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Police officer killed in Iraq oil well attack

Militants attacked an oilfield in northern Iraq with bombs on Wednesday, killing at least one security officer, oil and security officials said. It was the latest in a series of attacks in northern and central parts of the country in recent days. Explosives struck oil wells at the Bay Hassan oilf

Iraq to enforce 10-day lockdown as authorities struggle with vaccine rollout

Iraqi authorities announced that a 10-day lockdown will be imposed in attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19 amid a faltering vaccine roll-out. Iraq’s cabinet on Tuesday decided in favour of the lockdown, which will take effect on May 12, following the recommendation of the Supreme Committe

UAE Extends Suspension of Entry for Travelers from India

The United Arab Emirates has extended a ban on entry from travelers coming from India, the foreign ministry in Abu Dhabi said in a statement on its website Tuesday, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This decision also includes extending the suspension of entry for travelers who were in India in

Saudi ministry rejects claims about 2nd vaccine dose

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health has refuted claims on social media that people waiting for their second doses will not receive them due to concerns about side effects. On its Twitter account, the ministry published one of the most disputed claims circulating on various platforms on Sunday

Pope expresses hope for Iraqi resurgence

Pope Francis has said that he hopes the Iraqi people will grow “in solidarity and in the ability to acknowledge themselves as responsible for the vulnerabilities of others.” The Pontiff expressed his “heartfelt wishes” to Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs Fuad Hussein duri

UAE reports 1,772 new coronavirus cases, 1,769 recoveries in 24 hours

The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) announced 1,772 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the UAE to 525,567. As part of its intensified testing campaign, MoHAP announced that it conducted 156,940 additional COVID-19 tests over the past 24 hours, using st

Two rockets fired at Baghdad airport base housing US troops

Two rockets on Sunday were fired at an airbase at Iraq's Baghdad airport housing US-led coalition troops, in the second such attack in 10 days, the Iraqi army said. One of the projectiles was intercepted by the C-Ram counter-rocket, artillery and mortar system installed to protect US troops in Ir

Saudi Arabia to allow vaccinated citizens to travel from May 17

Vaccinated Saudis and those who have recovered from COVID-19 will be allowed to travel abroad as of 1 a.m. from May 17, the Saudi Ministry of Interior (MoI) has announced in a statement.   The MoI said that citizens who are fully vaccinated or have received a first dose at least 14 days bef

Oman bans commercial activity from May 8 to 15

Oman will ban the movement of people and vehicles from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. from May 8 until May 15, the state news agency said on Sunday, citing the Supreme Committee for Combating Coronavirus.Oman will also ban commercial activity all day during the same period, except for food stores, gas stations,

Saudi Arabia announces 11 more COVID-19 deaths

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced 11 deaths from COVID-19 and 1,048 new infections on Saturday.Of the new cases, 379 were recorded in Riyadh, 277 in Makkah, 141 in the the Eastern Province, 46 in Asir, 41 in Madinah, 35 in Jazan, 33 in Tabuk, 21 in Hail, 15 in Najran, 14 in the Northern Borders regio

Abu Dhabi crown prince receives Saudi FM

The crown prince of Abu Dhabi received Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister at Qasr Al-Watan on Saturday.During the meeting, Prince Faisal bin Farhan and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan reviewed bilateral relations between the countries and ways to enhance them in all fields.They also discuss

Emir of Qatar Receives Prince Turki bin Mohammed

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani received in Doha on Thursday Saudi Minister of the State and Member of the Cabinet Prince Turki bin Mohammad bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz. Talks focused on bilateral relations and ways to boost them. Prince Turki relayed to Sheikh Tamim the greetings of Cu

US envoy meets Saudi crown prince in fresh Yemen peace push

US Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking met Saudi Arabia’s crown prince as he pushes efforts to end Yemen’s civil war.Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the diplomat discussed the latest Yemeni developments and reviewed the joint efforts exerted by both countries to reach a compreh

Iran’s main envoy meets with top Kuwait leaders

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif met with Kuwait’s top leaders during his visit to the Gulf state, state news agency KUNA reported. Zarif discussed on Thursday with Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah regional and international issues and bilateral relations, the report

UAE sends food aid to Egypt

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) yesterday sent a plane containing 46 metric tonnes of food to Egypt, as part of the Gulf country's humanitarian initiatives during the Holy month of Ramadan. "The food supplies sent by the UAE to the brotherly Egypt are part of the provision of humanitarian supplies

Saudi Arabia announces 11 more COVID-19 deaths

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced 11 deaths from COVID-19 and 1,026 new infections on Thursday.Of the new cases, 441 were recorded in Riyadh, 233 in Makkah, 133 in the the Eastern Province, 49 in Asir, 33 in Madinah, 33 in Jazan, 21 in Hail, 18 in Tabuk, 16 in the Northern Borders region, 10 in Najra

Volunteers distribute 10,000 Iftar meals a day in Makkah

In the first 15 days of Ramadan, the Ikram Food Preservation Association in Makkah distributed more than 115,000 iftar meals. The food has been distributed to expatriate students, workers in the health sectors, and those in need. Ahmed Al-Matrafi, the association's director, said local volunteer

India thanks Bahrain for solidarity, support in combating COVID-19 pandemic

India has thanked Bahrain for the Kingdom’s solidarity and support to India with the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected the entire world. “The Government of India appreciates the decision of the Bahraini Cabinet and expresses gratitude to HM the King and HRH the Crown Prince and Prim