• News
    Al Arabiya English

    Iran supreme leader: Iran's Khamenei issues fatwa saying women in cartoons must wear hijab

    Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei recently issued a new fatwa declaring that women in cartoons and animated films must wear the hijab, according to a recent report by the semi-official Tasnim news agency. Is observing hijab necessary for characters in animated films (three-dimensional paintings that come from the artist’s mind)? Khamenei was asked by an enquirer on a Telegram channel, according to a translation of the question by the IranWire news website.

  • Politics
    Kuwait Times

    33 countries added to list of COVID high-risk nations

    KUWAIT: Kuwait has added 33 countries to the list of 35 high-risk coronavirus countries, taking the total to 68 countries where COVID-19 is considered to be widespread. Yousef Al-Fouzan, Director General of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, confirmed this new list to Kuwait Times, saying Kuwaitis arriving from these countries will spend seven days in institutional quarantine, followed by seven days of home quarantine.

  • Science
    Egypt Independent

    Israel shuts Mediterranean shore after oil devastates coast

    Israel closed all its Mediterranean beaches until further notice on Sunday, days after an offshore oil spill deposited tons of tar across more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) of coastline in what officials are calling one of the country’s worst ecological disasters. Activists began reporting globs of black tar on Israel’s coast last week after a heavy storm.

  • Lifestyle
    Al Arabiya English

    The signs highlighting the short-term struggles Dubai's tourism industry faces

    Three things happened last week that highlighted the plight Dubai’s future tourism industry is facing, at least in the short-term. On Monday Dubai International Airport (DXB) released its annual figures and revealed that a total of 25.9 million customers travelled through the airport in 2020, a decrease of 70 percent compared to 2019. Also on Monday, Emirates Group held a media roundtable with the company’s COO, and a small group of journalists.

  • Politics
    Al Jazeera

    UAE unveils $1.36bn in arms deals at Abu Dhabi weapons show

    Major arms makers are attending a weapons show in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, hoping to seal deals with militaries across the Middle East. At the opening, the UAE revealed that it had signed $1.36bn in local and foreign arms deals to supply its forces with everything from South African drones to Serbian artillery.

  • Business
    Arabian Business

    Saudi inflation still fuelled by VAT hike, central bank says

    Saudi inflation is expected to rise during the first quarter compared to the same period the previous year due to the residual effect of an increase in value-added tax but should be little changed on the previous quarter, the kingdom’s central bank said on Monday. Consumer prices rose an annual 5.6 percent in the last three months of 2020.

  • Lifestyle
    Kuwait Times

    Stranded expats dismayed by 11th-hour Kuwait entry ban

    KUWAIT: Kuwaiti authorities Saturday indefinitely suspended a decision to allow the entry of foreigners to Kuwait from Feb 21, which also led to the suspension of a decision to allow the entry of passengers arriving directly from 35 coronavirus high-risk countries. Many expats stranded abroad, who had already booked hotel rooms and airline tickets, were devastated by the new decision. A family from India had booked a three-star hotel in Mangaf and had hoped to be in Kuwait by today.

  • Business
    Arabian Business

    UAE residents turn bullish on property price, rent prospects

    Sentiment in the UAE real estate market has turned positive for the first time in a year with many more residents expecting prices to rise in the next 12 months, according to a new survey. Fifty-three percent of respondents said they are expecting prices and rents to stabilise or go up in the next year, a sharp turnaround from October when only 31 percent were bullish on price increases.

  • Politics
    Al Arabiya English

    Supreme Court sides against Trump, former US president must release tax returns

    Vance had previously said in a letter to Trump’s lawyers that his office would be free to immediately enforce the subpoena if the justices rejected Trump’s request. A lawyer for Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Supreme Court, which has a 6-3 conservative majority included three Trump appointees, had already ruled once in the dispute, last July rejecting Trump’s broad argument that he was immune from criminal probes as a sitting president.

  • Politics
    Al Arabiya English

    Iran nuclear deal: US seeks to 'lengthen,' 'strengthen' nuclear deal with Iran: Blinken

    The United States will seek to strengthen and extend the agreement between world powers and Iran aimed at curbing its nuclear program, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday. The UN nuclear watchdog said on Sunday it had struck a deal with Iran to cushion the blow of steps Tehran plans to take this week that include ending snap inspections, with both sides agreeing to keep “necessary” monitoring for up to three months.

  • News
    Al Jazeera

    United plane suffers engine failure, scatters debris over Denver

    A United Airlines flight has landed safely at Denver International Airport after its right engine failed, the Federal Aviation Administration said, with dramatic images showing debris from the plane scattered on the ground. The Boeing 777-200 plane, with 231 passengers and 10 crew on board, was heading to Honolulu on Saturday when it suffered an engine failure soon after takeoff, the airline said. There were no reports of injuries on the plane or the ground.

  • News
    Arabian Business

    Emirates, Flydubai and Etihad unaffected by Boeing 777 suspension

    Dubai-based Emirates Airline and Flydubai and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways are not impacted by the decision from Boeing to suspend operations of a selection of 777s following engine failure in the US on Saturday. The incident, on United Airlines Flight 328 from Denver to Honolulu, took place shortly after it took off with 231 passengers and 10 crew members on board. The Boeing 777 landed safely back at Denver and nobody was injured by the falling debris.

  • News
    Al Arabiya English

    World Jewish Congress hails Pope's visit to holocaust survivor

    The World Jewish Congress (WJC) on Sunday hailed Pope Francis’ “tremendous compassion” after he visited a Holocaust survivor in Rome, praising his “moral integrity and sense of history”. Francis spoke with Hungarian-born poet Edith Bruck for around an hour, with the Vatican saying their conversation “highlighted the value of memory and the role of the very oldest in nurturing it and passing it on to the very youngest”.

  • Politics
    Egypt Independent

    Iraq's rogue militias: Who can stop them from attacking?

    Anti-US groups increasing The little-known Saraya Awliya al-Dam group is only the latest in a growing number of new anti-US militias in Iraq. Similar groups, also often previously unknown, have recently claimed responsibility for attacks on logistics convoys carrying equipment for US forces, as well as other targets. The groups often call themselves the “resistance,” referring to their anti-US focus.

  • Politics
    Al Jazeera

    South Korea agrees to partial release of blocked Iranian money

    Tehran, Iran – South Korea has agreed to release “a part” of billions of dollars of Iranian money it had blocked in its banks for years because of United States sanctions. In a statement, the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) said South Korean Ambassador to Tehran Ryu Jeong-hyun announced the news in a meeting his embassy called for. In this meeting, necessary agreements were made on how the resources will be transferred to desired destinations and the central bank’s decision on the volume of resources...

  • News
    Arab News

    UAE, Qatari delegations meet in Kuwait to follow up on AlUla Declaration

    TEHRAN: Iran’s foreign ministry said Monday a visit by the UN nuclear watchdog chief resulted in a “significant achievement,” a day before a law limiting inspections comes into force. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Rafael Grossi’s meetings “resulted in a very significant diplomatic achievement and a very significant technical achievement”, foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told reporters.

  • Politics
    Al Arabiya English

    UAE weapons show draws major deals and traders amid pandemic

    Israeli COVID restrictions also prevented it from joining the expo, which would have been a first after it normalized relations with the UAE last year. A technician at the Israeli Aerospace Industry booth spent a good portion of the afternoon turning away disappointed potential customers. But scores of other countries had no qualms showing up during the pandemic, underscoring how many have boosted their exports in the region.

  • Technology
    Al Arabiya English

    Coronavirus: More than 17 million Saudi residents have used the Tawakkalna COVID-19 app: SPA

    Over 17 million people have used “Tawakkalna” app in Saudi Arabia, the official application approved by the Ministry of Health to limit the spread of the coronavirus, since it was launched nine months ago, the Saudi Press Agency SPA reported on Sunday. The Tawakkalna application was launched in May by Saudi Arabia to initially manage issue permits to government and private entities during the curfew in place at the time.

  • Sport
    Al Arabiya English

    Tennis: Djokovic will overtake Federer's Grand Slam tally, says coach Ivanisevic

    Novak Djokovic will finish his career with more Grand Slams than Roger Federer and battle it out with Rafael Nadal for the record after the Serb won a record-extending ninth Australian Open title on Sunday, his coach Goran Ivanisevic said. Victory over Daniil Medvedev gave world number one Djokovic his 18th major and the 33-year-old champion is now two shy of Federer and Nadal who have won a men’s record 20 each.

  • Politics
    Arab News

    Abbas orders Palestinian public freedoms boosted before vote

    Popular misconceptions about and demonization of the Yazidi community created one of the preconditions for Daesh’s genocide attempt. Genocide scholars such as Helen Fein identify four principal preconditions that generally precede genocidal episodes: The first and perhaps most important of these are that the victims be excluded from the main group. Such exclusion can go beyond the denial of citizenship or group membership.