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Hezbollah, Iran’s control of Syrian areas helps them transport weapons: Tlass
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Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Iran “completely control” Syrian borders near Lebanon, Hama airport and surrounding areas which aids them in transporting weapons, Syrian opposition figure Firas Tlass tells Al Arabiya in an interview. “Hama airport is the main transport hub for Iranian weaponry to Hezbollah in Lebanon and southern Syria,” according to Tlass, who also said Iranians “established an intellig
US calls for immediate end to Marib offensive, complete ceasefire in Yemen
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The United States Wednesday praised the Yemeni government’s decision to clear four fuel ships to enter through the Hodeidah port and called on the Iran-backed Houthi militia to halt its offensive in Marib. The State Department said the Yemeni government’s move was “a step in the right direction, but many more steps are needed, particularly an immediate end to the offensive in Marib and a comprehe
Abandoned seafarers in Kuwait enter eleventh week of hunger strike
In Kuwait, 19 seafarers stuck on board an abandoned cargo vessel have entered their eleventh week of a hunger strike in protest over unpaid wages backdated for more than a year. For many, they have spent more than two years onboard the vessel M/V Ula. Most have the crew have about 17 months of pay owed to them, they claim. For all the latest headlines follow our Google News channel online or via
Suez Canal ‘temporarily suspending navigation’ until cargo is reloaded: Officials
Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority said Thursday it was “temporarily suspending navigation” through one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes until the grounded container vessel MV Ever Given is refloated. “Maritime authorities said that 13 shipsfrom the northern convoy via Port Said were supposed to pass through but … remain docked in the transit areas until refloating is complete,” the authority’s
Saudi Arabia launches digital ID project on ‘Tawakkalna’ app
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior, in cooperation with the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA), launched the digital identity project on the “Tawakkalna” application, which can be used for official means, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Wednesday. For all the latest headlines follow our Google News channel online or via the app. The project, which will include the
Saudi Arabia requires PCR test every week for some unvaccinated workers
Workers in certain fields in Saudi Arabia will be required to take a PCR test every seven days at the expense of their employer if they are not vaccinated, the Kingdom’s Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing announced on Wednesday. For more coronavirus news, visit our dedicated page . Employees in barbershops, female salons, restaurants, cafes, and food outlets must be vaccinated st
Row erupts in France over state funding for mosque backed by leading Turkish group
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A row has erupted in France over plans to build a mosque in Strasbourg, with the interior ministry on Wednesday accusing the municipal authorities there of using public money to fund “foreign meddling” on French soil. While President Emmanuel Macron wants to crack down on extremism, which he blames for a series of deadly terror attacks in France since 2015, the planned mosque in the eastern Frenc
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, China’s FM discuss bilateral relations in NEOM
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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed with Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China Wang Yi aspects of Saudi-Chinese relations during a meeting held in Saudi Arabia's NEOM on Wednesday, according to a statement released by SPA. SPA added that the meeting also dealt with areas of bilateral cooperation and promising opportunities for its development in various sectors
UAE reports 2,196 new COVID-19 cases, five deaths
The United Arab Emirates recorded 2,196 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths in the last 24 hours, the country’s National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) announced on Wednesday. For more coronavirus news, visit our dedicated page. The UAE carried out 226,275 coronavirus tests during this time and registered 2,385 recoveries. Wednesday’s numbers bring the total active COVI
Kuwait: Over 200,000 expats lose residency permits in one year
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Stranded abroad and unable to return to Kuwait due to the coronavirus pandemic, over 200,000 Kuwait-based expatriates lost their residencies in one year, Times Kuwait reported on Monday. The expats came from 20 different countries, and the worst-hit nationalities were those from Egypt, India and Sri Lanka, a source told Kuwait daily media Al Qabas. For all the latest headlines follow our Google N
UAE’s Al Hosn App updated to become official national COVID-19 vaccine registry
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The United Arab Emirates’ National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) announced Tuesday that the Al Hosn App, the country’s official application for COVID-19 testing, has been updated to act as the national e-register for vaccinations. NCEMA’s announcement on Twitter stated that the app would contain “all vaccine-related data” which will be provided by various vaccination
Suez Canal blockage by giant vessel likely to disrupt global energy supply chain
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The blockage of the Suez Canal by a giant container vessel is likely to send a ripple of disruption through the global energy supply chain. For the latest headlines, follow our Google News channel online or via the app. European and US refiners that rely on the vital waterway for cargoes of Mideast oil may be forced to look for replacement supplies should the blockage persist, potentially boostin
Dubai deputy ruler, UAE finance minister Sheikh Hamdan dies at age 75
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The United Arab Emirates finance minister and the deputy ruler of the emirate of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al-Maktoum, has died, Dubai’s ruler said on Twitter on Wednesday. For the latest headlines, follow our Google News channel online or via the app. Sheikh Hamdan, aged 75, was the brother of the current ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum. Finance minister since 1971, he
US to hold talks with Iraq next month as Baghdad requests to discuss troop withdrawal
The United States and Iraq will have another round of Strategic Dialogue next month, the White House said Tuesday, just hours after it was reported that Baghdad requested talks to discuss US troop withdrawals. “We look forward to renewing our Strategic Dialogue with the Government of Iraq over the month of April,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement. For all the latest headl
Saudi Council of Ministers holds virtual session to discuss Houthi attacks
Saudi Arabia’s cabinet met Tuesday to discuss and express appreciation for the condemnation of the “cowardly terrorist and sabotage act,” which targeted an oil refinery in Riyadh last week. The meeting also expressed its gratitude to “brotherly and friendly countries, regional and international organizations, and bodies,” the Saudi Press (SPA) reported. For all the latest headlines follow our Goo
Israeli election exit polls give Netanyahu slim majority
Israel’s election on Tuesday was too close to call, according to TV exit polls, with both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his opponents falling short of a governing majority in parliament. Naftali Bennett, a former defense minister who heads the ultranationalist Yamina party emerged as a potential kingmaker. He has not committed publicly to joining either a Netanyahu-led parliamentary bloc
France to reopen its embassy in Libya next week: Macron
France will reopen its embassy in the Libyan capital of Tripoli next week , French President Emmanuel Macron announced Tuesday. “As of Monday, our embassy in Tripoli will reopen and our ambassador can return to your territory,” Macron said after meeting the head of Libya's presidency council, Mohammed al-Menfi. For all the latest headlines, follow our Google News channel online or via the app. Ma
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UN Secretary-General praises Saudi initiative to end fighting in Yemen
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has praised Saudi Arabia’s initiative to end the fighting in Yemen and has called on all sides to prioritize the Yemeni people's needs above “any other considerations.” Saudi Arabia on Monday revealed a new proposal for a ceasefire to the yearslong war in Yemen. The new proposal would include a nationwide ceasefire to be implemented under UN super
‘We don’t want war’ with Sudan, PM Abiy tells Ethiopia’s parliament
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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said Tuesday his country did not want war with Sudan, as tensions over a contested region along their border spark fears of broader conflict. “Ethiopia also has many problems, and we are not ready to go to battle. We don’t need war. It is better to settle it in a peaceful manner,” Abiy told parliament in remarks translated into English for a live TV broadcast.
Saudi Arabia records 410 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours
Saudi Arabia on Tuesday reported 410 new coronavirus cases and five deaths, bringing the total number of cases to 385,834, and the death toll to 6,618, according to the Ministry of Health. The number of recoveries rose by 366 to 375,165. For more coronavirus news, visit our dedicated page. The capital, Riyadh, recorded 159 COVI-19 cases Tuesday, while the Eastern Province had 80 cases, and Mecca
Oman’s new quarantine measures for travelers: all you need to know
Travelers arriving in the Sultanate of Oman will need to book accommodation in hotels or other isolation centers from March 29 onwards, as part of the country’s new rules to curb the spread of COVID-19, Times of Oman reported on Tuesday. The new measures which were issued by the country’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) stated that, starting from 2:00 p.m. on March 29, all arrivals must book their
UAE records 2,172 new COVID-19 cases, six deaths in 24 hours
The United Arab Emirates recorded 2,172 new cases of the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed infections in the country to 444,398, the Ministry of Health and Prevention said on Tuesday. For more coronavirus news, visit our dedicated page. The country has been reporting a steady decline in the number of new infections in the past week, according to official dat
Arab League urges Lebanese politicians to end political deadlock, offers help
The Arab League on Tuesday urged Lebanese politicians to work quickly to end a political deadlock in their country and offered to intervene to help Lebanon to overcome the crisis. For the latest headlines, follow our Google News channel online or via the app. Lebanon’s financial crisis intensified on Monday, after Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri and President Michel Aoun again failed to a
Abu Dhabi makes PCR tests compulsory for private-sector workers in vital sectors
Abu Dhabi has made it compulsory for those working in vital sectors and industries within the private sector to undergo free PCR testing every two weeks, according to a statement from health authorities. The measure aims to enhance precautionary measures as part of efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19 and protect public health, according to the announcement made by the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Cris

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