• Politics
    Al Jazeera

    Blast heard in Riyadh as Saudi Arabia intercepts 'hostile target'

    Saudi Arabia intercepted an apparent missile or drone attack over Riyadh on Saturday, said state media in the kingdom, which has come under repeated attacks from Yemen’s Houthi rebels since 2015. Social media users posted videos of what appeared to be an explosion in the air over Riyadh. The incident came at about 11am (08:00 GMT).

  • Politics
    Arab News

    Dubai imposes new COVID-19 rules to combat virus spread as numbers grow

    NEW YORK: Geir Pedersen, the UN’s special envoy for Syria, on Friday called for “more serious and cooperative” international diplomacy as part of political efforts to improve the lives of the Syrian people and develop a vision for the future of their country. Speaking ahead of the fifth session of the Small Body of the Syrian Constitutional Committee, which begins on Monday in Geneva, he also urged committee members to focus their efforts and work more effectively to speed up progress on constit...

  • Lifestyle
    Arabian Business

    UAE backs coronavirus testing protocols after Denmark suspends all flights

    The UAE is in talks with officials from Denmark after the Nordic country temporarily suspended all flights due to concerns over coronavirus tests in Dubai. Denmark announced a five-day travel restriction after raising doubts about the coronavirus tests administered in Dubai before departure. Dubai's Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management has introduced a raft of new coronavirus rules, including increasing the distance between tables from two metres to three metres The decision follo...

  • Politics
    Kuwait Times

    Biden White House atmosphere is transformed

    WASHINGTON: Camped out in bare offices, President Joe Biden’s new White House team has spent its first three days scrambling for things like binder clips and IT support-oh, and trying to save the country from multiple crises. They took over leadership of the world’s most powerful, wealthy and innovative nation on Wednesday. But after a nasty transition period from the Donald Trump administration, incoming staff face some of the problems an ordinary renter might face in a new apartment.

  • Politics
    Arab News

    Denmark halts UAE flights for five days over COVID-19

    It added it had taken the decision after a detailed tip-off, without elaborating. All accredited UAE testing centers are regularly subject to strict quality checks,” the UAE foreign ministry said, adding there are severe penalties for non-compliance with international standards to ensure the highest level of quality in testing. The statement said the UAE was communicating with Danish authorities “to clarify the details and cases” behind the decision in order to guarantee the safety of all travel...

  • Politics
    Arab News

    Iran, pressured by power blackouts and pollution, targets Bitcoin

    NEW YORK: Geir Pedersen, the UN’s special envoy for Syria, on Friday called for “more serious and cooperative” international diplomacy as part of political efforts to improve the lives of the Syrian people and develop a vision for the future of their country. Speaking ahead of the fifth session of the Small Body of the Syrian Constitutional Committee, which begins on Monday in Geneva, he also urged committee members to focus their efforts and work more effectively to speed up progress on constit...

  • Politics
    Al Jazeera

    In Lebanon, Israeli warplanes terrify a traumatised population

    Israeli jets were heard in Beirut days before the explosion, too, leading many to first suspect the country, which is still technically at war with Lebanon and has a mortal enemy in Hezbollah, was behind the explosion. I was so sure that the pre-port explosion sounds were jets, so now when I hear that sound I rationalise that this time it truly is jets,” said Niamh, who runs Aaliyah’s Books, a cafe in Gemmeyzye, which was among the worst-hit neighbourhoods in the explosion.