Middle East

Muslim pilgrims flock to Mecca for first post-pandemic haj

Thousands of pilgrims started arriving in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia on Friday, among some one million Muslims expected to attend the 2022 haj pilgrimage season after two years of major disruption caused by the COVID pandemic. Wrapped in white robes, with some carrying umbrellas against the burning desert sun, hundreds performed ...

11:33 Et July 1, 2022

World Bank to give Egypt $500 mln to boost food security -statement

The World Bank has agreed to provide Egypt with $500 million in development funds to boost food security amid the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and the war ...

11:45 Et June 29, 2022

Toxic gas released in Jordan port kills 13, injures 250

A crane loading chlorine tanks onto a ship in Jordan’s port of Aqaba on Monday dropped one of them, causing an explosion of toxic yellow smoke that killed ...

20:16 Et June 27, 2022

Israel to let more Palestinians work in manufacturing to fill labour shortage

Israel's cabinet approved issuing 3,500 additional permits for Palestinian workers in Israel's manufacturing and services sectors, increasing the number to 12,000 to help relieve a shortage of skilled ...

12:29 Et June 27, 2022

Qatar's Emir arrives in Egypt in first official visit since boycott

Qatar's Emir arrived in Cairo on Friday on an official visit to meet Egypt's President, Egyptian state TV reported, in the first trip to the country since Cairo ...

13:58 Et June 25, 2022

Saudi crown prince, Erdogan meet in Turkey with 'full normalisation' in sights

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Turkey for the first time in years on Wednesday for talks with President Tayyip Erdogan aimed at fully normalising ties ...

12:19 Et June 23, 2022

Israel says it's building regional air defence alliance under U.S.

Israel is building a U.S.-sponsored regional air defence alliance, the Israeli defence minister said on Monday, adding that the apparatus has already foiled attempted Iranian attacks and could ...

12:17 Et June 20, 2022

Lebanon reports 1st case of Monkeypox

Lebanon on Monday confirmed the country's first case of monkeypox virus. A statement by the Lebanese Health Ministry said the patient had come from abroad and is currently ...

12:07 Et June 20, 2022

Biden defends meeting with Saudi prince, says talks part of broader meeting

U.S. President Joe Biden said on Friday he was not traveling to Saudi Arabia's explicitly to meet de facto leader Mohammed bin Salman during a trip next month and said he was seeing the Saudi crown prince as part of a broader "international meeting." Biden's plans to see the crown prince, known as MBS, are ...

11:43 Et June 19, 2022

Biden says no plans to meet with Saudi Crown Prince during kingdom visit

US President Joe Biden said on Friday he has no plans to sit down with Saudi Arabia's de facto leader as he prepares to visit the Kingdom next ...

12:21 Et June 18, 2022
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