• 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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  • Thousands displaced for China’s huge telescope

    PINGTANG, China: Humanity’s best bet at detecting aliens is a giant silver Chinese dish the size of 30 football fields — one that simultaneously showcases Beijing’s abilities to deploy cutting-edge technologies and ignore objectors’ rights as it seeks global prominence. The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) in the country’s southwest, which began operations in September and cost 1.2 billion yuan ($180 million) to build, is the world’s largest radio telescope. Once fully operational, FAST will be able to peer deeper into space than ever before, examining pulsars, dark matter and gravitational waves — and searching for signs of life. Authorities also hope it will bring tourist dollars to the province of Guizhou, one of China’s poorest regions.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Korean grandfather's long-distance Instagram story-telling

    How do you tell a story to your grandchildren when you've found yourself alone, oceans apart from your family? For 75-year-old South Korean grandfather Chan Jae, it meant embracing the new and unfamiliar world of social media. With his wife and son's help, Chan Jae turned to Instagram, using his account as a storytelling tool to share the pictures he draws by hand for his beloved three grandsons. His account, Drawings for my Grandchildren, now has more than 40,000 followers enchanted by his imaginative creations. Its success isn't entirely by chance. It was the brainchild of his son Ji Lee, a 45-year-old creative lead at Facebook, which owns Instagram. The family emigrated to Sao Paulo from Seoul

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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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  • 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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  • Aramco and SABIC employers of choice for Saudi graduates

    DAMMAM – Saudi Aramco has once again been voted the employer of choice for Saudi male graduates, followed by SABIC in second place, according to a survey of KFUPM graduates just released by online recruitment firm GulfTalent. Over 200 final-year students and recent graduates of King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals participated in GulfTalent’s survey. Oil services company Schlumberger, coming in third place, was the most popular multinational employer. The company has had a consistently high ranking in GulfTalent’s surveys of KFUPM graduates since 2005. Commenting on the survey findings, Hatem Soliman, Schlumberger’s President for Middle East & Asia, attributed his company’s success in

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • Ronaldo, Griezmann make World 11 list

    PARIS — Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann both appeared among the 55 nominees for the FIFPro 2016 World 11 released Thursday but Wayne Rooney failed to make the shortlist for the first time. Portugal captain Ronaldo, led his country to victory at Euro 2016, while France forward Griezmann was the top player at the tournament. It is the first time that 25-year-old Griezmann has made the cut, but England captain Rooney is absent for the first time in the competition’s 12-year history, after England crashed out of Euro 2016 to lowly Iceland.That leaves Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and Real Madrid superstar Ronaldo as the only ever-presents for an award based on votes from professional

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  • The firms making meals from the bin

    It was a £28,000 meal for a Russian businessman and his guests in London's exclusive Belgravia district that proved the final straw for then-private chef Justin Horne. The lavish dinner party - which included caviar, foie gras and truffles - resulted in eight boxes of food simply being chucked away at the end of the night, making Mr Horne determined to do something about it. "The levels of waste in fine dining are quite astounding," he says. Together with fellow co-founder Alice Gilsenan, he is now running a pop-up restaurant, Tiny Leaf, in a food market in south London. The concept, spelled out on a banner above the counter in black and white, is "zero waste". Their menu is based on what shops

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  • Iran’s naval military plans

    After participating in several wars directly, in Iraq and Syria, and indirectly in Yemen and Lebanon, it seems the Iranian administration has discovered the magic of military influence and its significance in imposing its foreign policy on the regional and international levels. This is what recent Iranian officials’ statements indicate. The most recent of these statements was made by Chief of Staff Mohammed Bagheri. Iran’s wide-ranging military operations in Iraq and Syria confirm that engaging in wars has become Iran’s new policy Abdulrahman al-Rashed Last Update: Tuesday, 29 November 2016 KSA 14:13 - GMT 11:13 Disclaimer: Views expressed by writers in this section are their own and do not reflect

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