Update Pompeo said Washington blacklisted seven entities and two individuals in sanctions related to Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines and Iranian shipping entities. (File/AFP)

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

  • Iran's IGRC conducted a drill that saw “suicide drones” crash into targets and explode,
  • The arms in the Revolutionary Guards' drill mirror those used in attacks on Saudi Arabia
By Arab News ·

Pentagon includes Israel in Middle East command area

Pentagon includes Israel in Middle East command area

  • Moving Israel under the Central Command potentially makes security cooperation with the US on regional matters easier
  • The move could bring Israeli military officials in closer proximity to those of Gulf neighbors
By AFP ·

Lack of coordination will prolong pandemic and cost lives, says UN chief

Lack of coordination will prolong pandemic and cost lives, says UN chief

  • Antonio Guterres said ‘vaccinationalism’ — where rich countries hoard vaccines and the poor get none — is a self-defeating strategy
  • In a video message released as the global death toll reached 2 million, he said ‘COVID-19 cannot be beaten one country at a time’
By Ephrem Kossaify ·

Saudi Arabia’s first COVID-19 vaccine set for clinical trials

Saudi Arabia’s first COVID-19 vaccine set for clinical trials

  • It will go through rigorous testing and several trial stages before it is approved for use by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority
By Hebshi Al-Shammari ·

Saudi showjumpers ride high at Jeddah event photos

Saudi showjumpers ride high at Jeddah event

By MOHAMMED AL-KINANI & NADA HAMEED ·

Flagship Huawei store in Saudi Arabia will be its biggest outside China

Flagship Huawei store in Saudi Arabia will be its biggest outside China

By Aseel Bashraheel & Hebshi Alshammari ·

Special Jan Kubis, the recently appointed UN special envoy to Libya. (Reuters file photo)

Security Council members approve choice of new UN envoy to Libya

  • Veteran Slovak diplomat Jan Kubis will be secretary-general Antonio Guterres’s representative to the country
  • Glimmers of hope for Libyans as progress reported at first meeting of Libyan Political Dialogue Forum’s advisory committee
By Ephrem Kossaify  ·

Mexico's then defense minister, General Salvador Cienfuegos, addresses an audience during the 50th anniversary of the Plan of Assistance to the Population in case of Disaster (Plan DN-III-E) in Mexico City on July 12, 2017. (REUTERS/Carlos Jasso/File Photo)

Mexico says US ‘fabricated’ drug charges on former defense minister, releases evidence

  • Prosecutors said intercepted messages showed that Cienfuegos accepted bribes in exchange for ensuring the military did not take action against the cartel
  • Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office said Cienfuegos had not been found to have any illicit or abnormal income
By AP ·

Canadian firm pulls out of Carrefour takeover after France insists ‘No’

Canadian firm pulls out of Carrefour takeover after France insists ‘No’

  • Carrefour has more than 12,300 stores in more than 30 countries and employs 320,000 people worldwide
  • Canada's Couche-Tard has offered to take over the French supermarket giant for 16 billion euro ($19.5 billion)
By AFP ·

Flagship Huawei store in Saudi Arabia will be its biggest outside China

Flagship Huawei store in Saudi Arabia will be its biggest outside China

By Aseel Bashraheel & Hebshi Alshammari ·

Saudi showjumpers ride high at Jeddah event photos

Saudi showjumpers ride high at Jeddah event

  • Elite riders saddle up for $34,600 National Guard Ministry cup at Jeddah Trio Ranch
By MOHAMMED AL-KINANI & NADA HAMEED ·

Analysis Does Twitter’s Trump ban expose a dangerous double standard?

Does Twitter’s Trump ban expose a dangerous double standard?

  • Why did the platform act now, and why does it tolerate so many other preachers of hate?
By TAREK ALI AHMAD ·