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Former French PM Valls to run for Barcelona mayor

Former French prime minister Manuel Valls said on Tuesday he would run for mayor of Barcelona, the first time a high-profile European politician has entered a major election in another country and a risky political bid for him.
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Former French PM Valls to run for Barcelona mayor

Former French prime minister Manuel Valls said on Tuesday he would run for mayor of Barcelona, the first time a high-profile European politician has entered a major election in another country and a risky political bid for him.

NBKR: Kyrgyzstan’s economy has grown by 2.1% since early 2018, excluding Kumtor data

Bishkek, Sept. 25, 2018. /Kabar/. The real GDP in January-August 2018 declined by 0.3%, excluding Kumtor data, the economy grew by 2.1%, Chairman of the National Bank Tolkunbek Abdygulov told at a press conference at the Kabar News Agency. He said that the e
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NBKR: Kyrgyzstan’s economy has grown by 2.1% since early 2018, excluding Kumtor data

Bishkek, Sept. 25, 2018. /Kabar/. The real GDP in January-August 2018 declined by 0.3%, excluding Kumtor data, the economy grew by 2.1%, Chairman of the National Bank Tolkunbek Abdygulov told at a press conference at the Kabar News Agency. He said that the economic activity in Kyrgyzstan is maintained by the restoration of aggregate demand amid growing inflow of remittances into the country and an increase in real wages. A positive contribution to the growth of the economy was provided by the agriculture, construction, trade, and transport sector. "In the monetary sector, positive trends persist. The banking sector has sufficient liquidity in the national currency. Against this background, the NBKR carries out operations to sterilize excess liquidity. In the money market, short-term local currency rates continue to fluctuate within the percentage corridor established by the National Bank. The interbank credit market shows an increase in the activity of participants for the second consecutive month. There is an increase in lending to the economy and an increase in the deposit base of commercial banks”, Abdygulov said.

Import in Kyrgyzstan’s foreign trade exceeds export nearly three-fold

Bishkek, Sept. 25, 2018. /Kabar/. The volume of goods imported from other countries to Kyrgyzstan for the period from January to July of this year exceeded the export figures almost 3-fold. According to the preliminary estimates of the National Statistical C
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Import in Kyrgyzstan’s foreign trade exceeds export nearly three-fold

Bishkek, Sept. 25, 2018. /Kabar/. The volume of goods imported from other countries to Kyrgyzstan for the period from January to July of this year exceeded the export figures almost 3-fold. According to the preliminary estimates of the National Statistical Committee, the volume of foreign and mutual trade in goods of the Kyrgyz Republic for the first half of 2018 amounted to $3 billion 794.9 million and increased by 14% compared to the same period last year. The share of imports amounted to $2 billion 877.1 million, and the volume of exports amounted to $917.8 million. The volume of mutual trade between Kyrgyzstan and the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) amounted to $1 billion 295.4 million and, compared to the period of January-July 2017, increased by 0.3%. At the same time, there was a decrease in the volume of imported goods by 2.8%, which in the total calculation was $956.1 million. Against the backdrop of the decline in imports, the export of goods to the EAEU countries increased by 10.4%, which totaled $339.3 million. - Export of goods to the Russian Federation in January-July 2018 amounted to $189.9 million and, compared the period of January-July 2017, increased by 28.1%, while imports amounted to $667.9 million and increased by 2.9%; - Export of goods to the Republic of Kazakhstan in January-July 2018 amounted to $144.9 million and, compared to the period of January-July 2017, decreased by 5.8%, while imports decreased by 6.4%, amounting to $271.4 million; - Export of goods to the Republic of Belarus in January-July 2018 amounted to $4.4 million and, compared to the period of January-July 2017, decreased by 14.8%, imports also decreased by 62.7%, amounting to $16.5 million; - Insignificant import operations were carried out with the Republic of Armenia in January-June 2018, which amounted to $0.3 million, which compared to the period of January-July 2017, decreased by 39%, and export operations amounting to $0.1 million.

Kyrgyz-Chinese border will be closed from September 29 to October 7

Bishkek, Sept. 25, 2018. /Kabar/. The Torugart and Irkeshtam checkpoints on the border with China will be temporarily closed from September 29 to October 7 of 2018 inclusive, the State Border Service reported. As reported, the border is closed at the initiat
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Kyrgyz-Chinese border will be closed from September 29 to October 7

Bishkek, Sept. 25, 2018. /Kabar/. The Torugart and Irkeshtam checkpoints on the border with China will be temporarily closed from September 29 to October 7 of 2018 inclusive, the State Border Service reported. As reported, the border is closed at the initiative of the Chinese side in connection with the celebration of the National Day of the People's Republic of China on October 1. Passage of persons, vehicles and cargo will resume on October 8.

Kyrgyz national football team to play friendly match against Japan

Bishkek, Sept. 25, 2018. /Kabar/. The national football team of Kyrgyzstan will hold a friendly match against Japan, the Football Federation reported. The match will be held within preparation for the final stage of the Asian Cup-2019. The game itself is to
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Kyrgyz national football team to play friendly match against Japan

Bishkek, Sept. 25, 2018. /Kabar/. The national football team of Kyrgyzstan will hold a friendly match against Japan, the Football Federation reported. The match will be held within preparation for the final stage of the Asian Cup-2019. The game itself is to take place on November 20 in the city of Toyota (Aichi Prefecture), at the stadium of the same name - Toyota Stadium. The exact time of the game will be additionally confirmed by the Japan Football Association in the near future. The Asian Cup will be held in the UAE in the beginning of 2019. Within the preparation for the Asian Championship, the team of Kyrgyzstan has had two friendly matches: on September 6 they tied with Palestine (1:1), and on September 10 the team defeated Syria (2:1). Moreover, the national team of Kyrgyzstan holds 91st position in the updated rating of FIFA, and the team of Japan – 54th.

USAID launches enterprise competitiveness project in Kyrgyzstan

On September 25, 2018, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a five-year $22.7 million initiative in the Kyrgyz Republic called the Enterprise Competitiveness Project. The launch event in the capital Bishkek was attended by M
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USAID launches enterprise competitiveness project in Kyrgyzstan

On September 25, 2018, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a five-year $22.7 million initiative in the Kyrgyz Republic called the Enterprise Competitiveness Project. The launch event in the capital Bishkek was attended by Mr. Dastanbek Dzhumabekov, Speaker of the Jogorku Kenesh of the Kyrgyz Republic, Mr. Erkinbek Choduev, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Kyrgyz Republic, Mr. Aidin Sharsheev, and State Secretary of the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic who were welcomed by USAID/Kyrgyz Republic Director Gary Linden. Private enterprises comprise 75% of the Kyrgyz Republic’s GDP. They are also one of the country’s largest reservoirs of potential economic growth. However, their activity and growth remains sub-optimal. This is due to a number of factors such as skilled labor shortages and insufficient levels of capital investments. The USAID Enterprise Competitiveness Project will support small and medium enterprises (SME) to accelerate inclusive and market-led economic growth in the Kyrgyz Republic. The project aims to generate 19,000 new jobs and increase Kyrgyzstani SME sales by $39 million over five years. A target of $17 million has been set with financial institutions for loans to SMEs who can demonstrate robust growth potential. “We know that these solutions work, as they have been successfully utilized by USAID and its partners throughout the Kyrgyz Republic in the agriculture, apparel, and tourism sectors,” said Gary Linden in his opening remarks. The project will focus on sectors with high potential for growth and job creation such as agriculture and manufacturing. USAID Enterprise Competitiveness Project will also invest specifically in sectors that employ and attract women and youth, such as tourism and IT. An Accelerator Program and a Challenge Fund will support capacity-building and start-up co-investments for women and youth-led SMEs. The USAID Enterprise Competitiveness Project will work in all regions of the country, with a focus on regions facing high unemployment and labor migration rates. “I’m very glad that this project is in line with our President Jeenbekov’s initiative of developing the regions of Kyrgyzstan. Implementation of such projects in our country is a great support to the Kyrgyz government and a significant contribution to the development of our economy, regions and the people,” noted speaker Jumabekov in speech.

California Passes Law Allowing 12-Year-Olds To Get Tax-Paid Transgender Treatments

You have to be 16 obtain a driver’s license in California, 18 to buy a rifle, engage in consensual sex, or get married without parental consent, and 21 to buy a handgun, alcohol, or marijuana. But in the nation’s most progressive state, you only need to b
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California Passes Law Allowing 12-Year-Olds To Get Tax-Paid Transgender Treatments

You have to be 16 obtain a driver’s license in California, 18 to buy a rifle, engage in consensual sex, or get married without parental consent, and 21 to buy a handgun, alcohol, or marijuana. But in the nation’s most progressive state, you only need to be 12 years old to privately seek and consent to treatment for gender transitioning.

Drones Unleashed to Find Tax Evaders as Greece Sets Disturbing Precedent

Anyone who is looking to understand exactly what the term “mission creep” means and why privacy advocates warn of its negative impact, here is another case study. Greece is apparently battling a “black economy” in one of its most popular tourist att
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Drones Unleashed to Find Tax Evaders as Greece Sets Disturbing Precedent

Anyone who is looking to understand exactly what the term “mission creep” means and why privacy advocates warn of its negative impact, here is another case study. Greece is apparently battling a “black economy” in one of its most popular tourist attractions: the island of Santorini. According to tax authorities, the area has become a hotbed of tax evasion, primarily by day trip organizers who are not properly recording their income.

Ford urged to sell Crown corporations like LCBO

A review of spending commissioned by Premier Doug Ford is encouraging him to sell Crown corporations, including the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, to bring short-term cash into provincial coffers.
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Ford urged to sell Crown corporations like LCBO

A review of spending commissioned by Premier Doug Ford is encouraging him to sell Crown corporations, including the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, to bring short-term cash into provincial coffers.

'I didn't come here to live this kind of life': Skilled immigrants on desperate hunt for jobs in Quebec

Instead of sparring over how many immigrants Quebec should accept, chemist Abdul Waheed wishes campaigning provincial politicians would talk about how to help skilled workers like him get jobs in their field so they could integrate into Quebec society.
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'I didn't come here to live this kind of life': Skilled immigrants on desperate hunt for jobs in Quebec

Instead of sparring over how many immigrants Quebec should accept, chemist Abdul Waheed wishes campaigning provincial politicians would talk about how to help skilled workers like him get jobs in their field so they could integrate into Quebec society.

Judge rejects 'preposterous' theory in baby's death, acquits B.C. dad of murder

The Crown's theory that a Burnaby dad killed his newborn daughter because her crying interrupted his plan to watch hockey is «preposterous,» according to a B.C. judge.
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Judge rejects 'preposterous' theory in baby's death, acquits B.C. dad of murder

The Crown's theory that a Burnaby dad killed his newborn daughter because her crying interrupted his plan to watch hockey is «preposterous,» according to a B.C. judge.

Brian Gallant gets permission from lieutenant-governor to continue governing N.B.

New Brunswick's lieutenant-governor has given Brian Gallant permission to continue governing the province while the Liberals try to win the confidence of the legislature with fewer seats than his main opponent.
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Brian Gallant gets permission from lieutenant-governor to continue governing N.B.

New Brunswick's lieutenant-governor has given Brian Gallant permission to continue governing the province while the Liberals try to win the confidence of the legislature with fewer seats than his main opponent.

Veterans Affairs cuts benefits to jailed relatives, but won't say if Garnier affected

Ottawa will no longer pay for benefits for incarcerated relatives of veterans in the wake of the controversy over treatment for Christopher Garnier, a convicted killer who never served in military and got PTSD from murdering an off-duty police officer.
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Veterans Affairs cuts benefits to jailed relatives, but won't say if Garnier affected

Ottawa will no longer pay for benefits for incarcerated relatives of veterans in the wake of the controversy over treatment for Christopher Garnier, a convicted killer who never served in military and got PTSD from murdering an off-duty police officer.

Bill Cosby, 81, is sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison for 2004 sexual assault

Judge rules comedian Bill Cosby is a 'sexually violent predator' under Pennsylvania law at sentencing hearing
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Bill Cosby, 81, is sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison for 2004 sexual assault

Judge rules comedian Bill Cosby is a 'sexually violent predator' under Pennsylvania law at sentencing hearing

VIDEO: Nigeria’s D’Tigress thrash Argentina

Nigeria’s D’Tigress has won their second game in the FIBA Basketball World Cup going on in Spain. At the end of the fourth quarter, D’Tigress won by 75 points against Argentina’s 70. According to the D’Tigress Twitter handle, @Dt
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VIDEO: Nigeria’s D’Tigress thrash Argentina

Nigeria’s D’Tigress has won their second game in the FIBA Basketball World Cup going on in Spain. At the end of the fourth quarter, D’Tigress won by 75 points against Argentina’s 70. According to the D’Tigress Twitter handle, @DtigressNG, this feat makes Nigeria, the first ever African team to win two games in a single […]

BREAKING: Bill Cosby sentenced to three to 10 years in prison

Disgraced US television icon Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison by a judge on Tuesday and branded a “sexually violent predator” for assaulting a woman at his Philadelphia mansion 14 years ago. The 81-year-old, once beloved as
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BREAKING: Bill Cosby sentenced to three to 10 years in prison

Disgraced US television icon Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison by a judge on Tuesday and branded a “sexually violent predator” for assaulting a woman at his Philadelphia mansion 14 years ago. The 81-year-old, once beloved as “America’s Dad,” is the first celebrity convicted and sentenced for a sex crime […]

Two held for flying drone over Osoba’s Abeokuta home

Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta Two suspects were said to have been arrested on Tuesday for flying a drone over the house of a former governor of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, located within the Ibara, GRA, Abeokuta. This was contained in a statement signed by
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Two held for flying drone over Osoba’s Abeokuta home

Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta Two suspects were said to have been arrested on Tuesday for flying a drone over the house of a former governor of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, located within the Ibara, GRA, Abeokuta. This was contained in a statement signed by one of the aides of the ex-governor, Adekunle Adeyemi, a copy […]

Osun rerun: Fayemi visits Omisore

The Ekiti State Governor-Elect, Dr kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday visited Sen Iyiola Omisore, the Social Democratic Party, governorship aspirant in Ile-Ife, Osun State. Fayemi paid the visit to Omisore in his house at Oduduwa Estate, Ibadan Road, Ile-Ife. Fayemi,
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Osun rerun: Fayemi visits Omisore

The Ekiti State Governor-Elect, Dr kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday visited Sen Iyiola Omisore, the Social Democratic Party, governorship aspirant in Ile-Ife, Osun State. Fayemi paid the visit to Omisore in his house at Oduduwa Estate, Ibadan Road, Ile-Ife. Fayemi, however, told newsmen that his visit was not on political issues, but personal. READ ALSO: Two held […]

Pogba can never be Man United captain again —Mourinho

Paul Pogba has been told by Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho he will never captain the club again while the Portuguese remains in charge, according to reports on Tuesday, as tensions between United’s star midfielder and manager continue to rise.
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Pogba can never be Man United captain again —Mourinho

Paul Pogba has been told by Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho he will never captain the club again while the Portuguese remains in charge, according to reports on Tuesday, as tensions between United’s star midfielder and manager continue to rise. Pogba has deputised as skipper in the absence of club captain Antonio Valencia on three […]

Osun rerun: EU, UK, US calls for free, fair election

The Missions of the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States have called for peaceful, free, fair and credible completion of Osun State governorship re-run election on September 28. The missions in a joint statement on Tuesday in Abuja calle
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Osun rerun: EU, UK, US calls for free, fair election

The Missions of the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States have called for peaceful, free, fair and credible completion of Osun State governorship re-run election on September 28. The missions in a joint statement on Tuesday in Abuja called for support to ensure the success of the process as Independent National Electoral Commission re-runs […]

Bill Cosby ‘took my beautiful, healthy young spirit and crushed it,’ sexual assault survivor says

"We may never know the full extent of his double life as a sexual predator but his decades-long reign of terror as a serial rapist is over,” Andrea Constand wrote.
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Bill Cosby ‘took my beautiful, healthy young spirit and crushed it,’ sexual assault survivor says

"We may never know the full extent of his double life as a sexual predator but his decades-long reign of terror as a serial rapist is over,” Andrea Constand wrote.

Business Tycoon and Former Politician Arrested for Poisoning Homeless Encampment

Former politician and real estate tycoon Ron Alleva was arrested for spreading toxic chemicals in a popular homeless encampment near the headquarters of his business in Anchorage, Alaska, Grubstake Auction. Alleva was charged with reckless endangerment, poll
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Business Tycoon and Former Politician Arrested for Poisoning Homeless Encampment

Former politician and real estate tycoon Ron Alleva was arrested for spreading toxic chemicals in a popular homeless encampment near the headquarters of his business in Anchorage, Alaska, Grubstake Auction. Alleva was charged with reckless endangerment, pollution of land/air/water and unauthorized pesticide distribution, according to KTVA.

WATCH: Cop Leaves 13yo Boy in Freezing Cold to Force Him to Talk—Then Gets ‘Supervisor of the Year’

In April of this year, Roswell Police Chief Rusty Grant handed ‘Supervisor of The Year’ to Sgt. Daniel Elzey, who, months before, had forced a soaking wet and literally freezing emotionally disturbed 13-year-old boy to sit in the cold for over an hour i
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WATCH: Cop Leaves 13yo Boy in Freezing Cold to Force Him to Talk—Then Gets ‘Supervisor of the Year’

In April of this year, Roswell Police Chief Rusty Grant handed ‘Supervisor of The Year’ to Sgt. Daniel Elzey, who, months before, had forced a soaking wet and literally freezing emotionally disturbed 13-year-old boy to sit in the cold for over an hour in an attempt to force him to talk. Only after a local news agency conducted their own investigation months after the cop was given the department’s top honor did any of this information come out—despite it all being captured on his body camera.

India bolsters ballistic missile defense as target-intercept mission succeeds

India has successfully launched its first anti-ballistic missile, a milestone in the development of a two-layer missile defense system, military sources said... The exo-atmospheric Prithvi Defense Vehicle (PDV) missiles are intended to intercept any incomin
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India bolsters ballistic missile defense as target-intercept mission succeeds

India has successfully launched its first anti-ballistic missile, a milestone in the development of a two-layer missile defense system, military sources said... The exo-atmospheric Prithvi Defense Vehicle (PDV) missiles are intended to intercept any incoming projectile from outside the atmosphere. The targets can be intercepted at 50km above Earth’s atmosphere.

Marijuana Arrests Spike, Outpace Arrests for All Violent Crimes Combined

For the second year in a row, arrests for cannabis in the United States have gone up, also dwarfing the number of arrests for violent crime. The increases have come in the form of arrests for possession, not manufacture and sales.
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Marijuana Arrests Spike, Outpace Arrests for All Violent Crimes Combined

For the second year in a row, arrests for cannabis in the United States have gone up, also dwarfing the number of arrests for violent crime. The increases have come in the form of arrests for possession, not manufacture and sales.

Qualcomm Accuses Apple Of Stealing Chip Secrets, Giving Them To Intel

The latest episode in the years-long legal drama between Qualcomm and Apple was unveiled today, when CNBC's David Faber reported that Qualcomm has lobbed «explosive» charges against Apple for stealing «vast swaths» of its confidentia
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Qualcomm Accuses Apple Of Stealing Chip Secrets, Giving Them To Intel

The latest episode in the years-long legal drama between Qualcomm and Apple was unveiled today, when CNBC's David Faber reported that Qualcomm has lobbed «explosive» charges against Apple for stealing «vast swaths» of its confidential information and trade secrets for the purpose of improving the performance of chip sets provided by Qualcomm competitor Intel, according to a filing with the Superior Court of California.

‘Labour’s Starmer may have just cost his party the next election’ – George Galloway

Former Labour MP George Galloway has told RT that Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer’s announcement that his party must retain the option of another public vote on Brexit “may have just cost Labour the next election.” Read Full Article at RT.com
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‘Labour’s Starmer may have just cost his party the next election’ – George Galloway

Former Labour MP George Galloway has told RT that Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer’s announcement that his party must retain the option of another public vote on Brexit “may have just cost Labour the next election.” Read Full Article at RT.com

King Salman inaugurates Saudi Arabia's Haramain railway

Tue, 2018-09-25 15:42 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia's King Salman inaugurated on Tuesday the Haramain High Speed Railway that connects the holy cities of Madinah and Makkah. At a ceremony in Jeddah, the King oversaw the services that the railway will offer passenge
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King Salman inaugurates Saudi Arabia's Haramain railway

Tue, 2018-09-25 15:42 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia's King Salman inaugurated on Tuesday the Haramain High Speed Railway that connects the holy cities of Madinah and Makkah. At a ceremony in Jeddah, the King oversaw the services that the railway will offer passengers when it opens to the public next month. The 450 kilometer train line has five stations including King Abdul Aziz International Airport, Jeddah and King Abdullah Economic City, as well as Makkah and Madinah. The network will carry 60 million passengers a year with a fleet of 35 trains containing 417 seats each. During the ceremony, a documentary was aired about the project, one of the largest of its kind in the region. Announcing the inauguration of the Haramain High Speed Rail, King Salman said: «We have put our trust in Allah, and we ask Allah to grant the success». «We thank Allah for the growth and prosperity in all fields in our country, and we thank Allah Almighty for His grace.. Thank you,» the King added. Then, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques inaugurated the first Jeddah-Madinah journey, and was seen off by a number of top Saudi officials.  The king then arrived in Madinah from Jeddah by the Haramain High Speed Rail, where his royal highness was recieved by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.  Saudi Transport Minister Nabil Al-Amoudi commended the King’s approach to national transport projects, saying that they act as a trigger for everyone to put in their utmost effort to fulfill the expectations of the Kingdom’s leadership.  - @KingSalman inaugurated the Al-#Haramain Express train at a ceremony in #Jeddahhttps://t.co/wc50pVHPKg pic.twitter.com/cedStBLswB — Arab News (@arabnews) September 25, 2018   In the speech he delivered, Al-Amoudi affirmed that Saudi Arabia was honored to serve Muslim pilgrims since the era of the Kingdom's founder King Abdulaziz, till the current era of King Salman, who set a comprehensive plan to double efforts to achieve his directives with regard to comfort of the pilgrims and Umrah performers. «Your directives aim to harness all potentials to serve the guests of Allah in accordance with the ambitious national vision 2030, including basic transportation services through major projects facilitating the convenience of pilgrims and Umrah performers. The journey between Makkah and Madinah has become closer and easier than ever before. In conjunction with the 88th National Day, this great project is only a confirmation of the Kingdom's commitment to serve Islam and Muslims,» he said. «I am honored to announce the inauguration by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques of Haramain High Speed Rail. We are proud and honored to transport the guests of Allah, citizens and expatriates on this land,» Al-Amoudi added.  He also said that a project of its kind would consolidate the Saudi Arabia’s status by turning it into an international logistics center that connect three continents. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Vision 2030Haramain RailwaySaudi ArabiaJeddahmakkakMadinah Haramain railway between holy cities ready for inauguration soonKSA’s Haramain train makes pilot trip with 200 citizens

Prince Sultan appoints Majed Al-Sheddi as assistant president of SCTH

Author: Arab NewsID: 1537883085628801200Tue, 2018-09-25 16:45 JEDDAH: Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), has appointed Majed Al-Sheddi as the commission’s assistant president on T
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Prince Sultan appoints Majed Al-Sheddi as assistant president of SCTH

Author: Arab NewsID: 1537883085628801200Tue, 2018-09-25 16:45 JEDDAH: Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), has appointed Majed Al-Sheddi as the commission’s assistant president on Tuesday. Al-Sheddi thanked the prince for the appointment, considering it a new way to serve both the country and its citizens based on what he has learned from Prince Sultan: citizens come first and serving them is an honor for every official. He stated that the new mission will allow him to serve in more comprehensive areas, affirming the national identity and advancing in the national economic project SCTH has undertaken. He expressed his pride in Prince Sultan’s confidence in him. He affirmed that the prince is an exceptional teacher in administration, leadership and values from which he has benefited for more than 15 years. The new assistant president prayed to meet the prince’s high expectations and contribute to the course of growth and development based on Saudi Arabia’s deeply rooted values. He holds two masters’ degrees in public relations and training and education techniques with a focus on marketing from Marshall University in West Virginia, US. Before joining the commission, he was a member of the training body at the Institute of Public Administration, then SCTH’s director general of media relations, supervising organizing committees for the commission’s events. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Majed Al-SheddiSCTH SCTH funds second group of Saudi hotel and tourism projects

Pilgrims from all nationalities took part in Saudi National Day

Author: Tariq Al-Thaqafi and Hussam Almayman MakkahID: 1537891191799783800Tue, 2018-09-25 19:00 MAKKAH: Pilgrims from all nationalities took part in the celebrations to mark the 88th Saudi National Day, paying thanks to the Saudi government for th
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Pilgrims from all nationalities took part in Saudi National Day

Author: Tariq Al-Thaqafi and Hussam Almayman MakkahID: 1537891191799783800Tue, 2018-09-25 19:00 MAKKAH: Pilgrims from all nationalities took part in the celebrations to mark the 88th Saudi National Day, paying thanks to the Saudi government for the services provided to the two Holy Mosques. After Saudi Arabia announced the success of this year’s Hajj season, the Umrah season kicked off. It also began to receive pilgrims from all nationalities, all of whom stressed that they cannot forget Saudi Arabia’s support in granting them their rights and helping them throughout their economic hardships. “Every year I come to Saudi Arabia for Umrah. I am used to performing Umrah every year, but this year is special because it coincides with the National Saudi Day,” said Hamdi Abul-Enein, from Egypt, adding: “For the first time in my life I see the Saudi people celebrating their National Day, reflecting the cohesion between the citizens and their leadership. This is not surprising because we know the core of Saudi people are keen on the security and stability of the country.” Hamdi added: “In Egypt, we share the joys of the Saudi people. For decades, there have been strong ties between Egyptians and our Saudi brothers. Sincere ties based on the Islamic religion joins us. Congratulations to Saudi Arabia and its citizens.” Ali Al-Saradi, a pilgrim from Yemen, said: “I roamed the streets of Makkah and Medinah, and found people celebrating the national day. We admire the unity and loyalty of our Saudi brothers to their leadership. I am keen on sharing these celebrations with my Saudi brothers. In Yemen, we are happy for the Saudi citizens’ happiness. We consider them as our brothers and therefore we are happy for their joys and are sad for their sadness.” Kuwaiti pilgrim, Abdullah Al-Ajami said: “This occasion is not only celebrated by the Saudi people, but also by all those who love this country. I can confirm that the rulers of this country are very generous and put all efforts to serve the two holy mosques. So it is no surprise to see so many nationalities celebrating the National Saudi Day.” “The Saudi leadership and people stood with their Kuwaiti brothers during the brutal invasion; they opened their hearts before their homes. They were the first to work for the liberation of our country, and this is what strengthened the blood ties between us for decades. I ask God to perpetuate their joys,” he added. The Hadiya Association involved pilgrims and visitors in celebrating the 88th National Day Festival. A number of pilgrims from various nationalities participated in a national initiative, organized by the Hadiya Association, held during a reception and farewell for pilgrims, in the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah. The Association distributed Saudi flags and gifts to the pilgrims. They received traditional Saudi hospitality and were given a presentation on the National Project, conducted in sign language in order to engage deaf people in the celebrations for the first time. The presentation, which was part of the Association’s project entitled “Nourishment of the Soul”, was conducted in 67 languages with the participation of both volunteers and multi-national students currently on scholarships in Saudi universities. The Director General of the Association, Sheikh Mansoor Al Amer, expressed his joy seeing the pilgrims enthusiasm and willingness to engage in the celebrations for Saudi National Day, which commemorates the unification of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and expresses appreciation of the services provided by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques during their spiritual journey in Makkah, Madinah, and Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah. This is the first time that pilgrims, who have now finished their rituals and will leave on Sept. 25, have celebrated this special day with all of the people of Saudi Arabia, in what has widely been seen as a practical application of the Kingdom’s new 2030 vision. Sheikh Al Amer added that a number of volunteers from different fields were cooperating with the association. They have circulated a clip on social media showing the Saudi national anthem being translated into sign language. The anthem was produced in association with Saleh Bin Hamood Al Nefaie, a sign language translator for the Friday sermon, which is regularly broadcasted from the Holy Mosque in Makkah and aired on the Qur’an Channel. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: saudi national day 2018hajj Saudi National Day celebration strengthens sense of belonging to the homeland: CSCDeveloping cities to serve Hajj and Umrah on agenda of Makkah Cultural Forum

Saudi foreign minister participates in US meeting on drug control, Nelson Mandela Peace Summit

Author: sarah glubbID: 1537895937070254700Tue, 2018-09-25 20:03JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir participated in a high-level meeting on drug control chaired by US President Donald Trump at the United Nations headquarters in N
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Saudi foreign minister participates in US meeting on drug control, Nelson Mandela Peace Summit

Author: sarah glubbID: 1537895937070254700Tue, 2018-09-25 20:03JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir participated in a high-level meeting on drug control chaired by US President Donald Trump at the United Nations headquarters in New York.The meeting, on the sidelines of the General Assembly’s 73rd session, discussed ways to eliminate the production of drugs, the problem of their addiction around the world and ways of raising awareness of their damage.Al-Jubeir participated in the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, also held on the sidelines of the General Assembly session, to focus on world peace on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela.In a speech on behalf of the Arab Group, Al-Jubeir affirmed that Mandela had strong and historical relationships with the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Arab countries, and had stances supportive of the Palestinian cause, the first cause of Arabs and Muslims.He added: “I am pleased to stand with you today on behalf of the Arab League and Saudi Arabia, the president of the 29th Arab Summit, at a summit attributed to a man who changed history thanks to his tolerance, patience and humanity, though the years of pain, prison and suffering he faced during his years of struggle for peace, security and development in South Africa and the world.”Perhaps one of the most important lessons from which we can benefit, Al-Jubeir added, is our continuation to build and strengthen peace and security in the world to achieve the wellbeing of our peoples, to activate the principles of peaceful coexistence among peoples, and to respect the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other states.Al-Jubeir also held bilateral meetings with a number of officials, including his counterparts from Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Yemen, Finland, Belgium, Malaysia and Bulgaria.He also participated in the open seminar to present the Bahraini model of coexistence and religious tolerance entitled “Towards Comprehensive Peaceful Societies,” organized by King Hamad International Center for Peaceful Coexistence, during which ways of establishing co-existence, tolerance and combating extremism were discussed. Main category: Saudi Arabia

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