Yemen hands over Al Qaeda suspects to Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Aug 1 : Yemen has handed over eight suspected Al Qaeda militants to Saudi Arabia, officials said Friday.

UAE provides $544 mn for needy West Bank families

Dubai, Aug 1 : The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has provided two million Dirham (544 million dollars) in aid to more than 4,400 needy families in the West Bank during holy month of Ramadan.

Indian killed in Oman road accident

Muscat, July 31 : An Indian expatriate died in a road accident in Oman, media reported Thursday.

Indian jailed in UAE for smuggling poppy seeds

Dubai, July 31 : An Indian farmer has been jailed for four years for smuggling poppy seeds into the United Arab Emirates (UAE)though he claimed he brought these for the purpose of cooking, media reported.

Indian in Dubai jailed for groping woman

Dubai, July 30 : An Indian expatriate has been jailed for groping a woman at a metro station here, a media report said Wednesday.

Indian returns lost purse filled with money

Dubai, July 29 : In a heartening show of honesty, an Indian expatriate returned a purse containing 25,000 dirhams (around $6,800) and vital documents to an Italian woman who lost it on the roadside in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), media reported.

Israel must ready for 'prolonged' Gaza campaign

Jerusalem, July 29 : Israel's top political and defence leadership Monday night defied international calls for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, determining to continue the massive offensive there until risk posed by Gaza militant groups is "neutralised".

UN call neglects Israel's security needs: Netanyahu

Jerusalem, July 29 : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday criticised the UN Security Council's call for ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, saying it strengthens Hamas and neglects Israel's security needs.

Israel embarks on 'unlimited ceasefire' policy in Gaza

Jerusalem, July 28 : Israel embarked on an "unlimited ceasefire" policy in Gaza Monday morning after 21 days of conflict claimed over 1,030 Palestinian lives.

The Gaza carnage: Israeli impunity and global helplessness

By K.P. Fabian: It is difficult, almost impossible, to envisage an early negotiated ceasefire to put an end to the unconscionable carnage in Gaza.

Israel denies responsibility for UN school attack deaths

Jerusalem, July 28 : The Israeli army Sunday denied responsibility for the deaths of 16 Palestinians during Thursday's attack on a UN school in northern Gaza.

UN chief appeals Israelis, Palestinians to extend truce

United Nations, July 28 : UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon Sunday urged "in the strongest terms" both the Israelis and Palestinians to extend, for an additional 24 hours, the humanitarian ceasefire that was in effect and mostly observed until early in the day.

Ricciardo wins F1 Hungarian Grand Prix

Budapest, July 28 : Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia, in his rookie year on the F-1 circuit, won the Hungarian Grand Prix Sunday.

Real Madrid coach rules out another striker

Madrid, July 28 : Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has for the moment ruled out adding another striker to his star-packed squad.

20 killed in Iraq clashes

Baghdad, July 27 : As many as 20 militants were killed in separate clashes in eastern Iraq, as the country continues to stave off a Sunni militant onslaught, security sources said Sunday.

Seven killed in Syria blast

Damascus, July 27 : At least seven people were killed and 20 others wounded Sunday when a bomb-laden vehicle blew up in Syria's central Homs province, media reports said.

Gazza goes on nasty Twitter rant at kids, calls teenage girls 'sad cows'

London, July 27 : Former England international Paul Gascoigne, popularly known as 'Gazza', has been raving at kids and young women on Twitter and has sent nasty messages to a number of accounts, calling teenage girls 'sad cows'.

Israel, Hamas agree to 12-hour Gaza ceasefire

London, July 26 : The Israeli military and Hamas have reportedly agreed to a 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.

Israeli attack on UN school in Gaza kills 13

London, July 25 : About 13 people have been killed and 200 have been injured in an Israeli attack on a UN-run school in Gaza which was being used as a shelter by Palestinians.

Reuven Rivlin sworn is as president of Israel

Jerusalem, July 25 : Israeli lawmaker Reuven Rivlin was Thursday sworn in as the 10th president of Israel, stepping in the role filled by Shimon Peres for the past seven years.

India rescues 58 more nurses from troubled Iraq

New Delhi, July 24 : India has rescued 58 Indian nurses from violence-hit Iraq in an "extremely difficult" operation, days after rescuing 46 Indian nurses who were in the control of the Sunni jihadists in Tikrit.

John Kerry wraps up Israel visit, no sign of breakthrough

Jerusalem, July 24 : US Secretary of State John Kerry left Israel late Wednesday after a day-long visit during which he tried to broker a ceasefire agreement to end the ongoing fighting between Israel and Hamas.

Destruction of Israel only way forward: Iran

Tehran, July 24 : "Annihilation of the Zionist regime of Israel" is the only way forward to heal the agonies of the Palestinians, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday.

Toll in Gaza mounts to 701

Gaza, July 24 : The Palestinian health ministry said early Thursday that six Palestinians have been killed by Israeli airstrikes in the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Younis.

Toll hits 682 in Gaza Strip

Gaza, July 24 : The toll in the ongoing Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip, which started July 8, has grown to 682, authorities said Wednesday.

PIA warned by Dubai airport authorities to observe time slot

Dubai, July 23 : Authorities at Dubai International Airport (DIA) have warned Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to observe the time slot allotted to it, failing which they would have to adopt a zero tolerance approach to this misuse of a facility on offer.

Millionaire beggar nabbed in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, July 23 : Police in Saudi Arabia have arrested a beggar, who, it later turned out, has been sitting on a fortune of over $300,000, a media report said Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia allows women to participate in municipal polls

Riyadh, July 23 : A new law that allows women in Saudi Arabia to vote and contest in municipal elections has come into force, a media report said Wednesday.

Saudi private sector sees twofold increase in number of women employees from last year

Dubai, July 22 : A report has revealed that the total number of Saudi women working in the private sector has almost doubled to 400,000 from last year.

$320 monthly salary for Indian maids in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, July 22 : The monthly salary for Indian maids recruited in Saudi Arabia has been fixed at 1,200 Saudi riyals ($320), a media report said Tuesday.

Two Indians found dead in Oman

Muscat, July 22 : Two Indians were found dead under mysterious circumstances in Oman, a media report said Tuesday.

Deadly virus detected in camel barn

Dubai, July 22 : Researchers have detected genetic fragments of deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the air of a barn housing a camel infected with the virus.

Saudi Arabia recruiting maids aged between 25 and 50

Dubai, July 21 : The age of Indian domestic workers looking for employment in Saudi Arabia has been set between 25 and 50 years under a new employment agreement finalised by the two countries, media reported.

John Kerry to travel to Egypt over Gaza situation

Washington, July 21 : US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Egypt Monday to meet officials on the situation in Gaza, the State Department said Sunday.

Abbas wants UN emergency session on Gaza

Ramallah, July 21 : Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Sunday called on the UN Security Council to hold an emergency session to discuss Israel's ongoing large-scale military operation in the Gaza Strip.

Egypt summons Turkish diplomat over Gaza remarks

Cairo, July 21 : The Egyptian foreign ministry summoned the Turkish charge d'affaires Sunday to protest Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent statements.

89 Palestinians, 13 Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza offensive

Gaza, July 20 : At least 89 Palestinians died Sunday in Israeli attacks in Gaza, the bloodiest day since July 8, when the Israeli army launched its offensive against the densely populated coastal strip of territory, emergency services officials said.

Indian driver banned from travel over unpaid phone bills

Riyadh, July 20 : An Indian in Saudi Arabia has been slapped with a travel ban over his inability to pay staggeringly high phone bills for SIM cards that he claimed were falsely registered under his name, a media report said Sunday.

France calls for immediate ceasefire in Gaza

Amman, July 20 : France Saturday called for truce between Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement amid surging violence and number of casualties in Gaza.

Gunmen kill 21 soldiers in Egypt desert

Cairo, July 20 : At least 21 Egyptian soldiers were killed, and four injured late Saturday in an attack by "an armed group" in the country's western desert, an Egyptian military spokesperson said.

Iranians protest against Israeli offensive in Gaza

Tehran, July 20 : Hundreds of Iranians gathered here Saturday to protest against Israel's offensive against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Protest staged in Turkey against Israeli Gaza offensive

Istanbul, July 20 : Almost 5,000 pro-Palestine protesters staged a demonstration against Israeli attacks in Gaza late Saturday night.

Two Israeli soldiers killed

Jerusalem, July 20 : Two Israeli soldiers were killed in an exchange of fire with Palestinian militants who infiltrated Israeli turf through a Gaza tunnel Saturday, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said in a statement.

18 killed in Baghdad car bombings

Baghdad, July 19 : At least 18 people were killed and 59 others wounded in four car bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital Saturday, a police source said.

Israeli troops stop donkey suicide bomb in Gaza

Gaza, July 19 : The Israeli army Saturday said its soldiers were forced to open fire on a donkey laden with explosives as it approached their position in the southern city of Rafah near the Egyptian border.

World's first eco-friendly mosque opens in Dubai

Dubai, July 19 : The doors of the first environment-friendly mosque in the Islamic world were opened for worshippers here Friday by Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF).

Israel launches ground offensive in Gaza

Jerusalem, July 18 : Israel has launched a ground offensive on the Gaza Strip.

37 Indian suicides in six UAE emirates in 2014

Dubai, July 18 : At least 37 Indian nationals committed suicide in six of the seven emirates of the UAE in the first half of 2014, latest figures from the Indian consulate in Dubai show.

Abu Dhabi to host sailing World Cup finals

Abu Dhabi, July 18 : The United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital Abu Dhabi will host the sailing World Cup final for the next six years, the international sailing federation (ISAF) has said here.

Israel launches ground operation in Gaza

Jerusalem, July 18 : Israeli troops launched a ground offensive in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip Thursday night following days of heavy bombardment, the military said.

Israeli military launches ground operation in Gaza

Jerusalem, July 18 : Israeli troops launched a ground offensive in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip Thursday night, the military said.

Gaza toll 234 as Israel resumes attacks after truce

Gaza/Jerusalem, July 17 : Three Palestinian children were killed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City a few hours after a short humanitarian truce ended Thursday, taking the toll in the coastal enclave to 234.

High-tech app to help Indian Haj pilgrims

Riyadh, July 17 : Haj pilgrims from India will now be equipped with an innovative navigation system to trace their way to their respective accommodations while on their holy pilgrimmage to Mecca this year, media reported.

UAE leader donates $100 mn for pediatric research

Abu Dhabi, July 17 : Plans to open the world's first centre dedicated to paediatric research into rare diseases are to become a reality thanks to an over $100 million gift from a leader of the UAE.

Hamas agrees on five-hour humanitarian ceasefire

Gaza, July 17 : The Islamic Hamas movement and Palestinian militant groups agreed late Wednesday to a UN appeal of a five-hour humanitarian ceasefire with Israel Thursday, a Hamas official said.

Fresh Israeli airstrikes on Gaza kill five more Palestinians

Gaza, July 17 : Two fresh rounds of Israeli airstrikes on the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Younis Wednesday evening killed five more Palestinians, including a three-year-old girl, authorities said.

Young Indian bestowed 'Preacher of the Nation' title at Dubai Ramzan Forum

Dubai, July 16 : An eight-year-old Indian, Ebrahim Shabandri, has won the title of 'Preacher of the Nation' in Dubai after winning a sermon contest during Ramzan Forum.

Indian boy chosen 'Preacher of the Nation' in UAE

Dubai, July 16 : An eight-year-old Indian boy was adjudged the "Preacher of the Nation" in an Arabic religious sermon contest in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a media report said Wednesday.

UAE to send first Arab spaceship to Mars

Abu Dhabi, July 16 : The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has entered the space race with a project to send an unmanned probe to Mars by 2021 in the Arab world's first mission to another planet.

Israel orders Palestinians to leave Gaza

London, July 16 : Israel has ordered thousands of Palestinians in eastern and northern Gaza to leave their homes as airstrikes continue, a media report said Wednesday.