Donald Trump to unveil Middle East peace plan that ‘makes sense for everybody’

  • Trump says plan unlikely to be welcomed by the Palestinians, but he believed they would come round
  • Palestinians say Trump’s plan will favor Israel, and undermine their right to statehood
By Ray Hanania and Daoud Khuttab ·


Lebanese parliament approves 2020 budget

  • Budget did not include any economic vision, but was limited to numbers
  • Dozens of protesters tried to prevent lawmakers from attending the session

Saudi foreign minister says Israel policy unchanged

  • Foreign minister says Israeli passport holders are still unable to visit the the Kingdom

Tearing down the wall: Saudi restaurants adjust to the abolishment of gender segregation

  • New law urges restaurants to remove segregation in entrance and separate seating arrangements
  • Many restaurants have already begun to implement the law, but others stubbornly refuse
By Lojien Ben Gassem ·

US honors head of France’s Arab World Institute

  • Dr Jack Lang was recognized for promoting the Arab region and cross-cultural understanding
  • First recipient of the Global Cultural Leadership Award from the National Council on US-Arab Relations
By Arab News ·


Yemen’s Marib province safe from Houthis, says governor

By Saeed Al-Batati ·

Thailand confirms six more coronavirus infections, bringing total to 14

  • Five of the new cases came from Hubei province and are part of the same family
  • The Department of Disease Control will now scan all passengers from China
By Reuters ·

Barclays sees $2 per barrel impact to oil prices as coronavirus fears threaten demand

  • More than 100 people have died and over 4,000 cases of the new virus have been confirmed in China
  • Barclays expects the OPEC and other allies to step in and take further measures to keep the markets tight
By Reuters ·

Virus fears push stocks to 2-week low

By Reuters ·

Largest French business team visits Saudi Arabia


Australian Open: Top-ranked Ash Barty a step closer to ending Aussie drought

  • Barty aiming to be the first Australian woman since Chris O’Neill in 1978 to win the Australian Open
  • She won her first title on home soil in Adelaide in the lead-up to this season’s first major
By AP ·

Russia expels Japanese journalist in military espionage row

  • The expelled journalist works for Japan’s Kyodo News agency
  • The reporter was told to leave Russia in 72 hours
By Reuters ·


BBC journalist defended amid Israel report controversy

By Charlie Peters - Christopher Hamill-Stewart ·