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Somali premier pledges election transparency amid political tensions

Somalia's prime minister vowed Sunday to ensure transparency in the country's ongoing parliamentary elections as well as to «correct the mistakes» made so far.
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Somali premier pledges election transparency amid political tensions

Somalia's prime minister vowed Sunday to ensure transparency in the country's ongoing parliamentary elections as well as to «correct the mistakes» made so far.

'Ayaanle' paves way for real stories of Somalia on screen

The new Somali movie «Ayaanle» follows the story of a young actor in Nairobi with aspirations to reach Hollywood and emulate Denzel Washington. However, destiny has a distinctive path planned for him and he's only ever cast as a pirate or terroris
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'Ayaanle' paves way for real stories of Somalia on screen

The new Somali movie «Ayaanle» follows the story of a young actor in Nairobi with aspirations to reach Hollywood and emulate Denzel Washington. However, destiny has a distinctive path planned for him and he's only ever cast as a pirate or terrorist.

Exclusive: Police uncover terror plans by an Iranian national in Kenya

A recent report by Kenya’s security agencies has linked an Iranian citizen, Mohammed Saeid Golabi, to terror activities in Kenya and in the neighbouring countries.
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Exclusive: Police uncover terror plans by an Iranian national in Kenya

A recent report by Kenya’s security agencies has linked an Iranian citizen, Mohammed Saeid Golabi, to terror activities in Kenya and in the neighbouring countries.

Southern Africa: South African 'President Slams 'Unjustified and Discriminatory' Travel Bans

[SAnews.gov.za] President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on all those countries that have imposed travel bans on South Africa and other Southern African countries to urgently reverse their decisions.
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Southern Africa: South African 'President Slams 'Unjustified and Discriminatory' Travel Bans

[SAnews.gov.za] President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on all those countries that have imposed travel bans on South Africa and other Southern African countries to urgently reverse their decisions.

France refuses to be held ‘hostage’ to British politics

France will not be held hostage to Britain’s domestic politics over the Channel migrant crisis, the country’s interior minister has said, signaling, however, readiness to negotiate with London. Read Full Article at RT.com
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France refuses to be held ‘hostage’ to British politics

France will not be held hostage to Britain’s domestic politics over the Channel migrant crisis, the country’s interior minister has said, signaling, however, readiness to negotiate with London. Read Full Article at RT.com

Military police raid plane to arrest couple trying to flee quarantine

A married couple who fled a quarantine hotel for suspected Omicron strain carriers in the Netherlands have been removed from a flight by the Dutch military police just as their plane was about to take off. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Military police raid plane to arrest couple trying to flee quarantine

A married couple who fled a quarantine hotel for suspected Omicron strain carriers in the Netherlands have been removed from a flight by the Dutch military police just as their plane was about to take off. Read Full Article at RT.com

Omicron strain reaches North America

Two cases of the Omicron strain have been confirmed in Canada, while President Biden weighs US response to the heavily-mutated Covid-19 variant, even as it remains unclear if it is more dangerous than other variants. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Omicron strain reaches North America

Two cases of the Omicron strain have been confirmed in Canada, while President Biden weighs US response to the heavily-mutated Covid-19 variant, even as it remains unclear if it is more dangerous than other variants. Read Full Article at RT.com

Woman sets Covid quarantine hotel on fire

A woman has been arrested and charged with arson in Queensland, Australia after she reportedly set fire to a hotel where she and her two kids were forced to quarantine for two weeks. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Woman sets Covid quarantine hotel on fire

A woman has been arrested and charged with arson in Queensland, Australia after she reportedly set fire to a hotel where she and her two kids were forced to quarantine for two weeks. Read Full Article at RT.com

Ghislaine Maxwell launched hiring drive for recruits to answer phones when she 'trafficked girls'

EXCLUSIVE: The job adverts were placed in newspapers in Palm Beach, Florida - where Epstein had a mansion - in January 1997. Job seekers were given a number to call 'Miss Maxwell'.
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Ghislaine Maxwell launched hiring drive for recruits to answer phones when she 'trafficked girls'

EXCLUSIVE: The job adverts were placed in newspapers in Palm Beach, Florida - where Epstein had a mansion - in January 1997. Job seekers were given a number to call 'Miss Maxwell'.

Loh Kean Yew's giant-killing run ends at hands of Olympic badminton champion Viktor Axelsen

SINGAPORE - In the end, it was one giant too many for national shuttler Loh Kean Yew to overcome as he lost 21-13, 9-21, 21-13 to world No. 2 Viktor Axelsen in the final of the Indonesia Open on Sunday (Nov 28). Loh, the 24-year-old world No. 26, had beaten
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Loh Kean Yew's giant-killing run ends at hands of Olympic badminton champion Viktor Axelsen

SINGAPORE - In the end, it was one giant too many for national shuttler Loh Kean Yew to overcome as he lost 21-13, 9-21, 21-13 to world No. 2 Viktor Axelsen in the final of the Indonesia Open on Sunday (Nov 28). Loh, the 24-year-old world No. 26, had beaten higher-ranked opponents - most notably world No. 1 Kento Momota - in his run to the final of the US$850,000 (S$1.16 million) Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour Super 1000 event at the Bali International Convention Centre. But 27-year-old Dane Axelsen, who won the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics in August, proved too much for Loh to overcome, despite the Singaporean rallying to win the second game after losing the first. Loh said: «I wasn't patient enough throughout the game. I should have been more patient and kept some rallies going instead of trying to kill him… Against Viktor, it's risky.» The loss ended his hopes of becoming the first Singaporean man to qualify for the season-ending BWF World Tour Finals next week, also in Bali. A win would have seen him take the place of Thai world No. 22 Kunlavut Vitidsarn.

Strictly Come Dancing: Gordon Ramsay wells up as daughter Tilly is the NINTH celebrity eliminated

The chef, 55, couldn't hold back the tears as his 20-year-old daughter waved goodbye to the competition alongside pro partner Nikita Kuzmin.
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Strictly Come Dancing: Gordon Ramsay wells up as daughter Tilly is the NINTH celebrity eliminated

The chef, 55, couldn't hold back the tears as his 20-year-old daughter waved goodbye to the competition alongside pro partner Nikita Kuzmin.

Female students in Afghanistan graduate from private university - watched on by Taliban leaders

The ceremony saw 13 young women graduate from the Faculty of Law and Political Science at the private Mirwais Neeka University in the city of Kandahar, southern Afghanistan.
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Female students in Afghanistan graduate from private university - watched on by Taliban leaders

The ceremony saw 13 young women graduate from the Faculty of Law and Political Science at the private Mirwais Neeka University in the city of Kandahar, southern Afghanistan.

New Covid-19 cases below 1,000 for first time since Sept 20

SINGAPORE - New Covid-19 infections stood at 747 cases on Sunday (Nov 28), down from 1,761 on Saturday and falling below the 1,000 mark for the first time since Sept 20. The Covid-19 weekly infection growth rate was at 0.69, down from 0.75 on Saturday, said
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New Covid-19 cases below 1,000 for first time since Sept 20

SINGAPORE - New Covid-19 infections stood at 747 cases on Sunday (Nov 28), down from 1,761 on Saturday and falling below the 1,000 mark for the first time since Sept 20. The Covid-19 weekly infection growth rate was at 0.69, down from 0.75 on Saturday, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in its daily update. This is the 16th day in a row that the growth rate is below one. The number refers to the ratio of community cases in the past week over the week before. A weekly infection growth rate that is consistently below one shows that the number of new weekly Covid-19 cases is falling. The intensive care unit (ICU) utilisation rate was at 57.4 per cent on Sunday, up from 56.6 per cent on Saturday. Eleven people aged between 67 and 98 died of complications linked to Covid-19, MOH said. All of them had various underlying medical conditions, it added, without giving further details. The latest deaths take the total number of fatalities in Singapore to 701. The new infections comprised 719 cases in the community, 25 in migrant worker dormitories and three imported cases.

Singapore-Malaysia land VTL opens: Over 40 people cross Causeway in first bus

Travellers rose bright and early on Monday (Nov 29) morning to catch a bus into Malaysia. The first bus departed Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange at 8am with over 40 passengers on board. This is the first time in nearly two years they are able to reunit
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Singapore-Malaysia land VTL opens: Over 40 people cross Causeway in first bus

Travellers rose bright and early on Monday (Nov 29) morning to catch a bus into Malaysia. The first bus departed Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange at 8am with over 40 passengers on board. This is the first time in nearly two years they are able to reunite with their loved ones living across the Causeway, as Singapore closed its land borders with Malaysia last March due to the pandemic. Under the land Vaccinated Travel Lane, up to 1,440 Malaysian citizens, permanent residents and long-term pass holders in Singapore will be able to cross the Causeway daily, and vice versa. Join AsiaOne as we check out what it's like at the bus interchange. ALSO READ: What you need to know about Singapore-Malaysia land VTL starting on Nov 29

India pushes renewed trade talks in aftermath of Canada-China tensions

India and Canada have engaged in a series of «consultative meetings» that could form the basis for full-fledged free-trade negotiations, according to the country's high commissioner to Canada.
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India pushes renewed trade talks in aftermath of Canada-China tensions

India and Canada have engaged in a series of «consultative meetings» that could form the basis for full-fledged free-trade negotiations, according to the country's high commissioner to Canada.

Officials urge vigilance as southwest B.C. endures more storm activity

Evacuation orders and alerts due to rising waters began to mount on Sunday as as another atmospheric river drenches the province, worsening the impacts of widespread floods and mudslides.
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Officials urge vigilance as southwest B.C. endures more storm activity

Evacuation orders and alerts due to rising waters began to mount on Sunday as as another atmospheric river drenches the province, worsening the impacts of widespread floods and mudslides.

Dominican farmers use new climate technologies to build resilience

Small scale farmers in Dominica generally have had limited access to relevant climate and weather information to help with planning their agricultural practices. To address this issue, the Department of Agriculture and the Dominican Meteorological Services ha
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Dominican farmers use new climate technologies to build resilience

Small scale farmers in Dominica generally have had limited access to relevant climate and weather information to help with planning their agricultural practices. To address this issue, the Department of Agriculture and the Dominican Meteorological Services have been implementing an... The post Dominican farmers use new climate technologies to build resilience appeared first on Dominica News Online.

Film Commission launches its strategy to develop Saudi film, cinema sector

Author: Sun, 2021-11-28 23:42 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Film Commission on Sunday launched its strategy to develop the Kingdom’s film and cinema sector at a ceremony in the capital, Riyadh. The ceremony was held under the patronage of Prince Badr bin
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Film Commission launches its strategy to develop Saudi film, cinema sector

Author: Sun, 2021-11-28 23:42 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Film Commission on Sunday launched its strategy to develop the Kingdom’s film and cinema sector at a ceremony in the capital, Riyadh. The ceremony was held under the patronage of Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, the minister of culture and chairman of the commission. Hamed Fayez, the deputy minister of culture and vice chairman of the commission’s board of directors, said that the strategy, with its diverse and comprehensive programs and initiatives, represents a first step toward developing the sector and supporting and empowering Saudi filmmakers. Fayez said the Kingdom has great potential in the industry due to creative Saudi talent winning awards at regional and international film festivals, Saudi films that have achieved remarkable recognition locally and internationally, and the growth of the production movement in recent years. The Film Commission’s CEO Abdullah Al-Ayyaf said the strategy contributes to achieving the goals of the Ministry of Culture and the Kingdom’s Vision 2020 National Culture Strategy, by achieving growth in the Saudi film production sector and transforming it into a competitive industry. It includes producing local cinematic content to attract Saudi and international audiences, and presenting the Kingdom as a leading global center for film production in the Middle East, he added. The strategy was based on a benchmark comparison with the 20 most important countries in the film industry. It includes six strategic pillars, including talent development, infrastructure, local production in the Kingdom, international production in the Kingdom, regulatory framework, film distribution and screening. According to the strategy, the Film Commission will work on 19 strategic initiatives aimed at creating a large movement in the Saudi film sector, providing an infrastructure for film production, and empowering Saudi talents and capabilities. The commission said its strategy was designed to increase direct contribution to the gross domestic product, increase the number of job opportunities in the film sector, and increase the number of locally produced feature films.  The Film Commission is one of 11 cultural bodies affiliated with the Ministry of Culture and was established in February last year. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaSaudi Film CommissionSaudi Ministry of CulturePrince Badr bin Abdullah bin FarhanSaudi film industryAbdullah Al-AyyafHamed FayezSaudi National Culture StrategyVision 2030 Saudi falconry festival starts in RiyadhKaspersky, Saudi Technology Control to combat cyberattack

ThePlace: Asfa village in Makkah province

Sun, 2021-11-28 23:58 The traditional village of Asfa in Bani Malek, located in the governorate of Maysan in Makkah, has been the center of attention for tourism activists, and is popular with nature and heritage enthusiasts. The village is known for its ar
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ThePlace: Asfa village in Makkah province

Sun, 2021-11-28 23:58 The traditional village of Asfa in Bani Malek, located in the governorate of Maysan in Makkah, has been the center of attention for tourism activists, and is popular with nature and heritage enthusiasts. The village is known for its architectural features, with stone structures built on giant white rocks and displaying a unique design. Village buildings have beautiful timber facades that blend with the area’s natural surroundings. Asfa was established more than 300 years at a time when villages began springing up along the Sarawat mountains. Houses in the area have large living rooms. similar to a majlis, and other rooms designed for multiple purposes, with open spaces beyond for livestock and farming. Wooden carvings and cultural features reflect the original residents’ tastes and ideas. Located in the south of Taif, Asfa is a favorite with photographers seeking to capture its historic buildings and architectural heritage. The village is surrounded by valleys, mountains, farmland and trees, and has a flowing stream, as well as gardens of grapes, figs and almonds. Asfa’s traditional houses, and its cultural and historical value, are central to efforts to preserve the village for future generations. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: ThePlace ThePlace: Rajajil Columns, the ‘Stonehenge of Saudi Arabia’ThePlace: Mardhyah Palace in Al-Ahsa, where King Abdulaziz would spend his leisure time

Who’s Who: Princess Haifa bint Abdulaziz Al-Mogrin, chair of the UNESCO Executive Board Program and External Relations Commission

Mon, 2021-11-29 00:11 Princess Haifa bint Abdulaziz Al-Mogrin was recently elected to chair the UNESCO Executive Board Program and External Relations Commission for two years. During the 213th session of the UNESCO executive board in Paris, the executive co
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Who’s Who: Princess Haifa bint Abdulaziz Al-Mogrin, chair of the UNESCO Executive Board Program and External Relations Commission

Mon, 2021-11-29 00:11 Princess Haifa bint Abdulaziz Al-Mogrin was recently elected to chair the UNESCO Executive Board Program and External Relations Commission for two years. During the 213th session of the UNESCO executive board in Paris, the executive council named Princess Haifa, Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to UNESCO, for the position. The Kingdom’s presidency of UNESCO’s programs and external relations committee reflects its pivotal role in UNESCO to support the decision-making process in a systematic and fair way. Commenting on the election, Princess Haifa posted on Twitter: “Glad to announce that Saudi Arabia will continue its pursuits to ensure a better future for all as chair of the Executive Board Program and External Relations Commission.” Princess Haifa received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Riyadh-based King Saud University in 2000 and a master’s degree in science in economics with reference to the Middle East from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London in 2007. In 2009, she briefly took up a part-time role lecturing at King Saud University, before starting work with the UN Development Programme. In 2013, she was promoted to the role of program analyst there, covering social development and human rights. She joined the Ministry of Economy and Planning as head of the sustainable development goals sector in 2016 and was appointed assistant deputy minister for sustainable development affairs in 2017. She also served as the assistant deputy minister for G20 affairs under the Ministry of Economy and Planning from 2018. That same year, she was a speaker at the Second Urban Planning Forum — a testament to her expertise in the empowerment of youth and human rights advocacy. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Who's Who Who’s Who: Dr. Ali bin Mohammed Al-Suwat, mayor of the Qassim regionWho’s Who: Mukhtar Alam, Saudi calligrapher

Yemeni governorates receive Saudi oil derivatives grant

Mon, 2021-11-29 00:32 ADEN: The governorates of Hadramout and Mahra in Yemen have received a new batch of Saudi fuel derivatives from Aden, offered by the Kingdom under the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen. Hadramout received 11,300 t
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Yemeni governorates receive Saudi oil derivatives grant

Mon, 2021-11-29 00:32 ADEN: The governorates of Hadramout and Mahra in Yemen have received a new batch of Saudi fuel derivatives from Aden, offered by the Kingdom under the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen. Hadramout received 11,300 tons of diesel, with 8,300 tons distributed to the coast and 2,000 to the valley, while Mahra received 4,000 tons of diesel to meet the supply needed for electricity generation stations. The new batch for Hadramout and Mahra is part of the fifth distribution of Saudi fuel derivatives to Yemen, with amounts reaching 60,000 metric tons of diesel and 30,000 metric tons of fuel oil. Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen has undertaken more than 204 development projects. (SPA) Through this grant, Saudi Arabia seeks to contribute to the stability of fuel prices, improving services in all vital sectors, developing infrastructure, limiting recurrent power outages and improving the daily lives of Yemeni citizens. Meanwhile, SDRPY said it has raised the efficiency of electrical energy at Aden International Airport, by providing the airport with two electric generators with a capacity of 636 kVA for each generator, totaling 1272 kVA, to improve services provided to travelers and airlines. SDRPY supplies two electric generators with a total capacity of 1272 kVA, to improve services provided to travelers and airlines. (SPA) The new support from the SDRPY contributes to raising the level of services at the airport at all levels, and provides a qualitative solution in supporting it’s infrastructure, as part of the airport’s rehabilitation project. The SDRPY also announced it has opened four new schools in the island of Socotra, benefiting 5,170 people.  “The model schools built by the program contribute to creating a good educational environment that enables schools to implement their educational programs and extra-curricular activities through facilities equipped with the highest specifications, including scientific and computer labs, and volleyball and basketball courts,” SDRPY said. Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen opens four schools in the island of Socotra. (SPA) The program seeks to develop schools and educational facilities to attract students and provide comprehensive education for both sexes, in addition to providing jobs through various educational institutions. The SDRPY has provided more than 204 development projects and initiatives that it implemented in various Yemeni governorates in seven basic sectors, namely health, energy, transportation, water, education, agriculture and fisheries, and capacity-building of government institutions. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi oil derivativesYemenSaudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen (SDRPY)SocotraAdenAden Airport Saudi Arabia delivers oil derivatives grant to YemenYemen PM wants to maximize oil derivatives grant from Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia to chair anti-human trafficking forum

Mon, 2021-11-29 00:47 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Monday will chair the third government forum to discuss the challenges of combating human trafficking in the Middle East. The two-day forum will be held virtually under the theme “National and international c
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Saudi Arabia to chair anti-human trafficking forum

Mon, 2021-11-29 00:47 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Monday will chair the third government forum to discuss the challenges of combating human trafficking in the Middle East. The two-day forum will be held virtually under the theme “National and international coordination on combating trafficking in persons in the light of the coronavirus pandemic.” The forum will involve the heads of anti-human trafficking committees of Gulf Cooperation Council countries, a number of Arab states and international representatives. It will be inaugurated by the president of the Human Rights Commission and chairman of the National Committee to Combat Trafficking in Persons, Awwad Al-Awwad. The forum will discuss the challenges and developments in the field in order to enable national committees to develop joint action plans to address crime. Saudi Arabia’s hosting of the forum affirms the important role of the Kingdom in tackling human trafficking and supporting victims. It comes as the Kingdom marks continued progress in the US Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Report. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: anti-human traffickingSaudi Human Rights Commission (HRC) Saudi Human Rights Commission holds symposium for World Mental Health DayGCC, Muslim World League and Saudi Human Rights Commission chiefs meet US official

LAC open to salami slicing by China due to grazing curbs

Amid the ongoing border standoff with China, Indian Army’s restrictions on grazing in the traditional pasture land has left areas along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh vulnerable to ‘salami slicing’ by the People’s Liberation Army and aff
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LAC open to salami slicing by China due to grazing curbs

Amid the ongoing border standoff with China, Indian Army’s restrictions on grazing in the traditional pasture land has left areas along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh vulnerable to ‘salami slicing’ by the People’s Liberation Army and affected livestock rearing, the sole livelihood of nomadic inhabitants, who act as the ‘eyes’ of the forces.

‘Cooperation model’ most suited to India’s growth, says Amit Shah

Union home and cooperation minister Amit Shah said here on Sunday that the ‘cooperation model’ is the most suited economic development model for fuelling India's growth. He was speaking at the inauguration of four projects worth Rs 415 crore at AmulFed Da
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‘Cooperation model’ most suited to India’s growth, says Amit Shah

Union home and cooperation minister Amit Shah said here on Sunday that the ‘cooperation model’ is the most suited economic development model for fuelling India's growth. He was speaking at the inauguration of four projects worth Rs 415 crore at AmulFed Dairy.

China, Iran, Russia held useful informal consultations on nuclear deal - Russian diplomat

Mikhail Ulyanov said that the exchange of views was useful, first of all for better understanding of the updated negotiating position of Tehran
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China, Iran, Russia held useful informal consultations on nuclear deal - Russian diplomat

Mikhail Ulyanov said that the exchange of views was useful, first of all for better understanding of the updated negotiating position of Tehran