Since she was young, Gul was used to hearing the common refrain: “Rehana Gul is blind and also a woman and she will always need someone to hold her hand,” Gul told Arab News in an interview in her disk jockey’s vibrant voice.“Society is patriarchal and less educated about women and disable persons’ rights but nothing deterred me.https://arab.news/chggw
The PM chaired a meeting of the National Coordination Committee (NCC) on floods on Monday and called for a joint strategy by the federal and provincial governments to compensate people for damages caused by floods.“PM Khan stressed the need of better coordination among all the concerned federal and provincial institutions to tackle the challenges of climate change,” the state news agency APP said.https://arab.news/4u3u7
The king also briefed ministers on his message to Kuwaiti Deputy Emir and Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, in which he emphasized ways of strengthening relations between the two nations.As the holder of the presidency of the G20, the Kingdom reaffirmed its commitment to support the group in confronting the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as achieving stability and balance of the oil market.https://arab.news/cq2k5
It provides services such as making appointments, renewing passports, residents’ cards, IDs, driver’s licenses and others.The services related to the Civil Status agency include the birth registration service, a developed Taqdeer (assessment) service, a service allowing amendment of the professions of civilians, a service allowing new family registry issue for mothers and a family registry issuing service for marriages.
That announcement will be followed by another one in the coming days on a further reduction in US forces in Afghanistan, the official said.The decision comes as Trump, a Republican, faces blowback from a report that he allegedly made disparaging remarks about US war dead.
They are accused of providing material support for, and granting political and economic favors to, Iran-backed Hezbollah, which the US considers a terrorist organization.“Political allies of Hezbollah should know they will be held accountable for any enabling of its terrorist and illicit activities,” Schenker said after a tour of the Middle east that included visits to Kuwait, Qatar and Lebanon,https://arab.news/nac2s
Brent crude fell $2.18, or 5.2 percent, to $39.83 in early afternoon trade, and earlier slipped to $39.61, the lowest since June 25.US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude dropped $2.99 or 7.5 percent, to $36.78.On Monday, crude fell after Saudi Arabia’s state oil company Aramco cut the October official selling prices for its Arab light oil, a sign demand may be stuttering.“The price weakness is continuing today,” said Eugen Weinberg, analyst at Commerzbank.“We believe this is attributable first and foremost to demand concernshttps://arab.news/cpaer
State Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday extended the hard lockdown, in place since Aug. 2, to Sept. 28 with a slight relaxation, and mapped out a gradual easing of restrictions over the following two months.Melbourne’s stage 4 restrictions, which had been due to end on Sept. 13, shut most of the economy, limited people’s movements to a 5-kilometer zone around their homes for one hour a day and imposed a night time curfew.https://arab.news/cevt6
More than 1 million cases have been detected in India in less than two weeks.Authorities say India’s daily testing exceeds 1 million now.Dr.Randeep Guleria, a government health expert, said India is seeing a resurgence with over 70 percent of its nearly 1.4 billion people still susceptible to infections.“We could say that we are seeing some sort of a second wave in certain parts of the country.https://arab.news/n49rf
Nissan Motor Co. said it has achieved a “breakthrough” in molding carbon fiber reinforced plastic, or CFRP, components, now used in racing cars and jets because of their light weight and strength.All of the world’s top automakers are working to boost CFRP use.The hurdles have been cost, which is often about 10 times that of steel, and the long time it takes to mold the parts.https://arab.news/r5vsd
Pascal Siakam had 23 points and 11 rebounds, Kyle Lowry added 22 points and 11 boards and the Raptors evened the Eastern Conference semifinal at two games apiece, beating the Boston Celtics 100-93 on Saturday.Two days after winning Game 3 on OG Anunoby’s 3-pointer as time expired, the Raptors shut down most of Boston’s perimeter shooters and Jaylen Brown in particular.https://arab.news/rx6gf
Far from routine was a last-minute attempt by New York health officials to prevent France’s Adrian Mannarino from playing his last-32 encounter against German fifth seed Alexander Zverev.The intervention led to a back and forth between tournament organizers and the state government and resulted in the match, which Zverev won in four sets, starting over three hours late.https://arab.news/geukp
Such a wave of emigration would have a brutal impact, since it would be disproportionately composed of high-flying graduates.Lebanon’s outstanding healthcare system will be particularly hard hit if hundreds of doctors seek careers overseas.“I don’t want to leave.Even if I must stand in front of the tanks of your disappointments, your ignorance and your trash.Even if my body is squashed upon the floor like a dead cat crushed by a car, I’m better off.I’m from this land, and we’ll ensure that you depart beforehand, so – Revolution!https://arab.news/8awad
For many years, I have been lobbying for the consolidation of the financial sector, especially the insurance segment.The timing of the consolidation is even more imperative now as a result of the economic pressures caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.As for the banking sector, it is a fact that Saudi banks have felt the heat from some rating agencies, although S reported that Saudi banks have shown the most resilience in the region.Furthermore, with SAMA injecting billions of riyals into the system, the banking sector managed to mitigate the impact of the pandemic.https://arab.news/5cs5z
The defiant move reflects growing concern about the political stalemate in efforts to form a new government, and the worsening financial crisis.Riad Salameh, governor of the Banque du Liban, Lebanon’s central bank, reportedly told President Michel Aoun, caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab and caretaker Minister of Finance Ghazi Wazni last week that there is only enough cash in reserve to fund subsidies of basic items such as bread, fuel and medicines for three months.It has $19.6 billion available, $17.5 billion of which must be kept to cover a portion of deposits by bank customers.This leaves $2.1 billion for subsidies, which cost $700 million a month.https://arab.news/vedfe
A final communique said: “The summit took place to strengthen active partnership within the tripartite coordinating mechanism between Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt and in seeking to deepen the strategic complimentary cooperation between the three countries on the economic, development, political security, and cultural level.”The statement added that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi had praised Jordanian King Abdullah’s call to “recalibrate globalization in order to accomplish positive independence and mutual exchange.
Ghassan Al-Turki, a communications engineer, said many private schools had not dealt with the pandemic as well as they could have, and had not refunded fees although students completed only half of the second semester.“The schools promised to offer discounts of up to 50 percent, but many parents believe that there is no point in paying the tuition fees because the schools are not going to use the onsite facilities,” he told Arab News.https://arab.news/mhv9u
Ankara’s recent announcement about its largest-ever gas discovery is an expedient distraction from economic misery at home as it grapples with a tumbling currency, runaway inflation and burgeoning public debt.Qatar provided some band aids to stick over its gaping financial wounds in the form of a credit line, but the country needs much more than this to solve its dire economic crisis.Interestingly, the announcement came after Turkey failed to overcome opposition to its exploration activities from Greece, Egypt and Cyprus in disputed Mediterranean waters.https://arab.news/chp8y
Such would have been the decorous scene that greeted the Australian-born Tarrant that Friday morning 17 months ago when he drove into town in a Subaru bristling with the weaponry and high-tech gadgets he had accumulated for the purpose of killing as many Muslims as he could at the Linwood Islamic Centre and Al Noor Mosque.https://arab.news/ytzn3
The group, which controls Gaza, is designated as a terrorist organization in the US, Europe and several other countries.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met the leaders in Istanbul on Saturday.The Hamas delegation was lead by the head of its political bureau Ismail Haniyeh, and included deputy chief Saleh Al-Arouri - wanted in the US as a terrorist.“The United States strongly objects to Turkish President Erdogan hosting two Hamas leaders in Istanbul,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said.https://arab.news/pazjf
What has mainly grabbed the headlines so far are efforts by pharmaceutical laboratories to come up with successful treatment options, vaccines in particular.Behind the scenes, complex negotiations are under way to buy a working vaccine as soon as it becomes available, according to experts.Several countries, including some in the Middle East, are involved in talks with leading companies and research institutes engaged in various phases of trials.https://arab.news/8kpnv
Riad Salameh has long been perceived as the strongman of Lebanon, the guardian of an economic model that has been the envy of many throughout the region.A skilled financier, he guaranteed the stability of the Lebanese pound for nearly 30 years and was awarded by the largest financial institutions.The banker saw his life change, however, with the October 2019 uprising and the economic collapse, which have mired the Land of the Cedars in turmoil.
The agreement, brokered by Donald Trump, makes the UAE the third Arab country to have full diplomatic relations with Israel in return for an end to Israeli threats to annex Palestinian land.In Jerusalem on Monday, Pompeo said he hoped more Arab countries would reach similar agreements with Israel.In the call with Sheikh Mohammed, they discussed the prospects for strengthening the deal “in a way that serves the foundations of peace and stability in the region.https://arab.news/rnp4d
Western Europe, particularly Spain, Italy Germany and France, has been hit with infection levels not seen in many months, sparking fears of a fully-fledged second wave.And in Asia, South Korea became the latest country to announce it would boost restrictions to try to stem a new outbreak, after largely bringing the virus under control.Across the world, the number of deaths has doubled to just over 800,000 since June 6, with 100,000 fatalities in the last 17 days alone, while more than 23 million cases have been reported.
Health authorities reported 10,339 new cases and 912 deaths, bringing the total to 3,044,940.Cases have leveled off in India’s two largest cities, with serological surveys showing widespread prevalence among the residents of the capital, New Delhi, and financial center Mumbai.https://arab.news/vtewr
S Global Ratings maintained the “selective default” or “SD” rating for Lebanon’s foreign debt, after the country first defaulted in March, but three more bonds were cut to “D” from “CC,” the agency said.“The recent catastrophic explosion in Beirut is deepening the country’s economic crisis,” S said in a statement.“A protracted political vacuum or weak new government could further delay policy reforms, external aid and debt restructuring negotiations.https://arab.news/9ce6n
One of the sources said Deutsche Boerse and Swiss stock exchange Six had also presented bids for the MTS platform used for trading Italy’s huge sovereign debt.The non-binding bids for a stake of more than 60 percent in MTS are believed to be in the range of €300-€350 million ($355-$410 million), sources said.Italian daily la Repubblica reported on Saturday that the US stock exchange Nasdaq had also presented a non-binding offer, as well as the bidders cited to Reuters.https://arab.news/58f46
Houston missed its first seven shots of overtime before Danuel House made a 3-pointer with less than a minute left.By then it was too late.Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is Monday.The Thunder had a balanced scoring attack, with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander adding 23 points and Danilo Gallinari had 20.Jeff Green had 22 points for the Rockets.They have played the entire series without Russell Westbrook, who is out with a strained right quadriceps.https://arab.news/2rffj
Few wore protective face gear despite a spike in coronavirus infections in France, while bars were also packed as people watched the game, sparking concern over social distancing.Police will be deployed to the Champs Elysee and the area around PSG’s Parc des Princes stadium on Sunday night, when PSG meet German champions Bayern in Lisbon, France’s Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said.https://arab.news/zafjp
For example, Babylon Healthcare Services Ltd., the fast-growing mobile medical consultation service, has raised $550 million in Series C funding, elevating the company to unicorn status.The PIF led the round that valued the company at $2 billion with a total of $635 million raised.The new capital will enable the company to expand into more markets, including the US and Asia.