Saudi Arabia pledges $150m at GAVI vaccine summit

  • World leaders attend virtual meeting of Bill Gates-led drive to develop COVID vaccine
  • The Kingdom announced in March that it would contribute $500 million to international efforts to fight the virus
By Benedict Spence ·

Israel slaps four-month ban on Al-Aqsa Mosque cleric

  • The 81-year-old cleric has been targeted on numerous occasions by Israeli authorities
By Daoud Kuttab ·

Haftar forces quit Tripoli after year-long assault

  • US envoy: Haftar’s defeat in Tripoli created an opportunity to stop fighting
By Reuters ·

Saudi Arabia repatriation flights from US cities, Beirut bring home nationals

  • Flights from Washington and Houston arrived at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh
By Arab News ·

Libya’s Tripoli government seizes last LNA stronghold near capital

  • Military sources in Haftar’s Libyan National Army said their forces had withdrawn from the town of Tarhouna
  • The advance extends the control of the Government of National Accord
By Reuters ·

Malaysia reports 19 new coronavirus cases, one new death

  • The health ministry also reported its first death in two weeks
By Reuters ·

Philippine jobless rate hits record 17.7% in April due to pandemic

  • The Philippines is facing its biggest economic contraction in more than three decades
  • April’s 17.7 percent unemployment rate equivalent to 7.3 million people without jobs
By Reuters ·

Tokyo to skip one-year Olympic countdown over virus: organizers

  • Games pushed back until July 23, 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak
By AFP ·

Facebook to apply state media labels on Russian, Chinese outlets

  • Facebook will not label any US-based news organizations
  • Social media giant said even US government-run outlets have editorial independence
By Reuters ·