European countries summon Russian diplomats over Navalny death

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WARSAW: Yulia Navalnaya on Monday vowed to continue her husband Alexei Navalny’s fight after his death in a Russian prison last week, for which she blamed the Kremlin.She spoke as the Kremlin said it had no details about his death, while his mother Lyudmila was denied access to his body for a third day.Navalnaya’s address … Read more

More countries express interest in joining OPEC+, says top official

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RIYADH: Achieving global power security is everyone’s responsibility, according to Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman.  Speaking at the International Petroleum Technology Conference in Dahran on Feb. 12, the minister said that the Kingdom is continuously working toward ensuring market stability.  He added that Saudi Arabia has significant surplus oil production capabilities. “We are … Read more

Pakistan’s top business body calls for enhancing halal food exports to GCC countries

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s top business body has said the South Asian country should aim to enhance its halal food exports to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council countries – a region he believes holds the key to enhancing the cash-strapped nation’s food exports. 

Taliban urges countries to respect its governance of Afghanistan

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New Delhi: India is seeking to foster international cooperation to achieve its energy transition goals, the country’s oil minister said on Monday ahead of the 2024 India Energy Week.  The South Asian country is set to welcome 17 ministers and more than 4,000 delegates from over 100 countries for the second edition of IEW, which … Read more

Gaza conflict adds financial pressure on neighboring countries: Fitch

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RIYADH: Financial risks are increasing for countries neighboring Gaza, given the prolonged conflict and its spillage into nearby areas, says Fitch Ratings. According to the latest “Fitch Wire” newsletter, the involvement of Yemen’s Houthi forces underscores the potential impact on external finances, particularly affecting Egypt and Jordan. Egypt’s current account deficit narrowed in the fiscal … Read more

Saudi Arabia reduces maximum limits for costs of recruiting domestic labor services from some countries

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RIYADH: Consumer sentiments toward Saudi Arabia’s largest banks rose 11.3 percentage points in 2023 as compared to the previous year, according to an industry report. It is an economic indicator that measures consumers’ satisfaction with the services and operations of an organization. The report was prepared by PwC Middle East in collaboration with DataEQ. The … Read more

Countries file UN complaint over 2020 flight downed by Iran

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Bangladesh’s Hasina celebrates ‘absolute victory’ after polls without opposition  DHAKA: Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday dismissed the opposition’s criticism of the country’s general election as “illegitimate” as she celebrated securing her fifth term in power.  Hasina has presided over breakneck economic growth in a country once beset by grinding poverty, but her government … Read more

Turkiye arrests 56 ‘high priority’ criminal suspects wanted by 18 countries

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ISTANBUL: Turkiye said Wednesday it had detained 56 high-priority suspects wanted by 18 countries for crimes ranging from drug dealing and money laundering to murder, counterfeiting and assault. Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya said the suspects were listed on Interpol’s “red notice” on “diffusion message” systems, which flag suspects sought for arrest and extradition by individual countries. … Read more

Saudi fund continues to support development efforts in other countries

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RIYADH: Since its establishment in 1974, the Saudi Fund for Development has been extending a helping hand to other countries in the form of soft loans and grants for different development projects in various fields. According to official data, since its inception, the fund supported more than 800 development projects worth $20 billion in over 100 … Read more

KSrelief steps up aid, medical projects in 5 countries

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Al-Sayahid: Individuals from 40 countries competed with their camels in a beauty pageant during the International Camel Organization round of the eighth King Abdulaziz Camel Festival in Al-Sayahid on Saturday.  Held under the slogan “Glory to its people,” competitors from a range of ages took part in the contest. The festival, which started on Dec. … Read more