Biden hopes ceasefire, hostage deal to pause Israel-Hamas war can take effect by next Monday

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KATHMANDU: For Nepali nurse Anshu, being picked for a job program in Britain was long overdue recognition of her years of study and work — and a chance to boost her earnings. “I finally feel my work has been valued,” said the 28-year-old, who asked to be identified only by her first name. She hopes … Read more

WTO convenes ministers in UAE with slim hopes for breakthrough

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DUBAI: With the war in Gaza heading toward its sixth month, some are wondering if there is any end in sight to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. What is certain, however, is that Israel carries out a policy of dehumanization of Palestinians to justify its occupation, according to one of Israel’s most famous journalists. “Israel systematically, … Read more

Oil Updates – prices flat as weaker IEA outlook weighs on US rate cut hopes

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s insurance industry is projected to experience a compound annual growth rate of 5.2 percent until 2028, reaching SR83.7 billion ($22 billion), a study showed.   This growth, up from the current SR68.3 billion in 2024, is primarily driven by the health and motor segments, which together will account for 86 percent of the … Read more

Wasteful Juventus jeered off the field after 1-0 loss to Udinese leaves title hopes in tatters

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LONDON: Conor Gallagher struck twice to condemn his former club Crystal Palace to a damaging 3-1 defeat on Monday and keep Chelsea in the hunt for European football next season. The injury-ravaged Eagles were on course for a huge win in their battle to remain in the Premier League when Jefferson Lerma’s long-range strike opened … Read more

Arsenal hammer West Ham 6-0 and Man United ignite Champions League hopes with 2-1 win at Villa

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LAS VEGAS: Patrick Mahomes pulled off another Super Bowl comeback on Sunday as the Kansas City Chiefs snatched a thrilling 25-22 overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers to win their third NFL championship in five seasons. In a perfectly scripted finale before a celebrity-studded Las Vegas crowd including pop icon Taylor Swift, Mahomes hit … Read more

Drama-filled Asian Cup fuels 2026 World Cup hopes

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DOHA: An Asian Cup that will be remembered for shocks and dramatic finishes has showcased the region’s strength in depth and raised hopes its teams could reach new heights at the 2026 World Cup. Eight direct spots and one intercontinental playoff berth are up for grabs for Asian Football Confederation sides at the expanded 48-team World … Read more

Gulf Giants upset MI Emirates in ILT20 thriller to keep knockout hopes alive

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Al-Hilal defeated Al-Nassr 2-0 in the Riyadh Season Cup on Thursday,  just days before the Rohsn Saudi League resumes after the break for the Asian Cup.  It was the first time to see many of Saudi Arabia’s best players in action after the recent continental campaign. That ended earlier than hoped thanks to a penalty … Read more

Adil Rashid leads the way as remarkable turnaround keeps Sharjah Warriors’ ILT20 hopes alive

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DUBAI: Gulf Giants rallied superbly to defend the lowest total in International League T20 history on Tuesday, posting 126 for the loss of nine wickets but still managing to beat Dubai Capitals by 19 runs. Both teams were on six points from seven matches before the clash, with the Giants having a superior run rate. … Read more

Oil rises on US crude stock draw, China stimulus hopes

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SINGAPORE: Oil prices rose on Thursday after data showed US crude stockpiles fell more than expected last week, while the Chinese central bank’s cut in banks’ reserve ratio reinforced hopes of more stimulus measures and economic recovery, according to Reuters. Brent crude futures gained 25 cents, 0.3 percent, to $80.29 a barrel as at 7:30 … Read more