Gulf states report first coronavirus cases, halt flights to Iran

  • Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Iraq announced first cases coming from Iran
  • Saudi embassy in Kuwait continues to follow up on condition of Saudi citizen
By Arab News ·

Iran accused of coronavirus coverup amid claims of 50 deaths

  • The government announced Iran’s coronavirus death toll had jumped by four to 12
  • Authorities have ordered the closure of schools, universities and other educational centers across the country
By AFP ·


Malaysian PM resigns but stays on as interim leader

  • New government may exclude Mahathir’s anointed successor Anwar Ibrahim
  • Mahatir also quit the Malaysian United Indigenous Party which he founded ahead of the 2018 general election
By Nor Arlene Tan ·


Turning a new leaf: Saudi Arabia’s Jazan region ditches qat crops for coffee trees

  • The Khawlani coffee bean is being offered to UNESCO for inclusion on a heritage list


Traditional Saudi game jumps to the digital world

By Fahad Al-Zahrani ·

If Lebanon needs financial aid, France will be there: Finance Minister Le Maire

  • Le Maire said France is looking at options to support Lebanon recover from its financial crisis
  • IMF discussed all possible options in recent meetings with Lebanese officials
By Reuters ·

Harvey Weinstein found guilty of sexual assault, rape

  • Former movie producer Harvey Weinstein was convicted of sexual assault and rape by a New York jury
  • He was convicted of sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and raping Jessica Mann, a onetime aspiring actress, in 2013
By AFP ·

Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala to invest €1bn in French state-backed fund

  • State-backed investment bank Bpifrance and Mubadala will both commit €1bn to the fund to support French companies
  • Bpifrance has said it aims over time to raise up to €10bn for the fund, which is to be used to shore up the capital of French companies
By Reuters ·

Saudi Women’s Football League launched

  • The first season of the WFL, a nationwide initiative, will be held in Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam
  • League inaugurated by president of Saudi Sports for All Federation
By Faris Al-Rushud - Ali Khalid ·

Qatar’s BeIN chairman, two others indicted in bribery case

  • Former FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke charged with accepting bribes, among others
  • Al-Khelaifi charged with inciting Valcke to commit aggravated criminal mismanagement
By AP ·