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Day: January 2, 2021

CGTN: Full text of CMG President Shen Haixiong’s New Year address

Press Release
BEIJING, Jan. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Dear friends, The year 2021 is filled with new hopes and aspirations. This new year is also the Year of the Ox in the Chinese lunar calendar. The Ox, one of the first animals to be domesticated, played a huge role in agricultural civilizations. In the eyes of the Chinese people, oxen are hardy and strong. Here in Beijing, I wish you a happy and healthy New Year! 2020 was an extraordinary year. It brought many difficulties and hardships to the world. The sudden outbreak of COVID-19 hit the human community. Under the command of Chinese President Xi Jinping, through the painstaking efforts of the whole nation, China has made great achievements in epidemic prevention and control. China also became the only major economy in the world to achieve po...

Iraq Dismantles Mine on Tanker in Persian Gulf

Politics
BAGHDAD - Iraq's military on Saturday said explosives experts with its naval forces had successfully dismantled a mine that was discovered stuck to an oil tanker in the Persian Gulf. The statement said Iraqi authorities had opened an investigation into the incident. No group has claimed responsibility for placing the mine. The announcement came a day after Iraq confirmed reports by private security firms that a mine had been discovered attached to the side of a tanker rented from Iraq's Oil Marketing Company, known as SOMO, as it was refueling another vessel. It said that Iraqi teams were working to dismantle the mine. Iraq has not provided further details, but the two private security firms said the discovery was likely a limpet mine on the MT Pola, a Liberian-flagged tanker. ...

IRAN WARNS US: MILITARY READY TO RESPOND TO PRESSURE

General
The top commander of Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard said Friday that his country was fully prepared to respond to any U.S. military pressure as tensions between Tehran and Washington remain high in the waning days of President Donald Trump's administration. Gen. Hossein Salami spoke at a ceremony at Tehran University commemorating the upcoming one-year anniversary of the U.S. drone strike in Baghdad that killed Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who headed the expeditionary Quds force, on Jan. 3, 2020. At the time, Iran retaliated by launching a ballistic missile strike on a military base in Iraq that caused brain concussion injuries to about 100 U.S. troops. Washington and Tehran came dangerously close to war as the crisis escalated. "Today, we have no problem, c...

HAJJ HASSAN CONFIRMS ‘RESISTANCE AXIS STRONGER THAN EVER’

General
"Loyalty to the Resistance" Parliamentary Bloc member, MP Hussein Hajj Hassan, said Saturday afternoon, on the anniversary of the killing of the Iranian top military commander Qassem Soleimani, that the axis of the Resistance has become stronger and more ready to repel the enemy. "All the leaders of the resistance axis announced that it has become stronger, more determined, equipped and willed, and that the enemy's threats reflect its aggression and its project through which it aims to continue plundering the region’s resources and controlling it," Hajj Hassan told the attendees. He praised the great role that Soleimani played by strengthening the option of resistance and empowering all pillars of the axis of resistance at all levels, from Palestine to Lebanon to Syria, Iraq and Yeme...

KSrelief Distributes More Than 160 Tons of Food Baskets in West Kordofan, Sudan

General
Khartoum, King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) distributed, in West Kordofan today, 160 tons and 500 kilograms of food baskets, benefiting 9,000 individuals. This comes within the framework of the humanitarian and relief projects, provided by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by the KSrelief, to distribute food in Sudan.   Source: Saudi Press Agency

101 New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Detected, 182 Recoveries Reported, in Saudi Arabia

Medical
Riyadh, The Ministry of Health announced in a statement here today that 101 new confirmed cases of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, bringing the total number to 362,979, including 2,477 active cases undergoing treatment. Of these, there are 354 critical cases, while the health condition of the rest is stable. It added that 9 new deaths have been reported; putting the tally of fatalities, at 6,239. Meanwhile, as many as 182 cases have recovered, raising recoveries' toll to 354,263. On the other hand, 27,169 new laboratory tests were conducted, in the last 24-hour, across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.   Source: Saudi Press Agency

Dakar Saudi Arabia 2021 Rally to fully Kick off for 13-Day on Sunday

General
Riyadh, The Dakar Saudi Arabia Rally 2021, hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the second year, in a row, will start tomorrow Sunday, for 13 days from January 03 to 15. The Rally is organized by the Ministry of Sport, in coordination with the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation, to falls in line with the Saudi Vision 2030 and the Quality of Life Program. The competitors are set to cross 10 Saudi cities, within 12 different stages, passing through several governorates, cities and regions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with a total distance of 7,600 km.   Source: Saudi Press Agency

In Cooperation with KSrelief, IOM Supports Displaced Children to Continue Education, in Yemen

Education
Riyadh, The International Organization for Migration (IOM), in cooperation with the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief), has worked to support displaced children in Yemen to return to schools. During the last period, 8,500 male and female students have been supported to return to their schools, in addition to 750 members of the educational and administrative staff, in various Yemeni governorates. This comes within the humanitarian and relief projects, provided by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by the KSrelief, in partnership with the IOM, in many countries, remarkably, in Yemen.   Source: Saudi Press Agency

Extraordinary Significance for GCC Supreme Council upcoming Session, Kuwaiti Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Says

Politics
Riyadh, Sheikh Ali Al-Khalid Al-Sabah, the Kuwaiti Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia underscored here today the extraordinary significance of the upcoming 41st session of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), due to the political developments witnessed in the region. In a press statement, the ambassador remarked that the summit that to be hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is set to take place within fraternal as well as positive atmospheres among the leaders of the GCC member states, in a way that would reflect the spirit of responsibility and sincere faith in the importance of the jointly facing challenges lying ahead. Such joint approach would help in bringing about peace and stability for the sake of the countries and the peoples of the GCC member states, he stated. The Ar...