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NEWS | Saudi King, Crown Prince Send Condolences To UAE Leaders On Death Of Sharjah Official

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman sent messages of condolences on Friday to the leaders of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the death of Sheikh Ahmed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, deputy ruler of the emirate of Sharjah. ‘(We) ask God Almighty to bless him with … Continue reading NEWS | Saudi King, Crown Prince Send Condolences To UAE Leaders On Death Of Sharjah Official

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NEWS ALERT | Saudi-led coalition in Yemen says explosive boats destroyed in Red Sea – Saudi TV

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Iran-aligned Houthi group in Yemen said it destroyed two explosive –laden boasts in the red Sea, Saudi State TV  reported on Thursday. The two remotely controlled boats were threatening navigation, the coalition said. They were destroyed south of the Yemeni port of Salif it … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Saudi-led coalition in Yemen says explosive boats destroyed in Red Sea – Saudi TV

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NEWS | U.S. State Department ‘Disappointed’ In Turkish Government Decision On Hagia Sophia

WASHINGTON – The U.S. State Department on Friday said it ‘was disappointed’ by the government of Turkey’s decision to change the status of Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan declared the ancient monument a mosque again. ‘We understand the Turkish Government remains committed to maintaining access to the Hagia Sophia for all visitors, … Continue reading NEWS | U.S. State Department ‘Disappointed’ In Turkish Government Decision On Hagia Sophia

NEWS ALERT | Saudi Crown Prince Makes Phone Call To Brazilian President

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense made Thursday a telephone call to His Excellency President Jair Messias Bolsonaro of Brazil. During the phone conversation, Prince Mohammed bin Salman was reassured of the health of the Brazilian President, … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Saudi Crown Prince Makes Phone Call To Brazilian President

BUSINESS NEWS | Saudi Arabia Completes First Phase Of State Mills Privatisation

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it had complete the first batch of its flour milling sector privatization, according to a statement by the state grain buyer and privatization centre. The long-awaited flour mills sale was one of the first privatisations the kingdom planned as part of a wide-reaching overhaul of … Continue reading BUSINESS NEWS | Saudi Arabia Completes First Phase Of State Mills Privatisation

WORLD NEWS

THE POWER OF INFLUENCE | Angelina Jolie Discussed How She Talks To Her Kids About Racism

Angeline Jolie is no stronger to change. She’s worked as a Special Envoy of the High Commissioner for Refugees to bring attention to the challenges that refugees face around the world. With the current state of the world, which involves protestors everywhere fighting for racial equality, Jolie told Harper’s Bazzer U.K. that she’s sitting down … Continue reading THE POWER OF INFLUENCE | Angelina Jolie Discussed How She Talks To Her Kids About Racism

SUPERYACHTS | The New Super Sport ‘Tecnomar For Lamborghini 63’ Yacht

Lamborghini and The Italian Sea Group have collaborated on the design of the new limited edition ‘Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63’ super sports motor yacht. Presented by The Italian Sea Group, the ‘Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63’ has been inspired by the hybrid Lamborghini Sian FKP 37 and references the year of Lamborghini’s beginnings – `963. As … Continue reading SUPERYACHTS | The New Super Sport ‘Tecnomar For Lamborghini 63’ Yacht

TRAVEL WARNINGS | Austria Warns Against Travel To Non – EU Western Balkan Countries

VIENNA – Austria has issued travel warnings for Western Balkan countries outside the European Union (E.U) due to a rise in coronavirus infections here, Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg said on Wednesday. The move by Austria, which has close ties to the region, is a particular blow for Serbia and Montenegro, which the EU on Tuesday … Continue reading TRAVEL WARNINGS | Austria Warns Against Travel To Non – EU Western Balkan Countries

BUSINESS | Lamborghini Will No Longer Be Attending Auto Shows Like The Geneva Motor Shows

Lamborghini Head of Marketing Katia Bassi has revealed the Italian supercar automaker will not be attending future auto shows as part of their strategy moving forward. It looks like Lamborghini are set to abandon traditional motor shows in favor of more tailored experiences for their customers. While this is sad news for the enthusiasts simply … Continue reading BUSINESS | Lamborghini Will No Longer Be Attending Auto Shows Like The Geneva Motor Shows

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia To Lift Nationwide Curfew, Resume Economic Activities From Sunday

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia will end a nationwide curfew and lift restrictions on businesses from Sunday morning after three months of lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, state news agency SPA quoted a source in the interior ministry as saying on Saturday. The curfew will be lifted as of 6 A.M. … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia To Lift Nationwide Curfew, Resume Economic Activities From Sunday

TRAVEL | Italy Bans Entry From 13 Countries Due To Coronavirus Fears

MILAN | ITALY – Italy on Thursday banned entry to people coming from 13 countries that it said presented an excessive rate of COVID-19 infections. The list compiled by the health ministry comprises Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru and Dominican Republic. The ban affects anyone … Continue reading TRAVEL | Italy Bans Entry From 13 Countries Due To Coronavirus Fears

ARTS & CULTURE | India Puts Back Taj Mahal Reopening Citing COVID-19 Risks

NEW DELHI – India has withdrawn a planned reopening of the Taj Mahal, citing the risk of new coronavirus infections spreading in the northern city of Agra from visitors flocking to see the 17th century monument to love. Local authorities issued a new advisory late on Sunday ordering an extension of lockdown curbs on monuments … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE | India Puts Back Taj Mahal Reopening Citing COVID-19 Risks

BUSINESS

BUSINESS | Saudi Telecom Extends Vodafone Egypt Stake Purchase For Second Time

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia’s largest telecoms operator Saudi Telecom CO said on Sunday it would need another two months to complete the purchase of Vodafone Group’s 55% stake in Vodafone Egypt. STC signed a non-binding agreement in January to buy the majority stake for $2.4 billion, but extended the process in April … Continue reading BUSINESS | Saudi Telecom Extends Vodafone Egypt Stake Purchase For Second Time

HEALTH | Nonprofits Urge Johnson & Johnson To Halt Sales Of Baby Powder Globally

MILAN | ITALY – More than 170 nonprofit groups on Wednesday called for Johnson & Johnson to stop selling its talc-based Johnson’s Baby Powder world-wide, citing concerns that is contains  cancer-causing asbestos, according to a statement from advocacy group Black Women  for Wellness. The groups, which include educational institutions such as Emory University and activist … Continue reading HEALTH | Nonprofits Urge Johnson & Johnson To Halt Sales Of Baby Powder Globally

SOCIAL MEDIA | Facebook Takes Down Accounts And Pages Of Trump Ally Roger Stone

MILAN – Facebook Inc on Wednesday removed 50 personal and professional pages connected to U.S. President Donald Trump’s longtime adviser Roger Stone, who is due to report to prison next week. The social media platform said Stone and his associates, including a prominent supporter of the right-wing Proud Boys group in Stone’s home state Florida, … Continue reading SOCIAL MEDIA | Facebook Takes Down Accounts And Pages Of Trump Ally Roger Stone

BUSINESS | Saudi Aramco Completes $69 Billion SABIC Stake Deal, Extends Schedule

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Aramco has completed its purchase of  a 70% stake in petrochemicals company Saudi Basic Industries for $69.1 billion and extended the payment period by three years to 2028, providing a cushion against weak oil prices. The deal values Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) at 123.39 riyals ($32.90) per share, … Continue reading BUSINESS | Saudi Aramco Completes $69 Billion SABIC Stake Deal, Extends Schedule

BUSINESS NEWS | Saudi Unemployment Falls In First Quarter, But Before Coronavirus Impact

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Unemployment among citizens in the first quarter fell below 12% for the first time in four years, official figures released on Tuesday showed, but they did not capture the impact of the coronavirus crisis. Unemployment fell to 11.8%  from 12% the previous quarter, the General Authority for Statistics said. ‘Data … Continue reading BUSINESS NEWS | Saudi Unemployment Falls In First Quarter, But Before Coronavirus Impact

BUSINESS | Saudi Arabia’s PIF Discloses 5.7% Stake In Live Nation

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund (PIF), SICLOSED A 5.6%  passive stake in Live Nation Entertainment Inc. on Monday, sending the concert promoter’s shares up 2% in early trading. The ownership of 12.34 million shares makes the investment fund the third-largest stakeholder in the company, according to … Continue reading BUSINESS | Saudi Arabia’s PIF Discloses 5.7% Stake In Live Nation

BUSINESS | Morgan Stanley CEO: Too Early To Consider Restarting Share Buybacks

NEW YORK  – Morgan Stanley’s Chief Executive Officer James Gorman told shareholders on Thursday that is to too early for him or anyone on the board of directors to consider reinstating the bank’s share buyback program. Morgan Stanley, along with JPMorgan Chase & Co, Bank of America and five others, voluntarily suspended their share repurchases … Continue reading BUSINESS | Morgan Stanley CEO: Too Early To Consider Restarting Share Buybacks

G20 SAUDI ARABIA | G20 Health Ministers Acknowledge Health Systems’ Vulnerability To Pandemics: Statement

RIYADH| SAUDI ARABIA – Health ministers from the Group of 20 major economies discussed weaknesses in health systems that made the world vulnerable to the coronavirus outbreak and other pandemic, a statement said after a virtual meeting on Sunday. The Saudi G20 secretariat said that the ministers shared their national experiences, addressed necessary actions to … Continue reading G20 SAUDI ARABIA | G20 Health Ministers Acknowledge Health Systems’ Vulnerability To Pandemics: Statement

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT

TRAVEL & HERITAGE | Work Begins On World’s Largest Cultural And Heritage Development In Saudi Arabia

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – While many countries in the world have halted construction work and put projects on hold due to the pandemic, Saudi Arabia continues to move forward with its giga-projects, including the homeland of its forefathers, Diriyah. Construction on the first phase of Diriah Gate has resumed in the past few weeks … Continue reading TRAVEL & HERITAGE | Work Begins On World’s Largest Cultural And Heritage Development In Saudi Arabia

NEWS | Russian Orthodox Church Says Regrets Decision Over Hagias Sophia – TASS

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday said it regretted that a Turkish court did not take its concern into account when ruling that Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia being a museum was unlawful, the TASS news agency reported. It said the decision could lead to even greater division. A Turkish court said on … Continue reading NEWS | Russian Orthodox Church Says Regrets Decision Over Hagias Sophia – TASS

NEWS | UNESCO Says Logo Being Used Illegally For Arts Trafficking

PARIS | FRANCE – The United Nations’ cultural agency has warned that its name and logo are being illegally emblazoned on false documents to facilitate illicit trafficking in African cultural property. UNESCO urged ‘vigilance’ Wednesday after it received numerous reports of such fraud and instance where its name was being used to certify the monetary … Continue reading NEWS | UNESCO Says Logo Being Used Illegally For Arts Trafficking

Culture In Quarantine | Saudi Cultural Ministry Concludes ‘Reading Marathon’ Initiative

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The Ministry of Culture concluded its ‘Reading Marathon’ initiative with a record 606,000 pages read. The six-week event witnessed an unprecedented participation of readers from all segments of society. Launched in late April, the ministry’s initiative comes as part of its ‘Culture in Quarantine’ project, aimed at raising awareness about … Continue reading Culture In Quarantine | Saudi Cultural Ministry Concludes ‘Reading Marathon’ Initiative

NEWS ALERT | Djokovic Tests Positive For COVID-19: Statement

BELGRADE | SERBIA – Novak Djokovic, the men’s world number one tennis player, has tested positive for COVID-19, the Serbian said in a statement on Tuesday. Croatia’s Borna Coric, Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria and Viktor Troicki have previously tested positive after playing in Djokovic’s Adria Tour exhibition tournament in the Balkan region. ‘The moment we … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Djokovic Tests Positive For COVID-19: Statement

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

ENTERTAINMENT | Fund Announced For Saudi Filmmakers

RIYADH | The non-profit Red Sea International Film Festival Foundation announced on Tuesday a fund of SR200,000 ($53,283) in the form of emergency community relief grants to support Saudi filmmakers. The fund aims to help freelance Saudi filmmakers who have sustained a financial loss resulting from cancelled or postponed gigs or opportunities directly related to … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | Fund Announced For Saudi Filmmakers

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

ENTERTAINMENT | Reese Witherspoon, Clothing Company Sued By Teachers For Misleading Dress Giveaway Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Reese Witherspoon has been sued by a group of teachers for an alleged misealding dress giveaway involving her clothing company, Draper James, according to a new report. Back in April, the  ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ actress, 44, champions teachers around the country amid the coronavirus pandemic by offering them a chance to snag a free dress. … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | Reese Witherspoon, Clothing Company Sued By Teachers For Misleading Dress Giveaway Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

CELEBRITY NEWS | Kaia Gerber Says Her Generation ‘Won’t Be Silenced By Anyone’

Model Kaia Gerber said in a new interview with Vogue that members of her generation are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to politics. ‘With all the information that’s out there, we can’t claim ignorance anymore’, Gerber, the daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford, said. ‘My generation sees it as their duty to … Continue reading CELEBRITY NEWS | Kaia Gerber Says Her Generation ‘Won’t Be Silenced By Anyone’

LIFESTYLE

SUPERCARS | Lamborghini SCV12 Track – Only Hypercar Has Most Powerful V12 Engine Yet

Lamborghini’s new limited-edition SCV12 hypercar boasts most powerful V12 engine in a Lamborghini and is made only for the track. Earlier this year Lamborghini teased with an upcoming project that gave hints of a racing circuit but didn’t go so far to share the entire of the details – now we know why. Announced as … Continue reading SUPERCARS | Lamborghini SCV12 Track – Only Hypercar Has Most Powerful V12 Engine Yet

SUPERCARS | The 2021 Geneva International Motor Show is canceled as event organizers seek a new owner for the largest public event in Switzerland.

GENEVA – Following the 2020 Geneva International Motor Show’s cancellation due to the COVID-10 pandemic, the 2021 event has suffered the same fate as the Committee and Council of Foundation ‘Salon International de l’Automobile’ has decided not to proceed with organizing the event. Although it’s possible travel restriction will be lifted by next year, in … Continue reading SUPERCARS | The 2021 Geneva International Motor Show is canceled as event organizers seek a new owner for the largest public event in Switzerland.

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

FASHION | Lamborghini Unveiled Its First Kidswear Collection

Here’s an interesting surprise from Automobili Lamborghini: the Italian supercar maker has recently teamed up with Danish children wear specialist KABOOKI for the company’s first kidswear collection. They’ve signed up a licensing agreement for production and distribution of the Automobili Lamborghini kidswear line, that will kick off with the Fall/Winter 2020 collection. Lamborghini wants to … Continue reading FASHION | Lamborghini Unveiled Its First Kidswear Collection

health | COVID -19 Rates May Be Lower Than Thought For Pregnant Women

A new study suggests the rate of COVID-19 among pregnant women without symptoms is much lower than previously reported. Fewer than 3% of asymptomatic women admitted to three Yale New Haven Health hospitals for labor and delivery during April tested positive for COVID-19 infection. The contrasts with a 13.5 rate reported in a study of … Continue reading health | COVID -19 Rates May Be Lower Than Thought For Pregnant Women

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

HEALTH | WHO To Travelers – Keep An Eye On ‘Anywhere And Everywhere’ COVID-19

Geneva – The World Health Organization on Tuesday urged travelers to wear masks on planes and keep themselves informed as COVID-19 cases surge again in some countries, prompting new restrictions in places like Australia. Spokeswoman Margaret Harris urged people not to be cough off-guard by resurgent local epidemics and quarantine measures, saying: ‘If it’s anywhere, … Continue reading HEALTH | WHO To Travelers – Keep An Eye On ‘Anywhere And Everywhere’ COVID-19

LUXURY CARS | Lamborghini Urus Pearl Capsule Edition Means More Color Choices For Sporty SUV

Lamborghini has announced a new Parl Capsule edition for the 2021 model of the popular Urus super sport SUV. One of Lamborghini’s most popular models yet, the Lamborghini Urus has already been driving out dealership doors faster than lightning and now with the new color palette of Lamborghini Urus Pearl Capsule edition, customers will be … Continue reading LUXURY CARS | Lamborghini Urus Pearl Capsule Edition Means More Color Choices For Sporty SUV

TRAVEL | UAE Allows Citizens And Residents To Travel Abroad

DUBAI – The United Arab Emirates will allow both citizens and residents to travel abroad, the state news agency reported on Friday. In March, the UAE suspended all inbound and outbound passenger flights and the transit of airline passengers in the UAE, allowing only cargo and emergency evacuation flights.