Saudi Arabia announces 39 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announced 39 more deaths from the novel coronavirus and 4,919 new cases on Wednesday. Nearly half of new cases were recorded in Riyadh with 2,371 new cases announced. Makkah recorded 282 new cases, Jeddah recorded 279, Hufof 273 and Madinah 156. The health ministry added that 2,122 more people have recovered from the virus, taking the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom … Continue reading Saudi Arabia announces 39 more COVID-19 deaths

Disposable brides

Here is what the Holy Quran says about marriage, in Surah 30: “And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquility in them; and He placed between you affection and mercy.” Note the following words: tranquility, affection, and mercy. Unfortunately, these often fall on deaf ears. Far too often, brides from Pakistan are treated as a … Continue reading Disposable brides

A message of hope from Palestine

Ramallah-based Zawyeh Gallery is presenting an exhibition in Dubai, titled ‘Palestinian Art: Resilience and Inspiration’. The gallery features creative works by five prominent Palestinian artists — Sliman Mansour, Khaled Hourani, Nabil Anani, Tayseer Barakat and Wafa Hourani whose work has inspired young artists in Palestine and across the region. At a time when protests against racial discrimination are raging across the world, the show draws … Continue reading A message of hope from Palestine

Eid-ul-Adha to be celebrated on July 31, says Fawad Chaudhry

 Eid-ul-Adha will be celebrated on July 31 “as per calendar of the Ministry of Science and Technology”, said federal minister Fawad Chaudhry on Monday.  Chaudhry said on Twitter that the moon for the month of Zilhajj will be seen in Karachi and its surrounding areas on July 21. He added that the moon could be sighted with the help of binoculars and in some areas, … Continue reading Eid-ul-Adha to be celebrated on July 31, says Fawad Chaudhry

Coronavirus-free Tunisia looking to attract tourism

Tunisia is set to become the first country in North Africa to reopen its borders following the Covid-19 crisis but the nation is, like many others, divided between keeping the economy buoyant against concerns over the possibility of a second wave of the virus. After a three-month lockdown, Tunisia has recorded zero local cases for almost a month and will be the first nation in the … Continue reading Coronavirus-free Tunisia looking to attract tourism

Saudi Arabia considers cancelling Haj for the first time in modern history, Covid-19 infections surge up

Saudi Arabia’s authorities are considering cancelling the Haj season for the first time since the establishment of the Kingdom in 1932 after the number of coronavirus infections exceeded 100,000, a senior official in the Saudi Ministry of Haj and Umrah said. “The case has been carefully studied and various scenarios are being considered. A formal decision will be taken within a week,” the official said. Coronavirus … Continue reading Saudi Arabia considers cancelling Haj for the first time in modern history, Covid-19 infections surge up

US releases Iranian doctor in prisoner swap

An Iranian-American doctor released from a US jail as part of a prisoner swap has flown back to Tehran. Majid Taheri, an Iranian-American who had been working at a clinic in Tampa, Florida, had been detained in the United States for 16 months. He was accused of violating US sanctions and financial reporting requirements. Upon his arrival officials and relatives greeted him at the airport. … Continue reading US releases Iranian doctor in prisoner swap

Condolences from Netanyahu, a week after police kill autistic Palestinian

 More than a week after Israeli police shot dead an unarmed and autistic Palestinian in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called the killing a tragedy and offered his condolences to the family. Iyad al-Halaq, 32, was killed during a police chase in Jerusalem’s Old City on May 30. A police spokesman said at the time officers suspected he was carrying a weapon. The … Continue reading Condolences from Netanyahu, a week after police kill autistic Palestinian

5 Coronavirus Patients Die In Bangladesh Hospital Fire

Five coronavirus patients died in a hospital fire in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka on Wednesday, a fire service official said. It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, said Zillur Rahman, a fire service director. Firefighters extinguished the flames in about an hour, he said. Five bodies were recovered from the makeshift isolation unit of the United Hospital treating COVID-19 patients, he added The … Continue reading 5 Coronavirus Patients Die In Bangladesh Hospital Fire