Pilgrims head to Mina where they will spend the first day in worship at the tent city. (@HajMinistry)

2m pilgrims arrive at Mina as Hajj pinnacle nears

  • Thousands of health, security workers on call to ensure smooth journey for visitors
  • 70,000 worshippers have already benefited from medical services, ministry says
By MOHAMMED AL-KINANI - Sulafa Al-Khunaizi ·

Sudan’s army says it has killed US-sanctioned RSF Darfur commander

Sudan’s army says it has killed US-sanctioned RSF Darfur commander

  • Gibril was a leading commander for the RSF in Al-Fashir
By Reuters ·

G7 says UNRWA, UN agencies must work unhindered in Gaza

G7 says UNRWA, UN agencies must work unhindered in Gaza

  • UNRWA has been in crisis since January, when Israel accused about a dozen of its 13,000 Gaza employees of involvement in the unprecedented October 7 attack
  • Independent review of UNRWA found some “neutrality-related issues” but said Israel had yet to provide evidence for its main allegations
By AFP ·

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi arrives in Jeddah on Friday to perform Hajj. (SPA)

Egypt’s president arrives in Jeddah to perform Hajj

  • El-Sisi arrived in the Kingdom on Thursday and prayed at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah
By Arab News ·

Food supplies in southern Gaza at risk, says UN official

Food supplies in southern Gaza at risk, says UN official

  • Israel has killed least 37,266 Palestinians in the territory during more than eight months of war
  • The sanitation situation is just terrible. We were driving through rivers of sewage
By Reuters ·

Syrian asylum-seeker describes detention as struggle with ‘constant nightmare and insomnia’

Syrian asylum-seeker describes detention as struggle with ‘constant nightmare and insomnia’

  • “After surviving a challenging journey, the reality of my situation was hard to grasp. I kept questioning why I was being detained for deportation,” said Mohammed Al-Kharewsh
  • He is reportedly scheduled to be deported on one of the first flights from the UK to Rwanda
By Arab News ·

Indonesia minister threatens to shut down X over adult content

Indonesia minister threatens to shut down X over adult content

  • X has recently updated its policies to permit consensually produced adult content
  • Minister Budi Arie Setiadi said it had sent a letter to X to demand revision of policy
By Reuters ·

Indonesia minister threatens to shut down X over adult content

Indonesia minister threatens to shut down X over adult content

  • X has recently updated its policies to permit consensually produced adult content
  • Minister Budi Arie Setiadi said it had sent a letter to X to demand revision of policy
By Reuters ·

Saudi star Fatima Al-Banawi discusses her directorial debut ‘Basma’ 

Saudi star Fatima Al-Banawi discusses her directorial debut ‘Basma’ 

  • The Saudi actress and writer-director’s drama about a family’s struggle with mental health launched on Netflix this month  
By Adam Grundey ·
Berlin fan zone reaches capacity amid Euro fever

Berlin fan zone reaches capacity amid Euro fever

  • Hundreds of thousands of Berliners flocked to the iconic gate in downtown Berlin to watch the match
  • Berlin police said an hour before kick-off “the fan zone at Brandenburg Gate has reached its capacity”
By Reuters ·