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Sacred Muslim month of Ramadan starts
May 27

Sacred Muslim month of Ramadan starts

Riyadh : The world's nearly 1.5 billion Muslims on Saturday began Ramadan, the holy month of dawn-to-dusk fasting and prayers. It is sacred to Muslims because tradition says the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed during that month. Here are four questions and answers about Ramadan:

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Saudi court orders crane deaths trial to go ahead: reports
May 04

Saudi court orders crane deaths trial to go ahead: reports

Riyadh : A Saudi appeals court has ordered about a dozen people accused of negligence in a deadly 2015 crane collapse at Islam’s holiest site to stand trial again, newspapers reported yesterday. By a vote of five to two, the appeals judges overturned the Mecca criminal court’s decision that it...

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Oil prices rebalancing  after accord: OPEC
Apr 28

Oil prices rebalancing after accord: OPEC

Istanbul : Global energy markets are moving in the right direction after oil prices fell to historic lows due to oversupply, Qatar’s energy minister said yesterday, praising OPEC members for their adherence to a “successful” November deal to cut production.  Minister of Energy and Industry...

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Kuwait suspect says IS planned attacks
Apr 26

Kuwait suspect says IS planned attacks

Kuwait City : A suspected member of the Islamic State group has confessed to plotting attacks on targets in Kuwait including the US military and a religious hall, local media reported Wednesday. Judicial sources said Hussein al-Dhafiri, arrested with his wife in the Philippines last month, confessed to planning...

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Qataris speak of joy at release
Apr 24

Qataris speak of joy at release

Doha : Two Qatari hunters who endured a 16-month hostage ordeal in Iraq spoke Sunday of their joy at being released, in the first public comments since the group were freed. Mohammed Marzouki was among 24 Qataris and two Saudis who were on a hunting trip in a mainly rebel area of southern Iraq when they were...

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Saudi Arabia extend oil output cuts
Apr 21

Saudi Arabia extend oil output cuts

Abu Dhabi : Saudi Arabia’s energy minister said yesterday that oil-producing countries might have to prolong output cuts agreed for the first six months of the year in order to achieve the desired rebalancing of the market. “We might have to extend in order to reach the target... of stock...

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Philippines President arrives in Doha
Apr 15

Philippines President arrives in Doha

Doha : Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte arrived in Doha on an official visit to the country last night . In reception of the President upon arrival to Hamad International Airport were Minister of Energy and Industry Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, Ambassador of Qatar to the Philippines Ali bin Ibrahim Al Malki,...

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Saudi raises $9 bn in first global Islamic bond issue
Apr 13

Saudi raises $9 bn in first global Islamic bond issue

Riyadh : Saudi Arabia raised $9 billion in its first global Islamic bond issue, the government announced on Thursday, a move analysts say could ease pressure on foreign reserves. The sale of Islamic bonds, known as sukuks, comes after the kingdom in October turned to the conventional global debt market for the first...

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Philippine's Duterte starts Gulf tour
Apr 11

Philippine's Duterte starts Gulf tour

Riyadh : Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrived Monday night in Saudi Arabia, where economic troubles forced the repatriation of thousands of his citizens still waiting for their salaries. Filipino organisations in the Gulf kingdom, which still hosts almost 800,000 workers...

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 Saudi Royal Court mourns Prince Saad bin Faisal
Apr 11

Saudi Royal Court mourns Prince Saad bin Faisal

Riyadh : The Saudi Royal Court mourned the death of Prince Saad bin Faisal bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud who passed away today.In a statement today, the Royal Court said that the funeral prayer would be held tomorrow – Tuesday – after Asr prayer at Mecca Grand Mosque. 

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Oman-Egypt solidarity reaffirmed
Apr 10

Oman-Egypt solidarity reaffirmed

Muscut : Oman has condemned the two terrorist attacks that hit Mar Girgis Church in Tanta City of Egypt and Saint Mark's Church in Al Raml Station in Alexandria.In a statement issued by the Omani Foreign Ministry, the Sultanate expressed its full solidarity with the government and people of the sisterly Arab Republic...

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Saudi king reaffirms solidarity with Egypt
Apr 10

Saudi king reaffirms solidarity with Egypt

Riyadh : Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has telephoned Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, expressing his sincere condolences to the president and the Egyptian people on the victims of terrorist acts in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria. The king consoled the families of...

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Britain’s May in Saudi seeking post Brexit deals
Apr 05

Britain’s May in Saudi seeking post Brexit deals

Riyadh : British Prime Minister Theresa May held talks with Saudi officials yesterday, hoping to tap the oil-rich kingdom’s “immense potential” as she looks to secure post-Brexit investment and trade. The visit also comes less than a week after Britain officially started a two-year countdown...

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11 Keralites among top richest Indians in GCC
Mar 30

11 Keralites among top richest Indians in GCC

Manama : Yusuff Ali MA, Managing Director, LuLu Group International, topped the Sixth Arabian Business Indian Rich List of 11 businessmen from the south Indian state of Kerala.

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Egyptian, Saudi leaders meet
Mar 30

Egyptian, Saudi leaders meet

Sweimeh : Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met Saudi King, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on the sidelines of an Arab summit in Jordan yesterday to break the ice after months of apparent tensions between the allies. The meeting, in which Salman invited Sisi to visit...

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US-led coalition 'probably' had role in Mosul civilian casualties
Mar 29

US-led coalition 'probably' had role in Mosul civilian casualties

The US-led anti-jihadist coalition said Tuesday it "probably" played a role in civilian casualties in west Mosul, as the UN and Amnesty International called for greater efforts to protect civilians. Hundreds of thousands of civilians are still inside west Mosul, caught up in...

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Saudi to set up $3bn joint investment fund for Jordan
Mar 28

Saudi to set up $3bn joint investment fund for Jordan

Amman : Saudi Arabia is to set up a $3 billion joint investment fund for Jordan, among 15 cooperation agreements signed by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud during a visit to Amman, state media said Tuesday. Other agreements include measures to boost power generation, tackle...

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Amazon to buy largest Mideast e-retailer Souq.com
Mar 28

Amazon to buy largest Mideast e-retailer Souq.com

Dubai : Amazon will acquire the Middle East's largest online retailer Souq.com, the two companies said in a statement on Tuesday without disclosing the value of the deal. The announcement comes a day after Dubai-based Emaar Malls confirmed offering $800 million to acquire Souq.com. Amazon had walked away from talks...

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Oil producers meet on output cuts, possible rollover
Mar 26

Oil producers meet on output cuts, possible rollover

Kuwait City : OPEC and non-OPEC producers began meetings in Kuwait on Sunday to assess the impact of a milestone production cuts deal and to decide on whether to recommend they be extended.  Kuwait Oil Minister Essam al-Marzouk, who heads a joint ministerial committee tasked with overseeing compliance to the...

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Ousted Egypt president Mubarak freed from detention
Mar 24

Ousted Egypt president Mubarak freed from detention

Cairo : Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian autocrat toppled during the 2011 Arab Spring, left a military hospital on Friday where he spent much of the last six years in detention. The release of the 88-year old who ruled Egypt for three decades would have been unthinkable several years ago, but revolutionary fervour...

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UAE sentences Indian man to 10 years for spying
Mar 23

UAE sentences Indian man to 10 years for spying

Abu Dhabi : A UAE court has sentenced an Indian expat to 10 years in prison followed by deportation for espionage, local press reported Thursday. An Abu Dhabi appeals court found an unnamed man guilty of "sharing sensitive information about movements of military ships" with an unspecified country, according to the...

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Electronic devices on flights from Arab world banned
Mar 22

Electronic devices on flights from Arab world banned

Washington : The United States and Britain yesterday banned larger electronic devices from the passenger cabin on flights from some airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa. American officials warned that extremists are seeking “innovative” ways to attack airliners with smaller explosive...

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Saudi King’s China trip  nets deals ‘worth billions’
Mar 17

Saudi King’s China trip nets deals ‘worth billions’

Beijing : China and Saudi Arabia yesterday signed deals worth tens of billions of dollars as President Xi Jinping welcomed Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on a state visit, Beijing said. The visit by the King comes as China pursues a charm offensive towards the Middle East, where it has...

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Trump meeting a ‘historic turning point’: Saudi
Mar 16

Trump meeting a ‘historic turning point’: Saudi

Washington : Saudi Arabia has termed a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House a “historic turning point” in its relations with the United States.The meeting on Tuesday was the first since Trump’s January 20 inauguration with the Deputy...

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Atlas Ramachandran to be released soon
Mar 15

Atlas Ramachandran to be released soon

Manama : A leading Indian businessman based in the GCC, including Bahrain, who was sentenced to three years in jail in Dubai, will soon be released.   Atlas Group Chairman MM Ramachandran, 76, was charged by the Dubai Misdemeanor Court in November 2015 for cases related to Dh53 million in bounced...

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Kuwait turns Silk Road into a massive causeway
Mar 08

Kuwait turns Silk Road into a massive causeway

Kuwait City : Kuwait is building one of the world's longest causeways to its remote north where it will pump billions into "Silk City", aiming to revive the ancient Silk Road trade route. The oil-rich emirate is eager to inject life into the uninhabited...

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Al Pacino and Oprah Winfrey in Saudi Arabia soon
Feb 22

Al Pacino and Oprah Winfrey in Saudi Arabia soon

Riyadh : Oscar winning actor Al Pacino and America’s top female talk show host Oprah Winfrey will visit Saudi Arabia as part of the General Entertainment Authority schedule for 2017. Pacino is set to be in the kingdom on May 11 and 12, where he will be talking to a television show about his journeys and...

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UAE grapples drones after airport closures
Feb 21

UAE grapples drones after airport closures

Dubai : Dubai authorities are grappling with new ways of keeping the emirate's skies safe after drones halted air traffic at one of the world's busiest airports three times last year. The delays were necessary to protect passengers, officials said, but they hit thousands of travellers and cost airlines millions of...

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Saudi budget to tackle record deficit
Dec 22

Saudi budget to tackle record deficit

Riyadh : Saudi Arabia on Thursday releases its first budget since announcing a wide-ranging economic reform plan after collapsed oil prices led to one of the highest deficits in the developing world. "Tough measures" including subsidy cuts are expected as the kingdom seeks to balance the books by 2020, the Arab News...

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'Trump's ME visit must begin with Bahrain'
Dec 13

'Trump's ME visit must begin with Bahrain'

Manama : A meeting between US President – elect Donald Trump and His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa would send a warning to enemies in the Middle East (ME), according to an American daily. When Trump looks to the broader Middle East for allies he will find no leader more reliable and trustworthy...

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Qatar to merge state-owned giant gas producers
Dec 11

Qatar to merge state-owned giant gas producers

Doha : Qatar, the world's largest liquified natural gas producer, announced on Sunday it is to merge state-owned Qatargas and RasGas to create a "truly unique global energy operator". Saad Sherida al-Kaabi, president and chief executive of state-owned Qatar Petroleum, said the move to the merger would begin right...

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American comic’s show cancelled in Saudi Arabia
Dec 11

American comic’s show cancelled in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh : A performance in Saudi Arabia by US stand-up comedian and actor Mike Epps has been cancelled, its organisers said, after complaints from Islamic hardliners. The show, scheduled for next week, was one of numerous events lined up to begin introducing entertainment to kingdom. “Dear clients, we...

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Saudi king on regional tour ahead of GCC summit
Dec 05

Saudi king on regional tour ahead of GCC summit

Saudi Arabia's King Salman arrived in Qatar on Monday as part of a rare regional tour ahead of the annual summit of Arab leaders of the oil-rich Gulf states. The trip comes at the time of a political transition in the United States and as deadly conflicts rage in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. He began his tour in the...

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9,000 ‘illegals’ to leave Qatar
Nov 24

9,000 ‘illegals’ to leave Qatar

Doha : Around 9,000 people living illegally in Qatar are expected to leave the country under an ongoing three-month amnesty for undocumented residents, a senior immigration official has told. The amnesty runs until December 1 and allows those without the correct paperwork to live and work in Qatar to leave...

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Dubai drops case against Briton
Nov 24

Dubai drops case against Briton

Dubai : Prosecutors in Dubai said they have dropped the case against a British woman who had faced possible charges of extramarital sex after accusing two compatriots of rape. A video obtained from the mobile telephone of one of the two men provided evidence that the act “happened with the consent of the...

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Region’s first dedicated infectious  diseases hospital opens in Qatar
Nov 19

Region’s first dedicated infectious diseases hospital opens in Qatar

Doha : The first hospital in the region dedicated to treating and researching infectious diseases has formally opened in Qatar. The Communicable Diseases Centre was inaugurated by the country’s prime minister yesterday. It specialises in illnesses such as Tuberculosis (TB), Middle East Respiratory...

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Prince Charles is in Oman!
Nov 06

Prince Charles is in Oman!

Muscat  : Prince Charles brandished a sword and took part in a traditional dance on Saturday on his trip to Oman with his wife Camilla, the first full day of the couple’s three-nation royal tour of the Gulf. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrived in the Middle East on Friday on an official...

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Oman to introduce VAT in two years
Nov 06

Oman to introduce VAT in two years

Muscat : Oman announced yesterday that it will implement value-added tax (VAT) by the beginning of 2018 in a move to diversify its revenues amid the plunge in oil prices. Oman will also raise the prices of various commodities, including those harmful to health such as alcohol, tobacco, ham and fizzy and energy...

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Saudi Arabia population nears 32mn
Nov 06

Saudi Arabia population nears 32mn

Riyadh : The total population of Saudi Arabia in 2016 was 31,742,308, up from 27,236,156 in 2010, official figures indicate. The figures released by the General Authority for Statistics showed a 16.54pc increase at an annual average of 2.54pc. Males represent 57.44pc of the total population while females make...

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Irish jihadi ‘Terry Taliban’ blows himself up in Iraq suicide bombing
Nov 06

Irish jihadi ‘Terry Taliban’ blows himself up in Iraq suicide bombing

Mosul : An Irish jihadi has blown himself up in a suicide attack in Mosul. Khalid Kelly, known as Terry Taliban in Dublin, killed himself on Friday night as fighting continued in Mosul. Kelly, who was calling himself Abu Osama Al-Irlandi, was a former altar boy who was born in the Liberties in Dublin and trained...

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Qatar to grow  16,000 trees
Nov 02

Qatar to grow 16,000 trees

Doha : Desert state Qatar is to grow 16,000 trees for the 2022 football World Cup to plant round stadiums as part of the tournament’s “legacy”, organisers announced yesterday. The trees will be grown at an 880,000-square metre nursery in the northern part of Qatar, then replanted close to the...

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Kuwait bars 47 candidates
Nov 02

Kuwait bars 47 candidates

Kuwait City : Kuwait’s election authorities yesterday barred 47 candidates from contesting parliamentary polls later this month for being convicted in courts or not fulfilling nomination requirements, candidates said. Those barred include former opposition MPs Bader al-Dahum and Safa al-Hashem, as well as...

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Kuwait plans to end subsidies by 2020
Oct 31

Kuwait plans to end subsidies by 2020

Kuwait City : Kuwait, under financial stress due to low oil prices, plans to end all forms of public subsidies by 2020, a report published on Monday said. A committee set up by the finance ministry to review all public subsidies said it plans to gradually reduce subsidies until it ends them completely by 2020,...

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Iran unveils 'suicide drone'
Oct 26

Iran unveils 'suicide drone'

Tehran : Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday they had developed a "suicide drone" capable of delivering explosives to blow up targets at sea and on land.  The new drone is primarily for maritime surveillance and "has not been designed to be armed with missiles," the Tasnim news...

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 Iran calls for more Asian investment
Oct 26

Iran calls for more Asian investment

Singapore : Iran on Wednesday urged more Asian companies to invest in the country, saying the lifting of nuclear-linked sanctions had opened vast opportunities for foreign capital. Central bank governor Valiollah Seif told a business seminar in Singapore that reforms put in place since President Hassan Rouhani...

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Saudi Arabia sign nuclear deal with Kazakhstan
Oct 26

Saudi Arabia sign nuclear deal with Kazakhstan

Riyadh : Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman received President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday. They reviewed bilateral relations and ways of enhancing them in all fields. They also discussed the latest developments on the regional and international...

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Dubai billionaire plans new messaging app for Arabic-speakers
Oct 26

Dubai billionaire plans new messaging app for Arabic-speakers

Dubai : Billionaire Mohamed Alabbar, one of Dubai’s most prominent businessmen, plans a phone messaging service for the Middle East that aims to compete with services such as WhatsApp. Alabbar, who made his fortune as the chairman of Dubai’s largest listed property developer, Emaar Properties, has been...

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Saudi police arrest 'online cross-dresser'
Oct 18

Saudi police arrest 'online cross-dresser'

Riyadh : Saudi police have arrested a man on public order charges after he was accused of cross-dressing online, a report said on late Monday. Police in Qassim, northwest of the capital Riyadh, "arrested a famous Snapchat personality who appeared in video clips dressed like women," the Sabq online newspaper...

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No plan to deport expats above 40, says ministry
Oct 18

No plan to deport expats above 40, says ministry

Jeddah : An official source from the Ministry of Labor and Social Development has denied rumors circulating on social media and online news sites that expatriates over 40 years of age would be deported. The source said that it was a false news story and that such rumors harmed expatriates in Saudi Arabia. He said...

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Iranian woman is now US’s top bikini designer!
Oct 18

Iranian woman is now US’s top bikini designer!

Washington : A Muslim woman who was punished for wearing a miniskirt says she's been heavily criticised for pursuing a career as a swimwear designer. Tala Raassi told FEMAIL how she was sentenced to 40 lashes in her hometown of Tehran for attending a mixed party when she was 16 - but has refused to let her ordeal...

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