• Science
    Al Jazeera

    Iran unveils its strongest domestic supercomputer

    Tehran, Iran – Iran has unveiled a supercomputer – its strongest till date – developed domestically by Tehran’s Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT), according to the state-run news website IRNA. The supercomputer – named Simorgh after a mythical Persian bird – has a performance capacity of 0.56 petaflops at the moment and will reach one petaflops in two months.

  • Politics
    Al Arabiya English

    Iran's IRGC Quds Force commander calls Hamas leader as Gaza conflict escalates

    An Iranian state TV channel says the commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force has had a phone call with the head of the militant Hamas group Ismail Haniyeh. Al-Alam, the Arabic-language service of the Iranian state television, reported that Hamas leader Haniyeh spoke by telephone with Quds Force commander Gen. Esmail Qaani. Qaani reportedly praised Hamas as offering a “unique and successful answer” to Israel.

  • News
    Egypt Independent

    India's virus variant expected to dominate UK

    Britain’s health minister says a fast-spreading coronavirus variant first identified in India is likely to become the dominant strain of the virus in the U.K. Health officials are conducting door-to-door testing in several areas of the country in an attempt to curb the spread of the variant, which the government has warned could disrupt the U.K.’s reopening plans. Surge vaccinations in key regions are to begin shortly.

  • Entertainment

    Weekly travel update: England opens 'green' list, Capri goes 'Covid-free'

    International travel is set to reopen, with people allowed to vacation in a very limited "green" list of countries -- only a few of which are actually welcome UK tourists. Portugal, which will reopen to British visitors just in time for May 17, is set to the biggest tourism winner. The UK's other nations -- Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland -- each implement their own sets of restrictions, which you can get the lowdown on here.

  • Lifestyle
    Arab News

    Philippines starts barring travelers from Oman, UAE as COVID-19 safety precaution

    Meanwhile, the Lebanese Army on Saturday prevented non-Lebanese residents from crossing to the southern border area amid calls made by Palestinian factions to refugees to protest against the Israeli attacks in the occupied territories. Hezbollah operatives in civilian clothes participated in the prevention measures in the border area, especially in points close to the Blue Line facing Israeli settlements, indicating that the party has no intention of escalating the situation in Lebanon.

  • Lifestyle
    Arabian Business

    Abu Dhabi will lift quarantine rules for foreign travellers July 1

    Abu Dhabi intends to lift quarantine restrictions for global travellers from July 1, and plans are in the works to make the capital’s border with Dubai more “tourist friendly”, a senior tourism official said at the Arabian Travel Market on Sunday. The UAE capital will also expand its green list of countries in the lead up to July 1. But even after the first of July, travellers from some countries, like India, will have to quarantine.

  • Politics
    Arab News

    Families gather at Tehran cemetery in memory of 1988 massacre

    LONDON: Families of Iranian political prisoners executed by the regime in 1988 have gathered outside a Tehran cemetery to commemorate their lost loved ones and call for accountability over the killings. The cemetery in the neighborhood of Khavaran holds the unmarked mass graves of an unknown number of supporters of Iranian opposition groups.