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Qatar: foreigners banned from entry as contamination from Coronavirus surges

Qatar has closed borders to foreigners and suspended international flights to the Gulf country as the spread of the Coronavirus becomes alarming with 470 confirmed cases. The move comes as health ministry Friday announced 10 new cases, bringing the infection toll from the fast-spreading disease at 470, Al Jazeera reports. The new cases include a […]

March 20th, 2020 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines,World News | Read More »

Kuwait: Employment of domestic workers suspended to avoid further contaminations

Kuwait Wednesday outlawed temporarily the employment of domestic workers as part of a set of measures to curb the spread of Coronavirus, which has infected 148 people in the Gulf country.   Major General Talal Marafi, the Interior Ministry’s assistant secretary for residency affairs, said this sector of the working force had a bigger chance […]

March 19th, 2020 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Coronavirus: Kuwait suspends all commercial flights

Kuwait will from Friday suspend all commercial flights to and from the country as authorities embark on curbing the spread of the “pandemic” which has already infected 80 people in the Gulf country. Authorities also “forbid” meetings in restaurants, cafés and commercial centers, according to state-run news agency KUNA. The decision comes as the Gulf […]

March 12th, 2020 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines,World News | Read More »

Lebanon: First Coronavirus-linked death case confirmed

Lebanon Tuesday registered its first death case linked with the Coronavirus as the government takes measures to deal with the fast-spreading virus. A 56-year old Lebanese man who was receiving treatment at Beirut’s Rafic Hariri state hospital passed away, the health ministry said. He contracted the virus while on a trip in Egypt where the […]

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

Saudi Arabia: Aramco signs sponsorship with Formula 1

The kingdom’s leading company Aramco has signed a sponsorship deal with car racing Formula 1 as both pledged to “combine their shared expertise to identify opportunities for the advancement of sustainable fuels, enhanced engine efficiencies and emerging mobility technology”. The benefits for the Saudi company per the deal announced on Tuesday by Formula 1 include […]

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

Bahrain: Central Bank orders retail lenders to refrain from freezing accounts after job loss

The Central Bank has banned retail lenders from freezing accounts of customers who lost their jobs or after retirement in a move to “protect consumer interests and promoting sound and fair banking practices”, Zawya reports. The ban, the Central Bank also added in a statement applied regardless of whether or not contractually the bank has […]

March 10th, 2020 | Posted in Finance,Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Iran: deaths linked to Coronavirus shoot up, overall toll hits 237

Iran Monday confirmed 43 new deaths due to the Coronavirus with overall death toll now put at 237, the highest outside epicenter China. “Our colleagues have confirmed 595 new cases across the country,” Kianoush Jahanpour, the health ministry’s spokesman said in a televised conference. “This brings the overall number of confirmed cases to 7,161 as […]

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

Iraq: Two US soldiers slain in counter-ISIS operation

Two US soldiers were killed in north-central Iraq during an operation on the side of Iraqi forces in the Islamic State group’s stronghold, reports say. “Two members of the US military have been killed by enemy forces while advising and accompanying Iraqi security forces,” the US Command said in a statement. The operation aimed at […]

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

Qatar: 13 countries join Egypt on blacklist over Coronavirus fear

Qatar has expanded the list of nationalities banned from entry as part of measures to curb contamination by fast-spreading Coronavirus. Besides Egypt, the ban now covers Bangladesh, China, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria and Thailand. Authorities also forbids Egyptian citizens from visiting the countries unless necessary, Anadolu […]

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

Iran: National carrier suspends flights to Europe

National carrier Iran Air announced Sunday the suspension of all flights to Europe until further notice citing restrictions from the EU member countries. The airline said European countries imposed the restriction for “unclear reasons”. “With attention to the restrictions that have been placed on flights by Europe for unclear reasons, all Iran Air flights to […]

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