Category: Middle East

Kiswa changing ceremony held in Makkah

MAKKAH: The annual ritual of changing Kiswa (Ghilaf-e-Kaaba) held in the early Monday morning in Saudi Arabia, where millions of…

First day of annual hajj pilgrimage in Makkah

JEDDAH: More than 2 million Muslims began the annual hajj pilgrimage at first light Sunday in Saudi Arabia, one of…

Bitter pills: Erdogan’s possible remedies for Turkey crisis

Istanbul: The crash in the Turkish lira sparked by US sanctions has left President Recep Tayyip Erdogan facing the biggest…

Iran announces new fighter jet

Tehran: Iran will unveil this week a new jet fighter and upgrade its missile defences to meet threats from Israel…

The Hajj in numbers

Makkah: The hajj pilgrimage, which starts at Islam's holiest sites in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, is one of the world's…

This decision of UAE Govt may help expatriates

UAE: Govt. of UAE had given permission to expatriates to get their residential permits legalized. This facility has been extended…

130 civilians killed in hostilities in Libya since 2018: UN

Tripoli: UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Libya Maria Ribiero said on Sunday that 130 civilians in Libya have been killed as…

US security advisor meets Netanyahu over Iran

Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with US National Security Advisor John Bolton in Jerusalem on Sunday to discuss…

Yemeni rebels hand 31 child soldiers to ICRC

Sanaa: Yemen's Houthi rebels on Sunday handed over to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) 31 child soldiers…

Saudi Arabia warns possible floods in Makkah

Riyadh: Saudi Meteorology Authority announced on Sunday of the possibility of floods in Makkah because of medium to heavy thundery…

Afghanistan announces conditional ceasefire with Taliban

Kabul: Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday evening announced a conditional ceasefire with the Taliban for a period of three…

Qatar says Saudi blocking hajj access to its citizens

Doha: Qatar on Sunday said its citizens were unable to take part in the annual hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia…

Afghanistan marks 99th anniversary of independence

Kabul: Afghanistan on Sunday marked the 99th anniversary of its independence from British occupation amid deteriorating security situation. President Ashraf…

Kerala floods: After UAE, Qatar grants $5 million as relief assistance

DOHA: After the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar has now announced an financial assistance of $5 million (a sum of…

Saudi Arabia intercepts Houthi missile targeting border city

Riyadh:The Saudi air forces on Saturday intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Houthi militias toward the border city of Jazan,…

Israel closes its people crossing with Gaza over border incidents: official

Jerusalem: Israel closed its only crossing for people with the Gaza Strip on Sunday except for humanitarian cases over border…

Hassan Rouhani urges boost ties with Pakistan under Imran Khan

Tehran: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday congratulated Imran Khan on his election as Pakistan's new Prime Minister, state TV…

Kerala floods: UAE provides relief assistance

Abu Dhabi [UAE]: Extending their support to the people affected by flash floods in Kerala, United Arab Emirates (UAE) has…

Taliban repeats call for direct talks with US

Kabul: The Taliban has repeated its call for direct talks with the US, a statement said on Saturday. Describing the…

Turkey ready to respond if US imposes more sanctions

Istanbul: Turkey on Friday threatened to respond in kind if Washington imposed further sanctions over the detention of an American…