UAE's KIZAD inks deal with Indian plastic makers body
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.
UAE will be first Middle East country to issue RuPay card
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.
Scores killed after Houthis fire ballistic missile at Saudi base
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.
UAE to be first Middle-East nation to launch RuPay card during PM Modi's visit
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.
Huge explosion hits ammunition depot in Iraq
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.
Rebels withdraw from key bastion in Syria
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.
US urged to attach conditions to Israel economic aid
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.
Putin, Macron agree on chances of Ukraine talks
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.
Detained Iranian tanker leaves Gibraltar
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.
Jordan summons Israeli envoy over Temple Mount 'violations'
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.
Detained Iranian tanker sets sail from Gibraltar
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.
Yemen's interior ministry suspends work in Aden
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.
US lawmaker desists from plans to visit Israel
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.
Israel to let US Congresswoman Tlaib visit West Bank
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.
Israel to set up first ground warfare plant
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.
Qatari emir, Russian president discuss bilateral ties
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.
Hashd Shaabi forces repel IS attack in eastern Iraq
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.
Gibraltar releases seized Iranian tanker with 24 Indians aboard
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.
Israel bars visit by US Muslim lawmakers
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.
Iran slams US over arms sales to Gulf
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.