Britain tightens borders to keep out new COVID-19 strains

Britain is tightening border controls to prevent new strains of COVID-19 coming into the country, suspending all the ‘travel corridor’ arrangements that had meant arrivals from some countries did not need to quarantine.   The change comes into force at 0400 GMT on Monday and means all passengers must have a recent negative coronavirus test and transfer immediately into isolation

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Jordan condemns Houthi attempt on Saudi Arabia

Jordan, on Friday, condemned an attempt by Houthis to target Saudi Arabia by launching three explosive-laden drones, which were intercepted and destroyed by the Arab Coalition.   Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Daifallah al-Fayez expressed the Kingdom’s full solidarity with and support for Saudi Arabia in facing any threats to its security.   Al-Fayez stressed that both kingdoms’ security is indivisible and

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EU anger over reduced Pfizer vaccine deliveries

Several EU countries are receiving significantly fewer doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine than expected, after the US firm slowed shipments.   Six nations called the situation “unacceptable” and warned it “decreases the credibility of the vaccination process”.   Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia urged the EU to apply pressure on Pfizer-BioNTech.   Pfizer said the reduced deliveries

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Palestinian president enacts decree-law on holding general elections

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas enacted, on Friday, a decree-law on holding legislative, presidential and National Council elections on three phases later this year.   Under the decree-law, legislative elections will be held on May 22, 2021, presidential elections on July 31, 2021, and the Palestinian National Council elections on August 31, 2021.   The decree-law considers the legislative elections —

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