BREAKING NEWS

BUSINESS | Saudi Crown Prince Discusses Oil Markets Stability With Russian President On Phone

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, received a phone call from President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation. During the phone conversation, they discussed the efforts being exerted to stabilize the oil markets, the Saudi Press Agency, SPA, reported. … Continue reading BUSINESS | Saudi Crown Prince Discusses Oil Markets Stability With Russian President On Phone

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TRAVEL | Seychelles Bans Cruise Ships Through 2021 To Prevent Covid-19 Spread

The Seychelles is taking the bold step of banning all cruise ship tourism through the end of 2021 as a measure to prevent the spread of the COVID-19. The East Arica island nation’s largest, the Seychelles Nation, reports that Didier Dogley, the country’s Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, made the decision. According … Continue reading TRAVEL | Seychelles Bans Cruise Ships Through 2021 To Prevent Covid-19 Spread

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NEWS ALERT | Saudi-Led Coalition Says Shot Down Two Drones Launched By Yemen’s Houthis: Agency

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The Saudi-led coalition engaged in Yemen shot down two drones launched in the direction of Saudi Arabia by the Houthi group, Saudi States News Agency SPA reported, citing a coalition spokesman. The two drones were launched the border town of Khamis Mushait, SPA said, accusing Houthi forces of targeting civilian … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Saudi-Led Coalition Says Shot Down Two Drones Launched By Yemen’s Houthis: Agency

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SCIENCE NEWS | NASA resumes human spaceflight from U.S. soil with historic SpaceX launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA – SpaceX, the private rocket company of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, launched two Americans toward orbit from Florida on Saturday in a mission that marks the first spaceflight of NASA astronauts from U.S. soil in nine years. A SpaceXFalcom 9 rocket lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center at 3:22 p.m. EDT … Continue reading SCIENCE NEWS | NASA resumes human spaceflight from U.S. soil with historic SpaceX launch

NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia Opens Prophet’s Mosque In Medina To The Public From May 31

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz approved on Friday opening the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina to the public starting from Sunday, May 31, as part of the government’s plan to ease coronavirus restrictions and re-open the Kingdom. Worshippers will be able to enter the Prophet’s Mosque for group prayers, with … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia Opens Prophet’s Mosque In Medina To The Public From May 31

NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia Allows Gatherings, Family Visits Of 50 People, Sets Fines

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia modified the coronavirus regarding limiting gatherings and family visits to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Ministry of Interior said in Saturday, according to state news agency SPA. The maximum number of people allowed to gathering family visits, non-family gatherings inside homes, gatherings in farms, and social events … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia Allows Gatherings, Family Visits Of 50 People, Sets Fines

BUSINESS NEWS | Saudi Arabia Says It Provided $40 Billion To PIF From Foreign Reserves

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia transferred a total of 150 billion riyals ($40 billion) from central bank foreign reserves to fund investments by sovereign wealth fund PIF in March and April, the finance minister said on Friday. Saudi Arabia’s central bank foreign reserves fell in March by nearly $27 billion month-on-month, their fastest … Continue reading BUSINESS NEWS | Saudi Arabia Says It Provided $40 Billion To PIF From Foreign Reserves

WORLD NEWS

BUSINESS NEWS | LVMH – Tiffany Deal Seen Au Uncertain: WWD

PARIS – French luxury goods group LVMH’s board called a meeting in Paris to discuss its $16.2 – billion offer for Tiffany & Co amid a deteriorating situation in the U.S. market, fashion trade publication WWD reported on Tuesday, citing sources. Tiffany did not immediately respond to a request for comment and LVMH declined comment.

SPORTS NEWS | F1 Set For A Series Of Firsts With Revised Race Calendar

LONDON – Formula One is set for a series of firsts after publishing a revised eight – race schedule on Tuesday that will see Austria’s Red Bull Ring and Britian’s Silverstone circuit each host two grands prix without spectators in July and August respectively. The season, which originally envisaged a record 22 races, has been … Continue reading SPORTS NEWS | F1 Set For A Series Of Firsts With Revised Race Calendar

BLACK LIVES MATTER | Small, Independent Fashion Brands Are Leading The Fundraising Efforts For Black Lives Matter And Bail Funds

While much of the fashion community has posted about the Black Lives Matter movement on social media, the number of companies that have announced sizable donations to causes are few. Yes, Rihanna’s lingerie line, Savage X Fenty, has donated to Black Lives Matter’s New York chapter and the Bail Project, and Ganni has pledged $100,000 … Continue reading BLACK LIVES MATTER | Small, Independent Fashion Brands Are Leading The Fundraising Efforts For Black Lives Matter And Bail Funds

TRAVEL | Greece To Welcome Germans, Cypriots, Israelis In First Wave Of Visitors

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – Greece will allow travellers from around two dozen countries including Germany, Cyprus and Israel to visit from mid-June without having to be quarantined, government officials said, part of gradual easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions. ‘Travel will be some 20-25 countries whose nationals will be allowed to come’, a government source said, … Continue reading TRAVEL | Greece To Welcome Germans, Cypriots, Israelis In First Wave Of Visitors

WORLD NEWS | Trump Says Terminating U.S. Relationship With World Health Organization Over Virus

NEW YORK – U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he is termination the U.S. relationship with the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus, saying the WHO has essentially become a puppet organization of China. Appearing in the White House Rose Garden, Trump went ahead with repeated threats to eliminate American funding … Continue reading WORLD NEWS | Trump Says Terminating U.S. Relationship With World Health Organization Over Virus

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia To Ease Virus Restrictions Return To Normal By June 21

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud approved on Monday the easing of restrictions imposed over the coronavirus outbreak. Restrictions will be lifted in three phases, culminating in the curfew completely ending – with the exception of the holy city of Makkah – from June … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia To Ease Virus Restrictions Return To Normal By June 21

CORONAVIRUS ALERT | Saudi Arabia Confirms 2,509 New Cases, Raising Total to 59,854

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia has confirmed 2,509 new coronavirus cases after conducting 16,140 new tests over the past 24 hours, raising the total to 59,854 cases, according to the health ministry. Health Ministry Spokesman Dr. Mohammed al-And al-Ali also announced nine new fatalities, raising the Kingdom’s relatively low death toll to 329. … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS ALERT | Saudi Arabia Confirms 2,509 New Cases, Raising Total to 59,854

CORONAVIRUS | Qatar Makes Wearing Masks Outside Mandatory With Violators Fined Up To $50,000

RIYADH|SAUDI ARABIA – Qatar’s interior ministry announced on Thursday that wearing Masks will be mandatory to go outside starting Sunday, and those who do not comply will be fined up to 200,000 riyals ($53,000). Violators could also be jailed up to three years, or either of those punishments, according to a statement on the ministry’s … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS | Qatar Makes Wearing Masks Outside Mandatory With Violators Fined Up To $50,000

BUSINESS

BUSINESS NEWS | Zoom Doubles Full-Year Revenue Forecast On Remote – Work Boost

NEW YORK | Zoom Video Communication Inc. nearly doubled its expectations for annual sales on Tuesday, riding on a surge in usage of its video conferencing platform due to coronavirus – driven lockdown measures globally. However, the latest quarterly reported shows the issue had little impact on its numbers. The company said it now had … Continue reading BUSINESS NEWS | Zoom Doubles Full-Year Revenue Forecast On Remote – Work Boost

BUSINESS | Twitter Names Ex-Google CFO Patrick Pichette Chairman

NEW YORK | Twitter Inc. said on Tuesday that it appointed Patrick Pichette, former chief financial officer at Google, as chairman, replacing Omid Kordestani. Pichette has been the lead independent director on Twitter’s board since the end of 2018, and his appointment as chairman coincide with the microblogging site’s escalating tensions with President Donald Trump. … Continue reading BUSINESS | Twitter Names Ex-Google CFO Patrick Pichette Chairman

BUSINESS | Malls, Private Businesses To Reopen In Dubai On Wednesday

DUBAI – Dubai will allow the full reopening of malls and private business starting on Wednesday, its media office said, in the latest easing of coronavirus restrictions, the emirate’s media office announced. ‘Shopping malls and private sector businesses in the emirate will fully operate at 100 percent from Wednesday’, the Dubai Media Office tweeted on … Continue reading BUSINESS | Malls, Private Businesses To Reopen In Dubai On Wednesday

BUSINESS | Saudi FX Reserve Down Sharply In April To Back Wealth Fund Investments

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi foreign reserves dropped sharply in April for a second consecutive month as the kingdom used tens of billions of dollars to back investments of its sovereign fund abroad while its economy is hit hard by the new coronavirus. Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, is suffering from historic … Continue reading BUSINESS | Saudi FX Reserve Down Sharply In April To Back Wealth Fund Investments

BUSINESS NEWS | Saudi Aramco Says Acquisition of SABIC Stake On Track To Close In Second Quarter

RIYADH|SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Aramco said on Tuesday its planned acquisition of a 70% equity stake in petrochemical marker SABIC from the Public Investment Fund (PIF), the kingdom’s wealth fund, is on track to close in the second quarter. The statement by the state oil giant was made in response to a Reuters story published … Continue reading BUSINESS NEWS | Saudi Aramco Says Acquisition of SABIC Stake On Track To Close In Second Quarter

BUSINESS NEWS | Russia Has No Objection To Earlier OPEC+ Meeting: Sources

LONDON – Russia has no objection to the next meeting of OPEC and its allies, known as OPEC+, being brought forward to June 4 from the following week, three OPEC+ sources familiar with the meeting’s preparations told Reuters on Sunday. Algeria, which currently holds the presidency of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), has … Continue reading BUSINESS NEWS | Russia Has No Objection To Earlier OPEC+ Meeting: Sources

BUSINESS NEWS | Saudi Public Sector Employees Will Return To Work Starting May 31

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi public sector employees will start returning to work gradually as of Sunday May 31, after more than two months of suspension amid strict measures to help curb the novel coronavirus outbreak. Public sector workers will eventually resume work as normal as of June 14, Minister of Human Resources Ahmed … Continue reading BUSINESS NEWS | Saudi Public Sector Employees Will Return To Work Starting May 31

BUSINESS | Saudi Arabia’s PIF Discloses 5.7% Stake In Live Nation

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund (PIF), SICLOSED A 5.6%  passive stake in Live Nation Entertainment Inc. on Monday, sending the concert promoter’s shares up 2% in early trading. The ownership of 12.34 million shares makes the investment fund the third-largest stakeholder in the company, according to … Continue reading BUSINESS | Saudi Arabia’s PIF Discloses 5.7% Stake In Live Nation

BUSINESS | Saudi Arabia Buys $7.7 Billion Shares In World’s Best Known Companies

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund has gone bargain hunting during the current economic turmoil, snapping up about $7.7 billion worth of shares in some of the best known companies in the world. The $300 billion Public Investment Fund bought stakes in global corporate leaders such as Boeing, Facebook, Disney, Marriott … Continue reading BUSINESS | Saudi Arabia Buys $7.7 Billion Shares In World’s Best Known Companies

BUSINESS | Morgan Stanley CEO: Too Early To Consider Restarting Share Buybacks

NEW YORK  – Morgan Stanley’s Chief Executive Officer James Gorman told shareholders on Thursday that is to too early for him or anyone on the board of directors to consider reinstating the bank’s share buyback program. Morgan Stanley, along with JPMorgan Chase & Co, Bank of America and five others, voluntarily suspended their share repurchases … Continue reading BUSINESS | Morgan Stanley CEO: Too Early To Consider Restarting Share Buybacks

G20 SAUDI ARABIA | G20 Health Ministers Acknowledge Health Systems’ Vulnerability To Pandemics: Statement

RIYADH| SAUDI ARABIA – Health ministers from the Group of 20 major economies discussed weaknesses in health systems that made the world vulnerable to the coronavirus outbreak and other pandemic, a statement said after a virtual meeting on Sunday. The Saudi G20 secretariat said that the ministers shared their national experiences, addressed necessary actions to … Continue reading G20 SAUDI ARABIA | G20 Health Ministers Acknowledge Health Systems’ Vulnerability To Pandemics: Statement

G20| Saudi G20 Presidency Urges More Donation To fund Pandemic Response

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The Saudi presidency of the Group of 20 major economies on Thursday called for further immediate donations to fund the emergency response to the coronavirus pandemic and develop needed vaccines. The G20 secretariat said $1.9 billion had been donated by countries, philanthropic organizations and the private sectors toward an $8 … Continue reading G20| Saudi G20 Presidency Urges More Donation To fund Pandemic Response

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT

Culture In Quarantine | Saudi Cultural Ministry Concludes ‘Reading Marathon’ Initiative

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The Ministry of Culture concluded its ‘Reading Marathon’ initiative with a record 606,000 pages read. The six-week event witnessed an unprecedented participation of readers from all segments of society. Launched in late April, the ministry’s initiative comes as part of its ‘Culture in Quarantine’ project, aimed at raising awareness about … Continue reading Culture In Quarantine | Saudi Cultural Ministry Concludes ‘Reading Marathon’ Initiative

ARTS & CULTURE | France’s Louvre Museum To Reopen July 6, Versailles June 6

PARIS | FRANCE – The Louvre museum in Paris will reopen on July 6, it said on Friday, as France’s historical and cultural sites emerge gradually from the coronavirus lockdown. In a statement, France’s most visited museum said a booking system and new signposting would offer visitors the maximum possible safety while they are in … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE | France’s Louvre Museum To Reopen July 6, Versailles June 6

ARTS & CULTURE | Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre Launches Remote Guided Cultural Tours

ABU DHABI – Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre launched remote cultural tours at the mosque in line with precautionary measures taken in the UAE to protect the society, following the spread of the coronavirus. The leading global cultural destination annually receives over 6 million worshippers and visitors of various cultures all across the globe. All … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE | Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre Launches Remote Guided Cultural Tours

ART & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Agreements Inked To Set Up Innovative Media City In Riyadh

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – – Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah Bin Farhan signed on Tuesday a number of agreements to set up an ambitious Media City project in the Kingdom. The deals cover cultural, media and technical aspects of the city, which will serve as a unique global destination. The … Continue reading ART & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Agreements Inked To Set Up Innovative Media City In Riyadh

ENTERTAINMENT | Kylie Jenner Is Not A Billionaire, Forbes Magazine Now Say

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Forbes magazine, which in March 2019 declared reality TV star Kylie Jenner had become the world’s youngest self-made billionaire, said on Friday that is no longer believed that her net worth was that much. The magazine said it reviewed financial data released by Coty INC, which bought a 51 percent … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | Kylie Jenner Is Not A Billionaire, Forbes Magazine Now Say

ARTS & CULTURE | Louvre Abu Dhabi Brings New Digital Experiences To Audiences At Home

ABU DHABI – Louvre Abu Dhabi announced on Monday that it is adding to its current digital offering, providing free access to more content through virtual tours, video and downloadable activities. This development brings Louvre Abu Dhabi’s stories of cultural connection – – of its artworks and exhibitions – – to audience around the world, … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE | Louvre Abu Dhabi Brings New Digital Experiences To Audiences At Home

ENTERTAINMENT | Arab Supermodel Gigi Hadid Expecting First Child With One Direction’s Zany Malik. Yolanda Hadid Confirmed

MILAN | ITALY – Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik have not yet publicly confirmed the reports that they’re expecting their first child together, but Gigi’s mom, Yolanda, has spoken up. She recently gave an interview to the Dutch celebrity new television show, RTL Boulevard, and confirmed that she’ll be a grandmother, telling the outlet, ‘Still … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | Arab Supermodel Gigi Hadid Expecting First Child With One Direction’s Zany Malik. Yolanda Hadid Confirmed

ENTERTAINMENT | Fund Announced For Saudi Filmmakers

RIYADH | The non-profit Red Sea International Film Festival Foundation announced on Tuesday a fund of SR200,000 ($53,283) in the form of emergency community relief grants to support Saudi filmmakers. The fund aims to help freelance Saudi filmmakers who have sustained a financial loss resulting from cancelled or postponed gigs or opportunities directly related to … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | Fund Announced For Saudi Filmmakers

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Cannes Film Festival Won’t Take Place In June, But Continues To Explore Options

The Cannes Film Festival won’t take place in June, after all, due to the coronavirus pandemic, but organizers continue to explore different options for 2020. ‘Following the French President’s statement, on Monday, April 13th, we acknowledged that the postponement of the 73rd International Cannes Film Festival, initially considered for the end of June to the … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Cannes Film Festival Won’t Take Place In June, But Continues To Explore Options

ENTERTAINMENT | Nicole Kidman Has Purchased Rights To Another Laine Moriarty Book That Sounds Even Better Than Big Little Lies

MILAN – Hulu’s limited TV series adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s book, Nine Perfect Strangers, is taking shape with a number of key cast members on board, Deadline reports. Nicole Kidman and Gilmore Girls alum Melissa McCarthy are set to star along with The Good Place’s Many Jacinto. Kidman will take on the role of Masha … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | Nicole Kidman Has Purchased Rights To Another Laine Moriarty Book That Sounds Even Better Than Big Little Lies

CELEBRITY NEWS | Kaia Gerber Says Her Generation ‘Won’t Be Silenced By Anyone’

Model Kaia Gerber said in a new interview with Vogue that members of her generation are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to politics. ‘With all the information that’s out there, we can’t claim ignorance anymore’, Gerber, the daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford, said. ‘My generation sees it as their duty to … Continue reading CELEBRITY NEWS | Kaia Gerber Says Her Generation ‘Won’t Be Silenced By Anyone’

LIFESTYLE

HIGH SOCIETY | Is The Chaumet Tiara The Ultimate Accessory?

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – Royal families, aristocrats and the upper echelons of high society have always favored jewelry as the ultimate status symbol – priceless family heirlooms to pass down through generations. With their enduring links to the aforementioned ‘elite’, Chaumet has been supplying and creating exceptional jewels throughout its 240-year history. An exhibition ‘Chaumet … Continue reading HIGH SOCIETY | Is The Chaumet Tiara The Ultimate Accessory?

BUSINESS | This Aston Martin Supercar Costs $950,000 And Has No Roof Or Windshield

Elite, high –performance British cars with no roofs and ultr-high price tahs seem to be all the rage these days. McLaren, Bentley and now Aston Marin have all unveiled limited-production cars with seven figure – or very nearly seven figure – price tags and no roof whatsoever. Aston Matin’s entry in this very narrow field, … Continue reading BUSINESS | This Aston Martin Supercar Costs $950,000 And Has No Roof Or Windshield

FINE JEWELRY | Sonam Kapoor And Arab Stars Preview Bulgari’s Collection Inspired By The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Celebrities from all over the Arab flew to Abu Dhabi for the launch of Bulgari’s new Jannah Collection. The glorious high jewelry designs unveiled at the Louvre Abu Dhabi are the results an unprecedented collaboration between the Italian house and Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, member  of the ruling UAE … Continue reading FINE JEWELRY | Sonam Kapoor And Arab Stars Preview Bulgari’s Collection Inspired By The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

HEALTH | Rare Syndrome Tied To COVID-19 Kills Three Children In New York, Cuomo Says

NEW YORK  – – Three children in New York have died from a rare inflammatory syndrome believed to be linked to the novel coronavirus, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday, a development that may augur a pandemic risk of children. Cuomo had on Friday disclosed the death of a 5 – year old linked to … Continue reading HEALTH | Rare Syndrome Tied To COVID-19 Kills Three Children In New York, Cuomo Says

BEAUTY | Tips For Staying Fit While Stuck At Home During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Just because the gyms are closed, doesn’t mean you still can’t get fitter in time for summer. Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, more and more people are finding themselves working from home. At the same time, many local businesses (including gyms and fitness centers) have temporarily closed their doors, creating a situation where some may … Continue reading BEAUTY | Tips For Staying Fit While Stuck At Home During The Coronavirus Pandemic

HEALTH | EU Warns Against Suspension Of Children Vaccination Amid Coronavirus Crisis

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – The European Union warned on Monday that decisions by some European countries to suspend vaccination of children during the coronavirus epidemic could cause serious problems. ‘It is very clear we will get pockets of people, children, who have not been vaccinated’, Andrea Ammon, director of the European Centre for Disease and … Continue reading HEALTH | EU Warns Against Suspension Of Children Vaccination Amid Coronavirus Crisis

BUSINESS | Spanish Nightclub Industry Draws Up Code To Allow Safe Parting

MADRID | Spain – Dancing with masks on, sipping drinks with straws and keeping to market off areas of the dance floor are among post-lockdown safety proposal aimed at helping Spain’s nightclubs reopen their doors in time for the summer season. Clubs have been shut since the government imposed one of the most stringent coronavirus … Continue reading BUSINESS | Spanish Nightclub Industry Draws Up Code To Allow Safe Parting

HEALTH | Gyms Reopen In Dubai: What You Need To Know Before Your First Workout

Hundreds of indoor gyms, sports and fitness clubs, and sports academies across Dubai reopened its doors Wednesday, May 27. The announcement came after two months of government-mandated closures due to Covid-19 as restrictions within the UAE continue to gradually lift. Although these facilities can once again operate between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. in accordance … Continue reading HEALTH | Gyms Reopen In Dubai: What You Need To Know Before Your First Workout