Bahrain will open its airspace to Qatar as of January 11, the civil aviation affairs authority said on Sunday, following a U.S.-backed deal by Arab states last week to end a dispute with Doha. Bahrain, along with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, severed diplomatic, trade and travel ties with Qatar in mid-2017.
Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune flew back to Germany on Sunday for treatment in hospital for complications in his foot resulting from a coronavirus infection, the presidency said. Tebboune, 75, had returned home two weeks ago from Germany after two months of treatment for COVID-19. The treatment “was not medically urgent” and should have taken place… Read More Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune flown to Germany for treatment of coronavirus complications
Saudi Arabia’s crown prince on Sunday unveiled plans to build a zero carbon city at NEOM, the first major construction project for the $500 billion flagship business zone aimed at diversifying the economy of the world’s largest oil exporter. Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in a rare televised appearance, said the city, known as “The Line”,… Read More Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman unveils zero-carbon city project in NEOM business zone
Armed men on Sunday killed at least six rangers and wounded several others in an ambush in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park, a sanctuary for endangered mountain gorillas, the park said. The identity of the assailants was not immediately clear, said Olivier Mukisya, a Virunga spokesman. Previous attacks against the rangers have… Read More Six rangers dead, several injured as armed men ambush Virunga National Park in eastern Congo
The Spanish government will send convoys carrying the COVID-19 vaccine and food supplies on Monday to areas cut off by Storm Filomena which brought the heaviest snowfall in decades across central Spain and killed four people. Across central Spain, over 600 roads were affected by the rare blizzard and hundreds of travellers were stranded at… Read More Spain sends out coronavirus vaccine and food to areas hit by snow storm
Pope Francis urged Americans on Sunday to shun violence, seek reconciliation and protect democratic values, following the mob attack on the U.S. Capitol building by supporters of President Donald Trump that left five people dead. “I repeat that violence is self-destructive, always. Nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost,” the pope said… Read More Pope Francis urges U.S. to shun violence and protect democracy following Capitol attack
Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc have suspended Parler from their respective App Store and web hosting service, saying the social networking service popular with many right-leaning social media users has not taken adequate measures to prevent the spread of posts inciting violence. The action by Apple and Amazon follows a similar move by Alphabet Inc’s… Read More Apple, Amazon suspend social networking app Parler from App Store and web hosting service
Embattled Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said constitutional reforms would be drawn up by the end of the year and then put to a national referendum, RIA news agency reported on Sunday. Belarus has been rocked by protests since an August 9 presidential election marred by voter fraud allegations. Lukashenko, in power since 1994, has rejected… Read More Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko says constitutional reforms referendum to be held by end of 2021