Oil Updates – prices edge up on Middle East risk

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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

Israel forges buffer zone inside Gaza at risk to civilians: experts

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WASHINGTON: The United States and Britain launched strikes against 36 targets in Yemen on Saturday, in the second day of major US operations against Iran-linked groups following a deadly attack on American troops last weekend.The strikes hit buried Houthi weapons storage facilities, missile systems, launchers and other capabilities the Houthis have used to attack Red … Read more

Israelis reeling from anxiety, depression and at risk of PTSD

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DUBAI: Being diagnosed with cancer and undergoing a lengthy course of treatment is a frightening prospect at any time. Enduring such an ordeal in wartime is a different league of terror altogether. Some 2 million Palestinian civilians in Gaza have been displaced by months of intense Israeli bombardment, while strict controls on the entry of … Read more

Online abuse puts sports at risk of losing stars, survey finds

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PARIS: Several international sporting federations and NGOs are concerned about the harmful effects of online abuse on sportspeople, a new survey has found. Among the headline findings of the survey, undertaken by the United Against Online Abuse, or UAOA, campaign, was a concern among the 22 sporting federations and NGOs surveyed that abuse is driving … Read more

Famine risk rising in Gaza: UN

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GENEVA: The population of the Gaza Strip faces an increasing risk of famine as the Israel-Hamas war drags on, the UN’s World Food Programme warned Tuesday. “The situation in Gaza is of course slipping every day into a much more catastrophic situation,” with “a looming threat of famine,” Abeer Etefa, the WFP’s senior Middle East … Read more

Red Sea developments add new dimension to supply chain risk in the Middle East: Moody’s

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Oil Updates – prices up on OPEC demand estimate, Mideast tensions and US output SINGAPORE: Oil prices rose on Thursday as the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries forecast relatively strong growth in global demand over the next two years and the market eyed disrupted US production amid a cold blast, as well as geopolitical tensions in … Read more

UN human rights official warns Security Council of ‘very real’ risk of atrocities in Gaza

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GENEVA: Israel is consistently blocking humanitarian convoys into northern Gaza, making it increasingly challenging to bring desperately needed fuel and other aid to hospitals there, the UN said.After planning aid missions to the north, UN agencies said their convoys were subjected to slow and unpredictable inspections and then a near-systematic refusal from the Israeli side … Read more

Protracted Gaza conflict raises risk of outbreak of diseases in Arab region

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DUBAI: In the Gaza Strip, civilians are being killed by more than Israeli bombs from the air or bullets flying between Israeli troops and Hamas militants battling at close range. They also face a slow death due to hunger and a lack of basic medical care as most hospitals in the enclave are out of … Read more

‘Dying every two hours’: Afghan women risk life to give birth

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KHOST, Afghanistan: Zubaida traveled from the rural outskirts of Khost in eastern Afghanistan to give birth at a maternity hospital specializing in complicated cases, fearing a fate all too common among pregnant Afghan women — her death or her child’s.She lay dazed, surrounded by the unfamiliar bustle of the Doctors Without Borders (MSF)-run hospital, exhausted … Read more