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WHO approves emergency use of China’s Sinopharm vaccine

08-05-2021 GENEVA/ BEIJING: The World Health Organization has approved the emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by China’s Sinopharm. Friday’s decision by a WHO technical advisory group, a first for a Chinese vaccine, opens the possibility that Sinopharm’s offering could be included in the United Nations-backed COVAX program in …

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Hundreds of Palestinians hurt in Jerusalem clashes

08-05-2021 JERUSALEM: More than 170 Palestinian worshippers have been injured in clashes with Israeli police at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and elsewhere in occupied East Jerusalem, as weeks-long tensions between Israel and the Palestinians over Jerusalem soared again. Earlier in the day, tens of thousands of Palestinian worshippers packed into the …

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Pakistani PM visits Saudi Arabia to reset ties

07-05-2021 By SJA Jafri + Bureau Report RIYADH/ ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan has started a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia in an effort to reset relations after tensions between the longtime allies in recent years. Khan’s arrival in Riyadh on Friday after an invitation from Saudi Crown …

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European powers tell Israel to stop settlement expansion

07-05-2021 LONDON/ BERLIN/ PARIS: France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Britain urged Israel to halt settlement-building in the occupied West Bank. The joint statement on Thursday came as tensions mounted in occupied East Jerusalem ahead of a hearing that could see Palestinian families forcibly displaced from Sheikh Jarrah, a neighborhood where …

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