Protesters chant “Political prisoners must be released” during a march in Iran’s southeastern city of Zahedan. (File/AFP)

Iran acknowledges ‘tens of thousands’ detained in protests

  • Reports about the decree offered no explanation for the decision by Khamenei
  • Prisons already had faced overcrowding in the country after years of protests over economic and other matters
By AP ·

Special LEAP conference set to showcase Saudi Arabia’s tech and entrepreneurial ambitions photos

LEAP conference set to showcase Saudi Arabia’s tech and entrepreneurial ambitions

  • Over 100,000 innovators, investors and experts from around the world descending on Riyadh for four-day event 
  • LEAP will be co-located with DeepFest, an AI event organized by Saudi Authority for Data and Artificial Intelligence
By Rebecca Anne Proctor ·

Gen. Pervez Musharraf, former Pakistani president and army chief, has died. (File/AP) video

Former Pakistan military ruler Pervez Musharraf dies in Dubai after years in exile 

  • Ex-military dictator was under treatment at a Dubai hospital for amyloidosis, a rare disease 
  • Musharraf seized power in a bloodless 1999 coup and ruled Pakistan until 2008 
By SAIMA SHABBIR ·

Tech giants from around the world take center-stage at Saudi Arabia’s LEAP conference 

Tech giants from around the world take center-stage at Saudi Arabia’s LEAP conference 

  • Second edition of the event, being held over Feb. 6-9, to have more than 700 leaders in technology and tech investment in attendance
  • LEAP’s inaugural conference broke the record for largest tech event ever held, with this year looking to be even larger
By Lama Alhamawi ·

The initiative aims to encourage up-and-coming designers to highlight the role of design in resolving global issues. (Supplied)

The changing landscape of the Saudi design industry

By Nada Al-Turki ·

Saudi FM meets Omani counterpart in Muscat

Saudi FM meets Omani counterpart in Muscat

By Arab News ·

Update Powerful earthquake strikes Turkiye, heavy destruction reported in some cities

Powerful earthquake strikes Turkiye, heavy destruction reported in some cities

  • Temblor felt in neighboring countries, particularly in Lebanon, Cyprus, Syria and Jordan
By Arab News ·

Landmark Hong Kong national security trial starts 2 years after arrests

Landmark Hong Kong national security trial starts 2 years after arrests

  • The 31 who pleaded guilty, including former law professor Benny Tai and activist Joshua Wong, will be sentenced after the trial
  • Western governments have criticized the 2020 national security law as a tool to crush dissent in the former British colony
By Reuters ·

Alicia Kearns. (Wikipedia)

Senior UK MP warns users off Chinese-run TikTok app

  • Kearns said the bigger concern was “data penetration” via Chinese companies, and the way Beijing was using that data to intimidate “those who sought refuge in the UK and around the world”
By AFP ·

Alicia Kearns. (Wikipedia)

Senior UK MP warns users off Chinese-run TikTok app

  • Kearns said the bigger concern was “data penetration” via Chinese companies, and the way Beijing was using that data to intimidate “those who sought refuge in the UK and around the world”
By AFP ·