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 ·

A view of the German consulate in Istanbul, on June 2, 2016. (AP)

Turkiye’s President Erdogan says Western missions will ‘pay’ for closures

  • Turkiye suspended negotiations for Sweden and Finland’s NATO accession last month following a protest in Stockholm during which a copy of the Qur'an was burned
By Reuters ·

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 ·

Special As Adrian Monck leaves WEF, his legacy of turning it into a ‘global storytelling platform’ lives on photos

As Adrian Monck leaves WEF, his legacy of turning it into a ‘global storytelling platform’ lives on

  • ‘He was very understanding of the Arab world and successfully advanced the forum’s relations with the regional media,’ says Al Arabiya’s Jamil El-Hage
  • ‘Monck was able to put the important — and often overlooked — stories before world leaders, reminding them of their ultimate mission,’ says The National’s Hassan M. Fattah
By TAREK ALI AHMAD ·

Special As Adrian Monck leaves WEF, his legacy of turning it into a ‘global storytelling platform’ lives on photos

As Adrian Monck leaves WEF, his legacy of turning it into a ‘global storytelling platform’ lives on

  • ‘He was very understanding of the Arab world and successfully advanced the forum’s relations with the regional media,’ says Al Arabiya’s Jamil El-Hage
  • ‘Monck was able to put the important — and often overlooked — stories before world leaders, reminding them of their ultimate mission,’ says The National’s Hassan M. Fattah
By TAREK ALI AHMAD ·