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91-year old Kuwaiti amir rushed to hospital

Kuwait’s 91-year-old ruler Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah was admitted to hospital on Saturday for medical checks, and the country’s crown prince will temporarily carry out some of his duties, the state news agency KUNA reported. It said Sheikh Sabah, who has ruled the OPEC oil producer and U.S. ally …

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Corona restrictions returning to Iran, warns Rouhani

Iran will reimpose restrictions to stem a surge in coronavirus cases if health regulations are not observed, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday. After gradually relaxing its lockdown since mid-April, Iran has seen a sharp rise of new daily infections in recent weeks. While compliance with health protocols was as …

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VAT increased from 5% to 15% in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s government is suspending the cost of living allowance and raising the value added tax (VAT) threefold, as part of measures aimed to shore up state finances, which have been battered by low oil prices and the coronavirus. “Cost of living allowance will be suspended as of June first, …

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An open letter to the Lebanese banks

In October the financial banking system in Lebanon suddenly turned from provider to with-holder. A transformation from the good Dr Henry Jekyll, to the evil Edward Hyde. It happened so fast that people did not see it coming. No one understood what happened, and people still do not get it! …

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Crowd Funding campaign launched in Lebanon to help poor families

The Global Compact Network of Lebanon (GCNL) launched a new campaign “الليرة بتشبع” in collaboration with the World Food Programme (WFP) Wednesday to support a two-month crowd-funding campaign. The campaign led by the private sector in Lebanon is in support of the National Poverty Targeting Program (NPTP). The NPTP is …

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Life after Coronavirus

Returning to life after this extended quarantine under coronavirus is going to be very different for people. Some people will go back to life as it was, and some others, those who mainly did all the thinking, probably won’t. These people will come back with a different appreciation for life, …

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Coronacrisis in Europe: North vs South

Today’s Covid-19 crisis starts to look more and more like a soccer match between two rival cities: where the supporters of two rival teams are facing each other and emotions are becoming expressive. The Covid-19 crisis hits all of us. People all over the world feel the impact to their …

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Prisoner exchange on agenda for Gaza-Israel

Israel called on Tuesday for the immediate resumption of indirect talks on the return of two Israeli civilians and the remains of two soldiers held for years in Gaza, but the territory’s Islamist rulers Hamas dismissed the overture. The Israeli appeal came in a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s …

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