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Saudi's SABIC Signs Agreement to Study Feasibility of Investing in Polish Petrochemical Sector

Saudi petrochemical company SABIC has signed a joint development agreement with Saudi Aramco and PKN ORLEN, the largest energy group in Poland, to jointly assess the technical and economic feasibility of establishing a petrochemical production project in Gdańsk, Poland. Acting CEO of SABIC Eng.

Morocco Advances at World Cup after Beating Canada

Morocco advanced to the last 16 at the World Cup for just the second time after clinging on for a 2-1 win over Canada on Thursday. The victory meant it finished top of Group F ahead of 2018 World Cup finalist Croatia and semifinalist Belgium. Croatia went through in second and No.

EU Says Russia Must Pay for Ukraine Reconstruction

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said at regional security talks Thursday that he planned to discuss with his counterparts any available legal means to ensure that Russia pay for the reconstruction of war-torn Ukraine. Borrell spoke at the start of this year's two-day ministerial conference

Tunisia's Harissa Gets UNESCO Heritage Status

UNESCO on Thursday added Tunisia's spicy national condiment Harissa to its list of intangible cultural heritage, saying it was part of the North African country's identity. The United Nations' cultural agency is meeting in Morocco to examine proposals for its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage,

Tourists Killed in Egypt Minibus-truck Collision

At least two tourists were killed and five others seriously injured Thursday after a mini-bus collided with a truck in southern Egypt, authorities said. In a statement, the Egyptian authorities said one of the victims was a Chinese national and the other an Italian.

IMF Expects 6.5 Percent GDP Growth for GCC Countries

GDP growth in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is expected to double this year, reaching 6.5 percent, a report issued by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) revealed. Surging commodity prices have limited the spillovers from the war in Ukraine and the impact from tighter global financial cond

PIF Secures Record-Breaking $17bn Senior Unsecured Term Loan

Badeel has announced a partnership to establish the largest solar photovoltaic plant in the region, while Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) announced that it has secured a $17 billion seven-year senior unsecured term loan (63.7 billion Saudi riyals). The loan is the largest-of-its-kind

Iranian Security Opens Fire on People Celebrating World Cup Defeat

A human rights organization confirmed that at least one person was killed in the renewed Iranian protests, early on Wednesday, as Iranians took to the streets to celebrate the defeat of the their national football team in front of the United States. Several Iranian cities witnessed protests to c

Kuwait Marathon Returns Despite Pressure

Kuwaiti MP Alia Al-Khaled announced on Wednesday that the Marathon organized by the National Bank of Kuwait would be launched on Saturday, Dec.

Iran Warns Türkiye Against Launching Military Operation in Syria

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, in a phone conversation, exchanged views on the latest border developments and military conflicts between Türkiye and Syria. During the talks, Amirabdollahian said Iran understands Türkiye's security

WTTC Summit Launches From Riyadh Global Tourism Index for Innovation, Future Sustainability

The 22nd Global Summit of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) concluded its work in Riyadh on Wednesday, with an initiative to launch a global tourism index for innovation and future sustainability. Meanwhile, Saudi Tourism Minister Ahmed Al-Khatib pointed to the importance of Saudi Arabi

Houthis Escalate Suppression Against Women

The Houthi militia increased its suppression against women in Sanaa, and other areas under its control, amid several accusations of local and international parties accusing the group of escalating its repressive campaigns and committing numerous attacks against Yemenis. The Yemeni Network for Ri

Arab League Denounces Israeli Escalation in Palestine

The Arab League (AL) has condemned the recent Israeli escalation in Palestine. Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit warned in a press release on Wednesday against targeting and killing Palestinians in cold blood. He called on the international community to intervene to protect the c

Saudi Arabia, Spain Sign MoU on Building Combat Ships for Saudi Navy

The Saudi Ministry of Defense and the General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Spanish Navantia Co., to acquire and build a number of multi-mission combat ships for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF). The MoU was signed in the presence and pa

US Hints at Military Option to Prevent a 'Nuclear Iran'

US Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley revealed on Wednesday that President Joe Biden was ready to resort to the military option to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon in case sanctions and diplomacy failed. Speaking to Foreign Policy, Malley hinted at several measures. “We will have

Netanyahu Backs Army Against Ben-Gvir

Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu has joined the critics of Ultra-nationalist Jewish Power leader Itamar Ben-Gvir, calling for Israel's military to be "left out of any political argument". "The Israeli army is the people's army, I call on everyone, right and left, to leave it o

Iran Reportedly Asks Iraq to Continue Efforts to Mediate between Regional Countries

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani has met with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and discussed strengthening political and economic relations. An official Iraqi source said Wednesday that Tehran had asked Sudani to stick to Iraq's role in bringing views between regional

Pentagon Warns Türkiye Against New Military Operation in Syria

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Wednesday told his Turkish counterpart of his "strong opposition" to a new Turkish military operation in Syria and voiced concern over the escalating situation in the county, the Pentagon said. Austin, in the call, expressed condolences over a Nov.

Israel Kills 2 Palestinians, Including Militant Leader, in West Bank

Israeli forces killed two Palestinian militants during an arrest raid Thursday in the occupied West Bank, according to the military and the Islamic Jihad militant group. The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the men as Naeem Jamal Zubaidi, 27, and Mohammad Ayman Saadi, 26 and said they were

Yemen Reiterates Security, Military Preparedness to Confront Houthis

The Yemeni government asserted the need to raise security and military readiness and called for popular support, hinting at resorting to "difficult choices" in response to Houthi terrorism. Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik affirmed that the government would continue to take practical and firm meas

Abbas Accuses Israel of Stealing ‘Land and Water’ in Palestine

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called on the European Union (EU) and its member states to refrain from dealing with any Israeli government that doesn’t recognize the two-state solution on the basis of international legitimacy. Abbas further called on Wednesday abstaining from dealing wit

MWL to Launch International Interfaith Lab

Muslim World League (MWL) partnered with Columbia University to launch the International Interfaith Lab.

China Signals Zero-Covid Relaxation after Nationwide Protests

China's top Covid official has softened his tone on the severity of the coronavirus and signaled a possible relaxing of the country's strict zero-tolerance approach to the virus, after nationwide protests calling for an end to lockdowns and greater political freedom. Anger over China's zero-Covid

UN Launches Record $51.5 Bn Emergency Funding Appeal

The UN and partners have appealed for record funds for aid next year, as the Ukraine war and other conflicts and climate emergencies push more people into crisis, and some towards famine. The United Nations' annual Global Humanitarian Overview estimated that 339 million people in 68 countries wil

Board of the Investment Corporation of Dubai Announce Record Financial Results for H1 2022

The Board of the Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD) approved ICD’s consolidated financial results for the six months ended 30th June, 2022. The Board of Directors meeting was chaired by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Cou

Saudi Arabia, Tunisia Leave World Cup

Saudi Arabia’s Salem Aldawsari scored on Wednesday in second-half stoppage time against Mexico. But Saudi Arabia was eliminated along with Mexico despite beating Argentina in its opening match.

Saudi Arabia Allows Citizens to Invite Friends to Visit, Perform Umrah

Saudi Arabia announced a new mechanism for Saudi citizens to obtain personal visit visas to invite their friends to tour around the Kingdom and perform Umrah.