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Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy sentenced to jail for corruption

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was on Monday found guilty of corruption and sentenced to jail. A court in Paris found that Sarkozy offered to help a magistrate land a prestigious job in return for inside information on an inquiry into his 2007 election campaign finances. Sarkozy, 66, wa


Coronavirus cases, deaths rise in Arab countries

Jordan, Libya, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Iraq and Palestine announced new coronavirus infections and fatalities yesterday as efforts continue to contain the deadly virus, Anadolu Agency reports. JordanThe Health Ministry announced 3,644 more cases, bringing the number of infections to 383,912.


Lobbying firm to push for Turkey’s return to F-35 fighter jet program

ANKARA: A lobbying firm has been hired to push for Turkey’s reintegration into the US F-35 fighter jet program after being booted out of it for buying a Russian air defense system. Ankara-based SSTEK is owned by the Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB), which is tasked with governing


Biden administration approves $197m arms sale to Egypt

The US State Department on Tuesday approved an arms sale to Egypt valued at about $200 million, the first weapons sale under the Biden administration. The notification of approval said the sale included rolling airframe missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $197m. Egypt had req


Corona deaths in the world exceed two and a half million

A Reuters statistics showed that more than 109.08 million people have been infected with the Coronavirus worldwide, while the total number of deaths resulting from the virus has reached two million and 509898. HIV infections have been recorded in more than 210 countries and regions since the firs


WHO: 13 Middle East Nations Have New Variant Cases

Coronavirus case numbers are stabilizing in parts of the Middle East but the situation remains critical, with more than a dozen countries reporting cases of new variants, the World Health Organization said Monday. Ahmed al-Mandhari, director of WHO’s eastern Mediterranean region, which comp


Newspaper: Russia is armed with the longest submarine in the world

The Russian Defense Ministry is preparing to acquire the "Belgorod" nuclear submarine, which is the longest submarine in the world, according to the Russian newspaper "Izvestia", reported Saturday. The newspaper pointed out that the submarine "Belgorod" (Project 09852), which has a length of 180


Iran’s army test fires short-range ‘smart’ missile

TEHRAN: Iran’s army test fired a sophisticated short-range missile on Sunday, state media reported.The report by the official IRNA news agency quoted the chief of the army’s ground forces, Gen. Kioumars Heidari, as saying that the missile’s range was 300 kilometers, or 186 miles.


White House denies Biden is snubbing Israel's Netanyahu

The White House on denied that US President Joe Biden was intentionally snubbing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by failing to include him so far in an early round of phone calls to foreign leaders since taking office last month, Reuters reports. The lack of direct contact bet


Coronavirus cases in Eastern Europe surpass 10 million

The number of COVID-19 cases in Eastern Europe surpassed 10 million on Friday, according to Reuters tally, as countries across the region aim to increase vaccine procurements from multiple suppliers to accelerate inoculation programmes. Countries in Eastern Europe have reported more than 10.02 mi


Coronavirus claims 100,000 lives in the Middle East

A total of 100,000 people have died in the Middle East after contracting Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic in December 2019, according to an AFP tally at 0800 GMT on Thursday based on official data.In all, 4,991,770 people in the region have tested positive for the new coronavirus.In terms


COVID-19 cases, fatalities on rise in Arab countries

Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco and Algeria announced Saturday more fatalities linked to the novel coronavirus as efforts continued to contain the disease, Anadolu Agency reported. TunisiaThe Tunisian Health Ministry reported that 81 more people died from the virus, with 1,438 new cases identif


Zlatan Ibrahimovic posts anti-racism message following Milan-derby clash with Romelu Lukaku

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has denied using racist language during his angry exchange with Romelu Lukaku in Tuesday's Milan derby in the Coppa Italia. The AC Milan striker squared up to his Inter Milan counterpart – and former Manchester United teammate – at the San Siro during the end of the


Senior ISIS leader killed by Iraqi forces, Al Kadhimi says

A senior leader of ISIS' operations in Iraq has been killed by the Iraqi military, Mustafa Al Kadhimi said on Thursday, a week after a rare double suicide bombing in Baghdad. Abu Yaser Al Issawi, was an ISIS commander who had claimed to be the leader of the group in Iraq and its 'deputy caliph'.


10 billionaires could pay for vaccine for all on earth, says report

The collective wealth of the world's billionaires rose $3.9 trillion between March and December 2020 to reach $11.95 trillion, according to "The Inequality Virus" report, published as global leaders tune in for the World Economic Forum's (WEF) virtual "Davos Dialogue" meeting. The 10 richest


Coronavirus cases racing towards 100 million globally

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 2,107,903 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally from official sources at 1100 GMT on Saturday. More than 98,127,150 cases of coronavirus have been registered. Of these, at least 59,613,300 are now considere


UAE signs $23bn deal to buy F-35 jets, drones from US

The UAE has completed the signing of a $23 billion deal with the US to buy defense equipment and up to 50 American F-35 fighter aircraft.In a statement on its website, the Emirati embassy in Washington said: “The United Arab Emirates finalized letters of agreement (LOAs) with the US gov


Johnson: The British Corona strain is more deadly

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced that the current data indicate that the new strain of Corona virus recently discovered in the United Kingdom is considered more deadly than its counterparts.




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