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Tunisian court sentences seven terrorists to life for deadly 2015 attacks: prosecutors

Tunis, Feb 9: A Tunisian court has sentenced seven terrorists to life in prison over attacks at a museum and on a beach in 2015 that left dozens of tourists dead, prosecutors said Saturday.

Two separate trials were held...

Pope: My UAE trip wrote new page in Christian-Islam history

Vatican City, Feb 7: Pope Francis says his pilgrimage this week to the United Arab Emirates wrote a “new page in history of the dialogue between Christianity and Islam” and in promoting world peace based on brotherhood.

Telling pilgrims...

Time running out on Qatar labour reform, warns Amnesty

Doha, Feb 5: Qatar is running out of time to stamp out widespread serious labour abuse for tens of thousands of migrant workers before hosting the 2022 World Cup, Amnesty International warned Tuesday.

The human rights group said in...

Catholics embark on historic UAE pilgrimage

Abu Dhabi, Feb 5: Thousands of Catholics will take part Tuesday in the biggest worship of any non-Islamic faith in the Gulf region, when they attend a mass led by Pope Francis at Sheikh Zayed Sports City Stadium.

The...

Meteorology warns of thunderstorms over Makkah, Eastern region

Jeddah, Feb 4: The General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection in Saudi Arabia has said that thunderstorms and rain are expected over the regions of Makkah, Najran and the Eastern Region.

The authority warned residents in Makkah of...

Historic: Sheikh Mohamed welcomes Pope Francis to the UAE

Abu Dhabi, Feb 4: His Holiness Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church, arrived in Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening to begin his historic visit to the United Arab Emirates.

He was received at the airport by His Highness...

Saudis, UAE, Yemen ask UN to pressure Houthis

Jeddah, Feb 2: Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Yemen on Thursday asked the UN Security Council to increase pressure on Houthi militias to respect a cease-fire deal. In a letter, the three governments accused the militias of violating the agreement...

Saudi anti-corruption crackdown recovers $106 billion in assets

Riyadh, Jan 31: Saudi investigators have recovered assets worth more than $106 billion in an anti-corruption crackdown ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the royal court said on Wednesday.

The funds are in the form of property, companies,...

Saudi development program targets $450 billion investment, 1.6 million new jobs

Riyadh, Jan 29: Almost half a trillion dollars of investment and 1.6 million jobs are in the pipeline for Saudi Arabia under an ambitious industrial program launched on Monday in the presence of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

A...

Dubai world’s busiest airport; highest passengers Indians

Dubai International (DXB) retained its position as the world's busiest airport for international customer numbers for the fifth consecutive year with annual traffic for 2018 surpassing 89.1 million.

Aside from record traffic numbers, DXB enjoyed a banner year for...