WORDL NEWS | France’s Macron To Host Donor Conference For Blast – Stricken Lebanon

French President Emmanuel Macron will host U.S President Donald Trump and other political leaders on Sunday for U.N. – endorsed donors’ conference by video to raise emergency relief for Lebanon following this week’s massive explosion in Beirut.

PARIS | FRANCE – Lebanon was already mired in deep political and economic crisis when blast ripped through its main port on Tuesday, killing 158 people, injuring more than 6,000 and destroying a swathe of the city.

Rebuilding Beirut could run into the billions of dollars. Economists forecast the blast could wipe up to 25% off of the country’s GDP.

Many Lebanese are angry at the government’s response and say the disaster highlighted the negligence of a corrupt political elite. Protesters stormed government ministries in Beirut and trashed the office of the Association of Lebanese Banks on Saturday.

Macron visited Beirut on Thursday, the first world leader to do so after the explosion, and promised the Lebanese people humanitarian aid would come but profound political reform was needed to resolve the country’s problems and secure longer term support.

‘I guarantee you, this (reconstruction) aid will not go to corrupt hands’, Macron told the throngs who greeted him.

There has been an outpouring of sympathy for Lebanon from around the world this weekend and many countries have sent immediate humanitarian support such as a medical supplies, but there has been an absence of aid commitment so far.

Trump will participate in the video – link conference.

‘Everyone wants to help!’ he tweeted.

Germany will commit an additional 10 million euros ($11.79 million) in emergency aid on top of the rescue conditions already underway, its foreign minister said.

A Macron aide declined on Saturday to set a target for the conference. Emergency aid was needed for reconstruction, food aid, medical equipment and schools and hospitals, the official said.

Representatives of Britain, the European Union, China, Russia, Egypt and Jordan are expected to join the conference, hosted by Macron from his summer retreat on the French Riviera. Israel and Iran will not take part, the Elysee Palace official said.

BUSINESS | Oil Tanker Hit By Blast At Saudi Terminal, Saudi Arabia Confirms

An explosion damaged a Greek-managed tanker at a Saudi Arabian terminal on the Red Sea just north of the Yemeni border, the ship’s manager said on Wednesday, in an attack confirmed by Saudi Arabia. In a statement published by state media, the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen said a commercial vessel suffered minor  … Continue reading BUSINESS | Oil Tanker Hit By Blast At Saudi Terminal, Saudi Arabia Confirms

TRAVEL | UAE Halts New Visas To Citizens Of 13 Mostly Muslim States

The United Arab Emirates has stopped issuing new visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim – majority countries, including Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to a document issued by a state-owned business park. A source briefed on the matter told Reuters that visas had temporarily stopped being issued to Afghan, Pakistan and citizens of … Continue reading TRAVEL | UAE Halts New Visas To Citizens Of 13 Mostly Muslim States

BREAKING NEWS | Putin Thanks Saudi King Salman Over Russia OPEC+ Role

Russian President Vladimir Putin has thanked Saudi Arabia’s King Salman for the ‘active and joint cooperation’ in OPEC+. Putin said Russia and Saudi Arabia are actively cooperating in the alliance of the world’s largest oil exporters to ensure the stability of global energy markets, Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday. Putin’s remarks were made during … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Putin Thanks Saudi King Salman Over Russia OPEC+ Role

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.

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

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

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.

BREAKING NEWS | Arab Coalition: Iran – Backed Houthis Behind Cowardly Jeddah Terrorist Attack

The Saudi-led Arab coalition announced on Monday that the Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen were behind the ‘cowardly terrorist’ attack against an oil facility in Jeddah. Coalition spokesman Colonel Turki Al-Malki said that the attack ‘not only targets Saudi Arabia’s national capabilities, but the global economy and its energy supplies and security’. Monday’s attack on … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Arab Coalition: Iran – Backed Houthis Behind Cowardly Jeddah Terrorist Attack

BREAKING NEWS | Yemen’s Hothis Says They Fired Missile At Saudi Aramco Site In Jeddah

RIYADH – – Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group on Monday said it fired a missile at a distribution station operated by the Saudi Aramco oil company in Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea city of Jeddah and struck it. There was no immediate Saudi confirmation of the claim made by the group’s military spokesman, who warned foreign companies … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Yemen’s Hothis Says They Fired Missile At Saudi Aramco Site In Jeddah

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