Why the Ministry of Industry will supervise petrochemical sector. King Salman has issued a royal order authorizing the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources to supervise the petrochemical sector.
This comes a year after the establishment of the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources, which was separated from the Ministry of Energy. Since the launch of Vision 2030 in April 2016, some ministries and government agencies have been restructured to meet the objectives of promoting non-oil income and the petrochemical sector as a primary part of Saudi industry. To this end, the oil, gas, petrochemical, energy, electricity, industry and mineral resources sectors were placed under a single portfolio in Saudi Arabia. The separation of industry and mineral wealth activities into a standalone ministry reflects the broader push to develop a diversified industrial base. Thiem claims US Open title after thrilling fightback.
Fate of nickel factory clouds French territory’s independence vote. NOUMEA: France’s South Pacific territory of New Caledonia risks seeing the closure of a nickel factory that has long been the lifeblood of its economy, a threat that could weigh heavily on a looming independence vote.
Advocates of remaining part of France worry that separatist parties could capitalize on a shutdown to press their case for taking back control of a strategic archipelago and its key industries. “With the referendum just three weeks away, we are following this matter very closely and are indeed worried about the 3,000 jobs under threat,” an official in the office of France’s Overseas Minister Sebastien Lecornu told AFP. Under a 1998 deal to devolve powers to the territory, Paris promised to hold votes on the future of New Caledonia, which gives France a large, exclusive economic zone in the Pacific and rich fishing resources. Lagarde urges governments to support central bank efforts with fiscal spending.
FRANKFURT: European Central Bank president Christine Lagarde said Sunday there could be “no complacency” in the battle to recover from the pandemic-induced downturn, urging governments to support central bank efforts with fiscal spending.
Although the eurozone was bouncing back from the lockdowns that devastated economic activity earlier this year, Lagarde said the recovery remained “uneven” and “uncertain” as several nations grapple with a renewed rise in coronavirus infections. Dozens held in Melbourne for flouting stay-at-home-orders. JAKARTA: Jakarta has protested against the intrusion of a Chinese coast guard ship into the Southeast Asian archipelago’s waters, Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry said Monday.
The Chinese vessel, identified as CCG 5204, was seen Saturday in North Natuna waters, Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone near the Riau Islands province. “Following the issue, the ministry on Sunday communicated with Chinese representative in Jakarta to request clarification,” spokesman Teuku Faizasyah told on Monday. Trump holds campaign rally indoors despite coronavirus concerns. KIGALI: Paul Rusesabagina, portrayed as a hero in a Hollywood movie about Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, appeared in a Rwandan court amid tight security on Monday, where prosecutors are expected to formally charge him and hear his plea.
The Rwanda Investigation Bureau had previously said he would face several charges including “terrorism, financing terrorism ... arson, kidnap and murder.” Rwandan police have said that Rusesabagina — who called for armed resistance to the government in a YouTube video — was arrested on an international warrant. OPEC at 60: An organization that stood the test of time.
Sept. 14 is an important day in the history of oil.
Sixty years ago, on Sept. 14, 1960, five oil ministers from Venzuela, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq and Iran gathered in Baghdad to found the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). This was a historic moment, which would transform the oil industry and oil markets several times over. In 1960, the oil industry was dominated by major oil companies. Naomi Osaka’s third Grand Slam, anti-racism stand, hailed in Japan. LONDON: After a gap of seven months, Al-Hilal resume their defence of the AFC Champions League on Monday looking good for a place in the knockout stage with coronavirus possibly the biggest obstacle to the title-holders’ chances of getting out of the group.
Aramco CEO honored with Kavaler Award. WASHINGTON: An accelerating decline in the US dollar is reverberating around the world, adding fuel to a global momentum rally that has boosted prices for everything from technology stocks to gold.
The US dollar index, which measures the greenback against six other major currencies, is down around 9 percent from its March highs and is on track for its worst month since 2011, pressured in part by expectations that the United States will take a bigger hit to growth than other economies from the coronavirus pandemic. Aramco CEO honored with Kavaler Award. Lebanon complains to UN over gun battle on border. Updated 29 July 2020 July 29, 2020 02:25 Aoun condemned Israel’s action BEIRUT: Lebanon is to complain to the UN Security Council over an “Israeli attack” on its southern border.
Israel city's bid to honor Egyptian diva Umm Kulthum stirs anger. HAIFA: She was one of the Arab world's most revered singers, praised by Bob Dylan and sampled by Beyonce: the late Egyptian legend Umm Kulthum seems worthy of having a street named in her honour.
But when that street is in Israel, a country she condemned while championing the Palestinian cause, a decision to honour the vocalist branded "the Star of the East," has triggered controversy. Haifa -- Israel's third largest city, where roughly 10 percent of its 300,000 residents are Arab -- decided earlier this month to honour the woman whose deep, resonant voice was also adored by many Jews. The decision highlights the diversity of the city, "which represents a model of co-existence between Arabs and Jews," Haifa town council head Einat Kalisch-Rotem said. Grand Mosque ready to receive Hajj pilgrims. JEDDAH: About 1,000 pilgrims converge on the Mina Valley outside Makkah on Wednesday to begin their spiritual journey of a lifetime. The Day of Tarwiyah (fetching water) marks the beginning of Hajj. There are no major rituals, so the pilgrims will spend their time praying and reflecting until sunrise on Thursday. Mina, 7 km northeast of the Grand Mosque in Makkah and within its boundaries, would normally be the site of the world’s largest tent city, accommodating about 2.5 million pilgrims.
The history of Makkah Grand Mosque’s expansion. JEDDAH: Throughout history, Muslim caliphs and rulers responsible for Makkah, Islam’s holiest city, have gone to great lengths to guard, expand and care for the Grand Mosque. “The Grand Mosque is the place to which Muslims all over the world turn their faces when starting their prayers, so it was the focus of interest of sultans, kings, princes, leaders and even wealthy Muslim people,” said Dr. Aminah Jalal, a professor of history at Umm Al-Qura University. “They provided all financial support for the restoration and renovation of the mosque.
Religious sentiments motivated them to send donations throughout the Islamic ages, as well as providing the workers and building materials necessary to take care of this blessed mosque.” In days gone by, leaders also ordered wells to be dug and roads paved to make the journey to the holy sites easier for pilgrims, she added, but in the Saudi era, their efforts have reached a new level. China donates 12 agricultural drones to Pakistan to battle locust swarms. ISLAMABAD: At least six Pakistani security personnel have died in assaults by militants this week, just days after a United Nations report said there were more than 6,000 Pakistani insurgents hiding in Afghanistan, mostly belonging to the outlawed Pakistani Taliban group responsible for attacking Pakistani military and civilian targets.
The report released last week also said the Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) had linked up with the Afghan-based affiliate of the Daesh group. Some of TTP’s members have even joined the Daesh affiliate, which has its headquarters in eastern Afghanistan. In a latest attack, Pakistan’s military said militants had killed a soldier in a cross-border attack on a security post on Wednesday in Bajaur, a former tribal region in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which borders Afghanistan. A day earlier, Pakistan said five anti-terrorism commandos were killed in a raid on a suspected militant hideout in Chilas district. Pandemic hit to Hajj saddens Pakistan’s senior would-be pilgrims.
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s health ministry, the UN agency for Children (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have jointly called on the Pakistani public to follow coronavirus standard operating procedures and strictly enforce key preventive behaviours to keep infections down during the upcoming Eid Al-Adha festival. Authorities in Pakistan fear a spike in coronavirus cases during over the Eid holiday if people didn’t adhere to protective measures. As of Wednesday the country had reported 276,287 cases and 5,892 deaths. Saudi filmmakers ‘The Godus Brothers’ premiere debut film.
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Jordan arrests leaders of teacher’s union. Lebanon ‘botched virus response’, say health advisers; return to tough lockdown urged. Actor Mohammed Ramadan in talks with Ahmed Zaki’s family to save biopic of Egyptian screen legend. The ICJ decision that set Kosovo on the path to independence. New Saudi law hands extra powers to notaries. Qatar Airways handed legal blow in major music copyright case. No specific date for the resumption of international flight in Saudi Arabia: aviation authority. King Salman chairs Saudi cabinet meeting from hospital.
Khamenei threatens US with ‘reciprocal blow’ over Soleimani strike. Oil prices double in three-month recovery from ‘Black Monday’ Yemen seizes boat loaded with weapons in Red Sea. INTERVIEW: L’Oreal brings French beauty to the Middle East. Locust invasions compound Arab region’s coronavirus woes. Saudi woman fruit seller creates new market. Saudi Arabia aims to revamp WTO in favor of all members. Saudi Arabia calls on people to sight Dhu Al-Hijjah crescent on Monday. Greece announces agreement to demarcate maritime borders with Egypt. Top Lebanese cleric Al-Rahi renews attack on Hezbollah. Blow to Erdogan as US boots Turkey out of F-35 strike fighter program. Saudi Arabia leads G20 drive to bounce back from virus. Coalition: Houthi ballistic missile hits residential area in Yemen. Saudi project clears 1,014 mines in Yemen. UAE to fight Qatar airspace case at world civil aviation body. UAE to fight Qatar airspace case at world civil aviation body.
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UN chief: COVID-19 provides opportunity for Daesh, Al-Qaeda. Saudi deputy defense minister, British defense secretary discuss regional security. Middle East Latest news & headlines - Gulf News - Arab News. Tourism: One of the sectors hardest hit by COVID-19. Regulating Saudi Arabia’s most vital resource (and it’s not oil) Afghanistan is a graveyard for foreign invaders — Iran included. Brighton boost hopes of Premier League survival. Formula One comes back to the track with Aramco as sponsors amid new coronavirus lockdown era.
Commerzbank slapped with fine for deals with defunct Cypriot bank. INTERVIEW: CEO Maaz Sheikh sees business soar as Saudi viewers turn to streaming services. Tech-savvy Indonesians go off-grid to help to remote villages fight virus. UAE’s BPGIC says limited impact from coronavirus on oil storage facilities. Tunisia coalition faces pressure over PM conflict of interest allegations. University falls victim to Erdogan’s battle with ex-prime minister. Saudi hospitals urged to partake in COVID-19 studies. Saudi Arabia: UN Aramco attacks report ‘leaves no doubt’ over Iran’s hostile intentions. Saudi Arabia: UN Aramco attacks report ‘leaves no doubt’ over Iran’s hostile intentions. Karachi's resilient equity market gains 240 points after terror attack. 70 years on, one Pashtun town still safeguards its old Hindu-Muslim brotherhood.
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China’s big three airlines take delivery of domestically made ARJ21 aircraft.