Saudi Arabia confirms $150 million donation to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

  • The Kingdom announced in March that it would contribute $500 million to international efforts to fight the virus
  • Of that amount, $150 million would be allocated to Gavi, the Kingdom’s foreign minister confirmed on Thursday
By Arab News ·

Emirates, Etihad to resume transit flights after UAE lifts suspension

  • The suspension was lifted late on Wednesday for UAE carriers
  • Foreign citizens remain banned from entering the Gulf Arab state except those holding UAE residency
By Reuters ·

Oman to set up investment authority to manage state assets

  • Oman is being hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and low oil prices
  • Oman Investment Authority board members will be appointed by Sultan Haitham
By Reuters ·

Saudi Arabia announces 32 more COVID-19 deaths

  • The health ministry said 806 more people have recovered from the virus
  • A total of 68,965 patients have recovered from the disease in the Kingdom so far
By Arab News ·

Turkey plans to resume flights with 40 countries in June

  • Turkey largely sealed off its borders as part of measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak
  • Domestic flights resumed on Monday to some provinces
By Reuters ·

Ex-UK spy chief: COVID-19 could be from Wuhan lab

  • Sir Richard Dearlove cites controversial study saying virus possibly man-made
By Arab News ·

Greece readies revival of coronavirus-hit economy

  • Tourism accounts for around 20 percent of Greek gross domestic product
  • Greece desperately needs to attract visitors this year
By AFP ·

WWE names Bandar Al-Mashhadi MENA Vice President and General Manager

  • Al-Mashhadi will lead WWE’s strategic business initiatives and day-to-day operations in the MENA region
  • He will also manage local operations for the company’s 10-year partnership with the Saudi General Entertainment Authority
By Arab News ·

Snapchat curbs Trump posts for inciting ‘racial violence’

  • “We are not currently promoting the president’s content on Snapchat’s Discover platform,” Snapchat said
  • The move came after Twitter took an unprecedented stand by hiding a Trump post it said promoted violence
By AFP ·