Experts to discuss future of finance at Saudi Capital Market Forum News

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia experienced an 11 percent increase in non-oil revenues, reaching SR457.73 billion ($122.06 billion) in 2023 compared to 2022, official data showed.   The growth, primarily driven by increased taxes on income, profits, and capital gains, resulted in a 58 percent surge in these taxes, totaling SR38.64 billion, as reported in the fiscal year … Read more

Power cuts in Syrian capital drive workers, students to cafes News

DAMASCUS: Majida has been working from a central Damascus cafe almost every day for a year, depending on it for reliable electricity and wifi in a country plagued by debilitating power cuts.“Without cafes, I would have been unable to work because of the long blackouts at home,” said the graphic designer, 42, declining to provide … Read more

Biden condemns anti-Arab hate after WSJ opinion piece calls Dearborn ‘jihad capital’ News

Economic manifestos: Pakistani political parties head to polls with focus on inflation, power bills, climate change KARACHI: As Pakistan prepares to go to national elections in less than a week, prominent political parties have issued their manifestos glazed with ambitious blueprints of an economic turnaround, promising to address historic inflation, reduce power tariffs, and initiate … Read more

20,000 march in Spanish capital against Gaza ‘genocide’ News

SANAA, Yemen: US forces struck an anti-ship missile in Houthi-held Yemen that they said was ready to fire Saturday, hours after the Iran-backed rebels caused a fire on a British tanker in the Gulf of Aden with a similar munition.US and British forces have launched joint strikes aimed at reducing the Houthis’ ability to target … Read more

More than 30 killed in strikes on Sudan capital: NGO News

THE HAGUE: Israel on Friday rejected as “grossly distorted” accusations brought by South Africa at the UN’s top court that its military operation in Gaza is a state-led genocide campaign against the Palestinian population.It called on judges to dismiss South Africa’s request to halt its offensive, saying it would leave it defenseless.South Africa, which filed … Read more

Hundreds gather in Ukraine’s capital to honor renowned poet who was also a soldier killed in action News

COX’S BAZAR: Believed to be a site visited by Gautama Buddha, Rangkut Banasram in the forest of Cox’s Bazar is the oldest monastery in Bangladesh, and a reminder of the country’s rich Buddhist past. Only around 1 million people profess Buddhism in Bangladesh, a predominantly Muslim country of 170 million. Most of them live in … Read more

Houthis hold mass rally for Gaza in Yemen capital News

JERUSALEM: Bombing continued across Gaza on Friday as the world began to digest Israel’s first proposals for the administration of the territory after its war with Hamas, now approaching its fourth month. With much of the Gaza Strip already reduced to rubble, airstrikes continued through the night in the southern cities of Khan Younis and … Read more

Egypt plans expansion of new capital as first residents trickle in News

TEHRAN: Iran blamed Israel and the United States on Wednesday for twin bomb blasts that killed at least 84 people in the country’s south, ripping through a crowd commemorating Revolutionary Guards general Qasem Soleimani four years after his death in a US strike. The two explosions — labelled a “terrorist attack” by state media and … Read more

Mass drone attack hits several districts in Ukrainian capital News

TURKMENBASHI: On the Caspian Sea coast in Turkmenistan, Batyr Yusupov can no longer ferry his passengers between two ports. There is not enough water. “I used to go between Turkmenbashi and Hazar,” the 36-year-old ferry worker said of the ports separated by a small gulf on Turkmenistan’s coast.“But we haven’t been able to go there … Read more