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Salameh reiterates BDL 
commitment to monetary policy

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Salameh reiterates BDL commitment to monetary policy

- Central Bank Gov. Riad Salameh seized the opportunity of the book launch of "Payment Systems in Lebanon" Friday to reiterate that Banque du Liban was fully committed to the monetary policy established over the last 24 years.Salameh said the Central Bank is working on launching the PayGov system, which will allow government departments and agencies to conduct all their financial transactions with BDL electronically
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Yemen cholera crisis perpetrated by Saudi-led military coalition: researchers

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Yemen cholera crisis perpetrated by Saudi-led military coalition: researchers

- The majority of deaths from Yemen‘s cholera outbreak have occurred in rebel-controlled areas cut off from supplies due to airstrikes and blockades by a Saudi-led military coalition, according to research published on Friday. The study by London’s Queen Mary University found eight out of 10 cholera deaths took place in regions controlled by Iran-backed Houthi rebels who have fought a two-year war against Saudi-aligned forces backing Yemen’s government
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Places: Canada |  Asia |  Mideast |  Saudi Arabia |  Yemen | 

Arabic-Jewish Competition on Geo Market Increasing Investments

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Arabic-Jewish Competition on Geo Market Increasing Investments

- Mere days have passed since the Chamber of Business announced the increasing interest of businessmen from the world’s Jewish community in Georgia’s hotel sector, and now a real estate agency has added to the great news by claiming that the data of recent years shows a much larger volume of investment is also coming from Arabic countries (UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, etc
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Tags: Markets |  Finance |  Investments | 
Places: Asia |  Mideast |  Israel |  Georgia | 

Lebanese army finds surface-to-air missile in Nusra Front arms cache: Security source

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Lebanese army finds surface-to-air missile in Nusra Front arms cache: Security source

- BEIRUT: The Lebanese army found a surface-to-air missile (SAM) in a weapons cache left by Nusra Front militants after it took over some of the jihadists' positions in northeast Lebanon, a Lebanese security source said on Friday. The cache also included U.S.-made so-called TOW anti-tank missiles, the source said. Photographs of the cache sent by the security source showed large numbers of shells and rockets
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Tags: Weapons |  Missiles |  Anti-aircraft missiles | 
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Saudi envoy flags off 400 Uganda pilgrims to Mecca

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Saudi envoy flags off 400 Uganda pilgrims to Mecca

- Ugandan Pilgrims at Entebbe Airport ready for their journey to Mecca on Thursday. Photos by Ashraf Kasirye. The Saudi Ambassador to Uganda Dr. Abdullah Fahad Al Qahtani has flagged off 400 Ugandan pilgrims to Mecca for pilgrimage to fulfill the fifth pillar of the Islamic religion. It was the first of its kind for the ambassador to travel to Entebbe Airport to send off the pilgrims
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Places: Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Uganda |  Asia |  Mideast |  Saudi Arabia | 

Qatar concerned about safety of citizens in Saudi Arabia during haj

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Qatar concerned about safety of citizens in Saudi Arabia during haj

- OSLO (Reuters) - Qatar expressed concern about the safety of its citizens in Saudi Arabia following the reopening of the countries' border enabling Qataris to attend the annual haj pilgrimage in Mecca. Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said during a visit to Norway that Saudi authorities had yet to respond to queries from the Qatari Ministry of Islamic Affairs regarding the security of Qatari citizens during haj
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Harsher penalties to keep truck drivers in check

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Harsher penalties to keep truck drivers in check

- Dubai: The New traffic law introduced on July 1 will be far less kind to truck drivers who flout rules of the road, say Dubai Police. Authorities have added new provisions meting out stricter punishments to drivers to reduce road deaths stemming from serious crashes. Major-General Mohammad Saif Al Zafein, Assistant Commander-in-Chief for Operational Affairs at Dubai Police and head of the Federal Traffic Council, said the new traffic law has added five types of punishment for truck drivers to reduce casualties resulting from accidents after 46 people died last year in accidents involving trucks
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Assad advisor says Syria war nearing its end

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Assad advisor says Syria war nearing its end

- BEIRUT (Reuters) - An advisor to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said the six-year war is nearly over as foreign states cut backing for rebels, and vowed the government would confront any "illegitimate" forces, whether Turkish or American. Bouthaina Shaaban said the fact that Syria was staging the Damascus International Fair for the first time in the war "sends a message that the war has ended
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Dozens of civilians killed in Syria’s Raqqa

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Dozens of civilians killed in Syria’s Raqqa

- Beirut: US-led coalition air strikes aimed at dislodging Daesh group militants from the Syrian city of Raqqa have cost the lives of 59 civilians in three days, a monitoring group said Thursday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 21 children were among at least 59 civilians killed in the air strikes since Monday, after more corpses were dug out from under piles of rubble
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Tags: Wars |  Attacks |  Air attacks | 
Places: Asia |  Mideast |  Syria |  United Arab Emirates | 

Once, twice, and thrice lucky: a look at DDF’s dollar millionaires

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Once, twice, and thrice lucky: a look at DDF’s dollar millionaires

- Dubai: Some people are lucky to win a luxury car or $1 million (Dh3.67 million). But there are others who get twice lucky, and the most incredible one — thrice lucky. The Dubai Duty Free (DDF) Millennium Millionaire has made more than 200 dollar millionaires over the past 18 years — including six people who won twice — and has given away more than 1,600 luxury cars over the last 29 years
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Tags: Money |  Wealth |  Millionaires | 
Places: Asia |  Mideast |  United Arab Emirates | 

Turkmen pilgrims headed to Saudi Arabia to attend pilgrimage to Mecca

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Turkmen pilgrims headed to Saudi Arabia to attend pilgrimage to Mecca

- - A group of Turkmen pilgrims have departed Thursday for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in a flight specially arranged by the flag carrier Turkmen Airways, the official media report. 160 people from all regions and the capital will make a Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina during Kurban Bairamy Festival. In Medina, the pilgrims will visit the tombs of Prophet Muhammad and his companions, the famous mosques and other holy sites
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Places: Asia |  Kyrgyzstan |  Mideast |  Saudi Arabia |  W. Asia |  Turkey | 

Arab art perspectives on violence and suffering

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Arab art perspectives on violence and suffering

- As the conflicts in this region, and across the globe, continue to cause immense destruction and human suffering, the art world is grappling with questions about the function of art and the impact it can have in this context. Artists, curators and critics are debating whether the idea of art holding up a mirror to society has become a meaningless cliché, and what difference art can really make in such an environment of cynicism and despair
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Tags: The Arts |  Social Issues |  Suffering |  Violence | 
Places: Asia |  Mideast |  United Arab Emirates | 

Syrian actress who rallied crowds against Assad dies

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Syrian actress who rallied crowds against Assad dies

- Beirut: Fadwa Sulaiman, an outspoken Syrian actress who took centre stage at antigovernment protests in the early days of the uprising against President Bashar Al Assad, has died after a struggle with illness, Syrian opposition groups and friends of the actress said on Thursday. She was 46. Sulaiman, who hails from Al Assad’s minority Alawite sect, became a hero to many for taking a stand against his family’s decades-old rule
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Tags: Death & Dying | 
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Saudi Arabia reopens Qatar border for hajj pilgrims

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Saudi Arabia reopens Qatar border for hajj pilgrims

- Riyadh, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia announced on Thursday that it is reopening its border with Qatar to allow Qataris to attend the hajj, despite a monthslong rift between Doha and four Arab countries led by Riyadh that prompted both sides to trade accusations of politicizing the pilgrimage. The decision came after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held a surprise meeting with a Qatari royal family member whose branch of the family was ousted in a palace coup in 1972
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UAE students score high in A level results

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UAE students score high in A level results

- Dubai: Over 3,500 students in the UAE who appeared for their General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE A level) examination had a reason to smile as results were declared on Thursday morning. This year, there was an 11 per cent increase in the number of students appearing for A level examinations as compared to 2016. Gems Education students across seven schools in the UAE that offer A levels did particularly well with over 46 per cent achieving A* to A grades and 69 per cent achieving A* to B grades, reflecting an increase of seven per cent in their A* and A grades in overall results
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Saudi reopens Qatar border for haj pilgrims

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Saudi reopens Qatar border for haj pilgrims

- Saudi Arabia announced on Thursday that it is reopening its border with Qatar to allow Qataris to attend the haj, despite a months-long rift between Doha and four Arab countries led by Saudi Arabia. The decision came after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held a surprise meeting with Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani, a Qatari royal family member whose branch of the family was ousted in a palace coup in 1972
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  • Yemen cholera crisis perpetrated by Saudi-led military coalition: researchers
    Yemen cholera crisis perpetrated by Saudi-led military coalition: researchers

    , globalnews.ca

    The majority of deaths from Yemen‘s cholera outbreak have occurred in rebel-controlled areas cut off from supplies due to airstrikes and blockades by a Saudi-led military coalition, according to research published on Friday. The study by London’s Queen Mary University found eight out of 10 cholera deaths took place in regions controlled by Iran-backed Houthi rebels who have fought a two-year war against Saudi-aligned forces backing Yemen’s government
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  • Saudi coalition to blame for half of Yemen child casualties: draft UN report
    Saudi coalition to blame for half of Yemen child casualties: draft UN report

    , channelnewsasia.com

    UNITED NATIONS: A Saudi Arabia-led military coalition was responsible for an "unacceptably high" 51 percent of child deaths and injuries in Yemen last year, according to a draft United Nations report seen by Reuters on Thursday. The draft report on children and armed conflict, which still has to be approved by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and is subject to change, blamed the Saudi-led coalition for more than 680 child casualties and three-quarters of the attacks on schools and hospitals in Yemen
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Sports

  • MS Dhoni 'delighted' to set up his own cricket academy in Dubai
    MS Dhoni 'delighted' to set up his own cricket academy in Dubai

    , dnaindia.com

    Mahendra Singh Dhoni has joined the likes of Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh by opening a cricket academy in his name. The former India captain, though, has chosen Dubai as the spot for his new venture. As per a report in Gulf News, Dhoni will soon set up his coaching academy in Dubai Pacific Sports Club (PSC), in the UAE
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Business

  • Salameh reiterates BDL 
commitment to monetary policy
    Salameh reiterates BDL commitment to monetary policy

    , dailystar.com.lb

    Central Bank Gov. Riad Salameh seized the opportunity of the book launch of "Payment Systems in Lebanon" Friday to reiterate that Banque du Liban was fully committed to the monetary policy established over the last 24 years.Salameh said the Central Bank is working on launching the PayGov system, which will allow government departments and agencies to conduct all their financial transactions with BDL electronically
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Technology

  • Wireless VR headsets set to strain data networks
    Wireless VR headsets set to strain data networks

    , gulfnews.com

    Dubai Data consumption by wireless virtual reality headsets (smartphone-based and stand-alone) globally will grow by over 650 per cent over the next four years to over 21,000 Petabytes (PB) in 2021 from nearly 2,800PB this year. James Moar, research author for ‘Virtual Reality Markets: Hardware, Content & Accessories 2017-2022’ at Juniper Research, said that data consumption will reach over 28,000PB when combined with traffic generated by VR headsets tethered to PCs and consoles, placing significant additional strain on both wired and wireless networks
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Health

  • Yemen cholera crisis perpetrated by Saudi-led military coalition: researchers
    Yemen cholera crisis perpetrated by Saudi-led military coalition: researchers

    , globalnews.ca

    The majority of deaths from Yemen‘s cholera outbreak have occurred in rebel-controlled areas cut off from supplies due to airstrikes and blockades by a Saudi-led military coalition, according to research published on Friday. The study by London’s Queen Mary University found eight out of 10 cholera deaths took place in regions controlled by Iran-backed Houthi rebels who have fought a two-year war against Saudi-aligned forces backing Yemen’s government
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Family & Parenting

  • Lebanon rape law: Parliament abolishes marriage loophole
    Lebanon rape law: Parliament abolishes marriage loophole

    , bbc.co.uk

    Lebanon's parliament has scrapped a law under which a rapist could be exempt from punishment if he married his victim, state media report. Women's rights activists had long demanded that Article 522 of the penal code be repealed. Their campaign was supported by the Minister for Women's Affairs, Jean Oghassabian, who said the law was like something "from the Stone Age"
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    Tags: Crimes |  Relationships |  Women |  Marriage |  Rape |  Sex Offenses |  Sexual Assaults | 
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Society & Culture

  • Syrian actress who rallied crowds against Assad dies
    Syrian actress who rallied crowds against Assad dies

    , gulfnews.com

    Beirut: Fadwa Sulaiman, an outspoken Syrian actress who took centre stage at antigovernment protests in the early days of the uprising against President Bashar Al Assad, has died after a struggle with illness, Syrian opposition groups and friends of the actress said on Thursday. She was 46. Sulaiman, who hails from Al Assad’s minority Alawite sect, became a hero to many for taking a stand against his family’s decades-old rule
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Religion & Spirituality

  • Saudi envoy flags off 400 Uganda pilgrims to Mecca
    Saudi envoy flags off 400 Uganda pilgrims to Mecca

    , newvision.co.ug

    Ugandan Pilgrims at Entebbe Airport ready for their journey to Mecca on Thursday. Photos by Ashraf Kasirye. The Saudi Ambassador to Uganda Dr. Abdullah Fahad Al Qahtani has flagged off 400 Ugandan pilgrims to Mecca for pilgrimage to fulfill the fifth pillar of the Islamic religion. It was the first of its kind for the ambassador to travel to Entebbe Airport to send off the pilgrims
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Entertainment & Arts

  • Arab art perspectives on violence and suffering
    Arab art perspectives on violence and suffering

    , gulfnews.com

    As the conflicts in this region, and across the globe, continue to cause immense destruction and human suffering, the art world is grappling with questions about the function of art and the impact it can have in this context. Artists, curators and critics are debating whether the idea of art holding up a mirror to society has become a meaningless cliché, and what difference art can really make in such an environment of cynicism and despair
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    Categories: Entertainment & Arts |  Society & Culture | 
    Tags: The Arts |  Social Issues |  Suffering |  Violence | 
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Education

  • George and Amal Clooney are sending 3,000 Syrian refugees to school
    George and Amal Clooney are sending 3,000 Syrian refugees to school

    , kfor.com

    George and Amal Clooney soon will help send thousands of Syrian refugees to school. The couple’s organization, the Clooney Foundation for Justice, is partnering with UNICEF and Google to devote $2.25 million toward seven public schools in Lebanon. Computer giant HP is throwing in an additional $1 million technology grant. The foundation isn’t opening any new schools. Instead, the money will go toward extending the hours so refugee children can attend classes in the afternoon
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Travel & Recreation

  • British woman suffers horrific injuries after being 'glassed by jealous air hostess' on Dubai night out with Amir Khan'
    British woman suffers horrific injuries after being 'glassed by jealous air hostess' on Dubai night out with Amir Khan'

    , mirror.co.uk

    A British woman claims she was glassed by a jealous air hostess during a night out with love split boxer Amir Khan in Dubai. Make-up artist Bia Hannides, 22, was partying with the star in an exclusive club there on Sunday night when she says the Lebanese woman attacked her. Bia was rushed to hospital with a gaping wound over her eye, her designer white dress covered in her blood
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Law & Crime

  • Harsher penalties to keep truck drivers in check
    Harsher penalties to keep truck drivers in check

    , gulfnews.com

    Dubai: The New traffic law introduced on July 1 will be far less kind to truck drivers who flout rules of the road, say Dubai Police. Authorities have added new provisions meting out stricter punishments to drivers to reduce road deaths stemming from serious crashes. Major-General Mohammad Saif Al Zafein, Assistant Commander-in-Chief for Operational Affairs at Dubai Police and head of the Federal Traffic Council, said the new traffic law has added five types of punishment for truck drivers to reduce casualties resulting from accidents after 46 people died last year in accidents involving trucks
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Motoring

  • RTA launches service to convert your driving licence for automatic vehicles to manual ones
    RTA launches service to convert your driving licence for automatic vehicles to manual ones

    , gulfnews.com

    Dubai: The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has opened a door enabling interested Automatic Transmission driver license holders to shift their licenses to Manual Transmission, in the light vehicles category. The service will start this October. “It is now possible for holders of light driving licences in the category of Automatic Transmission to apply for shifting their licences to Manual Transmission category, as of this October,” said Jamal Al Sada Director of Drivers Licensing, at RTA’s Licensing Agency
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Real Estate

  • In a tenant’s market, concessions from the landlord
    In a tenant’s market, concessions from the landlord

    , gulfnews.com

    Dubai: Housing rents are the biggest expense that hit most tenants’ budget every year in this city. But now, the good news is that property owners are becoming more flexible with payments terms, easing some of the renter’s concerns. An increasing number of tenants no longer face the pressure of putting the full year’s rent upfront, as landlords are now agreeing to multiple cheque payments
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Life & Style

  • Man hugs woman, abuses her verbally in elevator
    Man hugs woman, abuses her verbally in elevator

    , gulfnews.com

    Dubai: An employee has been accused of molesting a drunken woman in an elevator and abusing her verbally when he told her that she needs two men to please her in bed. The 30-year-old Egyptian employee was said to have walked into the elevator behind the Canadian woman in the building where she lives in Al Barsha in May. The woman pressed the button to go to 62nd floor and the Egyptian for 64th floor, according to records, before he talked to her and molested her
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Media & Information

  • US embassy in Turkey denies sending tanks to groups in Syria
    US embassy in Turkey denies sending tanks to groups in Syria

    , channelnewsasia.com

    ANKARA: The U.S. embassy in Turkey denied Turkish media reports that the United States had sent tanks and hundreds of truckloads of weapons into Syria to support the Kurdish YPG militia. In a statement posted on social media, the embassy said the U.S. has not provided tanks to any groups fighting Islamic State in Syria, and the vast majority of trucks crossing the Iraqi-Syrian border did not contain military equipment or supplies
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Science & Nature

  • Dubai stargazers gather to spot meteor shower
    Dubai stargazers gather to spot meteor shower

    , gulfnews.com

    Dubai: Stargazers gathered in a Dubai astronomy centre on Friday night to see and learn more about meteor showers sparking up the night sky around the world. The event, organised by the Dubai Astronomy Group, saw a large number of visitors showing up to learn more about the rare celestial phenomenon called the ‘Perseid Meteor Shower’ which will occur for three days
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