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Middle East

First UAE ambassador arrives in Israel, eyes Tel Aviv embassy
Middle East

First UAE ambassador arrives in Israel, eyes Tel Aviv embassy

  • Mohamed Al Khaja, former chief of staff to the UAE foreign minister, was due to present his credentials to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at the start of a three-day visit.
  • "My mission here is to foster and develop this relationship...and we hope this will bring peace and prosperity to the people in the Middle East," he said.
Published 01 Mar, 2021 06:10pm
UAE supports Saudi position on US Khashoggi report
Middle East

UAE supports Saudi position on US Khashoggi report

  • The UAE's foreign ministry "expressed its confidence in and support for the Saudi judiciary rulings, which affirm the kingdom's commitment to implementing the law in a transparent and impartial manner, and holding all those involved in this case accountable," WAM said.
Updated 27 Feb, 2021 09:09pm
UN human rights boss urges Saudi Arabia to allow free speech, assembly
Middle East

UN human rights boss urges Saudi Arabia to allow free speech, assembly

  • Hathloul campaigned for women's right to drive and to end Saudi Arabia's guardianship system that requires women to obtain permission of a male relative for certain decisions and travel.
  • Bachelet did not refer to the expected release by the Biden administration of a sensitive US intelligence report on the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Published 26 Feb, 2021 06:29pm
Health minister fuels Lebanese anger over vaccine line-jumping
Middle East

Health minister fuels Lebanese anger over vaccine line-jumping

  • Hassan's comments and pushback by other politicians added to anger in Lebanon, where decades of state waste and corruption have triggered a financial meltdown.
  • "You're a liar and a hypocrite, and you shouldn't stay in Lebanon," Ferzli shouted on live TV. Screenshots went viral among Lebanese on social media with captions such as "What I look like when I stub my toe" or "Vaccine side effect."
Published 25 Feb, 2021 06:09pm
Syria's health ministry denies local report on Chinese vaccine arrival
Middle East

Syria's health ministry denies local report on Chinese vaccine arrival

  • Al Watan newspaper had reported earlier on Wednesday that vaccinations of healthcare workers would start on Thursday but it did not specify the quantity of vaccines that had arrived or the type.
  • All what was mentioned in some media .... about the arrival or the distribution of the coronavirus vaccine will be clarified tomorrow in detail.
Published 24 Feb, 2021 07:18pm