Biden approves military airdrops of aid into Gaza after chaotic encounter left more than 100 dead

Biden approves military airdrops of aid into Gaza after chaotic encounter left more than 100 dead

  • Biden said the airdrops would begin soon and that the United States was looking into additional ways to facilitate getting badly needed aid into the war-battered territory
  • Will “seek to open up other avenues in, including possibly a marine corridor,” Biden said
By AP ·

Calls for probe, ceasefire follow Israeli gunfire near aid convoy

Calls for probe, ceasefire follow Israeli gunfire near aid convoy

  • “The Israeli army must fully investigate how the mass panic and shooting could have happened,” German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock wrote on X
  • European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen, also writing on X, said “every effort must be made to investigate what happened and ensure transparency”
By AFP ·

Update Iran hard-liners set to tighten grip in election amid voter apathy

Iran hard-liners set to tighten grip in election amid voter apathy

  • Some 15,000 candidates are vying for a seat in the 290-member parliament
  • Terms run for four years, and five seats are reserved for Iran’s religious minorities
By Reuters ·

How Middle East and North African countries can rise to the climate challenge

How Middle East and North African countries can rise to the climate challenge

By Sulafa Alkhunaizi - Rebecca Anne Proctor ·

Jeddah Al-Balad’s new heritage hotels offer glimpse into bygone era

Jeddah Al-Balad’s new heritage hotels offer glimpse into bygone era

  • Launched by the Historic District Program, the restored houses fuse region’s rich history with contemporary comforts
By Nada Hameed ·

Gaza doctor says gunfire accounted for 80 percent of the wounds at his hospital from aid convoy bloodshed

Gaza doctor says gunfire accounted for 80 percent of the wounds at his hospital from aid convoy bloodshed

  • UN officials say hunger is even worse in the north, where several hundred thousand Palestinians remain even though the area has been isolated and mostly leveled since Israeli troops launched their ground offensive there in late October
By AP ·

Grieving families await bodies after restaurant blaze

Grieving families await bodies after restaurant blaze

  • Among the dead was young university student MinHajj Khan, whose failure to escape the fire was witnessed by a friend with him at the restaurant and confirmed to AFP by his older cousin at the hospital
By AFP ·

Regional startup activity continues to rise ahead of LEAP24

Regional startup activity continues to rise ahead of LEAP24

  • Regional venture capitals, enterprises gear up for a significant entrepreneurial uplift from March 4 to 7
By Nour El-Shaeri ·

Special Germany’s WIKA opens new plant in Dammam

Germany’s WIKA opens new plant in Dammam

By Jasmine Bager ·

Russian ‘disinformation’ campaign on US immigration woes find way into American voter platforms

Russian ‘disinformation’ campaign on US immigration woes find way into American voter platforms

  • Disinformation is worse on X and TikTok, given their lack of controls, says Logically, a tech company that tracks disinformation campaigns
  • Russia and other disinformation spreaders also use encrypted messaging sites or websites that masquerade as legitimate news outlets
By AP ·

Russian ‘disinformation’ campaign on US immigration woes find way into American voter platforms

Russian ‘disinformation’ campaign on US immigration woes find way into American voter platforms

  • Disinformation is worse on X and TikTok, given their lack of controls, says Logically, a tech company that tracks disinformation campaigns
  • Russia and other disinformation spreaders also use encrypted messaging sites or websites that masquerade as legitimate news outlets
By AP ·

Brazil’s Foz do Iguacu, Jordan’s Petra become sister cities

Brazil’s Foz do Iguacu, Jordan’s Petra become sister cities

  • This year is 65th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries
  • Mayor: Brazil seeks to ‘strengthen commercial, cultural, friendship relations’ with Arab states
By Bruna Garcia ·
Evenepoel, Roglic get Tour de France taste at Paris-Nice

Evenepoel, Roglic get Tour de France taste at Paris-Nice

  • Tour de France will conclude with what should be a thrilling individual time-trial along the winding corniche from Monaco to the Riviera city Nice, where Paris-Nice also concludes on March 10
  • Paris-Nice is the first significant stage race of the season and packs all the difficulties of a Grand Tour into eight stages
By AFP ·