Indonesia’s Growing Confidence

Although there are some uncertainties, the Indonesian economy is well placed for what will now almost certainly be a sharp downturn in the world economy. Foreign reserves were at a record high at just under US$120 billion at the end of the second quarter, inflation was down to below 5 […]

Abdullah interfaith center set up in Vienna

By ARAB NEWS VIENNA/RIYADH: Saudi Arabia, Austria and Spain set up Thursday a new center for interfaith dialogue in Vienna. Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger signed the founding document Thursday along with his Spanish and Saudi counterparts Trinidad Jimenez and Prince Saud Al-Faisal. “The dialogue with and between religious communities […]

Beware of troublemakers: Al-Talib

By ARAB NEWS Published: Oct 14, 2011 22:27 Updated: Oct 14, 2011 22:27 MAKKAH: Imam and Khatib at the Grand Mosque Sheikh Saleh Al-Talib warned the faithful Friday to be cautious against enemies who stoke religious sectarianism and political divisiveness in the Kingdom or in any other Muslim country. “If […]

Fresh blow to Mideast peace

By REUTERS JERUSALEM: Israel plans to build more than 2,600 housing units in a new urban settlement in East Jerusalem, an anti-settlement group said Friday, angering Palestinians who want a halt to all such projects before they return to peace talks. The Peace Now group said the plan was approved […]

Iqama on arrival at airport planned

By P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR | ARAB NEWS JEDDAH: The Passport Department (Jawazat) has plans to issue iqamas (residency permits) to expatriate workers on arrival at the airport, the department’s chief said. “This can be achieved by setting up an integrated electronic system,” said Lt. Gen. Salim Al-Belaihed, adding that the […]

We need united stand against intolerance

By EKMELEDDIN IHSANOGLU The horrific and tragic incident that happened in Norway reminds us again of the importance of combating religious intolerance and promoting cultural understanding. Anti-Islam and anti-Muslim attitudes and activities, known as Islamophobia, are increasingly finding place in the agenda of ultra-right wing political parties and civil societies […]