• Libya’s parliament speaker calls for new government
    A presidential election was due to take place on December 24, followed by legislative polls, but the UN-sponsored electoral process was postponed indefinitely due to political tensions. Those tensions pit a long-standing ally of military strongman Khalifa Haftar against a Tripoli-based interim government formed last year.

    Speaker Aguila Saleh said during a parliamentary session, in the eastern port city of Tobruk, that a new government must be formed

    The call comes as the UN urged Libya's political factions and parties to hold safe, inclusive, and credible polls as soon as possible

  • The pandemic forced office-workers into their homes. And depending on whom you ask, video-conferencing platforms that became the norm for office meetings either shackled such workers to their computers, or set them free by allowing them to work from home and added to their productivity.
    The year 2022 would “offer a more comprehensive acceptance of remote working policies, as more companies are allowing employees anywhere,” Sam Tayan, head of MENA at Zoom, told TRENDS in an interview. Zoom is eyeing a big piece of the video-communication pie in these countries.
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  • UAE warns of reprisals for ‘Huthi attack’ on Abu Dhabi
    The United Arab Emirates threatened reprisals against Yemen's Huthi rebels after suspected drone strikes killed three people in Abu Dhabi on Monday. "The UAE reserves the right to respond to these terrorist attacks and this heinous criminal escalation," a foreign ministry statement said.
  • World’s 10 richest men doubled wealth during pandemic, says Oxfam
    Oxfam said the men's wealth jumped from $700 billion to $1.5 trillion, at an average rate of $1.3 billion per day, in a briefing published before a virtual mini-summit of world leaders being held under the auspices of the World Economic Forum.

    Oxfam said in its report that the pandemic has plunged 160 million people into poverty

    Non-white ethnic minorities and women bore the brunt of the impact as inequality soared, it added

  • Israel PM ‘relieved’ after US synagogue hostage situation resolved
    Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett took to Twitter on Sunday, January 16, to say he was “relieved and thankful” that the hostage situation at a synagogue in the state of Texas in the US had been resolved without any harm to those held at gunpoint.

    The Colleyville Police said a now-dead gunman on Saturday held four people hostage and demanded the release of one Aafia Siddiqui

    The Pakistani-origin neuroscientist is serving an 86-year sentence in a Texas prison for firing at US soldiers and officials in Afghanistan

  • GCC must heed IMF take on emerging economies

    The IMF's warning that developing nations are about to face what it called “economic turbulence” is bad news for the GCC as it may hamper the revival of regional economies.
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  • Twitter bans account linked to Khamenei for Trump video threat
    The account, @KhameneiSite, this week posted an animated video showing an unmanned aircraft targeting former US president Donald Trump, who ordered a drone strike in Baghdad two years ago that killed top Iranian commander General Qassem Soleimani.
  • She overcame prejudice to ride sea waves

    Sahar Al Rasti, the first Emirati female ship captain, said that working behind the rudders of ships for long days, and challenging the waves of the sea requires a lot of determination and passion as well.
    Business
  • Lebanon’s Hezbollah ready to return to cabinet meetings
    Lebanese group Hezbollah and its ally the Amal movement said Saturday they were ready to return to government meetings after three months of political deadlock that has exacerbated the country's economic crisis. Lebanon's government was formed in September after a 13-month political impasse.

    The return to government meetings is in "response to the needs of the citizens", say Hezbollah and its ally

    The three months of political deadlock has exacerbated the Lebanon's economic crisis

  • Dubai eyes top global livability spot

    DET and HSBC Bank Middle East have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), paving the way for increased cooperation in further enhancing Dubai’s position as a global livability destination.
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