Entries by Diplomat Editor

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Tourism in Saudi Aims to Provide 260,000 Jobs

The Kingdom is working on opening 38 tourist sites in seven tourist destinations by 2022, compared to 15 sites available in four tourist destinations ready to receive tourists. The ministry also seeks to provide 260,000 jobs during the next three years, the Minister of Tourism disclosed recently. The Kingdom aims through the tourism sector strategy […]

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China locks down 400,000 people after virus spike

China has reinstated a strict lockdown near Beijing, affecting around 400,000 people, after a small surge in cases. The restrictions have come into force in Anxin county in Hebei province near the capital. After the pandemic emerged in China at the end of last year, the country has managed to get new infections to a […]

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Huawei’s £1bn UK research centre approved

Chinese firm Huawei’s plans for a £1bn research centre in the UK have been approved. The tech giant, which is under a security review that could lead the UK government to ban use of its 5G network kit, has received backing for the site. As “wider comments” could not be considered, the local council planning […]

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Qantas to cut 6,000 jobs due to virus impact

Qantas will axe 6,000 jobs as part of its plans to survive the coronavirus pandemic, the airline says. The cuts equate to about a fifth of the airline’s workforce prior to the Covid-19 crisis. In March, it furloughed more than 80% of its staff. Australia’s national carrier said the collapse in global air travel had […]

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US hits record high in daily coronavirus cases

The United States recorded an all-time daily high of 40,000 coronavirus infections on Thursday, figures from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) show. A recent surge in infections and hospitalisations has prompted the states of Texas, Florida and Arizona to pause reopening plans. Texas’s governor ordered bars to close and announced other “targeted measures” on Friday to […]

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UAE: COVID-19 Vaccine Expected by End of 2020

The UAE has started the phase 3 clinical trial of a Covid-19 vaccine that is expected to be available by the end of 2020 or early 2021, authorities said. This clinical trial operation is part of the country’s partnership with China. It is the world’s first inactivated Covid-19 vaccine to enter the third phase of […]

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Olympus quits camera business after 84 years

Olympus, once one of the world’s biggest camera brands, is selling off that part of its business after 84 years. The firm said that despite its best efforts, the “extremely severe digital camera market” was no longer profitable. The arrival of smartphones, which had shrunk the market for separate cameras, was one major factor, it […]

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Russia holds WW2 victory parade

Russia is celebrating its biggest public holiday, Victory Day, with a military parade that was meant to be held on 9 May. President Vladimir Putin postponed the big annual celebration because of the coronavirus pandemic. It is 75 years since the then USSR defeated Nazi Germany. World War Two cost more than 20 million Soviet […]