- NewsArab News
AMMAN: Jordan has started inoculating its citizens against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and became the first country to start vaccinating refugees on its soil. Jordan’s king, crown prince, and many well-known medical and media celebrities were filmed receiving the vaccination in an effort to convince skeptics of its safety. Hillaleh Oweis, 92, was the first to take the vaccine in the city of Jarash.
- PoliticsAl Jazeera
United States President Donald Trump now plans to leave Washington the morning of Inauguration Day next Wednesday after considering a departure on Tuesday, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday, the Reuters news agency reports. He will be sent off with a departure ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, said a person familiar with the planning who spoke with the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Trump’s plans have not been formally announced.
- ScienceAl Jazeera
A racing pigeon survived an extraordinary 13,000-kilometre (8,000-mile) journey in the Pacific Ocean, crossing from the United States to find a new home in Australia. But authorities now consider the bird a quarantine risk and plan to kill it. Melbourne resident Kevin Celli-Bird said on Thursday he discovered the exhausted bird in his back yard on December 26.
- EntertainmentEgypt Independent
The UAE is no longer home to a quiet and small Jewish group, but to a vibrant community of locals and travelers that flock to just opened kosher restaurants, celebrate large Jewish weddings in elegant hotels or, during the Jewish holiday Chanuka last December, sang Hebrew songs at a giant candelabra (menorah) on the square of the world’s highest building, the 163-story Burj Khalifa.
- PoliticsAl Jazeera
The United States on Friday sanctioned companies in Iran, China and the United Arab Emirates for doing business with the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line Group and on three Iranian entities over conventional arms proliferation. These are the latest in a series of measures aimed at stepping up pressure on Tehran in the waning days of US President Donald Trump’s administration, which ends on January 20.
- HealthArab News
LONDON: The London-based company used to ship the ammonium nitrate that caused last August’s devastating explosion in Beirut has been linked to three individuals known to have ties to Syrian President Bashar Assad. An investigation by Lebanese filmmaker Firas Hatoum uncovered connections between London-based Savaro Ltd. and three figures who had been central to efforts to bolster Assad since the earliest months of the Syrian war.
- EntertainmentAl Arabiya English
Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem at Joe Biden’s inauguration and Jennifer Lopez will give a musical performance on the West Front of the US Capitol when Biden is sworn in as the nation’s 46th president next Wednesday. Last Update: Friday, 15 January 2021 KSA 05:05 - GMT 02:05