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Saudi's downscaled Hajj season begins with restrictions and caution

Pilgrims are required to be tested for coronavirus before arriving in Mecca and will also have to quarantine after the pilgrimage

27 Jul 2020 9:53 AM

First Friday prayers held in Hagia Sophia after mosque reconversion

Experts say Erdogan's move to reconvert Hagia Sophia is an attempt to galvanise his conservative and nationalist base

24 Jul 2020 3:58 PM

Israeli firm developing coronavirus breathalyser test

NanoScent, the firm making the test kits, said an extensive trial within Israel delivered results with 85 percent accuracy

24 Jul 2020 11:29 AM

Five things to know about the Hagia Sophia

The conversion of the edifice, once an important church of Christendom and 'jewel' of Byzantine Empire, has led to an international outcry

24 Jul 2020 10:36 AM

Israel will send research team to India to test out diagnostic technologies

The delegation will also bring ‘cutting-edge equipment’ donated by the government and the private sector, including ventilators

23 Jul 2020 7:25 PM

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Kuwait's emir travels to US for medical treatment

The emir, who has ruled the oil-rich Gulf state since 2006, had been in hospital since the weekend

23 Jul 2020 3:44 PM

Iran executes man convicted of spying for US, Israel

The former translator also helped to locate a top Iranian general Soleimani, killed later by the Americans, the judiciary said

20 Jul 2020 5:34 PM

Saudi King Salman admitted to hospital

The de facto ruler and next in line to the throne is the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, who is popular among young Saudis

20 Jul 2020 12:12 PM

UAE’s Amal spacecraft rockets toward Mars in Arab world 1st

Named Al-Amal, or Hope, this is Arab world’s first space mission, a major step for the oil-dependent economy seeking a future in space

20 Jul 2020 8:53 AM

UAE’s Mars mission delayed again due to bad weather

Named Al-Amal or ‘Hope’, the probe is the first-ever Arab space mission now set to be launched on coming Friday

16 Jul 2020 8:48 AM

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Pope Francis hurt by Turkey’s decision to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque

'My thoughts go to Istanbul. I think of Santa Sophia and I am very pained,' the Pope said during his weekly blessing in St. Peter’s Square

13 Jul 2020 12:17 PM

World Council of Churches ‘dismayed’ at Hagia Sophia shift

US State Department said it was ‘disappointed’ by the decision and looks forward to seeing how Turkey plans to keep the landmark open to all

12 Jul 2020 10:07 AM

Turkey’s court ruling turns Hagia Sophia into a mosque

The decision to turn the former cathedral to a place of muslim worship has sparked deep dismay among country's Orthodox Christians

11 Jul 2020 1:14 PM

France asks Israel to drop West Bank annexation plans

Macron emphasised that annexation would contravene international law and jeopardise possibility of peace between Israelis and Palestinians

10 Jul 2020 3:58 PM

UN rejects Russia's bid to reduce delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria

The resolution needed a minimum of nine 'yes' votes in the 15-member council, but it got support from China, Vietnam and South Africa only

09 Jul 2020 10:55 AM

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Global coronavirus cases rise to more than 12 million

Many hard-hit countries are easing lockdowns, while others, such as China and Australia, implement another round in response to a resurgence

09 Jul 2020 9:33 AM

Jerusalem is a grim model of what could happen to West Bank post-annexation

Israeli leaders paint Jerusalem as a model of coexistence, but Palestinian residents face widespread discrimination and lack citizenship

08 Jul 2020 10:23 AM

Kuwait's new expat bill may force 8 lakh Indians to leave the country

Indians, who constitutes the largest expat community in Kuwait, should not exceed 15 percent of its total population according to the bill

06 Jul 2020 3:29 PM

Israel launches new spy satellite

'Technological superiority and intelligence capabilities are essential to the security of the State of Israel,' said Alternate PM Gantz

06 Jul 2020 12:58 PM

Saudi Arabia announces haj health measures for domestic pilgrims

Muslims from other countries are barred from the rite for first year in modern times, while number of domestic pilgrims are limited to 1,000

06 Jul 2020 10:29 AM

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