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Worshippers perform Taraweeh prayer at Kaaba in the Grand Mosque on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan during the outbreak of the COVID-19, in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Image Credit: REUTERS

Saudi Arabia reopens mosques May 31

Saudi Arabia will end its nationwide coronavirus curfew from June 21, except in the holy city of Mecca, the interior ministry said Tuesday, after more than two months of stringent curbs.

Newcastle United £300 million takeover approved

The Premier League will give the green light for Amanda Staveley’s Saudi-backed consortium to take charge of the St James’ Park club — when the transfer of funds are sorted.

Newcastle takeover ‘close’ as EPL fail to block £300 million Saudi deal

Newcastle’s takeover is on the brink of being completed as the Premier League failed to find any reason to block the prospective takeover.
A vaccine for COVID-19, the viral illness caused by the novel coronavirus, may be within reach sooner than many experts predicted.

Saudi researchers develop diagnostic test for coronavirus

A group of Saudi researchers in Riyadh has developed a diagnostic test to detect coronavirus infection, state news agency SPA reported.

Newcastle takeover stalls over Premier League checks

Newcastle have been dealt a blow in their takeover talks with Roma reportedly contacting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Saudi Aramco’s multibillion-dollar share sale, likely the biggest initial public offering (IPO) in history, is officially underway after the company formally announced its plans to list stock on the Kingdom’s stock exchange, the Saudi Tadawul.

Saudi Aramco profit plunges

Saudi Arabian state oil giant Aramco on Tuesday reported a 25 percent fall in first-quarter net profit, hurt by lower oil prices and coronavirus.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as said that its staff in Jos Branch, on Tuesday averted what would have been another major fire disaster in the country.

Petroleum explorationists, others call for central bank’s intervention

Following the crash in global oil prices occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic, indigenous Petroleum Explorationists have called for urgent intervention of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, as they would be unable to meet their financial exposure to commercial banks at the current oil prices.
Mauricio Pochettino’s strong ties to Tottenham would not stop him taking a job at Arsenal if given the opportunity, says former Spurs star Jamie Redknapp.

Mauricio Pochettino hopes to return as Tottenham Hotspur manager

Argentine manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed he is determined to return as manager of Tottenham Hotspur.
Hatice Cengiz spoke to Turkish broadcaster in an interview broadcast on Friday. Ozan Köse-AFP-Getty Images

Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancee urges Premier League to block Saudi Newcastle takeover

The fiancee of murdered dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi wrote on Tuesday to the Premier League warning that a Saudi-backed takeover of Newcastle United would “tarnish” the reputation of the competition.
Newcastle United ‘have a deal in place’ to sign Joelinton

Saudi-led Newcastle takeover to be completed May 15

The PA news agency understands the Premier League’s owners and directors test is the final hurdle to clear before the £300million deal is complete.
RIYADH - The Saudi-led military coalition on Monday rejected Yemen separatists' declaration of self-rule over the country's south and demanded an end to any escalatory actions.

Saudi-led coalition rejects South Yemen self-rule declaration

The Saudi-led military coalition on Monday rejected Yemen separatists' declaration of self-rule over the country's south and demanded "an end to any escalatory actions."
A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on October 24, 2018, shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaking during a joint session of the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in the capital Riyadh, which included the Crown Prince of Bahrain and the Lebanese Prime Minister. – Saudi Arabia is hosting the key investment summit overshadowed by the killing of critic Jamal Khashoggi that has prompted a wave of policymakers and corporate giants to withdraw. (Photo by Bandar AL-JALOUD / Saudi Royal Palace / AFP) /

Minors to escape death penalty in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has abolished the death sentence on individuals who committed crimes while still minors, the latest in a series of reforms pushed forward by the Saudi royal family.
Every evening after the sun sets, families usually gather to eat together, and many go to the mosque to pray, two activities which will not be possible this year. Image Credit: AFP

Saudi relaxes virus lockdown except in hotspot Mecca — in pictures

Saudi Arabia on Sunday partially eased a 24-hour curfew in place to combat the coronavirus pandemic, except for in hotspots including the Muslim holy city of Mecca.
US President Donald Trump has fired a fresh salvo at the World Health Organization, accusing its chief of siding with China and “politicising” the coronavirus pandemic while repeating his threat to freeze the UN agency’s funding.

Donald Trump says US states will be cutting oil production

US President Donald Trump says Texas, Oklahoma, and North Dakota are going to cut their oil production, without giving specifics on numbers, amid a glut in energy supplies and shortages of storage that led to massive drops in prices on the market.
Super Eagles midfielder John Ogu is delighted to play his competition match for his new Aladalah football club in Saudi Arabia on Friday.

Super Eagles midfielder explains reasons for joining Saudi side

Super Eagles midfielder John Ogu says an eagerness to return to the field of play after months of inactivity was the main reason for joining the Saudi Professional League side Al-Adalah.
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Muslim fasting month of Ramadan starts Friday in Arab countries

The Muslim fasting month of Ramadan will start on Friday in Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, and most Arab countries.

​UK won’t block Newcastle’s Saudi takeover

Culture Secretary Dowden said: “The fit and proper person test is undertaken by the Premier League. I don’t want to prejudge the process. I would also take slight issue with the characterisation of him personally.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gives a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart at the Kremlin in Moscow on April 8, 2019. (Photo by Alexander NEMENOV - AFP)

Turkey blocks Saudi and Emirati state news websites

Turkish authorities blocked Saudi and United Arab Emirates state news websites on Sunday, days after the sites of Turkey's state broadcaster and news agency were blocked in Saudi Arabia.

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The governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, has announced the easing of lockdown in the state despite rising numbers of the coronavirus.

Kano clarifies on ongoing work at Sani Abatcha isolation centre

Kano State Government on Tuesday said the delay in the early completion of the Sani Abacha Stadium (SAS) Isolation Centre was necessitated by the review of the project initial plan.
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UN encourages Africa to invest on digital transformation

The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has encouraged African countries to make right investments toward developing a digitally transformed economy.

Nnamdi Kanu: No sit-at home for Biafrans from 27th to 30th of May

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Tuesday advised Biafrans to dedicate three days to pray for her fallen heroes.
The US embassy's charge d'affaires, Inmi Patterson, met with Wilbert Ibuge, permanent secretary at the foreign ministry, who reminded Patterson about the two countries' historical cooperation, the foreign ministry said.

Tanzania summons US official over coronavirus warning

The US embassy's charge d'affaires, Inmi Patterson, met with Wilbert Ibuge, permanent secretary at the foreign ministry, who reminded Patterson about the two countries' "historical cooperation", the foreign ministry said.
Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo has declared he doesn’t care what anyone says, willing he has the belief of his team-mates, manager and fans after scoring a brace in Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Derby County in the FA Cup fifth round.

Manchester United manager gives update on Odion Ighalo’s future

Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said no agreement has been reached between United and Shanghai Shenhua over Odion Ighalo’s loan extension.