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China Sets Sanctions on Taiwan Figures to Punish US, Island

China imposed visa bans and other sanctions Tuesday on Taiwanese political figures as it raises pressure on the self-governing island and the US in response to successive congressional visits.

Pandora Reaffirms Forecast Even as US, China Sales Disappoint

Danish jewelry maker Pandora reported second-quarter sales in line with expectations and reaffirmed its annual forecast, despite disappointing sales in the United States and China.

Syria is World’s Worst Country in Recruiting, Using Children in Armed Conflict

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) commented on a report by the UN Secretary-General on children, considering it a main source of information for violations against children in Syria through cooperation and partnership with the UNICEF’s Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM).

Saudi Agriculture Sector Grows 7.8%

The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture (MEWA) stated that the Kingdom’s agricultural gross domestic product (GDP) rose 7.8% to SAR72.25 billion ($19.2 billion) in 2021, compared to SAR67.05 billion ($17.8 billion) a year earlier, recording the highest growth rate in five years. In a s

Shoigu Says Russia Has No Need to Use Nuclear Weapons in Ukraine

Russia has "no need" to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine, its defense minister said on Tuesday, describing media speculation that Moscow might deploy nuclear or chemical weapons in the conflict as "absolute lies".

Saudi Heritage Commission Reveals Antiquities in the Red Sea

The Saudi Heritage Commission announced it would begin surveying the area between Umluj and Ras Sheikh Humaid in the Red Sea to uncover submerged antiquities. During a press conference hosted by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), the Commission explained that the project,

Saudi Arabia Imposes Baseline for Drug Manufacturers Entering Gov’t Competitions

Saudi authorities have ordered pharmaceutical manufacturers to quickly complete the baseline calculation of their local content to avoid exclusion from government tenders to be made by the National Unified Procurement Company (NUPCO). The Local Content and Government Procurement Authority, at the

Millions of Domestic Flights Reflect Rise in Tourism Indicators in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia witnessed unprecedented growth in domestic cultural tourism, with over 10.5 million trips taking place in the first ten months of 2021, according to the Cultural Status Report by the Ministry of Culture.

Tunisia’s Economy Grows 2.8% Despite Difficulties

The Tunisian economy grew 2.8 percent during the second quarter of 2022 annually, according to the National Institute of Statistics. The Institute said the growth is due to the high value-added growth rate in the services sector, which amounted to 5.2 percent annually. However, compared to the

Juicy Couture Owner to Buy UK’s Ted Baker for about $254 Mln

Juicy Couture and Forever 21 owner Authentic Brands will buy Ted Baker in a deal worth roughly 211 million pounds ($254.26 million), the companies said on Tuesday, ending months of speculation on the fate of the British fashion chain.

Egypt Renews Adherence to Nile River Water Rights

Egypt has renewed its “adherence” to its water rights, a few days after Ethiopia announced completing the third filling of its mega dam reservoir and the electricity production from the second turbine without agreement from downstream countries.

Egypt: Plan to Replace Overcrowded Neighborhood Churches Sparks Government Controversy

Egypt’s Social Solidarity Minister Nevin el Qabbaj has made controversial statements on replacing churches in densely populated places in the North African nation. On Sunday, Qabbaj told Al Arabiya channel that the state is in the process of reviewing the conditions of the old churches, and the m

UN Facing 'Unprecedented' Aid Funding Shortages in Yemen

The United Nations said its humanitarian agencies are facing the “biggest funding gap ever” in Yemen, warning of the risk of a sharp rise in humanitarian needs across the war-torn country - including the risk of famine in some areas - unless additional funding is secured.

Iran Submits a ‘Written Response’ in Nuclear Deal Talks

Iran said Tuesday it submitted a “written response” to what has been described as a final roadmap to restore its tattered nuclear deal with world powers.

Oil Extends Losses as Weak Demand Outlook Lingers

Oil prices fell on Tuesday as bleak economic data from top crude buyer China renewed fears of a global recession. Brent crude futures fell $1.21, or 1.3%, to $93.89 a barrel by 0635 GMT. WTI crude futures dipped 84 cents, or 0.9%, to $88.57 a barrel.

Saudi Arabia Sends Aid for People Affected by Marib Torrential Rains, Floods

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSRelief) launched a project in Yemen to sponsor orphans and distribute aid to families affected by the torrential rains and floods in Marib. The orphans' sponsorship project aims to empower families economically and has been implemented through th

UN Chief Offers Condolences over Victims of Egypt Church Fire

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed his condolences to the families of victims of Sunday's fire that ripped through a Coptic Christian church during mass and killed more than 40 people and injured another 16, including children.

UN: Half Million People to Be Affected by Floods in Sudan

The UN said on Monday that floods in Sudan could affect more than 460,000 people this year while humanitarian organizations on the ground, and local authorities revealed that more than 136,000 people have been affected by floods since May in the Darfur, eastern Sudan and Kordofan states. Also, to

Lebanon Condemns Israeli Violations of Its Airspace to Strike Syria

Lebanon will file a complaint before UN the Security Council against Israel for recently using Lebanese airspace to attack Syria. On Monday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants issued a statement "strongly condemning" the recent Israeli aggression and the "Israeli enemy's use of Leba

FIFA Suspends Indian Football Federation over Third-party Influences

FIFA on Monday suspended the Indian football federation with "immediate effect due to undue influence from third parties", jeopardizing the country's staging of the U-17 Women's World Cup in October. World football's governing body called the infraction a "serious violation of the FIFA Statutes".

Why Did Iran Target the Tanf US Base in Syria?

Israel struck an “Iranian position” near a Russian base in western Syria. Drones, believed to be Iranian, retaliated by attacking an area close to the al-Tanf US base in eastern Syria without any Russia objection.

Scientists Build Camera Inspired by Flies, Bats

A pair of University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) bioengineers have developed a new class of bionic 3D camera systems that can mimic flies' multiview vision and bats' natural sonar sensing, resulting in multidimensional imaging with extraordinary depth range. The camera can decipher the siz

Mysterious Stone Secrets in Saudi Arabia Uncovered

KAUST scientists have used deep learning algorithms to accelerate the examination of thousands of years old, giant, stone rectangles in the Saudi desert. “An international study showed that the huge, mysterious stone structures known as ‘Mustatil’ (Arab word for ‘Rectangle’) in northwestern Saudi

Snapchat Rolls out ‘Family Center’ Tool for Children Protection

Snapchat is introducing a new in-app tool to enable parents to get more insights on how their teenagers use Snapchat without compromising their children's privacy. Family Centre will show parents their children’s friend list and who is communicating with them – but it will not show the content of

Williams Calls for ‘Historic Compromises’ in Libya

The UN Secretary-General's former Special Advisor on Libya, Stephanie Williams, has urged Libya’s High Council of State and the House of Representatives to make “historic compromises” to shoulder their responsibility and agree on a roadmap to elections within a constitutional framework. “I still

Twitter Spat between Sadr, Khazali Undermines Ameri’s Initiative to End Iraq Impasse

Iraq’s Sadrist movement, led by cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, and the Coordination Framework’s Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq, led by Qais Khazali, traded accusations on Monday over who was to blame for the country’s political deadlock and problems.

Iranian Nuclear Deal Limbo...Whom Does it Serve?

Whether or not Tehran and Washington accept a European Union "final" offer to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, neither is likely to declare the pact dead because keeping it alive serves both sides' interests, diplomats, analysts and officials said. Their reasons, however, are radically differen

Israel Rejects Appeal to Release Palestinian Hunger Striker Awawdeh

An Israeli military court on Monday rejected an appeal for release by a Palestinian prisoner whose health is deteriorating as he continues a 165-day hunger strike to protest being held without charge or trial, his lawyer said. Khalil Awawdeh is one of several Palestinian detainees who have gone o

Yemen's Al-Alimi Heads to Saudi Arabia, UAE

Chairman of Yemen’s Presidential Leadership Council Dr. Rashad al-Alimi departed the interim capital Aden on Monday for an unofficial visit to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, informed sources told Asharq Al-Awsat.

Militant Group Claims to Have Killed Wagner Mercenaries in Mali

An Al-Qaeda-affiliated militant group claimed to have killed four mercenaries from the Russian private security group Wagner in an ambush in central Mali, the SITE Intelligence monitoring group said Monday. GSIM, the main militant alliance in the Sahel, said it ambushed a group of Wagner soldiers

Saudi Crown Prince Washes Holy Kaaba

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, had the honor of washing the Holy Kaaba in Makkah on Monday, reported the Saudi Press Agency. He did the honor on behalf of Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz.