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Maldives first South Asian country to open borders after four months of closure due to COVID-19

By Habib Toumi Malé: The Maldives will re-open its borders for international tourists staying in resorts, live boards and hotels located in uninhabited islands on July 15. Guesthouses and hotels located in inhabited islands will be open from August 1, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has said. The country had closed its borders on March 27 amid stringent […]

Iraqi football legend Ahmed Radhi dies from coronavirus

Iraqi football legend Ahmed Radhi dies from coronavirus

By Habib Toumi BAGHDAD: Iraqi football legend Ahmed Radhi died on Sunday from complications linked to COVID-19 hours before he was scheduled to be flown for treatment in Jordan. Ahmed, 56, was one of the most celebrated players in Iraq and the Middle East. He scored 62 goals in 121 appearances for his national team, […]

In historic op-ed in Israeli press, UAE ambassador warns against annexation

In historic op-ed in Israeli press, UAE ambassador warns against annexation

By Habib Toumi ABU DHABI: In the first op-ed for an Israeli paper, a diplomat from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has warned against annexation Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE ambassador to the US, said that Israel’s planned annexation of parts of the West Bank that could begin in July is the illegal seizure of Palestinian […]

Tunisia to deploy drones to detect high fevers in public places

Tunisia to deploy drones to detect high fevers in public places

By Habib Toumi TUNIS: Tunisia is moving ahead with a plan to use drone technology that can detect fevers as a tool in the fight against the coronavirus. The four drones will be displayed on Monday in different areas of the capital Tunis and health professionals will be monitoring the screens displaying the body temperatures. […]

Amid coronavirus pandemic, Bahrain TV young reporters display courage, dedication

Amid coronavirus pandemic, Bahrain TV young reporters display courage, dedication

By Habib Toumi Manama: For Yahya Al Omari, the festive Eid could not be for spending time with the family, enjoying the first hours of the feast marking the end of the blessed month of Ramadan. For the young Bahrain TV News reporter, reporting on how Bahrain dealt with the challenge imposed by the coronavirus […]

Upholding ethical responsibility, religious services adapt to social-distancing guidelines

Upholding ethical responsibility, religious services adapt to social-distancing guidelines

By Habib Toumi MANAMA: As countries are easing restrictions imposed to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, places of worships are also slowly opening up, but with precautions. Mosques, churches, synagogues and temples, with large open space that accommodates hundreds and even thousands of people, have been thinking of ways to limit the possibility for […]

The Bahrain example in fighting COVID-19: When people, state help each other with social responsibility, safety

By Habib Toumi MANAMA: Bahrain, one of the smallest and most liberal countries in the Middle East, has built its plans and actions in the fight against coronavirus on the value of trust between the people and the multi-ministry national taskforce and health professionals. The result has been so far positive and Bahrain can serve as […]

Coronavirus robs Bahrainis of Eid joy, festivities

Coronavirus robs Bahrainis of Eid joy, festivities

By Habib Toumi MANAMA: “I am not taking any risks, so I told my daughters and their children to come late for the family lunch, spend a short time with us, then go home,” Fareed said when asked about his plans ahead for the day. “I love my extended family, but with the coronavirus threats, […]

40 years later, Gwangju’s heroic movement remains deeply entrenched in South Korea’s collective memory

40 years later, Gwangju’s heroic movement remains deeply entrenched in South Korea’s collective memory

By Habib Toumi During my first visit to South Korea in 2019, I had the chance to discover several beautiful cities, amazing edifices, attractive sites and breathtaking landscapes. From mountains to seas, from simple temples to complex structures, from sophisticated areas to natural attractions, the country featured a multitude of features that made the trip […]

Official news agencies should take lead in fight against COVID-19: UNA

Official news agencies should take lead in fight against COVID-19: UNA

By Habib Toumi JEDDAH: Official news agencies should re-take the initiative amidst the coronavirus pandemic to restore their leading roles ahead of social media and citizen media (social networking sites), a media forum has said. “This can be achieved through further qualification and continuous training for media staff and by enhancing creativity and innovation in […]

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