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Dortmund Cancel Ticket Sales for Bayern Clash amid Rising COVID Cases

Borussia Dortmund have canceled the sale of tickets for Saturday's marquee match against Bayern Munich due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation in Germany, the Bundesliga club said on Wednesday. Germany, struggling to contain the fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic, reported the highest numbe

ABC’s Stephanopoulos Interviews Baldwin about Set Shooting

ABC will air an hourlong special Thursday featuring George Stephanopoulos’ interview with Alec Baldwin about the fatal shooting on the set of the movie “Rust.” Baldwin fired a prop gun that had live ammunition on the set in New Mexico on Oct.

Dystopia, ‘She-Cession,’ TikTok Dances: We’re over You, 2021

The pandemic, politics, pervasive anxiety over the climate and the economy. Did 2021 leave us any time to ponder anything else?

Trevor Noah Returns to Host the 2022 Grammy Awards

After hosting the 2021 ceremony, comedian and "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah is back to host the 2022 Grammy Awards. Noah made the announcement on CBS Wednesday morning with Gayle King. "It was fun, it was really, really fun. It was a great team. I was just lucky to be a part of it.

Injured Spurs Defender Romero Will Not Play Again this Year, Says Conte

Tottenham Hotspur center-back Cristian Romero has suffered a "very serious" thigh injury and will not return until January or February next year, manager Antonio Conte said on Wednesday. Romero picked up the injury while playing for Argentina in last month's World Cup qualifier against Brazil and

Vaccine Coverage below 10% in Seven Eastern Mediterranean Nations, Says WHO

An official at the WHO's Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office said on Wednesday seven countries in the region have not yet reached a threshold of 10% vaccination coverage. These countries represent a high-risk setting for the emergence of further variants, Dr.

Omicron Keeps World Jittery as More Information Drips Out

The omicron variant kept the world off balance Wednesday as infections from the mutant coronavirus cropped up in more corners of the globe, with one official lamenting that the wait for more scientific information on its dangers feels like “an eternity.” At the same time the omicron is spreading

Blinken Warns of ‘High-Impact’ Economic Steps if Russia Invades Ukraine

The United States is deeply concerned by evidence that Russia has made plans for significant aggressive moves against Ukraine and will respond with a range of "high impact" economic measures if Moscow invades, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said. Speaking after a NATO foreign ministers' mee

WHO Expects to Have More Information on Omicron Transmission 'within Days'

The World Health Organization expects to have more information on the transmissibility of the new Omicron variant of the cornavirus within days, its technical lead on COVID-19, Maria van Kerkhove, said in a briefing on Wednesday. That was faster than the "weeks" the WHO had predicted last week th

Reddit Rolls Out Real-Time Features to Keep Users Engaged

Social media platform Reddit said on Wednesday it would launch several real-time features, including voting animations and typing indicators, some of which are already available on rival apps operated by Facebook and Twitter. The company said these new features were being introduced to boost enga

Armani to Ban Angora Wool from Next Winter Season

Armani Group said on Wednesday it would no longer use angora wool starting from the 2022-23 autumn/winter season, adding it to the list of excluded materials under its fur-free policy. The Italian luxury company joins a string of brands banning the extremely soft wool removed from live rabbits, u

Turkish Lira Seesaws as Cenbank Intervenes, Erdogan Speaks

A sharply fluctuating Turkish lira flirted with record lows on Wednesday as the central bank said it had intervened to prop up the currency, while President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reaffirmed his determination to stick with steep rate cuts. The emerging market currency logged its second worst month

Iran Accuses Israel of ‘Lies to Poison’ Nuclear Talks

Iran on Wednesday accused Israel of "trumpeting lies to poison" the Vienna talks on reviving Tehran's 2015 nuclear agreement with major powers and it said all parties in the negotiations faced a test of their political will to complete the job. "Israeli regime whose existence relies on tension is

Iran Makes Nuclear Advance at Fordow during Talks to Save Deal

Iran has started producing enriched uranium with more efficient advanced centrifuges at its Fordow plant dug into a mountain, the UN atomic watchdog said on Wednesday, further eroding the 2015 Iran nuclear deal during talks with the West on saving it. Indirect talks between Iran and the United St

Lebanon Reintroduces Some COVID-19 Prevention Measures

Lebanon has declared a nighttime curfew for the unvaccinated ahead and during the holiday seasons.

Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan Appointed as Vice President of the Global Esports Federation

By unanimous decision of the Executive Committee, Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud, President of the Saudi Esports Federation, has been appointed as Vice President of the Global Esports Federation effective December 1, 2021.

Jordan to Expand Oil and Gas Exploration Activities

Jordan’s Energy Minister Saleh Al-Kharabsheh said on Tuesday that his country would begin oil exploration in two areas, Al-Jafr and Al-Sarhan, in February. The minister revealed that a detailed study of the East Al-Jafr region is currently underway to drill three medium-depth wells, in cooperatio

Israeli Report: Hamas Plans Operations to Stir Chaos in West Bank

Leaked Israeli intelligence information revealed the arrest of a large cell of 60 members who confessed that Hamas had plotted to carry out major attacks against Israeli targets to make Israeli army invade the West Bank and stir chaos that would eventually cause the fall of the Palestinian Authority

Saudi Establishes New Authority to Drive Sustainable Development of Red Sea Economy

The Saudi Council of Ministers has approved the Regulatory Arrangements of the Saudi Red Sea Authority (SRSA) that will streamline regulation to enable the sustainable development of a ‘Red Sea Economy’ for the Kingdom.

Lebanon’s Opposition Prepares to Confront Amal, Hezbollah with Unified Lists

Opposition groups have high hopes that the October 2019 uprising would achieve a breakthrough in the next year’s parliamentary elections. Such breakthrough, which electoral experts expect in many constituencies, would constitute a major achievement in the strongholds of Hezbollah and the Amal mov

Damascus Thwarts Drug Smuggling Operation in Pasta Shipment

Syrian authorities said Tuesday they seized over 500 kilograms of amphetamine pills known by the brand name Captagon hidden in pasta packages in a van bound to leave the country. This is the second seizure of the kind within a week.

Saudi HRC Head: Reforms Have Protected Workers, Improved Working Environment

The remarkable progress made by Saudi Arabia in combating human trafficking comes against the backdrop of significant reforms adopted by the Kingdom, said the head of the Saudi Human Rights Commission (HRC), Awad Al-Awwad. In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Al-Awwad said that reforms were refl

World Bank Says Poverty is on the Rise in Lebanon

A World Bank report has said that in 2021 the number of poor Lebanese is expected to have increased by 1.5 million over baseline, and by 780,000 Syrian refugees. At the international poverty line, the increase in poverty is found to be around 13 percentage points from baseline by the end of 2020,

Russia Orders Some US Diplomatic Staff to Leave Country

Russia said on Wednesday it was ordering US embassy staff who have been in Moscow for more than three years to fly home by Jan.

Yemeni President: We Are Facing an Iranian Project Targeting Arab Nation

Yemen’s legitimate government faces an enemy that knows only war and imposing a fait accompli, said Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, expressing regret at the international community’s inability to meet the arrogance of Iran-backed Houthi militias.

US Secretary of Defense Orders Investigation into Syria Airstrike that Killed Civilians in 2019

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has ordered a renewed investigation into a 2019 airstrike in Syria's Baghouz that resulted in the deaths of civilians. US Army Forces commander Gen.

UN Migration Agency: COVID Has 'Radically Altered' Mobility

The UN migration agency says the coronavirus pandemic has “radically altered” mobility around the world, projecting in a new report that the growth in the number of international migrants is likely to remain weaker as long as travel and other restrictions remain. The International Organization fo

UN Refugee Agency Calls on Iran to Halt Deportations of Afghans

Afghans seeking to flee abroad face escalating risks as the domestic situation deteriorates, the United Nations refugee agency said on Wednesday in a plea to neighboring countries, including Iran, to open their borders even to those without documentation. Iran, Pakistan and Tajikistan have deport

EU Decides Against Emergency Summit on Omicron for Now

The European Union has decided against holding a special remote summit of the bloc's leaders on the omicron coronavirus variant for the time being, an official said Wednesday. The EU's 27 health ministers will first assess the situation next Tuesday before it will be put to the leaders in the Dec

Saudi Arabia Reports 1st Omicron Case Coming from North Africa

Saudi Arabia confirmed its first case of the Omicron COVID-19 variant coming from a north African country, state news agency SPA reported on Wednesday. SPA, quoting a statement from the Kingdom's health ministry, said authorities had isolated the person and people who were in contact with them.

Blinken to Meet Lavrov in Stockholm on Thursday

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is set to have a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of the Organization for Security and Cooperation on Europe (OSCE) summit in Stockholm on Thursday, a senior State Department official said. The meeting comes at a time when te

German Court Hands ISIS Member Life in Yazidi Genocide Case

A man was sentenced to life in prison by a German court on Tuesday in a landmark trial regarding crimes committed by ISIS against the Yazidi people in Iraq. The Frankfurt Higher Regional Court found Taha Al-J, an Iraqi native whose full name was not released for legal reasons, guilty of genocide

Egypt, UAE Discuss Military Cooperation

UAE Minister of State for Defense Affairs Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi met with Egyptian Defense Minister General Mohamed Ahmed Zaki on the sidelines of the 2nd edition of Egypt International Defense and Security Exhibition Tuesday. They discussed international and regional developments and way

Algeria's Top Parties Keep Power in Local Elections

The parties behind the Algerian president's governing majority dominated local and regional elections, while Islamist parties saw their support diminish, according to official results. The head of the election authority, Mohamed Charfi, announced the results Tuesday evening after Saturday’s elect

Four Decades Since Aids Epidemic Began, but Still No Vaccine

Covid vaccines began to show promise just months after the novel coronavirus started spreading across the globe.

Prada Sees Second-hand Fashion as Opportunity, Weighs Partnerships

Italian fashion group Prada sees opportunity in the booming second-hand fashion sector which it can develop both in-house and through partnerships, marketing chief and heir designate Lorenzo Bertelli told Reuters. The market for pre-owned chic bags and clothes has surged over the last three years

UN to Relocate 14,000 Refugees from Frontlines in Yemen’s Marib

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said that it plans to relocate 14,000 refugees from frontlines in the southern entrance of Marib city to safer areas in Marib al Wadi. “As frontlines approach the southern entrance of Marib, hosting sites and civilian populations locat

UAE to Send Delegation to Iran Soon

UAE's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan received a phone call from Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.

New Book by Balkis Sharara Documents the life of Her Husband Rifat Chadirji

Dar Al Mada publishing house, Iraq, has released a new book entitled “Rifat Chadirji,” featuring the biography of the prominent architect written by his wife Balkis Sharara. The book details the journey of Chadirji and his great architectural achievements, in addition to his books on modern archi

‘Eves of Protection’ … Biography of Childhood

“Eves of Protection” is a biography by Dr.

Premier League Talking Points

TUCHEL SAYS HE'S NOT WORRIED, AND YET... Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said he was not worried after the Blues dominated a home league match only to draw for the second time in a row, but for some fans, there might be grounds for concern, Reuters reported. True, before Chelsea drew 1-1 with Ma

Arab Coalition Destroys Houthi Explosive-laden Boat

The Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen said Wednesday it has destroyed an explosive-laden boat used by the Iran-backed group in the south of the Red Sea on Wednesday. The explosive-laden boat was launched by the Houthi militias from Yemen's Hodeidah, the Arab Coalition added. The Coaliti

Archaeologists Uncover Post-conquest Aztec Altar in Mexico City

Sometime after Hernan Cortes conquered the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan in modern-day Mexico City in 1521, an indigenous household that survived the bloody Spanish invasion arranged an altar including incense and a pot with human ashes. The remains of that elaborate display have been unearthed b

Interior Minister: Libya 'Violations' Risk Vote Delay

Libya may have to delay presidential polls slated for December 24 if worsening "violations" threatening the electoral process continue, Interior Minister Khaled Mazen said Tuesday. "The continued obstruction of security plans, and worsening violations and abuses...

Former PM Abe Says Japan, US Could Not Stand by if China Attacked Taiwan

Japan and the United States could not stand by if China attacked Taiwan, and Beijing needs to understand this, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday. Tensions over Chinese-claimed Taiwan have risen as President Xi Jinping seeks to assert his country's sovereignty claims agai

Hong Kong Bans Non-residents From Three More Countries Over Omicron

Hong Kong will ban non-residents from entering the city from Japan, Portugal and Sweden from Friday, adding to a fast-expanding list of countries facing travel restrictions due to concerns over the Omicron coronavirus variant. Non-Hong Kong residents who have been in the three countries in the pa

Turkish Lira Hits 14 to USD in Face of Erdogan’s ‘Dangerous Experiment'

Turkey's lira plunged as low as 14 to the US dollar and hit new lows against the euro on Tuesday, capping a historical month of selling after President Tayyip Erdogan again endorsed aggressive interest rate cuts despite widespread criticism and soaring inflation. The lira fell as much as 8.6% to

UN Envoy Warns of Risk of New Israel-Palestinian Violence

The UN Mideast envoy warned Tuesday that without quick and decisive action to address the key drivers of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict the region risks plunging into "another deadly escalation of violence." Tor Wennesland told the UN Security Council it´s essential that the parties "calm thing

Tel Aviv Ranked World’s Priciest City for First Time

Tel Aviv is the world's most expensive city to live in as soaring inflation has pushed up living costs globally, according to a survey published on Wednesday The Israeli city climbed five rungs to score top place for the first time in the authoritative ranking compiled by the Economist Intelligen

UN: Fewer Libya Arms Embargo Breaches but Foreign Fighters Remain

Fewer violations of the arms embargo on Libya have occurred this year as compared with 2020, but the "continuing presence" of foreign fighters is "still a serious threat," UN experts said in a confidential report. Nonetheless, while the "intense pace of delivery" of banned weapons has abated, "th