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Saudi police kill four militants

Riyadh, Dec 20 : Saudi Arabia announced Saturday the death of four militants in an exchange of fire with police in the disturbed city of Al-Awamiyah in the Eastern Province, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Forensic experts to examine Makkah bones

Riyadh, Dec 20 : Forensic experts in Makkah will begin examination of the bones found at the Grand Mosque expansion project site to determine whether they are human or animal remains, media reported.

Indians awaiting execution freed after blood money payment

Riyadh, Dec 20 : Three Indians in Saudi Arabia convicted for a compatriot's murder have been saved from execution after an Indian businessman paid nearly half a million Saudi riyals (nearly $133,200) in blood money on their behalf, media reported Saturday.

Israeli aircraft bombs Hamas target in Gaza

London, Dec 20 : Israeli aircraft have bombed a Hamas target in Gaza strip in response to a rocket fired earlier from Gaza, said Israeli military.

Israeli gunfire injures six Palestinians in Gaza

Gaza, Dec 20 : At least six Palestinians were injured Friday when Israeli forces opened fire near Israel's border with eastern Gaza, medics and eyewitnesses said.

Pentagon authorises 1,300 additional troops for Iraq

Washington, Dec 20 : Up to 1,300 additional troops, including nearly 1,000 soldiers will start to be deployed in Iraq, in late January, to help in the fight against the Islamic State (IS), the Pentagon said Friday.

Saudi veil debate intensifies as more scholars voice concern

Dubai, Dec 19 : A debate revolving around a fatwa allowing Muslim women in Saudi Arabia to walk in public without the traditional niqab- a veil to cover the face area- is growing louder with more scholars arguing against it.

Israeli PM slams Abbas over Palestinian UN draft resolution

Jerusalem, Dec 19 : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Thursday over the Palestinian-proposed UN draft resolution which calls for Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories by the end of 2017.

18 killed in car bomb attack in Yemen

Sanaa, Dec 18 : At least 18 people were killed in a suicide car bombing in Yemen's western port city of al-Hodayda late Thursday, security sorces said.

Iraqi premier drops lawsuits against journalists

Baghdad, Dec 18 : Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi Thursday ordered the withdrawal of all pending government lawsuits against journalists and media outlets that were filed by his predecessor, Nouri al-Maliki.

Palestine's draft UN resolution seeks end to Israeli occupation

Ramallah, Dec 18 : Palestine Thursday presented to the UN Security Council a draft resolution which demands an end to Israel's occupation before 2017.

Saudi women on mission to persuade authorities to quash driving ban

Dubai, Dec 18 : Women in Saudi Arabia are reportedly resorting to different ways to persuade authorities from lifting a driving ban imposed on them since 1957.

775 illegal expatriates arrested in UAE

Dubai, Dec 17 : As many as 775 illegal residents were arrested during November as part of a police campaign launched in the emirate of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to stem loitering in public places, police said.

34 IS members killed in Iraq air strikes

Baghdad, Dec 17 : At least 34 fighters of the Sunni radical group Islamic State (IS) were killed Tuesday in air strikes by the US-led international coalition on targets near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul and its strategic dam.

40 killed in car bombings in Yemen

Sana'a, Dec 16 : Two car bomb explosions targeting Shiite Houthi gunmen killed 40 people and left dozens wounded in Yemen's central province of al-Bayda Tuesday evening, a government official said.

Woods to design new 18-hole championship golf course in Dubai

New Delhi, Dec 16 : Former world number one golfer Tiger Woods would design the new 18-hole championship golf course in Dubai to be built by luxury real estate developers, DAMAC Properties and operated by The Trump Organization.

IS using scorpion bombs to terrify Iraqi civilians

London, Dec 16 : The Islamic State (IS) militants are stuffing live scorpions into canisters and launching them on Iraqi civilians to spread panic.

Severe air pollution affecting Hajj pilgrims

Los Angeles, Dec 16 : During Hajj in the Saudi Arabian city of Makkah, the pilgrims get exposed to dangerously high levels of air pollutants which can increase their heart attack risk, shows a study.

Saudi woman pretending to be man arrested for watching football match

London, Dec 15 : A woman has been arrested in Saudi Arabia after she disguised herself as a man in order to watch a football match.

Ex Egyptian minister says Muslim Brotherhood 'godfather' of IS, Al Qaeda

Dubai, Dec 15 : A former Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs who served under ousted President Hosni Mubarak has reportedly said that the Muslim Brotherhood is the "godfather" of several Islamist terror groups operating in the Middle East like, Islamic State (IS), Al Nusra and Al Qaeda.

Indian expatriate dies on cricket field in Qatar

Doha, Dec 13 : A 32-year-old Indian expatriate died of a heart attack while playing cricket at a school ground in the Madinat Khalifa North neighbourhood of Doha.

IS militants bomb homes of military and police in Iraq

Baghdad, Dec 12 : Islamic State (IS) militants blew up the homes of Iraqi military and police personnel as well as members of the Shabak religious minority Thursday in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

Egypt restricts travelling to Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Libya

Cairo, Dec 12 : Egyptian authorities have imposed restrictions on men aged between 18 and 40 wishing to travel to Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Libya, fearing they will join jihadi groups, an official said Thursday.

Jihadis from Australia suffered casualties in Syria and Iraq

Melbourne, Dec 12 : Australia's national security intelligence service said Thursday extremists from Australia who came in Syria and Iraq to fight for various exstrimist groups suffered heavy casualties during battles.

Jordan, Egypt call for strategic approach to fight terrorism

Amman, Dec 12 : Jordan and Egypt Thursday called for a strategic approach and cooperation to combat terrorism, media reported.

Kurdish militants ambush 11 IS fighters in Syria

Damascus, Dec 12 : At least 11 militants of the Islamic State (IS) group were killed Thursday in an ambush by Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, a media report said.

Israel pledges to help Kenya fight terrorism

Nairobi, Dec 11 : The Israeli government Thursday vowed to collaborate with Kenya to tackle terrorism threats in the country.

Egypt discovers 3,000-year-old tomb

Cairo, Dec 11 : The Egyptian-French archaeological mission working at the Ramesseum temple in Luxor discovered the tomb of Karomama, divine wife of ancient Egyptian god Amun, the Egyptian antiquities ministry said in a statement Thursday.

Hundreds in Ramallah mourn Palestinian minister's death

Ramallah, Dec 11 : Hundreds of people attended the funeral Thursday of Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein who died the day before in a scuffle with Israeli security forces during a protest demonstration.

PNA, Hamas hail Irish parliament's recognition of Palestinian state

Ramallah/Gaza, Dec 11 : The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) and Hamas movement Thursday welcomed the Irish parliament's recognition of a Palestinian state.

Indian wounded in Bahrain blast

Manama, Dec 11 : An Indian worker was wounded in an explosion at a cold store in Bahrain's west coast village of Karzakan that claimed the life of a Bahraini, a media report said Thursday.

Dubai police honours Indian man for foiling robbery

Dubai, Dec 11 : An Indian man in Dubai was honoured for foiling a daylight robbery, media reported Thursday.

Bangladeshi shot dead, Indian injured in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Dec 11 : A Saudi muezzin opened fire at two expatriate workers in a mosque for failing to make a prayer call, killing a Bangladeshi and injuring an Indian worker, according to police.

Egyptian President cuts curfew hours in parts of North Sinai

Cairo, Dec 10 : Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi reduced the night curfew in Sinai Peninsula by three hours, media reported Tuesday.

UAE court convicts 11 on terror charges

Abu Dhabi, Dec 9 : A court in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Tuesday convicted 11 members of an Al Qaeda-linked group on terror related charges.

Indian expats honour educator in Riyadh

Riyadh, Dec 9 : Expatriate Indians in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh have honoured prominent educationist and philanthropist Nadeem Tarin, chairman of the Riyadh-based Delhi Public School (DPS) and Dunes International School-Dammam.

First Tamil newspaper launched in UAE

Dubai, Dec 9 : Daily Thanthi, the first Tamil newspaper in the United Arab Emirates, was launched Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia approves pact to hire Indian domestics

Riyadh, Dec 9 : The Saudi Arabia government has approved an agreement for recruitment of Indian domestic workers including maids, media reported.

Iran and Pakistan to focus on boosting bilateral economic ties

Tehran, Dec 8 : An Iranian delegation will visit Pakistan Monday to boost bilateral economic ties, according to media reports.

Saudi Arabia arrests 135 terrorists

Riyadh, Dec 7 : The Saudi interior ministry Sunday announced the arrest of 135 terrorists, including 16 Syrians, who planned attacks in the country.

Israeli police conducts operation against African immigration

Jerusalem, Dec 5 : Israeli police have shut down around 30 nightclubs frequented by undocumented African immigrants and asylum-seekers in southern Tel Aviv, media reports said Friday.

Saudi Arabia appoints woman to lead Ebola fight

Riyadh, Dec 5 : Saudi Arabia has appointed a woman, Tamara Tayeb, to lead the country's fight against the Ebola virus disease, media reported Friday.

Israel to start advanced trials of David's Sling missile defence system

Jerusalem, Dec 5 : Israel's David's Sling missile defence system will be put through advanced trials, before being made operational, media reported.

Bahrain to host major security summit; focus on counter-terrorism

Manama, Dec 5 : Bahrain will host a major security summit from Friday to Sunday, which will be attended by a number of world leaders, intelligence officers and military chiefs, who will discuss global security, political and economic issues.

Lebanese army fires at intruding Israeli drone

Beirut, Dec 5 : The Lebanese army fired at an Israeli drone in the central Bekaa region of Lebanon Thursday, media reported.

Bomb attacks in Iraq leave 37 people dead

Baghdad, Dec 5 : Violence continued unabated in Iraq with a total of 37 people being killed and 92 others injured in separate terror strikes Thursday, police sources said.

Abu Dhabi police arrest killer of American woman

Abu Dhabi, Dec 4 : Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) deputy prime minister and interior minister, announced Thursday that Abu Dhabi police have arrested the killer of a US woman teacher on Reem Island in Abu Dhabi.

Kurdish fighters kill 10 IS militants in Syria

Damascus, Dec 4 : At least 10 Islamic State (IS) militants were killed in clashes with Kurdish fighters in the predominantly Kurdish city of Kobani, aalso known as Ayn al-Arab, in northern Syria near the Turkish border, a monitoring group reported Thursday.

Iran says time ripe for n-deal

Tehran, Dec 4 : Iran's top nuclear negotiator has said the ground has been prepared for a final deal with world powers over Tehran's nuclear issue, media reported Thursday.

Iran extends detention of Washington Post scribe

Madrid, Dec 4 : The Iranian government has decided to extend for another two months the detention of a journalist from the Washington Post newspaper, Jason Razaian, the US newspaper reported Thursday, citing family sources.

UAE investors ready to dish out 200 mln dollars for Mayweather-Pacquiao bout in Dubai

Dubai, Dec 04 : A fresh group of investors from the United Arab Emirates have willingly emerged to roll out huge sums of money for the eagerly-awaited super-bout between Filipino boxer and politician Manny Pacquiao and five-weight world champion Floyd Mayweather following reports that have been making rounds on the internet.

Saudi Arabia firm on health insurance for recruitment visas

Riyadh, Dec 4 : Companies in Saudi Arabia which fail to pay for the medical insurance of expatriate workers and their families would be denied recruitment visas, media reported Thursday.

More than 200,000 dead in Syrian conflict in less than four years

Dubai, Dec 3 : More than 200,000 people have perished in the Syrian civil war in the last four years, a monitoring group said.

Egypt sentences 180 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death for Cairo police station attack

London, Dec 03 : Egypt has sentenced more than 180 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death over a 2013 attack on a police station near Cairo.

Iran optimistic about final nuclear deal, says president

Tehran, Dec 2 : Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said it is possible to reach a comprehensive nuclear deal through constructive interaction with the world, media reported Tuesday.

119 nationalities sing UAE national anthem to set new world record

Dubai, Dec 2 : United Arab Emirates (UAE) recently entered into Guinness Book of World Records after school students managed to sing their national anthem with 119 nationalities together.

PM Modi greets UAE on their 43rd National Day

New Delhi, Dec. 2 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday conveyed his wishes to the people of United Arab Emirates (UAE) on their 43rd National Day.

Indian man's body awaiting repatriation for 5 months

Riyadh, Dec 2 : The body of an Indian national in Saudi Arabia has been lying in a mortuary for more than five months awaiting repatriation, media reported.

Indian workers accuse Saudi company of not paying salaries

Riyadh, Dec 2 : A group of Indian workers in Saudi Arabia have accused a local company of not paying their salaries for six months and appealed for help so that they can come back home, media reported.

IS failed to recruit Saudis in large numbers: Report

Jeddah, Dec 1 : The Saudi Arabian government has said that the radical Islamic State (IS) group has largely failed to directly recruit Saudi citizens.

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