BUSINESS | Google To Provide Mideast Grants, Loans To Train Digital Skills

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – U.S. tech company Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., plans to provide grants worth $1.1 million to help businesses in the Middle East and North Africa improve their skills and get them online, the company said on Tuesday.

Google will also provide $3 million in loans to thousands of business in the region of which will go to Egypt, to help them with a digital transformation, the firm said in a presentation to Reuters.

Online consumption in the region is on the rise this year as people stay home due to the novel coronavirus, Google said, adding that according to the Arab Monetary Fund, 6 million jobs are at risk.

A total of 1 million firms or individuals in the region would get help to improve their digital skills to find jobs and get business online by the end of 2021, it added. The firm will also provide $9 million in advertising credits and grants to support businesses and governments in the region.

Saudi King Salman Wishes Prosperity On Nation Ahead Of National Day

Riyadh / Saudi Arabia – – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz wished prosperity on the nation ahead of the Kingdom’s 91st National Day on Thursday. The comments were made during a virtual session of the Council of Ministers on Tuesday. King Salman also commemorated his predecessors including the country’s founder, King Abdulaziz. Saudi National … More Saudi King Salman Wishes Prosperity On Nation Ahead Of National Day

The Canaries Are Safe And The Volcano Is A Great Show, Says Minister

Paris/France – – The Canary Island are safe to visit and a volcano eruption there is a ‘wonderful show’, Spanish Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said on Monday, just hours after 5,000 people, including hundreds of tourists, had to be evacuated. The volcano – the archipelago’s first eruption in 50 years – blew Sunday, spouting lava … More The Canaries Are Safe And The Volcano Is A Great Show, Says Minister

Saudi Arabia Expresses Concern Over Iran’s Lack Of Transparency On Nuclear Program

Riyadh / Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia is concerned over Iran’s lack of transparency in regards to its nuclear program, the Kingdom’s Minister of Energy Prince Abdulaziz Bin Salman said on Monday during an International Atomic Energy (IAEA) meeting with other member states. Saudi Arabia reiterates the importance of countries around the world abiding by … More Saudi Arabia Expresses Concern Over Iran’s Lack Of Transparency On Nuclear Program

UAE Rejects European Parliament Resolution On Human Rights As ‘Incorrect’

Dubai – – The United Arab Emirates rejected on Friday as ‘factually incorrect’ a resolution passed by the European Parliament criticizing its human rights record and calling for the release of peaceful political activists. ‘Every country has its own laws and legal institutions, the UAE constitution and national legislation enshrines fundamental rights which provide for … More UAE Rejects European Parliament Resolution On Human Rights As ‘Incorrect’

Paris Saint – Germain To Participate In Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh Season Cup In Jan. 2022

Riyadh – – Paris Saint – Geranin (PSG) is set to participate in Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh Season Cup in January 2022, Saudi Press Agency SPA reported on Friday. The one – match tournament will feature a football game between PSG and star players from Al Hilal SFC and Al Nassar FC, two of the GCC … More Paris Saint – Germain To Participate In Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh Season Cup In Jan. 2022

U.S. State Department Approves Potential $500 Million Saudi Maintenance Deal

WASHINGTON – – The U.S. State Department has approved a potential agreement covering up to $500 million in military support services for Saudi Arabia, and has sent the agreement to Congress for review, the Pentagon said on Thursday. It was the first major defense agreement for Saudi Arabia sent to Congress since President Joe Biden … More U.S. State Department Approves Potential $500 Million Saudi Maintenance Deal

Macron, Merkel Vow To Cooperate Closely Until New German Government Is Formed

Paris / France – – German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron pledged on Thursday to keep working closely together until a new German government is formed after the Sept. 26 polls in which Merkel is not a candidate. In 16 years in power, Merkel has known four French presidents and has built … More Macron, Merkel Vow To Cooperate Closely Until New German Government Is Formed

Saudi – Led Coalition Thwarts Houthi Missile And Drones Attack – Media

Dubai / UAE – – The Saudi – led coalition said late on Thursday that it thwarted and destroyed four Houthi explosives – laden drones and a ballistic rocket fired in the direction of the southern Saudi city of Jazan, Saudi state media reported. The Saudi – led military coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015, … More Saudi – Led Coalition Thwarts Houthi Missile And Drones Attack – Media

Macron Says French French Forces Killed Islamic State Leader In Sahara

Paris / France — French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday that French military forces had killed Islamic Adnan Abu Walid al – Sahrawi, the leader of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara. ‘It’s another major success in our fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel’, Macron said in a tweet, without disclosing the location of … More Macron Says French French Forces Killed Islamic State Leader In Sahara

Putin To Remain In COVID – 19 Isolation For Days As Dozens In Entourage Ill

Moscow / Russia – Russian President Vladimir  Putin said on Thursday he would have to spend ‘a few days’ in self – isolation after dozens of people in his entourage fell ill with COVID – 19, the TASS news agency reported. Putin was speaking through a video link at a summit of Russia – led … More Putin To Remain In COVID – 19 Isolation For Days As Dozens In Entourage Ill

Saudi Crown Prince Launches ‘Human Capability Development’ Program

Riyadh / Saudi Arabia – – Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman launched a new program on Wednesday as part of Saudi Vision 2030 plans and a national strategy to ‘strengthen citizen’s capabilities locally and globally’. ‘The Human Capability Development Program represents a national strategy to enhance the competitiveness of national human capabilities locally … More Saudi Crown Prince Launches ‘Human Capability Development’ Program


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