Specialist hospital is top healthcare institution

RIYADH: King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH&RC) has led its sector for the second successive year, ranking as the top healthcare institution in the Kingdom and the Middle East. It stands out as the only hospital globally to be among the top 10 valuable brands in its country, according to two reports by Brand … Read more

Indonesia explores opportunities in Suez Canal Economic Zone

JAKARTA: Indonesia is setting its sights on cooperation with the Suez Canal Economic Zone, authorities have said after a series of ministerial-level meetings in Cairo this week. An Indonesian delegation led by Deputy Trade Minister Jerry Sambuaga met with officials from the Suez Canal Economic Zone on Sunday to explore opportunities, as Jakarta seeks to … Read more

British police officer pleads guilty to terror charges for showing support for Hamas

NEW DELHI: A broad trade and investment pact signed by India and the UAE two years ago has boosted bilateral trade by 16 percent, with India’s top business body seeing growth, especially in the innovation, energy and technology sectors. The Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement was signed by India’s Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal and … Read more

Report argues TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat should be banned for users under the age of 18

Are you fed up feeling like your phone has a grip on your life that won’t let go? Researchers in France definitely are. The European nation is making serious moves towards regulating smartphone use for children after a landmark report deemed them “victims” of a technological revolution that has sought to turn them into “merchandise”. … Read more

Saudi financial robo-advisory firm Abyan Capital secures $18m in funding  

RIYADH: Underscoring international confidence in the Saudi economy, global consulting firm Alvarez & Marsal has become yet another company to have opened its regional headquarters in Riyadh. In a press statement, the US firm stated that the inauguration of the new regional headquarters underscores its commitment to contributing to the country’s transformation agenda.  “As the … Read more

UAE banks’ aggregate capital, reserves exceed $136bn

RIYADH: UAE-based banks’ aggregate capital and reserves reached 501.5 billion dirhams ($136 billion) at the end of February, up 14.4 percent year-on-year, according to new data.  The latest statistics from the Central Bank of the UAE showed that on a monthly basis, the total capital and reserves grew 0.95 percent, reflecting an increase of approximately … Read more

Syrians accuse Russia of hitting hospital in new complaint filed with UN rights committee

How fierce but undeclared Israel-Hezbollah war is hurting civilians in south Lebanon BEIRUT: For more than six months, an undeclared war has been raging along Lebanon’s southern border with Israel, leading to the displacement of some 92,000 Lebanese citizens and the destruction of homes, businesses and agriculture. The front line of this conflict between Hezbollah … Read more

South Korea parliament approves bill on new inquiry into deadly 2022 crowd crush

Hena Khan, a grade nine student in Dhaka, has struggled to focus on her studies this week as temperatures surpassed 43 degrees Celsius (109 degrees Fahrenheit) in the Bangladesh capital. “There is no real education in schools in this punishing heat,” she said. “Teachers can’t teach, students can’t concentrate. Rather, our lives are at risk.” … Read more