WORLD NEWS | Pompeo Says ‘Significant’ Evidence New Coronavirus Emerged From Chinese Lab

NEW YORK – Secretary of State Mike Popmeo said on Sunday there was ‘a significant amount of evidence’ that the new coronavirus merged from a Chinese laboratory, but did not dispute U.S. intelligence agencies’ conclusion that it was not man-made.

‘There is a significant amount of evidence that this came from that laboratory in Wuhan’, Pompeo told ABC’s ‘This Week’, referring to the virus that emerged late last year in China and has killed about 240,000 people around the world, including more than 67,000 in the United States.

Pompeo then briefly contradicted a statement issued this week by the top U.S. spy agency that said the virus did not appear to be man-made or genetically modified. That statement undercut conspiracy theories promoted by anti-China activists and some supporters of President Donald Trump who suggest it was developed in Chinese government biological weapons laboratory.

‘The best experts so far seem to think it was man-made. I have no reason to disbelieve that at this point’, Pompeo said. When the interviewer pointed out that  was not the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies, Pompeo backtracked, saying, ‘I’ve seen what the intelligence community has said. I have no reasonto believe that they’ve got it wrong’.

The U.S State Department did not immediately respond to a request for clarification on Pompeo’s comments.

Thursday’s report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said it concurred with ‘the wide scientific consensus’ that the disease was not man-made.

U.S. officials familiar with intelligence reporting and analysis have said for weeks that they do not believe Chinese developed the coronavirus in a government biological weapons lab from which it then escaped.

Rather, they have said they believe it was either introduced through human contact with wildlife at a meat market in the central city of Wuhan, or could have escaped from one of two Wuhan government laboratories believed to be conducting civilian research into possible biological hazards.

Pompeo on Thursday said it was known whether the virus came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a meat market, or somewhere else. Trump said the same day that he was confident it may have originated in a Chinese virology lab, but he declined to described the evidence.


NEWS ALERT | Saudi To Host Global Artificial Intelligence Summit Under Patronage Of Crown Prince

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) will organize a two-day Global Artificial Intelligence Summit (GAIS) on October 21 under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense. GAIS, which will be held under the title: ‘AI for … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Saudi To Host Global Artificial Intelligence Summit Under Patronage Of Crown Prince

HEALTH | Strength Your Immune System Amid Coronavirus: Experts Offer Simple Tips

This fall and coming winter, protecting yourself against novel coronavirus in addition to the flue are imperative as the pandemic rages on. Deaths from the virus in the world surpassed 980,000 earlier this week, and dozens of states across the world are seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases. While the world’s top infectious disease expert, … Continue reading HEALTH | Strength Your Immune System Amid Coronavirus: Experts Offer Simple Tips

WORLD NEWS | Trump Says He’s ‘Not A Fan’ Of Meghan Markle, Wishes Prince Harry ‘A Lot Of Luck’

President Trump has offered up his opinion of Meghan Markle During a recent press conference, a reporter asked Trump, what he makes of Markle and her husband, Prince Harry encouraging Americans to vote in the upcoming election. While asking her question, the reporter said that the royal pair ‘essentially encouraged people to vote for (Democratic … Continue reading WORLD NEWS | Trump Says He’s ‘Not A Fan’ Of Meghan Markle, Wishes Prince Harry ‘A Lot Of Luck’

NEWS ALERT | In U.N. Debut, Saudi King Calls For Comprehensive Solution On Iran

NEW YORK  – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abudlaziz on Wednesday called for a comprehensive solution on Iran and disarming its affiliate Hezbollah in Lebanon, and expressed support for U.S. efforts to start talks between Israel and the Palestinians during his first address to the United Nations General Assembly. He said Iran has exploited a … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | In U.N. Debut, Saudi King Calls For Comprehensive Solution On Iran

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Jeddah Host The Red Sea Museum

The Saudi Ministry of Culture announced the establishment of the Red Sea Museum, which will open its doors in 2020, in Bab Al Banat in the Historic Jeddah. The ministry says the museum will include manuscripts, photos, and books, which tell the story of the Bab al-Bunt’s heritage and demonstrate its role as a historical … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Jeddah Host The Red Sea Museum

NEWS | Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Hopes Peace Is Restored In Yemen Based On Riyadh Agreement

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman said Tuesday that the Kingdom is looking forward to the establishment  of ‘comprehensive and lasting peace in Yemen through the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement’. On the occasion of the International Day of Peace, he said: ‘We look forward to the day … Continue reading NEWS | Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Hopes Peace Is Restored In Yemen Based On Riyadh Agreement

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | The New Digital – Art Museum Is Coming To Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture has announced a collaboration with international art collective teamLab to create a digital-art museum as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. The museum will be located in Jeddah, and is set to be called TeamLab Borderless Jeddah and will open in 2023. The 10 – year collaboration agreement between Saudi … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | The New Digital – Art Museum Is Coming To Saudi Arabia

FASHION | Billy Porter’s 2020 Emmys Ensemble Was Custom – Made By This Saudi Label

Billy Porter is known for his unapologetic style and statement red carpet looks. Despite this year’s Emmy Awards being held digitally, porter didn’t hold back from bringing his show-stopping outfits to the event, wearing a custom-made ensemble by Saudi label, Ashi Studio. The actor, who was nominated for the award for outstanding lead actor in … Continue reading FASHION | Billy Porter’s 2020 Emmys Ensemble Was Custom – Made By This Saudi Label

NEWS | Bahrain Says Foiled ‘Terrorist Attack’ Backed By Iran In Early 2020

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BUSINESS | LVMH Submit Disputed Tiffany Takeover For EU Clearance

PARIS | FRANCE – LVMH said on Friday it had submitted its troubled takeover of Tiffany, which is now at the centre of  a legal dispute between the two groups, for EU approval as it seeks to counter accusations that it deliberately stalled antitrust proceedings. The French group’s $16 billion acquisition of the U.S. jeweler … Continue reading BUSINESS | LVMH Submit Disputed Tiffany Takeover For EU Clearance

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