US ambassador to Yemen says ready to solve Safer tanker crisis

 The US ambassador to Yemen said Washington is ready to help in solving the crisis of an abandoned oil tanker at risk of exploding in the Red Sea.  Ambassador Christopher Hensel said the US is keen on helping given that the FSO Safer poses such a threat. Speaking during a meeting with the Yemeni foriegn minister, he also expressed his appreciation to the efforts by the Yemeni gove... More ...

Palestinian government imposes curfew, bans travel as COVID-19 cases soar

The Palestinian government on Sunday introduced a curfew across the occupied West Bank and heavily restricted travel as COVID-19 cases continued to rise.Hebron, Bethlehem, Ramallah, and Nablus have been “fully closed” for four days and travel between all governorates banned for two weeks.The curfew will be imposed from 8:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. for two weeks “to complete the viru... More ...

China raises flood alert to second highest level

China on Sunday raised its flood response alert to the second highest grade as downpours continued to batter regions along the Yangtze River, with the eastern provinces of Jiangsu and Jiangxi among the worst hit, state media reported.Regional flooding in the Poyang county of Jiangxi has made water levels of China’s Lake Poyang, its biggest freshwater lake, surge to above 22.52 meters, a hist... More ...

Coronavirus claims over 20,000 lives across Mideast, half in Iran

The novel coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 20,000 people across the Middle East, half of them in Iran, according to an AFP tally at 1000 GMT Sunday based on official tolls.But despite having 907,736 reported infections and 20,005 deaths from the COVID-19 illness, the Middle East has been relatively lightly hit by the virus which has killed over half a million people across the globe.Iran,... More ...

Passengers scream in terror and weep as flight battered by severe turbulence

Mask wearing passengers screamed in terror as their flight was bucked around by sudden mid-air turbulence. The IndiGo flight from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Kashmir, India on Saturday was thrown into chaos ten minutes from touchdown when the plane began to shudder. A constant low-level shaking that ran on for two minutes was interspersed by two large heaves. Footage taken from inside of the cabin ... More ...

Trump wears mask in public for first time during pandemic

President Donald Trump wore a mask during a visit to a military hospital on Saturday, the first time the president has been seen in public with the type of facial covering recommended by health officials as a precaution against spreading or becoming infected by the novel coronavirus. Trump flew by helicopter to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in suburban Washington to meet wounded se... More ...

Qatar’s top bank Q2 profit slides over virus

 Qatar National Bank, the largest lender in the Middle East, said Sunday its net profits for the second quarter sank over the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.QNB net profit in the second quarter plunged 25.8 percent to 2.84 billion riyals ($780 million) compared to $1.05 billion in the same period a year ago, the bank said in a statement.The first quarter net profit of QNB, which has opera... More ...

South Asian marriage websites under fire for color bias

An online backlash has forced the matrimonial website Shaadi.com to take down an ‘skin color’ filter which asked users to specify their skin color using descriptors such as fair, wheatish or dark. The filter on the popular site, which caters to the South Asian diaspora, was one of the parameters for matching prospective partners.Meghan Nagpal, a Toronto-based graduate student, logged o... More ...

Can STEM education guarantee job security in the Middle East?

Advances in technology continue to redefine the ways in which we think, work, live and interact with people and our surroundings. As a result, many traditional careers are in decline, which raises important questions for young people in particular. Will the number of jobs that are rendered obsolete by the rapid pace of technological change be greater than the new opportunities and career options ... More ...

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Bill Gates calls for COVID-19 meds to go to people who need them, not ‘highest bidder’

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates called for COVID-19 drugs and an eventual vaccine to be made available to countries and people that need them most, not to the “highest bidder,” saying relying on market forces would prolong the deadly pandemic.“If we just let drugs and vaccines go to the highest bidder, instead of to the people and the places where they are most needed, we&r... More ...

Pregnant pause: Afghan women urged to delay motherhood due to virus crisis

Afghan health officials are urging women to delay plans to become pregnant during the coronavirus outbreak or until a vaccine is available to treat the deadly disease.Akmal Samsor, a Ministry of Public Health official, told Arab News on Saturday that couples are being advised to space their next pregnancy because pregnant women are five times more likely than other women to be hospitalized in... More ...

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature to go ahead in 2021

It has been announced on Sunday that the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature will go ahead in 2021. The festival will feature a programme of both digital and live, physical events, and is scheduled to run from Feb 4 to 6, 2021. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the organizers of the UAE’s biggest literary festival held a number of different literature-themed events online, including digit... More ...

UK vaccine frontrunner could be available in first half of 2021

A leading British scientist has said a Covid-19 vaccine could be rolled out across the country as early as the first half of next year. Professor Robin Shattock leads the team working on Imperial College London’s vaccine, one of the UK’s two most promising research programs. He told Sky News: “We anticipate if everything goes really well, that we'll get an answer as to whether i... More ...

How Gigi Hadid’s dad is protecting her privacy during pregnancy

Palestinian real estate developer Mohamed Hadid took to his Instagram account this weekend to share endearing family photos and used a clever trick to help protect his daughter Gigi’s privacy during her pregnancy.  The part-Palestinian model  celebrated her friend Leah McCarthy’s birthday at her mother Yolanda Hadid’s Pennyslvania farm this weekend with her parents, si... More ...

LeBron won’t wear social justice message on Lakers jersey

LeBron James says his thoughts on social justice can’t be contained on the back of a basketball jersey. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar won’t wear one of the NBA-approved social justice messages on the back of his jersey when the NBA resumes competition later this month in the Orlando bubble. “It was no disrespect to the list that was handed down to all the players,” Jam... More ...

Widow condemns “barbaric” death of driver beaten over masks

The wife of a French bus driver who was beaten to death after he asked four passengers to wear face masks aboard his vehicle called Saturday for “exemplary punishment” for his killers. The assault on Philippe Monguillot has scandalized France. President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday dispatched the interior minister to meet the driver’s widow after his death was announced Friday. H... More ...



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