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COVID-19: Iran’s reckless response threatens the region

  • The first patient of COVID-19 was identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, and the country reported the first death caused by the infectious disease on January 11, 2020. Following the aftermath and rapid spread of the virus, the World Health Organization declared public emergency on Januar...

The race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine

  • The race for a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is on in the ugliest of ways. Since December, scientists around the world have been racing to create the first vaccine against COVID-19, with vaccine trials either starting or poised to begin in the US, China and Europe. Be patient, because the proc...

Greater solidarity key to EU’s post-pandemic survival

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a video news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron in Berlin, Germany, May 18, 2020. (Reuters) The question is being asked: Could the coronavirus pandemic infect the European body politic? Will the symptoms be mild, severe or even ...

Startup accelerators in Saudi Arabia: A new generation of business incubator

  • The idea of business incubators was introduced by Joseph L. Mancuso in the 1950s. He established a warehouse where startup companies could be located and benefit from shared services, mentoring and training.  Business incubators have proliferated and the International Business Innovation...

Can Pakistan hold off a second coronavirus wave?

  • SARS CoV-2 virus, the causative agent of COVID-19 infection spread across the globe during the last nine months, starting from Wuhan city in Hubei province of China. It was downplayed as a local problem and the world did not pay much heed to it, until hundreds of miles away it bypassed all secu...

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un shows military prowess ahead of US election

  • Kim Jong Un makes an address after a military parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the Workers’ Party of Korea (Wpk), Oct. 12, 2020. (Reuters) Saturday’s rare nighttime military parade celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, the country's...

An imperfect deal that is far better than no deal

  • A Christmas Eve deal many thought might never come. European and British negotiators have, after nine months, agreed on a mammoth free-trade deal covering a value of £660 billion ($894.76 billion). “The clock is no longer ticking,” declared Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator who has la...

Mutations, vaccines and the curve

  • A coronavirus mutation recently discovered in the UK has spread to other countries, including confirmed cases this week in the US, in Denver, Colorado. The emergence of this new strain is raising fresh questions about official approaches to preventing the spread of the pathogen. The mutated v...

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary leadership in OPEC+ — and Saudi Arabia stepped up

  • The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has taught us how quickly things can change. In the oil industry, things were looking so good in mid-December when the Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee of OPEC+ (a group of OPEC countries and 10 non-OPEC allies) postponed its meeting until the beginning...

Inhumanity on Europe’s doorstep

  • While the world is preoccupied with outrageous scenes in the US Capitol and the economic consequences of new lockdowns to curb the spread of virulent new variants of the coronavirus, unspeakable human suffering on the fringes of Europe has gone largely unnoticed. On Dec. 23 the Lipa refugee c...