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Stories written by Kanelka Tagba

Lebanon: National Carrier reverses decision to accept only US dollar

Lebanon’s national carrier, Middle East Airlines (MEA), Sunday scraped its decision to only receive US dollars for the payment of flights tickets in response to collapsing national currency, the Lebanese pound, amid struggling economy. The state-owned news agency indicated that “from Monday, Middle East (Airlines) and other airline companies operating in Lebanon will only accept […]

February 17th, 2020 | Posted in Finance,Headlines,World News | Read More »

UAE: Health ministry confirms eighth coronavirus case

The UAE ministry of health and prevention has confirmed the eighth case of deadly coronavirus which has already caused over 1,000 death in China, the country of origin. The case is that of an Indian national who had interacted with a recently diagnosed person, reports say adding that Sunday authorities announced the recovery of a […]

February 11th, 2020 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines,World News | Read More »

Suicide bomber attacks Algerian army base

A soldier has been killed in a suicide car bombing that targeted a military barracks in southern Algeria, local media reported. It was the first such attack in the country for several years. It is not known who was behind the bombing, which happened on Sunday. According to the defense ministry’s statement, the bombing took […]

February 10th, 2020 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Bahrain, ENI strengthen collaboration in energy sector

Italian energy giant ENI and Bahrain have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen collaboration in the energy sector, Petrol Plaza reports. The agreement will enable both parties to carry out and launch joint initiatives in areas of mutual interest, including renewable energy, and LNG supply and exploration. Bahraini Oil minister Shaikh Mohammed said […]

February 9th, 2020 | Posted in Energy,Gulf News,Headlines,World News | Read More »

KSA: citizens, expats banned from traveling to China

Saudi Arabia has banned its citizens and expatriates from traveling to China in a move to curb contamination by the coronavirus, which has already killed over 800 people in China. State-run news agency SPA said citizens who violate the ban will face punishment upon their return while expatriates who neglect travel advisory will not be […]

February 7th, 2020 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines,World News | Read More »

Egypt: Fishermen held in Yemen return home

Egypt welcomed Tuesday 32 fishermen held in Yemen for weeks after they were detained by Houthis for trespassing in Yemen’s territorial waters. The men arrived on board a chartered flight from Sana’a; the Yemeni capital now controlled by Iran-backed rebels. The Egyptians were arrested in December on the Red Sea, Yemen’s southern coast. President Fattah […]

February 6th, 2020 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines,World News | Read More »

KSA: Privatization of Saudia Medical Services Company (SMS)

Saudi Arabia has relinquished management of Saudia Medical Services Company (SMS), the kingdom’s first state-run medical entity. Soliman Abdel Kader Fakeeh Hospital Company takes control of SMS after it acquired majority stakes of the medical entity owned by national carrier Arabian Airlines, Jadwa Investment, which acted as exclusive advisor on the operation, said. “We are […]

February 5th, 2020 | Posted in Finance,Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Zamalek makes U-turn, will go to Qatar for CAF Super Cup

Egypt’s Zamalek has decided to play the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Super Cup to take place in Doha, against CAF Champions League title holder, Esperance of Tunis. Zamalek had earlier announced it was boycotting the tournament this month over ongoing diplomatic feud between Qatar on one side and Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt […]

February 5th, 2020 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines,World News | Read More »

France requests release of French academics held in Iran

France has called on Iran to free two French academics held in the Islamic Republic, indicating that the two French researchers have been unwell. Roland Marchal is a senior researcher at the Sciences Po University in Paris and Fariba Adelkhah, a Franco-Iranian dual national also from the same university have been held in the Iranian […]

February 3rd, 2020 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines,World News | Read More »

Kuwait: 25,000 expats workers to be laid off in public sector in favor of citizens

Kuwait is mulling plans to lay off around 25,000 foreign workers in a move to create job opportunities for citizens. The plan in preparation was announced by parliamentary manpower committee chairman MP Khalil Al-Saleh who reportedly said the committee is planning to set up a timeline for layoff operation. “There is a plan to set […]

January 31st, 2020 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »