• The Iranian ‘maritime police’ project

    Experienced in fighting proxy wars in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Lebanon, the Iranian leadership is aware of the important role the military plays in imposing Tehran’s foreign policy in the region and beyond. At least this is what one can garner from hearing Iranian military Chief of Staff Mohammad Bagheri’s recent statements, which show that Tehran is entertaining the idea of gaining naval superiority by establishing bases in Syria and Yemen, convinced that “having naval bases in remote distances is not less than nuclear power. Bagheri also said that Iran needs a fleet in the Indian Ocean that would be equal to the one stationed in the Gulf of Oman, and urged the navy to enhance its intelligence activities by working on satellite and cyber space technologies, as well as by developing naval drones.

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  • King allocates SR100b from reserves to PIF

    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on Wednesday approved the allocation of SR100 billion ($26.67 billion) from the Kingdom’s reserves to the Public Investment Fund (PIF), according to a statement carried by Saudi Press Agency. The funds will be used to support both foreign and local investments and diversify the investment portfolio. PIF explained that, according to its investment strategy, it will focus on a number of promising opportunities in the domestic and international markets, particularly some expected high yields opportunities in the local market that supports private sector investments and promotes economic growth and local content. Such investments are expected to have a positive impact on the overall investment revenues and the diversification of the national income resources as well, PIF said.

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  • The Ripple Effect: 7 Things That Happened in the Entrepreneurial Scene After RiseUp 2015

    As RiseUp gears up to kick off its 2016 edition under the theme of 'Fusion', the concept of a chain reaction came up as the unequivocal conceptual nod guiding its every gig. 2016 was a game-changing year for startups in the Middle East – it was the year RiseUp Summit brought the world to Cairo; the year Fintech got a massive boost; the year that saw flows of funding getting into the ecosystem and benchmark seed rounds for startups, catapulting Cairo to one of the startup capitals not only in Egypt but also the Middle East. In the meantime, just as they steel themselves to make their yearly summit even bigger, the disquiet team behind the RiseUp Summit launched new services, one after the other, in a move that consolidates them as the one-stop platform to connect startups – Egyptians or not – to worldwide resources. After launching the first RiseUp MeetUp in Alexandria in parallel to the Techne Summit, they took it to Berlin, where they also spearheaded RiseUp Explore, taking the first eight startups to attend a global event: Tech Open Air.

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  • Love Island will return for a third series

    Good news for fans of Love Island - ITV has announced it will be back next year. Bosses have ordered a third season of one of the summer's most talked about shows. Its second run is thought to have doubled last year's viewing figures, with an average of 1.3 million people watching each episode. "We can't wait to do it all again next year," said ITV Studios creative director Richard Cowles. Although the series officially finished last night with Nathan Massey and Cara De La Hoyde crowned champions, it will return for a special episode on Sunday 17 July. Love Island: Heading Home will follow the islanders as they're reunited at the wrap party. Which will no doubt mean clashes as exes come face-to-face

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  • Sight hope for one-eyed shot orangutan Aan

    A British vet is to operate on a blind orangutan in a bid to restore its sight. Aan was shot more than 100 times with an air rifle on a plantation in Borneo in 2012, leaving her blind in one eye and severely sight-impaired in the other. Vet Claudia Hartley said Aan, who has been in captivity since the attack, would be able to fend for herself in the wild if the surgery works. The operation is planned for February. After Aan was attacked, vets managed to remove most of the pellets, but 37 had lodged in her head, blinding her. Her hearing was also affected, rendering the orangutan overly-sensitive to noise. After a three-hour operation Aan, aged between 10 and 12 years, was taken to live out the

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  • Saudi King to visit Kuwait; Hope for Khafji

    KUWAIT: Saudi King Salman is to visit Kuwait next week as hopes rise in the state of a resumption of production from a jointly run oilfield after a two-year shutdown. The king will travel to Kuwait on Dec 8 after a Gulf summit in Bahrain and stay for three days, Al-Jarida newspaper reported yesterday. His visit comes as the state-owned Kuwait Gulf Oil Co (KGOC) readies for a long hoped-for resumption of production from the offshore Khafji field, jointly run with Saudi Aramco Gulf Operations. In an internal memo seen by AFP, KGOC asked staff to make the necessary preparations. It ordered implementation of a Startup Readiness Plan to put “facilities in operational ready state within least possible

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  • ICC Test, ODI and T20 rankings

    Official team and player rankings for men and women's Tests, one-day internationals and Twenty20 matches.

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  • How Iraq Changed the World

    Writer and broadcaster John Kampfner talks to Tony Blair, the former French foreign Minister Dominque de Villepin and others about the global consequences of war in Iraq. How has the world changed since the fall of Saddam Hussein ten years ago? What effect did the war have on the balance of power, the respect for international institutions and the global standing of the United States and Britain?

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  • Philippines detains hundreds of Chinese in casino raid

    MANILA: More than 1,300 Chinese citizens have been arrested in the Philippines for working illegally at an unlicensed online gaming business, the immigration bureau said yesterday. China has expressed concern over the raid at a casino- hotel complex in the northern Philippines and said Manila must guarantee “humanitarian treatment” of those being held. Some 1,318 people were detained during the raid on November 24 in Angeles city, immigration bureau spokeswoman Maria Antoinette Mangrobang told AFP. “A number of them have been charged for immigration offences, for engaging in gainful activity at an unlicensed online gaming business,” she said. Those found guilty are likely to be deported, she

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  • World’s fastest smartphone now available in Saudi Arabia

    FURTHER to the launch of the highly-anticipated Mate 9 in Munich, Germany earlier this month, Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia announced the device availability in the Saudi Arabian market. The smartphone offers advanced hardware and software. The Kirin 960 is the world’s first chipset to feature an ARM Cortex-A73/A53 Octa-core CPU and Mali G71 Octa-core GPU. The CPU delivers the best multi-core performance among all smartphone system on a chip SoC, while reducing power consumption by 15 percent. The GPU boasts a 180 percent performance uplift and a 40 percent improvement in energy efficiency compared to its predecessor. The Kirin 960 also takes full advantage of the pioneering Vulkan graphics

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  • Rainy season revives fear and worry in Jeddah’s Quwaiza district

    JEDDAH: It is the rainy season in Saudi Arabia and the month of November brings back memories of the 2009 floods that took the lives of over 120 people — a day that has come to be known as "Black Wednesday."The heavy rain at that time soon turned into floods, destroying doors and walls, sweeping away people and cars, mainly in the Quwaiza neighborhood of South Jeddah. Those who lost relatives and property received compensation from the government. However, struggles with terrible memories still remain.  “Yes, the government did compensate us for our losses. But the psychological impact remains deeply rooted in women and children, especially knowing that we live in this area that is likely to

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  • 'Israeli jets' strike outside Damascus, no casualties

    Israeli jets fired two missiles from Lebanese airspace toward the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus early on Wednesday, the official Syrian news agency said, in a strike on an unknown target that caused loud explosions. State news agency SANA said the missiles struck the Al-Sabboura area, west of Damascus, and did not cause any casualties. Citing an unnamed military source, SANA did not specify what the missiles struck, but Damascus residents reported on social media hearing loud blasts around 2am. "In a move aimed at diverting the attention on the victories of the Syrian army and to raise the morale of the terrorist gangs, Israeli warplanes fired two rockets from the Lebanese aerial space

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  • Colombia plane crash: Chapecoense team among 77 onboard

    A plane carrying players from a Brazilian football team headed to Colombia for a regional tournament final, has crashed on its way to Medellin's airport, killing at least 71 people. Police officials said that seven passengers had initially survived but one later died in hospital. The entire Chapocoense football team - and an accompanying entourage of staff - were among 77 passengers and crew onboard the aircraft. Local reports said a large number of journalists were also on the plane. Al Jazeera's Alessandro Rampietti, reporting from Bogota, said the flight crashed in a mountainous region. "There have been heavy rains day in and day out in the last week or so," he said. "That could have played

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  • US election 2016: Could recounts change result?

    Green Party candidate Jill Stein is attempting to engineer a recount of presidential ballots in three "Rust Belt" states won by Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Could this process reveal evidence of election fraud or even hand the presidency to Hillary Clinton? That seems highly unlikely. But it hasn't prevented more than a bit of wild speculation, a Twitter tirade by the next White House incumbent and a flurry of lawsuits from both sides of the political divide. Here's everything you need to know about the presidential election drama that just doesn't want to end. Which states are involved? The Green Party-backed recount campaign is focused on three states that Mr Trump won -

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  • Rodrigo Duterte shrugs off 'bullsh*t' ICC threat

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte denounced what he called "bullsh*t" Western threats to seek his indictment by the International Criminal Court (ICC) over his role in a bloody crackdown on drug dealers. In a speech on Monday, Duterte - who has been accused of ordering extrajudicial killings in his anti-narcotics campaign since taking office in June - scolded the US government for what he called hypocritical threats to try him in the Hague-based tribunal, to which Washington is not a signatory. Duterte's "war on drugs" has been linked to more than 2,500 deaths over the last five months. The United States chose not to sign the ICC's Rome Statute to protect former President George W Bush, Duterte said, without elaborating.

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  • Pakistan court delays deportation of Turkish teachers

    A Pakistani court has ordered a stay on the deportation of more than 100 Turkish teachers accused of links to a supposed terrorist organisation. The teachers and their families had been told to leave Pakistan within days after visa extensions were denied. The teachers work at some of the 28 "PakTurk" schools, which Turkey says are linked to US-based Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen. The schools deny this. Turkey accuses Mr Gulen of being behind July's failed coup, a claim he rejects. The visa decision, which applied to all Turkish teachers in the school network, coincided with a visit to Pakistan from Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Now the Lahore High Court has delayed the sudden deportation

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  • Islamic State and the crisis in Iraq and Syria in maps

    Iraqi forces battling so-called Islamic State (IS) for control of Mosul have entered the city's eastern outskirts and seized a key road to the west to effectively encircle it, more than two years after militants captured much of northern and western Iraq. A coalition of about 50,000 Iraqi security personnel, Kurdish fighters, Sunni Arab tribesmen and Shia paramilitary forces are involved in the assault on the jihadists' last major stronghold in the country. By 1 November, Iraqi and Kurdish forces had reached the eastern outskirts of Mosul, but their progress slowed as they faced fierce resistance from the 3,000-5,000 IS fighters believed to be holed up in the city. The recapture of Mosul would be a major boost for the Iraqi government - although IS still controls swathes of territory across Iraq and neighbouring Syria.

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  • Get ready for $40 oil if OPEC deal collapses

    It's time for the oil industry's favorite guessing game: Will OPEC continue to flood the world with more oil, or will it finally blink and cut production? OPEC reached a preliminary deal to much fanfare in September to cut output for the first time since 2008. That tentative agreement sent crude soaring above $50 a barrel. But there's lingering skepticism over whether OPEC can really keep its word at Wednesday's meeting in Vienna. Internal squabbling among OPEC members -- especially Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia -- has made a concrete agreement difficult to achieve. Many believe the chances of a significant OPEC supply cut are no better than 50/50. But the oil markets remain oversupplied, so any

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  • World's oldest person Emma Morano celebrates 117th birthday

    When Emma Morano was born, Umberto I was still reigning over Italy, Fiat had only just been established and Milan Football Club was still a few weeks off creation. On Tuesday, this otherwise unassuming woman marked her 117th birthday, looking back on a life which has not only spanned three centuries but also survived an abusive marriage which started with blackmail, the loss of her only son and a diet which most would describe as anything but balanced. Ms Morano, the oldest of eight siblings, all of whom she has outlived, was born on 29 November 1899 in the Piedmont region of Italy. This year, she officially became the world's oldest living woman after American Susannah Mushatt Jones died in May. She is also officially the last person still living born in the 1800s.

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  • Pakistan's new army chief: A reality check

    When it comes to Pakistan's army, the institution is stronger than the individuals that lead it. When a new army chief enters the scene with relatively moderate views about India and a desire for civil-military comity, these sentiments won't necessarily lead to major attitudinal or policy shifts. The other reason is the reality on the ground. This shapes the thinking and actions of the military more so than the views of its leader. Predecessors Consider Bajwa's two immediate predecessors. Early in his 2007-2013 term, Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said that domestic terror in Pakistan required more "immediate attention" than the threat from India. Initially, this position appeared to have impact on the

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