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Global responses to COVID-19: From optimistic uplifting to pessimistic grieving

Global responses to COVID-19: From optimistic uplifting to pessimistic grieving

By Habib Toumi    BAHRAIN: When COVID-19 struck mercilessly, the world failed to respond promptly and decisively, except for a few countries. The lack of preparedness compounded by stubbornness to view COVID-19 as a deadly virus that would not go away quickly were among the reasons that led to catastrophic results across the globe. In […]

AJA lauds WJC 2020 for opportunities to discuss global issues 

AJA lauds WJC 2020 for opportunities to discuss global issues 

By Habib Toumi SEOUL: Asian Journalists Association (AJA) members have heaped praise on the Journalists Association of Korea (JAK) for the success of the World Journalists Conference 2020 (WJC 2020) despite the heavy travel restrictions imposed by the coronavirus (COVID-19). The three-day conference was held in the Korean capital Seoul and was attended by several […]

Journalists from 53 countries to discuss future of journalism amid viral fake news

Journalists from 53 countries to discuss future of journalism amid viral fake news

By Habib Toumi SEOUL: The rapid spread of fake news amid a deluge of misinformation, disinformation and mal-information during the COVID-19 pandemic will be addressed by international journalists at a three-day conference next week in the Korean capital Seoul. The World Journalists Conference 2020, an annual media event organized by the Journalists Association of Korea […]

In historic move, eight women appointed judges in Kuwait

In historic move, eight women appointed judges in Kuwait

  By Habib Toumi KUWAIT: In a breakthrough for further empowerment of Kuwaiti women, eight women have been appointed as judges. During a historic ceremony, the eight women were sworn in as the first female judges in Kuwait, taking the legal oath of office before the Chairman of Kuwait’s Supreme Judicial Council and the Cassation […]

Bahrain cancels 10-day quarantine upon arrival

Bahrain cancels 10-day quarantine upon arrival

By Habib Toumi MANAMA: Bahrain has lifted the compulsory 10-day quarantine for all incoming passengers who test negative following their COVID-19 test upon arrival in the kingdom. The National Medical Task Force for combatting the Coronavirus (COVID-19) said that the decision was taken after case statistics revealed a 0.2% average rate of positive cases among […]

World Journalists Conference 2020 to address virus of fake news, COVID-19 measures, peace policy in Korean Peninsula

World Journalists Conference 2020 to address virus of fake news, COVID-19 measures, peace policy in Korean Peninsula

SEOUL: The World Journalists Conference 2020, an annual media event organized by the Journalists Association of Korea (JAK), will be held online on September 14-16. “In light of the COVID-19 outbreak early this year, the Journalists Association of Korea (JAK) has postponed the World Journalists Conference, which normally takes place in spring with journalists from […]

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. […]

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