Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas welcomes US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Ramallah, on January 31, 2023. (AFP)

Blinken wraps up Mideast visit with no breakthrough in efforts to end violence

  • Blinken met Abbas but there was no sign of progress on even the modest goal of halting the latest escalation
  • Mahmoud Al-Aloul, Fatah leader, said Palestinian leadership no longer has any confidence in US policy
By Mohammed Najib ·

Update Saudi Arabia’s real GDP grows by 5.4% in Q4 2022: GASTAT

Saudi Arabia’s real GDP grows by 5.4% in Q4 2022: GASTAT

By Nirmal Narayanan ·

Pilgrims go through passport control upon their arrival at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah. (File/AFP)

Saudi Arabia launches transit visa service for passengers on stopovers

  • The visa is free of charge, entitles the holder to a four-day stay in the Kingdom, and has three-month validity
  • The transit visa for stopovers allows entry to Saudi Arabia for tourism and pilgrimage purposes
By Arab News ·

Islamophobia has reached ‘alarming’ levels: OIC

Islamophobia has reached ‘alarming’ levels: OIC

  • Organization holds meeting in response to desecration of the Holy Qur’an
By Nada Hameed ·

MWL, OIC, GCC condemn Peshawar mosque attack

MWL, OIC, GCC condemn Peshawar mosque attack

By Arab News ·

Algeria’s Tebboune to visit Russia in May: Presidency

Algeria’s Tebboune to visit Russia in May: Presidency

  • Tebboune and Putin discussed "bilateral relations between the two countries, especially energy cooperation", the Algerian presidency said
  • Algeria is a major buyer of Russian arms
By AFP ·

Indonesia sees Saudi Arabia as ‘priority partner’ to boost Mideast trade

Indonesia sees Saudi Arabia as ‘priority partner’ to boost Mideast trade

  • Bilateral trade rose 45% between January and November 2022
  • Indonesia’s trade minister in Riyadh last week to tap export potential
By Sheany Yasuko Lai ·

Tech giants in Europe could pay for 5G, fiber networks under fresh EU plans

Tech giants in Europe could pay for 5G, fiber networks under fresh EU plans

  • Proposal aims to offset costs of data-heavy companies including Google, Netflix
  • But ‘fair share’ vision could threaten net neutrality, civil society groups warn
By Arab News ·

Tech giants in Europe could pay for 5G, fiber networks under fresh EU plans

Tech giants in Europe could pay for 5G, fiber networks under fresh EU plans

  • Proposal aims to offset costs of data-heavy companies including Google, Netflix
  • But ‘fair share’ vision could threaten net neutrality, civil society groups warn
By Arab News ·

Russian Olympic chief says athletes must compete without restrictions

Russian Olympic chief says athletes must compete without restrictions

  • "Russians must participate exactly on the same conditions as all other athletes," Stanislav Pozdnyakov said
  • IOC said last week it was examining a "pathway" for Russians to take part in the summer Games next year
By AFP ·