Middle East

Dubai, April 10: His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, reiterated on Monday his support to steps and measures aimed at facilitating the flow of trade between Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states and removing obstacles in...

New Delhi, April 10: India and Qatar on Monday signed agreements in the field of energy, culture, education, finance and legal to strengthen the bilateral ties between the two nations.

India's Oil Minister Jaipal Reddy and Qatar's Energy Minister Mohammed Bin Saleh al-Sada inked agreements in the presence of...

Dubai, April 9: Dubai’s private schools received the green signal on Sunday to increase fees as the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) announced a new school fees framework.

Fee increases for the new academic year will range between three to...

Cairo, April 9: An Egyptian pipeline supplying gas to the Israeli regime and Jordan has once again been hit by a major explosion, which is the fourteenth attack on the energy link since January 2011.

The attack on the gas pipeline,...

Makkah, April 9: The Haramain Railway’s main station in Makkah will cost SR3.2 billion, Transport Minister Jabara Al-Seraisry said yesterday after inspecting the progress of work at the station.

He said real estate property valued at more than SR600 million have been appropriated for the high-speed railway project linking...

Cairo, April 8 : Egypt's Islamist party has put forward a leading Muslim cleric as its presidential candidate.

The Gamaa Islamiya, or Islamic Group, has chosen Safwat Hegazy, a prominent imam who took part in last year's protests that toppled President Hosni Mubarak.

Hegazy was banned from entering France last month along with...

Tehran, April 8 : A prominent Iranian politician has said that Tehran has the knowledge and skills to produce nuclear weapons, but will never do so.

Gholamreza Mesbahi Moghadam, the Iranian parliamentarian whose views do not represent the government's policy, said that Iran could easily create the highly enriched uranium that is used to...

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Madinah, April 8: The Haj Ministry plans to establish a big pilgrim reception center in Hijrah at the gate of Madinah at a cost of SR60 million, Haj Minister Bandar Al-Hajjar announced here yesterday.

Speaking to reporters after an inspection tour of Haj facilities in Madinah, he said the new center is designed to serve more...

Riyadh, April 8: A special court in Riyadh started a trial of 50 men accused of terror activities in Riyadh yesterday.

The defendants included two Syrians and a Yemeni as well as 47 Saudis.

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Beirut, April 8: Syrian troops pounded opposition areas, activists said, killing 74 civilians in an offensive that has sent thousands of refugees surging into Turkey before next week’s UN-backed cease-fire aimed at staunching a year of bloodshed.

At least 15 rebels...