File - Minister of Immigration Nabila Makram traveled to Kuwait to check on the health statues of the Egyptian expat attackedCAIRO – 6 March 2021: An Egyptian citizen in Saudi Arabia was shot dead and his nephew was injured after a Saudi citizen opened fire on them due to a difference between the two sides according to a statement issued by the Egyptian Ministry of Immigration on Friday. Minister of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Nabil Makram voiced her condolences to the family of the victim Ashri Mohamed Hassan and the injured nephew, saying that the ministry is closely following up a probe launched by Saudi authorities on the murder of the Egyptian national, the statement added. Saudi authorities arrested the culprit who shot dead the Egyptian national, originally from Minya Governorate, the statement said. The dead body would be brought home once the necessary legal procedures are completed, the statement continued.
March 06, 2021 11:03 UTC
(Reuters) – Myanmar security forces used tear gas and stun grenades to break up a protest in Yangon on Saturday, just hours after a United Nations special envoy called on the Security Council to take action against the ruling junta for the killings of protesters. Sporadic protests were staged across Myanmar on Saturday and local media reported that police fired tear gas shells and stun grenades to break up a protest in the Sanchaung district of Yangon, the country’s biggest city. More than 50 protesters have been killed since the coup, according to the United Nations – at least 38 on Wednesday alone. Protesters demand the release of Suu Kyi and the respect of November’s election, which her party won in landslide, but which the army rejected. “We would like to urge the Australian government to work closely with the U.S., UK and EU governments and take strong action against these Myanmar military dictators,” said protest organiser Thein Moe Win.
March 06, 2021 09:33 UTC
DHARMSALA, India (AP) — The Dalai Lama, the 85-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader, was administered the first shot of the coronavirus vaccine on Saturday at a hospital in the north Indian hill town of Dharmsala. Dr. G.D. Gupta of Zonal Hospital, where the shot was administered, told reporters that the Dalai Lama was observed for 30 minutes afterward. The Dalai Lama denies being a separatist and says he merely advocates for substantial autonomy and protection of the region’s native Buddhist culture. Image: This photograph provided by Office of his Holiness the Dalai Lama shows the Tibetan spiritual leader receiving a shot of the COVID-19 vaccine at Zonal Hospital in Dharmsala, India, Saturday, March 6, 2021. (Office of the his holiness the Dalai Lama via AP)
March 06, 2021 08:15 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats in the US Senate forged ahead with President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan early on Saturday, turning back Republican attempts to modify the package in a marathon session that had begun the prior day. Biden supports the compromise, the White House said. If the Senate passes the bill, the House would have to sign off on those changes before Biden could sign it into law. But with Democrats in charge of the White House and both chambers of Congress, they have criticized this bill as too expensive. The White House says it could take years for the US economy to add back those lost jobs.
March 06, 2021 08:15 UTC
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – Pope Francis held a historic meeting with Iraq’s top Shi’ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani on Saturday, in a powerful appeal for coexistence in a land torn by sectarianism and violence. Francis’s meeting in the holy southern city of Najaf, during a whirlwind and risky tour of Iraq, marked the first time a pope has met with such a senior Shi’ite cleric. After his 55-minute meeting with Sistani, Francis headed to the ruins of ancient Ur in southern Iraq, revered as the birthplace of Abraham, father of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The meeting with Francis took place at Sistani’s humble home which he has rented for decades, located along a narrow alleyway in Najaf. Additional reporting by Ahmed Rasheed; Writing by Michael Georgy and Amina Ismail; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore and Alexander SmithImage: Pope Francis meets with Iraq’s top Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, in Najaf, Iraq March 6, 2021.
March 06, 2021 07:18 UTC
REUTERS: Leicester City's Jamie Vardy is irreplaceable and the club will look to ease the goalscoring burden on the English striker by strengthening the squad in the summer transfer window, manager Brendan Rodgers said. Vardy is Leicester's top scorer with 14 goals in all competitions this season but has netted just once in his last 13 appearances. It is so unique, his story, his qualities and what he has given to Leicester," Rodgers said. Rodgers said there was a lot more to come from Vardy, who has scored over 100 league goals for Leicester. Leicester, who are third on 50 points after 27 games, visit Brighton & Hove Albion later on Saturday.
March 06, 2021 07:07 UTC
Three council diplomats said Ireland, which drafted the statement, decided not to push for approval after objections from the three countries. The press statement would have been the first by the UN’s most powerful body on the Tigray crisis, which is entering its fourth month. India only wanted a minor change, and Russia reportedly supported its ally China at the last minute, the diplomats said. Image: A medical clinic that was looted and vandalized in Zana, is seen in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. The United Nations in its latest humanitarian report on the situation in Tigray says the “humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate” as fighting intensifies across the northern region.
March 06, 2021 06:45 UTC
Americans are experiencing flickers of optimism at the one-year anniversary of the deadly outbreak as more people are vaccinated. But new strains of the virus and a still shaky economy could unleash another devastating cycle of infections, lockdowns and deaths. So far, public support for Biden’s approach to the pandemic is high. Biden and the Democrats backing him warn that now is not the time to let up on aid — better to risk doing too much, than too little. GOP Sen. Mike Braun of Indiana said by the time they’re done they hope to turn public opinion around.
March 05, 2021 22:07 UTC
AFP - Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino on Friday called for a "fair and just" solution for players facing quarantine upon their return from international duty, an issue which prompted Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola to threaten to ground his jet-setting stars. It's also an important international window, with key qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup." French government regulations stipulate that anyone entering the country from outside Europe must self-isolate for seven days on arrival and present a negative Covid-19 test at the end of that period. FIFA president Gianni Infantino said it was right to go ahead with international matches if protocols were respected. "Many of the players from around the world play in clubs in Europe, but their countries are suffering as well from the pandemic," Infantino said at Friday's IFAB annual general meeting.
March 05, 2021 18:45 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) – This week’s surprise decision by Saudi Arabia and other top oil producers to broadly stick with output cuts despite rising crude prices was influenced by events in an unexpected place – Italy. Restrictions on movement destroyed up to a fifth of oil demand last year and led OPEC and its allies – known as OPEC+ – to make record output cuts. OECD oil stocks in December were around 140 million barrels above the latest 5-year average, the latest OPEC data shows. The IMF projects Saudi Arabia’s fiscal breakeven oil price for 2021 at about $68 a barrel, down from about $78 a barrel in 2020. Former U.S. President Donald Trump regularly pushed Saudi Arabia to hike output to avoid price spikes.
March 05, 2021 17:15 UTC
DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran will soon present a “constructive” plan of action, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday, after European sources said Tehran gave positive signs about opening informal talks about its nuclear programme. “As Iran’s FM (foreign minister) & chief nuclear negotiator, I will shortly present our constructive concrete plan of action – through proper diplomatic channels,” Zarif said on Twitter. Iran’s nuclear policy is decided by the country’s top authority, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and not the president or the government. Tehran and Washington have emerged from former U.S. President Donald Trump’s attempts to wreck Iran’s nuclear deal locked in a standoff over who should move first to save it. Image: FILE PHOTO: Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon August 14, 2020.
March 05, 2021 17:15 UTC
AFP - Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says Manchester United will be "difficult" opponents despite a huge gulf in form between the two sides ahead of Sunday's derby. City are on a run of 21 successive wins in all competitions -- a record for an English top-flight team. They are top of the Premier League table, 14 points clear of second-placed United, who have won just one out of their past five league matches and are struggling to score goals. "I know how difficult United are," he said on Friday. Guardiola has been impressed by the hunger of his players, who are red-hot favourites to win a third Premier League title in four seasons.
March 05, 2021 15:45 UTC
The Egyptian Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed announced that 1141 citizens received the coronavirus vaccine on the first day of Egypt’s public vaccination campaign. All who have received the Sinopharm vaccine will receive the second dose 21 days (3 weeks) after receiving the first dose, while those who receive the AstraZeneca vaccine will receive their second dose 12 weeks after receiving the first. Those who wish to receive the vaccine can register now through the ministry’s website. The ministry added that registration is not allowed for those under the age of 18 years old, and medical workers should provide a document proving that they are working in the medical field. He said that the website will determine on what day registrants will receive their first and second doses.
March 05, 2021 14:36 UTC
The Board of Directors of the Grand Egyptian Museum Authority, chaired by Minister of Tourism Khaled Al-Anani, has approved a consortium led by Hassan Allam Holding to oversee the provision and operation of services in the upcoming Grand Egyptian Museum. The consortium includes Egyptian, British, French, and Emirati companies, all equipped with diverse experience in fields of business administration, marketing, hospitality, promotion, quality, health and safety. The GEM is set to showcase nearly 50,000 artifacts, with 5,000 relics from Tutankhamun’s collection—including 2,000 artifacts that will be displayed for the first time. Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in April 2020 decided to delay the opening of both the GEM and the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The museum is set to open in 2021.
March 05, 2021 14:08 UTC
The Islamic State group in a statement claimed responsibility for the bombing, saying its fighters had detonated a so-called sticky bomb placed on the vehicle of a woman. The statement claimed she worked for the Afghan intelligence service in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province. No one immediately claimed responsibility for that attack, but militants from the Islamic State group have declared war on Shiites and frequently target the Hazaras. IS claimed responsibility for killing the three women — Mursal Wahidi, Sadia Sadat and Shahnaz Raufi. IMAGE: The bodies of Afghan civilians, who were killed by unknown gunmen at a plaster factory overnight, lie in a hospital morgue in Jalalabad, Nangarhar, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 4, 2021.
March 05, 2021 13:52 UTC