BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince, British PM Discuss Boosting Cooperation

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, held telephone talks on Tuesday with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Discussion focused on way to boost cooperation between their countries. The British premier also congratulated Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Saudi Arabia’s successful hosting of the G20 Leaders Summit.

NEWS ALERT

BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Urged G20 Cooperation on COVID-19 Crisis, Sustainability

The coronavirus pandemic has been an unprecedented shock for the world in an extraordinary year, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz said during his G20 Riyadh Summit opening remarks , which he delivered virtually on Saturday evening. ‘The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented shock  that affected the entire world within a short period of … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Urged G20 Cooperation on COVID-19 Crisis, Sustainability

NEWS ALERT

BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince at G20 Summit: ‘Our Strength Lies In Our Unity’

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman said Sunday that in the light of the coronavirus outbreak, cooperation among G20 countries has been important more than ever. ‘In light of the outbreak of Covid-19 and its health, economic, and social repercurssion, our cooperation has been important more than ever. Together we have addressed this challenge with … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince at G20 Summit: ‘Our Strength Lies In Our Unity’

NEWS ALERT

TRAVEL | German States Plan To Relax Virus Rules For Christmas

Germany’s 16 federal states plan to allow gatherings of up 10 people over Christmas and New Year, offering some relaxation of coronavirus restrictions to led families and friends celebrate together, a draft proposal showed on Tuesday. Leaders have also agreed to  dramatically boost capacity on state-owned railway Deutsche Bahn through the winter months, effectively making … Continue reading TRAVEL | German States Plan To Relax Virus Rules For Christmas

NEWS ALERT

ROYALS | Saudi Arabia Celebrates 6th Anniversary Of King Salman’s Accession To Throne

Saudi Arabia celebrates this Wednesday the sixth anniversary of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz’s ascension to the throne. On this day, the Saudis remember the tremendous development and prosperity that pervaded the country, in all aspects of life, and the great steps the Kingdom has achieved to become a global … Continue reading ROYALS | Saudi Arabia Celebrates 6th Anniversary Of King Salman’s Accession To Throne

BREAKING NEWS | Twin Blast In Afghan Province Of Bamiyan Kill 14 People, Injure 45 Officials

KABUL – Twin explosion in the central Afghan province of Bamiyan killed at least 14 people and wounded 45 more, provincial official said on Tuesday, as the international community pledged assistance for Afghanistan at a conference in Switzerland. The two bomb, hidden at the side of a road in a main bazaar in Bamiyan city, … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Twin Blast In Afghan Province Of Bamiyan Kill 14 People, Injure 45 Officials

BREAKING NEWS | Saudis Tells U.N. That Houthis To Blame For Aramco Attack

NEW YORK – Saudi Arabia told the U.N. Security Council that Yemen’s Houthi group were to blame for a missile attack on a petroleum products distribution plant in Jeddah in Monday, urging the 15-member body to ‘stop the threat’ to global energy security, Yemen’s political process and regional security. ‘It has been identified that the … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Saudis Tells U.N. That Houthis To Blame For Aramco Attack

TRAVEL | Qantas Become First Airline To Require Passengers To Get Covid-19 Vaccine Before

Getting a Covid-19 vaccines could soon be a requirement to travel internationally, with one major airline already saying that vaccination will become a ‘necessity’ to set foot on its aircraft in the future, while become a ‘necessity’ to set foot on its aircraft in the future, while a project led by air industry trade body … Continue reading TRAVEL | Qantas Become First Airline To Require Passengers To Get Covid-19 Vaccine Before

WORLD NEWS

NEWS ALERT | European Leaders To Discuss Initiative Against Islamist Extremism: Sources

BERLIN – – German Chancellor Angela Merkel will take part in a phone call with other European leaders to discuss an initiative against Islamist extremism on Tuesday, two participants in a call with her CDU party leadership. Austria and France have been hit by deadly attacks in recent weeks, which their leaders have described as … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | European Leaders To Discuss Initiative Against Islamist Extremism: Sources

US ELECTION | Federal Watchdog Probing Trump Campaign’s Use Of White House: Lawmaker

WASHINGRON – The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has opened an investigation into allegations that the Trump campaign’s use of the White House as an Election Day command center violated federal law, Democratic Representative Bill Pascrell said on Thursday. In a statement, Pascreel said the federal watchdog responded on Thursday to his call for a … Continue reading US ELECTION | Federal Watchdog Probing Trump Campaign’s Use Of White House: Lawmaker

U.S. ELECTION | Americans Largely Reject Trump’s Victory Declaration: Reuters / Ipsos Poll

NEW YORK – – A bipartisan majority of Americans  do not accept President Donald Trump’s premature victory declaration in the U.S. presidential election and most are willing to wait for all votes to be counted before deciding who won, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released Thursday. The Nov.4 survey also showed that the public … Continue reading U.S. ELECTION | Americans Largely Reject Trump’s Victory Declaration: Reuters / Ipsos Poll

US ELECTION | Trump, Without Evidence, Say ‘If You Count The Legal Votes I Easily Win’

WASHINGTON – – U.S. President Donald Trump said without evidence on Thursday that if ‘legal’ votes are counted he would win the presidential election, in a signal he is in no mood to concede to Democrat Joe Biden. ‘If you count the legal votes I easily win’, Trump said in an appearance in the White … Continue reading US ELECTION | Trump, Without Evidence, Say ‘If You Count The Legal Votes I Easily Win’

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

REAKING NEWS | King Salman Cites U.S.’ Mideast Peace Efforts In Phone Call With Trump

MILAN | ITALY – Saudi King Salman has called U.S. President Donald Trump to express his appreciation for the effort the U.S. is exerting toward achieving peace in the Middle East, the Saudi Press Agency reported early Monday. King Salman also reiterated the Saudi Arabia’s commitment to ‘a just and permanent solution to the Palestinian … Continue reading REAKING NEWS | King Salman Cites U.S.’ Mideast Peace Efforts In Phone Call With Trump

CORONAVIRUS | Fauci Says He Will Take New Pfizer Vaccine if FDA Approves It

WASHINGTON – – U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said he will take Pfizer Inc.’s new coronavirus vaccine if the Food and Drug Administration approves it and that he has confidence in the company and the government agency. Asked on MSNBC if he would take the vaccine, Fauci said: ‘I’m going to look at the … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS | Fauci Says He Will Take New Pfizer Vaccine if FDA Approves It

CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN ALERT | France Restricts Outdoor Movement Under New Covid-19 Lockdown, PM Says

PARIS | FRANCE – – French people will only be allowed to leave the house for food shopping, commuting to work, medical or pressing family reason, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Thursday after France ordered new lockdown to curb a second wave of coronavirus infections. Castex also said in a news conference that outdoor … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN ALERT | France Restricts Outdoor Movement Under New Covid-19 Lockdown, PM Says

BUSINESS

ECONOMY | Saudi Arabia Could Review VAT Hike After Pandemic Ends, Says Minister

Saudi Arabia’s acting information minister on Thursday said the kingdom could review its VAT increase after the novel coronavirus pandemic ends, a move which may spur economic recovery after the tax increase boosted inflammation. Saudi Arabia tripled value – added tax to 15 percent in July to offset the impact of lower oil revenue on … Continue reading ECONOMY | Saudi Arabia Could Review VAT Hike After Pandemic Ends, Says Minister

ECONOMY | Saudi Arabia Will Raise Minimum Wage For Citizens To 4,000 Riyals ($1,066)

Saudi Arabia will raise the minimum wage for its citizens from 3,000 riyals ($800) to 4,000 riyals ($1,066), a 33 percent increase, the Kingdom’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development announced on Wednesday. The move will come into effect five months from Wednesday, the ministry added without specifying a specific date. If a Saudi … Continue reading ECONOMY | Saudi Arabia Will Raise Minimum Wage For Citizens To 4,000 Riyals ($1,066)

ECONOMY | Saudi Arabia Aims To Be Largest Hydrogen Supplier In Move To Curb Climate Change

The world’s biggest oil exporter has set its sights on also becoming the largest supplier of hydrogen, a fuel seen as pivotal for curbing climate change. Saudi Arabia has ‘ambitious plans and ‘will not be challenged in its record of being the biggest exporter of hydrogen on earth, Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said … Continue reading ECONOMY | Saudi Arabia Aims To Be Largest Hydrogen Supplier In Move To Curb Climate Change

BUSINESS | Google Signs Copyright Agreement With Six French Newspaper

Alphabet’s Google has signed copyright agreements with six French newspapers and magazines, including dailies Le Monde and Le Figaro, the U.S. tech company said in a post on its blog on Thursday. Google is in talks with other French national and regional dailies magazines, it said, adding that it aimed to reach a framework agreement … Continue reading BUSINESS | Google Signs Copyright Agreement With Six French Newspaper

ECONOMY | Saudi Aramco Plans Debt Market Comeback With Multi – Tranche Bond Deal

Saudi Aramco said on Monday it had hired banks for a multi – tranche U.S. dollar – denominated bond issuance, as the world’s largest oil company seeks cash amid lower oil prices. Gulf issuers have shown no sign of slowing this year’s blitz of issues on international debt markets as they work to plug issues … Continue reading ECONOMY | Saudi Aramco Plans Debt Market Comeback With Multi – Tranche Bond Deal

BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince Chairs Meeting Of Economic, Development Affairs Council

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, has chaired the virtual meeting of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The Crown Prince is the Council’s Chairman. During the meeting, the Council reviewed a number of economic and development issues … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince Chairs Meeting Of Economic, Development Affairs Council

BUSINESS | Saudi Arabia’s PIF Continues To Invest In Indian Companies

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) is continuing to focus on acquisitions in the Indian private sector. It recently invested $500 million (SAR 1.88 billion) in the Digital Fiber Infrastructure Trust (DFIT). Earlier this year, the PIF signed a definitive agreement to acquire a 2.32% stake in India’s Jio Platforms for nearly 1.5 billion. The … Continue reading BUSINESS | Saudi Arabia’s PIF Continues To Invest In Indian Companies

ECONOMY | Aramco Extended $8 Billion Revolving Loans This Year: Bond

JEDDAH – – Saudi Aramco this year extended the maturity of two revolving credit facilities it took in 2015, meaning those loans worth a total of $8 billion will be available through March 2022, a bond prospectus showed. Aramco said on Monday it plans to issue multi-tranche U.S. dollar-denominate bonds, as the world’s largest oil … Continue reading ECONOMY | Aramco Extended $8 Billion Revolving Loans This Year: Bond

BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince Discusses OPEC+ Agreements With Vladimir Putin

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA  – Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman discussed with Russian President Vladimir Putin energy markets and the implementation of agreements by the oil producers group known as OPEC+ on Saturday. ‘Both sides have reiterated their willingness to continue close coordination in this area in order to maintain stability on the … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince Discusses OPEC+ Agreements With Vladimir Putin

GLOBAL ECONOMY | G20 Suspends poorer nations’ debt payment for 6 more months

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Financial leaders of the world’s biggest economies claimed a ‘historic achievement’ in reaching a framework to deal with heavily indebted poorer countries, which have been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The finance ministers and central governors of the G20 nations agreed at a virtual meeting organized by the Saudi … Continue reading GLOBAL ECONOMY | G20 Suspends poorer nations’ debt payment for 6 more months

NEWS ALERT | Kuwait’s Emir Congratulates Saudi Arabia On Success of the G20 Summit.

Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has congratulated Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on the success of G20 Leader’ Summit presided over by Saudi Arabia. Sheikh commended the summit’s distinguished organization that contributed to reaching constructive decision and fruitful recommendations, especially with regard to strengthening international cooperation to confront the coronavirus … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Kuwait’s Emir Congratulates Saudi Arabia On Success of the G20 Summit.

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT

Experts: Rainy Season To Further Threaten Beirut Heritage

BEIRUT – Restoring Beirut’s damaged architectural heritage following the devastating August explosion will take hundreds of millions of dollars and costs will quickly rise if no action is taken ahead of the onset of the rainy season in less than two months, international experts warned Tuesday. An international coalition of museums and heritage protection groups … Continue reading Experts: Rainy Season To Further Threaten Beirut Heritage

CULTURE | Hagia Sophia Must Remain Part Of Humanity’s Shared Heritage, Spanish Minister Says

MADRID | SPAIN – Spain’s foreign minister Arancha Gonzales Laya said on Monday it was important that Turkey’s Hagia Sophia remains part of humanity’s shared global heritage, after it was reconverted into a mosque from a museum last week. ‘For us it is important that the spirit of this great monument of Hagia Sophia is … Continue reading CULTURE | Hagia Sophia Must Remain Part Of Humanity’s Shared Heritage, Spanish Minister Says

ENTERTAINMENT | Saudi Red Sea Film Festival To Showcase 11 Movies Online

JEDDAH – – Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea International Film Festival is to screen 11 specially selected movies as part of its program to showcase the Kingdom’s emerging cinema talent.The flicks will be shown online over a period of two weeks on the festival’s dedicated YouTube channel.The event’s Tajreeb program, originally chosen for the inaugural festival, … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | Saudi Red Sea Film Festival To Showcase 11 Movies Online

NEWS | Russian Orthodox Church Says Regrets Decision Over Hagias Sophia – TASS

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday said it regretted that a Turkish court did not take its concern into account when ruling that Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia being a museum was unlawful, the TASS news agency reported. It said the decision could lead to even greater division. A Turkish court said on … Continue reading NEWS | Russian Orthodox Church Says Regrets Decision Over Hagias Sophia – TASS

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

ARTS & CULTURE | Red Sea International Film Festival Announces A New Short Film Festival

JEDDAH | SAUDIA RABIA – The Red Sea International Film Festival has announced a new short film competition designed to challenge and support aspiring and Saudi-resident filmmakers to produce new works. The challenge will take place in October, with three days of mentorship followed by an intensive 48-hours where the selected teams will write, shoot, … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE | Red Sea International Film Festival Announces A New Short Film Festival

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

ARTS & CULTURE | Saudi Film Festival Announces Jury Members

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The organizing committee of the Saudi Film Festival on Tuesday announced the name of the jury for competitions in the upcoming festival. The festival, organized by Ithra in collaboration with the Film Authority of the Saudi Culture Ministry, will be held virtually from Sept.1-6 and broadcast online. Interviews with filmmakers … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE | Saudi Film Festival Announces Jury Members

CELEBRITY | Oprah Winfrey Launching New Show On Apple TV+

Apple TV+ has quickly become the new home of Oprah Winfrey. The streaming service has announced a new series featuring the media mogul. ‘The Oprah Conversation’ is set to debut Thursday and, according to a press release, ‘will continue to explore impactful and relevant topics with fascinating thought leaders from all over the world’. ‘Filmed … Continue reading CELEBRITY | Oprah Winfrey Launching New Show On Apple TV+

LIFESTYLE

BUSINESS | Parisian Fragrance House Ex Nihilo Cuts Ribbon On Its First Saudi Boutique

JEDDAH | SAUDI ARABIA – Parisian fragrance maison Ex Nihlio has cut the ribbon on its first flagship in Saudi Arabia. The new perfumery is situated in Jeddah’s Nojoud Center, alongside other brands like Lacoste and Femi9. The new store evokes the brand’s French flagship with its iconic cobalt blue interior, marble floors, Art Deco … Continue reading BUSINESS | Parisian Fragrance House Ex Nihilo Cuts Ribbon On Its First Saudi Boutique

LIFESTYLE | Maserati Aims To Be ‘Crown Jewel’ Of FCA-PSA Merger With New Super Car

MILAN | ITALY – After more than a year on the skids, Maserati has taken the wraps off a new high performance sports car which parent Fiat Chrysler hopes will help turn the brand into the ‘crown jewel’ of its merger with France’s Peugeot. The sleek and super – lightweight MC20 offers acceleration from zero … Continue reading LIFESTYLE | Maserati Aims To Be ‘Crown Jewel’ Of FCA-PSA Merger With New Super Car

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

FASHION | Rami Kadi is the U.N.’s Newest Goodwill Ambassador

Lebanese couturier Rami Kadi has been announced Wednesday as the regional Goodwill Ambassador for the sustainable fashion programme at UNEP. It is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate … Continue reading FASHION | Rami Kadi is the U.N.’s Newest Goodwill Ambassador

BUSINESS | L’Oréal To Drop Words Such As ‘Whitening’ From Skin Products

PARIS | FRANCE – L’Oreal, the world’s biggest cosmetics company, will remove words referencing ‘white’, ‘fair’ and ‘light’ from its skin-evening products, a spokeswoman said on Friday, a day after Unilever made a similar announcement in the face of growing social media criticism. Unilever and L’Oreal are two big players in the global market for … Continue reading BUSINESS | L’Oréal To Drop Words Such As ‘Whitening’ From Skin Products

BREAKING NEWS | ‘Great Day For Humanity’: Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine Over 90% Effective

MILAN  – – Pfizer said on Monday its experimental COVID-19 vaccine was more than 90% effective,  a major victory in the fight against a pandemic that has killed more than a million people, battered the world’s economy and upended daily life. Pfizer and German partner BioTech  are the first drugmakers to release successful data from … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | ‘Great Day For Humanity’: Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine Over 90% Effective

MASTERWORKS OF TIME | Rolex Daytona ‘JPS’ 6264 Fetches a record $1.5 million in online sale

An ultra – rare Rolex Cosmograph Daytona JPS  reference 6264 in 18k gold achieved more than $1.5 million in a single-lot online sale held by Sotheby’s in London. The 1969 ‘John Player Special’, named after Formula 1 livery, because of its black and gold ‘Paul Newman’ dial. The price set action record for a watch … Continue reading MASTERWORKS OF TIME | Rolex Daytona ‘JPS’ 6264 Fetches a record $1.5 million in online sale

TRAVEL | Guidelines For COVID-19 Tests For Airline Passengers Could Set Global Bar For Reliability Sources Say

MILAN – A global aviation manual now under review by a UN body suggests global guidelines calling for the use of highly reliable tests when screening passengers to detect the novel coronavirus ahead of flights, three sources familiar with the matter said. Carriers and airports are pushing for uniform global testing guidelines to waive strict … Continue reading TRAVEL | Guidelines For COVID-19 Tests For Airline Passengers Could Set Global Bar For Reliability Sources Say

Netflix to debut its first Egyptian original series ‘Paranormal’

CAIOR – – Netflix Inc. will on Thursday debut its first Egyptian television series ‘Paranormal’, a major step in the streaming service’s Middle Eastern strategy. The series is based on Egyptian  novelist Ahmed Khaled Tawfik’s book about a doctor whose lifelong scientific convictions are suddenly called into question. His critically acclaimed novels in Arabic have … Continue reading Netflix to debut its first Egyptian original series ‘Paranormal’

BUSINESS | Hermes Launches Its First-Ever Digital Flagship Store In Saudi Arabia

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – From its line of stylish hijabs to pieces that work perfectly for customers into the more modest of fashion statements, Hermes has been focusing much more on catering to the region’s contemporary woman. Now, the luxury brand is taking a key step further by launching its first flagship digital store … Continue reading BUSINESS | Hermes Launches Its First-Ever Digital Flagship Store In Saudi Arabia