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Africa: Rebuilding Lives While Awaiting Peace in South Sudan

[IRIN] Juba -In her home village in South Sudan's Yei River state, Poni Beida, 32, farmed while caring for her husband and five young children.
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Africa: Rebuilding Lives While Awaiting Peace in South Sudan

[IRIN] Juba -In her home village in South Sudan's Yei River state, Poni Beida, 32, farmed while caring for her husband and five young children.

UK PM May must go now, says lawmaker in her Conservative Party

Theresa May needs to be replaced as British prime minister now, a leading Eurosceptic lawmaker in her Conservative party said on Tuesday as he urged colleagues to trigger a vote of no confidence in her leadership. «What I would like to happen today is f
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UK PM May must go now, says lawmaker in her Conservative Party

Theresa May needs to be replaced as British prime minister now, a leading Eurosceptic lawmaker in her Conservative party said on Tuesday as he urged colleagues to trigger a vote of no confidence in her leadership. «What I would like to happen today is for Conservative members of parliament to realise that we simply cannot go staggering forward any longer like this and I'm afraid to put their letters of no confidence in,» Steve Baker told BBC radio. May on Monday postponed a parliamentary vote on her Brexit withdrawal deal after it became clear it would be defeated to seek more concessions from the European Union but Baker said her policy was doomed for failure. «If we can't go forwards with her deal ... then I'm afraid the only way to change the policy is to change the prime minister and I really think it' her duty to go,» he said.

Fighting spirit the key behind Spartans' bright start, says Pepe

Tactical discipline and never-say-die spirit have been the hallmarks behind Ħamrun Spartans’ bright start to the 2018-19 Premier League season. On Saturday, the Spartans produced another gritty performance against neighbours Pietà Hotspurs as despite thro
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Fighting spirit the key behind Spartans' bright start, says Pepe

Tactical discipline and never-say-die spirit have been the hallmarks behind Ħamrun Spartans’ bright start to the 2018-19 Premier League season. On Saturday, the Spartans produced another gritty performance against neighbours Pietà Hotspurs as despite throwing away a two-goal lead they still managed to fight back and a Wilfried Domoraud goal three minutes from half-time handed them a 3-2 win. This was the Spartans’ sixth win from their last seven matches in all competitions and enabled them to join Sliema Wanderers and Balzan in fourth place on 22 points. Enrico Pepe has been one of the key performers for the Spartans as the arrival of the former Floriana defender has played a key role in turning the Reds into one of the tightest backlines in the top flight and in fact they are currently the third best defence in the top flight with only nine goals conceded in 12 matches. Contacted by the Times of Malta, Pepe admitted that he was annoyed by the team’s defensive lapses late in the first half against Pietà but said that at the end of the day, the most important thing was that they managed to return home with all three points in the bag. “I have to admit that our performance against...

Blockchain: from concept to reality

Many think of blockchain as a technology which is solely related to digital currency, which was its original purpose back in 2009. Blockchain has evolved into something much more than cryptocurrency use. In the broader sense, blockchain allows digital informa
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Blockchain: from concept to reality

Many think of blockchain as a technology which is solely related to digital currency, which was its original purpose back in 2009. Blockchain has evolved into something much more than cryptocurrency use. In the broader sense, blockchain allows digital information to be stored and distributed without requiring a central party, through a shared and continuously reconciled database, which database is public (not stored in one single location) and easily verifiable. Blockchain is capable of recording and tracking a multitude of transactions, from financial ones, to supply chains, land registries and medical records. The emerging technology which underpins the network is a powerful tool which should be sensibly understood by business leaders in order to assess the potential return on investment of a blockchain. The technology should be viewed as a means to address a specific need as opposed to a goal in itself or a one-size-fits-all solution to all problems. Before fully embracing the potential of blockchain, one will likely question what the benefits for implementing a blockchain network are as opposed to a traditional network, and what the costs and risks are. In order to...

Starlites and Depiro come from behind to reach semis

The Louis Borg Cup got under way last weekend with some exciting ties. Depiro managed to overturn a seven-point first leg deficit against BUPA Luxol to reach the semi-finals thanks to late points in the second leg which handed them a two-point aggregate win.
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Starlites and Depiro come from behind to reach semis

The Louis Borg Cup got under way last weekend with some exciting ties. Depiro managed to overturn a seven-point first leg deficit against BUPA Luxol to reach the semi-finals thanks to late points in the second leg which handed them a two-point aggregate win. Starlites GIG and Hibernians produced a hard-fough tie. Hibs came from behind in the first game to open a two-point lead heading into the second leg. But it was the Starlites who reached the last four as they replied with a double digit win in the return match. In the third series, Gżira Athleta registered comfortable victories over Balkan Fusion. One hopes that the latter may be able to strengthen the squad during the forthcoming registration window in January possibly also with some promising fringe players on loan from other clubs. In the semis, Gżira Athleta face Floriana MCP Car Parks while Depiro take on Starlites GIG. The first legs will be played on Thursday with the return matches pencilled for Sunday. GAME 1 BUPA Luxol            89 Depiro          82 (17-12, 29-24, 22-27, 21-19) GAME 2 Depiro          71 BUPA Luxol            62 (15-14, 16-14, 17-17, 23-17) (Depiro win 153-151 on aggregate) This was a very...

EU talks to set CO2 emission limits for cars falter

The European Union failed on Tuesday to reach a compromise over how sharply to curb carbon dioxide emissions from cars and vans as car-producing countries and more environmentally conscious lawmakers could not find a compromise. The EU has been divided for mo
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EU talks to set CO2 emission limits for cars falter

The European Union failed on Tuesday to reach a compromise over how sharply to curb carbon dioxide emissions from cars and vans as car-producing countries and more environmentally conscious lawmakers could not find a compromise. The EU has been divided for months over how strict to be on CO2 emissions from cars and vans. Germany, with the bloc's biggest auto sector, has warned that tough targets could harm industry and cost jobs. Representatives of lawmakers in the European Parliament of the 28 EU countries have held several rounds of talks together with the European Commission designed to find common ground and ended after six hours early on Tuesday, EU diplomats said. The EU executive initially proposed that emissions decline by 30 per cent by 2030, compared to 2021 levels. Germany backed that plan, but a push by several EU countries, including the Netherlands and France, raised the target to 35 per cent. There is also an intermediate target for 2025. European Parliament lawmakers voted in favour of a 40 per cent reduction in October, drawing howls from the car industry. EU diplomats said the targets remained a problem. The targets to curb emissions from the transport sector,...

Somalia in crisis as president faces impeachment motion

Somalia was plunged into fresh political problems on Monday after a motion to impeach President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed for alleged abuse of office cleared a key hurdle. Parliament speaker Mohamed Mursal agreed late Sunday to accept the motion, signed by 9
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Somalia in crisis as president faces impeachment motion

Somalia was plunged into fresh political problems on Monday after a motion to impeach President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed for alleged abuse of office cleared a key hurdle. Parliament speaker Mohamed Mursal agreed late Sunday to accept the motion, signed by 92 out of 275 legislators. The document accuses the president, commonly known as Farmajo, of violating the constitution «by engaging (in a) secret memorandum of understanding with foreign countries.» It specifies control over Somalia's ports «and uniting the country with Ethiopia and Eritrea.» The motion was filed a month after Farmajo met Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki for talks on cementing economic ties between their once-rival nations. The tri-nation diplomatic breakthrough was made possibly by a rapprochement between Ethiopia and Eritrea, engineered by Abiy. The impeachment motion will succeed if its sponsors muster support from at least two-thirds of the 275 legislators in the federal parliament. Observers say the target will be hard to reach, given the entrenched factionalism of Somali politics. A date for the vote has yet to be set. The two deputy speakers held a press conference to distance themselves from involvement in the impeachment motion. “The speaker rushed to receive this document, which gives us the feeling that he was angry with something,« said the first deputy speaker, Abdiweli Ibrahim Mudey. »We want to inform the public that our friend Mohamed Mursal will take responsibility for any consequences." Mudey added that, under the constitution, any impeachment motion should be scrutinised by a Constitutional Court, but the long-troubled country does not currently have such a tribunal. Farmajo was elected by parliament in February 2017 in a vote seen as a major step forward for a country devastated by years of civil war. Political life has been relatively calm since then, punctuated by a spell of turmoil earlier this year when Speaker Mursal's predecessor, Mohamed Jawari, quit in a power struggle with the government. Outside politics, regional conflict still grips the north of the country and al-Qaeda-affiliated jihadists are pursuing a bloody campaign to overthrow the government. © Agence France-Presse

Seychellois basketball teams in the lead at regional club championship

Two teams from Seychelles are leading the Indian Ocean basketball club championship taking place in the island nation from December 5-11. Premium Cobras is first in the men’s category after winning all five matches. On the women’s side, Mont Fleuri is le
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Seychellois basketball teams in the lead at regional club championship

Two teams from Seychelles are leading the Indian Ocean basketball club championship taking place in the island nation from December 5-11. Premium Cobras is first in the men’s category after winning all five matches. On the women’s side, Mont Fleuri is leading with victories in all three matches. The 14th edition of the Indian Ocean Club championship, which will end on Tuesday, serves as the qualifiers for the African Club Championships of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).   There are three foreign teams from the region participating in the event. On the Mauritian side are Mahebourg Flippers and Malagasy club COSPN in the men’s category and UCM from Comoros on the women’s side. Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, is being represented by the men’s league champion Premium Cobras and runner-up Beau Vallon Heat and Mont Fleuri -- the women’s champion -- and runner-up B Challenge.   Due to the low turnout, the tournament’s technical committee decided to have the competition played on the FIBA league format. Tony Juliette, the spokesperson of the Seychelles Basketball Federation, told SNA on Monday that usually the competition was played on a knock-out basis and ended in a final. “This year the format was changed and is being played like the Euro league format which each team playing against each other twice and the team with the most points in each of the two categories at the end wins the title,” said Juliette. Three matches are on the programme for Tuesday at the Palais de sports at Roche Caiman. In the men’s category, at 3 p.m. Mauritian Mahebourg Flippers will face Beau Vallon Heat and at 7 p.m. Premium Cobras will meet COSPN Madagascar. In the women's category, only one match is left and that will be played at 5 p.m. between the two Seychelles sides B Challenge and Mont Fleuri.   

US Energy Secretary discussed Iran sanctions with Iraqi officials

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said on Tuesday he had discussed his country's sanctions against Iran with Iraqi energy officials, but did not provide details.
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US Energy Secretary discussed Iran sanctions with Iraqi officials

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said on Tuesday he had discussed his country's sanctions against Iran with Iraqi energy officials, but did not provide details.

Italy's ASPI to pay for new Genoa bridge - transport minister

Toll road operator Autostrade per l'Italia (ASPI) will not take part in demolishing or reconstructing the collapsed bridge in the city of Genoa, but will have to pay for both operations, Italy's Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said on Tuesday.
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Italy's ASPI to pay for new Genoa bridge - transport minister

Toll road operator Autostrade per l'Italia (ASPI) will not take part in demolishing or reconstructing the collapsed bridge in the city of Genoa, but will have to pay for both operations, Italy's Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said on Tuesday.

Sudan, Darfur rebels to sign ceasefire agreement in January; official

December 10, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese government and two armed groups in Darfur will sign a ceasefire agreement next January, said the head of Darfur peace implementation office on Monday. The Government of Sudan, Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and Su
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Sudan, Darfur rebels to sign ceasefire agreement in January; official

December 10, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese government and two armed groups in Darfur will sign a ceasefire agreement next January, said the head of Darfur peace implementation office on Monday. The Government of Sudan, Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and Sudan Liberation Movement -Minni Minnawi (SLM-MM) signed a pre-negotiation agreement in Berlin providing to resume talks on the basis of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD). Speaking at a meeting on land ownership in Darfur in (...) - News / Sudan, Darfur Peace Process

‘White people are the best!’ Columbia probes student’s viral racial rant (VIDEO)

A Columbia physics student has become famous overnight, not for his research, but for his racially charged rant in front of a group of multi-ethnic students, prompting the university to respond and launch an investigation. Read Full Article at RT.com
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‘White people are the best!’ Columbia probes student’s viral racial rant (VIDEO)

A Columbia physics student has become famous overnight, not for his research, but for his racially charged rant in front of a group of multi-ethnic students, prompting the university to respond and launch an investigation. Read Full Article at RT.com

WATCH Ultra-Orthodox Jews clash with police over military draft (VIDEOS)

At least 28 Jewish activists protesting against the military draft have been arrested by police in Bnei Brak after protesters disrupted traffic on the main road of the city considered the center of Ultra-Orthodox Judaism. Read Full Article at RT.com
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WATCH Ultra-Orthodox Jews clash with police over military draft (VIDEOS)

At least 28 Jewish activists protesting against the military draft have been arrested by police in Bnei Brak after protesters disrupted traffic on the main road of the city considered the center of Ultra-Orthodox Judaism. Read Full Article at RT.com

Pen-pal of Charleston church shooter arrested in pipeline bomb plot sting in Ohio

An Ohio woman with a fetish for mass murderers was arrested after buying bomb-making materials as part of an alleged plot to blow up a pipeline – the second FBI bust in one weekend in otherwise-sleepy Toledo. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Pen-pal of Charleston church shooter arrested in pipeline bomb plot sting in Ohio

An Ohio woman with a fetish for mass murderers was arrested after buying bomb-making materials as part of an alleged plot to blow up a pipeline – the second FBI bust in one weekend in otherwise-sleepy Toledo. Read Full Article at RT.com

It’s official: Excessive screen time irreversibly affects kids’ brains, study finds

Parents’ worst suspicions about the effects of too much screen time on their offspring have been partially confirmed by the preliminary results of a new study – and the effects may be further-reaching than they suspected. Read Full Article at RT.com
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It’s official: Excessive screen time irreversibly affects kids’ brains, study finds

Parents’ worst suspicions about the effects of too much screen time on their offspring have been partially confirmed by the preliminary results of a new study – and the effects may be further-reaching than they suspected. Read Full Article at RT.com

‘Leaping out of the grave’: Rare Iron Age chariot with horses is an ‘unparalleled’ find

Archaeologists have uncovered a “spectacular” Iron Age chariot, two horses, and man buried as though they were ready to take off, in an area in Yorkshire where a different chariot was discovered last year. Read Full Article at RT.com
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‘Leaping out of the grave’: Rare Iron Age chariot with horses is an ‘unparalleled’ find

Archaeologists have uncovered a “spectacular” Iron Age chariot, two horses, and man buried as though they were ready to take off, in an area in Yorkshire where a different chariot was discovered last year. Read Full Article at RT.com

Saudi Arabia’s transport minister inaugurates new terminal at Riyadh’s King Khalid Airport

Author: Shounaz MekkyID: 1544478543136386700Tue, 2018-12-11 00:48 JEDDAH: Saudi transport minister inaugurated on Monday a new private aviation terminal at the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. Minister Nabil Al-Amoudi launched the new
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Saudi Arabia’s transport minister inaugurates new terminal at Riyadh’s King Khalid Airport

Author: Shounaz MekkyID: 1544478543136386700Tue, 2018-12-11 00:48 JEDDAH: Saudi transport minister inaugurated on Monday a new private aviation terminal at the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. Minister Nabil Al-Amoudi launched the new terminal, in the presence of Prince Abdel Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, Chairman of the General Authority of Sport, and Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) chairman Abdul Hakim Al-Tamimi. Riyadh Airports Co. CEO, Mansour Al-Mansour, also took part in the ceremony and gave a speech during which he stressed on the importance of the project, which coincides with the opening of the Formula E Championship Ad Diriyah E-Prix this weekend, for the first time in the Middle East. He added that this project is part of a privatization program to develop the airport’s capabilities, in order to provide the best services to beneficiaries, under the supervision of Riyadh Airports Company, which will be completed in only 8 weeks. The terminal was constructed by Riyadh Airports, covering 3,000 m², with a capacity to welcome 100 passengers every hour. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaRiyadhAirports

Saudi Arabia’s KSRelief removes over 22,000 land mines in Yemen

Author: Shounaz MekkyID: 1544478903486404300Tue, 2018-12-11 00:54 JEDDAH: The Saudi Project for Landmines Clearance in Yemen (MASAM), launched by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), has managed to clear 22,952 land mines
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Saudi Arabia’s KSRelief removes over 22,000 land mines in Yemen

Author: Shounaz MekkyID: 1544478903486404300Tue, 2018-12-11 00:54 JEDDAH: The Saudi Project for Landmines Clearance in Yemen (MASAM), launched by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), has managed to clear 22,952 land mines planted by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia in Yemen. In the last week of November, members of the project managed to dismantle some 1,462 land mines to reach 6,677 mines planted by the Houthi militia in schools and residential areas throughout the month. The militia group has attempted to hide the land mines via several methods, which has led to the death or severe injury of children, women and elderly men. The project is part of a series of efforts by Saudi Arabia, represented by KSRelief, and its global and effective stance toward humanitarian work. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaKing Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSRelief)

FaceOf: Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al-Assimi, Saudi deputy minister of education

Author: Tue, 2018-12-11 00:50 Dr. Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al-Assimi has been the deputy minister of education since April 2017. On Monday, Al-Assimi received the general supervisor of the Saudi Digital Library, Dr. Saud bin Musa Al-Salahi, and other
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FaceOf: Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al-Assimi, Saudi deputy minister of education

Author: Tue, 2018-12-11 00:50 Dr. Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al-Assimi has been the deputy minister of education since April 2017. On Monday, Al-Assimi received the general supervisor of the Saudi Digital Library, Dr. Saud bin Musa Al-Salahi, and other members of the library staff at his office. The library recently received the Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Knowledge Award 2018. The deputy minister congratulated Education Minister Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Issa on this achievement and praised the library’s role in provided world-class services to its users. Al-Assimi obtained a Ph.D. in curriculum and teaching methods from the University of West Virginia, US, in 2001. He began his career as a teacher. Later, he switched to administrative roles in the education department and served as a supervisor, director of education, a Shoura Council member and director of Prince Sattam bin Abdul Aziz University.  From 2001 to 2003, he served as the director of practical program management at the Ministry of Education. Prior to that, he was curricula supervisor of national education at the ministry. Al-Assimi also served as the assistant director general of educational research at the Ministry of Education from 2003 to 2004. Subsequently, he was appointed the director of education in Al-Kharj region and worked in that position from 2004 to 2005.  He has also served the Shoura Council for two consecutive terms from 2005 to 2008. Al-Assimi has also co-authored books for high school students. He presented a study on vocational training for teachers in the Gulf countries, and another study on the evaluation of training courses for the employees of the educational sector. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaFaceOf FaceOf: Majed Al-Turki, Saudi academic and researcherFaceOf: Turki Al-Shabanah, Saudi media personality

King Salman receives Saudi education officials

Author: Tue, 2018-12-11 01:14 RIYADH: Top officials of the Ministry of Education and Kingdom’s universities on Monday called on King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh.  The king stressed the role of education in the development of a country. S
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King Salman receives Saudi education officials

Author: Tue, 2018-12-11 01:14 RIYADH: Top officials of the Ministry of Education and Kingdom’s universities on Monday called on King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh.  The king stressed the role of education in the development of a country. Saudi Arabia ranks as the largest market for education services in the region, and it also accounts for a growing number of students enrolled in the kindergarten to grade 12 education system in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council.  Strong government support over the past few years has led to the continuous expansion of the education sector by inviting private players to enter the space. According to a study conducted by Research and Markets, the higher education industry of the Kingdom inclined at a single digit compound annual growth rate during the period 2012-2017.  The establishment of new universities due to increased investments in the education sector was the key contributor to the augmented revenues generated by the market players. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaSaudi education King receives Saudi scholarship students in ChinaKing receives Turkish ministers

Al-Turaif: How Saudi Arabia is bolstering future tourism by reviving past treasures

Author: Rawan RadwanID: 1544481342226531000Tue, 2018-12-11 01:33 JEDDAH: In an increasingly accessible country with no shortage of cultural hidden gems, Saudi Arabia is in a unique position to develop and showcase its most fascinating heritage site
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Al-Turaif: How Saudi Arabia is bolstering future tourism by reviving past treasures

Author: Rawan RadwanID: 1544481342226531000Tue, 2018-12-11 01:33 JEDDAH: In an increasingly accessible country with no shortage of cultural hidden gems, Saudi Arabia is in a unique position to develop and showcase its most fascinating heritage sites, from the architectural to the archeological. Five national treasures have already been added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2008, including Al-Ahsa oasis, Al-Hijr archaeological site (Madain Salih), Historic Jeddah and the rock art at Hail. The fifth site, recognized by UNESCO in 2010, is Al-Turaif Historical District, the remains of a settlement that dates back to the 15th century. Located in the north-western outskirts of the capital, Riyadh, it is one of the Kingdom’s oldest heritage sites, though its potential was only recognized relatively recently. It is set against the backdrop of the historic Ad-Dir’iyah oasis, a place that is dear to the hearts of the Saudi people and has a special place in the history of the Kingdom, as the original home of the royal family and the country’s first capital, from 1744 to 1818. The surviving mud-brick structures, in the Najdi architectural style, overlook the oasis and palm gardens of Wadi Hanifa. They include historic palaces, monuments and administrative buildings used by the First Saudi State, such as Salwa Palace, the home of the ruling family at the time, and Saad bin Saud Palace. When Ad-Dir’iyah was established as the capital, under the rule of Imam Mohammed bin Saud, the founder of the first Saudi State, tribes from across the desert flocked to the city, which expanded to accommodate them. The city’s borders ran along the edges of the valley, and the mud-brick walls were designed to cope with the harsh desert weather, including summer temperatures hat can reach more than 55 C. With a valley below, vast farm lands and palm trees covering most of the region, the city thrived and flourished. During Imam Mohammed’s rule, Ad-Dir’iyah became one of the most important cities in Najd, thanks to its position on the trade routes from east to west, the military strength of Al-Saud family, and its importance to pilgrims, granting them protection and accommodation during their journeys. Now, Al-Turaif district is undergoing a major renovation project to preserve the historically important structures and showcase them as a reminder of the place and time from which the Kingdom’s founding fathers emerged. This is just one of many projects planned or underway to safeguard Saudi Arabia’s national treasures and develop them as major tourist attractions. As part of the ongoing process, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage last week added 19 archaeological sites to the National Antiquities Register, which aims to develop and preserve Saudi’s heritage sites. Ad Dir’iyah has long been considered one of the nation’s greatest treasures. In the run-up to the celebrations in 1999 for the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, at the time the governor of Riyadh, ordered the formation of a committee to develop Ad-Dir’iyah, following a request by Prince Sultan bin Salman, the president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage. The main aim was to preserve the historic mud-brick buildings and monuments of Al-Turaif, as part of a wider program to develop the Historic Ad Dir’iyah site. The SCTH has launched many projects across the country as part of an ongoing overall effort to transform Saudi Arabia into one of the top tourism destinations in the Middle East. In 2010, Al-Turaif District became a registered World Heritage site after a number of development projects were carried out in preparation for its inclusion. The development program, drawn up by the Riyadh Development Authority in corporation with the SCTH and Ad Dir’iyah Governate, focused on the historic and political and cultural value of the city. Ad-Dir’iyah Salwa Palace Museum and the Imam Mohammed bin Saud Mosque are among the major buildings being developed and preserved. There are four other attractions in the area: a Social Life Museum, a Military Museum, an Arabian Horse Museum and a Trade and Monetary Museum. Another main attraction is Al-Bujairi Park, a modern development project that includes a spacious park, cafes, restaurants and an art gallery that is popular with international tourists and locals thanks to its relaxing atmosphere away from the city’s hustle and bustle. It serves as the main recreational attraction of Historical Ad Dir’iyah between Al-Bujairi and Al-Turaif Quarter also has steep rock formations, passageways and water creeks, making it a unique location in the capital. On December 9, 2018, after the GCC Summit in Riyadh, King Salman attended the opening ceremony of Al-Turaif Historical District Development Project in the presence of GCC dignitaries and leading Saudi officials and guests. The project will help transform the Ad-Dir’iyah area into an international and national tourism and cultural hub. “Al-Turaif has been transformed into an open museum with the restoration and documentation of its archaeological sites,” said Prince Faisal bin Bandar, Emir of Riyadh and chairman of Riyadh Development Authority. As a key focus of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, tourism is seen as one of the most important sectors that can contribute to job creation in the Kingdom. It currently employs more than 900,000 Saudis, a number that is expected to rise to 1.2 million by 2030. Main category: Saudi ArabiaArt & CultureTags: Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage (SCTHUNESCO World Heritage SiteAd Dir’iyahAl-TuraifMadain SalihVision 2030Vision2030 Rehabilitation of Saudi heritage village of Rijal Alma complete to join UNESCO’s listNational Day events to explore Saudi heritage, civilizationSaudi heritage village where history and diversity meet — 2,000 meters above sea levelSaudi heritage commission chief meets with Bosnia’s Dennis Zvizzdic

Chelsea fan accused of racially abusing Sterling says he called him a MANC c*** not a black one

Colin Wing, 60, from Beckenham, has apologised after being identified screaming at Raheem Sterling at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. He says he called him a 'Manc c***'.
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Chelsea fan accused of racially abusing Sterling says he called him a MANC c*** not a black one

Colin Wing, 60, from Beckenham, has apologised after being identified screaming at Raheem Sterling at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. He says he called him a 'Manc c***'.

US military ends search for five Marines missing off Japan

The U.S. military ended a search on Tuesday for five Marines missing in the sea off Japan since two Marine Corps aircraft were involved in an accident during an air-to-air refuelling exercise on Dec. 6.
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US military ends search for five Marines missing off Japan

The U.S. military ended a search on Tuesday for five Marines missing in the sea off Japan since two Marine Corps aircraft were involved in an accident during an air-to-air refuelling exercise on Dec. 6.

This $100 Million Indian Wedding Will Put Crazy Rich Asians to Shame

Bloomberg) — India is preparing for what could be one of the world’s most expensive weddings ever, a spectacle that could even put the fictional nuptials in Crazy Rich Asians to shame.
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This $100 Million Indian Wedding Will Put Crazy Rich Asians to Shame

Bloomberg) — India is preparing for what could be one of the world’s most expensive weddings ever, a spectacle that could even put the fictional nuptials in Crazy Rich Asians to shame.

Huawei: Chinese media says Canada will pay 'heavy price' if CFO isn't released

Country steps up pressure as Canada cancels a trade mission and Meng Wanzhou’s bail hearing adjourned until Tuesday
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Huawei: Chinese media says Canada will pay 'heavy price' if CFO isn't released

Country steps up pressure as Canada cancels a trade mission and Meng Wanzhou’s bail hearing adjourned until Tuesday

Some Trump allies starting to worry about investigations

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s intensifying legal troubles are unnerving some of his fellow Republicans. Despite his brash stance, they believe the turmoil has left him increasingly vulnerable as he gears up for what is sure to be a nasty figh
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Some Trump allies starting to worry about investigations

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s intensifying legal troubles are unnerving some of his fellow Republicans. Despite his brash stance, they believe the turmoil has left him increasingly vulnerable as he gears up for what is sure to be a nasty fight for re-election.

SSGL is Environmental, Sanitation Services Company of the Year

​​​​​​​Sewerage Systems Ghana Limited (SSGL), an engineering and construction company in Accra has been named as the Best Environmental and Sanitation Company of the Year - 2018.
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SSGL is Environmental, Sanitation Services Company of the Year

​​​​​​​Sewerage Systems Ghana Limited (SSGL), an engineering and construction company in Accra has been named as the Best Environmental and Sanitation Company of the Year - 2018.

Hanna Tetteh gets new UN post, heads UN Office at AU

Former Ghana Foreign Minister, Hanna Serwah Tetteh, has been appointed by the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, as his Special Representative to the African Union.
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Hanna Tetteh gets new UN post, heads UN Office at AU

Former Ghana Foreign Minister, Hanna Serwah Tetteh, has been appointed by the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, as his Special Representative to the African Union.

Give Me Hope Foundation gears up for its Needy Child Outreach programme

Non-for-profit organisation, Give Me Hope Foundation says it is set for its mega Needy Child Outreach programme to come off on December 29. 
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Give Me Hope Foundation gears up for its Needy Child Outreach programme

Non-for-profit organisation, Give Me Hope Foundation says it is set for its mega Needy Child Outreach programme to come off on December 29. 

Cocoa Nti fertilizer certified – Scientist tells court

Key witness in the trial of the former Chief Executive of COCOBOD, Dr. Stephen Opuni has debunked claims that Enepa Ventures’ Cocoa Nti fertilizer did not go through the full certification process.
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Cocoa Nti fertilizer certified – Scientist tells court

Key witness in the trial of the former Chief Executive of COCOBOD, Dr. Stephen Opuni has debunked claims that Enepa Ventures’ Cocoa Nti fertilizer did not go through the full certification process.

Senators to try formally condemning Saudi crown prince for journalist’s killing

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said the measure, while nonbinding, would still send a strong statement — especially for Republicans — that despite Trump’s denials, they hold Mohammed bin Salman responsible for Jamal Khashoggi’s death.
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Senators to try formally condemning Saudi crown prince for journalist’s killing

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said the measure, while nonbinding, would still send a strong statement — especially for Republicans — that despite Trump’s denials, they hold Mohammed bin Salman responsible for Jamal Khashoggi’s death.

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