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Saudi Railways Organization urged to modernize outdated rail system linking Riyadh to Eastern Province

Thu, 2019-05-23 01:55 RIYADH: The Shoura Council held its 44th regular session in Riyadh on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Dr. Yahya bin Abdullah Al-Samaan, assistant speaker of the council. During the session, the council called on the Saudi Railw
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Saudi Railways Organization urged to modernize outdated rail system linking Riyadh to Eastern Province

Thu, 2019-05-23 01:55 RIYADH: The Shoura Council held its 44th regular session in Riyadh on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Dr. Yahya bin Abdullah Al-Samaan, assistant speaker of the council. During the session, the council called on the Saudi Railways Organization to develop the infrastructure of the existing rail system to enable it to use advanced and fast trains to reduce the time of journeys on Riyadh, Al-Ahsa and Dammam lines. The council asked the Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technology Zones (MODON) to identify the regions’ competitive advantages, urge investors to benefit from them and create agriculture-based, livestock-based and fisheries-based industries. It also called on MODON to boost cooperation with government bodies and benefit from meetings, conferences and exhibitions to showcase the strength and resilience of the Kingdom’s economy in accordance with its 2030 Vision. The session approved a project that aims to broaden the private sector’s role in heritage and cultural festivities throughout the year. It enables the private sector to play an important role in the promotion of heritage and cultural festivals in improving internal tourism and national unity. The system seeks to support local productive families and popular professions, in addition to creating job opportunities for Saudis across the Kingdom. The council also approved a convention between the Saudi government and the Republic of Benin in the field of air transport services, signed in Riyadh on Oct. 2, 2018. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Railways OrganizationMODONSaudi Shoura Council Saudi Railway launches first night rail journey to Al-JoufSaudi rail chiefs reveal expansion plans for freight, passengers

From Elbrus to Everest, a Saudi explorer climbs for a cause

Thu, 2019-05-23 02:29 From cancer patients to war refugees, the list of beneficiaries of the causes for which Saudi explorer Mona Shahab climbs the world’s highest summits is lengthy. Currently, she is tackling the world’s tallest mountain, Everest. If s
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From Elbrus to Everest, a Saudi explorer climbs for a cause

Thu, 2019-05-23 02:29 From cancer patients to war refugees, the list of beneficiaries of the causes for which Saudi explorer Mona Shahab climbs the world’s highest summits is lengthy. Currently, she is tackling the world’s tallest mountain, Everest. If she succeeds in scaling it, it would see Shahab tick five boxes out of the classic adverturer’s to-do list of Seven Summits — the highest point on each of the seven continents. Raising awareness and funds — more than $350,000 (SR1.3 million) to date — for charitable causes is what chiefly motivates Shahab to win the Explorers Grand Slam title — that is, to reach the North Pole and the South Pole in addition to the Seven Summits. But beyond that, she wants to send a message to Saudi women — and to the world at large. “One of my goals is for us to gently shake the world, to change misperceptions, and maybe even shatter some stereotypes. Many raise an eyebrow when they hear a Saudi woman has achieved something,” Shahab told Arab News from the Everest base camp part way through her expedition. “Saudi women can, Saudi women will, reach whatever heights they set their mind and heart to.” DIZZYHEIGHTS 2012 — Completed Kilimanjaro4 Cancer and helped raise funds to build the first detection cancer center in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province. Also completed “A Woman’s Journey: Everest Base Camp” with nine other Saudi women to raise breast cancer awareness in the Kingdom. 2013 — Elbrus4Cancer, scaling Europe’s Elbrus mountain, to raise funds for Umniyaty, Saudi version of “Make a Wish Foundation.” 2014 — MtBlanc4Humanity by scaling Mont Blanc — the highest mountain in the Alps and the highest in Europe west of Russia’s Caucasus peaks — to reinforce the importance of tolerance among citizens of the world. 2015 — Vinson4Mohammed — a mission completed by Shahab standing on the roof of Antarctica for Mohammed, a Syrian boy diagnosed with osteosarcoma. Also completed Toubkal4Smiles, which saw Shahab stand on the roof of the Arab world. 2016 — Kilimanjaro4Mawaddah — to raise funds to help build a safe haven where children of divorcees can meet parents. Also completed LeninPeak4Tomorrow to raise funds to give 100 refugee children in Lebanon tan education. 2017 Aconcagua4Cancer — in Latin America in support of a child with cancer and in memory of her friend Marwa Fayed. 2019 Aims to climb Mount Everest as part of Shahab’s goal to win the Explorers Grand Slam title — to reach the North Pole, the South Pole and all of the Seven Summits. Together with Joyce Azzam and Nelly Attar, from Lebanon, and Nadhirah Alharthy from Oman, Shahab is part of an all-Arab women’s team aiming to scale Mount Everest, 8,848 metres above sea level, this month. Next Shahab has her eye on two of the world’s highest seven summits — Australia’s tallest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko, and Denali, the highest point in North America. Once those peaks have been scaled, she intends to make her way to the North and South Pole on skis and become the first Saudi to complete the Explorers Grand Slam challenge. “Saudi Arabia is not in the Explorer Grand Slam’s books yet and there are dear Saudi friends (HH Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al-Saud and Raha Moharrak) who are closer to it than I am. They have already completed the Seven Summits,” said Shahab, who is a clinical child psychologist by profession. “Less than 50 names are on the current list, so it will be a pretty big achievement when a Saudi’s name is finally included.” Shahab, who was born and raised in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, said that she loved the outdoors from a young age and was bitten by the hiking bug early on. “Growing up, my parents would punish me by not allowing me to go outside,” she told Arab News. “I never wanted to be between four walls, boxed up in a room. I have always loved the outdoors. “Whether playing tennis or softball, I would have bruised knees because I was always outside playing with my friends in a compound once I had completed my homework.” Shahab said it was when she moved to the US to continue her education that she considered her first altitude hike. “I was working at the Children’s Hospital Boston, and one of my close friends emailed me asking if I would like to join him and his wife who were going to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in 2007.” Due to visa issues, that trip did not work out. But the idea never left Shahab’s mind.  “Fast forward to 2010, my friends and I are sitting by the sea in India and out of the blue I ask, ‘Kilimanjaro early 2012. Who’s in?’” By 2011, the trip had been planned. “It just so happened that all of us were members of the Saudi Cancer Foundation in the Eastern Province, and we ended up helping to raise funds for the first early detection centre for cancer in the Eastern province.” After that first trip, Shahab has never looked back. “So Kilimanjaro was my first high-altitude hike, and I basically exchanged vows with the mountains ever since.” In 2012 Shahab was part of the first team of Saudi women, headed by HRH Princess Reema bint Bandar Al-Saud, to reach the Everest Base Camp. It was during the expedition that she met a woman who has inspired Shahab. Shahab forged a friendship with Marwa Fayed, the late wife of Omar Samra, who was the first Egyptian to climb Mount Everest, the Seven Summits and ski to both the South and the North Poles. “Right after trekking to the Everest Base Camp together, we decided to climb Aconcagua the following year,” Shahab recalled. However, Fayed, could not fulfill her ambition: three days after the birth of her daughter in 2013, she passed away. Fayed’s death came as a shock,  Shahab said. “So I aimed to climb that mountain in her memory.” After failing in 2014, Shahab achieved their shared Aconcagua dream in 2017. Now, during her mission to the top of Everest, it is Fayed’s memory that Shahab holds dear. She is also raising funds for a charity that Fayed founded. “Marwa had founded a charity called Marwa Fayed’s Toy Run. It had humble beginnings — to collect toys and distribute them to orphans in Egypt. It then expanded to refugee camps worldwide and today the charity is educating children in all areas — from theatre and analytical thinking to space. “It only takes $500 a year to educate a child on the skills they need to become change agents in their communities. I have joined forces in the hope that we can reach 300 children in underprivileged areas in Egypt.” Shahab has teamed up with Gento, an anti-bacterial company in the Middle East, which believed in her mission and offered her full sponsorship for her Everest ascent. Together they are raising awareness on obesity and diabetes, two conditions plaguing both the Kingdom and the wider region, as part of Gento’s commitment to highlight the importance of hygiene and community physical activities. “We want to motivate people and encourage them to move and become more physically active. Research shows that women who are more physically active are at less risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer,” Shahab told Arab News. “The focus now in the Kingdom is on Vision 2030. In order to move our nation to higher heights, we need to start with ourselves. Let’s get moving, Saudi! “We want men, women, and youth to toss all those excuses — “I can’t,” “I don’t want to,” “No one’s going to support me” — out the window.” Shahab, who along with her team-mates hopes to reach the summit of Everest in late May, continued: “We are here. We are standing on our own peaks whatever they may be, one hand, one heart. If we can do it, anyone can. “Change doesn’t happen in the blink of an eye. It takes time and that is OK.”       Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Editor’s ChoiceMountaineering Nepali sherpa scales Everest record 24 times — with one more to goEverest conqueror says end of Saudi Arabia stadium ban can inspire a generation

Ramadan in Najd: Between the past and the present

Thu, 2019-05-23 03:18 RIYADH: The month of Ramadan brings spiritual joy to Saudi Arabia — different to anywhere else around the world. The holy month has not changed since fasting was introduced, though different areas still have their own peculiarities
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Ramadan in Najd: Between the past and the present

Thu, 2019-05-23 03:18 RIYADH: The month of Ramadan brings spiritual joy to Saudi Arabia — different to anywhere else around the world. The holy month has not changed since fasting was introduced, though different areas still have their own peculiarities and quirks that have evolved gradually over time, in tandem with other traditions. Najd is one of those.    Crescent sighting According to the Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA), in the early days of the Kingdom there were traditions that were practiced before and during the holy month, such as the crescent sighting ceremony in the final days of the month of Sha’aban. Important members of the local government, as well as princes, sheikhs and judges, would gather alongside consultants atop a high, flat area before sunset to witness the crescent moon. “Equipped with small mountains and plains, the Najd region was celebrated as a hub for astronomy, serving as the source of confirmation that the sighting of the moon had taken place,” the DGCA states. “The consultants, experts in the phases of the moon, would determine the visibility of the slight crescent (hilal) moon that marks the beginning of the next month. When the hilal crescent was witnessed, neighboring areas were informed either through a loud call or through signaling shots being fired.”   Preparations  One of the main traditions that the people of Diriyah used to follow was  to make sure that the mosques were well equipped for the holy month. According to the DGCA: “Cleaning and lighting the mosques was a priority for the community, and it was a tradition for residents to bring oil lamps to light the mosques through the night.”  Now, the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance plays an essential role in preparing mosques throughout the country and abroad. During Ramadan, it makes requests for preachers to offer religious speeches and lectures, as well as to distribute copies of the Holy Qu’ran. Restoration and refurbishment is also high on the agenda. According to the ministry’s website, this year the director general of its office in Riyadh, Sheikh Sami bin Sulaiman Al-Mashiqih, distributed 50,000 square meters of new carpets to mosques in the city alone. FASTFACT   • According to the Diriyah Gate Development Authority, in the early days of the Kingdom there were traditions that were practiced before and during the holy month of Ramadan, such as the crescent-sighting ceremony in the final days of the month of Sha’aban. • One of the main traditions that the people of Diriyah used to follow was to make sure that the mosques were well equipped for the holy month. Donations Perhaps one of the most important  Ramadan issues in the past was heat — considered a great suffering for previous generations who lived without electricity and air conditioners. According to the DGDA, the people of Diriyah used sheepskin or goatskin flasks to store water and keep it cool. The Najdi people during the holy month used to donate the skins of their sacrifices to the mosque to be made into flasks for the worshippers as a Ramadan tradition. They also donated palm trees and left dates at the door of the mosque, a practice known as “asha Ramadan.” Now, the community donates water bottles instead, as well as appliances such as refrigerators, a variety of foods, and chairs for the disabled to use inside the mosques.   Food The DGDA states that Najdi people in the past were characterized by simplicity when it came to Ramadan dishes, with a range of traditional and simple foods. They used to drink a sweet date juice called “Merais” at iftar and suhoor, which was particularly popular among the elderly. It was believed that it provided people with strength and energy when they fasted during the day. According to DGDA: “Merais is made by soaking dates in water, then filtering them into a thick juice. Some people in the region would enjoy Merais with ‘iqt,’ a dried and ground yogurt, to give the traditional drink a sour flavor. The most common and traditional Ramadan beverages among Najdi people were, and continue to be, camel milk and laban made from sheep milk.” Nowadays, drinking laban is common at every Najdi table. People drink it while eating dates, others drink Arabic coffee with dates to break their fast. “The Najdi region,” the DGDA continues, “is celebrated in the Arabian Peninsula for its local foods. Famous dishes originated in the region including ‘henaney,’ a sweet breakfast made from wheat dough, various type of dates and a thick date paste, known as ‘abet el tamer’. ‘Al-Hayes,’ a variation of ‘henaney’ made with ‘iqt,’ was attributed to the Sons of Hanifa and remains one of the most famous Najdi foods.”  During the early 1980s  new dishes were introduced to the Najdi iftar table during Ramadan through importers, including samosas, pasta, luqiamat (a crunchy sweet dumpling) and other foreign foods.  Muneerah Al-Ajlan, a local Najdi, said: “Soup and samosas are necessary on our iftar table. The family gathers for dates and coffee; after that the men go to the mosque while women head to the kitchen to carry out the second part of the iftar.”  Recently, many people and neighborhoods in Riyadh began to celebrate Gargee’an, which is primarily observed in the Eastern Gulf area, and which takes place on the 15th night of Ramadan. Children usually dress in traditional costumes and go door-to-door to receive sweets and nuts from neighbors and sing traditional songs. “On the second weekend of Ramadan, we celebrate Gargee’an in our house, where the whole family gathers and the children distribute candy,” added Al-Ajlan. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Ramadan2019NajdSaudi Arabia Singapore celebrates Ramadan with bazaars and biryaniWant to stay fit during Ramadan? No sweat, say fitness experts in Pakistan

China’s Belt and Road Initiative consistent with Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan, says Chinese envoy

Author: Thu, 2019-05-23 03:43 RIYADH: Chinese Ambassador Chen Weiqing said his country’s Belt and Road Initiative is consistent with the Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan, and he praised communication between the two countries. “China and the Kingdom
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China’s Belt and Road Initiative consistent with Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan, says Chinese envoy

Author: Thu, 2019-05-23 03:43 RIYADH: Chinese Ambassador Chen Weiqing said his country’s Belt and Road Initiative is consistent with the Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan, and he praised communication between the two countries. “China and the Kingdom are among the leading forces of dialogue among civilizations,” Chen said during an iftar at his home.  “We join our two countries in promoting security and stability in the region, and the whole world, through dialogue among civilizations. We strive for the integrated aspiration of mankind.” Chen, who was appointed ambassador to Saudi Arabia This month, said: “Cooperation between China and the Kingdom enjoys the characteristics of strategy, harmony and mutual benefit.” The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation was held in Beijing last month, and a Saudi delegation attended. It was a chance for countries to pitch for investment in a massive infrastructure project aimed at connecting China with the rest of the world. “Saudi Arabia has applied economic and social reforms over the past few years, and has made significant progress toward achieving its goals,” Chen said.  Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: BRIVision 2030Belt and Road Initiative#DiplomaticQuarter Saudi Arabia participates in China Belt and Road forumSaudi, Chinese officials meet at Belt and Road Forum in Beijing 

Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

Author: Thu, 2019-05-23 05:13 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the UAE will participate in a conference next month in Bahrain aimed at encouraging investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as part of US President Donald Trump’s long–awaited Israel–Pales
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Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

Author: Thu, 2019-05-23 05:13 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the UAE will participate in a conference next month in Bahrain aimed at encouraging investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as part of US President Donald Trump’s long–awaited Israel–Palestine peace plan.  The Peace to Prosperity conference, to be hosted on June 25–26 in cooperation with the US, has already been rebuffed by Palestinian officials and business leaders, who want their political demands met by any proposed solution to the conflict. The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting. The Saudi minister of economy and planning, Mohammed bin Majid Al–Tuwaijri, will attend, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday. The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said Abu Dhabi would also send a delegation. The Palestinian Authority has boycotted American peace efforts since late 2017, when Trump decided to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognized the latter as the capital of Israel, reversing decades of US policy. The Trump administration has sought to enlist support from Arab governments. But Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands, which include affirming East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, the right of return for refugees, and a freeze on Israeli settlement construction.  Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: PalestineIsrael–Palestine peace planPalestine Liberation Organization Bahrain says conference co-hosted with US aimed at helping PalestiniansPalestinians cold-shouldered from major US-Bahraini economic ‘peace’ workshop

While teaching, Elizabeth Warren worked on more than 50 legal matters, charging as much as $675 an hour

Warren’s campaign released a list of cases Wednesday night on her website, revealing a far higher number than previously disclosed.
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While teaching, Elizabeth Warren worked on more than 50 legal matters, charging as much as $675 an hour

Warren’s campaign released a list of cases Wednesday night on her website, revealing a far higher number than previously disclosed.

Trump angrily walks out of meeting with Democrats after Pelosi says he is ‘engaged in a coverup’

In the Rose Garden, the president insisted he would not work with Democrats unless they abandon their investigations of his businesses, presidency and personal finances.
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Trump angrily walks out of meeting with Democrats after Pelosi says he is ‘engaged in a coverup’

In the Rose Garden, the president insisted he would not work with Democrats unless they abandon their investigations of his businesses, presidency and personal finances.

'A disgrace to your federation': Kim Kardashian trolled by Arsenal fans over Mkhitaryan situation

Model Kim Kardashian, who has Armenian roots, has become the butt of a joke by Arsenal supporters online for failing to comment on the situation which has caused Henrikh Mkhitaryan to miss out on the Europa League Final. Read Full Article at RT.com
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'A disgrace to your federation': Kim Kardashian trolled by Arsenal fans over Mkhitaryan situation

Model Kim Kardashian, who has Armenian roots, has become the butt of a joke by Arsenal supporters online for failing to comment on the situation which has caused Henrikh Mkhitaryan to miss out on the Europa League Final. Read Full Article at RT.com

Kenya: Legalizing Gay Sex is Just the Right Thing to Do

[allAfrica] In the wake of the expected judgement challenging section 162 and 165 of the Penal Code of Kenya that outlaws same-sex relationships, I am reminded of the Zulu South Africans who have a positive way of greeting. They say «Sawabona» mea
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Kenya: Legalizing Gay Sex is Just the Right Thing to Do

[allAfrica] In the wake of the expected judgement challenging section 162 and 165 of the Penal Code of Kenya that outlaws same-sex relationships, I am reminded of the Zulu South Africans who have a positive way of greeting. They say «Sawabona» meaning «I see you». The expected response is «Ngikhona», which means «I am here».

EU Makes These 3 Demands On Boeing 737 Max As Top Airline Backs Plane

European regulators made strict demands on the Boeing 737 Max as the FAA meets with other aviation authorities Thursday to discuss when the Boeing (BA) plane can re-enter service. American Airlines (AAL) backed the 737 Max as carrier hold a separate meeting
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EU Makes These 3 Demands On Boeing 737 Max As Top Airline Backs Plane

European regulators made strict demands on the Boeing 737 Max as the FAA meets with other aviation authorities Thursday to discuss when the Boeing (BA) plane can re-enter service. American Airlines (AAL) backed the 737 Max as carrier hold a separate meeting today.

Breaking Silence, James Mattis Warns Trump Against War With Iran

In his first public remarks since leaving the White House in December, former Secretary of Defense James Mattis warned against U.S. military escalation toward Iran, opting for diplomacy over force.
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Breaking Silence, James Mattis Warns Trump Against War With Iran

In his first public remarks since leaving the White House in December, former Secretary of Defense James Mattis warned against U.S. military escalation toward Iran, opting for diplomacy over force.

Calm returns in central Jakarta after second night of unrest

Calm returned to the streets of central Jakarta on Thursday after a second night of clashes between security forces and protesters angry over the outcome of last month's election, which handed Indonesian President Joko Widodo a second term.
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Calm returns in central Jakarta after second night of unrest

Calm returned to the streets of central Jakarta on Thursday after a second night of clashes between security forces and protesters angry over the outcome of last month's election, which handed Indonesian President Joko Widodo a second term.

Britain routed in UN vote on Chagos

In a stinging defeat for Britain, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly demanded Wednesday that London cede to Mauritius the British-ruled Chagos Islands, home to an important military base. The Indian Ocean archipelago has been at the center o
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Britain routed in UN vote on Chagos

In a stinging defeat for Britain, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly demanded Wednesday that London cede to Mauritius the British-ruled Chagos Islands, home to an important military base. The Indian Ocean archipelago has been at the center of a decades-long dispute over Britain's decision to separate it from Mauritius in 1965 and set up a joint military base with the US on Diego Garcia, the largest of the islands. A total of 116 countries voted in favor of a non-binding resolution presented by African countries that urged Britain to «withdraw its colonial administration» from the Chagos Islands within six months. Only six countries, including Britain and the United States, voted against the measure in the 193-nation assembly while 56 others abstained, including Canada, France and Germany. Fifteen countries did not vote. The vote came three months after the International Court of Justice handed Mauritius a victory when it said in a legal opinion that Britain had illegally split the islands and should give up control of the Chagos. After Britain rejected that ruling, Mauritius turned to the United Nations. The resolution decides that the United Nations and its agencies shall recognize Mauritius's sovereignty over the Chagos Islands and calls on all governments «not to recognize, support or abet the unlawful colonial administration» in the Chagos. Resolutions adopted by the General Assembly are not legally binding, but they do carry political weight. - Keeping the world safe - Taking the UN podium, Britain argued that the dispute was a bilateral matter and stressed that it had opposed the move to seek the ICJ legal opinion. British Ambassador Karen Pierce said the Diego Garcia military base «plays a vital role in keeping allies and friends -- including Mauritius -- in the region and beyond safe and secure.» The United States has sent fighter jets from Diego Garcia to bomb Afghanistan and Iraq. The facility was used as a CIA interrogation center after the September 11, 2001 attacks. In 2016, Britain renewed a lease agreement with the United States for the use of Diego Garcia until 2036. Richard Gowan, UN director for the International Crisis Group, described the vote as «an embarrassing moment for the UK» as Britain seeks to show that it remains an influential global player post-Brexit. African countries sought to frame the dispute over the Chagos as an issue of decolonization. Addressing the assembly ahead of the vote, Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth said UN member states must send «a clear signal to the world that colonialism can no longer be tolerated.» Australia, Hungary, Israel and the Maldives voted «no» alongside Britain and the United States. The vast majority of European countries abstained except for Spain which backed the resolution as did Russia and China. It was the second time in two years that Britain has had to defend its rule of the Chagos Islands at the United Nations. In 2017, only 15 countries including Britain and the US voted to oppose a request for the ICJ ruling. © Agence France-Presse

Three women sue, alleging sexual assault by Correctional Service guard

Three women who say they were sexually assaulted by a prison guard have launched a lawsuit against the federal correctional service.
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Three women sue, alleging sexual assault by Correctional Service guard

Three women who say they were sexually assaulted by a prison guard have launched a lawsuit against the federal correctional service.

Another general resigns from Sudan's TMC

May 23, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - General Mustafa Mohamed Mustafa, a member of the Sudanese military council, resigned from his post on Thursday. Details of the resignation of the former director of military intelligence have not been made public. But Mustafa was se
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Another general resigns from Sudan's TMC

May 23, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - General Mustafa Mohamed Mustafa, a member of the Sudanese military council, resigned from his post on Thursday. Details of the resignation of the former director of military intelligence have not been made public. But Mustafa was seen as the last Islamist within the Transitional Military Council (TMC). His resignation, also, comes amid conflicting statements from members of the military junta about the arrest of former security chief Salah Gosh and his (...) - News / FRONT_PAGE_SECONDARY, Regime change in Sudan, Sudan

High-ranking Sudanese military delegation visits Juba

May 23, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - A Sudanese high ranking military delegation led by the chief of staff of the Sudanese army travelled to the South Sudanese capital Juba on Wednesday. According to a statement issued by the military media, Lt-Gen Hashim Abdel-Mutalla
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High-ranking Sudanese military delegation visits Juba

May 23, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - A Sudanese high ranking military delegation led by the chief of staff of the Sudanese army travelled to the South Sudanese capital Juba on Wednesday. According to a statement issued by the military media, Lt-Gen Hashim Abdel-Mutallab Ahmed Babikir heads the Sudanese delegation participating in the celebrations of the twenty-sixth day of the South Sudan People's Defence Forces, the former Sudan People's Liberation Army. The visit comes in the context of the eternal (...) - News / Sudan, South Sudan, FRONT_PAGE_SECONDARY

Sudan cancels restrictions on trade unions

May 23, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan's transitional military junta decided on Wednesday to cancel restrictions on trade union organizations, saying it should be in line with international legislation ensuring free trade unions. Under the 1992 Act of the al-Bashi
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Sudan cancels restrictions on trade unions

May 23, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan's transitional military junta decided on Wednesday to cancel restrictions on trade union organizations, saying it should be in line with international legislation ensuring free trade unions. Under the 1992 Act of the al-Bashir regime, trade union rights are minimal, and there are no independent unions. The Sudan Workers' Trade Unions Federation has been co-opted by the government. In a statement released by military media, the Council pointed to the need to (...) - News

Muscat, Delia face off in last campaign debate

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Opposition leader Adrian Delia debated abortion, the environment, and migration, among a myriad of other issues in a final TV showdown on Wednesday ahead of the European elections. The two leaders largely stuck to their respec
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Muscat, Delia face off in last campaign debate

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Opposition leader Adrian Delia debated abortion, the environment, and migration, among a myriad of other issues in a final TV showdown on Wednesday ahead of the European elections. The two leaders largely stuck to their respective campaign messages but Dr Muscat appeared to be more confrontational than he had been in previous debates with Dr Delia.  Moderator Mario Xuereb rang in the first round with a toughly worded question on abortion for Dr Delia. The PN, Mr Xuereb said, appeared to be approaching the election as one it knew it would lose. Dr Delia was raising the spectre of abortion, but this could not be imposed by the EU, could it? And, by framing the election as a referendum on abortion, surely he had just played into the pro-choice camp’s hands, since it was an open secret he would not be winning this poll? Replying, Dr Delia said the PN had clear proposals for both the EP and the local council elections, giving a brief overview. Turning to abortion, he said the PN was adamantly “in favour of life”. On the other hand, the European socialists were calling for the introduction of a “right to abortion”. The Labour Party, having endorsed...

Qatar World Cup to be played with 32 teams: FIFA

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be played with 32 teams after a proposed expansion of the tournament to 48 sides was scrapped, FIFA announced on Wednesday. World football's governing body said in a statement that «following a thorough and comprehensiv
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Qatar World Cup to be played with 32 teams: FIFA

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be played with 32 teams after a proposed expansion of the tournament to 48 sides was scrapped, FIFA announced on Wednesday. World football's governing body said in a statement that «following a thorough and comprehensive consultation process with the involvement of all the relevant stakeholders, it was concluded that under the current circumstances such a proposal could not be made now». «(The tournament) will therefore remain as originally planned with 32 teams and no proposal will be submitted at the next FIFA Congress on 5 June,» FIFA added. An announcement of the final decision hadn't been expected until the congress, which is being held in Paris ahead of the Women's World Cup. FIFA president Gianni Infantino had supported the increase in the size of the tournament. However the statement said that the study «concluded that due to the advanced stage of preparations and the need for a detailed assessment of the potential logistical impact on the host country, more time would be required and a decision could not be taken before the deadline of June». That led to FIFA dropping the idea, despite the organisation recommending in March that the...

Cardema says FB ‘job description’ update was due to excitement

  MANILA, Philippines --- Former National Youth Commissioner (NYC) and Duterte Youth party-list chair Ronald Cardema said he was «just excited» when he claimed in his Facebook account that he is an «incoming congressman.» &n
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Cardema says FB ‘job description’ update was due to excitement

  MANILA, Philippines --- Former National Youth Commissioner (NYC) and Duterte Youth party-list chair Ronald Cardema said he was «just excited» when he claimed in his Facebook account that he is an «incoming congressman.»   «Wala 'yon talaga, medyo excited, gusto lang din natin dahil syempre, nag-aantay ang mga supporters natin sa Duterte Youth kung ano ang magiging resulta. Kailangan mo rin ng pampalakas sa loob nila, kaya natin nilagay 'yon,» Cardema said in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel on Thursday.   «Walang basis talaga 'yon sir, totoo, hindi natin alam talaga na magiging congressman-elect tayo,» he added.   Recently, Cardema drew fl...Keep on reading: Cardema says FB ‘job description’ update was due to excitement

Julia Barretto recalls not being taken seriously during ‘Darna’ audition

Actress Julia Barretto, in a revelation to television host Boy Abunda that surfaced early this May, was not taken seriously during her «Darna» audition. Barretto was willing to go all out during her audition and was ready to answer questions, sh
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Julia Barretto recalls not being taken seriously during ‘Darna’ audition

Actress Julia Barretto, in a revelation to television host Boy Abunda that surfaced early this May, was not taken seriously during her «Darna» audition. Barretto was willing to go all out during her audition and was ready to answer questions, shout «Darna!» and don the iconic costume if need be, as per her uncut «Tonight with Boy Abunda» interview uploaded on May 20. «Seseryosohin ko talaga sana Tito Boy, real talk. I really went, kasi akala ko 'game,'» said Barretto. «Kasi nakita ko may pila talaga, all the works for an audition, so I went there. I was ready to be asked questions and to shout it if asked or hubad if they needed, okay lang, but they were laughing.» (I was really ...Keep on reading: Julia Barretto recalls not being taken seriously during ‘Darna’ audition

Lacson: Senate may probe ‘Bikoy’s’ new claims if backed by evidence

  MANILA, Philippines--- Senator Panfilo Lacson may again consider conducting a Senate inquiry on Peter Joemel Advincula's new allegations if the latter could present sufficient proof to back his claims.   «If he (Advincula) shows suf
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Lacson: Senate may probe ‘Bikoy’s’ new claims if backed by evidence

  MANILA, Philippines--- Senator Panfilo Lacson may again consider conducting a Senate inquiry on Peter Joemel Advincula's new allegations if the latter could present sufficient proof to back his claims.   «If he (Advincula) shows sufficient proof or evidence to back his new allegations, maybe,» Lacson said in a text message on Thursday.   As chairman of the Senate committee on public order, Lacson earlier called a hearing when Advincula first surfaced claiming to be «Bikoy,» the hooded man in the «AngTotoong Narcolist» videos.   In the videos, Bikoy linked President Rodrigo Duterte's relatives and allies to the illegal drug trade.   Bu...Keep on reading: Lacson: Senate may probe ‘Bikoy’s’ new claims if backed by evidence

Council of Europe explores AI to reshape prisons

  NICOSIA -- From monitoring inmates on suicide watch to detecting cryptic messages in phone calls, artificial intelligence is reshaping the way prisons are run, a Council of Europe director said Wednesday. «Artificial intelligence and digita
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Council of Europe explores AI to reshape prisons

  NICOSIA -- From monitoring inmates on suicide watch to detecting cryptic messages in phone calls, artificial intelligence is reshaping the way prisons are run, a Council of Europe director said Wednesday. «Artificial intelligence and digital technology are not only here to stay, but can also help in offender management,» said Jan Kleijssen, director of the council's department dealing with crime and information society. At the close of an annual conference of prison and probation directors from across the 47-member state alliance, he rolled off a series of pilots underway in countries such as Belgium, Britain and the Netherlands.   RELATED TOPICS Microso...Keep on reading: Council of Europe explores AI to reshape prisons

5 drug suspects found dead inside Bulacan ‘drug den’

CITY OF SAN JOSE DEL MONTE, BULACAN -- Five drug suspects were killed by unidentified assailants in a village here on Thursday. Bulacan Police Director Col. Chito Bersaluna said a certain Juliet Fernandez and four others were found dead inside a suspected
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5 drug suspects found dead inside Bulacan ‘drug den’

CITY OF SAN JOSE DEL MONTE, BULACAN -- Five drug suspects were killed by unidentified assailants in a village here on Thursday. Bulacan Police Director Col. Chito Bersaluna said a certain Juliet Fernandez and four others were found dead inside a suspected drug den in Purok 4, Barangay San Pedro here about 6 a.m. Bersaluna said a neighbor found the victims' bodies with gunshot wounds inside the living room of a house. An investigation showed that the house has been reportedly used as a drug den of several drug personalities in the area. Bersaluna said they were looking at a case of double-crossing among drug dealers. Col. Orlando Castil, chief of San Jose del Monte Police, ...Keep on reading: 5 drug suspects found dead inside Bulacan ‘drug den’

15 yr. Old Belizean In Guat. Hospital Must Pay $19k Bill To Leave

Wednesday, May 22nd. 2019 – The family of a 15 year old Belizean student that underwent a successful surgery in a Guatemalan Hospital is appealing for help to pay a
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15 yr. Old Belizean In Guat. Hospital Must Pay $19k Bill To Leave

Wednesday, May 22nd. 2019 – The family of a 15 year old Belizean student that underwent a successful surgery in a Guatemalan Hospital is appealing for help to pay a

Italy tame Thailand 3-0 in VNL

Italy underlined their supremacy over Thailand as the 2002 World champions scored a straight set victory 25-13 25-17 26-24 in the second round robin of the Volleyball Nations League in Opole, Poland on Wednesday.
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Italy tame Thailand 3-0 in VNL

Italy underlined their supremacy over Thailand as the 2002 World champions scored a straight set victory 25-13 25-17 26-24 in the second round robin of the Volleyball Nations League in Opole, Poland on Wednesday.

FIFA drops plans for 48-team 2022 World Cup

FIFA shelved a proposed expansion of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams on Wednesday, dealing a blow to the world football body's president Gianni Infantino.
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FIFA drops plans for 48-team 2022 World Cup

FIFA shelved a proposed expansion of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams on Wednesday, dealing a blow to the world football body's president Gianni Infantino.

IOC recommends suspending boxing federation from Tokyo 2020

The International Olympic Committee recommended Wednesday that amateur boxing's governing body be stripped of its right to organise the event at Tokyo 2020, but said the sport should still feature at the Games.
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IOC recommends suspending boxing federation from Tokyo 2020

The International Olympic Committee recommended Wednesday that amateur boxing's governing body be stripped of its right to organise the event at Tokyo 2020, but said the sport should still feature at the Games.

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