Sloane Stephens talks Dubai return, taking on Iga Swiatek, and race to qualify for Paris Olympics News

JEDDAH: The Acciona-Sainz XE Team on Sunday recorded their first win of the Extreme E season in round 2 of the Desert X Prix in Jeddah. Fraser McConnell and Laia Sanz brought home the victory for the Spanish outfit, holding off Andretti Altawkilat’s Timmy Hansen and Catie Munnings who enjoyed a welcome return to form. … Read more

Russia invites Hamas, other Palestinian factions for talks News

BEIRUT: Six Hezbollah and Amal Movement members were killed in an Israeli shelling early Friday morning in southern Lebanon. Israeli warplanes raided the towns of Qantara, Deir Seryan and the vicinity of Wadi Saluki. The raid on a house in Qantara killed three Amal Movement members: Ali Hassan Issa from the town of Jibchit, Mohammed … Read more

Hamas heads to Cairo truce talks as Rafah braces for Israeli assault News

King of Jordan calls for end to Gaza war during meeting in Washington with US secretary of state LONDON: During meetings with top US officials in Washington on Tuesday, King Abdullah of Jordan repeated his country’s calls for an end to the war in Gaza and for greater efforts to address the deteriorating humanitarian situation … Read more

Gaza truce talks end inconclusively as Rafah braces for Israeli assault News

King of Jordan calls for end to Gaza war during meeting in Washington with US secretary of state LONDON: During meetings with top US officials in Washington on Tuesday, King Abdullah of Jordan repeated his country’s calls for an end to the war in Gaza and for greater efforts to address the deteriorating humanitarian situation … Read more

Israel spy chief travels to Cairo for Gaza talks News

Israeli military tells BBC it will discipline soldiers in videos seen humiliating Palestinian detainees LONDON: The Israeli military has told the BBC it will take disciplinary action against any soldiers implicated in recording and sharing online videos showing Palestinian detainees in degrading conditions. A BBC Verify investigation, which was made public on Friday, analyzed numerous … Read more

Jordan king urges ‘lasting’ Gaza ceasefire in talks with Biden News

WASHINGTON: Jordan’s King Abdullah II appealed for a full ceasefire to end the war in Gaza after talks with Joe Biden, striking a discordant note with the US president who is seeking a shorter six-week pause to allow Israel time to defeat Hamas. Speaking at the White House with Abdullah by his side, Biden said … Read more

France proposes Hezbollah withdrawal, border talks for Israel-Lebanon truce News

Finland elects new president to take over top job in NATO’s newcomer and Russia’s neighbor HELSINKI: Finland has a new president after former Prime Minister Alexander Stubb narrowly won a runoff vote Sunday for the key post in this Nordic country. Stubb, who takes over in March, will steer Finland’s foreign and security policy, including … Read more

Saudi Arabia, US officials hold talks on education investment  News

Djibouti committed to working with Saudi Arabia on Red Sea maritime security, fighting terrorism: president RIYADH: Djibouti’s president has pledged his country’s commitment to helping bring about maritime security in the Red Sea, while also fighting terrorism. Ismail Omar Guelleh noted that the East African nation was cooperating with major powers, including Saudi Arabia, to … Read more

Oil Updates – crude rises on slim progress in Gaza peace talks, weaker dollar News

Spotlight on strategic alliances at Saudi Public Investment Fund’s Private Sector Forum RIYADH: The Public Investment Fund’s second annual Private Sector Forum concluded on Wednesday, after two days of sessions designed to promote and develop strategic alliances between the Saudi sovereign wealth fund and the private sector. More than 8,000 people attended the event at … Read more

Saudi defense minister holds bilateral meetings during counterterrorism talks in Riyadh News

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman held talks on Saturday with the Prime Minister and Minister of Defense of Libya’s Government of National Unity Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh, in Riyadh. Prince Khalid conveyed greetings to Dbeibeh from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The talks were held on the sidelines of … Read more