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Loud blasts and gunfire were heard at Aden’s airport shortly after a plane carrying the newly-formed Yemeni government arrived from Saudi Arabia(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

16 dead in blast in Yemen’s Aden airport, 60 injured

Aden | By Associated Press | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 08:24 PM IST
The cabinet members, including Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik, were transferred safely to the city’s presidential palace, the witnesses and Saudi media said.
India has few logistics and cold storage chains that can support Pfizer’s requirement for keeping its vaccines at minus 70 degree Celsius, the price too, is a constraint.(AP)
India has few logistics and cold storage chains that can support Pfizer’s requirement for keeping its vaccines at minus 70 degree Celsius, the price too, is a constraint.(AP)

Covid-19 vaccination: Pfizer, Moderna deals hit roadblock

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Saubhadra Chatterji
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 01:41 AM IST
According to officials involved in the vaccine administration plan, there are doubts if Pfizer has enough spare capacity to cater to Indian requirements after fulfilling its current commitments with the US, UK, EU, Bahrain, Canada, Mexico and Saudi Arabia.
Back in August, the relationship between the two countries went haywire when Mehmood Qureshi openly rebuked the kingdom for its lack of support for Islamabad’s stance on the Kashmir issue.(Reuters representative image)
Back in August, the relationship between the two countries went haywire when Mehmood Qureshi openly rebuked the kingdom for its lack of support for Islamabad’s stance on the Kashmir issue.(Reuters representative image)

Saudi FM to visit Pakistan next month to discuss bilateral issues

Islamabad | By Asian News International | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON DEC 29, 2020 05:19 AM IST
The Saudi FM will hold talks with country’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Arif Alvi.
The judge reportedly ordered Al-Hathloul to serve five years and eight months in prison for violating anti-terrorism laws.(AFP Photo / Facebook)
The judge reportedly ordered Al-Hathloul to serve five years and eight months in prison for violating anti-terrorism laws.(AFP Photo / Facebook)

Saudi women’s rights activist sentenced to nearly 6 years

Dubai | By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON DEC 28, 2020 05:40 PM IST
Al-Hathloul was among a handful of Saudi women who openly called for the right to drive before it was granted in 2018 and for the removal of male guardianship laws that had long stifled women’s freedom of movement.
Saudi Arabia’s top aviation body on Sunday confirmed it will allow airlines operating in the Kingdom to fly out non-Saudi Arabian passengers.(Unsplash)
Saudi Arabia’s top aviation body on Sunday confirmed it will allow airlines operating in the Kingdom to fly out non-Saudi Arabian passengers.(Unsplash)

Saudi Arabia extends suspension of international flights by another week

Riyadh [Saudi Arabia] | By Asian News International | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 11:17 AM IST
Saudi Arabia has extended the suspension of all international commercial flights and entry into the Kingdom through land and seaports for another week in view of the new coronavirus strain which was discovered in the United Kingdom.
FILE PHOTO: A 3D printed oil pump jack is seen in front of displayed stock graph and Opec logo in this illustration picture, April 14, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: A 3D printed oil pump jack is seen in front of displayed stock graph and Opec logo in this illustration picture, April 14, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo(REUTERS)

Russia backs increase in oil output by Opec+ amid a pandemic: An explainer

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 07:29 PM IST
Recent news about Covid-19 vaccine efficacy caused oil prices to climb to their highest levels since the crash in April. Seeing hope in those higher prices, some oil producers wanted to increase pumping to try to make up for almost a year of dismal oil earnings.
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received the Covid-19 vaccine on Friday, state media reported.(AP)
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received the Covid-19 vaccine on Friday, state media reported.(AP)

Saudi Crown Prince gets Covid-19 vaccine

Riyadh | By Asian News International | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 01:23 PM IST
The country’s Health Minister Dr Tawfiq al-Rabiah extended his gratitude to the Crown Prince for his “keenness and continuous follow-up” to provide vaccines to citizens. This comes after Saudi Arabia received shipments of the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pzifer and BioNTech earlier this month.
Lorries are seen parked on the M20 motorway, as EU countries impose a travel ban from the UK following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, near Ashford.(Reuters)
Lorries are seen parked on the M20 motorway, as EU countries impose a travel ban from the UK following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, near Ashford.(Reuters)

Covid-19: Pfizer, Moderna testing vaccines on new strain

Geneva/ Berlin | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 05:56 AM IST
Both companies are performing tests to see if their vaccines work against the mutated variant.
Medical worker collects a swab sample from a passenger for a RT-PCR test at the Muscat international airport.(AP File Photo)
Medical worker collects a swab sample from a passenger for a RT-PCR test at the Muscat international airport.(AP File Photo)

Oman to receive first batch of Covid-19 vaccine on Wednesday

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 08:14 PM IST
High-risk groups of people, including frontline medical workers, as well as individuals suffering from chronic diseases and elderly persons are set to be inoculated during the first stage.
Germany, Turkey, Israel, Switzerland and Saudi Arabia have barred flights from South Africa to reduce the spread of the new mutation of the coronavirus.(Reuters | Representational image)
Germany, Turkey, Israel, Switzerland and Saudi Arabia have barred flights from South Africa to reduce the spread of the new mutation of the coronavirus.(Reuters | Representational image)

New Covid-19 strain in South Africa: Countries that announced flight suspensions

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Srivatsan K C
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 05:05 PM IST
South Africa’s health minister had earlier said that scientists have found out that the increase in the number of Covid-19 infections in the country is being driven by the new strain of the virus
Representational photo.(Bloomberg)
Representational photo.(Bloomberg)

Pakistan uses China’s financial assistance to repay Saudi loan

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 02:44 PM IST
Islamabad has so far paid $2 billion to Riyadh after Saudi Arabia insisted on the repayment of the loan earlier this year in the wake of bilateral ties being strained over Pakistan’s efforts to forge an alternative front of Muslim nations through an outreach to Turkey and Malaysia
Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal, addresses a press conference.(ANI)
Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal, addresses a press conference.(ANI)

News updates from Hindustan Times: 63 insurgents surrender in front of Assam CM Sonowal and all the latest news

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 08:59 AM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman were among the Gulf nations whose governments announced that they would ban entry and exit via their land and sea borders barring cargo movements and cancel commercial travel.(Pratham Gokhale/Hindustan Times)
Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman were among the Gulf nations whose governments announced that they would ban entry and exit via their land and sea borders barring cargo movements and cancel commercial travel.(Pratham Gokhale/Hindustan Times)

Saudi Arabia suspends Air India, other flights for a week

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 10:11 AM IST
Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman were among the Gulf nations whose governments announced that they would ban entry and exit via their land and sea borders barring cargo movements and cancel commercial travel.
The new variant of coronavirus is believed to spread faster than its previous strains.(AP)
The new variant of coronavirus is believed to spread faster than its previous strains.(AP)

As countries suspend flights to and from UK, list of international airports to feel the most impact

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 06:54 PM IST
On Sunday, the authorities admitted that a more infectious new coronavirus strain was spreading “out of control” as they imposed strictest of measures to check the spread.
An Al-Jazeera anchor had filed another lawsuit in the US, alleging that the NSO Group hacked her phone through WhatsApp over her reporting on Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.(Reuters representative image)
An Al-Jazeera anchor had filed another lawsuit in the US, alleging that the NSO Group hacked her phone through WhatsApp over her reporting on Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.(Reuters representative image)

Saudi, UAE govt spyware targets phones of Al-Jazeera journalists: Report

Dubai | By Associated Press | Posted by Deepali Sharma
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 12:35 PM IST
Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto said it traced malware that infected the personal phones of 36 journalists, producers, anchors and executives at Al-Jazeera back to the Israel-based NSO Group.
Saudi Arabia, Turkey suspend international travel over new coronavirus strain(Pexels (Representative image))
Saudi Arabia, Turkey suspend international travel over new coronavirus strain(Pexels (Representative image))

Saudi Arabia, Turkey ban international travel over new coronavirus strain discovery in UK

Riyadh | By Asian News International | Posted by Nishtha Grover
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 07:39 AM IST
Saudi Arabia and Turkey have temporarily banned all travel from the United Kingdom. The government of Saudi Arabia has further asked people, who have recently returned from the UK, to self-isolate at home for two weeks.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said Saudi Arabia’s investment plans in India are on track(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said Saudi Arabia’s investment plans in India are on track(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)

Our investment plans on track, Indian economy has strength to bounce back: Saudi

London | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 07:40 AM IST
In February last year, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced that Saudi Arabia would invest over USD 100 billion in India in petrochemicals, refining, infrastructure, mining and manufacturing, agriculture and several other sectors.
Wednesday’s report didn’t identify those responsible for the irregularities nor their possible motives.(PTI File Photo)
Wednesday’s report didn’t identify those responsible for the irregularities nor their possible motives.(PTI File Photo)

Ease of business ranking: World Bank staff pressured to ‘manipulate’ data

Hindustan Times, Washington/New Delhi | By HT Correspondent and Agencies
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 02:30 AM IST
Members of the team that put together the Doing Business report cited undue pressure -- both directly and indirectly -- to manipulate data for 2018 and 2020, the World Bank said.
The world’s largest oil exporter said on Tuesday it expects the economy to shrink by 3.7% this year but to swing back to growth of 3.2% next year.(REUTERS (Representative Image))
The world’s largest oil exporter said on Tuesday it expects the economy to shrink by 3.7% this year but to swing back to growth of 3.2% next year.(REUTERS (Representative Image))

Saudi Arabia economy shrinks 4.6% after oil sector hits snag

Dubai | By Reuters | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON DEC 17, 2020 02:26 PM IST
The economy shrank 4.6% in the third quarter, rebounding slightly from the 7% slump in the previous quarter but marked by declines in both the oil and non-oil sectors, the data showed.
Chairman of Qatar Olympic Committee Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad al-Thani (2nd L) and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani (2nd R) are pictured during the 39th Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) General Assembly Meeting in the Omani capital Muscat on December 16, 2020 after Doha was selected as host city for 2030 Asian Games. (Photo by Haitham AL-SHUKAIRI / AFP)(AFP)
Chairman of Qatar Olympic Committee Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad al-Thani (2nd L) and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani (2nd R) are pictured during the 39th Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) General Assembly Meeting in the Omani capital Muscat on December 16, 2020 after Doha was selected as host city for 2030 Asian Games. (Photo by Haitham AL-SHUKAIRI / AFP)(AFP)

Doha to host 2030 Asian Games, Saudi Arabia in 2034

MUSCAT | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 06:26 PM IST
The vote took place amid a bitter and long-running political dispute between Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Saudi Arabia is one of four countries which has imposed a trade and travel boycott on Qatar since 2017, though there have recently been indications the dispute could be resolved.
For the first time, the budget did not offer a breakdown for oil and non-oil revenue because the kingdom’s oil giant Aramco floated a sliver of its shares on the Saudi stock market last year, said Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan.(AP file photo)
For the first time, the budget did not offer a breakdown for oil and non-oil revenue because the kingdom’s oil giant Aramco floated a sliver of its shares on the Saudi stock market last year, said Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan.(AP file photo)

Saudi Arabia plans spending cuts to trim deficit amid Covid, falling oil prices

Dubai | By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON DEC 16, 2020 05:38 PM IST
The kingdom expects its deficit to hit $79.4 billion this year, according to a government budget statement released late Tuesday, an estimated 12% of the country’s gross domestic product.
This is the first time in years the kingdom -- which received dividends from Aramco even before it went public -- hasn’t broken down projected oil revenue.(REUTERS)
This is the first time in years the kingdom -- which received dividends from Aramco even before it went public -- hasn’t broken down projected oil revenue.(REUTERS)

Saudi Arabia stops disclosing oil revenue after Aramco listing

By Bloomberg | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 03:32 PM IST
The kingdom is relying on payouts from Aramco, the world’s biggest oil company, to help plug its budget deficit and bolster an economy that’s been hammered this year by coronavirus lockdowns and the crash in crude prices.
Saudi Arabia is among countries to have approved Pfizer’s vaccine candidate (REUTERS)
Saudi Arabia is among countries to have approved Pfizer’s vaccine candidate (REUTERS)

Over 100,000 people signed up for Covid vaccination in Saudi Arabia on Day 1

Riyadh | By Asian News International | Posted by Karan Manral
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 09:31 AM IST
At the end of last week, the Saudi Food and Drug Authority approved the registration and use of a vaccine against the new coronavirus produced by the American company Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech.
Riot police patrol the perimeter of the Capital International Airport during Chinese National Day holidays in Beijing, China.(REUTERS)
Riot police patrol the perimeter of the Capital International Airport during Chinese National Day holidays in Beijing, China.(REUTERS)

CPJ report says China jailed record number of journalists amid Covid-19

New York | By Asian News International | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 09:02 AM IST
According to its annual global survey, at least 274 journalists have been jailed on December 1, exceeding the high of 272 in 2016.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman(Reuters/ File photo)
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman(Reuters/ File photo)

Saudi ‘mini Ritz’ corruption crackdown evokes awe, fear

Agence France-Presse | By Agence France-Presse| Posted by Mallika Soni
PUBLISHED ON DEC 14, 2020 05:14 PM IST
In dramatic gumshoe-style investigations published on state media, the official anti-corruption agency Nazaha says it has caught bribe-seekers “red-handed” in live raids and sniffed out illicit cash hidden in attics, an underground safe and even a mosque.
Oil in New York is up more than 30% since the end of October amid vaccine breakthroughs and an OPEC+ compromise deal on production, with global benchmark Brent topping $50 a barrel for the first time in nine months last week.(AP file photo. Representative image)
Oil in New York is up more than 30% since the end of October amid vaccine breakthroughs and an OPEC+ compromise deal on production, with global benchmark Brent topping $50 a barrel for the first time in nine months last week.(AP file photo. Representative image)

Oil advances above $47 after tanker explosion near Saudi port

By Bloomberg| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON DEC 14, 2020 01:39 PM IST
Futures rose 1.4% in New York after losing 0.5% on Friday. A ship was hit by an explosion at the Saudi Arabian port of Jeddah, with no casualties reported. It comes three weeks after an oil tanker was damaged in a possible attack at the Saudi terminal of Shuqaiq, highlighting the potential for supply to be disrupted.
Gen Naravane’s visit comes in the midst of fast-paced developments in the Gulf region including normalisation of Israel’s relations with several Arab countries.(ANI)
Gen Naravane’s visit comes in the midst of fast-paced developments in the Gulf region including normalisation of Israel’s relations with several Arab countries.(ANI)

Army chief Gen. Naravane holds talks with Royal Saudi Land Forces Commander on defence cooperation

Riyadh | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Srivatsan K C
PUBLISHED ON DEC 13, 2020 09:54 PM IST
Gen Naravane, who arrived in Saudi Arabia on the second leg of his two-nation visit that included the United Arab Emirates, is the first-ever head of the Indian Army to travel to the two strategically important Gulf countries.
The army chief will be in the UAE during December 9-10, and is scheduled to meet senior military officials to discuss ways to enhance India-UAE defence relations, the statement said.(ANI file photo)
The army chief will be in the UAE during December 9-10, and is scheduled to meet senior military officials to discuss ways to enhance India-UAE defence relations, the statement said.(ANI file photo)

Army chief embarks on week-long visit to UAE, Saudi Arabia

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON DEC 09, 2020 06:35 AM IST
This is Gen Naravane’s third foreign tour this year with diplomatic overtones, following his visits to Myanmar along with foreign secretary Harsh Shringla in October, and to Nepal in November.
India is central to the economic and geopolitical thinking of Asia and global economics and politics(ANI)
India is central to the economic and geopolitical thinking of Asia and global economics and politics(ANI)

Decoding India’s latest diplomatic push in the West Asian theatre | Opinion

By Kabir Taneja
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 10:25 AM IST
While successfully balancing relations between Israel, Iran and Saudi Arabia power blocks, New Delhi’s affinity for this Gulf outreach is rooted in geopolitical and geo-economic realities
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(File photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(File photo)

PM Modi, Qatar emir decide to create task force for investments into India

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 05:21 PM IST
The two leaders also looked at potential Qatari investments in the entire energy value chain in India
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