UK plan to send asylum-seekers to Rwanda incompatible with human rights, parliamentary watchdog says News

Two Afghans detained at Guantanamo Bay for 14 years have been released— Taliban ISLAMABAD: Two Afghan prisoners who were held in US custody for at least 14 years at the Guantanamo Bay detention center after 2002 were released from house arrest in Oman, a Taliban spokesman said Sunday. Abdul Zahir Saber and Abdul Karim were … Read more

Saudi Arabia announces national plan to stimulate urban policies by 2025 News

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia plans to stimulate urban policies to ensure coordinated services for residents by 2025 as part of its efforts to boost quality of life, says top minister.  Speaking during the opening remarks of the first Global Smart City Forum held in Riyadh, the Kingdom’s Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing Majid … Read more

Ukraine tells White House of plan to fire top commander — Reuters sources News

DONETSK REGION, Ukraine/WASHINGTON: The Ukrainian government has informed the White House that it plans to fire the country’s top military commander overseeing the war against Russian occupation forces, two knowledgeable sources said on Friday. The move to oust General Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, who has clashed with President Volodymyr Zelensky over a range of issues, follows a … Read more

Hamas won’t accept truce plan, hostage release unless Israel quits Gaza News

LONDON: Humanitarian assistance in Gaza could “collapse” by the end of February if Western donors do not resume funding for the UN’s primary aid delivery body within the Palestinian enclave, officials have warned. Several major donors to the UN Relief and Works Agency, including Germany, the UK and the US, paused their funding after an … Read more

Kuwait foils plan by ‘terrorist cell’ to target Shiite places of worship News

RIYADH: Kuwait’s interior ministry foiled a plan by a “terrorist” cell that intended to target Shiite places of worship, Kuwait News Agency said on Thursday. Security personnel were able to follow up on the cell, monitor its movements, and arrest three members belonging to a terrorist organization, KUNA said. The Arab defendants were referred to the Public Prosecution so that legal … Read more

Israeli minister lays out post-war Gaza plan as fighting rages News

Jerusalem: Israel’s defense minister has publicly presented for the first time proposals for the post-war administration of Gaza, where officials said Friday unrelenting bombardment has killed dozens over 24 hours.Defense Minister Yoav Gallant’s plan for the “day after,” shared with the media late Thursday but not yet adopted by Israel’s war cabinet, says that neither … Read more

Saudi Arabia gives green light to 2024 annual borrowing plan News

RIYADH: The non-oil sector in the UAE experienced its second-best growth in four-and-a-half years, as the Emirate’s Purchasing Managers’ Index reached 57.4 in December 2023, as per an economic tracker.   The latest S&P Global PMI report attributes the December growth to a surge in new orders, supporting robust output.   In November, the UAE’s PMI was … Read more

$53m manufacturing plan announced at Saudi Arabia dates conference News

Riyadh exhibition unveils literary and artistic career of Prince Khalid Al-Faisal Riyadh: A politician, an avid painter, a poet and a patron of the arts, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal redefined creativity in his cultural work, defining its components while serving the Kingdom and its people as the governor of Aseer region, minister of education, and currently … Read more

Yemen’s Presidential Leadership Council welcomes UN peace plan News

AL-MUKALLA: Yemen’s internationally recognized Presidential Leadership Council hailed the UN peace proposal on Sunday, as officials and observers questioned the Houthis’ resolve to establish peace in Yemen in light of their mounting Red Sea strikes. The presidential council’s leader, Rashad Al-Alimi, said during a meeting with Egypt’s ambassador to Yemen in Riyadh that the Yemeni … Read more