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Kuwait allows passengers from 31 ‘banned’ countries to enter, but rules apply

Non-Kuwaiti passengers of 31 countries banned from entering the country can now enter, but only if they stayed the previous country they were in for at least 14 days, state news agency KUNA reported citing the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.Passengers need to be tested for the coronavirus a


Iraq PM Pressures Political Blocs to Hold Early Elections

Talks are ongoing in Iraq to hold early parliamentary elections, scheduled by Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi for June 6, 2021. During the past two days, President Barham Salih met with Kadhimi and former PM Haidar al-Abadi to discuss the polls. Statements from these meetings gave little detail


Yemen Urges Security Council to Extend Iran Arms Embargo

Amid mounting fears of the ongoing transfer of smuggled Iranian arms to Houthi militias, the Yemeni legitimate government called upon the UN Security Council Monday to extend an arms embargo on Iran, set to expire after two months. “We warn against lifting the embargo on sale, supply, and t


UAE pledges support to families who lost members in Beirut blast

The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) will offer help to those who lost family members in the deadly Beirut blast, state news agency WAM has reported. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, chairman of ERC and a representative of the UAE’s Al-Dhafra region, has instructed the organization to provide


Saudi Crown Prince, Brazilian President Discuss Bilateral Ties

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, held telephone talks on Monday with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro had telephoned the Crown Prince to inquire about the health of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, who


Yemen’s UNESCO-listed Old Sanaa houses collapse in heavy rains

 Houses in Yemen’s UNESCO-listed Old City of Sanaa are collapsing under heavy rains, as months of floods and storms assail a country already reeling from war, food shortages and disease.The distinctive brown and white mud brick houses of Sanaa’s historic neighborhoods, which date


Saudi Arabia Calls for Transparent Probe into Beirut Blast

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan called on Sunday for a transparent international investigation into the massive explosion that has destroyed swathes of Beirut. Prince Faisal told an online donor conference that Saudi Arabia stands with the Lebanese people. He stressed “the


Dubai airport hands out roses to Beirut passengers in a show of support

Passengers arriving from Beirut in Dubai were handed white roses on Sunday in a heartfelt gesture of support following last week’s deadly blast. The 163 passengers boarding an Emirates airline flight who arrived at Dubai International Airport were gifted the roses from Dubai Customs


Tensions Rise between Sadrists, Protesters in Iraq’s Nasiriyah

Tensions were high in Iraq’s Nasiriyah city between anti-government protesters and supporters of the Sadrist movement, led by cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. According to activists, tensions broke out between protesters, who have been present at Al Habobi square for months, and Sadrists who arrived


KSRelief Sends Third Plane to Beirut as Part of Relief Aid Bridge

A third King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) plane loaded with aid departed Saudi Arabia on Saturday to the Lebanese capital as part of a relief air bridge that was set up to help the people in wake of the devastating Beirut blast. The air bridge was establishment at the dire


Torrential Floods Kill 100 Yemenis in a Week

Yemeni official and local sources estimated that around 100 Yemenis have died in torrential floods and heavy rains in the governorates of Marib, Sanaa, Raymah, Ibb, Umran and Hodeidah. This comes at a time the internationally recognized government is working to intensify relief operations while H


Oman lifts lockdown as country gradually eases COVID-19 restrictions

Oman has lifted its lockdown as the country gradually eases its coronavirus restrictions.Dhofar province however has been excluded from the decision and will remain under lockdown until further notice, Oman’s state news agency ONA reported, citing the country’s Supreme Committee.ONA also


Fire in Jeddah’s Al-Sulaymaniyah neighborhood brought under control

A fire broke out in Jeddah’s Al-Sulaymaniyah neighborhood and has been brought under control, the Civil Defence in Makkah Region said.  The blaze started in a number of portacabins in an area close to the Haramian train station in Jeddah. No casualties were reported.


Oman, Qatar Report Rise in Coronavirus Cases

Oman's Ministry of Health said it had registered 427 new coronavirus cases on Thursday. Among those, 210 new cases were of expats and 217 of Omanis. The new cases raised the total infections in the country to 80,713.   Also, up tp 70,910 recoveries were reported and up to 492 deaths, acco


Arab coalition intercept Houthi drone targeting Saudi Arabia

The Saudi-backed Arab coalition forces intercepted a Houthi drone targeting the Kingdom, state news agency SPA reported on Thursday.Coalition forces intercepted a Houthi drone heading towards Saudi Arabia, coalition’s spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said.The militia continue to violate the St


Yemen asks UNESCO to help save heritage sites

A Yemeni official has urged UNESCO for urgent protection of heritage sites from natural disasters, state news agency Saba New reported. Recent heavy rains have damaged the country’s historical sites, particularly those included in the UN body’s World Heritage List, according to Mohamed


Qatar financed ‘weapons deliveries’ to Hezbollah according to new dossier

Qatar allegedly financed “weapons deliveries” to Hezbollah as early as 2017, according to a new dossier seen by American news site Fox News. A private security contractor who penetrated Qatar’s weapons procurement business told Fox News that a member of the Qatari royal family all


Yemenis fear decaying oil tanker could cause major disaster

 Following Tuesday’s huge explosions in Beirut, Yemenis have been voicing their concern that the decaying Safer floating storage and offloading terminal could lead to a devastating disaster in Yemen if it is not repaired soon. Having seen footage of the destruction wrought by the explo





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