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.


Sisi orders preparations for parliamentary polls

Cairo, July 16 : Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al- Sisi Tuesday ordered to form a parliamentary election commission to prepare for the upcoming parliamentary polls, a presidential spokesperson said.


12 killed in Egypt road accident

Cairo, July 16 : At least 12 people were killed and 27 were injured Tuesday in a road accident on Qena-Safaga highway in southern Egypt, a security official said.


Netanyahu vows more attacks, as rocket attack kills first Israeli

Jerusalem, July 16 : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday said his country will expand its military campaign against Gaza, as rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave caused the first Israeli civilian fatality since launch of "Operation Protective Edge" last week, officials said.


Egypt to initiate truce between Israel and Gaza

London, July 15 : Egypt has said that it is ready to initiate or broker a ceasefire-cum-truce between warring parties in the ongoing Gaza-Israel conflict.


Gaza death toll from Israeli strikes rises to 172, 1230 wounded

Dubai/London, July 14 : The death toll in the Gaza Strip from Israeli strikes has risen to 172, while the number of wounded is being pegged at 1230.


Iran nuke programme: World powers say significant differences remain

London, July 14 : Key players involved in talks on Iran's nuclear programme have warned of there being big gaps between Iran and the world powers over the latter's nuclear capabilities.


Indian jailed for birthday party murder in UAE

Dubai, July 14 : An Indian expatriate, who stabbed his friend to death in an inebriated state at the latter's birthday party, has been jailed for 15 years in the UAE, a media report said.


Indian businessman jailed for bribing inspector in UAE

Dubai, July 14 : An Indian businessman has been jailed for six months for offering bribe to a labour ministry inspector in the UAE, a media report said.


AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi feted in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, July 14 : Controversial legislator Akbaruddin Owaisi was honoured by a Jeddah-based Indian community organisation for his contribution to the country's Muslims, media reported.


Palestinian youth killed in confrontation with Israeli soldiers

Ramallah, July 14 : A Palestinian youth was killed Monday by Israeli fire during confrontations in the West Bank city of Hebron, officials said.


Gaza toll rises to 170

Gaza, July 14 : The death toll in Gaza rose to 170 Sunday after four more Palestinians, including a father and son, were killed in three separate airstrikes by Israel on southern Gaza Strip, authorities said.


Turks protest against Israel in Istanbul

Istanbul, July 14 : Istanbul's streets were brimming Sunday as around 1,000 pro-Palestinian Turks demonstrated against Israel's latest round of airstrikes on Gaza, which have left over 100 Palestinians dead.


Over 130 Sunni militants killed in Iraq

Baghdad, July 13 : At least 133 Sunni militants were Sunday killed in fierce clashes with security forces across Iraq, officials said.


Egypt court acquits Morsi-era PM

Cairo, July 13 : An Egyptian court Sunday acquitted former prime minister Hesham Qandil of charges of law violation for not carrying out a court order.


Abbas requests UN protection for Palestinians

Ramallah, July 13 : Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Sunday asked the United Nations for international protection to the Palestinian people amid escalating Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip.


Israel continues attacks on Gaza, resists foreign pressure

London, July 12 : Even after continued international pressure, Israel refuses to stop its operation against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.


UAE pledges $25 mn aid for Gaza

Dubai, July 11 : UAE President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Thursday announced 25 million dollars aid for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, state media reported.


Indian in UAE denies using poppy seeds as drugs

Dubai, July 10 : An Indian farmer, who was arrested for smuggling poppy seeds into the United Arab Emirates (UAE), claimed before a Dubai court Thursday that the seeds were used to prepare soup and sauce, a media report said.


Indian jailed for stabbing compatriot in Bahrain

Manama, July 10 : An Indian man has been jailed for a year in Bahrain for stabbing his compatriot in a row over laundry, a media report said Thursday.


Saudi Arabia recruits Indian maids to ease labour shortage

Riyadh, July 10 : Saudi Arabia has started issuing recruitment visas for domestic maids from India under a new employment contract finalised by the two nations, media reported Thursday.


France wants Mid-East peace talks to resume urgently

Paris, July 10 : France Wednesday urged Israeli officials and Palestinian authorities to urgently resume peace negotiations to reach "a fundamental solution", to end the deadlock in the Middle East and ease tensions in the region.


Israel mulls charging policeman who beat Palestinian teen

Jerusalem, July 10 : Israel is considering charges of "severe violent crimes" against a policeman who harshly beat a Palestinian youth in Jerusalem, the justice ministry said Wednesday.


Hamas target Israel's n-reactor with rockets

Jerusalem, July 10 : Hamas fired three rockets Wednesday evening into Dimona, a city where Israel's nuclear reactor is located, the Israeli military said. However, it caused no damage or injuries to anyone.


Turkish presidential candidate warns of sectarian conflict

Istanbul, July 10 : Selahattin Demirtas, a presidential candidate of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), Wednesday warned of the deepening sectarian conflict based on the ideological polarisation in Turkey.


Dubai bourse to relist Indian rupee options contract

Dubai, July 9 : the Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange (DGCX) Wednesday announced the re-listing of its Indian rupee options contract, which was temporarily suspended in 2012 to facilitate migration to a new trading infrastructure, with trading restarting July 18.


Indian car cleaner jailed for stealing from vehicle in Bahrain

Manama, July 8 : An Indian car cleaner has been jailed for six months for stealing from a vehicle in Bahrain, a media report said Tuesday.


NRI businessman in Oman offers jobs to rescued nurses

Muscat, July 8 : Another NRI businessman has come forward to recruit the 46 Indian nurses who were rescued from war-torn Iraq last week.


Bahrain condemns terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia

Manama, July 7 : The Bahrain government Monday condemned the terrorist attacks that targeted security patrols at Wadia'h border point and the reception building of General Intelligence in Sharorah governorate in Saudi Arabia.