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Saudi Arabia Extends Visa Policy to Welcome More Visitors from Around the World

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — ‏The Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage (SCTH) today announced that visitors can now use existing UK, US, and Schengen area country visas to obtain Saudi Arabia visitor visas at airport arrivals regardless of their citizenship. ‏Visitors intending to benefit from the new regulation must have previously used the visa to travel to any one of these countries before entering Saudi Arabia. The policy builds on the Kingdom’s historic visa launch in September 2019. Currently, citizens from 49 countries are eligible to apply for an e-Visa online or get a Visa of arrival into Saudi Arabia. The tourist visa allows for a stay of up to 3 months per entry, with visitors able to spend 90 days a year in Saudi Arabia. The visa

Tens of citizens return from terrorists-infested areas in Aleppo countryside to their homes

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Aleppo, Tens of citizens on Saturday returned from areas where terrorist groups are positioned in the eastern countryside of Aleppo province, crossing through al-Tayha corridor and heading to their towns and villages which have been liberated from terrorism by the Syrian Arab Army.SANA's reporter in Aleppo said that 90 persons arrived at al-Tayha corridor in Aleppo's northeastern countryside, and the authorities sorted out their paperwork and resolved the legal status of a number of them, providing them with all the facilitations needed for them to resume their normal lives.Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

Saturday weather: Rainy weather prevails, snow over mountains

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Damascus, Temperatures continue to drop to become from 2 to 4 degrees lower than average as the country is affected by a low air pressure in all layers of the atmosphere accompanied by a cold and wet air mass.The Meteorology Department expected in its Saturday bulletin that the weather will be cloudy to rainy, rain will be heavy accompanied with thunder and snow is expected over the mountains of more than 1100m in height. The winds will be southwestern of moderate speed, while the sea waves will be medium to high in amplitude.The expected temperatures in some main Syrian cities are as follows: Damascus 09/04, Daraa 10/03, Homs 10/03, Hasaka 11/04, Lattakia 13/08, Aleppo 10/05 and Deir Ezzor 14/05.Rain fell in some areas across the country during the past 24 hours as the heaviest amount rea...

Saudi Dakar Rally 2020 Opening Ceremony, Officially Inaugurated, in Jeddah

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Jeddah, In the presence of Prince Mishaal bin Majed bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Jeddah, Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Sports Authority (GSA) and Prince Sultan Al-Abdallah Al-Faisal, President of the Saudi Cars and Motorcycles, the internationally recognized class event of Dakar Rally, kicked off here today, at Northern Corniche of Jeddah, the main seaport of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, giving to the Red Sea.It was the official inauguration ceremony of the Saudi Dakar Rally 2020 edition.The Saudi Dakar Rally 2020 will last through on 17 January 2020, as it was the for the first time for the event to take place, in an Asian country.It is worth mentioning that the rally is set to witness participation of 556 drivers from 62 different c...

KSrelief Distributes Shelter Materials in Al-Mahra Governorate, Yemen

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Al-Mahra, King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief), in cooperation with the Charity Coalition for Humanitarian Relief, has distributed shelter materials that included 12 tents, 40 blankets and 20 rugs in Al-Mahra Governorate, Yemen, benefiting 75 students.This comes within the framework of the various humanitarian aid provided by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by the KSrelief, to the children of the brotherly Yemeni people.Source: Saudi Press Agency

KSrelief Continues Implementing Water, Environmental Sanitation Project, in Hodeida

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Hodeida, King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) continued here last week implementing water and environmental sanitation project to preserve the lives of families in Al-Khokha directorate, Hodeida governorate, Yemen.During the period from 28 to 31, December, 2019, the KSrelief pumped 127,000 liters of water into the tanks, pumped 139,500 liters of water for use into tanks, removed waste and dumped it in the landfill, implemented the campaign to raise and transport the waste from the entire Al-Khokha directorate, and implemented a spray campaign to combat disease vectors, benefiting more than 34,614 people.Source: Saudi Press Agency

Thousands in Baghdad mourn Soleimani

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Thousands of mourners gathered Saturday for a funeral procession through Baghdad for Iran's top general and Iraqi militant leaders killed in a U.S. airstrike that has caused regional tensions to soar.Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds force and mastermind of its regional security strategy, was killed in an airstrike early Friday near the Iraqi capital's international airport.Iran has vowed harsh retaliation, raising fears of an all-out war. U.S. President Donald Trump says he ordered the strike to prevent a conflict. His administration says Soleimani was plotting a series of attacks that endangered American troops and officials, without providing evidence.Soleimani was the architect of Iran's regional policy of mobilizing militias across Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, including...

(UPDATE) Lebanon receives first batch of gasoline to Zahrani Oil Installations

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Lebanon recieved Saturday the first batch of gasoline to the Zahrani Oil Installations, after the ZR Energy company won a state tender to import 150,000 tons of gasoline Caretaker Minister of Energy Nada Boustani, who recieved the gasoline shipment, said that "there will be no fuel crisis from this day on," adding that fuel distributers came to receive the shipment to then distribute to gas stations. She added that the first ship that arrived today holds around 24,000 tons of fuel and that the "Lebanese Army will be the first receiving from the shipment."Source: National News Agency

Iran General Steps out of Soleimani’s Shadow to Lead Proxies

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TEHRAN, IRAN - A new Iranian general has stepped out of the shadows to lead the country's expeditionary Quds Force, becoming responsible for Tehran's proxies across the Mideast as the Islamic Republic threatens the U.S. with harsh revenge for killing its previous head, Qassem Soleimani.The Quds Force is part of the 125,000-strong Revolutionary Guard, a paramilitary organization that answers only to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The Guard oversees Iran's ballistic missile program, has its naval forces shadow the U.S. Navy in the Persian Gulf and includes an all-volunteer Basij force.Like his predecessor, a young Esmail Ghaani faced the carnage of Iran's eight-year war with Iraq in the 1980s and later joined the newly founded Quds, or Jerusalem, Force.While much still remains...

Iran General Steps out of Soleimani’s Shadow to Lead Proxies

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TEHRAN, IRAN - A new Iranian general has stepped out of the shadows to lead the country's expeditionary Quds Force, becoming responsible for Tehran's proxies across the Mideast as the Islamic Republic threatens the U.S. with harsh revenge for killing its previous head, Qassem Soleimani.The Quds Force is part of the 125,000-strong Revolutionary Guard, a paramilitary organization that answers only to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The Guard oversees Iran's ballistic missile program, has its naval forces shadow the U.S. Navy in the Persian Gulf and includes an all-volunteer Basij force.Like his predecessor, a young Esmail Ghaani faced the carnage of Iran's eight-year war with Iraq in the 1980s and later joined the newly founded Quds, or Jerusalem, Force.While much still remains...