Omicron variant detected in more countries as scientists race to find answers

Omicron variant detected in more countries as scientists race to find answers

  • Thirteen cases found in Netherlands, couple arrested
  • S.African doctor says Omicron patients have 'very mild' symptoms
By Reuters ·

Update Saudi Arabia halts flights from total of 14 African nations due to omicron variant

Saudi Arabia halts flights from total of 14 African nations due to omicron variant

  • Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry said that no omicron cases had been detected in the country so far
By Arab News ·

Early global response to omicron variant could save lives, says Saudi virologist

Early global response to omicron variant could save lives, says Saudi virologist

  • As of Sunday, Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry said that no omicron cases had been detected in the country so far
  • Kingdom suspended flights from 14 African countries
By Rawan Radwan ·

The Film Commission launched its strategy at a ceremony in Riyadh, held under the patronage of Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan. (SPA)

Film Commission launches its strategy to develop Saudi film, cinema sector

  • The strategy aims to increase direct GDP contribution, increase job opportunities, and increase the number of locally produced feature films
By Arab News ·

In this file photo taken on November 19, 2021, Iranians gather during a protest to voice their anger after their province's lifeblood river dried up due to drought and diversion, in the central city of Isfahan. (AFP)

Iranian riot police patrol city’s dry river after water protests

  • Demonstrators blame authorities for diverting water to neighboring Yazd province
By AFP ·

The Taliban side also re-committed to allowing Afghans and foreigners to leave if they wish so, but “requested assistance for maintaining operations of airports” so that could happen. (AFP file photo)

Taliban asks EU for help with Afghanistan’s airports

  • The Taliban reiterated they would uphold human rights “in line with Islamic principles” and would welcome back diplomatic missions that had closed, according to the statement
By AFP ·

A flight crew walk through the terminal at Sydney Airport, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (AP)

Pandemic to cost global tourism $2.0 trillion in 2021: UN

  • A total of 46 destinations — 21 percent of all destinations worldwide — currently have their borders completely closed to tourists, according to the UNWTO
By AFP ·

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison gestures during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. (AP)

Australia to introduce new laws to force media platforms to unmask online trolls

  • The new legislation will introduce a complaints mechanism, so that if somebody thinks they are being defamed, bullied or attacked on social media, they will be able to require the platform to take the material down
By Reuters ·

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison gestures during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. (AP)

Australia to introduce new laws to force media platforms to unmask online trolls

  • The new legislation will introduce a complaints mechanism, so that if somebody thinks they are being defamed, bullied or attacked on social media, they will be able to require the platform to take the material down
By Reuters ·