Humanitarian crisis in Yemen & other topics – Daily Briefing (1 June 2020)

Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Highlights: – Yemen – Libya – Burundi – Middle East – Latin America and the Caribbean – Women and the Global Ceasefire Efforts – World Health Organization – Ebola – Resident Coordinators YEMEN  Tomorrow, the Secretary-General will be addressing the opening of a high-level virtual pledging … Read more Humanitarian crisis in Yemen & other topics – Daily Briefing (1 June 2020)

Eid al-Fitr 2020 in Mecca, Karachi and Tehran

In Mecca, one of the most sacred cities in Islam, public prayers to mark Eid al-Fitr have been taking place. But only a few dozen worshippers gathered at the Great Mosque. Saudi Arabia has imposed a round-the-clock curfew after infections surged to nearly 70,000. Meanwhile, in Pakistan, large gatherings have been spotted across the country. … Read more Eid al-Fitr 2020 in Mecca, Karachi and Tehran

“Yemen is really on the brink right now” – Humanitarian Affairs Office (Geneva, 22 May 2020)

Without additional funding, war-torn Yemen will be left to fight the Covid-19 pandemic with a collapsed health system, warned today the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Epidemiologists estimate that the virus could spread faster, more widely and with deadlier consequences in some of the world’s most vulnerable populations than in many … Read more “Yemen is really on the brink right now” – Humanitarian Affairs Office (Geneva, 22 May 2020)

Family of ex-Saudi intelligence officer being targeted: Report

The son of a powerful former Saudi intelligence officer living abroad says members of the family are being targeted back home in a bid by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) to force his father to return to the kingdom. Saad al-Jabri, for years one of Saudi Arabia’s leading intelligence officials, has been fearing for … Read more Family of ex-Saudi intelligence officer being targeted: Report

From The Corner | Andy Lee, Ben Davison & Angel Fernandez (Tactical Insight, Joshua vs Fury)

What a line up! Chris Lloyd picks the brains of coaches Andy Lee, Ben Davison and Angel Fernandez in episode 3 of our From The Corner series. There’s deep tactical insight from all three, plus a chat on the red elephant in the room – Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury. Lee formed part of Fury’s … Read more From The Corner | Andy Lee, Ben Davison & Angel Fernandez (Tactical Insight, Joshua vs Fury)

Trump Says Pompeo Asked Him to Fire State Department Watchdog

President Donald Trump said Secretary of State Michael Pompeo asked him to fire the State Department’s inspector general, Steve Linick. “I don’t know the gentleman,” Trump said Monday at the White House during a meeting with restaurateurs at the White House. “I was happy to do it. Mike requested that I do it.” Trump notified … Read more Trump Says Pompeo Asked Him to Fire State Department Watchdog

Shooter at Pensacola Naval Air Station Had Links to Al-Qaeda, FBI Says

The gunman in a deadly attack at a military base in Pensacola, Florida, last December was meticulous in his planning and had been radicalized overseas for at least five years, U.S. officials said Monday. The FBI learned of the contacts between the gunman, Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, and an al-Qaida operative after breaking the encryption on … Read more Shooter at Pensacola Naval Air Station Had Links to Al-Qaeda, FBI Says

FBI Says Pensacola Naval Base Gunman ‘Connected and Associated’ With al-Qaeda Operatives

The FBI was able to get into encrypted iPhones belonging to the shooter in December’s attack at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, and discovered he had contact with a suspected al-Qaeda operative, Attorney General William Barr said Monday. “The FBI finally succeeded” and found that the phones “definitively established” the shooter’s “substantial ties” … Read more FBI Says Pensacola Naval Base Gunman ‘Connected and Associated’ With al-Qaeda Operatives

Gilead Drug Remdesivir Is a Rare Example of Foresight in the Coronavirus Pandemic

Emergency approval of the antiviral drug remdesivir is the first good news of this pandemic. Last New Year’s Eve, Tomas Cihlar, vice president for discovery virology at Gilead Sciences Inc., received a disturbing email from a top infectious diseases expert at the University of Virginia. The researcher had been working with Cihlar on a plan … Read more Gilead Drug Remdesivir Is a Rare Example of Foresight in the Coronavirus Pandemic

Coronavirus and OIL in the USA: COLLAPSE in TEXAS? – VisualPolitik EN

This video is sponsored by NordVPN. Go to https://NordVPN.com/visualpolitik or use code VISUALPOLITIK to get 70% off a 3-year plan plus 1 additional month free. The fall in demand caused by confinement measures and the closure of companies declared to combat the spread of coronavirus, together with the lack of agreement among the producing countries … Read more Coronavirus and OIL in the USA: COLLAPSE in TEXAS? – VisualPolitik EN

Saudi Arabia invests in Hollywood amid COVID-19 crisis

The entertainment industry is one of the sectors hardest hit by the global pandemic. And that is giving some nations like Saudi Arabia a chance to invest. Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds reports from Los Angeles, the US. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe – Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish – Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera … Read more Saudi Arabia invests in Hollywood amid COVID-19 crisis

Saudi Arabia slashes budget and increases tax

Saudi Arabia has announced major budget cuts and a steep increase in value-added tax (VAT). The move is aimed at shoring up state finances, which have been battered by low oil prices and the coronavirus pandemic. Al Jazeera’s Alexi O’Brien reports. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe – Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish – Find … Read more Saudi Arabia slashes budget and increases tax

Saudi Arabia announces new austerity drive

Saudi Arabia has announced tough new austerity measures aimed at shoring up state finances which have been battered by low oil prices and the coronavirus pandemic. From July 1, it will raise its Value Added Tax from 5 to 15 percent and suspend a cost of living allowance for workers. To discuss the effect of … Read more Saudi Arabia announces new austerity drive