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Saudi Arabia to open its air and land borders with Qatar, easing the Gulf crisis

Saudi Arabia will open its air and land borders with Qatar starting Monday evening, ending a year-long diplomatic crisis that has deeply impacted regional US allies since 2017.

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Saudi Arabia will open its air and land borders with Qatar starting Monday evening,  ending a year-long diplomatic crisis that has deeply impacted regional US allies since 2017. 

On Monday, Kuwait’s foreign minister Ahmad Nasser was quoted saying that it was agreed to open the airspace and sea borders between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the State of Qatar based on ruler Sheikh Nawaf’s proposal.

The conversation between Kuwait’ ruler and Qatar’s emir and Saudi Arabia crown prince emphasized that everyone was keen on reunification and would gather in Al-Ula to sign a statement that promises to usher in a bright page of brotherly relations, said Kuwait’s foreign minister in a statement carried on state TV.

The announcement comes on the eve of an annual summit of the six nation Gulf Cooperation Council in the northwestern Saudi Arabian city of Al-Ula. The lifting of embargo comes amid efforts to resolve the dispute that had split Qatar from its neighbors since 2017 and complicated US strategy toward Iran under the rule of President Donald Trump.

The new push comes in the final days of the Trump’s administration with his successor and President-elect Joe Biden’s swearing-in, vowing to renew diplomacy with Tehran.

The decision paves the way to Qatar’s ruler to attend the summit on Tuesday which will be chaired by the Saudi monarch, King Salman. The Gulf Cooperation Council summit will be inclusive and will lead the states toward reunification and solidarity in facing the challenges of our region said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in remarks carried by the Saudi state-run news agency.

Also Read: UK PM Boris Johnson announces new nationwide lockdown amid rising coronavirus cases

Qatar’s land border was closed when Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain launched a blockade against the Gulf state, claiming that it supported Islamist groups in the region and had close ties with Iran.

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Microsoft outage: Banks, airports, media outlets face technical disruptions worldwide

A worldwide outage becomes a cause of distress for the economy, travel, and businesses around the world.

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The Microsoft outage is causing disruptions in multiple sectors, including flights, the stock market, and banking operations globally. A worldwide outage today becomes a cause of distress for the economy, travel, and businesses around the world.

All the flights have been grounded by world-major airlines like US airline, American Airlines, United and Delta, as specified by the federal aviation administrator in Australia, The world’s most crowded and industrious airport, Sydney Airport, faced its effect weekend on the corner, it became obstacle for many.

According to reports, many people experienced long queues at Australian stores like Woolworths due to payment system failures and difficulties accessing financial institutions such as the National Australia Bank.

Over 200 flights have been cancelled by the Indian aviation system indigo alone called off 192 flights yet. CrowdStrike, a cybersecurity firm serving various industries, experienced outages across parts of the world on Friday morning, disrupting news broadcasts and grounding flights.

An outage from Microsoft had far-reaching effects, including major disruptions to air travel. Challenges in operations were faced by prominent airlines like Akasa, IndiGo, Air India, Vistara, and SpiceJet in India. Furthermore, Frontier Airlines, Allegiant, and SunCountry, among other low-cost carriers in the US, faced service-related problems.

Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) issues advisory in the wake of Microsoft Windows outage.

The Delhi airport reported that some of its services were affected due to a global IT issue. They are working closely with all stakeholders to minimize the inconvenience to travellers. Passengers are advised to contact their airline or the ground help desk for updated flight information. The airport regrets the inconvenience caused to passengers.

Earlier in the day, Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said that MEITY is in touch with Microsoft and its associates regarding the global outage. The reason for this outage has been identified and updates have been released to resolve the issue. CERT is issuing a technical advisory. NIC network is not affected, he said in a post on X.

The airline company, Air India, issued a customer advisory and said that their digital systems have been impacted temporarily due to the current Microsoft outage resulting in delays. They regretted the inconvenience caused and requested their guests to plan their travel accordingly.

Similarly, Vistara also issued an advisory and informed their customer about the outage saying, they are experiencing technical challenges across various aspects of their operations due to a global outage at our service provider’s end. They said that they are working with them to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

Foreign airlines that have been affected are American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Allegiant, Sun Country Airlines, Ryan Air, Air France, Cathay Pacific, Eurowings, KLM, Scandinavian Airlines, and Vueling among others.

Airports that have been affected include New Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Berlin, Prague, Amsterdam, Madrid, and Barcelona.

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Trump shooter rejected by school shooting club for being really bad

He had slipped onto a rooftop 140 meters from the stage where Trump was speaking and began firing an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle.

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Thomas Matthew Crooks, the 20-year-old man, who tried to assassinate former US President Donald Trump, was rejected by the school shooting club for being a really bad shooter and making crass jokes, as per the reports.

The Trump shooter was shot dead by the US Secret Services when he attacked the 78-year-old Republican Presidential candidate at a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania on July 13 evening. As Trump talked to a large crowd, a continuous gunfire broke out, causing widespread panic and prompting an immediate response from security personnel.

Crooks, who allegedly tried to assassinate former Trump, was a resident of Bethel Park, about an hour away from where the shocking shooting occurred, and he was a member of a local shooting club named Clairton Sportsmen’s Club. He was a high school student who was rejected from his high school’s rifle team for being a terrible shooter.

Crook was shot dead on Saturday, the Secret Service said in a statement. Afterward in the day, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) distinguished him as a Pennsylvanian man. He had slipped onto a rooftop 140 meters from the stage where Trump was speaking and began firing an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle. According to officials, the continued gunfire scuffed Trump’s right ear. The officials added that a 50-year-old man was killed in this incident, and two others were critically injured.

According to reports, Crooks graduated from Bethel Park High School in 2022. He received a $ 500-star award, from the National Math and Science Enterprise, officials also told that Crooks does not have a criminal history according to Pennsylvania’s public court records. Police added that they have not yet identified the official motive behind it.

An individual who claimed to be an eyewitness of the incident, in an interview with the international media, the individual said he and the individuals he was with began yelling at the man, attempting to alarm security. According to the security agency, the shots appeared to have come from outside the area secured by the Secret Service.

Addressing a conference, the FBI stated that they were still working through the security apparatus that the Secret Service had in place to understand what potentially happened. Kevin Rojek, the special agent in charge of the Pittsburgh office, remarked that it was able to fire multiple shots. He included that there is going to be a long examination into exactly what took put and how the person was able to get to the area, what type of weapon he had.

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Donald Trump survives assassination attempt, bullet pierces his right ear

The dead gunman has been identified as Thomas Matthew Crooks, aged 20, from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania.

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Former US President Donald Trump was immediately rushed offstage to his motorcade, with blood visible on his right ear and streaking across his cheek after gunshots erupted at a rally in Pennsylvania in an apparent assassination attempt on Saturday evening.

According to US Secret Services, the former President was injured in a volley of gunfire at 6.15 pm from an elevated position outside the venue. The gunfire erupted a few minutes after Trump began his speech at a rally of supporters in Butler, a rural town in northwestern Pennsylvania.

The available witnesses and footage suggested around eight shots were fired at Trump. The footage also showed him grimacing and raising a hand to his right ear.

Following the incident, the US Secret Service officers neutralised the suspect at the scene. The agency’s spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi said that one bystander was killed in the shooting and two others were critically injured.

The US Secret Service, which is responsible for shielding current and former presidents, said the suspected shooter had fired multiple shots towards the stage and that the assailant was now dead.

The dead gunman has been identified as Thomas Matthew Crooks, aged 20, from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania.

The former US President Trump, in a post to his Truth Social network, said a bullet pierced the upper part of his right ear. Earlier, his spokesperson informed that he was receiving treatment at a local medical centre.

In a post, Trump said he knew immediately that something was wrong in that he claimed that he heard a whizzing sound, and shots, and immediately felt the bullet ripping through the skin. Trump further wrote that much bleeding took place, so he realized then what was happening.

The incident received condemnation from across the US political spectrum, with President Joe Biden, who spoke to Trump late on Saturday, describing the incident as sick and said the reason why the US needs to be united. There’s no place in America for this kind of violence, Biden asserted.

International leaders also have denounced the act of violence, with UK Prime Minister Keir Starmer saying, he was appalled by the shocking scenes. Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he would pray for President Trump’s speedy recovery. There were conflicting reports about the cause of Trump’s injury.

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, also expressed his concern over the assassination attempt on former US President Trump and said violence has no place in politics and democracies.

PM Modi wished him a speedy recovery. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased, those injured and the American people”, he added. 

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