GCC citizens temporarily banned from entering Saudi Arabia’s Makkah and Madinah

  • The decision was made in light of the rising number of coronavirus cases in some GCC countries
  • Suspension for individuals seeking to perform Umrah pilgrimage in Makkah or visit the Prophet’s Mosque
By Arab News ·

Virus spreading worldwide as more countries report first cases

  • Virus outbreak in Iran sickens hundreds, including officials
  • 60 confirmed cases in Germany
By Reuters - AP - AFP ·


Saudi Cup: All eyes on Riyadh as the world’s most valuable horse race debuts

  • As Saudi Arabia embarks on a new sporting era, a stellar line-up chases a record $29.2 million in prize money — and a place in history
By Ali Khaled ·

From royals to roundabouts: The German architect who made his mark on Saudi Arabia

  • Wolfgang Zuppe, who arrived in Kingdom 37 years ago, says: ‘There is nowhere else I could do such fantastic projects’


Turkey raises migrant pressure on EU over Syria conflict

  • Thirty-three Turkish soldiers were killed in an air strike by Russian-backed Syrian regime forces in the Idlib region on Thursday
  • Erdogan may travel next week to Moscow for talks
By AFP ·

Mexico confirms first three cases of coronavirus, linked to Italy

  • The three men are believed to have visited northern Italy
  • Two more suspected cases are under analysis in the central state of Guanajuato and one in northwestern Durango
By AFP ·

Dow drops 1,000 points as pandemic fears heighten

  • The benchmark S&P 500 fell about 12 percent
By Reuters ·

Expelled reporters leave China after headline row

  • The journalists work for the WSJ’s news section, which is not linked to the editorial and opinion pages
By AFP ·