UK adds entire Hezbollah movement to terror blacklist

  • Previously it was only Hezbollah’s Military Wing which was subject to asset freezing under UK government rules
  • The US designates Hezbollah as a terrorist organization
By AFP ·

Syria cease-fire has failed as civilians killed daily: UN rights boss

  • Around 350,000 Syrians have fled a renewed Russian-backed offensive in the opposition-held Idlib province since early December
By Reuters ·

Iraq’s top cleric Al-Sistani discharged from hospital

  • Al-Sistani underwent surgery Thursday at the Kafeel hospital in Karbala and was sent home Friday, officials at the hospital said
  • The cleric has been critical in calming tensions in recent months as the country faced crisis after crisis
By AP ·

Ivanka Trump applauds Saudi Arabia’s reforms advancing economic role for women

  • Saudi women in business have lauded the Vision 2030 strategy for being the key driver in helping them to realize their ambitions
By Arab News ·

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The case for protecting Saudi Arabia’s ancient art of Khawlani coffee production

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60 days until 2020 Saudi Census begins

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Global civil unrest and violence in quarter of countries in 2019, expected to rise in 2020: Report

  • Identified Sudan as most troubled and “extreme risk” country in the world
  • According to the report, 2019’s biggest flashpoint locations were Hong Kong and Chile
By Arab News ·

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Indonesia hails ‘historic’ $22.9bn mega-investment deal with UAE

  • Leaders agree initial $6.8bn projects plan, including initiative to build a replica of Abu Dhabi grand mosque in Java
By Ismira Lutfia Tisnadibrata  ·

Spanish driver Carlos Sainz takes third Dakar Rally title after winning Saudi edition

  • Asked about defending his title next year Sainz said: “It’s too early to think about it, let me enjoy this”
  • He has now won the Dakar with three different manufacturers, having previously triumphed with Volkswagen in 2010 and Peugeot in 2018
By AFP ·

YouTube steers viewers to climate denial videos: nonprofit

  • Avaaz said it scrutinized results of YouTube searches using the terms “global warming,” “climate change,” and “climate manipulation” to see what was offered by an “up next” feature
  • 16 percent of the top 100 videos served up in relation to the term “global warming” contained misinformation, it said
By AFP ·