Rafah is ‘pressure cooker’ as Gazans flee south — UN aid agency

BEIRUT: Three pro-Iran fighters were killed on Friday in Israeli strikes south of the Syrian capital, a war monitor said, the second such attack this week.Syrian state media reported damage from “Israeli” air strikes south of Damascus, but did not mention any casualties.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said “three members of pro-Iran groups, […]

Aramco-backed S-Oil says refining margins forecast to stay above average in 2024

Oil Updates – crude gains after OPEC+ maintains output cuts, but heads for weekly losses SINGAPORE: Oil prices rose in early trade on Friday following a decision by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies, known as OPEC+, to keep its oil output policy unchanged, according to Reuters. Benchmarks were headed for weekly losses though […]

In a first, Bangladesh sends medics to work in Saudi Arabia

LONDON: People in more than 150 countries celebrated World Hijab Day on Thursday with events designed to counter hijabophobia through raised awareness and improved education about the traditional Muslim head covering. The headline event hosted by the World Hijab Day organization, which is based in New York, was its annual online conference, which featured speakers […]

Iran won’t start a war but will respond to bullies, says president

Turkish police rescue hostages held at gunpoint for hours in Procter & Gamble plant in Gaza protest ISTANBUL: Police have rescued seven hostages held at gunpoint for hours at a factory owned by US company Procter & Gamble in northwest Turkiye, local officials said early Friday.A gunman had sparked the standoff at the P&G facility […]

Gold set for best week in 9 as dollar softens ahead of US data

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul All Share Index rose on Thursday, gaining 117.66 points, or 1.00 percent, to close at 11,914.29. The total trading turnover of the benchmark index was SR8.22 billion ($2.19 billion) as 89 of the listed stocks advanced, while 132 retreated.   Similarly, the Kingdom’s parallel market Nomu also rose 205.65 points, or 0.82 […]