ARABIA

  • Lot of violence in Yemen; people waiting to return, says stranded Indian Yesterday

    India has begun evacuating its citizens who are stranded in war-torn Yemen. Air India flew its first flight on Monday to airlift Indian nationals out of Yemen. Two-three Indian nationals have already returned from Yemen. "We were taken to Djibouti from there we were taken to Doha and from there...
  • Two ships leaves Kochi to Djibouti Port to evacuate Indians Yesterday

    Kochi: India on Monday sent two passenger ships to Djibouti Port to evacuate Indians stranded in conflict-hit Yemen. "Two passenger ships belonging to Lakshadweep administration left for Djibouti Port from Kochi this morning to evacuate Indians stranded in Yemen," Jijo Thomas, Deputy Secretary, Cochin Port Trust,...
  • Pakistan plane brings back over 500 stranded citizens from Yemen Yesterday

    Karachi: A Pakistan International Airlines plane carrying 502 passengers from strife-torn Yemen arrived in Karachi, ending days of agonising wait for families. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had ordered authorities to evacuate over 3,000 Pakistanis stranded in Yemen after security situation worsened in the Gulf country. The first Boeing 747 jumbo aircraft was...
  • India sends plane to airlift citizens from Yemen Yesterday

    New Delhi: Air India on Monday flew its first flight to airlift hundreds of Indians stranded in the strife-torn Yemen, soon after the government decided to evacuate its citizens amid the chaotic situation in the Gulf country. 180-seater Airbus A320 aircraft took off from Delhi at 7:45 AM for Yemen's capital...
  • Yemen crisis: Families of Indian nurses in distress, appeal for safe return Yesterday

    Thiruvananthapuram: Yemen has recently become victim to a conflict between the Sunni-Arab coalition, led by Saudi Arabia which is battling to avoid the rise of a pro-Iran regime in the country. After Iraq, nurses are now stuck in war-torn Yemen. Two ships have already been sent and the government will also...
  • Pakistan sends 747 jumbo jets to evacuate distraught nationals from Yemen 2 days ago

    Peshawar: Pakistan, which has yet to decide whether to offer military support to a Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, is flying jumbo jets to the Middle Eastern country to evacuate hundreds of nationals, a Defence Ministry official said on Sunday. Saudi Arabia evacuated dozens of diplomats from Yemen on Saturday and the...
  • UN staff flee war-torn Yemen, Russia voices concern 2 days ago

    Sanaa: The United Nations evacuated staff from war-torn Yemen as Russia warned Saudi-led air strikes on Iranian-backed rebels were affecting crunch nuclear talks between world powers and Tehran. Yemen's President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi urged his Arab allies to keep up the bombing raids in his country until the Huthi Shiite rebels...
  • Arab coalition 'has destroyed most of Yemen rebels' missiles' 2 days ago

    Riyadh: Saudi-led airstrikes have destroyed "most" missile capabilities of the Shiite Huthi rebels and their allies, coalition spokesman General Ahmed Assiri said. "We believe that we have destroyed most of these capabilities, but we will continue targeting these missiles wherever" they may be, he told reporters in Riyadh. Before the Huthis seized...
  • Government considering airlifting of Indians stranded in Yemen 3 days ago

    Thiruvananthapuram: The central government was considering the possibility of airlifting stranded Indians including Keralites from strife-torn Yemen, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has informed Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. Swaraj has informed the state that two ships have been sent to Yemen to rescue the Indians, including Malayalees, who have been stranded...
  • Saudi pounds Yemen rebel camps, Arab allies gather 3 days ago

    Sanaa: Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombed rebel camps in Yemen on Friday in a second straight day of strikes as embattled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi arrived in Egypt for talks with Arab allies. A months-long rebellion by Shiite fighters has escalated into a regional conflict that threatens to tear apart the impoverished...
  • Yemen unrest impacts oil price 4 days ago

    The global oil market is shaky after Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter launched airstrikes on rebel targets in Yemen. ...
  • Iran calls Saudi airstrikes in Yemen 'dangerous step' 5 days ago

    Sanaa: Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes on Thursday targeting military installations in Yemen held by Shiite rebels who were taking over a key port city in the country's south and had driven the embattled president to flee by sea, security officials said. Some of the strikes hit positions in the country's...
  • Saudi Arabia, allies launch air campaign in Yemen against Houthi fighters 5 days ago

    Aden: Saudi Arabia launched air strikes in Yemen on Thursday in coalition with Gulf region allies to counter Iran-backed forces besieging the southern city of Aden, where the US-supported Yemeni president had taken refuge. Shortly after the kingdom's ambassador in Washington announced the military action, unidentified warplanes launched an attack on...
  • India supports Russian resolution opposing benefits for same-sex partners of UN staff 5 days ago

    United Nations: At a time when there is a raging debate calling for decriminalising gay sex back home, India has supported a Russian-drafted resolution that opposed benefits for same-sex partners of UN staff but it failed to pass in the General Assembly committee. The Fifth Committee of the General Assembly, that...
  • Woman gets 70 lashes for insulting Saudi man on WhatsApp March 16, 2015

    Jeddah: A 32-year-old woman will receive 70 lashes and have to pay USD 5,332 fine for defaming a Saudi man on an instant messaging application. The woman was found guilty by a criminal court in Eastern Saudi Arabia of tarnishing the reputation of the complainant through WhatsApp, local media said on...
  • Saudi Arabia outpaces India to become top defence importer: Report March 9, 2015

    Dubai: Saudi Arabia has dislodged India to become the world's top defence importer in 2014, while China inched closer to its Asian neighbour at third position, research company IHS said on Sunday in a report. The US continues to be the top defence exporter followed by Russia, France and the UK,...
  • Indian arrested in Saudi Arabia for posting blasphemous image March 5, 2015

    Jeddah: An Indian has been arrested in Saudi Arabia for allegedly posting a blasphemous image of the Kaaba on his Facebook page, a local media report in Jeddah said on Thursday. The Indian expatriate was arrested last month by the police at the airport. He admitted that the Facebook page was...
  • US applies steady pressure on Saudi for human rights: Obama January 28, 2015

    Even as US works closely with the Saudis on common strategic goals like counter terrorism, US President Barack Obama said he and his administration continue to apply "steady, consistent pressure" on issues like human rights. "Sometimes we have to balance our need to speak to them about human rights issues...
  • Maintained sustained dialogue with Saudis to promote free speech: Obama to Fareed Zakaria January 27, 2015

    New Delhi: US President Barack Obama has said his country has maintained sustained dialogue with Saudi Arabia and all other countries on promoting free speech. In an exclusive interview to CNN's Fareed Zakaria, Obama said, "What I found effective is to apply study-consistent pressure. Even we are getting business done that...
  • Obama's three-day India visit ends, US President flies to Saudi Arabia January 27, 2015

    New Delhi: United States President Barack Obama on Tuesday afternoon left for Saudi Arabia from Palam Air Force Base in New Delhi after his India visit which lasted for a little over two days. Obama was invited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the chief guest at India's 66th Republic...
  • White House confirms cancellation of Barack Obama's visit to Taj Mahal in Agra on January 27 January 24, 2015

    New Delhi: The White House on Saturday confirmed the cancellation of US President Barack Obama's visit to Taj Mahal in Agra on January 27. As per the initial plan Obama was to visit Taj Mahal along with the US first lady Michelle Obama on January 27. Obama will leave India after...
  • Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah dies, new ruler is Salman January 23, 2015

    Riyadh: Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah died early on Friday and his brother Salman became king, the royal court in the world's top oil exporter and birthplace of Islam said in a statement carried by state television. King Salman has named his half-brother Muqrin as his crown prince and heir. "His Highness Salman...
  • Snowmen un-Islamic, says Saudi Arabian cleric January 13, 2015

    Dubai: A prominent Saudi Arabian cleric has whipped up controversy by issuing a religious ruling forbidding the building of snowmen, described them as anti-Islamic. Asked on a religious website if it was permissible for fathers to build snowmen for their children after a snowstorm in the country's north, Sheikh Mohammed Saleh...
  • Saudi blogger flogged in public 50 times for insulting Islam: witness January 12, 2015

    Dubai: A Saudi blogger convicted of insulting Islam was brought after Friday prayers to a public square in the port city of Jiddah and flogged 50 times before hundreds of spectators, a witness to the lashing said. The witness said Raif Badawi's feet and hands were shackled during the flogging but...
  • Amit GT to open 15 stores in UAE, Saudi Arabia January 11, 2015

    New Delhi: Designer Amit GT is set to open 15 stores of his luxury fashion line, Amit GT Couture in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia. The designer has signed up with a Saudi-based company to open 15 exclusive Amit GT Couture boutiques in the UAE and Saudi Arabia,...
  • Crude oil prices plunge after OPEC rejects drastic cut in oil output November 28, 2014

    Crude oil prices have plunged after OPEC members rejected calls for drastic action to cut their oil output. OPEC's Secretary General said they would not try to shore up prices by reducing production. Following the announcement Brent crude hit its lowest since August 2010 - falling below 72 dollars a...
  • Saudi Arabia beheads 9th Pakistani since mid-October November 27, 2014

    Riyadh: Saudi Arabia on Thursday beheaded a Pakistani for heroin smuggling, bringing to nine the number of people from his country executed since mid-October. Mohammed Rahman Mohammed Asghar had been "tried and found guilty of smuggling a large quantity of heroin into the kingdom," the official Saudi Press Agency said....
  • Saudi man divorces wife for ignoring his Whatsapp messages November 17, 2014

    Dubai: A Saudi man has divorced his wife after she ignored his Whatsapp messages despite reading them. The husband, in his 30s, was frustrated by his wife's seemingly endless interest in using her phone for chatting with friends and family. "She spent most of her time on the phone to the...
  • Ambassadors of Gulf Arab states to return to Qatar November 17, 2014

    Riyadh: Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on Monday said they will reinstate their ambassadors to Qatar after withdrawing them in an unprecedented move eight months ago. The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, which also includes Kuwait and Oman, had been rattled by the rift in relations that was widely...
  • Ready to cooperate in all sectors: Saudi Crown Prince tells Modi November 16, 2014

    Brisbane: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday held a bilateral meeting with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. During the delegation level talks held on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Brisbane, the Saudi crown prince congratulated the Prime Minister and said...