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UAE: Hefty fine, jail for staring at women, catcalling

May 1: Any gesture that makes a woman feel violated and uncomfortable - from catcalls to long stares and dropping phone numbers - can get you jailed and fined in the UAE.

The Dubai Police reiterated the warning as...

Iran designates all US troops in Middle East as terrorists

London, May 1: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani signed a bill into law on Tuesday declaring all US forces in the Middle East terrorists and calling the US government a sponsor of terrorism.

The bill was passed by parliament last...

UAE govt bends rules to issue birth certificate to Indian interfaith couple's newborn

Sharjah, Apr 29: In a step which has been largely lauded, the United Arab Emirates bend its rule to issue a birth certificate for a baby born to an Indian inter-faith couple here earlier this month.

The middle-eastern nation's...

Dubai schools announce Ramadan timings

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority has announced Ramadan timings for Dubai schools.

Talking to Khaleej Times, Mohammed Darwish, Chief Executive Officer of Permits and Compliance at KHDA said:

"The school day during Ramadan will start between...

UAE minister thanks expat workers for 'unfailing efforts'

Abu Dhabi, Apr 28: Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Tolerance, has praised the enormous participation of all segments of the society, including institutions, individuals, students, families, local and federal entities Sheikh Nahyan made the remarks while...

Qatar withdraws 'measures established' against UAE

Geneva, Apr 28: Qatar has decided to withdraw its measures against the UAE in a significant concession aimed at averting the consequences of the UAE's case in WTO against an illegal Qatari ban on UAE goods and services.

During...

Saudi Arabia mulls relaxing ownership limits for foreign investors

Riyadh, Apr 27: Saudi Arabia’s Capital Market Authority (CMA) is considering relaxing a 49 percent limit for foreign strategic investors in shares of listed companies due to increased demand, its chairman Mohammed Al Kuwaiz said on Thursday.

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Iraq: Yazidis to accept children of Daesh rape into community

Irbil, Apr 26: The children of Yazidi women raped by Daesh men will be welcomed into the minority faith, a community leader said Thursday, allowing women taken as slaves by the militant group to return to Iraq from Syria....

Saudi Arabia leads global condemnation of Sri Lanka attacks

Riyadh, Apr 22: King Salman and other world leaders have condemned a series of blasts in Sri Lanka that killed more than 200 people on Sunday, including dozens of foreigners — with British, Dutch and American citizens believed to be...

Four killed in failed terrorist attack on interior ministry building north of Riyadh

Apr 21: Four heavily armed attackers were killed in a failed terrorist attack on an interior ministry building in Zulfi, north of Riyadh, Al-Arabiya TV said.

Videos circulating on social media show the dead armed with machine guns, bombs...