Tag: Middle East

Committed to establishment of independent, democratic state of Palestine: India at UNSC

New Delhi: India has backed the establishment of an ‘independent, viable, and democratic State of Palestine’ and called for an end to the decades-long conflict in the Middle East. At a session of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), India has expressed concern about the potential for renewed violence in East Jerusalem and called for […]

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Israel’s Netanyahu may have some cards ‘up his sleeve’ as opponents close in to unseat him

In the past 24 hours, Israel has inched closer to what could be the removal of its longest-serving prime minister. Naftali Bennett of the right-wing Yamina party announced late Sunday his intention to team up with the centrist Yair Lapid, leader of the Yesh Atid party, to form what aims to be a unity coalition. […]

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Bangladesh’s human trafficking chain exposed, gang used TikTok to lure young girls

Dhaka: A human trafficking network spearheaded by Dhaka`s Tiktok Hridoy, 26, is active across the Middle East, India and Bangladesh. The gang has contact with some hotel chains in India, where girls are trafficked, Md Shahidullah, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Tejgaon Division, disclosed this at a media briefing here on Saturday (May 29). Shahidullah told […]

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Cabinet clears MoU between ICAI, Qatar Financial Centre Authority

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved signing of a pact between the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and the Qatar Financial Centre Authority (QFCA). The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) would enhance cooperation between the institutes to work together to strengthen the accounting profession and entrepreneurship base in Qatar, according to an official release. […]

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IMF hikes growth forecast for the Middle East, says recovery will be ‘divergent’

The International Monetary Fund has revised its growth forecast upward for the Middle East and North Africa region, as countries recover from the coronavirus crisis that began in 2020. Real GDP in the MENA region is now expected to grow 4% in 2021, up from the fund’s October projection of 3.2%. However, the outlook will […]

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Loud Debates, Fun Banter: Clubhouse — an Outlet for the Middle East

They are boisterous, argumentative and at times downright hilarious. Hundreds of thousands of people in the Arab world are turning to Clubhouse, the fast-growing audio chat app, to mock and vent against longtime rulers, debate sensitive issues from abortion to sexual harassment, or argue where to find the best and cheapest shawarma sandwich during an […]

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Jordan investigating king’s half brother over actions that allegedly jeopardize country’s stability

Jordanian King Abdullah’s half-brother and former Crown Prince Hamza bin Hussein was told to halt actions used to target the country’s “security and stability,” the military said on Saturday. In a statement published on the state news agency, it said this was part of a broader, ongoing security investigation in which a former minister, a […]

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Saudi Aramco profit slumps 44% after Covid-battered year, but maintains dividend

A worker at an oil processing facility of Saudi Aramco, a Saudi Arabian state-owned oil and gas company, at the Abqaiq oil field. Stanislav Krasilnikov | TASS | Getty Images Oil giant Saudi Aramco reported a 44% slump in full-year 2020 results, but maintained its $75 billion dollar dividend payout, with CEO Amin Nasser describing […]

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Abu Dhabi eyes new partnerships for carbon capture and emissions cutting as oil price climbs

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Oil rich Abu Dhabi and its national oil company are eyeing new partnerships in carbon capture technology as rising oil prices put a renewed focus on big oil’s climate mitigation strategies. “There is no credible way of reaching global climate goals without seriously advancing and ensuring the widespread adoption of […]

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US forces: Rockets hit airbase in Iraq hosting US troops

Ain al-Asad air base in the western Anbar desert, Iraq, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. Nasser Nasser | AP At least 10 rockets targeted a military base in western Iraq that hosts U.S.-led coalition troops on Wednesday, the coalition and the Iraqi military said. It was not immediately known if there were any casualties. The rockets […]

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