NEWS ALERT | Tunisia To Ban Gatherings, Cut Public-Sector Work Hours Due To Pandemic

MILAN | ITALY – Tunisian Authorities will ban all gatherings and reduce working hours for employees in the public sector in order to stop the rapid spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi said on Saturday.

The decision was taken amid strong fears that hospital in the North African nation will be unable to cope with a high number of patients because of the shortage of intensive-care beds.

The total number of coronavirus cases has jumped to more than 20,000 compared with roughly 1,000 cases before the country’s borders were reopened on June 27.

In a speech announcing the latest measures to combat the virus, Mechichi said he gave orders to Tunisia’s governors to implement a regional lockdown if necessary. But he added it was unthinkable to reimpose a nationwide lockdown because of the unprecedented economic collapse caused by the first lockdown in March.

Tunisia’s tourism-dependent economy shark 21.6% in the second quarter compared to the same period last year as a result of the pandemic and measures.

ECONOMY | Saudi Ministry Clarifies After Report On Pending Decision To Abolish Kafala System

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – – Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development said it is working on ‘many initiatives’ to develop the labor market and that decision will be announced when they are ready following a report that the Kingdom was working to abolish the Kafala system. ‘In reference to what has … Continue reading ECONOMY | Saudi Ministry Clarifies After Report On Pending Decision To Abolish Kafala System

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

travel | Dubai Miracle Garden Set To Welcome Visitors On 1st November

ABU DHABI – – Dubai Miracle Garden, the largest natural flower garden in the world, returns for its ninth season on Sunday, 1 November, promising visitors a truly memorable experience with its magnificent display of intricately designed bloom. The park is set to reopen under stringent health and safety protocols designed to ensure visitors can … Continue reading travel | Dubai Miracle Garden Set To Welcome Visitors On 1st November

NEWS ALERT | United States Condemns Attacks By Iran – Backed Houthis Against Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON – The United States Of America has condemned attacks by the Iranian – backed Houthis against civilians and civilian objects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In a statement issued Thursday, the U.S. Department of State expressed in condemnation and denunciation of these attacks which were launched indiscriminately towards Riyadh, and risked the lives … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | United States Condemns Attacks By Iran – Backed Houthis Against Saudi Arabia

BUSINESS | White House Moves Ahead With Sale Of F-35 Jets To UAE – Sources

WASHINGTON – The White House notified Congress it intends to sell  50 5-35 fighter jets made by Lockheed Martin to the United Arab Emirates, setting up a potential showdown with the U.S. legislature, which could vote to block the sales, sources said on Thursday. The United States and the UAE aim to have a letter … Continue reading BUSINESS | White House Moves Ahead With Sale Of F-35 Jets To UAE – Sources

BUSINESS | Tiffany And LVMH Could Patch Things Up With Cut-Price Deal

U.S. jeweler Tiffany & Co and French luxury goods giant LVMH are in talks to settle their dispute over $16 billion takeover at a price slightly lower than that initially agreed, sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. The negotiations were based on a price in the range of $131 – $134 for each … Continue reading BUSINESS | Tiffany And LVMH Could Patch Things Up With Cut-Price Deal

BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Arabia Condemns Nice Church Attack

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia condemned an attack at a church in the southern French city of Nice that killed three people on Thursday. The Kingdom’s foreign ministry expressed its categorical rejection of the extremist attack in Notre Dame Basilica and others like it, and said that they are inconsistent with all religions, … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Arabia Condemns Nice Church Attack

SPORTS | Racing In The Streets: Jeddah To Host First Saudi F1 Grand Prix

Saudi Arabia’s inaugural Formula 1 Grand Prix next year will take place on the city streets of Jeddah. The Saudi Grand Prix appears on the provisional F1 calendar for 2021 that has been distributed to race teams. It is expected to be the penultimate race of the 2021 season, which will conclude with the Abu … Continue reading SPORTS | Racing In The Streets: Jeddah To Host First Saudi F1 Grand Prix

BUSINESS | Saudi Arabia Plans $2 Billion Boost For Space Program By 2030

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia is planning an 8 billion riyals ($2.1 billion) boost for its space program by 2030 under an economic diversification plan that aims to attract foreign investment and create thousands of jobs for young Saudis. The Saudi Space Commission (SSC), set up by a royal decree in late 2018 … Continue reading BUSINESS | Saudi Arabia Plans $2 Billion Boost For Space Program By 2030

G20 NEWS | Saudi Arabia Hosts Global Summit To Discuss Challenges Facing Entrepreneurs

President of the G20 Young Entrepreneurship Alliance (YES) Summit 2020 has affirmed that various initiatives have been prepared to be presented during meetings of G20 Leaders. In a press conference on Monday in Riyadh, Prince Fahd bin Mansour bin Nasser Bin Abdulaziz said the Kingdom will host the two-day YEA Virtual Summit on Oct.29. More … Continue reading G20 NEWS | Saudi Arabia Hosts Global Summit To Discuss Challenges Facing Entrepreneurs

BREAKING NEWS | France Warns Citizens To Be Cautious As Anger Seethes In Muslim World Over Cartoons

PARIS | FRANCE – France warned its citizens living or traveling in several Muslim-majority countries to take extra security precautions on Tuesday as anger surged over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad. In a sign that some countries want to limit the fallout, Saudi Arabia condemned the cartoons but held back from echoing calls by other … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | France Warns Citizens To Be Cautious As Anger Seethes In Muslim World Over Cartoons

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