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Scott Rudin Will ‘Step Back’ After Allegations of Bullying

Amid mounting anger over allegations of bullying, Broadway and Hollywood producer Scott Rudin broke his silence Saturday, saying he is “profoundly sorry” and will step back from his theater work. “After a period of reflection, I’ve made the decision to step back from active participation on our B

Hamilton Takes Pole for Emilia-Romagna GP Ahead of Red Bulls

World champion Lewis Hamilton edged out the Red Bull duo to claim pole position for the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix on Saturday. It was Hamilton’s 99th career pole and although there is a Red Bull directly behind the Mercedes driver, it will be Sergio Perez rather than Max Verstappen. A brillian

Russia, Ukraine Expel Diplomats over Classified Information

Russia has ordered a Ukrainian diplomat to leave the country after allegedly receiving classified information from a database of the country’s main security agency and Ukraine responded by expelling a Russian diplomat. Alexander Sosonyuk, the Ukrainian consul in St.

West Ham Mistakes Costly as Newcastle Earns Vital 3-2 Win

Newcastle took a big step toward Premier League safety with a 3-2 win over 10-man West Ham, after first-half blunders put the visitors in an early hole as they missed a chance to solidify a top-four spot. Joe Willock came off the bench and was the hero after heading in the winner just minutes aft

Musiala Stars, Bayern Closes in on 9th Straight League Title

Bayern Munich teenager Jamal Musiala starred for the Bavarian powerhouse to go seven points clear in the Bundesliga with a 3-2 win at third-place Wolfsburg on Saturday. Musiala scored two goals and was involved in the other as Bayern profited from Leipzig’s scoreless draw with Hoffenheim the nigh

Tsitsipas and Rublev Win to Reach Monte Carlo Masters Final

Fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas swatted aside unseeded Dan Evans 6-2, 6-1 on Saturday to reach the Monte Carlo Masters final for the first time and stay on course for a first title this year. The big-serving Greek's opponent will be sixth-seeded Russian Andrey Rublev, who beat unseeded Norwegian

Tunisia Closes Schools Until April 30 to Slow Spread of Coronavirus

Tunisia on Saturday announced the closure of all schools until April 30, as well as restrictions on movement, to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. A government spokeswoman said the situation was very serious, and that there would be a 7 p.m.

Queen Elizabeth Stands Alone as Philip is Laid to Rest

Queen Elizabeth bade farewell to Prince Philip at a funeral on Saturday that celebrated his seven decades of service and gave grandsons William and Harry the chance to talk in public for the first time since claims of racism threw the family into crisis. Elizabeth, dressed in black and in a white

Turkey Logs 62,606 New Coronavirus Cases in 24 Hours

Turkey recorded 62,606 new coronavirus cases in the space of 24 hours, close to its highest daily tally, and 288 deaths, data from the Health Ministry showed on Saturday. Turkey currently ranks fourth globally in the number of daily cases based on a seven-day average, according to a Reuters tally

Envoys to Iran Nuclear Talks Hail 'Progress' in Vienna

The EU, Russia and Iran hailed progress at nuclear talks Saturday as discussions resumed in Vienna following an attack on one of Tehran's nuclear sites. The talks also took place just a day after Iran said it had started producing uranium at 60-percent purity following an explosion at its Natanz

Eritrea Says Troops in Ethiopia's Tigray, Vows Pullout

Eritrea has acknowledged its troops are participating in the war in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region but has vowed to pull them out amid mounting international pressure. The first explicit admission of Eritrea's role in the fighting came in a letter posted online Friday night by the country's in

COVID-19 Death Toll Passes Three Million as India Cases Surge

The global Covid-19 death toll passed three million on Saturday as the pandemic continues to speed up despite vaccination campaigns, leading countries like India to impose new lockdowns to fight spiraling infection numbers. It is the latest grim milestone after the novel coronavirus surfaced in c

Ministry: Militants Attack Oil Wells in Northern Iraq

Militants using explosives attacked two oil wells northwest of Kirkuk in northern Iraq on Saturday but no significant damage resulted and production was not affected, the Iraqi oil ministry said. The attack at the Bay Hassan oilfield “did not cause a fire or damage, affect production or stop oil

Saudi ‘Umrah’ Strategy for Ramadan Sees Success in Early Days of Implementation

The strategy and guidelines laid out by Saudi Arabia’s Hajj and Umrah Ministry for this year’s Ramadan season have succeeded in safely easing the flow of Muslim pilgrims and worshipers visiting Makkah’s Grand Mosque during Islam’s holy month of fasting.

Bitcoin Tumbles After Turkey Bans Crypto Payments

Bitcoin tumbled more than 4% on Friday after Turkey’s central bank banned the use of cryptocurrencies and crypto assets for purchases citing possible “irreparable” damage and transaction risks. In legislation published in the Official Gazette, the central bank said cryptocurrencies and other such

CENTCOM Commander: The Future is Not Going to be Bloodless

CENTCOM Commander General Kenneth ‘Frank’ MacKenzie expected the Middle East to continue to witness bloodshed and violence, despite the defenses and military forces deployed along the borders. MacKenzie further that he fears there’s going to be something that follows ISIS, noting that the conditi

Pedersen Proposes a Plan for ‘Drafting Syria’s New Constitution’

Geir Pedersen, the UN’s special envoy for Syria, has put forth a draft agreement designed to promote progress at the next round of talks on Syria’s constitution in Geneva.

Iran State TV Identifies Man It Says Was Behind Blast at Natanz Nuclear Site

Iran named a suspect Saturday in the attack on its Natanz nuclear facility that damaged centrifuges there, saying he had fled the country before the sabotage happened. State television named the suspect as 43-year-old Reza Karimi.

COVID-19 Spreads Through Camps North East Syria

Three new COVID-19 cases were reported Friday in the overcrowded Al-Hol camp, whose residents suffer from deplorable humanitarian and health conditions, raising the total number of infections in the camp since April to six.

'NASA Rules,' Musk Says As SpaceX Wins $2.9b Moon Lander Contract

NASA awarded billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's space company SpaceX a $2.9 billion contract to build a spacecraft to bring astronauts to the moon as early as 2024, the agency said on Friday, picking it over Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin and defense contractor Dynetics Inc. Bezos and Musk - the world

Tunisian President Fears the Use of Constitutional Court to Overthrow Him

Tunisian President Kais Saied fears political parties will use the Constitutional Court to settle political scores, including removing him from his post, according to several political leaders. The leaders indicated that the president did not sign a number of decrees and refused to receive the n

Saudi King, Crown Prince Donate SR30 Million to Local Charity Platform Ehsan

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz has made a generous donation of SR20 million to charitable and non-profit activities via the “Ehsan” national platform which was recently launched by the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) as an integrated technology portal for managing

Sisi Stresses Importance of Reaching Legally Binding Agreement on GERD

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi asserted the need to reach a legally binding agreement with Ethiopia before starting the second filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Sisi discussed the latest developments concerning GERD with the president of Djibouti Ismail Omar Guelleh

Dbeibeh Calls on Russia to Withdraw Wagner Forces from Libya

The Prime Minister of Libya’s Government of National Unity (GNU) Abdulhamid Dbeibeh called on Moscow to pressure the Russian Wagner company to withdraw its forces from the country. This came as the UN Security Council unanimously passed a resolution that calls for all foreign forces and mercenari

Veteran AP Producer, Cameraman in Iraq Dies of COVID-19

Khodeir Majid, who covered Iraq´s numerous conflicts as a video producer and cameraman for The Associated Press for over 17 years, has died, relatives said Friday. He was 64. The cause of death was complications due to the coronavirus.

Muslim Brotherhood Members in Ankara Fear the Turkish-Egyptian Rapprochement

The young members of the Muslim Brotherhood organization fear "upcoming scenarios" after recent reports about the Turkish-Egyptian rapprochement, while the leadership ignores the situation, according to a number of experts in Egypt. The experts told Asharq Al-Awsat that if the Turkish authorities

Lebanon’s Hariri Wraps Up Russia Visit

Lebanese PM-designate Saad Hariri concluded his visit to Moscow Friday by securing Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s support for the swift formation of an effective government of experts. Hariri’s talks with Lavrov came a day after he held a 50-minute phone conversation with Russian Presid

WHO Pushes to Tackle Rampant Rise of Diabetes

The World Health Organization turned the spotlight on the insulin market -- and its domination by three Big Pharma giants -- in a fresh bid to tackle the rapid rise of diabetes. The WHO marked the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of insulin by launching a new Global Diabetes Compact aimed at

Egypt Says Treatment Equipment at Isolation Hospitals are Available

The Egyptian Health Ministry confirmed on Friday that medical teams and treatment supplies were available in isolation hospitals and other medical centers providing services for COVID-19 patients, stressing that vaccination was important to stop the spread of the pandemic. Health Minister Hala Za

With Food and Fuel, Hezbollah Braces for the Worst In Lebanon Collapse

Lebanon’s Hezbollah has made preparations for an all-out collapse of the fracturing state, issuing ration cards for food, importing medicine and readying storage for fuel from its patron Iran, three sources familiar with the plans told Reuters. The moves, responding to a grave economic crisis, wo

Scientists Develop New Implantable Device to Measure Tissues' Oxygen

Engineers at the University of California (UC) have created a tiny 4.5×3 mm device that can be implanted inside the body to provide real-time measurements of tissues' oxygen, and monitor the measurements wirelessly. The device, which is powered by ultrasound waves, could help doctors monitor the

Site Where Julius Caesar was Assassinated to Open for Public in 2022

History buffs will be able to roam the ruins of Rome's "Area Sacra," perhaps catching a glimpse of Julius Caesar's ghost, after the site becomes an open-air museum next year. Work to adapt the Largo Argentina archaeological site containing the ruins of four Roman temples for tourists begins next

War Ordnance Claims the Lives of More than 100 Syrian Civilians

Syrian war old ordnance, including landmines, IEDs and unexploded objects from previous shelling, continue to claim the lives of civilians in Syria. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said Friday that more than 100 civilians were killed in the explosion of landmines leftover from the

Smoking Rates Surge in Britain amid Pandemic

Britain's smokers have been lighting up more as the pandemic raised stress levels, a new survey found.

Israel: Rocket from Gaza Is 2nd in 24 Hours, No Injuries

The Israeli military says Palestinian militants fired a rocket from Gaza into the country’s south Friday, the second incident in 24 hours. The rocket caused no damage or injuries. Early Friday, Israeli aircraft hit three facilities operated by Hamas, the militant group ruling Gaza, including w

US Condemns Attempted Attacks on Jazan

Washington has condemned the attempted attacks of Yemen’s Houthi militias on the southern Saudi city of Jazan. “The United States strongly condemns the Houthi complex attacks against Saudi Arabia this week, including the most recent attack in Jazan, which threatened civilian infrastructure,” said

UN Security Council Approves Ceasefire Monitors for Libya

The United Nations Security Council gave the green light on Friday for the deployment of 60 UN ceasefire monitors to Libya and called on the country’s new unity government to prepare for free, fair and inclusive elections on Dec.

Erdogan Defends Minister after Spat With Greece

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday robustly defended his foreign minister after he traded barbs in an unusually public spat with his Greek counterpart. Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias’s visit to Ankara on Thursday ended in disarray when he and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Ca

Russia Calls for Deeper Military Ties with Libya

Russia has welcomed the prospect of renewed military cooperation with Libya as Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu hosted Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah. “I consider your Moscow visit to be the first step towards resuming full-scale cooperation between the defense ministries of the two countries,”

Sudan Denies That Delegation Will Visit Israel

Sudan has denied reports that it would send its a first delegation to Israel months after a deal for ties between the two countries, and two Sudanese sources said Khartoum had scrapped a planned visit. Sources had previously told Reuters that a Sudanese delegation comprising security and intellig

Coalition Destroys Houthi Missile Fired at Jazan

The Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen said on Friday it destroyed a Houthi ballistic missile fired in the direction of the southern Saudi city of Jazan. The militia’s hostile attempts to target civilians are systematic and deliberate, the Coalition said.