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5 Israeli missiles intercepted by Syrian air defence

Damascus, Sep 5: Syrian air defence systems on Tuesday intercepted five missiles fired by Israeli fighter jets targeting various military sites in the Tartus and Hama provinces.

A military source said that the jets entered Syrian airspace via Lebanon's...

Three UAE banks in merger talks to create over Dh410 billion bank

Abu Dhabi, Sept 4: Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB) said it is in early merger talks with Union National Bank and Al Hilal Bank, which could potentially form a lender with $113 billion (Dh 414.71 billion) in assets.

Abu...

Saudi Arabia bans poultry import from Malaysia over bird flu fears

Jeddah, Sept 3: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture issued a temporary ban on importing living birds, hatching eggs and chicks from Malaysia.

Head of the General Livestock Risk Assessment Department, Sanad Al-Harby, said the measure is...

Syrian army denies Israel's involvement in explosions at airbase

Damascus, Sept 2: The Syrian Army on Sunday said that the explosions at munitions dump in Mezzeh air base earlier in the day were caused by a short circuit, and not an Israeli missile attack targeted at the airbase situated...

Is Saudi Arabia planning to turn Qatar into an island

Riyadh, Sept 1: A Saudi official hinted Friday the kingdom was moving forward with a plan to dig a canal that would turn the neighbouring Qatari peninsula into an island, amid a diplomatic feud between the Gulf nations.

"I...

No access to code of conduct for 69% of Saudi state employees: Study

Jeddah, Aug 31: Sixty-nine percent of state employees do not have access to the code of conduct and ethics for public service, according to a survey by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha).

A random sample of 4,723 employees was...

NRI who went missing from Ajman 19 days ago found in Dubai hospital

Dubai, Aug 30: A day after seeking help from the public in finding an Indian man who had gone missing, Ajman Police on Wednesday said that the man has been found.

Mohiey Al Dean Mohammad, 47, was found in...

Saudi royals appointed to International Olympic Committee

Dubai, Aug 29: Three Saudi royals have been appointed to the International Olympic Committee, it was announced on Wednesday.

The three are Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki Al-Faisal Al-Saud, Vice Chairman of the General Sports Authority (GSA) of Saudi Arabi,...

US Secretary of Defense: 'Iran will be held accountable for reckless behavior in the region’

Pentagon, Aug 29: The US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said on Tuesday that Iran would be “held accountable” for its reckless behavior in the region.

He was speaking as a string of senior American officials offered fresh warnings...

UAE at forefront of women empowerment

New Delhi, Aug 28: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has adopted a powerful stance in empowering women, setting new standards based on a model drawn from the vision of founding father of the Arab country, late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan...