People in Saudi Arabia welcome the breakthrough in the three-year Gulf crisis after Riyadh overnight re-opened its borders to Qatar. Saudi Arabia had led a coalition of countries that cut ties and transport links with Qatar in June 2017, saying that it was too close to Iran and backed radical Islamist groups -- allegations Doha has always denied.
His country is very much at the heart of the as-yet unresolved Brexit negotiations, facing the prospect of a “no deal” scenario in the middle of a pandemic: FRANCE 24 spoke to Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney. He says that bridging gaps such as the ones on fisheries and fair competition “is not an easy political compromise to strike” between Britain and the EU. Brexit however, has to be resolved “within days”, he says, warning that the absence of an agreement would result in “huge uncertainty and costs that both economies and societies can’t afford right now”.
There are international calls for Mali to transition to civilian rule as soon as possible. The junta that ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita last week says it's hoping for a three-year post-coup transition. In Tanzania, campaigning has kicked off ahead of October’s general election that has already led to opposition claims of persecution. And more Cameroonian farmers are using fish to cultivate their crops as they invest in Aquaponics in the hope that the system can help boost output.
Saudi Aramco has received orders worth $75 billion for its debut bond sale. The deal is one of the most anticipated events of the year, showing investor hunger for high-quality credit after major investors briefly shunned the kingdom after the killing of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi.