A nuclear power plant in the United Arab Emirates successfully activated its first reactor on Saturday, the AP reports.

Why it matters: The $20 billion Barakah nuclear power plant, located near the country's western border with Saudi Arabia, was built with the help of South Korea and is the first nuclear power plant on the Arabian Peninsula.

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Kushner: Saudi Arabia will allow any eastbound flight from Israel to use its airspace

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President Trump senior adviser Jared Kushner said during a conference call with reporters on Wednesday that the Saudi government agreed to allow all eastbound flights from Israel to pass through its airspace, rather than just flights from Israel to the United Arab Emirates.

Why it matters: Although Saudi Arabia did not follow the UAE in normalizing relations with Israel, opening its airspace is a meaningful step that will influence tourism and the economy.

Supreme Court blocks Alabama curbside voting measure

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday evening blocked a lower court order that would have allowed voters to cast ballots curbside at Alabama polling places on Election Day.

Whit it matters: With 13 days until Election Day, the justices voted 5-3 to overturn a lower court judge's ruling in favor of a lawsuit arguing that curbside voting would "violate federal laws designed to protect America’s most marginalized citizens" during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Liberal Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer dissented.

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