Saudi aviation professions localization plan enters 2nd phase

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia emerged as a significant player in the startup ecosystem this February, raising $16.3 million, making it the second-highest amount secured by any country across the Middle East and North Africa. According to Wamda’s monthly investments report for the region, the Kingdom secured the funding across seven transactions, marking a 48.18 percent increase from … Read more

France reiterates support for Morocco’s Western Sahara plan

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Could Houthi attacks on ships off the Yemen coast continue even after a Gaza ceasefire? LONDON: The campaign of attacks by Yemen’s Houthi fighters on shipping in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden continues, despite renewed US and UK strikes on their positions, leading to fears about the long-term security of these strategically … Read more

No ‘plan B’ once Palestinian aid agency funds end in March, its Lebanon head says

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Day 4 at ICJ hearing: Jordan says Israeli occupation ‘unlawful, inhumane and must end’ The International Court of Justice, the UN’s top court, on Thursday continued its hearing from dozens of states and three international organizations who question the legality of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. Representatives from countries including China, Iran, Iraq, Japan, … Read more

Iran dismisses plan by UN nuclear watchdog head to visit next month

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Saudi Arabia condemns Israel’s actions in Palestinian Territories as ‘legally indefensible’ THE HAGUE: South Africa on Tuesday urged the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to issue a non-binding legal opinion that the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories is illegal, arguing it would help efforts to reach a settlement. Representatives of South Africa opened the second day … Read more

94% of Saudi organizations plan to increase AI investment: survey

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Closing Bell: TASI closes in green with 12,296 points, reaches $2.9bn trading volume  RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul All Share Index concluded its Monday trading at 12,295.91 points, recording an increase of 86.85 points or 0.71 percent.   The Kingdom’s parallel market Nomu also advanced by 4.50 points or 0.02 percent to 25,305.48 points.  The MSCI Tadawul … Read more

UK plan to send asylum-seekers to Rwanda incompatible with human rights, parliamentary watchdog says

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Two Afghans detained at Guantanamo Bay for 14 years have been released— Taliban ISLAMABAD: Two Afghan prisoners who were held in US custody for at least 14 years at the Guantanamo Bay detention center after 2002 were released from house arrest in Oman, a Taliban spokesman said Sunday. Abdul Zahir Saber and Abdul Karim were … Read more

Saudi Arabia announces national plan to stimulate urban policies by 2025

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia plans to stimulate urban policies to ensure coordinated services for residents by 2025 as part of its efforts to boost quality of life, says top minister.  Speaking during the opening remarks of the first Global Smart City Forum held in Riyadh, the Kingdom’s Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing Majid … Read more

Ukraine tells White House of plan to fire top commander — Reuters sources

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DONETSK REGION, Ukraine/WASHINGTON: The Ukrainian government has informed the White House that it plans to fire the country’s top military commander overseeing the war against Russian occupation forces, two knowledgeable sources said on Friday. The move to oust General Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, who has clashed with President Volodymyr Zelensky over a range of issues, follows a … Read more

Hamas won’t accept truce plan, hostage release unless Israel quits Gaza

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LONDON: Humanitarian assistance in Gaza could “collapse” by the end of February if Western donors do not resume funding for the UN’s primary aid delivery body within the Palestinian enclave, officials have warned. Several major donors to the UN Relief and Works Agency, including Germany, the UK and the US, paused their funding after an … Read more

Kuwait foils plan by ‘terrorist cell’ to target Shiite places of worship

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RIYADH: Kuwait’s interior ministry foiled a plan by a “terrorist” cell that intended to target Shiite places of worship, Kuwait News Agency said on Thursday. Security personnel were able to follow up on the cell, monitor its movements, and arrest three members belonging to a terrorist organization, KUNA said. The Arab defendants were referred to the Public Prosecution so that legal … Read more