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Twin suicide bombings in Baghdad leave at least 6 dead, 25 wounded

Twin suicide bombings in Iraq's capital city of Baghdad killed at least six and injured 25 others. Iraqi officials said two explosions hit a commercial centre in central Baghdad, causing loss of life and property. Many of the wounded are critical, reports say. The officials who reported the incident spoke on the condition of anonymity.

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Dubai puts rest to COVID-19 queries by residents on Twitter

Dubai health authorities took to Twitter to respond to the resident's COVID-19 queries. CEO of Clinical Support & Nursing, DHA Dr Farida Al Khaja clarified that people with chronic disease should get the vaccine to protect themselves and it is not safe to take different vaccines for the same disease. The vaccination campaign will last for one year with a target to vaccinate 70% of the population in Dubai.

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Burj Khalifa has a message for you, click here to read

The world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa lit up with a message on Tuesday evening, urging everyone to get vaccinated and curb spread of COVID-19. Burj Khalifa on its Twitter handle wrote, "Protect yourself and your family. #GetVaccinated". UAE leaders also urged nation to get vaccinated for a healthy society. Currently, overall doses stand at 2.06 million with 20.88% rate of distribution per 100 people.

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Gulen coup bid: Turkey orders arrest of 238 individuals

Turkey has directed the arrest of 238 individuals allegedly involved in a 2016 coup bid against the Recep Tayyip Erdoğan government. Thousands of people have already been detained for the failed attempt blamed on US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. While over 80,000 have been held pending trial, more than 150,000 civil servants, military personnel, and others have met suspension since the event.

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Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi chairs first meet with APA and EPA

Sheikha Bodour Bint Sultan Al Qasimi, President of International Publishers Association (IPA), has stressed effective communication with publishers associations worldwide. She also stated that IPA plans a series of meetings with publishers worldwide. Qasmi chaired a meeting with Arab Publishers Association and Egyptian Publishers Association to discuss unique opportunities that lie before the region’s book industry.

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UAE seeks enhanced UNSC cooperation with Arab League

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Gargash has sought cooperation between the UNSC and the Arab League in resolving disputes and crises. He made the remarks while delivering statement of the Arab Group before the UN Security Council at a briefing. The statement 'reiterated the inevitability of forging purely Arab solutions to the Arab world's problems'.

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UAE: Sharjah starts COVID-19 home vaccination for elderly people

Sharjah started vaccinating the elderly people at home from Monday as part of its plan to vaccinate 50% of UAE population by end of the first quarter of 2021. Sharjah Social Services Department received over 300 requests to provide home vaccination against COVID-19 from variety of groups. Sharjah Social deployed 12 mobile units this week that will continue home vaccination campaign for senior citizens and families.

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Kuwait's emir accepts resignation of cabinet

Kuwait’s emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah today accepted resignation of the country's government. He has asked the government to stay on in a caretaker capacity until a new cabinet is formed. Last week, Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah submitted his government’s resignation amid disputes with the parliament. The move came after cabinet members tendered en masse resignations.

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COVID-19: Oman reopens schools, music festival suspended

Schools in Oman reopened as students of Classes 1, 4, 5, 9, and 11 were allowed by the Ministry of Education to resume classes. The Middle Eastern country reported 6 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the national tally to 132,011. Meanwhile, the Muscat Festival has been suspended as a precaution to curb the spread of Coronavirus.

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Video of Kuwait authorities fishing dead whale goes viral

Kuwait authorities have fished out remains of a 35-foot-long whale from water. The body was discovered near Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Bridge in Kuwait. The Environmental Agency and Ports Authorities in cooperation with Kuwaiti Coast Guard transported it to the municipality’s headquarters. A video clip of coast guard transporting the carcass of whale is going viral on social media.

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Abu Dhabi Prince and Jordon King meet to build a strong relationship

Crown prince of Emirates of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed took to Twitter to express his pleasure of meeting King of Jordan Abdullah II for discussing building a firm relationship between the two countries. He said both of them are keen to consult on Arab and regional issues within a framework of understanding and cooperation in a way that serves security, stability and development in the region.

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Abbas officially declares first Palestinian elections in 15 years

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas issued an official order for holding general elections after 15 years. Legislative elections will be held on 22 May 2021, which will be considered to be the first stage in the formation of the Palestine National Council. Elections could also complicate President-elect Joe Biden’s plans to restore aid to the Palestinians and to revive the peace process with Israel.

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Taliban kill 12 pro-govt militia in Afghanistan attack

Two Taliban fighters who had infiltrated a base of pro-government Afghan militiamen killed 12 of them, officials said on Saturday. The night-time attack at a post manned by the militiamen occurred in the district of Ghorian in the western Herat province late on Friday. The militiamen were dining when the attack happened.

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UAE reaffirms support for Morocco’s sovereignty over Moroccan Sahara

HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has reaffirmed UAE’s support for Kingdom of Morocco’s sovereignty over Moroccan Sahara. His remarks came during ministerial video conference co-organised by US and Morocco. The agenda was on supporting Morocco's autonomy proposal for the Moroccan Sahara, and UAE also commended US’s decision recognising Morocco’s sovereignty.

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M5.4 earthquake in Southern Iran, UAE feels the tremors

Hormozgan province in Southern Iran witnessed M5.4 earthquake on 15 January. UAE residents felt the tremors of the earthquake. It started to stroke at 1:01 am at a depth of 19 km with the epicenter in Bandar Lengeh district, according to sources. There were no casualties as of yet. Iran often witnesses destructive earthquakes because of being the most seismically active country in the world.

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Ruler of Dubai: Country will age if it loses enthusiasm and motivation

Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum said a country gets old if it loses its fighting spirit. Sharing the words via Twitter as part of series, ‘What Life Taught Me’, he said that minds filled with flame of competition never get old. Earlier in June 2020 he shared, life taught him that it doesn’t stop, and a stage ends for another to start.

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Ensure equal access to vaccine for Palestinians, UN experts call on Israel

UN human rights experts said that they are unsure about COVID-19 vaccine availability to the Palestinians and Gaza. Israel has distributed vaccines to Jewish settlers in the West Bank, but not to Palestinians or in the cramped, according to reports. Israel’s vaccination program was a hit, Israeli officials contend that these Palestinians don’t fall under their jurisdiction under the terms of Oslo accords.

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COVID-19 in Jordon: Crown Prince Hussein and family gets vaccine shot

Jordon’s King Abdullah II and his family received the COVID-19 vaccine on the second day of immunization campaign. Abdullah took to Twitter posting a picture of him getting the vaccine shot. Also, Jordan's PM Bisher Al-Khasawneh and many members of the government received China’s Sinopharm vaccine during its testing phase, said the health ministry. The government hopes to vaccinate the country's 10 million residents.

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Oman receives 27,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine: Health minister

Dr Ahmed Mohammed Al-Sa'eedi, Minister of Health, Oman said that the country so far received 27,000 doses of the booked 370,000 Pfizer Coronavirus vaccine shots. Altogether, 22,000 vials have been distributed and the total number of vaccinated people in the Sultanate has reached 22,749, the minister added. Oman is targeting 82% total vaccination coverage rate for target groups.

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Oman Air passes operational safety audit

Oman Air has once again successfully passed the IATA Operational Safety Audit with a remarkable result. "This certification is a worthy safety validation for Oman Air as it aligns us with global best safety practices," the airline tweeted. Omar Air vowed to ensure its continuous operational management and control systems are in line with IATA standards, regulatory requirements and industry best practices.

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Who is Oman's first-ever Crown Prince?

Dhi Yazin bin Haitham, Sultan Haitham Bin Tariq Al Said's son, will succeed his father as he has been announced the first Crown Prince of Oman. The Middle Eastern country on Tuesday published a new law that creates a new position titled 'Crown Prince', approving the continuation of power from ruler to his eldest son. Oman's Sultan approved changes to the constitution following the death of Sultan Qaboos.

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Sultan of Oman issues decrees on power transfer, parliament

HRH Sultan Haitham Bin Tareq of Oman has issued two Royal Decrees which "guarantee more rights and freedoms for citizens". Decree No.6 of 2021 sets a mechanism to determine powers of the crown prince, and highlights principle of the rule of law and independence of judiciary. Decree No.7 of 2021 is on the Council of Oman and emphasizing its role in comprehensive development process.

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UAE reunites Jewish Yemini families with relatives

Separated for decades, UAE has helped reunite 2 Jewish Yemeni families with their relatives. The first family of 15 members was reunited in Abu Dhabi after authorities facilitated their travel from Yemen and London. The second family was also reunited on Sunday after being apart for 15 years, after they were flown in from Yemen to meet their relatives living in Abu Dhabi.

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Saudi Crown Prince announces 'THE LINE' project to transform urban living

His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince and Chairman of the NEOM Company Board of Directors announced 'THE LINE' project at NEOM. It's a 170 km hyper-connected future communities surrounded with nature aim for revolution in urban living without cars and roads. The announcement follows Saudi Vision 2030 that aims to contribute 380,000 jobs and USD48 billion to domestic by 2030.

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GCAA reopens airspace between UAE and Qatar from today

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) announced the reopening of airspace and resuming airspace between UAE and State of Qatar as of 9 January. Both countries are following Al Ula Declaration signed with an agreement for permanent solidarity. Earlier, Saudi Arabia opened its borders with State of Qatar after removal of the three-year-long blockade.

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Saudi King receives COVID-19 vaccine shot

Saudi Arabia king His Highness Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received his first shot of COVID-19 vaccine on Friday in NEOM. Saudi health minister Dr Tawfiq Bin Fawzan Al Rabiah thanked the king for his continuous support ever since the pandemic struck. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia will open all of air, land, and seaports from 31 March. International flights will also be allowed on the same date.

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BREAKING: Qatar issues entry, exit procedures at Abu Samra border crossing

The Government Communications Office issued a number of precautionary measures on all arrivals from Abu Samra border crossing following the opening of air, land, and sea borders between Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The procedures will begin from 9 January and are based on Qatar's current COVID-19 travel and return policies. All passengers have to undergo a COVID-19 test and a recent virus free certificate.

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BREAKING: UAE writes a historic chapter, opens borders with Qatar

UAE announced the reopening of all land, sea, and airspace borders with Qatar, starting from 9 January. Earlier, UAE declared to restore trade mobility with Qatar following Al Ula Declaration at GCC Summit with mediation of Saudi Arabia and US. Other than UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Egypt has severed relation with Qatar and will soon open their borders.

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Trade mobility returns among GCC countries, Anwar Gargash

Dr Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in a press conference stated that under Al Ula Declaration, trade and mobility will return among GCC countries. Al Ula Declaration was a result of Saudi's commendable effort in the mediation of Kuwait and US. Gargash further stressed the need to build trust among four countries, Qatar, and UAE while condemning media for fueling the crisis.

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Family of three succumbs to road accident in Saudi Arabia

A Saudi man, along with his wife and daughter, lost life in a deadly accident on the road linking the governorate and Al Khouba in Saudi. Many accidents occur on this single lane road, especially as vehicles coming from secondary roads collide with vehicles running at high-speed. In another accident last week, a young man lost his life, while his brother was taken to an intensive care unit.

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Oman reports first case of new COVID-19 strain from UK

Oman has reported first case of new Coronavirus strain which emerged from UK. The infected person had arrived from UK and showed respiratory symptoms during isolation. Ministry of Health said all procedures were being taken to deal with the case. The person had tested negative before and upon arrival in the Sultanate. There are 1,29774 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Oman.

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GCC Summit: Arab leaders sign Al-Ula declaration, seeking reunification

GCC leaders have signed the Al-Ula declaration after convening the 41st GCC Summit in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia. In his opening remarks, HH Muhammad bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, called on GCC leaders to unify efforts to advance the region. He also stressed focus on reunification. The Crown Prince said Iran’s destructive attitude and nuclear activities posed a threat to peace.

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UAE Prime Minister arrives in Saudi for 41st GCC Summit

Leaders and heads of delegations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states have started arriving in Al Ula on Tuesday, to attend the 41st of GCC Summit. HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of UAE has also arrived at the Maraya Hall in Al Ula with the UAE delegation. He is accompanied by Sheikh Tahnoun Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, national security advisor.

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300 drones light Dubai's sky for 'DSF drone show'

A swarm of 300 drones are adding further charm to each night of the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) with light and sound spectacles. The DSF Drone Light Show will run for 45 days in a row throughout the festival. It will be the longest consecutively held show of its kind in the Middle East, Europe, and Africa.

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Sharjah's Big Heart Foundation vows USD313,103 support to Egypt

Sharjah-based Big Heart Foundation (TBHF) pledged USD313,103 funding for two humanitarian projects in Egypt. The aid will expand opportunities in education and healthcare services of charitable children's hospital. Further, it will ramp up the services offered by 600-bed capacity Al Nas Hospital. The programme will save rights and improve the lives of vulnerable children and families worldwide.

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UAE: COVID-19 vaccine is optional, special checks for moms-to-be

UAE Health Ministry of MoHap while answering queries said the COVID-19 vaccine is optional. The ministry said pregnant and breastfeeding women and women planning to become pregnant in the next three months are told not to get the vaccine. Common side effects may occur as pain at the injection site, fever, headache, fatigue, and lethargy. People with a history of allergy should not get the vaccine.

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18 Bangladeshi fishermen missing for 22 days

18 Bangladeshi fishermen have been missing for 22 days in the Bay of Bengal. They went fishing in a trawler from Kuakata of Patuakhali on 9 December. Hanif Khalifa, the owner of the fishing trawler FB Al-Hasan, lodged a general diary in this connection with Mahipur police station on 30 December, said Moniruzzaman, officer-in-charge of the station.

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Pakistan PM Imran Khan: CPEC will boost agriculture sector

Pakistan PM Imran Khan said the next phase of CPEC will boost the agriculture sector. Speaking at a ceremony in Islamabad, the premier regretted that the previous government had ignored the sector. "Pakistan is an agricultural country," he stressed. Khan said the government was working with Chinese officials who are using their methods in increasing agriculture produce.

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UAE foreign minister applauds country’s handling of pandemic

As UAE enters its 50th year, foreign minister Anwar Gargash reflected on its achievement in handling Coronavirus pandemic. UAE has a list of glorious achievements in the past 50 years, including Hope Probe’s landing in Mars in March 2021, and this year being the year of Dubai Expo 2020. Now, the nation and its leaders are focused on making UAE’s COVID-19 vaccination a success story, he said.

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Pakistan: Mastermind among 36 arrested for desecrating place of worship

Pakistan Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad has said 36 people including the mastermind have been arrested for desecration of a place of worship belonging to the minority community. All those involved in the incident will be punished according to law, he tweeted. The government was bound to protect all religious minorities, the minister reassured.

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Yemen airport attack meant to target Riyadh Agreement: UAE minister

Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, took to Twitter to condemn the attack on Yemen's Aden airport, saying it was meant to target the peace prospects brokered by the Riyadh Agreement. Around 26 people were killed and dozens injured in the attack which took place moments after a plane carrying newly formed government landed at Aden airport from Saudi Arabia.

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5 killed in airport attack as new government lands in Yemen

At least five people were killed and dozens wounded in an attack on Aden airport in Yemen. The incident happened shortly after a plane carrying the newly-formed Yemeni government arrived in Yemen’s temporary capital city from Saudi Arabia. Prime Minister Moeen Abdelmalek was among several members of the new Cabinet who were escorted to the city’s presidential palace.

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Minister thanks UAE for support stranded Egyptians

Egyptian Minister of State Nabila Makram has thanked UAE for supporting Egyptians stranded in UAE, after Kuwait suspended all commercial flights until 1 January 2021. Makram commended the coordination between various departments of the two countries, and called on Egyptians in UAE to respect laws and regulations. She also urged them to contact the operations room set up to handle the crisis.

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Oman Air and Qatar Airways enter into code-share cooperation

Oman Air has announced the expansion of code-share cooperation with Qatar Airways, and sales of additional destinations will start in 2021. The code-share will significantly increase number of destination for Oman Air guests to 65 new points on Qatar Airways’ network across Africa, Americas, Europe, etc. Qatar Airways passengers will also be able to choose 6 new destinations in Africa and Asia.

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UAE Prime Minister orders extension of tourist visas for one month

Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum ordered an extension of tourist visas for all nationalities for one month. The extension is applicable without any government fees as states have temporarily restricted travel movement. All the departments have been directed to facilitate the measures for all tourists in UAE.

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Saudi Arabia suspends international flights for another week

Saudi Arabia suspended international flights for another week over a new COVID-19 strain that has caused surge in cases in UK and prompted preventive measures by several countries. Entry into the Kingdom through land and sea ports also remains banned. Saudi Arabia's top aviation body said it will allow airlines operating in Kingdom to fly out non-Saudi Arabian passengers.

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Oman to reopen borders on December 29

Oman's Supreme Committee has decided to open the Sultanate’s borders on 29 December 2020. The committee has also made COVID-19 PCR test compulsory for travellers coming to Oman, while removing the quarantine procedures for visitors coming for less than 7 days to Oman. Meanwhile, Ministry of Health has registered 17 new Coronavirus cases, taking the total tally to 128,472 cases.

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Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia receives first COVID-19 vaccine in the Kingdom

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Prince Mohammed Bin Saman Bin Abdulaziz received initial dose of COVID-19 vaccine as part of national vaccine programme. Dr Tawfiq Bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah, Health Minister of Saudi Arabia, extended gratitude to the Crown Prince for his keenness on following up to provide vaccine to all residents and citizens. Meanwhile, country suspended entry and exit through land, sea port, and air for 1 week.

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Artists & volunteers lead efforts to restore & preserve Gaza old buildings

Al-Ruzzi and other artists with volunteers initiated Mobaderoon program seeking to save abandoned houses and buildings from two-periods of Gaza's history. This includes 500-year old-brick walls of Al-Kamalaia School, which has emerged from accumulated grassroots and garbage to its former glory. The Mamluk-era building is located in the old quarter of Gaza City and they were at risk of demolition.

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Delhi court convicts SriLankan Airlines for non-compliance with law

A Delhi court has convicted SriLankan Airlines for violating Indian law by not having an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) to address the matters of sexual harassment at the workplace. The court held the airline guilty on a complaint by a former women employee. The woman was working as a sales executive at the airline's Delhi office when she was sexually harassed in 2009.

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