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‘Who doesn’t live here?’ London police swoop on BABY SHOWER for violating Covid-19 restrictions (VIDEO)

Not so long ago, police descending upon a baby shower would’ve made a great idea for a grotesque comedy sketch, but this is reality in Britain during the pandemic and it doesn’t seem funny at all. Read Full Article at RT.com
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‘Who doesn’t live here?’ London police swoop on BABY SHOWER for violating Covid-19 restrictions (VIDEO)

Not so long ago, police descending upon a baby shower would’ve made a great idea for a grotesque comedy sketch, but this is reality in Britain during the pandemic and it doesn’t seem funny at all. Read Full Article at RT.com

Moscow mayor lifts ban on nightclubs and drops curfew for bars amid falling coronavirus cases across Russia

While punters in many parts of the world might struggle to buy a drink under tough rules aimed at halting the spread of Covid-19, Moscow is moving to reopen its nightlife industry, as numbers of positive tests continue to drop. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Moscow mayor lifts ban on nightclubs and drops curfew for bars amid falling coronavirus cases across Russia

While punters in many parts of the world might struggle to buy a drink under tough rules aimed at halting the spread of Covid-19, Moscow is moving to reopen its nightlife industry, as numbers of positive tests continue to drop. Read Full Article at RT.com

South Korea reports spike in Covid-19 cases linked to Christian schools and churches

South Korean authorities have detected a spike in new coronavirus cases, traced to Christian schools and churches. The group behind the facilities, International Mission, has acknowledged failing to detect the outbreak in time. Read Full Article at RT.com
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South Korea reports spike in Covid-19 cases linked to Christian schools and churches

South Korean authorities have detected a spike in new coronavirus cases, traced to Christian schools and churches. The group behind the facilities, International Mission, has acknowledged failing to detect the outbreak in time. Read Full Article at RT.com

Over 8 million people need humanitarian aid in S. Sudan: OCHA

January 26, 2021 (NEW YORK) - More than 8 million people in South Sudan will need humanitarian assistance this year alone, the United Nations said. The needy, who include 310,000 refugees and asylum seekers reportedly present an increase from the 7.5 millio
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Over 8 million people need humanitarian aid in S. Sudan: OCHA

January 26, 2021 (NEW YORK) - More than 8 million people in South Sudan will need humanitarian assistance this year alone, the United Nations said. The needy, who include 310,000 refugees and asylum seekers reportedly present an increase from the 7.5 million people in need last year. South Sudan, the world's youngest nation, has a population of about 12 million people. According to the UN, years of conflict and the impact of climate change are driving up humanitarian needs, including (...) - News / South Sudan, OCHA - United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Famine

SPLM-N's Arman accuses Sudan intelligence of obstructing peace implementation

January 26, 2021 (KHARTOUM) - Yasir Arman, deputy head of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) led by Malik Agar, accused the Sudanese intelligence service of working to divide the movements that signed the peace agreement. This accusation c
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SPLM-N's Arman accuses Sudan intelligence of obstructing peace implementation

January 26, 2021 (KHARTOUM) - Yasir Arman, deputy head of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) led by Malik Agar, accused the Sudanese intelligence service of working to divide the movements that signed the peace agreement. This accusation comes as the implementation of the Juba Peace Agreement is facing severe delays four months after its signing. In a joint interview with Al-Sudani and Al-Tayyar newspapers published in Khartoum on Monday, Arman said that a successful (...) - News / FRONT_PAGE_DISPLAY

Machar, diplomats discuss security arrangement issues

January 26, 2020 (JUBA) – South Sudan's First Vice-President, Riek Machar on Tuesday discussed the implementation of the September 2018 peace deal with several diplomats in the country. The diplomats who met Machar included, Prof. Joram Biswaro, the head o
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Machar, diplomats discuss security arrangement issues

January 26, 2020 (JUBA) – South Sudan's First Vice-President, Riek Machar on Tuesday discussed the implementation of the September 2018 peace deal with several diplomats in the country. The diplomats who met Machar included, Prof. Joram Biswaro, the head of the African Union mission in South Sudan, Major Gen. Charles Tai Gituai, Interim Chairperson of Revitalized Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC) as well as the Deputy Chief of Strategy at RJMEC, Ambassador Thomson Fontaine. (...) - News / FRONT_PAGE_SECONDARY, South Sudan, South Sudan Peace Implementation

Mystery guest takes over Jasper Park Lodge — the entire hotel — for 9-week booking

All 446 rooms at Alberta's iconic Jasper Park Lodge have been reserved for a nine-week private booking, but hotel management is keeping mum about the mysterious guest.
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Mystery guest takes over Jasper Park Lodge — the entire hotel — for 9-week booking

All 446 rooms at Alberta's iconic Jasper Park Lodge have been reserved for a nine-week private booking, but hotel management is keeping mum about the mysterious guest.

Coronavirus: UAE issues new quarantine rules for employees

Quarantine period for unvaccinated employees will be deducted from their annual leave or considered an unpaid one if they have none left.
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Coronavirus: UAE issues new quarantine rules for employees

Quarantine period for unvaccinated employees will be deducted from their annual leave or considered an unpaid one if they have none left.

India to become world’s fastest-growing economy in 2022, says IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects India’s economy to bounce back strongly in the next fiscal year, with 11.5 percent growth. The forecast follows “a stronger-than-expected” recovery in 2020. Read Full Article at RT.com
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India to become world’s fastest-growing economy in 2022, says IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects India’s economy to bounce back strongly in the next fiscal year, with 11.5 percent growth. The forecast follows “a stronger-than-expected” recovery in 2020. Read Full Article at RT.com

JPS shocked by OUR statement on guaranteed standards breaches

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) says it is shocked and disappointed by the pronouncement of the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) that the power company owes several customers millions of dollars for breaches of the guaranteed...
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JPS shocked by OUR statement on guaranteed standards breaches

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) says it is shocked and disappointed by the pronouncement of the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) that the power company owes several customers millions of dollars for breaches of the guaranteed...

'Shocking and unprecedented' fall in number of sex attackers being taken to court, judges are told 

The End Violence Against Women (EVAW) coalition claims that the Crown Prosecution Service took a series of actions which changed the way rape cases are considered.
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'Shocking and unprecedented' fall in number of sex attackers being taken to court, judges are told 

The End Violence Against Women (EVAW) coalition claims that the Crown Prosecution Service took a series of actions which changed the way rape cases are considered.

G7 foreign ministers condemn arrest of Russia's Navalny

The G7 group of nations on Tuesday condemned the arrest of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, calling his detention «politically motivated» in a statement. The foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US s
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G7 foreign ministers condemn arrest of Russia's Navalny

The G7 group of nations on Tuesday condemned the arrest of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, calling his detention «politically motivated» in a statement. The foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US said Navalny's detention was «deplorable» and called for his «immediate and unconditional release». «Russia is bound by its national and international obligations to respect and ensure human rights,» added the seven nations. Navalny, 44, was detained at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport on January 17, less than an hour after he arrived from Germany, sparking widespread criticism from western governments. He had been in Berlin recovering from poisoning with a nerve agent. The G7 rebuke demonstrated the united front within the group against Russia, expelled from what was then the G8 in 2014 over its annexation of Crimea. Navalny maintains the attack against him in August last year was ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin, a claim the Kremlin has repeatedly denied. In the statement, the G7 hit out at the use of the chemical nerve agent Novichok and said «any use of chemical weapons is unacceptable and contravenes international norms against the use of such weapons». They urged Russian authorities to «investigate and credibly explain the use of a chemical weapon on its soil in the light of Russia's obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention». Earlier on Tuesday, Navalny's aides called for new anti-government rallies outside the FSB security agency and Putin's presidential administration in Moscow this weekend. The opposition leader's team called on Facebook for supporters to gather at noon. Police on Saturday detained nearly 3,900 people -- a record for a single day -- at rallies in more than 100 cities across the country, where demonstrators called for Navalny's release. © Agence France-Presse

China to expand tests of digital yuan in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen

China is expanding trials of its sovereign digital currency in the capital Beijing, the nation's most populous city of Shanghai and leading tech hub Shenzhen this year. Read Full Article at RT.com
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China to expand tests of digital yuan in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen

China is expanding trials of its sovereign digital currency in the capital Beijing, the nation's most populous city of Shanghai and leading tech hub Shenzhen this year. Read Full Article at RT.com

It's urgent, man says as he's caught urinating in front of woman's car

A man answered the urgent call of nature by urinating right in front of a woman's parked car on Monday morning (Jan 25). The incident occurred at the Level 5 carpark of the Nordcom I building at 3 Gambas Crescent. Stomp contributor Lingg , the owner of the
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It's urgent, man says as he's caught urinating in front of woman's car

A man answered the urgent call of nature by urinating right in front of a woman's parked car on Monday morning (Jan 25). The incident occurred at the Level 5 carpark of the Nordcom I building at 3 Gambas Crescent. Stomp contributor Lingg , the owner of the affected car, shared dashcam footage of the disgusting act that took place at around 10.40am. She also caught the man, who had parked his own car in front of hers, red-handed. Lingg told Stomp: «I caught this man peeing in public when I was returning to my car. His mask was off and he was smoking too. »I shouted 'Oi!' at him to stop but he ignored me until he was done. He then claimed that he was urgent. When I told him that the toilet is just next to the lift landing, he said it was his first time at this place. "Despite what he said, he can still choose to pee at other people's car and not at his own! He is just being inconsiderate and unhygienic.

'Burning feeling' in eyes: 70 Springdale Primary School students sent home with mystery condition

Students at Springdale Primary School were afflicted with a mysterious condition on Monday (Jan 25) — 70 of them were sent home after experiencing eye irritation. A parent told Mothership that the school contacted them at 12.40pm that day, saying that th
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'Burning feeling' in eyes: 70 Springdale Primary School students sent home with mystery condition

Students at Springdale Primary School were afflicted with a mysterious condition on Monday (Jan 25) — 70 of them were sent home after experiencing eye irritation. A parent told Mothership that the school contacted them at 12.40pm that day, saying that their daughter had complained of eye irritation.  The girl's eyes did not appear red or sore but the «burning sensation» had continued even after she went home. They also sought medical help as advised by the school, but the doctor was unable to diagnose her due to insufficient information, the parent said. The school, located in Anchorvale, said on Jan 26 that they were unable to «ascertain the cause of the incident» but have thoroughly cleaned and ventilated the classrooms as a precautionary measure. «We immediately attended to the students and alerted their parents, some of whom sought medical attention,» they added. 

New 'workation' programme hopes to lure working professionals for long stay in Seychelles

Stuck at home doing dreary winter work and wish you were at a beautiful vacation hotspot? A «workation» in Seychelles might be your answer. Tourism establishments in Seychelles hoping to attract more tourists on working vacation can apply to a pr
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New 'workation' programme hopes to lure working professionals for long stay in Seychelles

Stuck at home doing dreary winter work and wish you were at a beautiful vacation hotspot? A «workation» in Seychelles might be your answer. Tourism establishments in Seychelles hoping to attract more tourists on working vacation can apply to a programme set out by the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) that is enticing visitors to use the island nation as a home office while on holiday, said a top official.  The Principal Secretary of Tourism, Anne Lafortune, told a press conference on Friday that to enter the workation programme these establishments can apply under three categories -- basic, premium, and luxury accommodation. Lafortune said that the tourism establishments would have to meet two main criteria: sufficient working space and quality internet.  Only licensed health-certified tourism establishments will be brought on board the programme.  «Normally these types of travellers on working holidays come for a 10-day stay in Seychelles, but instead of only this, we are allowing their stay up to one month,» said Lafortune.  The programme has been set up in partnership with the Seychelles Chamber of Commerce (SCCI) and local partners including the Department of Tourism, the Seychelles Investment Board (SIB) and the Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association (SHTA).  The chairperson of SCCI, Oliver Bastienne, said the concept of the project has been finalized with the implementation phase remaining before it being launched internationally.   «This means that we are now looking at the preparation of our product and website. We want all partners in the tourism-related field to get involved,» said Bastienne. The idea of the project prompted last year as a marketing strategy when Seychelles reopened its borders to holidaymakers after going through a national lockdown. (Seychelles News Agency) Photo License: CC BY The Chief Executive of STB, Sherin Francis, said that the strategy is to target a specific age group. «We have developed different personalities with regards to the group that we are targeting. It will be people between the ages of 28 to 58 that have reached management level. The target is those within an income bracket that is quite elevated. There are two categories -- those who are self-employed and employees.» Francis added that «working from home has been an approach adopted by many working organizations in the world. It will be a trend that would remain in the long run.” The idea of the project prompted last year as a marketing strategy when Seychelles reopened its borders to holidaymakers after going through a national lockdown. Bastienne said that during the first discussions, they were uncertain of how the industry would react to it. »But upon realization, we said why not bring something that is not new, but long term. In the spirit of diversification, we wanted travellers to know that they can enjoy the island nation in alternative ways, other than products we currently have," added Bastienne.  Tourism is the top pillar of the Seychelles economy and due to the pandemic and current drop-in visitors and in the number of flights by airlines to the island nation, the sector has suffered a massive economic blow. According to Seychelles’ National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), 139 visitors arrived in Seychelles - 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean - in week three of 2021 which represents a decrease of 98 percent compared to the same period of last year. The year-to-date total of 747 represents a drop of 97 percent compared to the same period in 2020.

Biden’s commerce secretary pick pledges a tough line on China but doesn’t detail how she’d deal with Huawei

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo also pledged to help the U.S. economy recover from the pandemic, to expand broadband access to regions with patchy Internet connections, and to promote manufacturing and clean-energy jobs.
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Biden’s commerce secretary pick pledges a tough line on China but doesn’t detail how she’d deal with Huawei

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo also pledged to help the U.S. economy recover from the pandemic, to expand broadband access to regions with patchy Internet connections, and to promote manufacturing and clean-energy jobs.

Saudi rights chief receives Swiss envoy

Author: Wed, 2021-01-27 02:12 RIYADH: Swiss Ambassador Dr. Andreas Schaller called on the president of Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission, Awwad Al-Awwad, at his office in Riyadh on Tuesday.   During the meeting, they discussed several issues r
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Saudi rights chief receives Swiss envoy

Author: Wed, 2021-01-27 02:12 RIYADH: Swiss Ambassador Dr. Andreas Schaller called on the president of Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission, Awwad Al-Awwad, at his office in Riyadh on Tuesday.   During the meeting, they discussed several issues related to human rights. The Saudi rights chief highlighted the Kingdom’s measures for the protection of human rights.  Saudi Arabia is witnessing a qualitative leap in the field of human rights. The Kingdom’s Vision 2030 program is at the forefront of these reforms intended to focus on humans.  Among over 60 recent decisions made to improve the situation of human rights in the Kingdom, 22 were related to women.   These included issuing such laws as the Protection from Abuse Law and the Anti-Harassment Law, eliminating the guardianship system, allowing women to drive, ensuring greater female participation in the workforce, especially the legal sphere, dedicating a call center for domestic violence issues, establishing the Family Affairs Council (one of whose committees is devoted to women’s affairs) and setting up courts for family cases.  In November 2020, the Kingdom eased the sponsorship system for foreign expat workers, including contract restrictions that gave employers control over the lives of around 10 million migrant workers. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Awwad Al-AwwadDr. Andreas Schaller Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission program seeks to protect persons with disabilitiesSaudi rights body signs deal to launch programs for prisoners’ rights

KSrelief teams perform 4 open-heart surgeries on children in Yemen

Author: Wed, 2021-01-27 02:44 RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center’s (KSrelief) medical teams on Tuesday performed four open-heart surgeries and two cardiac catheterizations on children in the Yemeni city of Mukalla. The surge
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KSrelief teams perform 4 open-heart surgeries on children in Yemen

Author: Wed, 2021-01-27 02:44 RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center’s (KSrelief) medical teams on Tuesday performed four open-heart surgeries and two cardiac catheterizations on children in the Yemeni city of Mukalla. The surgeries were part of the “Saudi Pulse” voluntary program launched in Yemen to provide medical assistance to children belonging to low-income families. Under the program, the cost of the procedures and post-surgery care will be borne by the center. In the Marib governorate of Yemen, the center launched a project to empower and support orphans. The project aims to provide integrated care for the families of orphans. The program will ensure healthcare services and access to education for these orphans. In November 2020, the center signed an agreement, worth more than $600,000, with the International War and Disaster Victims Protection Association to help Yemeni orphans in Aden, Al-Mahrah and Marib governorates. Winter aid The center distributed 2,171 winter bags among families in parts of Jordan. These bags were in addition to 4,342 blankets distributed among the 2,171 families. Since it was founded in May 2015, KSrelief has implemented 1,329 projects in 53 countries, worth more than $4.42 billion. The countries that have benefited most from its work are Yemen ($3 billion), Palestine ($360 million), Syria ($296 million), and Somalia ($192 million). KSrelief’s 1,367 projects and programs cover 54 different countries around the world. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: KSReliefYemen Saudi Arabia’s KSrelief distributes more than 35 tons of food baskets in Yemen’s MaribKSrelief delivers aid in Bangladesh, Yemen, Jordan

Saudi students develop virus monitoring device

Author: Wed, 2021-01-27 03:31 JEDDAH: A group of Saudi students have developed a device that scans patients as they arrive at public places, such as health clinics, and alerts staff if a visitor’s temperature is unusually high.  A fever, or elevat
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Saudi students develop virus monitoring device

Author: Wed, 2021-01-27 03:31 JEDDAH: A group of Saudi students have developed a device that scans patients as they arrive at public places, such as health clinics, and alerts staff if a visitor’s temperature is unusually high.  A fever, or elevated temperature, is a common symptom of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Their design combines temperature detection with an alert mechanism and sanitization system that can disinfect belongings, such as cellphones and wallets, using ultraviolet light. The device was created as a graduation project by students from the College of Telecom and Electronics in Jeddah. They wanted to work on something that was “useful and productive (and) of service to the people,” their professor, Majed Al-Sorihi, told Al-Ekhbariya TV. Student Adel Al-Thobaiti, who is studying industrial electronics and automatic control engineering, said the team was inspired by a desire to help tackle the challenges created by the pandemic.  FASTFACT Their design combines temperature detection with an alert mechanism and sanitization system that can disinfect belongings, such as cellphones and wallets, using ultraviolet light. “It became necessary to create health checkpoints around general facilities,” he said. “We wanted to scale up the traditional in-person testing method to something that was more suitable to the current crisis.” The project was completed within two months, and is now entering the marketing and sales phase, the team said. Saudi health officials on Tuesday reported four additional deaths related to COVID-19.  The death toll in the Kingdom now stands at 6,359. In addition, 223 new cases of the disease were confirmed, which means 366,584 people in the Kingdom have contracted it. Of these cases, 2,108 remain active and 333 patients are in critical condition. The Ministry of Health said 56 of the latest cases are in Riyadh, nine in Makkah and 10 in Madinah. A further 203 people have recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 358,340. A total of 12,082,062 PCR tests have been carried out, including 44,642 in the past 24 hours. Meanwhile, the Emirate Of Makkah province posted a reminder on its official Twitter account of the precautionary measures that are in place for wedding celebrations and other social gatherings: The number of attendees must not exceed 50 people, the duration of the event should not be more than five hours, and guests must wear masks at all times. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi studentsCoronavirus Saudi Arabia records 4 COVID-19 deaths, 223 new casesSaudi Arabia in talks to provide COVID-19 vaccines to Yemen

Man held for hunting falcon in Taif

Author: Wed, 2021-01-27 04:31 RIYADH: The Special Forces for Environmental Security arrested a citizen in Taif for hunting a falcon released under the Hadad program of the Saudi Falcons Club (SFC). Maj. Raed Al-Maliki, a spokesman for the special for
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Man held for hunting falcon in Taif

Author: Wed, 2021-01-27 04:31 RIYADH: The Special Forces for Environmental Security arrested a citizen in Taif for hunting a falcon released under the Hadad program of the Saudi Falcons Club (SFC). Maj. Raed Al-Maliki, a spokesman for the special forces, said the man was arrested in cooperation with the Taif police on a complaint lodged by the Saudi Falcons Club. The club reportedly contacted the man to retrieve the falcon but due to his non-cooperation in this regard, the SFC had to take a legal course of action. Through the Hadad program, the Saudi Falcons Club aims to make falconry sustainable and to release Shaheen (Peregrine) falcons into the wild, to preserve the rare breed and strengthen the Kingdom’s pioneering role in protecting the environment and wildlife. The project will also help boost the falcon population. The birds of prey will also be monitored carefully to study their behavior in the wild and their ability to adapt. Al-Maliki urged people to contact 999 to report violations of environmental laws and assault on wildlife across the Kingdom. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Falcons Club (SFC)wildlifeTaif Saudi club launches project to protect falconsSaudis donate falcons to protect rare breed

Moderate values key to confronting deviant ideas: Saudi official

Author: Wed, 2021-01-27 04:13 JEDDAH: Madinah Deputy Gov. Prince Saud bin Khalid Al-Faisal on Tuesday stressed the importance of moderate values to confront deviant ideas. He highlighted the important role “Wasatiyyah (Moderation) Ambassadors” pro
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Moderate values key to confronting deviant ideas: Saudi official

Author: Wed, 2021-01-27 04:13 JEDDAH: Madinah Deputy Gov. Prince Saud bin Khalid Al-Faisal on Tuesday stressed the importance of moderate values to confront deviant ideas. He highlighted the important role “Wasatiyyah (Moderation) Ambassadors” program in educating all segments of society particularly students about the evils of deviant ideology and guiding them on the path to progress and prosperity. On behalf of Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman, the deputy governor launched different competitions to be held under the program. Students from different universities and colleges across the Kingdom will take part in the contests. The competition is organized by Taibah University in cooperation with the King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue and several public and private entities under the slogan “Fikr.” Dr. Abdul Aziz bin Qablan Al-Sarrani, president of Taibah University, said the program targets more than 200 students representing more than 40 universities and colleges. He said it is aimed to increase students’ intellectual awareness through different initiatives. Various training programs, dialogue sessions and seminars will be held aimed at spreading a culture of moderation and dialogue. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Madinah Deputy Gov. Prince Saud bin Khalid Al-Faisal Saudi Arabia vows to promote moderate values King Salman tells moderate Islam conference that Saudi Arabia has fought ‘extremism, violence and terrorism’

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