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Saudi king seeks 'urgent' UN action on Al-Aqsa RIYADH: Saudi King Salman has appealed to UN chief Ban Ki-moon and members of the Security Council for "urgent measures" after clashes at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound, state media reported late Wednesday.Salman "expressed strong condemnation of the dangerous Israeli escalation" at the holy site where Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli police for three straight days, the Saudi Press Agency reported."He called for serious and speedy international efforts and for the intervention of the Security Council to take all urgent measures to stop these violations," it said.Salman added that the "attack on worshippers" violates the sanctity of religions "and contributes to feeding extremism and violence in the world."SPA said Salman made the same appeal in phone calls to British Prime Minister David Cameron, Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Francois Hollande.Hollande warned on Wednesday that any change in the rules governing Al-Aqsa mosque compound could lead to "serious destabilisation."The third-holiest ...

800,000 Hujjaj arrive to perform Hajj this year ISLAMABAD: Nearly 800,000 Hujjaj have arrived from abroad in Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj this year.According to statistics released by the Saudi Passport Department (SPA), 796,581 pilgrims have so far landed in Saudi Arabia for the annual pilgrimage that begins in another 10 days."Of them, 780,474 pilgrims arrived by air, 9,039 by land and 7,068 by sea," said a statement from the department.The government has taken extraordinary measures to ensure safety of the Hujjaj during ...
UN likely to back raising Palestinian flag UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations is expected on Thursday to allow the Palestinians to raise their flag at its headquarters in New York in a symbolic move highlighting Palestinian aspirations for statehood.The General Assembly will vote at 3:00 pm (1900 GMT) on a draft resolution that diplomats say is almost certain to garner a majority in the 193-nation forum."It is a symbolic thing, but another step to solidify the pillars of the state of Palestine ...
Dubai property developers upbeat despite falling prices DUBAI: Dubai property developers are still turning out some larger-than-life projects even though prices are heading south again after clawing back a good chunk of their losses in the 2008 crash.The Gulf emirate's annual Cityscape property fair opened Tuesday with developers foreseeing price declines of about 15 percent this year, yet confident there would be no return to the days when huge projects were abandoned half finished.Scale models of new skyscrapers, sprawling villa compounds and ...
UAE says 'several' of its soldiers killed in Yemen ABU DHABI: The United Arab Emirates said on Friday that "several" of its soldiers had been killed while fighting with a Saudi-led coalition battling Huthi rebels in Yemen.The armed forces statement carried by the official WAM news agency did not specify the number of troops killed or the circumstances of their deaths.But Yemeni military sources said Arab coalition soldiers were among those killed in what they said was an accidental explosion at an ammunition store ...
Israel air strike hits Gaza after rocket fire JERUSALEM: An Israeli air strike hit a Hamas facility in Gaza overnight after Palestinians fired a rocket into southern Israel, the army said in a statement early on Thursday."In response, the Israel Air Force targeted a Hamas weapon manufacturing facility located in the central Gaza Strip," it said.There were no reports of casualties in either attack. The statement said it was the eighth incident of rocket fire from Gaza since the beginning of 2015.It said ...
Abbas quits PLO leadership ahead of internal election: official RAMALLAH: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas resigned Saturday as head of the Palestine Liberation Organisation's Executive Committee in a bid to force new elections for the top body, an official said.Wassel Abu Yussef said that more than half of the 18-member committee had also stepped down."The resignation of the president of the executive committee Mahmud Abbas and more than half of its members has created a legal vacuum, and therefore the Palestine National Council has been ...


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