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‘No intention’: Bayern’s Thomas Muller defends shocking ‘kung fu kick’ red card (PHOTOS)

Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller was handed a straight red card for his head kick on Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico in the Champions League on Wednesday – but insisted there was “no intention” behind the shocking challenge. Read Full Article at RT
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‘No intention’: Bayern’s Thomas Muller defends shocking ‘kung fu kick’ red card (PHOTOS)

Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller was handed a straight red card for his head kick on Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico in the Champions League on Wednesday – but insisted there was “no intention” behind the shocking challenge. Read Full Article at RT.com

‘Obviously I was joking’: NBA star Steph Curry backtracks on moon landing conspiracy comments

Man may have landed on the moon after all according to Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry, who caused a furore online recently when he said on a podcast that he doubts the official lunar-landing story put forth by NASA. Read Full Article at RT.com
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‘Obviously I was joking’: NBA star Steph Curry backtracks on moon landing conspiracy comments

Man may have landed on the moon after all according to Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry, who caused a furore online recently when he said on a podcast that he doubts the official lunar-landing story put forth by NASA. Read Full Article at RT.com

President Magufuli reveals struggle to secure Stiegler’s project

President John Magufuli yesterday revealed the trouble the government went through to secure the construction of the proposed Stiegler’s Gorge hydropower station.
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President Magufuli reveals struggle to secure Stiegler’s project

President John Magufuli yesterday revealed the trouble the government went through to secure the construction of the proposed Stiegler’s Gorge hydropower station.

Traders to miss new business licences over lack of addresses

The regional commissioner for Dodoma, Dr Binilith Mahenge, has directed council business officials not to issue new business licences to traders if their areas have no addresses of residence.
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Traders to miss new business licences over lack of addresses

The regional commissioner for Dodoma, Dr Binilith Mahenge, has directed council business officials not to issue new business licences to traders if their areas have no addresses of residence.

Families struggle to trust Thunder Bay police as Indigenous death cases could be reopened

An independent watchdog is urging police to reopen investigations into the deaths of nine Indigenous people in Thunder Bay, citing systemic racism and shoddy police work. But one surviving family member says the prospect of reinvestigating cases brings both h
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Families struggle to trust Thunder Bay police as Indigenous death cases could be reopened

An independent watchdog is urging police to reopen investigations into the deaths of nine Indigenous people in Thunder Bay, citing systemic racism and shoddy police work. But one surviving family member says the prospect of reinvestigating cases brings both hope and apprehension as families struggle to trust police.

‘May remains in power as nobody wants to do the worst job – Brexit’

Theresa May survived the no-confidence vote buying some time in office, but why did Tories let her stay? Actually, none of them wanted to get involved in the bumpy Brexit debacle that could lead to nowhere, analysts told RT. Read Full Article at RT.com
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‘May remains in power as nobody wants to do the worst job – Brexit’

Theresa May survived the no-confidence vote buying some time in office, but why did Tories let her stay? Actually, none of them wanted to get involved in the bumpy Brexit debacle that could lead to nowhere, analysts told RT. Read Full Article at RT.com

Chancellor Hammond labels Rees-Mogg, Boris & co ‘extremists’ as Tory civil war gets ugly

UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has enraged Brexiteers by labelling Jacob Rees-Mogg and Boris Johnson, among others, as “extremists,” for their pursuit of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Chancellor Hammond labels Rees-Mogg, Boris & co ‘extremists’ as Tory civil war gets ugly

UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has enraged Brexiteers by labelling Jacob Rees-Mogg and Boris Johnson, among others, as “extremists,” for their pursuit of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit. Read Full Article at RT.com

CCTV footage leads to man’s arrest for theft

A 41-year-old man was on Thursday arraigned on theft charges after the police traced him through CCTV footage. Mark Scerri, from Marsascala, admitted stealing €350 in cash from a Zebbuġ garage and €430 from a Fgura hardware store in October. The court he
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CCTV footage leads to man’s arrest for theft

A 41-year-old man was on Thursday arraigned on theft charges after the police traced him through CCTV footage. Mark Scerri, from Marsascala, admitted stealing €350 in cash from a Zebbuġ garage and €430 from a Fgura hardware store in October. The court heard how Mr Scerri had drug issues and a history of such thefts, but had managed to reform himself. His last theft charge before this one was in 2010. Magistrate Natasha Galea Sciberras ordered the drawing up of a pre-sentencing report. The accused was granted bail against a personal guarantee of €7,000. Inspectors Shawn Pawney and Hubert Cini prosecuted.Lawyers Amadeus Cachia and Franco Debono appeared for the accused.

Christmas fun in Paola

Paola will today cheer in the festive season with several activities that will kick off at 2pm in the main square and surrounding streets.  The 11th edition of Christmas in Casal Paola is being organised by the local council and the Socjeta De Paule, in co
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Christmas fun in Paola

Paola will today cheer in the festive season with several activities that will kick off at 2pm in the main square and surrounding streets.  The 11th edition of Christmas in Casal Paola is being organised by the local council and the Socjeta De Paule, in collaboration with several associations based in Paola and the locality's commercial community. The event will transform the locality into a Christmas village which will see the participation of music bands, exhibitions, singing and dancing. Father Christmas will also make an appearance at 6.30pm to collect children's letters and distribute sweets.   

Watch: Maltese Abroad: Goals for Schembri, Cuschieri

CYPRUS Andre Schembri scored his first goal for Apollon Limassol in this 2018/2019 campaign in their 2-0 win over Enosis. Schembri played the whole game and drew first blood on minute 16. Apollon were on the back of a thumping 5-1 defeat against APOEL. Apo
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Watch: Maltese Abroad: Goals for Schembri, Cuschieri

CYPRUS Andre Schembri scored his first goal for Apollon Limassol in this 2018/2019 campaign in their 2-0 win over Enosis. Schembri played the whole game and drew first blood on minute 16. Apollon were on the back of a thumping 5-1 defeat against APOEL. Apollon are currently third on 25 points, three points behind leaders AEL with a game in hand. ITALY Zach Muscat played the whole game for Pistoiese in their 2-1 defeat at the hands of leaders Carrarese. The result means Pistoiese stay in 18th place in the Serie C, Group A. Nicole Sciberras played in Grifone Gialloverde's 1-1 draw against Cross Roads, in the Italian Serie C. ENGLAND Luke Gambin played the full game for Crawley Town in their 1-0 defeat against Northampton, in League 2. The Reds are now 16th in the 24-team league on 26 points.  Sam Magri was involved for all 90 minutes as Ebbsfleet United left it late to beat Barnet 1-0 in the National League. Ebbsfleet are closing in on the play-off places as they are now 10th on 34 points, three points distant from the seventh-place which is the final play-off spot in the standings. Meanwhile, James Magri played for Ebbsfleet's youth team in their 5-0 win over Whitleaf FC. St...

Accused Russian agent Butina expected to plead guilty in Washington

A woman accused of acting as a Russian agent to infiltrate the powerful National Rifle Association lobby group and influence US policy toward Moscow is expected to plead guilty in federal court on Thursday in a deal that could help prosecutors gain insight i
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Accused Russian agent Butina expected to plead guilty in Washington

A woman accused of acting as a Russian agent to infiltrate the powerful National Rifle Association lobby group and influence US policy toward Moscow is expected to plead guilty in federal court on Thursday in a deal that could help prosecutors gain insight into Russian efforts to meddle in American politics. Maria Butina, a Russian former graduate student at American University in Washington who has publicly advocated for gun rights, is slated to change her plea from not guilty to guilty in a hearing before Judge Tanya Chutkan in US District Court in Washington. Butina was charged in July with acting as an agent of Russia's government and conspiracy to take actions on behalf of Moscow. As part of the plea agreement, she is expected to cooperate with prosecutors during an ongoing investigation, according to US media reports.  Prosecutors have accused Butina, who was jailed awaiting trial, of working with a Russian official and two US citizens to try to infiltrate the NRA, a group closely aligned with Republican politicians including President Donald Trump, and sway Washington's policy toward Moscow. Butina's lawyers previously identified the Russian official as Alexander Torshin,...

Suspended sentence for man caught at the airport with bullets in his hand luggage

An American man on Thursday admitted to trying to leave Malta with 29 bullets and a firearm magazine in his hand luggage. Dwyer William Edward, 63, from Philadelphia, was held at Malta International Airport before a flight to Frankfurt en-route to the US. Mag
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Suspended sentence for man caught at the airport with bullets in his hand luggage

An American man on Thursday admitted to trying to leave Malta with 29 bullets and a firearm magazine in his hand luggage. Dwyer William Edward, 63, from Philadelphia, was held at Malta International Airport before a flight to Frankfurt en-route to the US. Magistrate Natasha Galea Sciberras handed Mr William Edward a six-month prison term, suspended for two years. The man was handed a five-year ban on holding any firearm licence and ordered to leave Malta. No reason was given in court as to why the bullets were being carried.  Inspector Silvio Magro prosecuted while lawyer Lucio Sciriha appeared for the accused.

Bruised UK leader returns to Brussels for Brexit help

Britain's weakened Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in Brussels on Thursday to lobby European leaders for help after she survived a parliamentary mutiny that highlighted the deadlock over Brexit. May won the backing of 200 Conservative Party members of parl
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Bruised UK leader returns to Brussels for Brexit help

Britain's weakened Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in Brussels on Thursday to lobby European leaders for help after she survived a parliamentary mutiny that highlighted the deadlock over Brexit. May won the backing of 200 Conservative Party members of parliament versus 117 against, in a secret ballot that deepened divisions just weeks before parliament needs to approve a deal to prevent a disorderly exit from the European Union. In Britain's biggest decision for decades, Brexit has split the nation and will shape the future of its $2.8 trillion economy including London's status as a global financial hub. Pro-Europeans fear exit will weaken the West, already struggling to assimilate Russian and Chinese power as well as Donald Trump's unpredictable U.S. presidency. Brexit supporters hail it as casting off a flailing German-led European project. Brexit Minister Stephen Barclay said May, who has been shuttling round Europe for months and will attend an EU summit until Friday afternoon, would seek assurances Britain would not be tied to the European Union indefinitely post-Brexit, as her party critics fear. The «direction of travel» was in Britain's favour, he said. "The prime...

European MPs who oppose Nord Stream-2 possibly pin hopes on firewood, says Moscow

«Opposing energy cooperation and its diversification and measures to adjust it to modern trends is madness for Europe,» Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said
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European MPs who oppose Nord Stream-2 possibly pin hopes on firewood, says Moscow

«Opposing energy cooperation and its diversification and measures to adjust it to modern trends is madness for Europe,» Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said

Russia, India reach ‘unprecedented’ level in military technology transfer

Russai's defense minister expressed confidence that «no other state cooperates with India in the sphere of the transfer of armament and military hardware production technologies as close as Russia»
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Russia, India reach ‘unprecedented’ level in military technology transfer

Russai's defense minister expressed confidence that «no other state cooperates with India in the sphere of the transfer of armament and military hardware production technologies as close as Russia»

Weeding Out Foreigners: Strains over Thailand’s Legalization of Marijuana

Patent requests filed by foreign pharmaceutical firms could see them dominating the potentially lucrative market and make it harder for researchers to access marijuana extracts. The post Weeding Out Foreigners: Strains over Thailand’s Legalization of Ma
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Weeding Out Foreigners: Strains over Thailand’s Legalization of Marijuana

Patent requests filed by foreign pharmaceutical firms could see them dominating the potentially lucrative market and make it harder for researchers to access marijuana extracts. The post Weeding Out Foreigners: Strains over Thailand’s Legalization of Marijuana appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Three Armed Groups Offer to Stop Fighting, Enter Peace Talks

«We desire to take a political approach instead of a military approach and will first stop military actions in order to be able to achieve peace,» the groups said. The post Three Armed Groups Offer to Stop Fighting, Enter Peace Talks appeared firs
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Three Armed Groups Offer to Stop Fighting, Enter Peace Talks

«We desire to take a political approach instead of a military approach and will first stop military actions in order to be able to achieve peace,» the groups said. The post Three Armed Groups Offer to Stop Fighting, Enter Peace Talks appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Indian President Expresses Support for Myanmar During State Visit

During his five-day visit to Myanmar, the Indian president has held talks with the State Counselor and President, reiterating India’s support for peace and development in Myanmar. The post Indian President Expresses Support for Myanmar During State Visit ap
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Indian President Expresses Support for Myanmar During State Visit

During his five-day visit to Myanmar, the Indian president has held talks with the State Counselor and President, reiterating India’s support for peace and development in Myanmar. The post Indian President Expresses Support for Myanmar During State Visit appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

China-Myanmar Economic Corridor a ‘Win-Win’

U Myat Thu, who sits on a joint committee overseeing the corridor's development, spoke with The Irrawaddy about what Myanmar was doing to manage the potential risks and rewards. The post China-Myanmar Economic Corridor a ‘Win-Win’ appeared first o
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China-Myanmar Economic Corridor a ‘Win-Win’

U Myat Thu, who sits on a joint committee overseeing the corridor's development, spoke with The Irrawaddy about what Myanmar was doing to manage the potential risks and rewards. The post China-Myanmar Economic Corridor a ‘Win-Win’ appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Internal and External Opposition Threatening Tatmadaw: Army Chief

Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing’s speech at an army academy graduation warned of external elements threatening Myanmar—much like speeches given by him and his predecessors in the past. The post Internal and External Opposition Threatening Tatmadaw: Army Chief app
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Internal and External Opposition Threatening Tatmadaw: Army Chief

Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing’s speech at an army academy graduation warned of external elements threatening Myanmar—much like speeches given by him and his predecessors in the past. The post Internal and External Opposition Threatening Tatmadaw: Army Chief appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

LES EDITIONS AMAYA : Une décennie au service du livre et de la culture gabonaise

Les Editions Amaya ont célébré leur décennie ce mercredi 12décembre 2018 à Libreville. Cette manifestation du livre et de la culture gabonaise était aussi l'occasion pour la Directrice des Editions de présenter le nouveau-né de la littérature gabona
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LES EDITIONS AMAYA : Une décennie au service du livre et de la culture gabonaise

Les Editions Amaya ont célébré leur décennie ce mercredi 12décembre 2018 à Libreville. Cette manifestation du livre et de la culture gabonaise était aussi l'occasion pour la Directrice des Editions de présenter le nouveau-né de la littérature gabonaise. Une œuvre autobiographique qui a, selon son auteure, une valeur historique, sociologique, anthropologique et politique. « Philibert Bongo Ayouma : Le dernier combat » est le titre du nouveau-né de la littérature gabonaise chez les Editions Amaya. La (...) - ART ET CULTURE / SUJET_ECRIT_MAISON

Vers le retour de Moukagni Iwangou dans la coalition de Jean Ping ?

Silencieux depuis son entrée au gouvernement, Jean de Dieu Moukagni Iwangou a annoncé, le 12 décembre, son retour dans le débat politique. Le président d'US retournera-t-il dans les bras que Jean Ping a rouvert à tous en novembre ? Hier, le leader du pa
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Vers le retour de Moukagni Iwangou dans la coalition de Jean Ping ?

Silencieux depuis son entrée au gouvernement, Jean de Dieu Moukagni Iwangou a annoncé, le 12 décembre, son retour dans le débat politique. Le président d'US retournera-t-il dans les bras que Jean Ping a rouvert à tous en novembre ? Hier, le leader du parti Union et Solidarité (U.S) a fait une publication inattendue sur sa page Facebook. Plongé dans un profond mutisme depuis le 7 mai dernier, Jean de Dieu Moukagni Iwangou a rompu son silence et projette d'autres interventions : « Je reviens sous (...) - POLITIQUE / SUJET_ECRIT_MAISON

LAMBARENE : Deux individus interpellés pour exploitation du Kévazingo

Deux individus ont été interpellés le 03/12/18 près de Lambaréné par les éléments de la Direction Provinciale des Eaux et Forêts du Moyen-Ogooué et de l'Antenne Provinciale de la PJ pour exploitation d'une essence mise en réserve : le Kévazingo. I
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LAMBARENE : Deux individus interpellés pour exploitation du Kévazingo

Deux individus ont été interpellés le 03/12/18 près de Lambaréné par les éléments de la Direction Provinciale des Eaux et Forêts du Moyen-Ogooué et de l'Antenne Provinciale de la PJ pour exploitation d'une essence mise en réserve : le Kévazingo. Il s'agit de Messieurs M. B. Séverin alias Warren, gabonais de 47 ans, et HUANG CHUANYONG, de nationalité chinoise et âgé de 41 ans.Tout est parti d'une information donnée par le Préfet de l'Ogooué et des Lacs, au sujet d'un convoi de 6 grumiers qu'il croisa dans (...) - ENVIRONNEMENT / SUJET_ECRIT_MAISON

African mediation-Sudan Call's discussions stalled over opposition's representation

December 12, 2018 (ADDIS ABABA) - The opposition Sudan Call and the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) failed to hold a meeting on the Roadmap Agreement for peace in Sudan due to their divergence over who can take part in the meeting. The
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African mediation-Sudan Call's discussions stalled over opposition's representation

December 12, 2018 (ADDIS ABABA) - The opposition Sudan Call and the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) failed to hold a meeting on the Roadmap Agreement for peace in Sudan due to their divergence over who can take part in the meeting. The AUHIP Chair Thabo Mbeki on Wednesday refused to meet a delegation of the opposition alliance, Sudan Call, including Sadiq al-Mahdi, the opposition leader, Minni Minnawi the secretary - general and the Sudan Call vice-presidents Gebril (...) - News / Sudan, FRONT_PAGE_SECONDARY, Government peace talks with SPLM-N, Darfur and opposition groups

SSNMC's Bakosoro denies plotting to cripple South Sudan Opposition Alliance

December 12, 2018 (JUBA) -The South Sudan National Movement for Change (SSNMC) Joseph Bangasi Bakosoro denied plotting to weaken the South Sudan Opposition Alliance and called for the unity of the opposition alliance. The former governor of western Equatori
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SSNMC's Bakosoro denies plotting to cripple South Sudan Opposition Alliance

December 12, 2018 (JUBA) -The South Sudan National Movement for Change (SSNMC) Joseph Bangasi Bakosoro denied plotting to weaken the South Sudan Opposition Alliance and called for the unity of the opposition alliance. The former governor of western Equatoria was reacting to a report on the recent crisis of the SSOA after the election of Peter Gatdet as new leader to replace Gabriel Changson on 30 November by Lam Akol, Chairman of National Democratic Movement (NDM) addressed to IGAD Special (...) - News

Eritrean president arrives for first visit to Somalia, minister says

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki arrived on Thursday for his first-ever visit to Somalia, Eritrea’s information minister said, in another sign of rapidly changing relations in the region following Eritrea’s rapprochement with one-time foe Ethiopia.
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Eritrean president arrives for first visit to Somalia, minister says

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki arrived on Thursday for his first-ever visit to Somalia, Eritrea’s information minister said, in another sign of rapidly changing relations in the region following Eritrea’s rapprochement with one-time foe Ethiopia.

Organization of Islamic Cooperation approves aid for four education projects

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1544647553791244300Wed, 2018-12-12 23:45 JEDDAH: The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, has approved aid for four education projects in Uganda, Gambia and Maur
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Organization of Islamic Cooperation approves aid for four education projects

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1544647553791244300Wed, 2018-12-12 23:45 JEDDAH: The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, has approved aid for four education projects in Uganda, Gambia and Mauritius. Earlier this week, the OIC also approved humanitarian assistance for six projects in Palestine. The six projects are a continuation of the 31 allocated for Palestine that were approved by the Permanent Council of the Islamic Solidarity Fund in February. The OIC also celebrated International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, a UN-organized event held yearly on Nov. 29. The aid is an expression of solidarity from the OIC, represented by the Islamic Solidarity Fund. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)Makkah OIC countries seek to be dependent on their own halal vaccinesOIC reiterates support for Kashmiri people’s right to ‘self-determination’

Saudi novelist receives Naguib Mahfouz medal

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1544647592171245700Wed, 2018-12-12 23:46 JEDDAH: Saudi novelist Umaima Al-Khamis has received the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature 2018 for her latest novel “Masra Al-Gharaniq fi Mudub Al-Aqiq” (Voyage of the Cranes in t
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Saudi novelist receives Naguib Mahfouz medal

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1544647592171245700Wed, 2018-12-12 23:46 JEDDAH: Saudi novelist Umaima Al-Khamis has received the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature 2018 for her latest novel “Masra Al-Gharaniq fi Mudub Al-Aqiq” (Voyage of the Cranes in the Cities of Agate). The American University in Cairo Press (AUC) made the announcement on Wednesday. The awards are announced annually on the birth anniversary of the Egyptian Nobel laureate. Al-Khamis, born in 1966 in Riyadh, studied Arabic literature at the King Saud University and was listed for the Arabic Booker Prize in 2010. In her acceptance speech, Al-Khamis paid tribute to Naguib Mahfouz and described him as a great writer who taught the “magic and craft of” storytelling. Main category: Saudi ArabiaArt & CultureTags: Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature 2018Saudi ArabiaEgypt Do not worry about being happy: Saudi novelistSaudi novelist long-listed for prestigious literary prize

Budding businesses make their case at Riyadh conferences

Author: Rashid HassanID: 1544655437841772100Thu, 2018-12-13 01:55 RIYADH: Thousands of start-up owners, investors and other visitors flooded into the capital for two events in Riyadh on Wednesday. The ArabNet Riyadh conference, which focuses on di
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Budding businesses make their case at Riyadh conferences

Author: Rashid HassanID: 1544655437841772100Thu, 2018-12-13 01:55 RIYADH: Thousands of start-up owners, investors and other visitors flooded into the capital for two events in Riyadh on Wednesday. The ArabNet Riyadh conference, which focuses on digital businesses in the Gulf region, and ArabNet’s Monsha’at Startup Saudi, attracted regional and international digital business leaders and investors who came to share the latest trends and business opportunities with an audience of more than 4,000 up-and-coming entrepreneurs and students and 200 start-ups. The event was attended by Commerce Minister Majid Al-Qassabi and Saleh Al-Rasheed, governor of the General Authority of Small and Medium Enterprises (Monsha’at), in addition to more than 300 global and regional leaders. “At Monsha’at, we seek to support small and medium-sized enterprises and empower them in the drive for economic development,” said Al-Rasheed. “This is a great addition to the Kingdom’s business community,” said ArabNet CEO and Founder Omar Christidis. “Thousands of attendees presented business plans to 100 investors from around the globe. Conferences like this bring together key stakeholders that are critical for the growth of the digital sector.” “Here at this conference, we have regulators and corporations that represent some of the largest customer bases in innovation,” he added. The opening ceremony was followed by a high-profile panel that discussed the components needed to make Saudi Arabia the region’s next Silicon Valley. The panel featured prominent figures, including Careem Co-Founder Abdulla Elyas, Omar Al-Madhi, senior managing editor of Abdul Latif Jameel, and Khalil Al-Shafei, CEO and managing director at Saudi Aramco Entrepreneurship Venture. The event also featured a number of dynamic initiatives to support entrepreneurs, including interactive workshops and pop-up stores for Instagram businesses. The event also allowed one-on-one meetings between executives and start-ups. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: ArabNet RiyadhSaudi Arabia ArabNet opens in Riyadh — more than 1,400 delegates attendOver 1,800 digital professionals attend 6th edition of ArabNet Riyadh

Massive Saudi response overwhelms German musicians

Author: RASHID HASSANID: 1544656417471811800Thu, 2018-12-13 02:11 RIYADH: German musicians on tour in Saudi Arabia said they were “astonished” by the response to their concerts. The artists played six gigs over 10 days at multiple venues. On
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Massive Saudi response overwhelms German musicians

Author: RASHID HASSANID: 1544656417471811800Thu, 2018-12-13 02:11 RIYADH: German musicians on tour in Saudi Arabia said they were “astonished” by the response to their concerts. The artists played six gigs over 10 days at multiple venues. On Tuesday evening in Riyadh the Goethe-Institut hosted Birgit Erichson and Vasil Laghidze, who performed Schubert’s “Winter Journey.” The lyrics, by Wilhelm Müller, were recited in German by Claudia Ziegeler and — in a world premiere — in Arabic by the Saudi poet Dr. Adel Khamees Alzhrani. “We are astonished at how the audience in Riyadh and Jeddah responded,” said pianist Laghidze. “We got overwhelming support from music lovers. The audience here is very enthusiastic.” On Monday German Ambassador Jorg Ranau hosted a concert at his residence in the diplomatic quarter. Laghidze and cellist Erichson were joined by violinist Ulrich Beetz, with the trio delighting a national and international gathering with music from Haydn, Schubert and Dvorak. An embassy press officer told Arab News the musicians were well-received amid “thunderous applause.” The French Consul General El-Mostafa Mihraje hosted the trio’s performance of an all-Debussy concert, including the famous Clair de Lune, played under the stars. Other venues for the visiting artists included the German diplomatic missions in Riyadh and Jeddah, the French Consulate General in Jeddah and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, a research institute in Thuwal. Main category: Saudi ArabiaArt & CultureTags: German musicRiyadh Classical music trio delight Saudi audience with world premiere in ArabicSaudi artists perform at ‘Open Stage Night’ at German Embassy in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia ‘will remain strongest ally of the US in Middle East’

Thu, 2018-12-13 02:30 Saudi Arabia will remain the strongest ally of the US in the Middle East and lies at the “heart and core” of President Trump’s foreign policy, some of the world’s leading politicians, economists and strategic analysts heard as t
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Saudi Arabia ‘will remain strongest ally of the US in Middle East’

Thu, 2018-12-13 02:30 Saudi Arabia will remain the strongest ally of the US in the Middle East and lies at the “heart and core” of President Trump’s foreign policy, some of the world’s leading politicians, economists and strategic analysts heard as they gathered to forecast the geopolitical state of the world in 2019. At the 11th Arab Strategy Forum, an annual gathering to discuss worldwide political, economic, security and social scenarios and plan ways to help the region prepare for future challenges, speakers talked about a steadfast bond between the US and Saudi over the next 12 months. They said that Trump views the Kingdom as an unshakable ally with common regional interests including America’s fight against Iran, the peace process in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and a turbulent and fluctuating oil market. “The Trump administration has been fighting very hard to move beyond Jamal Khashoggi,” said Fawaz Gerges, professor of international relations at the London School of Economics, who joined Ambassador Dennis Ross, former assistant to President Obama and National Security Council senior director for the Central Region, and Bernardino Leon, director general of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, in a panel discussion titled the “State of the World Politics in 2019.”  “They have made it very clear that they want to focus on other interests; the Israel-Palestine peace process, the question of Iran, the oil market … President Trump has made it very clear that Saudi Arabia really lies at the heart and the core of his foreign policy.” He said that despite “tremendous pressures to take further steps” against the Kingdom, “the reality so far seems to be that the president will not listen to the critics.” Dr. Ian Bremmer, president and founder of Eurasia.  He said that although the relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia has come under strain, “as long as Donald Trump remains in power the relationships will continue to stay.” In the panel discussion, moderated by CNN’s Becky Anderson, Leon also addressed Saudi and US relations. “There are two dimensions; one is internal US politics, the other is in terms of foreign policy. Foreign policy has to be determined by the government and will continue to be determined by the government — this is the rule. So if you see these relations, in historical terms Saudi Arabia has always been the main ally in the region for the United States.  “This is a region where another traditional very strong ally, Turkey, is now in a different position and even though we are at a time where this region is probably experiencing more difficulties than ever before, the United States will continue to act on that basis. I do not expect big changes. I am sure we there will be waves and I am sure the US Congress will call for more transparency and more information after what happened after Khashoggi, probably this is going to happen. But there will be no structural changes.” Ross said that US policy — which states that if the president vetoes a decision, Congress may override the veto by a two-thirds supermajority of both houses — means it would be “very difficult” for Congress to overturn any decision on sanctions against the Kingdom that Trump, who has been vocal in his continuing support and relations with Saudi Arabia. He added that “most of the pressure” from federal government would be more likely to be dominated by the ongoing Trump-Russia investigations. Faisal Abbas, editor in chief of Arab News, left, in conversation with Dr. Ian Bremmer.  After being addressed by Faisal Abbas, editor in chief of Arab News, who posed a question about US-Middle East relations and asked if the US would distance itself from the Arab world, Ross said that the US would continue to have a vested interest in Middle Eastern activities. “Las Vegas rules do not apply to the Middle East, what takes place in the Middle East doesn’t stay in the Middle East. That is ultimately why we have to stay involved in it.”  Abbas began the first panel discussion of the day, “Discussing Megatrends in 2019,” by questioning speaker Dr. Ian Bremmer, president and founder of Eurasia, about oil prices, Saudi Arabia’s international and regional relations and his predictions for the year ahead.  Bremmer addressed the recent announcement by Qatar that it was withdrawing from the oil exporters’ group OPEC, saying the move would have little impact or fallout. “Qatar in OPEC is a marginal player so I do not think their leaving is significant.” Bremmer said that Qatar attended the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) annual summit in Riyadh this week and that Qataris and Saudis “directly engaged” was a move to be looked at in a “positive” way. At the forum, attended by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Bremmer began his address by saying that 2019 should not see any real turbulent crisis, and highlighted the “good news” of “robust” predictions laid out by the International Monetary Fund that state the global economy will grow 3.7 percent this year.  However, he said that 2020 is likely to witness another recession and warned — unlike the shows of unity after the 2008/09 financial crisis — of a fractious and “dysfunctional” geopolitical landscape that will mean the world will be unlikely to be able to bounce back easily. “The good news is the 2019 economy will not be horrible. The bad news; the next economic downturn will be much worse. My worry is that whenever the next downturn comes we have a problem. The thing about the last major recession … which was a big one, is the response from all the world’s major economies. They all worked together in saying we have a problem, we need to get out of this together. “Whenever the next downturn happens — which economists say is 2020 — when it comes the political reaction it is not going to be like 2008/9.” Instead, the world is likely to witness a “blame-game” with countries pointing the finger at one another. Bremmer warned: “This is the most fraught geopolitical period in my lifetime … and the dysfunction is only going to grow.” The geopolitical landscape has been heightened by a series of world events, including the “disastrous”  negations over Brexit, France’s “yellow vest” protests, the looming end to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s reign,  the state of US-China relations and the recent US sanctions on Iran. Bremmer also raised concern over cybercrime and the shadow economy. He said that three of his biggest concerns from 2018 were North Korea-linked hackers stealing millions from ATMs across the world, Russian hackers using antivirus software to steal US cyber capabilities to attack Ukraine’s online network and the accounts of millions of Chinese web users being compromised in a series of hacks. At the forum, speakers also discussed mega-trends and forecast the future of economics and government policies in the region. The role of Iran as a leading state sponsor of terror and the impact of US sanctions was a factor among many of the key discussions. Ross said: “The interesting thing with Iran in 2019 is to see how they will tackle the internal pressure internally due to there economic decline,” while Bremmer said it was likely that Tehran would seek to wait out the Trump administration. The growing role of China also dominated discussions. Leon said: “The US and China are two heavyweights that will keep their battle going on but it will not need to escalate much more, due to the nature of global economic markets,” while speakers highlighted the “winding down” of the war in Yemen as a positive trend in 2019. In the “State of the Arab World Economy in 2019,” Dr. Nasser Saidi, former Lebanese minister of economy and trade, and Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, senior vice president of the World Bank Group, said that there was a general consensus that the economic recession would most likely start in 2019 and predicted an era of “turbulence” over the next 12 months, including a ripple effect across the GCC caused by oil price fluctuations.  At the same panel discussion, H.E Nasser Judeh, former deputy prime minister of foreign affairs of Jordan, Dr. Ayad Allawi, former prime minister of Iraq and the leader of the National Accord, and H.E Nabil Fahmy, former foreign minister of Egypt, deliberated on the regional landscape over the next 12 months, with Allawi warning that the region is a “fertile ground” for terrorist groups should it not stabilize and not implement reforms that the Arab world is in “dire need of.”  Fahmy addressed Qatar relations, saying that while a fragmented Arab world comes at the expense of every country, he was “not optimistic for radical change” in Qatar’s policies and said that the GCC could not back down to a country that refuses to “change its internal methodology.”  “Qatar has to be a player — not an adversary.” Ahead of the forum, Mohammed Al-Gergawi, minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, and chairman of the organizing committee, said the Arab Strategy Forum was launched as a platform for balanced analysis by decision-makers to offer a clearer understanding of the economic and political outlook for the Arab region and the world. 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