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Saudi Leaders Offer Condolences To Malaysian King For Victims Of Floods

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Saturday sent a cable of condolences and sympathy to his Malaysian counterpart Abdullah Sultan Ahmed Shah for the victims of floods that swept across the Southeast Asian nation. The death toll from Malaysia’s worst floods in years rose to 46 on Saturday, with five people still missing, … More Saudi Leaders Offer Condolences To Malaysian King For Victims Of Floods

NEWS ALERT

NEWS ALERT

Saudi Arabia Ask Citizens In Ukraine To Contact Embassy, Arrange Immediate Departure

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia is requesting in Ukraine to call the local embassy to ‘facilitate immediate departure’ from the country, according to a statement from the embassy on social media. It also asked all citizens to ‘postpone their travel’ until further notice. A number of countries in the Gulf, including Kuwait and the … More Saudi Arabia Ask Citizens In Ukraine To Contact Embassy, Arrange Immediate Departure

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NEWS ALERT

Foreign Pilgrims Required To Present Negative COVID-19 Test Certificate On Arrival In Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Foreign piligrims travelling to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah are required to present a negative PCR or rapid antigen test certificate on arrival in the Kingdom, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said on Monday. The test must to taken no more than 48 hours before the pilgrim departs for the … More Foreign Pilgrims Required To Present Negative COVID-19 Test Certificate On Arrival In Saudi Arabia

Pakistan Sends Emergency Aid To Ukraine

BUCHAREST, Romania – Pakistan sent two C-130 planes of humanitarian assistance to Ukraine Tuesday night, according to Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. Speaking at Noor Khan Airbase in the Pakistani capital as the planes departed, Quereshi said the aid was sent at the request of the Ukrainian Embassy in Islamabad. The aid includes tents, … More Pakistan Sends Emergency Aid To Ukraine

The White House Announced New Sanctions On Russian Oligarchs. Here’s Who Will Be Impacted

PARIS, France – The White House announced new sanctions on Russian oligarchs Thursday, in U.S. President Joe Biden’s latest attempt to squeeze Russian President Vladimir Putin as the invasion of Ukraine advances. The new list of individuals described as ‘Putin’s cronies and their family members’ will be cut off from the U.S. financial system, their … More The White House Announced New Sanctions On Russian Oligarchs. Here’s Who Will Be Impacted

Five Dead In Romanian Military Rescue Helicopter Crash – Defence Ministry

BUCHAREST, Romania – A Romania helicopter sent on a search – and – rescue mission late on Wednesday after a Romanian military Mig 21 LancerR dropped off the radar has crashed, killing all five soldiers on board, Defence Ministry spokesman Constantin Spiny said. The pilot of the IAR 330 – Puma helicopter unfavourable weather conditions … More Five Dead In Romanian Military Rescue Helicopter Crash – Defence Ministry

WORLD NEWS

Macron To Seek Clarification Of Putin’s Ukraine Intentions In Phone Call

PARIS, France – French President Emmanuel Macron said he would seek clarification over Russia’s intentions towards Ukraine in a phone call with President Vladimir Putin on Friday amid rising fears of an attack by the Kremlin on its former Soviet republic. Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stressed their support for Ukraine in a joint … More Macron To Seek Clarification Of Putin’s Ukraine Intentions In Phone Call

EU Foreign Policy Chief Says Discussed Nuclear Talks, Afghanistan In Saudi Visit

RIYADH / Saudi Arabia – European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said during a visit to Saudi Arabia on Sunday that he had briefed his partners about the prospects  of restarting nuclear talks with Iran and hoped that would happen ‘soon’. Borrell, speaking at a joint news conference with his Saudi counterpart, said he had … More EU Foreign Policy Chief Says Discussed Nuclear Talks, Afghanistan In Saudi Visit

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Saudi Arabia Begins COVID – 19 Vaccination Campaign For Ages 5 – 11 Amid Omicron Surge

PARIS, France – – Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced it will begin vaccinating children ages 5 – 11 against COVID – 19 ‘in order to ensure their safety and protect them from variants and complications’, the Ministry of Health said. The Kingdom’s health ministry said that vaccination priority will be given to those with conditions … More Saudi Arabia Begins COVID – 19 Vaccination Campaign For Ages 5 – 11 Amid Omicron Surge

COVID-19 Booster Dose Will Be Required To Maintain Fully Vaccinated Status In Saudi Arabia

PARIS, France – People in Saudi Arabia will be required to receive a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine eight months after getting double – jabbed to maintain their vaccinated status. As of February 1, 2022, adults aged 18 and above will need to have a booster dose in order to keep their fully vaccinated status on … More COVID-19 Booster Dose Will Be Required To Maintain Fully Vaccinated Status In Saudi Arabia

BUSINESS

U.S. Approves Potential Sale Of Rocket Launchers To Bahrain – Pentagon

WASHINGTON – The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale to Bahrain of M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems Upgrade and related equipment for an estimated cost of $176 million, the Pentagon said on Thursday. The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin Corp, the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a news release.

Invasion Could Worsen Food Crisis In The Middle East And North Africa, Says Human Rights Watch

PARIS, France – – The Russian invasion of Ukraine could worsen the food crisis in the Middle East and North Africa, the U.S. – based Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned in a statement Monday. ‘Both Ukraine and Russia are leading exports of agricultural products to many Middle Eastern and North African countries, and disruptions related … More Invasion Could Worsen Food Crisis In The Middle East And North Africa, Says Human Rights Watch

Twitter’s Restrictions On Russian State Media Have Successfully Limited Reach Of Content

PARIS, France – Twitter said Wednesday that its interventions against Russian state media have successfully limited the reach of that content, reducing it by 30% on the platform. The announcement follows Twitter’s effort late last month to curb users’ sharing of Russian state media content. At the time, Twitter said that users had been sharing … More Twitter’s Restrictions On Russian State Media Have Successfully Limited Reach Of Content

Saudi Arabia Participates In COP26 Climate Change Summit In Glasgow

LONDON  – Saudi Arabia participated in the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Scotland’s Glasgow on Sunday, confirming the importance of climate change and environmental protection, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. During its G20 Presidency last year, Saudi Arabia strengthened its leadership role towards common international issues and contributed … More Saudi Arabia Participates In COP26 Climate Change Summit In Glasgow

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

Saudi Arabia Donates $30M For Protection Of International Cultural Heritage

PARIS, France – Saudi authorities on Monday announced a donation of $30 million to support the work of the ALPH Foundation, the International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas. Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, the Kingdom’s minister of culture, made the announcement during the foundation’s second donors’ conference, which took place … More Saudi Arabia Donates $30M For Protection Of International Cultural Heritage

Saudi Arabia To Hold A Number Of Events Over Three Days To Celebrate The First Founding Day

RIYADH – Cities across Saudi Arabia are set to host the largest traditional cultural show simulating human struggle since the founding of the Saudi state and the development it has gained throughout its luminous history full of achievement. The show, which will be held from Feb.22 to 24 to commemorate Founding Day, will present visitors … More Saudi Arabia To Hold A Number Of Events Over Three Days To Celebrate The First Founding Day

No Zoom, No Sweatshirts As 93rd Oscars Producers Plan For Live, In – Person Event

With nominations set and just over a month until showtime, details are tricking out about the 93rd Oscars and neither sweatshirts not zoom made the cut. ‘Our plan is that this year’s Oscar will look like a movie, not a television show’, said show producers Jess Collins, Stacy Sher and Steven Soderbergh in a statement on … More No Zoom, No Sweatshirts As 93rd Oscars Producers Plan For Live, In – Person Event

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

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

Greece Lifts COVID Curbs For Travellers Ahead Of Key Summer Season

ATHENS, Greece – Greece lifted COVID-19 restrictions on Sunday for foreign and domestic flights, its civil aviation authority said, ahead of the summer tourism season that officials hope will see revenues bouncing back from the pandemic slump. To fly in or out of the country, travellers were previously required to show either a vaccination certificate, … More Greece Lifts COVID Curbs For Travellers Ahead Of Key Summer Season