Saudi Arabia launches new program to boost wheat, barley productivity 

TOKYO/SINGAPORE: Oil prices extended losses on Wednesday as worries about global demand due to weak economic momentum in China and a likely rise in US commercial stockpiles outweighed supply fears from heightened tensions in the Middle East, according to Reuters. Brent futures for June fell 40 cents, or 0.44 percent, to $89.62 a barrel by … Read more

Major airlines cancel flights, reroute planes as Iran launches retaliatory attack on Israel

SYDNEY: Six people were killed and several others injured — including a nine-month-old baby — when a knife-wielding attacker rampaged through a busy Sydney shopping center on Saturday.Australian police said multiple people were stabbed by the unidentified assailant, who was tracked down and shot dead by a policewoman who is being hailed as a national … Read more

Iran launches drones at Israel, airspace closed and defenses poised

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s Prime Minister Mohamed Shia Al-Sudani left Baghdad on Saturday for the US, his office said, where he will meet with the US president as regional tensions flare.US President Joe Biden is due to receive the Iraqi leader on Monday to “coordinate on common priorities” and discuss the “evolution of the military mission” of … Read more

Madinah governor launches 14 projects to support orphans

Riyadh: The Saudi cultural attache’s office in the US brought the spirit of Ramadan to life with a vibrant Ramadan Bazaar event at their headquarters in Washington, DC. The popular bazaar drew crowds of Saudi clubs, families, students, and local community members for an authentic taste of the holy month’s traditions, the Saudi Press Agency … Read more

Formula E launches ‘Asphalt 9: Legends’ events ahead of Tokyo E-Prix

RIYADH: Formula E and Gameloft have announced the continuation of their partnership through the integration of the race series into “Asphalt 9: Legends.” This collaboration is set to launch ahead of the Tokyo E-Prix on Saturday, March 30, with time-limited events, or TLEs, for the game’s 9.5 million monthly active users.

Saudi Arabia launches Digital Transformation Index 2024 amid e-government growth

RIYADH: UAE bank branches are witnessing the highest revenues in the region, amounting to $18.6 million per branch, according to a top executive at Roland Berger. This was driven by the nation’s digital transformation which enabled banks in the Gulf Cooperation Council region to reduce the number of banking branches by 328 within three years, … Read more

Corey Anderson wins vacant Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship as PFL era launches

BELFAST: A new era of MMA kicked off in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Friday night with the Bellator Champions Series, a card that saw a new champion crowned, and the most decorated champion in promotional history retain his title.It was the first event in the series since the Professional Fighter’s League (PFL) acquired Bellator last … Read more

Saudi ministry launches Swedish Ramadan gift program 

RIYADH: With changeable weather and heavy rain forecast in many parts of Saudi Arabia between now and Monday, authorities are urging the public to take extra care. The General Directorate of Civil Defense advised people to stay in places they know will be safe during rainfall and avoid swamps, valleys and areas that might flood. … Read more

Russia launches missile attack on Kyiv, 10 injured

KYIV: Russia launched a missile attack on Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, early on Thursday, injuring at least 10 people and damaging residential buildings and industrial facilities, city officials said, although air defenses downed all the missiles. The first large attack in recent weeks targeted the city with both ballistic and cruise missiles, said Serhiy Popko, … Read more