Tourism in Saudi Aims to Provide 260,000 Jobs

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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…

EU to allow in visitors from 14 'safe' countries

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The EU has named 14 countries whose citizens are deemed "safe" to be let in from 1 July, despite the pandemic - but the US, Brazil and China are excluded. Those named include Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco and South Korea. The EU is…

China locks down 400,000 people after virus spike

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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…

Huawei's £1bn UK research centre approved

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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…

Qantas to cut 6,000 jobs due to virus impact

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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…

Russians vote on Putin's reforms to constitution

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Russia has begun voting on constitutional reforms that could allow President Vladimir Putin to serve another two terms in office. The official vote is scheduled for 1 July, but authorities said they were opening polling stations a week early…

US hits record high in daily coronavirus cases

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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…

Micheál Martin becomes new Irish PM after vote

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Micheál Martin has been elected as the new taoiseach (Irish prime minister) at a special meeting of the Irish parliament in Dublin. The 59-year-old Cork native has been the leader of the Fianna Fáil party since 2011. He will lead a three-party…

UAE: COVID-19 Vaccine Expected by End of 2020

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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…

Google to pay for 'high quality' news in new deal

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Google says it will pay some news outlets for "high-quality" stories that it uses amid pressure from publishers. Part of the initiative will require Google to pay for its users to access news stories otherwise locked behind a so-called paywall…

Saudi Arabia: No entry for expats until end of COVID-19 pandemic

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Saudi Arabia announced that expatriates will be allowed to exit and re-enter the Kingdom only after the end of COVID-19 pandemic. The Directorate General of Passports (Jawazat) stated on their Twitter account while responding to expatriates…

Olympus quits camera business after 84 years

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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…

Gulf expats forced to leave for home as pandemic impacts jobs

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After working for more than 15 years as a legal advisor at a private firm in Kuwait, Egyptian Hassan Ebrahim has recently returned home. “I had no other choice other than having my salary cut by up to 40 per cent, which I found too much,”…

Russia holds WW2 victory parade

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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…