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Stories written by Kanelka Tagba

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 »

Mauritania: Defense ministry denies plans for construction of Emirati military base

Mauritania’s defense ministry Thursday debunked local media reports that the North African country will house an Emirati military base. The ministry in a statement said Mauritania has “brotherly relations with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) based on the principle of common interests and cooperation in all fields, including military cooperation.” The remark was relayed by […]

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

Kuwait: Former health minister gets seven-year jail sentence on public funds embezzlement charges

Ali Ubaidi, former health minister has sentenced to seven year in prison for squandering public funds in a case that dates back to 2018. Ubaidi was referred in 2018 to the court for ministers after an investigation accused the former health minister of hiring an insurance company to play the role of mediator and compete […]

January 29th, 2020 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

India-Qatar: No cut down in gas price under long-term deal

Qatar, India’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplier, Monday said it will not reduce the price of gas under current and long-term deal as requested by New Delhi, reports say. Energy Minister Saad Sherida al-Kaabi who also doubles as head of Qatar Petroleum in a visit in the Indian capital, Delhi, said the tiny gas-rich […]

January 28th, 2020 | Posted in Energy,Gulf News,Headlines,World News | Read More »

Saudi Arabia rules out visit to kingdom by Israeli passport holders

Saudi Arabia Monday opposed Israel’s authorization to holders of Israeli passports to visit the Gulf kingdom for religious or business purpose, in what appeared as most significant sign of warming ties between the two countries. Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan told CNN that Israelis are not welcome now in Saudi Arabia, home to Islam’s […]

January 27th, 2020 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines,World News | Read More »