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Saudi Arabia opens new Baghdad consulate and pledges $1bn in loans for Iraq

Riyadh, Apr 5: Saudi Arabia opened a new consulate in Baghdad on Thursday after announcing $1 billion in loans for development projects in Iraq.

Three more diplomatic branches are to be opened in other Iraqi cities soon, Saudi Arabia’s...

UAE honours PM Modi with top civil honour

New Delhi, Apr 4: The United Arab Emirates on Thursday bestowed Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the Zayed Medal in appreciation for his efforts to boost bilateral ties with the nation.

"We have historical and comprehensive strategic...


Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigns as president of Algeria after 20 years in power

Algiers, Apr 3: Algeria’s ailing leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika submitted his resignation with immediate effect, state television said Tuesday, ceding power in the face of massive street protests after two decades at the helm.

Bouteflika “officially advised the Constitutional Council...

Saudi Aramco eclipses Apple as world’s top-earning company

Dubai, Apr 2: Saudi Aramco, the world’s biggest oil producer, made core earnings of $224 billion last year, almost three times as much as Apple, figures from the state-owned company showed on Monday ahead of its debut international bond...

Saudi Arabia launches first locally assembled Hawk jet training aircraft

Dhahran, Apr 1: Saudi Arabia on Sunday launched its first locally assembled Hawk jet training aircraft, some parts of which were manufactured by local companies.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman unveiled the plane during a ceremony at King Abdulaziz...

UAE approves new family sponsorship policy for expats

Abu Dhabi, Mar 31: UAE approved new rules for expats sponsoring family members, on Sunday.

The UAE Cabinet has adopted a decision to amend provisions of the resolution on sponsoring of foreign workers to their families in the country....

UAE rejects experts' report on Yemen

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, has categorically rejected a report by the Group of Eminent International and Regional Experts on Yemen, and urged the Human Rights Council, HRC, to instead refocus on providing...

Israeli forces kill four Palestinians amid border protests

Five rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip into Israel, prompting Israeli tanks to respond by firing on Hamas military posts early on Sunday, hours after a massive Palestinian protest along the border between Israel and Gaza.

The rocket...

Companies get US green signal to work on nuclear projects in Saudi Arabia

Washington, Mar 29: The United States has given the green light to companies to work on six nuclear projects in Saudi Arabia, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Thursday, despite lawmakers' worries that the kingdom could seek weapons.


Flights delayed as dense fog takes over UAE

Dubai, Mar 29: Thick fog has disrupted several flights at Dubai International Airport on Friday morning.

"Fog has affected some flights from at Dubai International Airport," the Emirates said in a statement on Twitter.

Emirates has urged passengers...