Middle-East

Saudi women to be told of divorce by text message under new law

Saudi women to be told of divorce by text message under new law

LONDON/BEIRUT: Women in Saudi Arabia will be notified by text message if they are divorced under a new law designed to protect them from having their marriage ended without their knowledge, the government said on Sunday. The new law, that came into effect on Sunday, was seen as a way […]

Saudi woman held at Bangkok airport says fears death if repatriated

Saudi woman held at Bangkok airport says fears death if repatriated

BANGKOK: A Saudi woman held at Bangkok airport said she would be killed if she was repatriated by Thai immigration officials, who confirmed the 18-year-old was denied entry to the country Sunday. Rahaf Mohammed M Alqunun told AFP she was stopped by Saudi and Kuwaiti officials when she arrived in […]

US ambassador signals further delay in Trump Mideast peace plan

US ambassador signals further delay in Trump Mideast peace plan

JERUSALEM: US President Donald Trump‘s long-awaited plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace is expected “within the next several months,” the US ambassador to Israel has said, signalling a further delay in its release. Trump said in September that the plan for what he has called the “ultimate deal” would be released within […]

Netanyahu to talk post-US Syria with Trump advisor

Netanyahu to talk post-US Syria with Trump advisor

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister said that he would discuss Iranian ambitions in neighbouring when he meets Sunday evening with US national security advisor in . Bolton arrived in Israel on Saturday night for talks on the future of Syria in the wake of President ‘s decision to withdraw all US […]

Saudi Arabia girl held in Bangkok, fears death if repatriated

Saudi Arabia girl held in Bangkok, fears death if repatriated

An 18-year-old Saudi girl’s desperate bid to flee her rich family was watched by the world on on Sunday as she was trapped in Bangkok airport in fear of her life. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, the daughter of an Arab businessman called Mohammed Motlaq Alqunun, told TOI she would be killed […]

Iran approves anti-money laundering bill

Iran approves anti-money laundering bill

TEHRAN: An Iranian arbitration body gave its approval on Saturday to an anti-money laundering bill seen as crucial to maintaining international trade and banking ties, the official IRNA news agency reported. “The bill on amending the law to counter money laundering was approved with certain changes and will be sent […]

Jihadists advance against rebels in northern Syria: monitor

Jihadists advance against rebels in northern Syria: monitor

BEIRUT: Jihadists gained ground Friday from rebels in Syria‘s last major opposition after four days of clashes that have killed more than 100 fighters, a war monitor said. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, a jihadist-led alliance, seized more than 20 towns and villages from rival rebels in the northern province of Aleppo, […]

Bolton warns Syria against use of chemical weapons

Bolton warns Syria against use of chemical weapons

TEL AVIV: US National Security Advisor John warned the Syrian government that it should not see the impending US military withdrawal from the country as an invitation to use chemical weapons. “There is absolutely no change in the US position against the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime […]

Saudi women to receive divorce notice via text

Saudi women to receive divorce notice via text

Saudi will no longer be the last to know they’ve been divorced. A new justice ministry regulation taking effect on Sunday will make it mandatory for women to be notified by text message when a court issues their husbands divorce decrees, Saudi lawyer Nisreen al-Ghamdi said. Currently, some men register […]

Saudi prosecutor seeks death penalties in Jamal Khashoggi case

Saudi prosecutor seeks death penalties in Jamal Khashoggi case

DUBAI: Saudi Arabian prosecutors is seeking the death penalty for five of the 11 suspects detained over the murder of journalist , the state news agency SPA said on Thursday, as a Saudi court held a first hearing on the case. said it also sent new letters to the Turkish […]