WORLD NEWS | France’s Parly Confirms Macron Plans Trip To Lebanon Sept.1

PARIS | FRANCE – French President Emmanuel Macron plans to return to Beirut on Sept.1 to follow up the reconstruction efforts after the catastrophic blast which destroyed parts of Beirut last week, French Defense Minister Florence Parly said Friday.

Parly, speaking after a tour of the French helicopter-carrier Tonnerre which arrived earlier in the day in the devastated port of Beirut, also called on the Lebanese to form a govern capable of taking ‘courageous decisions’.

She described the ship as a ‘floating city’ which can provide all kind of medical and technical support, including a hospital, search and rescue equipment, construction materials and also transporting a shipment of flour.

The government of Prime Minister Hassan Diab, which has the backing of the Iran-aligned Hezbollah, resigned in the wake of the explosion.

No Vaccine, No French Open For Djokovic As Rules Righten

PARIS, France – Novak Djokovic risks being frozen out of tennis as he chases a record 21st Grand Slam title, with rules on travellers who are unvaccinated against COVID-19 tightening in the third year of the pandemic and some tournaments reconsidering exemption. The Serbian, who has not been vaccinated, was deported from Australia on Sunday … More No Vaccine, No French Open For Djokovic As Rules Righten

UAE Says It Suspects Fuel Trucks Hit By Drones, Yemeni Houthis Claim Attack

DUBAI – Three fuel trucks exploded and a fire broke out near Abu Dhabi airport on Monday in what Yemen’s Iran – aligned Houthi group said was an attack deep inside the United Arab Emirates. The Houthi movement, which is battling a Saudi – led coalition that includes the UAE, has frequently launched cross – … More UAE Says It Suspects Fuel Trucks Hit By Drones, Yemeni Houthis Claim Attack

New US – Africa Envoy To Visit Saudi Arabia, Sudan And Ethiopia: State Department

Paris, France – The US special envoy for the Horn of Africa will visit Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Ethiopia next week amid ongoing crises in the two African nations, the State Department announced Friday. David Satterfield and Assistant Secretary of State Molly Phee will travel to Riyadh, Khartoum and Addis Ababa from January 17 to … More New US – Africa Envoy To Visit Saudi Arabia, Sudan And Ethiopia: State Department

Saudi Arabia Celebrates ‘Year Of Saudi Coffee’ At Expo 2020 Dubai

DUBAI – Saudi Arabia’ initiative designating 2022 as ‘Year of Saudi Coffee’ spilled over at its pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai with an information campaign emphasizing the importance of celebrating one of the Kingdom’s main elements of culture and folklore. A short film discussed the importance and status of coffee in Saudi society, with its different … More Saudi Arabia Celebrates ‘Year Of Saudi Coffee’ At Expo 2020 Dubai

Saudi Arabia’s Attorney General Discusses Legal Cooperation With Russian Counterpart

Paris, France – Saudi Arabia’s Attorney General Sheikh Saudi bin Abdullah Al – Mujib on Thursday held talks with his Russian counterpart Ignor Krasnov, during his visit to Moscow. During the meeting, the most prominent joint parliamentary and judicial files were reviewed, in addition to discussing ways of enhancing legal cooperation between the two prosecutions, Saudi … More Saudi Arabia’s Attorney General Discusses Legal Cooperation With Russian Counterpart

Saudi Arabia Calls For Flexibility In Energy Transition

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – The transition away from fossil fuels towards clean energy is complicated and the world needs to be flexible to avoid sacrificing energy security, Saudi Arabia’s energy minister said on Wednesday. Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman al – Saud also told a mining conference in Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest exporter of crude oil, … More Saudi Arabia Calls For Flexibility In Energy Transition

Saudi National Bank Gets $750 Million Via Debut ‘Sustainable’ Sukuk

Paris, France – Saudi National Bank, the kingdom’s largest lender that is 50.4% indirectly owned by the government, sold $750 million in debut ‘sustainable’ sukuk on Wednesday after demand topped $3.2 billion, a bank document showed.  The five- year Islamic bonds launched at 85 basis points (bps) over U.S. Treasuries (UST), tightened from initial price guidance … More Saudi National Bank Gets $750 Million Via Debut ‘Sustainable’ Sukuk

Social Media Users Who Mock UAE Covid – 19 Rules Face Jail Time

DUBAI – People who mock the United Arab Emirates’ COVID – 19 regulations face jail time, federal prosecutors said in a statement on Monday. Social media users could be punished under new laws which allow at least two years’ jail and $54,000 (200,000AED) fines for sharing misleading information, the Federal Emergency Crisis and Disasters Prosecution … More Social Media Users Who Mock UAE Covid – 19 Rules Face Jail Time

Djokovic Clarifies Movements, Australian Visa Saga Continues

PARIS, France – Novak Djokovic knew he had tested positive for COVID-19 when he attended a newspaper interview and photo shoot at his tennis center in Serbia last month, saying Wednesday he made an ‘error of judgement’ and should have immediately gone into isolation. Djokovic moved to clarify ‘ongoing misinformation’ about his movement while he … More Djokovic Clarifies Movements, Australian Visa Saga Continues

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