• Politics
    Arab News

    Iran Guards open new naval base near Strait of Hormuz

    TEHRAN: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have unveiled a new naval base aiming to project “dominance” over the strategic Strait of Hormuz, state media reported, following months of tensions with arch-enemy the United States. The “Martyr Seyed Majid Rahbar” base lies in the southern province of Hormozgan, near the entrance to the narrow Strait of Hormuz through which a fifth of world oil output passes.

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    Arabian Business

    Princess Lamia bint Majed Al Saud: why Saudi women are 'crucial' to our future

    Throughout the last 40 years, Alwaleed Philanthropies has supported and initiated projects to empower women across Saudi Arabia. We have seen how education-led initiatives and access to resources have provided greater economic and employment opportunities and have greatly supported women reaching their professional goals. For example, through our Waeya Legal Initiative, we trained female lawyers and promoted greater awareness of legal rights for all women across the country.

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    Arabian Business

    UAE resumes issuance of entry visas but work permits still on hold

    Entry permits into the UAE are once again being issued after being stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship announced on Thursday. Work permits however are still on hold so far, added the authority in a statement which comes a day after the UAE recorded its highest number of new daily infections since the onset of the pandemic in March.

  • Politics
    Egypt Independent

    Saudi king's rare address to UN showcases monarch in charge

    Saudi Arabia’s King Salman made a rare address to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, using the moment to highlight the foundational notions of his regime — his steadfast commitment to the Palestinians, his stature as custodian of Islam’s holiest sites and his assertion that Iran is responsible for much of the region’s instability.

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    Al Arabiya English

    Israel, UAE ambassadors hold first ever Arabic meeting

    For the first time in history, ambassadors of Israel and the United Arab Emirates held a meeting in Arabic, the native language of both officials. Israel's ambassador to Azerbaijan George Deek and the acting Emirati ambassador to Azerbaijan met on Tuesday in the capital city of Baku. Deek, an Israeli Arab, said after the meeting that “peace is possible,” in a post on Twitter.

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    Al Jazeera

    Bollywood star Deepika Padukone summoned by police in drugs probe

    Bollywood superstar Deepika Padukone has been summoned for questioning as part of an escalating drugs probe into the suicide of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, Indian police said late on Wednesday. The investigation has already seen actress Rhea Chakraborty arrested for allegedly buying drugs for her former boyfriend Rajput, who was found dead in June in his Mumbai apartment – with police saying he took his own life.

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    Arabian Business

    Saudi Arabia to resume umrah pilgrimage to Makkah from October 4

    Saudi Arabia will gradually resume the year-round umrah pilgrimage for Muslims from October 4, the interior ministry said Tuesday, seven months after it was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. The kingdom had suspended the umrah in March and later scaled back the annual hajj in a blow to millions of pilgrims around the world amid fears that the coronavirus could spread to Islam's holiest sites.