Saudi Arabia inaugurates self-driving aerial taxi during Hajj

RIYADH: Saudi aid group KSrelief inaugurated three health projects in Port Sudan, Red Sea State that provide necessary medical equipment to hospitals, the Saudi Press Agency said.   The first project aims to support Al-Abyadh Specialist Hospital for Children with an oxygen station to generate and distribute oxygen, benefiting 25,000 individuals. The second project seeks to … Read more

Hezbollah rains rockets on Israel after strike kills commander

JERUSALEM: The Israeli military said successive rocket barrages were fired from Lebanon into northern Israel Wednesday, after an Israeli strike killed a senior Hezbollah commander in south Lebanon the previous day. Hezbollah identified the slain commander as Taleb Sami Abdallah, also known as Abu Taleb and born in 1969. The Israeli military confirmed that it had … Read more

Hajj minister praises men who helped lost pilgrim

‘You only carry the weight of your soul,’ former pilgrims offer advice to those attending this year’s Hajj RIYADH: One of the five pillars of Islam, Hajj is a physically taxing yet spiritually rewarding journey — and completing it is considered a great blessing and honor in the Muslim community. Previous Hujjaj, or Hajj pilgrims, … Read more

Iraq’s top Christian leader reinstated as head of church

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s prime minister reinstated Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako as the patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic church, paving the way for his return to Baghdad a year after a dispute with the president. Sako, Iraq’s top Christian leader and the architect of Pope Francis’ historic visit to the country in 2021, is a key interlocutor … Read more

Malaysian minister praises Saudi Arabia’s efforts in serving Hajj pilgrims

RIYADH: In a major greening effort, the National Center for Vegetation Cover Development and Combating Desertification has begun restoring 120 meadows and gardens across Saudi Arabia using a combination of more than 5.8 million seedlings and 28 tonnes of seeds scattered as part of the center’s meadows and gardens development project. Launched in October 2023, … Read more

ICC prosecutor ‘extremely concerned’ about Darfur, calls for evidence

AL-MUKALLA: The UN secretary-general has called on the Iran-backed Houthis to free dozens of Yemenis who were seized by the militia during a recent crackdown. Last week, the Houthis detained around 50 Yemenis working for UN agencies and other foreign organizations, as well as former US Embassy personnel in Sanaa and other provinces under their … Read more

Saudi Arabia warns of hot summer in this year’s Hajj

RIYADH: Muslims embarking on the sacred pilgrimage of Hajj this year have been urged by the government to be mindful of the guidelines and regulations in place to protect the well-being of all. Obtaining a Hajj permit is the most crucial step before embarking on the journey. This requirement applies to citizens, residents and visitors. … Read more

UN suspends delivery of aid to Gaza via US pier

UN Security Council adopts Gaza resolution calling for immediate ceasefire and release of hostages NEW YORK CITY: A US-led resolution endorsing a ceasefire plan aimed at ending the eight-month war in Gaza was adopted by the UN Security Council on Monday, with 14 of the 15 members voting in favor and Russia abstaining. It was … Read more

Smallest, most advanced pacemaker saves life of Chinese pilgrim 

RIYADH: A 69 years old Chinese pilgrim had a second chance at life when he received the world’s smallest and most advanced wireless pacemaker at Makkah’s King Abdullah Medical City. The medical team decided to implant the device using the latest technology available after the patient presented with severe dizziness as a result of heart … Read more

Red Crescent says Israeli troops came in aid truck to free hostages

What does Israel’s rescue of 4 captives, and the killing of 274 Palestinians, mean for truce talks? TEL AVIV, Israel: Israel’s dramatic weekend rescue of four hostages from the Gaza Strip, in an operation that local health officials say killed 274 Palestinians, came at a sensitive time in the 8-month-old war, as Israel and Hamas … Read more