US imposes fresh sanctions on Iran in final days of Trump presidency

US imposes fresh sanctions on Iran in final days of Trump presidency

  • Latest in a series imposed by US to force Tehran into new negotiations
  • Trump abandoned the Iran nuclear agreement in 2018
By Reuters ·

An Emirati man, wearing a protective mask, walks at Al-Barsha Health Centre in Dubai on December 24, 2020. (AFP/File Photo)

UAE aims to vaccinate over half of population

  • Residents, expatriates urged to get jab urgently amid surge in coronavirus cases
By Rebecca Anne Proctor ·

London-based company used to ship the ammonium nitrate that caused last August’s devastating explosion in Beirut has been linked to three individuals known to have ties to Syrian President Bashar Assad. (AP/File Photo)

Probe suggests links between Assad regime, Beirut blast

  • 3 people close to Syrian president connected to ammonium nitrate that detonated in Lebanese capital
By Arab News ·

Saudi Arabia announces 3 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 3 more COVID-19 deaths

  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 356,382
  • A total of 6,313 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far
By Arab News ·

Special Art-lovers peruse a piece at the Hafez Gallery. (Courtesy: Photo Solutions)

How artists in coronavirus-hit Middle East found strength in solidarity 

  • Creative networks, art galleries and cultural institutions across the region pulled together in difficult times
  • Grants, commissions and rent holidays helped Gulf region’s artists survive the pandemic and economic downturn
By Rebecca Anne Proctor ·

Britain tightens borders to keep out new COVID-19 variants

Britain tightens borders to keep out new COVID-19 variants

  • Johnson is grappling to control a third wave of the virus and prevent the health service from collapse
  • The rule changes come into force at 0400 GMT on Monday
By Reuters ·

UK economy shrinks by 2.6% in November, first drop since April

UK economy shrinks by 2.6% in November, first drop since April

  • The fall in gross domestic product much lower than the average forecast for a 5.7 percent drop
By Reuters ·

AFC Champions League groups to kickoff amid virus threat

AFC Champions League groups to kickoff amid virus threat

  • Saudi Arabia’s Al-Wehda will enter qualification playoffs in March
  • 2021 is set to be the biggest yet with the group stage expanding from 32 to 40 teams
By John Duerden ·

WhatsApp delays data sharing change after backlash

WhatsApp delays data sharing change after backlash

  • WhatsApp canceled its February 8 deadline for accepting the tweak to its terms of service
  • The platform said it would instead “go to people gradually to review the policy at their own pace before new business options are available on May 15”
By AFP ·