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UAE civil aviation authority says Qatari fighter jets intercepted civilian plane Sunday


DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates said on Sunday that Qatari fighter planes had intercepted a civilian aircraft carrying 86 passengers aboard a flight bound for Bahrain, UAE state news agency WAM reported.

Nawaz Sharif flying back to Pakistan with his daughter


ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, and his daughter, Maryam, will reach Pakistan tonight after spending a few days in London.

Two suicide bombers kill three in north Nigeria mosque


KANO: Two suicide bombers killed three Muslim worshippers in a mosque in a northeast Nigerian town still being rebuilt after virtual destruction by Boko Haram in 2014, sources told AFP Sunday.

UK calls on social media firms to better protect children


LONDON: Britain’s health secretary says the government will introduce new laws targeting online social media companies if they don’t do more to protect children.

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Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge wins men’s race at London Marathon, Mo Farah third


London: Eliud Kipchoge stormed to his third London Marathon title on Sunday to complete an impressive Kenyan double after Vivian Cheruiyot dominated the women's race in warm conditions.


Yemeni National Resistance takes control of Houthi military sites in Mokha and Barah


DUBAI: The Yemeni National Resistance and Arab coalition forces took control of military sites from the Iran-backed Houthi militias on Sunday, UAE state-news agency WAM reported.


Jordan MP, family members among 8 killed in road crash


AMMAN: A Jordanian MP, his wife and three of his children were among eight people killed late Saturday when their car collided with a winch truck, a security source said.


Rao Anwar found ‘responsible’ of Naqeeb Mehsud’s murder


KARACHI: Rao Anwar, who was remanded in custody on Saturday, has been found responsible for the murder of Naqeebullah Mehsud, an aspiring Pashtun model from the country’s tribal region.

Family dead in Syria regime shelling on Daesh-held district


BEIRUT: A family of three was killed late Saturday in a wave of regime shelling on a southern district of Syria’s capital held by Daesh, a monitor said.


Iran threatens to ‘vigorously’ resume enrichment if US quits nuclear deal


NEW YORK: Iran is ready to “vigorously” resume nuclear enrichment if the United States ditches the 2015 nuclear deal, and further “drastic measures” are being considered in response to a US exit, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad…

Yemeni vice president: Arab coalition foiled Iran’s project to overthrow Yemen


DUBAI: Yemeni Vice President Lt. Gen Ali Mohsen Saleh said on Sunday that the Arab coalition foiled Iran’s attempts to overthrow his country, Saudi state-news agency Al-Ekhbariya reported.


World’s oldest person dies in Japan at age of 117


article author:; Author:; Associated Press; 1524356678014854800; Sun, 2018-04-22 03:00; TOKYO: The world’s oldest person has died in southern Japan at the age of 117.

Dozens of bodies found in Raqqa mass grave


QAMISHLI, Syria: Dozens of bodies, including those of jihadists and civilians, have been found in a mass grave in the former Daesh group stronghold of Raqqa in Syria, a local official said on Saturday.


KSA will be one of the very best countries for tourism, says Prince Sultan


JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will be one of the most attractive countries for tourism because of its location, its unique tourist and historic elements and its hospitable and welcoming people, said Prince Sultan bin Salman.


Muslim World League, Vatican boost religious ties


JEDDAH: Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL), and Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interfaith Dialogue at the Vatican, have signed a cooperation agreement…


Grandma Stories: Saudi storyteller teaches values and critical thinking by letting children speak up


DHAHRAN: You can see children forming a gigantic circle and listening carefully when story time starts. Ghadeer Yamani, the founder of Grandma Stories, found her passion for spreading the love of reading among children and delivering…

Khaleeji music enthralls Saudi audience


JEDDAH: Singers Abadi Al-Johar, from Saudi Arabia, and Waleed Al- Shami, from Iraq, were a hit at their first concerts in front of families at King Abdullah Economic City on Friday.


Saudi aid agency steps up relief work on Yemen’s west coast


JEDDAH: King Salman Relief and Humanitarian Aid Center (KSRelief) has distributed 2,000 bags of wheat to displaced people from the western coast of Hodeida governorate to Aden as part of welfare operations in Yemen.


Saudi Arabia enforces new law after unauthorized drone shot down in restricted area


RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry said on Sunday that drone-flying enthusiasts must obtain permission to fly the devices until regulations were finalized.

Saudi Arabia looks to the future — by stepping 5,000 years into the past


LONDON: It is the leading global event for Middle Eastern tourism and it opens on Sunday in Dubai. The Arabian Travel Market attracts the big players of the industry and the wannabes. It showcases 2,800 products to more than 28,000…

Saturday, Apr 21

OPCW says experts have taken samples in Syria’s Douma


LA HAGUE: Inspectors from the global chemical arms watchdog Saturday took samples in the Syrian town of Douma after an alleged poison gas attack, the body said.

Lebanese Red Cross worker killed in south Yemen shooting


Sanaa: A Lebanese Red Cross employee was gunned down in his car in war-torn Yemen's southern city of Taez on Saturday, the ICRC announced.

Yemen Red Cross: More dying from indirect effects of war


UNITED NATIONS: The outgoing head of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Yemen says he believes more people are dying now from indirect effects of the conflict.

North Korea's Kim promises no more nuclear or missile tests


SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he would halt nuclear tests and intercontinental missile launches, in a Saturday announcement welcomed by US President Donald Trump ahead of a much-anticipated summit between the two men.

Friday, Apr 20

US, UK must support Kurds in Syria: British politicians


LONDON: The Kurds of northern Syria face an “exponential threat” from Turkey while Western allies in the fight against Daesh remain “silent,” Lloyd Russell-Moyle, a member of Parliament for the UK opposition Labor Party, told Arab News.

Saudi Arabia’s air defense intercepts Houthi ballistic missile fired towards Jazan


Saudi air defense forces managed to intercept a ballistic missile fired by Houthi militias from Yemen headed in the direction of Saudi Arabia’s border province of Jazan on Friday.

Four Palestinians shot dead by Israeli forces in Gaza Strip: ministry


Gaza City: Four Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli forces in the northern Gaza Strip on Friday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said, as demonstrations entered their fourth week along the Gaza-Israel border.

Russia: US strikes remove moral hurdles for S-300 missiles for Assad, Russian FM says


MOSCOW: US military strikes on Syria last week removed any moral obligation Russia had to withhold S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems from its ally Syrian President Bashar Assad, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday,…

Thursday, Apr 19

Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry: 4 officers dead, 4 injured in shooting incident in Asir province


RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry said that four police officers were martyred during an attack on a police check point in Asir province, in the southwest of the Kingdom. The police reported that four more officers were injured in…

AMC Cinemas and Noon team-up to sell tickets for historic ‘Black Panther’ showing


Riyadh: With the return of cinema to Saudi Arabia just one day away, AMC Cinemas has announced a partnership with Noon.com to sell tickets online for initial screenings of “Black Panther,” the Marvel Studios production of the immensely…

Divided UN council heads to Sweden for farmhouse retreat


United Nations, United States: After a week of bitter acrimony over Syria, UN Security Council ambassadors are heading to a farmhouse in southern Sweden for a retreat to try to break the deadlock over how to end the war.

Quake hits near Iran nuclear power plant


TEHRAN: A moderately strong 5.9-magnitude earthquake Thursday hit Iran's southern region of Bushehr, home to the country's only nuclear power plant, without causing casualties or damage, media reported.

Wednesday, Apr 18

Lights, camera, action: Gala heralds rebirth of Saudi cinema


RIYADH: It was a night to remember: Cinema returned to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday with the first major movie screening in 35 years in a spectacular new theater in King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia to show ‘Black Panther’ to mark cinema opening


RIYADH: Saudi Arabia held a private screening Wednesday of the Hollywood blockbuster “Black Panther” to herald the launch of movie theaters in the kingdom that are expected to open to the public as early as next month.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman meets Vatican official to confront violence and extremism


JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received at his office at Al-Yamamah palace in Riyadh on Wednesday the Chairman of the Pontifical Council for Interfaith Dialogue at the Vatican, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, and his accompanying…

Saudi Arabia wins seat at UN commission on women


JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has been granted a place on the Executive Council of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

Tuesday, Apr 17

King Salman praises Arab summit leaders for ‘blessed efforts’


JEDDAH: King Salman has thanked Arab leaders for taking part in the 29th Arab Summit for their “blessed efforts.”

KSA ranks 23rd in number of patents granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office


RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has ranked 23rd among 92 countries in terms of patents granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in 2017. The vast majority of these patented inventions are scientific.

UN chief lauds KSRelief’s global efforts


JEDDAH: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has lauded the efforts made by Saudi Arabia to provide relief to distressed Yemenis.

Schools suspended in Riyadh today over sandstorm fears


JEDDAH: Schools will be suspended in the national capital and a number of governorates in Riyadh province on Tuesday because of bad weather, the region's Ministry of Education said late on Monday.