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 to appoint women as court judges ‘very soon’

Saudi Arabia to appoint women as court judges ‘very soon’

  • Al-Zahid reiterated the Kingdom’s eagerness to pursue women empowerment
  • She pointed out international markers that have proven Saudi Arabia’s progress on women’s rights
By Arab News ·

Saudi showjumpers ride high at Jeddah event photos

Saudi showjumpers ride high at Jeddah event

By MOHAMMED AL-KINANI & NADA HAMEED ·

Abbas announces long-awaited Palestinian elections

Abbas announces long-awaited Palestinian elections

  • The last Palestinian parliamentary elections in 2006 saw Hamas win an unexpected landslide
  • The 2005 Palestinian presidential vote saw Abbas elected with 62 percent support to replace the late Yasser Arafat
By AFP ·

New migrant caravan leaves Honduras in pursuit of American dream

New migrant caravan leaves Honduras in pursuit of American dream

  • The 3,000 or so migrants plan to walk thousands of kilometers through Central America
  • Guatemala, Mexico and Honduras have an agreement with the US to stop north-bound migratory flows
By AFP ·

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 ·