Celtics grind to overtime win over Pacers in East finals opener

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LOS ANGELES: The Boston Celtics needed a late rally to force overtime against the Indiana Pacers before emerging with a 133-128 win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday. Boston’s Jaylen Brown sank a three-pointer from the corner with 6.1 seconds remaining to tie the scores at 117-117 and take it to … Read more

Middle East leads recovery rates for international tourist arrivals

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DUBAI: International tourist arrivals and the travel and tourism sector’s contribution to global GDP are expected to return to pre-pandemic levels this year, according to the latest World Economic Forum travel and tourism study. The WEF’s Travel & Tourism Development Index 2024, published once every two years in collaboration with the University of Surrey, analyzes … Read more

North Korea fires missile off east coast, South Korea, Japan say

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SEOUL: North Korea fired “several” ballistic missiles on Monday toward the sea off its east coast, South Korea’s military said. A Japanese government alert and its coast guard also said North Korea had fired what appeared to be a ballistic missile. The projectile appeared to have landed outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone area, the NHK … Read more

Middle East in ‘shadow of uncertainty due to regional conflicts’

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WASHINGTON: Economies in the Middle East and North Africa face a “shadow of uncertainty” from ongoing tensions in the region, a senior IMF official said. “We are in a context where the overall outlook is cast into shadows,” Jihad Azour, the International Monetary Fund’s director for the Middle East and Central Asia department, said in … Read more

Israel bombs Gaza as Middle East tense after Iranian attack

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Call to close UNRWA is attempt to strip Palestinians of refugee status — agency chief NEW YORK CITY: Disbanding the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees would have lasting repercussions for millions of Palestinians because it would result in them being stripped of their refugee status, the head of the agency told the … Read more

Oil Updates – crude stabilizes after sharp drop on demand concerns, easing of Middle East tension

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s crude production reached a seven-month high of 9.01 million barrels per day in February, data from the Joint Organizations Data Initiative showed.  This represented a rise of 55,000 bpd or 0.61 percent compared to the previous month.   Furthermore, the data indicated that the Kingdom’s crude exports rose to 6.32 million bpd, reflecting … Read more

Oil Update — prices rise on China growth, Middle East tensions 

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RIYADH: The World Bank has raised its expectations for Saudi Arabia’s economic growth to 5.9 percent in 2025 from 4.2 percent predicted earlier in January. In its latest report the bank, however, revised its 2024 forecast for the Kingdom’s gross domestic product growth downward to 2.5 percent from an earlier forecast of 4.1 percent. Concurrently, … Read more

Haya Alsulaiman’s mission to empower women through golf in Middle East

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AUGUSTA, Georgia: Scottie Scheffler was in the lead and seemingly in control of his game Saturday in the Masters until realizing there was no such thing at Augusta National. He posed over another beautiful shot at the flag on the 10th hole and was stunned to see it take a hard hop over the green … Read more

World leaders urge Middle East tension de-escalation

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NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government are increasingly wielding strong-arm tactics to subdue political opponents and critics of the ruling Hindu-nationalist party. A decade into power, and on the cusp of securing five more years, the Modi government is reversing India’s decadeslong commitment to multiparty democracy and secularism. The ruling Bharatiya … Read more

Biden in ‘very tough spot’ trying to stop Middle East escalation

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At UNSC meeting, Iran and US swap threats while Israel urges ‘all possible sanctions’ over attack NEW YORK: Iran has on Sunday said that it has no intention of engaging militarily with the US in the region, but if the latter initiates a military operation against it, its citizens, or security interests “Iran will use … Read more