Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani to attend Gulf summit in Saudi Arabia

Qatar’s ruling Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani will attend a Gulf Arab summit in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, the royal court said on Monday. The confirmation of his participation came after a Kuwaiti minister announced that Saudi Arabia would reopen its airspace and land and sea border to Qatar, citing a deal towards ending… Read More Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani to attend Gulf summit in Saudi Arabia

Central African Republic President Faustin Archange Touadera wins re-election

President Faustin-Archange Touadera has won Central African Republic’s December 27 presidential election by securing more than 53% of votes in the first round, according to provisional results announced by the electoral commission on Monday. “Faustin-Archange Touadera, having received the absolute majority of the vote in the first round with 53.9%, is declared winner,” Mathias Morouba,… Read More Central African Republic President Faustin Archange Touadera wins re-election

Saudi Arabia to reopen airspace, land and sea border with Qatar

Saudi Arabia will reopen its airspace and land and sea border to Qatar as of Monday, Kuwait’s foreign minister said in televised comments, citing a deal towards resolving a political dispute that led Riyadh and its allies to impose a boycott on Qatar. Kuwait and the United States have been trying to end the row… Read More Saudi Arabia to reopen airspace, land and sea border with Qatar

Lebanon announces three-week lockdown in bid to curb coronavirus infections

Lebanon announced a full lockdown for three weeks, including a night curfew, to stem a rise in COVID-19 infections that threatens to overwhelm hospitals in a country already facing financial meltdown. Caretaker Health Minister Hamad Hasan said the lockdown would start on Thursday and run until February 1, with further details on Tuesday on which… Read More Lebanon announces three-week lockdown in bid to curb coronavirus infections

Workplace messaging app Slack suffers outrage disrupting remote working

Workplace messaging app Slack Technologies Inc said that users were facing connectivity issues with the platform on Monday, disrupting remote working as the new year begins. As of 10:44 a.m. ET, the company said here it was investigating the issue and would follow up in 30 minutes. More than 15,000 users had initially reported issues,… Read More Workplace messaging app Slack suffers outrage disrupting remote working

Speculations arise over absence of Alibaba founder Jack Ma from public view

Alibaba founder Jack Ma’s absence from public view in the past two months, including missing the final episode of a TV show on which he was to appear as a judge, has fueled social media speculation over his whereabouts amid a Chinese regulatory clampdown on his sprawling business empire. China’s highest-profile entrepreneur has not appeared… Read More Speculations arise over absence of Alibaba founder Jack Ma from public view

Indonesia to release suspected mastermind of 2002 Bali bombings Abu Bakar Bashir upon completion of his jail term

Indonesia will release radical cleric and alleged mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings Abu Bakar Bashir from prison later this week, its government said on Monday, upon completion of his jail term. Bashir, 82, who was among Indonesia’s most notorious extremists, is considered the spiritual leader of the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah (JI) network. He… Read More Indonesia to release suspected mastermind of 2002 Bali bombings Abu Bakar Bashir upon completion of his jail term