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Abu Dhabi, Aug 22 : Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the UAE, Abu Dhabi Ports subsidiary Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) has signed a strategic agreement with the All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association (AIPMA) to support Indian polymer investors in expanding their geographic reach.

Abu Dhabi, Aug 22 : The UAE will be the first country in the Middle East to witness the launch of the RuPay card, "an Indian indigenous equivalent of Mastercard or Visa", during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this weekend.

Sanaa [Yemen], Aug 22 : Scores of people were killed after Yemen's Houthi rebels said they fired a ballistic missile targeting a Saudi military operation room in the Kingdom's southwestern province of Jizan on late Wednesday evening, Houthi-run al-Masirah TV reported.

Tel Aviv [Israel], Aug 22 : Israeli warplanes attacked Hamas posts in Gaza in the wee hours of Thursday in response to an earlier rocket attack on southern Israel.

By Binsal Abdulkader, Abu Dhabi, Aug 21: The UAE will be the first country in the Middle East to witness the launch of RuPay card, an Indian indigenous equivalent of MasterCard or Visa, during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this weekend, a top Indian diplomat told the Emirates News Agency -- WAM.

Baghdad, Aug 21 : A huge explosion at an ammunition depot occurred on Tuesday at a paramilitary Hashd Shaabi camp near an air base in Iraq's central province of Salahudin, a security source said.

New Delhi , Aug 20 : Israel on Tuesday congratulated India for successfully placing Chandrayaan-2 in moon's orbit.

Islamabad, Aug 20 : Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman had a telephonic conversation with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on the Kashmir situation.

Istanbul, Aug 20 : Thousands of unregistered Syrian migrants have until Tuesday to leave Istanbul or face expulsion from Turkey's biggest city, a media report said.

Damascus, Aug 20 : Rebel groups were on Tuesday forced to withdraw from their key bastion of Khan Shaykhun town in Syria's Idlib province as a result of a military offensive in the region, a war monitor reported.

Sharjah, Aug 20 : An Indian expat in Sharjah has been flooded with unsolicited phone calls from around the world ever since the second season of the hit crime thriller "Sacred Games" released on Netflix on August 15.

Washington, Aug 20 : Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, one of the American lawmakers who recently got barred from entering Israel, has urged the US government to set conditions on economic and military aid to the country until it guarantees the rights of the Palestinians.

Paris, Aug 20 : The presidents of France and Russia, Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Putin, agreed on Monday on the "Normandy format" that groups senior representatives of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany to resolve the war in Eastern Ukraine and exchanged views on Syria when jointly meeting press before their talks in Bregancon in southern France.

New Delhi , Aug 19 : The Taliban continues to promote the training of its fighters and attacks on Afghan and coalition forces, even as the group inches closer to signing a peace deal with the United States aimed at ending the 18-year-long war in Afghanistan.

Tehran , Aug 19 : Iran on Monday said that attempts by the United States to seize recently freed Iranian oil tanker will have grave consequences.

London, Aug 19 : An Iranian tanker, which has changed its name from Grace 1 to Adrian Darya-1, detained by Gibraltar since July on suspicion of transporting oil to Syria, was on its way to Greece on Monday after leaving port in the British territory.

Amman [Jordan], Aug 19 : Jordan's Foreign Ministry on Sunday summoned Israel's ambassador to the country, Amir Weissbrod, in protest over last week's clashes at Jerusalem's Temple Mount compound, when Jewish worshipers were allowed on the site to commemorate Tisha B'Av, which coincided with the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

London, Aug 19 : An Iranian ship, which has changed its name from Grace 1 to Adrian Darya-1, held by Gibraltar since July on suspicion of transporting oil to Syria has left port, media reports said on Monday.

New Delhi , Aug 18 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a three-day official visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain from August 23, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Sunday.

TEL AVIV, Israel:, a leading AI-driven video enhancement company, announced the closing of an USD 8 million financing round with investors including Ansonia Holdings, and strategic participation by Infront, a leading sports marketing company.

Tel Aviv [Israel], Aug 18 : Israel on Saturday said that it has shot down two out of three rockets fired from the Gaza strip.

Tehran, Aug 18 : Yemen's Houthi movement and diplomats of a number of European countries recently held a meeting in the Iranian capital.

Aden, Aug 18 : Yemen's Interior Ministry announced work suspension at its main headquarters in the southern port city of Aden, a week after forces of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) seized the strategic city.

Kuwait City, Aug 18 : Kuwait condemned a drone attack at Shaybah Oil Field in eastern Saudi Arabia, the Kuwait's Foreign Ministry said.

Ankara, Aug 18 : Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu voiced his country's support for a peaceful settlement of the Libya crisis, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

Sanaa, Aug 17 : Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed they launched multiple bomb-laden drone attacks on Saturday on an oil refinery of Saudi Aramco, the Saudi Arabian oil company, according to a media report.

Jerusalem, Aug 17 : Israel on Saturday struck Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip after a rocket attack on its territory, the military said.

Washington, Aug 17 : Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian-American member of the United States House of Representatives who had received permission from Israel to visit her 90-year-old grandmother in the occupied West Bank, on condition that she would not promote boycotts of the Jewish state during her trip, said she has desisted from her travel plans.

Jerusalem, Aug 17 : Israel's welfare minister resigned from the cabinet following attorney general's decision to charge him of corruption.

Jerusalem, Aug 17 : Militants from the Gaza Strip fired a rocket at southern Israel, causing no injuries, the Israeli military said in a statement.

Gaza, Aug 17 : As many as 33 Palestinians were following clashes with Israeli soldiers on Friday in Gaza Strip, the territory's Health Ministry said.

Tehran, Aug 16 : Iran's Foreign Ministry on Friday denied that the Islamic republic has made any commitments in exchange for the release of its oil tanker by the Gibraltar authorities.

Jerusalem, Aug 16 : Israel on Friday granted permission to US Democrat Congress member Rashida Tlaib to enter the country on humanitarian grounds to visit her grandmother in West Bank, a day after blocking her and fellow lawmaker Ilhan Omar from the visit.

Tel Aviv [Israel], Aug 16 : A minor in Palestinian was shot dead and another suffered injuries after they attack an Israeli policeman with a knife in Old City here.

Jerusalem, Aug 16 : Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), a government-owned company, announced that it will set up the country's first ground warfare plant in the southern city of Beer Sheva.

Doha, Aug 16 : Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani held a phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin over means to boost bilateral ties and the latest developments in the region, the royal court said.

Washington, Aug 16 : US lawmakers blasted an Israeli move to block the visit of two American Democratic Congresswomen following President Donald Trump's tweet.

Tehran, Aug 16 : Iran said the United States' unsuccessful attempt to prevent Gibraltar's authorities from releasing a seized Iranian oil tanker was an act of attempted piracy.

Baghdad, Aug 16 : The paramilitary Hashd Shaabi forces repelled an attack by Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, leaving a paramilitary fighter dead and three others wounded, a provincial security official said.

London/New Delhi, Aug 16 : The Gibraltar government on Thursday released the Iranian supertanker Grace 1, with 24 Indians on board, more than a month after it was seized on suspicion it was shipping 2.1 million barrels of crude oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions.

Jerusalem, Aug 16 : The Israeli government said that it will not allow two US Muslim lawmakers who support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement to enter the country.

Ramallah, Aug 16 : A Palestinian official condemned Israel's decision to ban two Muslim-American congresswomen from entering Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Istanbul, Aug 15 : The deputy commander of the US European Command was set to arrive in Turkey to plan coordination with regards to the Turkish intervention in northeastern Syria.

Damascus [Syria], August 15 : Militants operating in the Idlib province shot down a Syrian air force plane on Wednesday, Syria's state television reported.

Moscow [Russia], Aug 14 : Russia on Tuesday claimed that militants violated ceasefire 25 times in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo, Idlib and Latakia over the past 24 hours.

Tehran , Aug 14 : Iran has said that the United Kingdom might release its seized oil tanker following an exchange of documents.

Tehran, Aug 14 : Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the Lebanese nation and Hezbollah movement played down the myth of Israel's "invincibility," Press TV reported.

Sharjah, Aug 13 : An Indian expat in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has made a desperate plea to the community to help find his wife who has been missing for the last 65 days from their home here.

Baghdad [Iraq], Aug 13 : At least one person was killed and 20 people suffered injuries in a huge explosion at an ammunition depot in Southern Baghdad on Monday.

Tehran, Aug 13 : Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the US arms sales to some regional states have turned the Gulf region into a "tinderbox ready to blow up", Press TV reported.

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