NEWS | Pompeo To Visit Israel And UAE With Peace, Iran And China On Agenda, Sources Say

MILAN | ITALY – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Israel on Monday and the United Arab Emirates a day later to discuss the countries’ normalization deal, two sources briefed on his itinerary said.

Also on Pompeo’s agenda will be the security challenges posed by Iran and China in the region, said the sources, who declined to be identified by name or nationality.

Israel and the UAE announced earlier this month that they would normalize diplomatic ties and forge a broad new relationship.

Under the accord, which U.S. President Donald helped broker, Israel agreed to suspend its planned annexation of areas of the occupied West Bank.

The deal also firms up opposition to regional power Iran, which the UAE, Israel and the United States view as the main threat in the conflict – riven Middle East.

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, Trump’s son – in – low, is expected to travel to Israel and the UAE in early September, and may stop in other countries as well, an administration official said. Kushner will be accompanied by Avi Berowitz, Trump’s Middle East envoy, the official said.

Greece Battles Wildfires For Third Day, Site Of Ancient Olympics Saved

Greek authorities ordered more evacuations on an island near Athens on Thursday and battled a blaze near the site of the ancient Olympic Games in the western Peloponnese as wildfires burned for a third day. Temperatures of more than 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and strong winds have fanned more than 150 wildfires in different areas … More Greece Battles Wildfires For Third Day, Site Of Ancient Olympics Saved

Germany To Give COVID Vaccine Boosters To Vulnerable Groups In September

Germany plans to give vulnerable people a COVID-19 vaccine booster in September, the Health Ministry said on Thursday, ignoring a World Health Organisation appeal to refrain from giving third doses while poor countries remain unvaccinated. ‘The possibility of a booster vaccine in September is intended to ensure that those who are particularly at risk are … More Germany To Give COVID Vaccine Boosters To Vulnerable Groups In September

French President Macron: Third COVID Vaccine Doses Likely For Elderly And Vulnerable

French President Emmanuel Macron said on his Instagram account on Thursday that it was likely that the elderly and vulnerable would need a third COVID-19 vaccine shot, and that France was working on rolling these out from September onwards. ‘A third dose will likely be necessary, not for everyone straightaway, but in any case for … More French President Macron: Third COVID Vaccine Doses Likely For Elderly And Vulnerable

Israeli Aircraft Strike Rocket Launch Sites In Lebanon, Military Says

Israeli jets struck what its military said were rocket launch sites in Lebanon early on Thursday in response to two rockets fired towards Israel from Lebanese territory, in an escalation of cross – border hostilities amid heightened tensions with Iran. The rockets launched from Lebanon on Wednesday struck open areas in northern Israel, causing brush … More Israeli Aircraft Strike Rocket Launch Sites In Lebanon, Military Says

Oman Confirms Asphalt Princess Tanker Had Been Hijacked in Arabian Sea

Oman provides first official confirmation on Wednesday that the Asphalt Princess tanker was involved in a hijacking in the Arabian Sea after Britain’s maritime trade agency earlier reported the incident was over. Three maritime security forces had told Reuters on Tuesday that the Asphalt Princess tanler had neem seized by suspected Iranian – backed forces, … More Oman Confirms Asphalt Princess Tanker Had Been Hijacked in Arabian Sea

Saudi Arabia Permits Entry With Sinopharm, Sinovac Vaccines After Booster Shot

Saudi Arabia will only allow entry to travelers who where vaccinated with Sinopharm or Sinovac vaccines if they received a booster shot from one of the four approved vaccines in the Kingdom, according to the country’s e-visa portal. The vaccines that are currently recognized by the Kingdom are: Oxford – AstraZeneca, Pfizer – BioBTech, Moderna, … More Saudi Arabia Permits Entry With Sinopharm, Sinovac Vaccines After Booster Shot

Iran – Backed Forces Seize Tanker, Maritime Sources Say; Iran Denies It

Iranian – backed forces are believed to have seized an oil tanker in the Gulf off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, three maritime security sources said, after Britain’s maritime trade agency reported a ‘potential hujack’ in the area on Tuesday. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards denied that Iranian forces or allies were involved in action … More Iran – Backed Forces Seize Tanker, Maritime Sources Say; Iran Denies It

Rolls – Royce To Sell Norweigian Engine Unit To UK’s Langley Holdings

Britain’s Rolls – Royce is in advanced talks to sell its Norweigian maritime engine – maker Bergen to UK – based engineering group Langley Holdings, a source close to the matter said, ensuring a disposal plan continues to progress. Rolls – Royce is aiming to raise 2 billion  pounds from disposals by 2022 as part … More Rolls – Royce To Sell Norweigian Engine Unit To UK’s Langley Holdings

Saudi Arabia Says Sees An Emboldened Iran Around Middle East

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Tuesday he sees an emboldened Iran acting in a negative manner around the Middle East, endangering shipping, arming Yemen’s Houthis and contibuting to political deadlock in Lebanon. ‘All around the region, Iran continues to be emboldened’, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud told a U.S. think … More Saudi Arabia Says Sees An Emboldened Iran Around Middle East

UAE, China To Cooperate Against Money Lundering, Terrorism Financing

The United Arab Emirates and China agreed to share intelligence to fight money loundering and terrorism financing, the Financial Intelligence Unit of the UAE central bank said on Tuesday. It said it would exchange information with its counterpart, the China Anti – Money Laundering Monitoring and Analysis Centre, on investigations intro transactions related to money … More UAE, China To Cooperate Against Money Lundering, Terrorism Financing

UAE Lifts Ban On Transit Flights From India, Pakistan, Others: NCEMA

The United Arab Emirates will lift a ban on transit passenger traffic from India, Pakistan, Nigeria and other countries from Aug.5, the National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority (NCEMA) said on Tuesday. The UAE, a major international travel hub, has banned passengers from many South Asian and African countries for several months due to the … More UAE Lifts Ban On Transit Flights From India, Pakistan, Others: NCEMA

Students In Saudi Arabia Must Receive First COVID – 19 Vaccine Dose Before Aug 8

All students must receive their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine before August 8 to ensure that they are fully vaccinated before the start of the new academic term, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health said on Monday. ‘The ministry emphasizes the need for all male and female students to receive the first dose of the … More Students In Saudi Arabia Must Receive First COVID – 19 Vaccine Dose Before Aug 8

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