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Corruption siphoning $3.6 trillion away from global development work: OIC chief

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1556051219706069300Tue, 2019-04-23 23:26 JEDDAH: The multitrillion-dollar cost of corruption was siphoning vital funds away from initiatives to help develop some of the world’s most impoverished countries, a Saudi gathering o
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Corruption siphoning $3.6 trillion away from global development work: OIC chief

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1556051219706069300Tue, 2019-04-23 23:26 JEDDAH: The multitrillion-dollar cost of corruption was siphoning vital funds away from initiatives to help develop some of the world’s most impoverished countries, a Saudi gathering of leading human rights officials has been told. The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, has warned that widespread bribery and the theft of public funds was seriously undermining efforts to protect human rights. During his speech at the inaugural ceremony of the 15th regular session of the OIC’s Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) on Tuesday – delivered on his behalf by the organization’s assistant secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, Hesham Youssef – Al-Othaimeen revealed the global cost of corruption to be a staggering $3.6 trillion. The secretary-general said the inability to put an end to the problem presented an obstacle to wise governance and sustainable development, eventually leading to the impoverishment of developing countries. He noted that according to World Economic Forum statistics, the cost of corruption represented 5 percent of the world’s gross national income, a figure which negatively impacted on the poorest and most vulnerable people. The IPHRC meeting, being held at its headquarters in Jeddah through April 25, will address a range of issues, most notably ways to combat corruption. In his opening address, the recently elected IPHRC chairman, Akmal Saidov, thanked Saudi Arabia for hosting the session and the secretary-general for his support. He also reviewed the commission’s most significant activities planned for the current year. Saidov said that the IPHRC will hold its sixth international forum – to deal with youth rights – in Uzbekistan next October and noted that the commission will send a delegation to the occupied Palestinian territories, in coordination with the OIC’s General Secretariat. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) OIC reaffirms support to lasting peace in AfghanistanOIC forum delivers lesson in fight against terror

Youth pillars of reform plan, future of Saudi Arabia

Author: SPAID: 1556051079436056500Tue, 2019-04-23 23:24 RIYADH: Young people in Saudi Arabia are the pillars of the country’s reform plan and the future of the Kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal a
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Youth pillars of reform plan, future of Saudi Arabia

Author: SPAID: 1556051079436056500Tue, 2019-04-23 23:24 RIYADH: Young people in Saudi Arabia are the pillars of the country’s reform plan and the future of the Kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal as saying. The prince said that 70 percent of the country’s population were aged between 15 and 35, and that young people and sports were two key elements of the Vision 2030 reform plan. “We rely heavily on the programs offered by the state in various fields of sports, the arts and entertainment for young men and women, and I hope that we always offer the best to Saudi Arabia, the Arab world and the Islamic world.” The prince was in Cairo, attending a meeting of the Council of Arab Ministers of Youth and Sports. He said in a press statement that the Kingdom put forward many proposals throughout the year and that ministries responded positively to youth activities.  “The Kingdom has responded positively to many of the resolutions recommended during the meeting,” he said, adding that he hoped Arab youths would benefit from the outcome of these recommendations and meetings. SPA reported last week that young Saudis were being trained to deal with the international media as part of a project to promote the Kingdom around the world. A survey last year showed that 92 percent of young Saudis interviewed expressed a positive view of the outcome of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Vision 2030 Saudi youth campaign to save endangered animalsKingdom will take major strides with Vision 2030, say upbeat Saudi youths

Financial Sector Conference kicks off Wednesday in Riyadh

Wed, 2019-04-24 02:25 Thousands of delegates are expected to attend a two-day finance event in Riyadh, which starts on Wednesday under the patronage of King Salman. The Financial Sector Conference is being held by the Ministry of Finance and Saudi Arabian
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Financial Sector Conference kicks off Wednesday in Riyadh

Wed, 2019-04-24 02:25 Thousands of delegates are expected to attend a two-day finance event in Riyadh, which starts on Wednesday under the patronage of King Salman. The Financial Sector Conference is being held by the Ministry of Finance and Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA). Organizers of the event at the Ritz-Carlton conference hall in Riyadh said informally that some 3,400 attendees had signed up for the two-day showcase of the Kingdom’s financial industry, and that more were registering at an impressive rate. Delegates include ministers from the finance, economy and strategic ministries, as well as top policymakers from capital markets, investment and insurance industries. It follows last year’s Future Investment Initiative (FII) and the National Industrial Development and Logistics Program events, held at the same venue. The event will involve the presence of the Saudi Real Estate Refinance Company (SRC), which is seen as a key to providing more affordable housing in the Kingdom and boosting home  ownership by citizens. SRC, a subsidiary of Saudi Arabia’s sovereign Public Investment Fund, aims to issue up to SR4 billion ($1.07 billion) of long-term sukuk — or Islamic bonds — this year, its chief executive said on Tuesday. “Our strategy is clearly to tap the market twice this year,” Fabrice Susini said. “We are really looking at probably issuing something between ... 2 and 4 billion riyals that we may be issuing in two tranches.”   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: FinanceSaudi ArabiaFinancial Sector Conference SAMA wins Best Risk Manager award among the world’s central bankSaudi finance ministry to take part in WSIS Forum 2019 in Geneva

Saudi Arabia expands trade ties with Mauritania

Author: SPAID: 1556063893946635600Wed, 2019-04-24 02:57 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is looking to expand its trade and investment links with Mauritania at a high-level forum that kicked off on Monday in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott. Business leader
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Saudi Arabia expands trade ties with Mauritania

Author: SPAID: 1556063893946635600Wed, 2019-04-24 02:57 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is looking to expand its trade and investment links with Mauritania at a high-level forum that kicked off on Monday in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott. Business leaders and ministers from both countries are taking part in the Saudi-Mauritanian Economic Forum, jointly organized by the Council of Saudi Chambers and the National Employers Union of Mauritania. Khadija Mubarak, Mauritania’s commerce, industry and tourism minister, said a series of presentations and special meetings with Mauritanian officials will allow investors to examine opportunities in the northwest African nation. Mauritanian government policies are encouraging investment in the country, she said, enabling it to rank high in the business climate index. Several partnership agreements have been signed with African countries and development partners in the EU, as well as free trade pacts to promote trade in the region, Mubarak said. Dr. Sami bin Abdullah Al-Obaidi, president of the Council of Saudi Chambers, said that the forum will open new horizons for business owners by increasing trade volume and expanding the economic partnership between the two countries. “It also aims to enable officials and business owners in both countries to exploit economic potential, natural resources, and multiple investment opportunities in the Kingdom and Mauritania,” he said. Al-Obaidi said that the Kingdom is working to strengthen trade relations with countries that have a healthy economic outlook. “Mauritania has a strong and diverse economy,” he said. Mohammed Ould Cheikh Ali Ahmed, head of the National Employers Union of Mauritania, said the forum reflects the keenness of the political leadership in both countries to “consolidate the ties of brotherhood and friendship.” “The forum comes at a time when Mauritania is witnessing investment-stimulating developments in terms of security, stability, great economic potential and promising investment opportunities, enabling it to become a preferred destination for international investments and for major international companies in the areas of energy, metals, agriculture, fishing and animal development,” he said. Mauritanian Prime Minister Mohamed Ould Salem Ould Al-Bashir welcomed a delegation of Saudi business owners who will meet with ministers, officials and investors to discuss trade and investment partnerships between the two countries. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi-Mauritania Forum Saudi-Mauritanian joint committee begins meetingsKSA, Mauritania sign MoU to promote moderate values in society

Saudi deputy defense minister arrives in Russia for official visit

Author: SPAID: 1556064699119819100Wed, 2019-04-24 03:10 MOSCOW: A delegation led by Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi deputy minister of defense, has arrived in Russia for an official visit, during which the members will take part i
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Saudi deputy defense minister arrives in Russia for official visit

Author: SPAID: 1556064699119819100Wed, 2019-04-24 03:10 MOSCOW: A delegation led by Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi deputy minister of defense, has arrived in Russia for an official visit, during which the members will take part in the eighth Moscow Conference on International Security and hold a number of meetings. Prince Khalid was welcomed by Saudi Ambassador to Russia Dr. Raed Qurmali, military adviser Maj. Gen. Talal Al-Otaibi and Military Attache Gen. Mohammad Al-Mutairi, along with the deputy chief of staff of the Russian defense ministry and other civilian and military officials. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Prince Khalid bin Salman Prince Khalid, Pompeo hold talks in WashingtonPrince Khalid bin Salman meets Defense Ministry officials

New JUTC turnaround in Above Rocks

SPANISH TOWN, St Catherine: The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) has reported that it has identified a plot of land in Above Rocks, St Catherine, where its buses can now turn around to ease dislocation caused by a collapse of a section of the...
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New JUTC turnaround in Above Rocks

SPANISH TOWN, St Catherine: The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) has reported that it has identified a plot of land in Above Rocks, St Catherine, where its buses can now turn around to ease dislocation caused by a collapse of a section of the...

Gov’t land deals under scrutiny – Opposition

Opposition Spokesman on Agriculture Dr Fenton Ferguson has warned that it is “watching closely” how the Holness administration proceeds with the buildout of the proposed Bernard Lodge city on prime agricultural lands in St Catherine, as well as...
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Gov’t land deals under scrutiny – Opposition

Opposition Spokesman on Agriculture Dr Fenton Ferguson has warned that it is “watching closely” how the Holness administration proceeds with the buildout of the proposed Bernard Lodge city on prime agricultural lands in St Catherine, as well as...

JTA conference puts focus on gender equality

WESTERN BUREAU: Dr Grace McLean, acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, says Jamaica is at a point that it can seriously impact policy changes to achieve gender equality in education. “I believe, however...
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JTA conference puts focus on gender equality

WESTERN BUREAU: Dr Grace McLean, acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, says Jamaica is at a point that it can seriously impact policy changes to achieve gender equality in education. “I believe, however...

Stop kidding with goat thieves, Harris pleads

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaican goat farmers are bleating for greater protection from farm thieves who have pillaged their herds and robbed them of revenue, a ­senior Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) branch president has said. Speaking at the 2019...
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Stop kidding with goat thieves, Harris pleads

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaican goat farmers are bleating for greater protection from farm thieves who have pillaged their herds and robbed them of revenue, a ­senior Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) branch president has said. Speaking at the 2019...

Adventists mourn passing of Aston Tai

The late Aston Tai has been lauded by the Seventh-day Adventist Church as a philanthropic icon for religious and social causes and has been specially praised for his commitment to the poor. Tai, the brother of the late Lady Cooke, passed away on...
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Adventists mourn passing of Aston Tai

The late Aston Tai has been lauded by the Seventh-day Adventist Church as a philanthropic icon for religious and social causes and has been specially praised for his commitment to the poor. Tai, the brother of the late Lady Cooke, passed away on...

OPINION: Who will help the 600,000 migrants and refugees in Libya?

As Libya once again slides towards civil war, the European Union may not be able to turn a blind eye towards the more than 600,000 migrants and refugees in the country.
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OPINION: Who will help the 600,000 migrants and refugees in Libya?

As Libya once again slides towards civil war, the European Union may not be able to turn a blind eye towards the more than 600,000 migrants and refugees in the country.

More civilians now killed by US, Afghan forces than by insurgents: UN

Afghan civilians are for the first time being killed in greater numbers by US and pro-government forces than by the Taliban and other insurgent groups, a UN report released Wednesday revealed.
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More civilians now killed by US, Afghan forces than by insurgents: UN

Afghan civilians are for the first time being killed in greater numbers by US and pro-government forces than by the Taliban and other insurgent groups, a UN report released Wednesday revealed.

Influencer invasion as Pakistan launches tourism push

They are young, Western, and full of praise for Pakistan: Travel influencers have moved in on the "land of the pure", but critics warn their rose-tinted filters are irresponsible and sell an inaccurate picture of the conservative, militancy-scarred
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Influencer invasion as Pakistan launches tourism push

They are young, Western, and full of praise for Pakistan: Travel influencers have moved in on the "land of the pure", but critics warn their rose-tinted filters are irresponsible and sell an inaccurate picture of the conservative, militancy-scarred country.

Scottish Maritime Museum stops centuries old tradition of referring to vessels as 'she' and 'her' 

The Scottish Maritime Museum says it is to introduce a ‘gender-neutral interpretation’ of craft and call ships ‘it’. The Clyde Puffer (pictured) is one of the ships on display at the museum.
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Scottish Maritime Museum stops centuries old tradition of referring to vessels as 'she' and 'her' 

The Scottish Maritime Museum says it is to introduce a ‘gender-neutral interpretation’ of craft and call ships ‘it’. The Clyde Puffer (pictured) is one of the ships on display at the museum.

Tory grandee Widdecombe defects to Farage's Brexit Party

The former minister, who was a Tory member for 55 years, has put retirement on hold because she believes Theresa May and MPs have betrayed the 17.4million who voted for Brexit.
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Tory grandee Widdecombe defects to Farage's Brexit Party

The former minister, who was a Tory member for 55 years, has put retirement on hold because she believes Theresa May and MPs have betrayed the 17.4million who voted for Brexit.

Islamist forces call to task military with Sudan's transitional leadership

April 24, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese Islamic forces called for a transitional period led by the military council with a civilian government and an appointed parliamentary assembly. The call was made on Tuesday by the Popular Congress Party (PCP) and the Nati
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Islamist forces call to task military with Sudan's transitional leadership

April 24, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese Islamic forces called for a transitional period led by the military council with a civilian government and an appointed parliamentary assembly. The call was made on Tuesday by the Popular Congress Party (PCP) and the National Coordination for Change and construction (NCCC) after separate meetings with the political committee of the transitional council. «The army has played a decisive role to achieve change in the country when it stood by the people,» (...) - News / FRONT_PAGE_DISPLAY

Our commitment to excellence is unwavering – CWG boss

A full-service IT company, CWG Ghana, has stressed that it continues to pursue excellence in its business and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
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Our commitment to excellence is unwavering – CWG boss

A full-service IT company, CWG Ghana, has stressed that it continues to pursue excellence in its business and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Chief Imam visited church to send a ‘radical message’ – Sheikh Aremeyaw

Spokesperson of the National Chief Imam has said religious tolerance has been deepened with Sunday’s gesture by the head of the Islamic community in Ghana.
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Chief Imam visited church to send a ‘radical message’ – Sheikh Aremeyaw

Spokesperson of the National Chief Imam has said religious tolerance has been deepened with Sunday’s gesture by the head of the Islamic community in Ghana.

Drunken yob, 20, caused holiday jet take-off to be aborted after foul-mouthed rant

Kodie Richardson's outburst terrified fellow passengers on board a Thomas Cook Airlines flight about to set off from Manchester Airport for Turkey, a court heard.
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Drunken yob, 20, caused holiday jet take-off to be aborted after foul-mouthed rant

Kodie Richardson's outburst terrified fellow passengers on board a Thomas Cook Airlines flight about to set off from Manchester Airport for Turkey, a court heard.

How two British fathers embraced at Sri Lankan morgue while searching for their children

Matthew Linsey, 61, said yesterday how he met Ben Nicholson, 43, as they searched for their families in the bloody aftermath of the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka.
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How two British fathers embraced at Sri Lankan morgue while searching for their children

Matthew Linsey, 61, said yesterday how he met Ben Nicholson, 43, as they searched for their families in the bloody aftermath of the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka.

Earthquake rocks Nepal: 4.8-magnitude quake strikes shake Kathmandu with tremors felt in India too

A 4.7-magnitude earthquake has struck in Kathmandu in Nepal, with tremors felt in India as well. The quake struck at a depth of 29km at around 5.30am on Wednesday.
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Earthquake rocks Nepal: 4.8-magnitude quake strikes shake Kathmandu with tremors felt in India too

A 4.7-magnitude earthquake has struck in Kathmandu in Nepal, with tremors felt in India as well. The quake struck at a depth of 29km at around 5.30am on Wednesday.

Police give up investigating HALF of all crimes if the chance of an arrest is too small

Many forces across the UK 'screen out' crimes they have no chance of cracking, and up to 80 per cent of bike thefts and muggings are dropped with no arrests made. Police blame funding cuts.
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Police give up investigating HALF of all crimes if the chance of an arrest is too small

Many forces across the UK 'screen out' crimes they have no chance of cracking, and up to 80 per cent of bike thefts and muggings are dropped with no arrests made. Police blame funding cuts.

Singer Neneh Cherry wins slice of £220,000 pot to boost career

Neneh Cherry (pictured in London this month), 55, known for her 1988 track Buffalo Stance, has won a slice of a £220,000 pot under the Music Export Growth Scheme.
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Singer Neneh Cherry wins slice of £220,000 pot to boost career

Neneh Cherry (pictured in London this month), 55, known for her 1988 track Buffalo Stance, has won a slice of a £220,000 pot under the Music Export Growth Scheme.

North Korea’s leader may visit Pacific Fleet’s headquarters in Russia’s Vladivostok

It is not ruled out that Kim will meet with representatives of North Korea’s diaspora in Vladivostok
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North Korea’s leader may visit Pacific Fleet’s headquarters in Russia’s Vladivostok

It is not ruled out that Kim will meet with representatives of North Korea’s diaspora in Vladivostok