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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Attends Formula E Race In Diriyah

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is attending the final race Formula E’s seventh season double – header event in Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah on Saturday. Attendees in the crowd can be heard shouting well wishes to the Crown Prince, who recently left hospital following a successful to treat appendicitis. Saudi Arabia is currently hosting … More Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Attends Formula E Race In Diriyah

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US President Biden Calls Saudi Arabia’s King Salman: White House

US President Biden Thursday called Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, according to the White House. The call was ‘to address the longstanding partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia’, a White House statement said. Regional security, including Washington’s diplomatic efforts to end the war in Yemen, was discussed. ‘The US commitment to help Saudi Arabia … More US President Biden Calls Saudi Arabia’s King Salman: White House

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Arab Coalition: Houthi Attack On Saudi Arabia’s Abha Airport Causes Plane Fire

The Arab Coalition on Wednesday said a terrorist attack by the Iran – backed Houthi militia targeting Abdha International Airport in Saudi Arabia caused a fire in a civil plane, according to an Al Arabiya reported. The coalition added that the fire was under control. ‘Attempting to target Abha airport and threatening civilian travelers is … More Arab Coalition: Houthi Attack On Saudi Arabia’s Abha Airport Causes Plane Fire

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BREAKING NEWS | High Levels Of Toxic Heavy Metals Found In Some Baby Foods

U.S. congressional investigators found ‘dangerous levels of toxic heavy metals‘  in certain baby foods that could cause neurological damage, a House Oversight subcommittee said in a report released on Thursday. The panel examined baby foods made by Nature Inc., Hain Celestial Group Inc., Beech – Nut Nutrition and Gerber, a unit of Nestle, it said, … More BREAKING NEWS | High Levels Of Toxic Heavy Metals Found In Some Baby Foods

Saudi Prince Khalid Bin Salman Discusses Defense Relations With U.K.

Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman held a phone call with British Secretary Ben Wallace to discuss defense relations between both countries. ‘Had a good call with the United Kingdom Defense Secretary Ben Wasllace to discuss defense relations between out two friendly countries, and our common interests in achieving regional and international stability’, … More Saudi Prince Khalid Bin Salman Discusses Defense Relations With U.K.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Undergoes Successful Surgery

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman underwent surgery Wednesday to treat appendicitis, the Saudi Press Agency Reported. According to the SPA, the laparoscopic surgery, which was performed at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyad, was successful. The crown prince has since been discharged from the hospital.

WORLD NEWS

WORLD NEWS | Russia Accuses West Of Navalny Hysteria, Kremlin Backs Tough Protest Policing

BUCHAREST – – Russia accused the West on Wednesday of descending into hysteria over the jailed of opposition  politician Alexei Navalny, and the Kremlin said police had been right to use force to break up protests over his imprisonment. A Moscow court on Tuesday sentenced the prominent critic of President Vladimir Purin to three and … More WORLD NEWS | Russia Accuses West Of Navalny Hysteria, Kremlin Backs Tough Protest Policing

Germany: More Sanctions On Russia Over Navalny Cannot Ruled Out

MILAN – – The German government said on Wednesday further sanctions against Russia cannot be ruled out after a Moscow court jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and police used force against protesters. Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuersday’s verdict against Navalny was ‘far from any rule of law standards’ and demanded an end to violence against … More Germany: More Sanctions On Russia Over Navalny Cannot Ruled Out

Digital Vaccination Passports Likely Available Before Summer, Merkel Says

Digital vaccination certification enabling people to travel in Europe despite the coronavirus pandemic will probably be available before the summer, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after a virtual EU Summit. ‘Everyone agreed that we need a digital vaccination certificate’, Merkel told a press conference on Thursday, adding the EU Commission would need around three months … More Digital Vaccination Passports Likely Available Before Summer, Merkel Says

POLITICS | Can Anything Stop Trump From Pardoning His Family Or Even Himself?

President Donald Trump on Wednesday granted pardon to his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former adviser Roger Stones, sweeping away the most important convictions from U.S. Special Counsel Robert Muller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign. So far, Trump, who has 27 days left in the White House until President – … More POLITICS | Can Anything Stop Trump From Pardoning His Family Or Even Himself?

WORLD NEWS | Kremlin Says Sunday’s Pro – Navalny Rallies Attended By ‘Hooligans And Provocateurs’

BUCHAREST – The Kremlin said on Monday that a large number of people who took part in protests against the jailing of oppositions politician Alexei Navalny on Sunday were ‘hooligans and provocateurs’. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call that dialogue with such people would be impossible, a day after Navalny’s allies … More WORLD NEWS | Kremlin Says Sunday’s Pro – Navalny Rallies Attended By ‘Hooligans And Provocateurs’

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

NEWS ALERT | Saudi Food And Drug Authority Approves Registration Of Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) announced on Thursday that it has approved the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid -19 vaccine for use in the Kingdom. The approval is based on a review of data provided by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and German partner BioNTech on November 24 and confirmation that it meets the authority’s requirements in … More NEWS ALERT | Saudi Food And Drug Authority Approves Registration Of Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine

Saudi Arabia To Provide Free COVID-19 Vaccines In Pharmacies: Health Minister

Saudi Arabia will provide coronavirus vaccines in pharmacies around the Kingdom for free, the country’s Minister of Health  Dr. Tawfik al – Rabiah told Al Araiya on Wednesday. This comes as part of efforts to expand the ongoing inoculation campaign and facilitate access to vaccine sites, he added. Over 100 vaccine centers have opened around … More Saudi Arabia To Provide Free COVID-19 Vaccines In Pharmacies: Health Minister

Kuwait Closes Sea, Land Borders With Certain Exceptions For Citizens, Workers

Kuwait announces it will be closing its land and sea border crossings with certain exceptions made for shipping workers and returning citizens and their immediate family members and companions, according to a decision by the country’s Council of Ministers. Exceptions were made for shipping operations and workers in the divided zone, according to the announcement. … More Kuwait Closes Sea, Land Borders With Certain Exceptions For Citizens, Workers

BUSINESS

U.S. Urges Saudi Arabia To Give Up Special Developing Nation Status At WTO

The United States called on Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to renounce its special and differential treatment in negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO), nothing the G20 member was designed as a high – income country by the World Bank. ‘Saudi Arabia is a wealthy and influential player in the global economy’, Washington said in … More U.S. Urges Saudi Arabia To Give Up Special Developing Nation Status At WTO

Russia, Saudi Arabia At Odds Over Output Deal Ahead Of OPEC+ Meeting – RIA Cites Source

Saudi Arabia and Russia have difference over a potential deal among OPEC+ oil producers that could ease curbs on supply starting in April, a source told RIA news week. The Organization of the  Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies, a group known as OPEC+, are likely to ease curbs on supply after April given a … More Russia, Saudi Arabia At Odds Over Output Deal Ahead Of OPEC+ Meeting – RIA Cites Source

BUSINESS | Aramco Could See More Shares To Benefit PIF, Crown Prince Tells FII

RIYADH – – Saudi Aramco, the world’s biggest oil company, could launch a second offering of shares to follow the historic initial public offering of 2019, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told the Future Investment Initiative (FII) gathering. ‘This will yield a cash flow transferred to the Public Investment Fund (PIF) to be reinvested domestically … More BUSINESS | Aramco Could See More Shares To Benefit PIF, Crown Prince Tells FII

Russia’s Putin And Saudi Crown Prince Discuss OPEC+ Deal: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed the implementation of the OPEC+ oil output deal in a telephone call on Monday, the Kremlin said. The Kremlin said Putin backed continued close cooperation between Moscow and Riyadh to support the stability of the global energy market.

BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince: We Will Continue To Grow In Various Fields

NEOM – – Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Chairman of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs, affirmed that the Kingdom will continue to consolidate the gains made since the approval of the Vision 2030, and stressed its keenness to move towards further development … More BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince: We Will Continue To Grow In Various Fields

ECONOMY | Saudi Sovereign Wealth Fund Hires New Corporate Finance Head, Makes Other Changes

RIYADH – – Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund has hired Fahad al – Saif, the chief executive of the finance  ministry’s debt management centre, as its new corporate finance head. He replaces Alireza Zaimi, who will become a special advisor to the fund’s  governor Yasir al – Rumayyan, the Public Investment FUND (PIF) said in … More ECONOMY | Saudi Sovereign Wealth Fund Hires New Corporate Finance Head, Makes Other Changes

ECONOMY | Saudi November Inflation At 5.8 Y/Y On Higher Food Prices

RIYADH – – Saudi Arabia’s consumer price index increased by 5.8% in November compared with the same month last year, official data showed on Tuesday, while remaining the same as October’s rate. The world’s largest oil exporter is facing a steep economic contraction this year amid low oil price, while coronavirus – induces restrictions curbed … More ECONOMY | Saudi November Inflation At 5.8 Y/Y On Higher Food Prices

BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince Discusses OPEC+ Agreements With Vladimir Putin

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA  – Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman discussed with Russian President Vladimir Putin energy markets and the implementation of agreements by the oil producers group known as OPEC+ on Saturday. ‘Both sides have reiterated their willingness to continue close coordination in this area in order to maintain stability on the … More BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince Discusses OPEC+ Agreements With Vladimir Putin

GLOBAL ECONOMY | G20 Suspends poorer nations’ debt payment for 6 more months

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Financial leaders of the world’s biggest economies claimed a ‘historic achievement’ in reaching a framework to deal with heavily indebted poorer countries, which have been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The finance ministers and central governors of the G20 nations agreed at a virtual meeting organized by the Saudi … More GLOBAL ECONOMY | G20 Suspends poorer nations’ debt payment for 6 more months

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 … More NEWS ALERT | Kuwait’s Emir Congratulates Saudi Arabia On Success of the G20 Summit.

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT

ARTS & CULTURE | Lebanon Return Two Stolen 18th – Century Religious Icons To Greece

ATHENS – – Lebanon handed back two 18th – century religious icons of Jesus and Mary to Greece on Tuesday after they were seized during an auction, a judicial sources said. The paintings were stole from an exhibition in Athens in 2016, and Greece put out an international notice calling for their return. Icons are … More ARTS & CULTURE | Lebanon Return Two Stolen 18th – Century Religious Icons To Greece

ARTS & CULTURE | Saudi Arabia’s Minister Of Culture Issues First Two Licenses For Music Institutes

Saudi Arabia has announced it has issued the first license for two music institutes to operate in the Kingdom, according to Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Farhan. In a tweet on Monday, Prince Badr called for those interested in the private and non – profit sectors to apply for licenses to operate … More ARTS & CULTURE | Saudi Arabia’s Minister Of Culture Issues First Two Licenses For Music Institutes

CULTURE | Hagia Sophia Must Remain Part Of Humanity’s Shared Heritage, Spanish Minister Says

MADRID | SPAIN – Spain’s foreign minister Arancha Gonzales Laya said on Monday it was important that Turkey’s Hagia Sophia remains part of humanity’s shared global heritage, after it was reconverted into a mosque from a museum last week. ‘For us it is important that the spirit of this great monument of Hagia Sophia is … More CULTURE | Hagia Sophia Must Remain Part Of Humanity’s Shared Heritage, Spanish Minister Says

ENTERTAINMENT | Arab Supermodel Gigi Hadid Expecting First Child With One Direction’s Zany Malik. Yolanda Hadid Confirmed

MILAN | ITALY – Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik have not yet publicly confirmed the reports that they’re expecting their first child together, but Gigi’s mom, Yolanda, has spoken up. She recently gave an interview to the Dutch celebrity new television show, RTL Boulevard, and confirmed that she’ll be a grandmother, telling the outlet, ‘Still … More ENTERTAINMENT | Arab Supermodel Gigi Hadid Expecting First Child With One Direction’s Zany Malik. Yolanda Hadid Confirmed

Saudi Arabia’s Inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival Unveils New Dates

Saudi Arabia’s inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival has confirmed it will take place in November in Jeddah after it was postponed last March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to organizers. ‘The 1st edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival will take place from the 11th to the 20th of November 2021 in … More Saudi Arabia’s Inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival Unveils New Dates

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Cannes Film Festival Won’t Take Place In June, But Continues To Explore Options

The Cannes Film Festival won’t take place in June, after all, due to the coronavirus pandemic, but organizers continue to explore different options for 2020. ‘Following the French President’s statement, on Monday, April 13th, we acknowledged that the postponement of the 73rd International Cannes Film Festival, initially considered for the end of June to the … More ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Cannes Film Festival Won’t Take Place In June, But Continues To Explore Options

CELEBRITY | Oprah Winfrey Launching New Show On Apple TV+

Apple TV+ has quickly become the new home of Oprah Winfrey. The streaming service has announced a new series featuring the media mogul. ‘The Oprah Conversation’ is set to debut Thursday and, according to a press release, ‘will continue to explore impactful and relevant topics with fascinating thought leaders from all over the world’. ‘Filmed … More CELEBRITY | Oprah Winfrey Launching New Show On Apple TV+

LIFESTYLE

BUSINESS | Parisian Fragrance House Ex Nihilo Cuts Ribbon On Its First Saudi Boutique

JEDDAH | SAUDI ARABIA – Parisian fragrance maison Ex Nihlio has cut the ribbon on its first flagship in Saudi Arabia. The new perfumery is situated in Jeddah’s Nojoud Center, alongside other brands like Lacoste and Femi9. The new store evokes the brand’s French flagship with its iconic cobalt blue interior, marble floors, Art Deco … More BUSINESS | Parisian Fragrance House Ex Nihilo Cuts Ribbon On Its First Saudi Boutique

FINE JEWELRY | Sonam Kapoor And Arab Stars Preview Bulgari’s Collection Inspired By The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Celebrities from all over the Arab flew to Abu Dhabi for the launch of Bulgari’s new Jannah Collection. The glorious high jewelry designs unveiled at the Louvre Abu Dhabi are the results an unprecedented collaboration between the Italian house and Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, member  of the ruling UAE … More FINE JEWELRY | Sonam Kapoor And Arab Stars Preview Bulgari’s Collection Inspired By The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

ROYALS | Saudi Crown Prince Sparks Twitter Fashion Frenzy Over Luxury Jacket

RIYADH – – Twitter users are clearly feeling the cold. A cohort of fashion lovers on the social media platform have gone wild over gilet worn by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman while chairing Sunday’s board meeting of the public Investment Fund. The prince showed off a $6.551 casual sleeves vest by U.K. luxury … More ROYALS | Saudi Crown Prince Sparks Twitter Fashion Frenzy Over Luxury Jacket

BUSINESS | L’Oréal To Drop Words Such As ‘Whitening’ From Skin Products

PARIS | FRANCE – L’Oreal, the world’s biggest cosmetics company, will remove words referencing ‘white’, ‘fair’ and ‘light’ from its skin-evening products, a spokeswoman said on Friday, a day after Unilever made a similar announcement in the face of growing social media criticism. Unilever and L’Oreal are two big players in the global market for … More BUSINESS | L’Oréal To Drop Words Such As ‘Whitening’ From Skin Products

MASTERWORKS OF TIME | Rolex Daytona ‘JPS’ 6264 Fetches a record $1.5 million in online sale

An ultra – rare Rolex Cosmograph Daytona JPS  reference 6264 in 18k gold achieved more than $1.5 million in a single-lot online sale held by Sotheby’s in London. The 1969 ‘John Player Special’, named after Formula 1 livery, because of its black and gold ‘Paul Newman’ dial. The price set action record for a watch … More MASTERWORKS OF TIME | Rolex Daytona ‘JPS’ 6264 Fetches a record $1.5 million in online sale

Saudi Arabia Crown’s Prince Launces Soudah Develop Company With Investment Of SR 11 Billion

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has announced the launch of Soudah Development Company (SDC) in the Asir region that will lead the development of a luxury mountain destination and will infuse $3 billion (SAR 11 billion) into infrastructure and tourism projects, according to a statement. The statement added that the  new entry is … More Saudi Arabia Crown’s Prince Launces Soudah Develop Company With Investment Of SR 11 Billion

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Unveils Luxury Red Sea Project ‘Coral Bloom’ Designs

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman launches on Wednesday the luxury  Red Sea Project ‘Coral Bloom’ design.  The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), chaired by the Crown Prince, will develop the main hub island at the destinations, Shurayrah and its 11 resorts, referred to as ‘Coral Bloom’. ‘We expect guest to be awed by what they … More Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Unveils Luxury Red Sea Project ‘Coral Bloom’ Designs