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Saudi Arabia’s New COVID – 19 Vaccination Rules Come Into Effect

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – New rules requiring people in Saudi Arabia to have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine before entering certain public place come into effect today, October 10. Under the new regulations announced on October 1, anyone wishing to enter government buildings, schools, events, or use public transportation and air travel must have received … More Saudi Arabia’s New COVID – 19 Vaccination Rules Come Into Effect

Saudi Arabia To Restrict Umrah Permits To Those Who Received Two COVID Vaccine Doses

PARIS, France – Authorities in Saudi Arabia have announced they will restrict the issuance of Umrah permits to those who have received two doses of approved COVID – 19 vaccines in the Kingdom starting from Sunday, according to a statement. Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced that the rule will apply starting 6 … More Saudi Arabia To Restrict Umrah Permits To Those Who Received Two COVID Vaccine Doses

Greece Will Allow Greater Freedoms For Vaccinated People In Areas Of Higher Infection

PARIS, France  – Greece will lift some pandemic restrictions in regions where coronavirus cases have been the highest, its health minister said, starting on Saturday. The move, initially implemented for two weeks, is part of a drive to grant  greater freedoms to people who are fully vaccinated against the virus and to encourage a large unvaccinated … More Greece Will Allow Greater Freedoms For Vaccinated People In Areas Of Higher Infection

Saudi Non – Oil Business Growth At Seven – Year High In Sept – PMI

MILAN, Italy – Saudi Arabia’s non – oil private sector grew in September, with new orders rising at the fastest rate in seven years, a business survey showed, as a relaxation of COVID – 19 restrictions on activity and travel boosted customer demand. The seasonally adjusted IHS Markit Saudi Arabia Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) surged to … More Saudi Non – Oil Business Growth At Seven – Year High In Sept – PMI

U.S. State Department Approves Potential $500 Million Saudi Maintenance Deal

WASHINGTON – – The U.S. State Department has approved a potential agreement covering up to $500 million in military support services for Saudi Arabia, and has sent the agreement to Congress for review, the Pentagon said on Thursday. It was the first major defense agreement for Saudi Arabia sent to Congress since President Joe Biden … More U.S. State Department Approves Potential $500 Million Saudi Maintenance Deal

‘Intimidating’: Dubai Ruler Tried To Buy 30 Mln Pound Estate Next To Ex – Wife

LONDON – Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al – Maktoum tried to buy one of the most expensive properties for sale in Britain which overlooked his ex – wife’s rural estate, in a ‘deliberate’ act that was ‘intimidating’, a senior British judge has ruled. Agents acting for Mohammed were weeks away from exchanging contract on the 30 million pound ($41 million) Parkwood estate when the sheikh’s team decided to pull out of the deal. His ex – wife, Jordanian princess Haya bint al – Hussein, had raised the matter at the High Court in London as part of a … More ‘Intimidating’: Dubai Ruler Tried To Buy 30 Mln Pound Estate Next To Ex – Wife

NSO Ended Pegasus Contract With UAE over Dubai Leader’s Hacking

LONDON – The Israeli – based NSO Group ended its contract with the United Arab Emirate to use its powerful ‘Pegasus’ state spyware tool because Dubai’s ruler was using it to hack the phones of his ex-wife and some close to her, her lawyers told England’s High Court. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al – Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE, instructed the hacking of six phones belonging to Princess Haya bin Al – Hussein, her lawyers and security team, England’s High Court ruled in a judgment which was made public on Wednesday. The hacking took place last year … More NSO Ended Pegasus Contract With UAE over Dubai Leader’s Hacking

Pakistan Quake Kills At Least 20, Injures Hundreds

PARIS, France  –  At least 20 people were killed and about 300 injured on Thursday when a 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck southern Pakistan in the early hours as many of victims of the victims were asleep, the Disaster Management Authority said. Rescue workers said most of those killed were women and children. The earthquake struck at the relatively shallow dept of 20 km (12 miles) with an epicentre 102 km (62 miles) east of the city of Quette, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. More than 100 mud houses collapsed and many buildings were damaged. Television  footage showed buildings with gaping … More Pakistan Quake Kills At Least 20, Injures Hundreds

Saudi Arabia Updates Its COVID – 19 Travel Guidelines For Certain Categories

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia on Tuesday updated its travel requirements and guidelines, allowing certain categories of people from all countries to directly travel to the Kingdom, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. Travelers in the following categories are now allowed to travel to Saudi Arabia directly from the countries where they were previously required to spend 14 days in a different country before arriving in the Kingdom: University and higher education faculty members Public education teachers People involved in training at the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) and other training institutes Scholarship students Those who have … More Saudi Arabia Updates Its COVID – 19 Travel Guidelines For Certain Categories

Jordanian King Says He Has Nothing To Hide As Leaked Papers Cite His Wealth

PARIS, France – King Abdullah of Jordan said on Monday he had nothing to hide following leaks of financial documents that showed he used offshore accounts to buy expensive properties abroad. Earlier, a palace statement reacting to the leak of what major news outlets called a secret trove of documents about offshore finance, said the properties were not a secret but were not disclosed for reason of privacy and security. In the data dump collectively called the ‘Pandora Papers’, published on Sunday, Abdullah, a close U.S. ally, is alleged to have used offshore accounts to spend more than $100 million on … More Jordanian King Says He Has Nothing To Hide As Leaked Papers Cite His Wealth

Pandora Papers: Document Dump Allegedly Links World Leaders To Secret Wealth

WASHINGTON – A massive leak of financial documents was published by several major news organizations on Sunday that allegedly tie world leaders to secret stores of wealth, including King Abdullah of Jordan, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis and associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The dump of more than 11.9 million records, amounting to about 2,94 terabytes of data, came five years after the leak known as the ‘Panama Papers’ exposed how money was hidden by the wealthy in ways that law enforcement agencies could not detect. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), a Washington, D.C. – based network or … More Pandora Papers: Document Dump Allegedly Links World Leaders To Secret Wealth

EU Foreign Policy Chief Says Discussed Nuclear Talks, Afghanistan In Saudi Visit

RIYADH / Saudi Arabia – European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said during a visit to Saudi Arabia on Sunday that he had briefed his partners about the prospects  of restarting nuclear talks with Iran and hoped that would happen ‘soon’. Borrell, speaking at a joint news conference with his Saudi counterpart, said he had also exchanged views on Afghanistan and Yemen. He said EU was ready to pursue trade deals with Gulf Arab countries.

OPEC Meets On Output Increase As Oil Prices Rally

OPEC and its allies meet on Monday to debate how much oil to release into the red hot market, where supply disruptions and recovering demand from the coronavirus pandemic have pushed oil above $80 per barrel. The oil price rally to three – year high is exacerbated by an even bigger increase in gas prices, which have spiked 300% and have to trade close to an equivalent of $200 per barrel due to supply shortages and low production of existing cuts. Four OPEC+ sources told Reuters last week producers were considering adding more than that deal envisaged, but none gave … More OPEC Meets On Output Increase As Oil Prices Rally

Saudi Embassy In Oman Calls On Citizens To Be Cautious Amid Tropical Storm Shaheen

Riyadh / Saudi Arabia – – Saudi Arabia’s Embassy in Muscat on Monday called on all Saudi citizens in Oman to exercise caution and follow the instructions of the country’s General Authority Of Civil Aviation in anticipation of the effects of the tropical cyclone ‘Shaheen’. The embassy added that it urges citizens to contact the embassy in case they require assistance. ‘May God protect the Sultanate [of Oman] and its people from all harm’, the embassy said in a statement. Oman’s Civil Aviation Agency said the latest satellite images and weather charts analysis at the National Multi Hazards Early Warning … More Saudi Embassy In Oman Calls On Citizens To Be Cautious Amid Tropical Storm Shaheen

Top White House Aide Discussed Oil Prices With Saudi Arabia

Washington – A senior aide to President Joe Biden raised the issue of oil prices in conversations this week with the leadership of top crude producer Saudi Arabia, according to the White House. Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, met in Saudi Arabia with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday to discuss the war in Yemen. But White House press secretary Jen Psaki said oil was also ‘of concern’ and on the agenda. ‘The national security adviser and his team reiterated the imperative of creating conditions to support global economic recovery in his meeting earlier this week’, said … More Top White House Aide Discussed Oil Prices With Saudi Arabia

France To Reduce Visas For North Africans In Migration

Paris / France – France will reduce the number of visas issued to people in North Africa because governments there are refusing to take back migrants expelled from France. The move announced Tuesday comes amid pressure from far – right politicians on centrist President Emmanuel Macron to implement tougher immigration rules and creates new tensions between France and its North African neighbors. Morocco’s foreign minister slammed the decision as ‘unjustified’. Staring in a few weeks, the French government plans to slash the number of visas given to Algerians and Moroccans by half, and to Tunisians by 30%, according to government … More France To Reduce Visas For North Africans In Migration

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