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Dubai: Littering with a cigarette stub can cost you Dh500

Littering cigarette butts can now invite a fine of Dh 500 in Dubai. According to the Dubai Municipality, based on Local Order No.11 of 2003, fine shall be imposed on the person throwing cigarette butts on Dubai roads, streets, parks...

Royal decree to limit excessive bureaucratic paperwork in Saudi courts

Riyadh, Jan 18: King Salman bin Abdul Aziz on Wednesday issued a royal decree in coordination with the Ministry of Justice that requires all government bodies and authorities to limit the requirements for issuing case closers in the courts....

US decision to freeze Palestinian refugee funding to have devastating impact

The international community has condemned the US government’s ruthless decision to cut more than half of its planned funding to the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees.

The Arab League on Wednesday warned of the devastating consequences of a...

Saudi Arabia announces $2 billion bailout for Yemen govt

Riyadh, Jan 17: Saudi Arabiaannounced on Wednesday it would transfer $2 billion to Yemen's central bank, following desperate calls for a financial rescue from the beleaguered government it has supported militarily for nearly three years.

The bailout aims to...

Within a year US embassy may come up in Jerusalem: Netanyahu

Jerusalem, Jan 17: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday he believed the US embassy in Israel could be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem within a year, reports said, contradicting statements from US officials.

"The embassy is going...

Wanted terrorist Abdullah Al-Qalaf killed in eastern Saudi Arabia

Jeddah, Jan 17: Saudi security men shot dead a Saudi national accused of carrying out a number of terrorist crimes after he opened fire on them on Monday evening.

State security authorities were monitoring Abdullah bin Mirza...

Jerusalem row: Palestinian leadership suspends recognition of Israel

The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) has decided to suspend its recognition of Israel until the latter recognises the State of Palestine on its 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

During a meeting in the occupied West Bank...

Egyptian navy kills Palestinian

Gaza, Jan 13: The Egyptian navy opened fire on a Palestinian fisherman at sea and killed him, the Gaza Ministry said on Saturday.

Egyptian officials had no immediate comment on the incident which happened late on Friday after dark...

Saudi Arabia stadiums welcome female football fans for first time

Riyadh, Jan 13: Female fans were allowed to attend football matches for the first time in Saudi Arabia on Friday.

The first match that women attended was the Al-Ahli versus Al-Batin on Friday Jan. 12.

The Saudi Arabian...

Saudi football clubs call on women fans to kick off historic weekend matches

Jeddah, Jan 12: Saudi football clubs are appealing directly to female fans for support through ad campaigns and social media as women are allowed into stadiums for the first time on Friday.

The official Twitter account for Al-Ittihad directed...