Clerical power wanes in Saudi religious reset

RIYADH: Muezzins issuing high-decibel calls to prayer have long been part of Saudi identity, but a crackdown on mosque loudspeakers is among contentious reforms...

Iran’s ultraconservatives hail Raisi win

TEHRAN: Iran's ultraconservatives yesterday hailed the election victory of their candidate Ebrahim Raisi, after Washington charged the vote was unfair. Raisi, 60, won Friday's...

Today’s presidential vote a ‘serious’ contest: Iran

TEHRAN: On the eve of Iran's presidential election, expected to hand victory to the ultraconservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi, the candidate-vetting Guardian Council insisted yesterday...

Zionists strike Gaza, kill West Bank woman

GAZA CITY: The Zionist entity carried out strikes on Gaza early yesterday, the first flare-up since a major conflict killed hundreds last month. Tensions...

Lebanese army in crisis mode ahead of donor conference

BEIRUT: Lebanon is unable to pay its soldiers enough, the army warned yesterday ahead of a UN-backed conference during which donors will seek to...

Field narrows as sanctions-hit Iran elects president

TEHRAN: The field of candidates thinned out yesterday two days ahead of Iran's presidential election, in which a victory by ultraconservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi...

Emirates posts first annual loss in over 30 years

DUBAI: Dubai-based Emirates airline yesterday posted a $5.5 billion annual loss, its first in more than three decades, after the coronavirus pandemic devastated the...

Iraqi Kurdish speaker fights a man’s world

ARBIL, Iraq: Rewaz Faiq is just one of two women serving as parliament speaker in the Middle East, where politics is a man's world,...

Iran activists dismayed by frontrunner

PARIS: Ebrahim Raisi, the favorite in Iran's presidential election, has used his position at the heart of the judiciary for grave rights violations, including...

Houthi drone falls on Saudi school

RIYADH: A bomb-laden drone launched by Yemen's Houthi rebels crashed into a Saudi school on Sunday, state media said, despite growing diplomatic efforts for...

Dubai’s yachts offer socially distanced luxe

DUBAI: Dubai earned a reputation for delivering luxury for those with cash to splash years ago, but amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a new mode...

Post and present trauma time bomb hangs over Gaza

GAZA CITY: Her eyes glued to a cellphone photo of her sister and four children killed in a Zionist strike on Gaza, Ola lets...

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20th June