Social media platform X blocked in Pakistan over national security, ministry says

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s interior ministry said on Wednesday it had blocked access to social media platform X around the time of February’s election on national security concerns, confirming a long-suspected shutdown. Users in Pakistan have reported problems using X, formerly known as Twitter, since mid-February, but the government had made no official announcement on the matter … Read more

Co-favorite I Am Maximus wins the Grand National Steeple Chase

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AL-AMARAT: On April 12, the men’s Asia Premier Cup got away to a flying start on Oman’s two side by side turf grounds at Al Amerat, Muscat. This excellent facility provides the opportunity for two matches to be played on each turf per day. The press tent is situated between the two grounds so that … Read more

Who's Who: Tareq Al-Sadhan, CEO of Saudi National Bank

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The board of Saudi National Bank has appointed Tareq Al-Sadhan as CEO starting May 1, 2024. Prior to his new role, Al-Sadhan was president and CEO of Riyadh Bank since April 2019. From January 2018 to March 2019, he served as the bank’s senior executive vice president. Al-Sadhan also worked for KPMG Saudi Arabia, where … Read more

Malaysia on high alert after arrest of armed Israeli national

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MANILA: When Filipino Palestinians were evacuated from Gaza to Manila in November, they arrived with nothing. They had been forced not only to leave behind their loved ones, but their livelihoods too. After some initial help from the Filipino government, most of the evacuees were left to their own devices until civil society groups stepped … Read more

Howzat! Saudi cricket league expands to build national side

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RIYADH: With the popularity of cricket growing in Saudi Arabia, the sport’s league is expanding with the aim of establishing a professional league system and building a formidable national side that can qualify for the World Cup, not just win regional tournaments. The sport has undoubtedly flourished with the Saudi Arabian Cricket Federation lining up … Read more

Saudi Chambers launch first national committee for military industries

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CAIRO: Startups across the Middle East and North Africa region are increasingly collaborating through strategic partnerships to enhance the entrepreneurial ecosystem.    Ventures from various industries are forging alliances, and signing agreements to bolster expansion, penetrate new markets, and enhance customer satisfaction initiatives.   At the forefront of these strategic partnerships, the Kingdom’s National Technology Development Program … Read more

Saudi crown prince, Iraq’s National Wisdom Movement chairman discuss relations 

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For Makkah pilgrims, Ramadan offers gateway to Saudi Arabia’s ‘culinary wealth’ MAKKAH: In Makkah during Ramadan, pilgrims and visitors get the chance to tuck into traditional Saudi Arabia dishes representing the diverse heritage of the Kingdom’s regions. Most iftar spreads in the holy city feature authentic Saudi Arabia cuisine including edam, kabsa, saleeg, haneeth, qusaran … Read more

Saudi National Transformation Program setting pace for Vision 2030

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s ambitious National Transformation Program, which sought to develop the necessary infrastructure for the realization of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 goals, has soared past its initial targets and created tangible growth for the nation’s citizens, residents and investors. Launching the economic diversification plan in 2016, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman vowed to improve the … Read more

Hong Kong issues new national security law bill with tougher jail terms

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WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden declared democracy under threat at home and abroad and called former President Donald Trump’s position on NATO unacceptable on Thursday in a State of the Union speech designed to contrast visions with his 2024 Republican opponent. Biden, speaking before a joint session of the House of Representatives and the Senate, opened … Read more