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Saudi, UAE hit out at Doha for 'backtracking' on Makkah talks

Jubail, Jun 3: Saudi Arabia criticised Qatar on Monday for rejecting the outcome of recent Makkah talks on regional tensions with Iran, while the UAE accused Doha of "backtracking" on the summits' conclusions.

Doha, which attended the three meetings...

6-year-old Indian girl fighting for life after falling from building in UAE

Sharjah, Jun 3: A six-year-old Indian girl is fighting for her life after she fell from the third floor of a building in Sharjah, a media report said.

The incident took place on Saturday evening, when the...

Qatar: two years of crisis in the Gulf

Doha, Jun 3: Two years ago Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and their allies cut ties with Qatar, sparking a major diplomatic crisis in the Gulf region.

Here is a recap.

Simmering regional tensions boil over...

Israel confirms it attacked Syria over rockets fired at Mount Hermon

Damascus, Jun 2: The Israeli military confirmed Sunday it had attacked Syrian military positions in response to rockets fired from Syria at Mount Hermon in the occupied Golan Heights.

A statement from the military said it held the Syrian...

Saudi aid independent of ‘political, racial and religious differences’

Makkah, Jun 1: “Saudi Arabia has proven its objectivity as it does not link humanitarian aid to political stances of states, race, nor religion,” Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief),...

Visitors to Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah praise Saudi efforts to serve Islam

Madinah, May 30: Visitors to the Kingdom have praised the efforts of the Saudi government to serve Islam and Muslims around the world, through development projects to improve and preserve the Two Holy Mosques in the cities of Makkah and...

Benjamin Netanyahu fails to form government, Israel faces fresh poll

Jerusalem, May 30: Israeli lawmakers voted to dissolve parliament on Thursday, paving the way for a new election after veteran Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government before a midnight deadline.

Netanyahu preferred a new ballot,...

Saudi Arabian Airlines, Haramain High-Speed Railway sign deal on services

Riyadh, May 29: Saudi Arabian Airlines and Haramain High-Speed Railway (HHSR) have signed an agreement to provide integrated transport services.

Passengers will benefit from services such as an app to manage travel procedures and direct baggage transfer from HHSR...

Muslim World League launches global forum for moderate Islam

Makkah, May 27: The Muslim World League (MWL) on Monday will organize an international conference for moderate Islam under the patronage of King Salman.

Mohammed bin Abdul-Karim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the MWL, said that he appreciated the...

Meet Oman's Jokha Alharthi, the first Arabic author to win Man Booker

London, May 25: Jokha Alharthi on Tuesday became the first Arabic author to win the Man Booker International prize for her novel "Celestial Bodies" which reveals her Omani homeland's post-colonial transformation.

"I am thrilled that a window has been...