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via arabnews01/18/2021

Jordan says 2021 budget 'most difficult in kingdom's history' - Arab News

AMMAN: Jordanian MPs are set to deliberate the 2021 state budget bill, which the government has described as the “most difficult in the kingdom’s history.” The government submitted the draft budget law for 2021 and budgets of independent public institutions to the Lower House on Sunday, with an estimated post-foreign aid deficit of JOD2.06 billion ($2.89 billion), or 6.5

via arabnews01/15/2021

UAE reports new record daily COVID-19 cases with 3407 infections - Arab News

DUBAI: The UAE posted a new record for daily coronavirus cases with 3,407 positive results reported on Thursday. The Ministry of Health and Prevention also announced seven new deaths due to COVID-19 complications, state news agency WAM reported. The country’s caseload is now at 246,376 cases and 733 fatalities, the ministry added. Health officials also noted that an additional

via arabnews01/14/2021

HRW blasts Turkey for using COVID-19 pandemic to silence dissident views - Arab News

ANKARA: Human Rights Watch (HRW) released its World Report 2021 on Jan.13 and its chapter on Turkey highlights the country’s increasing crackdown on human rights over the past year. The New York-based watchdog criticized the Turkish government for using the COVID-19 pandemic as a pretext for increasing authoritarianism by silencing dissident views and adopting legislation that

via cyclingtips01/13/2021

López misses training camp after COVID-19 positive: Daily News Digest - CyclingTips

Tuesday's headlines brought news that Miguel Ángel López is missing Movistar's training camp after testing positive for COVID-19, Stefan Denifl has received a prison sentence, and Philippe Gilbert is uncertain of his form as he continues to work his way back after a knee injury, to mention only some of the days news items.

via finance.yahoo01/10/2021

Bahrain says it will open airspace to Qatar as of Jan 11 - Yahoo Finance

Bahrain will open its airspace to Qatar as of Jan. 11, the civil aviation affairs authority said on Sunday, following a U.S.-backed deal by Arab states last week to end a dispute with Doha. Bahrain, along with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, severed diplomatic, trade and travel ties with Qatar in mid-2017.

via saudigazette.sa01/15/2021

Bahrain announces delay in delivery of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine shipments - Saudi Gazette

Bahrain's Ministry of Health on Friday announced the shipment of vaccines manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTec, scheduled to arrive in the country in January, will not arrive on the initial agreed upon date with the company, due to production and supply processes on the manufacturers' side.

via arabnews01/14/2021

Qatar releases Bahraini bodybuilding champion Sami Al-Haddad, 2 others - Arab News

RIYADH: Qatar released three Bahrainis on Thursday who were arrested at sea while on a fishing trip. Sami Ibrahim Al-Haddad — a body building champion — and his friend Mohammed Yousef Al-Dossari were arrested on Jan. 8 by Qatar’s coastal and border security. Manama said they were in Bahrain’s territorial waters at the time. The release was “based on the Cabinet’s directives to

via arabnews01/13/2021

Japan presses on with Olympics preparations despite surging coronavirus cases - Arab News

TOKYO: Japan’s government is continuing with preparations to hold the Tokyo Olympics this summer as planned, following a postponement because of the coronavirus pandemic, chief cabinet secretary Katsunobu Kato said on Wednesday. Japan has repeatedly insisted it will hold the Games despite opinion polls showing a majority of respondents want them postponed again or canceled.

via arabnews01/10/2021

1 policeman killed, dozens injured in southern Iraq clashes - Arab News

BAGHDAD: A policeman was killed and dozens of people injured Sunday in clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters in southern Iraq, multiple security officials said. They said the clashes erupted in Haboubi square in the town of Nasiriyah in violence that began over the arrest of activists in the province. Security forces used tear gas and batons in effort

via arabnews01/15/2021

Bahrainis detained by Qatar return to kingdom - Arab News

DUBAI: Three Bahrainis detained by Qatar have arrived back in the kingdom after Manama helped to extradite their release, the Bahrain News Agency reported on Friday. Bodybuilding champion Sami Al-Haddad, his friend Mohammed Al-Dossari and fisherman Habib Abbas were released by Qatari authorities on Thursday after they were arrested by Qatari coast and border security while

via arabnews01/14/2021

Fearful Lebanese stay home as COVID-19 cases hit new high - Arab News

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s security forces have praised public compliance with lockdown measures as the country struggles to reduce a dramatic rise in the number of coronavirus cases. Internal Security Forces spokesman Col. Joseph Mousallem told Arab News that the rate of commitment to the curfew was 90 percent across the country, including poorer districts, where residents previously

via arabnews01/14/2021

COVID-related article in Labor Law 'no longer effective', says Saudi ministry - Arab News

The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (HRSD) announced Jan. 13, that Article No. 41 on the COVID-19 pandemic, which was introduced to the Labor Law, is no longer effective. According to Argaam’s data, the article was introduced in April 2020 to the executive regulations of the Labor Law, in order to improve and protect the contractual relationship between

via arabnews01/13/2021

Bahrain calls on Qatar to release athlete Sami Al-Haddad - Arab News

DUBAI: Bahrain’s Olympic Committee (ANOC) is seeking the release of bodybuilder Sami Al-Haddad from Qatar, state news agency BNA reported. The call was echoed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the report added. Al-Haddad was detained by Qatari officials on Jan. 8, 2021, while he was fishing in Bahraini territorial waters, BNA said. The athlete won the gold medal in

via arabnews01/11/2021

Mohamed Salah donates oxygen tanks to hometown hospital battling COVID-19 - Arab News

CAIRO: Liverpool striker Mohammed Salah has been praised after last week donating oxygen cylinders to help coronavirus patients in his hometown Nagrig.  Hassan Bakr, head of the Nagrig Charity Association, told Egyptian press that Salah pledged to install a full oxygen tank at Basyoun Hospital to help coronavirus patients after learning that some hospitals were struggling to

via arabnews01/10/2021

Bahrain allows Qatar to use its airspace after dispute resolved - Arab News

LONDON: Bahrain opened its airspace to Qatar on Monday, the Civil Aviation Affairs Department said, after an agreement to resolve a dispute between Arab nations and Doha was signed last week. The announcement came a day after Saudi Arabia said it had opened its border with Qatar, officially ending the three-year dispute. The Kingdom’s national carrier, Saudia, as well as Qatar