Category: Middle East

Holy pilgrimage goes ‘smart’ as Saudi Arabia launches apps to help Hajj pilgrims

Makkah: Nearly two million Muslims from around the globe arrived in Makkah to perform the holy pilgrimage. Hajj is one…

Muslims across the globe gather in Makkah ahead of Haj

Riyadh: Thousands of Muslims from around the world gathered on Friday in the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca ahead of…

Afghan President visits violence-hit Ghazni city

Kabul: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani visited Ghazni city on Friday to assess the security situation following a Taliban offensive to…

UN Palestinian schools to open on time despite US freeze

Jerusalem: Hundreds of UN-run schools for Palestinian refugees will open on time after fresh funding temporarily staved off a financial…

Iraq says six ‘criminals’ executed

Baghdad: Six "criminals" were executed by hanging in Iraq this week, the justice ministry said on Thursday, without specifying if…

US threatens more Turkey sanctions if pastor not freed

Washington: Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin warned Thursday the United States would levy more sanctions on the troubled Turkish economy if…

Innocent lives lost in Kabul suicide bombing

Kabul: Afghanistan on Wednesday witnessed another suicide bombing killing 47 students and injuring 67 others, who were preparing for university…

Turkey to emerge ‘stronger’ from currency crisis: finance minister

Ankara: Turkey's finance minister Berat Albayrak promised Thursday the country will emerge "stronger" from the currency crisis sparked by a…

Iran’s supremo publicly admits mistake over nuclear talks

Reuters) – The Iranian Supremo Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has admitted that he made in permitting Iran’s foreign minister to speak…

Toll soars to 48 in Kabul education centre blast

Kabul: At least 48 students were killed and 67 others injured in a suicide bomb blast targeting a private educational…

Abbas reaffirms rejection of US peace plan for Mideast

Ramallah: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reaffirmed on Wednesday that the Palestinians reject the new peace plan proposed by the United…

Saudi forces arrest armed ‘extremist’ after gunfight: ministry

Riyadh: Saudi forces have arrested a heavily armed "extremist" after wounding him in an exchange of gunfire in the kingdom's…

Gaza fisherman battles poverty with plastic bottle boat

Gaza City: With hundreds of empty plastic bottles collected from the shores of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, fisherman…

Guterres urges support for UN-Egypt truce deal on Gaza

United Nations: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday welcomed Israel's decision to reopen a crossing point with Gaza and appealed…

Qatar promises $15 bn investment in Turkey: presidency

Ankara: Qatar on Wednesday promised to make a $15 billion direct investment in Turkey, badly hit by a currency crisis…

Key Netanyahu partner slams moves for truce with Hamas

Jerusalem: A key partner in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing coalition on Tuesday condemned moves for a long term…

Israel extends Independence Day wishes to India

Jerusalem: Israel wished India on the occasion of 72nd Independence Day in different Indian languages. The State of Israel's official…

UAE congratulates India on I-Day

Abu Dhabi: United Arab Emirates (UAE) President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan sent a message of congratulations on Wednesday…

Child among three killed in Baghdad blast: source

Baghdad: Three people were killed Tuesday in an explosion at a market in Baghdad, including a woman and child according…

Turkey slaps retaliatory tariff hikes on key US products

Turkey: Turkey hiked Wednesday tariffs on imports of several key US products in retaliation for American sanctions against Ankara, as…