Category: Middle East

Kuwait lawmakers pass deficit budget for fourth year

Kuwait City: Kuwait's parliament on Wednesday passed the budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, projecting a huge deficit for the…

Iran dismisses US efforts to ban Iranian oil as ‘futile’

Tehran: The US efforts to ban Iran's oil exports will be futile as it is not an easy task to…

Iraqis begin colossal clean-up campaign in battered Mosul

Mosul: Hundreds of vehicles on Wednesday pushed into Mosul's rubble-strewn streets to begin a massive clean up campaign, nearly a…

Iran’s Rouhani calls for unity in face of economic woes

Tehran: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on Tuesday for national unity to preserve "confidence" and "hope" in the face of…

Erdogan win sets up prolonged stand-off with US

Washington: Washington's chilly reaction to Recep Tayyip Erdogan's election victory and consolidation of his presidential powers reflect expectations that no…

Saudi woman activist arrested in widening crackdown: campaigners

Dubai: Saudi Arabia has arrested a prominent women's rights activist, campaigners said Wednesday, in a widening crackdown even as the…

A softer Erdogan? Unlikely, say analysts

Ankara, Turkey: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's election triumph, winning a new mandate with even stronger powers, is likely to embolden…

Hamas rocket fire from Gaza hits Israel

Jerusalem: Hamas militants fired a dozen projectiles at Israel overnight, the Israeli army said Wednesday, in what the territory's Islamist…

Iraqi PM calls for disarmament of PKK

Baghdad: Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has called for the disarmament of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorist group, including…

Kunar peace convoy begins journey to Kabul

Kabul: Another peace group from Kunar province in the East Afghanistan started their journey to Kabul in an attempt to…

Qatar takes standoff with UAE to UN’s top court

The Hague: Qatar Wednesday will launch an urgent case before the UN's highest court against United Arab Emirates, accusing it…

Congolese doctor helps Yazidi women overcome rape stigma

Dohuk:¬†At the Yazidi minority's holiest site in Iraq, Congolese gynaecologist Denis Mukwege pays homage to a spiritual leader who has…

Turkey opposition chief says won’t congratulate ‘dictator’ Erdogan

Ankara: The leader of Turkey's main opposition party on Tuesday refused to congratulate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his decisive…

UAE’s Emirates to build world’s largest vertical farm in Dubai

Dubai: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) flagship carrier Emirates Airline has launched a joint project with US Crop One Holdings…

120000 women apply for driving license in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh: As reported by Saudi TV channel Al Ekhbariya more than 190 women drove from both sides of the King…

8 killed in Kunar suicide bombing

Kabul: A suicide attack in Kunar province in the East Afghanistan claimed eight lives and injured four people. The explosion…

US urges Turkey to strengthen its democracy

Washington: The United States greeted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's re-election with little enthusiasm Monday, calling for measures to strengthen…

Saudi woman drowns in Sri Lanka

Dubai: A 24-year-old Saudi woman, drowned in a river in Sri Lanka when she was taking a boat trip during…

UN agency for Palestine refugees seeks $250 mn

United Nations: The UN agency for Palestine refugees has sought nearly $250 million to meet its funding shortfall for the…

Egypt’s Sisi pledges solidarity, cooperation with Iraq

Cairo: Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has said his country is keen to stand by Iraq and develop the bilateral cooperation…