Year in year out, every September, member states met in the UN General Assembly Hall in New York for its annual session and its highly-visible general debate. The modalities of the 75th session is different this year in the light of the global health crisis. The General Assembly during the COVID-19 pandemic is carrying its work via novel means to guarantee business continuity and mitigate the spread of the disease. The pandemic is not the only issue the world faces. Racism, intolerance, inequality, climate change, poverty, hunger, armed conflict and ...
Seven people were killed since the start of Colombian protests caused after the death of a man pinned to the ground and repeatedly tasered by police in Bogotá. Thousands went to the streets of Colombia to protest on Monday against police brutality and government policies. The rallies were organized by the country's trade unionists and students, the people chanting slogans against police brutality, that culminated in clashes with police in the center of Bogota, which is considered the main protest hub. Moreover, the protests have became violent as demonstrators threw ...
The vast and quick spread of the coronavirus around the world halted global travel and affected tourism around the world. But this effect varied from one country to another as many economies were mainly dependent on tourism as the main source of income. Here are 10 touristic places whose economies are most dependent on tourism, and were severely affected by the COVID-19 travel restrictions.
As India's "monument to love" re-opened on Monday after a six-month hiatus, special rules were introduced -- including no touching the white marble walls of the mausoleum built for a Mughal emperor's favourite wife. Only 5,000 visitors are allowed daily -- a quarter of usual capacity -- and all have their temperature taken by staff wearing face shields, masks and gloves. Neither the new rules nor the dangers of catching the coronavirus put off a steady stream of visitors to the breathtaking 17th-century monument on Monday morning. The return of ...
Spread out at the foot of a vast plateau in the Sinai desert, hundreds of excited Bedouins gather to race their camels after a six-month break due to the coronavirus. Shrouded in a vast sand cloud kicked up by the hump-backed beasts, more than 500 camels were loudly cheered on by their owners dressed in traditional jalabiyas and headdresses, according to AFP. Camel racing is a popular traditional sport in many Arab countries, most notably in the Gulf region. And in Egypt, Bedouins of the South Sinai desert have kept ...
Over 1,000 people packed the iconic steps of the US Supreme Court, laying flowers, lighting candles, some weeping as they mourned the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died aged 87 after a battle with metastatic pancreas cancer, the Supreme Court has announced. She had been on the federal bench for twenty-five years. In 1993, she became the second woman ever to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Throughout that time she has continued to be a leading voice for gender equality, women's interests, and ...
The men in the audience clapped and the women ululated as the band finished singing: it would have been commonplace except the venue was in Iran and the group on stage were all women. The catchy rhythmic music they played that balmy night is known as "bandari", according to AFP. Its lyrics are from ancient folkloric songs, passed down the generations and familiar to many at the concert in an amphitheatre in the southern port of Bandar Abbas. Dressed in traditional clothing, the band was taking part in a state-organised ...
Well-known Arab cartoonists have expressed their anger towards the newly-signed Abraham Accords in which the UAE, Bahrain agreed to a peace deal with Israel, and show support to the liberation of Palestinians using characters. The UAE and Bahrain agreed on a historic agreements with Israel on Tuesday, 15th of September, 2020, in a ceremony hosted by the US president Donald Trump in Washington. The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) denounced the deal, describing it as a "black day” for the Palestinians.
The UAE and Bahrain signed historic agreements with Israel in a ceremony overseen by US President Donald Trump in Washington. The Abraham Accord means the two Gulf countries will join Egypt and Jordan as the only Arab nations to have full relations with Israel. The ceremony attended UAE’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, the foreign minister of Bahrain and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The three countries also signed a tripartite agreement. It was attended by 700 people including former US ambassador to the United ...
COVID-19 reshaped our daily life, our economy and the way we do business. Many employees lost their jobs, while others had to become part-time workers, and some had to adapt to working remotely with less remuneration. On the other hand, some jobs were not affected. On the contrary, some professions witnessed higher demand and even higher salaries. Here are the top 10 financially secure jobs during COVID-19 crisis.