — A sandstorm blown by gusting winds enveloped a huge area of the Saudi capital on Friday evening keeping people indoor to avoid traffic snarls on the roads. The Directorate of Civil Defense in Riyadh region has urged everyone to be cautious, after receiving an advanced alert from the Presidency of Meteorology and […]