- Egypt Independent
Syrian government forces surrounded a Turkish military observation post in the northwest on Friday after overrunning neighbouring towns, upping the stakes with Ankara in its Russian-backed offensive against the jihadist-ruled Idlib region. Ankara vowed on Tuesday that it would not abandon any of 12 observation posts it established in the region under a deal with Damascus ally Moscow last and warned the Syrian government “not to play with fire”. The town of Morek, where the Turkish troops have been cut off, lies in the north of Hama province, part of a jihadist-ruled region centred on neighbouring Idlib province that has been under government assault since late April. Government forces took control
CAIRO: Egypt is seeking Japan's help to improve its education system, which has fallen to 130th place in international rankings. The Japanese education system is recognized as one of the top five worldwide, and Cairo is hoping to apply key aspects of Japan's approach to the Egyptian curriculum. Education has played a major role in transforming Japan from a feudal state receiving aid following World War II to a modern economic powerhouse. During a visit to Japan in 2016, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi discussed political and economic development with Japanese officials, and was also briefed on the Japanese education system. The Egyptian leader visited Japanese schools and called on Japan
- Arab News
NEW DELHI: Bollywood is to make a movie on the "true story" of Indian air strikes on Pakistan this year, its producer said Friday, the latest patriotic film to hit the silver screen. The February 26 attack took place after a suicide bombing claimed by a militant group based in Pakistan killed 40 Indian troops on February 14 in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Pakistan then carried out its own raid over the de-facto border in Kashmir before the two nuclear-armed countries stepped back from the brink of another conflict. India said that in the raid, its aircraft successfully attacked a training camp at Balakot and killed "a very large number" of "terrorists", but doubts have been raised about its efficacy.
Iran will not start a war in the Gulf but it will defend itself, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday. “Will there be a war in the ... Gulf? Iran is prepared to work on French proposals to salvage the international nuclear deal that Tehran signed with world powers in 2015, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also said on Thursday. “There are proposals on the table... and we are going to work on those proposals,” he said at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs.
- Al Jazeera
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are supposed to be on the same side of the war in Yemen. However, cracks are appearing in the military coalition battling Houthi rebels. The UAE has been accused of helping separatists from the Southern Transitional Council, who took over Aden, the seat of the Saudi-backed Yemeni government. The UN's special envoy, Martin Griffiths, is warning that Yemen could fall apart. The Emirati government has denied backing or funding the separatists. How long can the UAE remain part of the Saudi-led coalition? Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra Guests: Hussain al Bukhaiti - Pro-Houthi journalist Hassan Barari - Professor at the University of Jordan Baraa Shiban - Yemeni
- Egypt Independent
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's president sent a bill to parliament Wednesday that would cut four zeroes from the value of the Islamic Republic's sanctions-battered currency, the rial, as tensions remain high between Tehran and Washington. If passed by parliament and approved by lawmakers, Iran's Central Bank would in effect devalue the rial and rename it as toman. The bank would have two years to create the new toman currency, returning a currency name that has not been officially used since the 1930s. Authorities have given no estimate for the cost of creating the new currency. Also, it was unlikely the parliament would take up Rouhani's request anytime soon. The request carried a low-urgency level,
- Arab News
There is an ongoing discussion about how to combine the Saudi values of Islamic heritage, parenthood, family, respect, hard work, responsibility and compassion with the modern values of working, leadership, competition, innovation and success in the workplace. How can Saudi family values be leveraged to be a more powerful and influential force in driving the changes and transformation happening in the world around us? I hope my case can serve as an example for showing how our values can help develop a successful modern career. Knowledge is fundamental to all development. Knowledge can give power, and if combined with Saudi values, it can also lead to wisdom. Power and wisdom are strong forces