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 ·

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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’
By ASEEL BASHRAHEEL ·

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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 ·

South Korean ‘cult’ blamed for spike in coronavirus cases

  • Critics say the group’s secretive nature and the manner in which it worships could have lead to the fast spread of the virus
  • Most of the confirmed cases are in the city of Daegu, about 300 km southeast of Seoul, where large services for Shincheonji members were held on Feb. 16
By Jeff Sung ·

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 ·