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UN Security Council demands halt to siege of Sudan city of 1.8 mln people

  • UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations Security Council on Thursday demanded a halt to the siege of Al-Fashir — a city of 1.8 million people in Sudan’s North Dafur region — by the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and an immediate end to fighting in the area. The 15-member council adopted a ...

Saudi inventor develops digital solution for lost pilgrims

  • JEDDAH: With more than two million Muslims expected in Saudi Arabia for Hajj this year, the annual pilgrimage is becoming increasingly hi-tech, with apps to help the faithful navigate Islam’s holiest sites. In a landmark step to address the issue of Hajj pilgrims who go missing, especially th...

Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs prepares 5 clinics, center for heat exhaustion at Hajj sites

  • MAKKAH: The Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs has prepared five clinics and a medical center for heat exhaustion and sunstroke at Mina and Arafat to serve pilgrims during this year’s Hajj season. The Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday that the ministry had concluded its preparatio...

How Saudi Arabia is using AI and other high-tech solutions to streamline traffic during Hajj

  • RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is using artificial intelligence technologies to enhance traffic management and alleviate congestion in Makkah during the annual Hajj season, ultimately providing a more secure and seamless pilgrimage experience. Having hosted 1,845,045 pilgrims in the 2023 season, accord...

Houthi opening of Taiz road raises hopes of end to blockades

  • AL-MUKALLA: The besieged Yemen city of Taiz was filled with jubilation on Thursday as people crossed into the city from Houthi-controlled areas for the first time in years. In a surprise move, the Houthis opened a key road, raising hopes of an end to the militia’s blockade of Yemen’s main cit...

Short circuit caused fire in Kuwait building housing foreign workers: fire service

  • RIYADH: Kuwait’s fire service said on Thursday that an electrical short circuit caused the blaze that killed 50 people in a building housing foreign workers on Wednesday. The fire broke out around dawn on Wednesday at the base of the block housing nearly 200 workers in the Mangaf area, south ...

Israelis and Palestinians are hopeful but cautious over the latest ceasefire proposal

  • TEL AVIV: A proposed ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas is raising hopes that eight months of fighting could soon come to an end. Displaced Palestinians are desperate to return home and rebuild, while Israelis yearn for dozens of captives taken by Hamas to be freed. The US-backed proposal...

First Saudi pro boxer hails Kingdom’s rise as major force in global sports

  • Riyadh: Saudi professional boxer Ziyad Al-Maayouf is proud that the Kingdom is establishing itself as a major force on the global sports stage. During an interview with the Mayman Show by Arab News, the 23-year-old also spoke of his hopes that he is only the first of many professional boxers ...

Al Habtoor scraps plans for Beirut-based TV channel over ‘severe security challenges’

  • LONDON: Emirati business Al Habtoor Group has abandoned its plans to launch a TV channel in Beirut due to what it described as “severe security challenges,” including physical threats against the company and its employees. “Following the project announcement, the group encountered a barrage o...

Ithra launches literary initiative in East Asia

  • DHAHRAN: King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, also known as Ithra, will be present at two of the most prominent cultural events in Asia this summer. The events are the Beijing International Book Fair, which will be held from June 19-23, and the Seoul International Book Fair, which will be...