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UNICEF: Refugee and Migrant Children Stuck in Greece Face Double Crisis

UNICEF: Refugee and Migrant Children Stuck in Greece Face Double Crisis

News No :44

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :10:39 PM

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Geneva, August 26 (QNA) - Hundreds of refugee and migrant children are becoming stranded in Greece with critical needs such as education and protection as arrivals suddenly increased, says UNICEF.
More people arrived in the first three weeks of August than all of July 2016 (1,920 for July; 2,289 as of 24 August). This new influx comes at a time when Greece is struggling to cope with a strained welfare system due to the ongoing economic crisis, leaving refugee and migrant children facing a double crisis. In total, children make up nearly 40 percent of the current stranded population.
"There is a real sense in Greece of refugee families just waiting - waiting for their asylum request to be processed, a decision to relocate elsewhere in Europe, waiting for proper schooling and playgrounds for their children, proper housing, simply waiting to know what their future will be," said Laurent Chapuis, UNICEF's coordinator for the refugee and migrant response in Greece. (QNA)

HE FM Condoles with Italian Peer on Earthquake Victims

HE FM Condoles with Italian Peer on Earthquake Victims

News No :42

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :09:38 PM

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Doha, August 26 (QNA) - HE Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani held a phone call with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, during which HE expressed his condolences on the victims of the earthquake that hit central Italy. (QNA)

Two Palestinian Youths Shot by Occupation Troops in East Gaza

Two Palestinian Youths Shot by Occupation Troops in East Gaza

News No :41

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :09:20 PM

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Gaza, August 26 (QNA) - Two Palestinian youths were injured when Israeli troops opened fire at them in eastern Gaza, Palestinian sources said.
The occupation forces stationed inside the security siege near Nahal Oz military site in eastern Gaza opened fire towards a group of young people who gathered near the siege. Two were injured and then taken to the hospital, according to the sources.
The eastern parts of Gaza Strip see youth demonstrations on Fridays and are usually targeted by live ammunition and gas bombs by occupation troops. (QNA)

HH the Emir Condoles with Italian President

HH the Emir Condoles with Italian President

News No :40

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :08:59 PM

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Doha, August 26 (QNA) - HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani held a telephone conversation with President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella, during which HH expressed his condolences and those of the Qatari people to the president and the friendly Italian people on the victims of the devastating earthquake that hit central Italy, voicing Qatar's support and backing for Italy in this disaster. (QNA)

Kerry, Lavrov Meet De Mistura for Syria Talks

Kerry, Lavrov Meet De Mistura for Syria Talks

News No :39

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :07:27 PM

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Geneva, August 26 (QNA) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met on Friday with Staffan de Mistura, the U.N. special envoy for Syria, to discuss the latest international efforts to end the five-year crisis in Syria.
The three parties stressed the necessity to push the political path forward, resume talks as soon as possible, and ensure the implementation of ceasefire in Aleppo in order to deliver aid to those stranded in the city and to enable those who want to leave to leave the city provided that safe corridors are available to protect them from danger. (QNA)

UNRWA Demands Criminal Investigation Into Shelling of Gaza in 2014

UNRWA Demands Criminal Investigation Into Shelling of Gaza in 2014

News No :38

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :06:44 PM

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Occupied Jerusalem, August 26 (QNA) - On behalf of United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the near east (UNRWA) Spokesperson Chris Gunness, said that UNRWA has not been given an opportunity to review the evidence but we have seen the explanation on the Israeli Military Advocate General’s website. In the circumstance it is therefore impossible for us to make specific comments about the way the case has been conducted.
According to the UN Secretary General’s Board of Inquiry, the incident took place at an UNRWA school which had been designated as an emergency shelter on 18 July. Between 2,700 to 2,900 people were sheltering there. The Israeli Army launched a precision-guided missile striking the road outside the school, which had opened its gates. 15 persons in the vicinity were killed, including a guard hired by UNRWA. As many as 30 people were injured. The Secretary General’s Board of Inquiry found that the missile was targeting people passing on a motorcycle.
We notified the Israeli Army on 33 separate occasions that this school in Rafah was being used to accommodate the displaced, the last time only an hour before the attack.
This raises serious questions about the conduct of military operations in relation to obligations under international humanitarian law and respect for the inviolability and sanctity of United Nations premises under international law.
UNRWA has consistently called for accountability. Investigations into such incidents are crucial and UNRWA has provided evidence in the process. We remain determined to ensure that incidents are thoroughly investigated.
UNRWA itself is not a tribunal or a judge. We have called for accountability in this case and in others that took place during the 2014 war. Any indication that responsibility was being evaded would be a matter of grave concern.
We note that no criminal responsibility seems to be accepted for any concluded cases concerning UNRWA premises. The families affected have had no effective redress and, from their perspective, this would certainly be seen as a further denial of their rights.
Two years after the end of the 2014 war, Israeli criminal investigations are still ongoing into the strikes on UNRWA emergency shelters in Beit Hanoun (24 July) and in Jabalia (30 July) that resulted together in some 29 civilian deaths and dozens of injuries. UNRWA has cooperated with the Israeli investigations. Despite follow up, however, UNRWA has received no news to date about progress on these investigations. (QNA)

Erdogan, Putin Agree on Syria Aid

Erdogan, Putin Agree on Syria Aid

News No :37

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :06:34 PM

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Ankara, August 26 (QNA) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian leader Vladimir Putin have agreed on efforts to speed up delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria, according to Turkish presidential sources.
The two leaders also agreed to hold bilateral talks at an upcoming G20 summit to be held on Sep. 4-5 in Hangzhou, China, Anadolu news agency cited the source as speaking anonymously.
The Turkish and Russian leaders held a phone call Friday in which they discussed bilateral relations and cooperation on regional issues and humanitarian crises.
During the conversation, Erdogan and Putin also emphasized the importance of normalizing relations between the two countries.(QNA)

Italy Earthquake Death Toll Hits 267

Italy Earthquake Death Toll Hits 267

News No :36

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :06:26 PM

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Rome, August 26 (QNA) -The death toll from the massive earthquake in central Italy rose to 267 on Friday.
The magnitude-6 quake struck a mountainous area between the regions of Umbria, Lazio and Marche early Wednesday, toppling buildings and leaving many people trapped under the rubble in three municipalities about 150 kilometers north-east of Rome.
Immacolata Postiglione, head of the emergency department at the country's civil defence agency, Protezione Civile, said that 207 people died in Amatrice, 49 in Arquata del Tronto and 11 in Accumoli.
She added that 387 people have required hospitalization.(QNA)

Weather Forecast for Tonight

Weather Forecast for Tonight

News No :35

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :05:58 PM

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Doha, August 26 (QNA) - Weather inshore tonight until 6.00 am Saturday will see some local clouds and relatively humid by night, the Department of Meteorology said in its daily weather.
Offshore, it will be hazy to misty with some clouds, the report added.
Wind inshore will be southeasterly to northeasterly at a speed of 05-15 knots, while offshore it will be northeasterly to southeasterly at a speed of 3-10 knots.
Visibility will be 4-9 kilometers.
Sea state inshore will be 1-2 feet and offshore will be 1-3 feet.
Tides and temperatures are as follows: Area High Tide Low Tide Min. Temp ---- ----------------- -------------------- ----------------- Messaid **:**- 15:15 **:** - 06:45 34 Wakrah 23:15 - 14:00 19:30 - 06:00 34 Doha 22:45 - 13:30 19:00 - 05:30 33 Al Khor 21:45 - 12:15 17:00 - 04:45 30 Ruwais **:** - 00:00 18:00 - 06:15 31 Dukhan 16:15 - 05:00 22:45 - 11:00 28 Sunset Today 17:57 LT Sunrise Tomorrow 05:12 LT ---------------------- (QNA)

Death Toll Rises to 11 in Philippines Clash

Death Toll Rises to 11 in Philippines Clash

News No :34

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :05:27 PM

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Manila, August 26 (QNA) - The number of casualties of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) that clashed with the government troops on Friday has increased to 11 deaths the initial report of six in southern Philippines.
Maj. Filemon Tan Jr., Western Mindanao Command spokesman, said the pursuing troops have received intelligence information that five more ASG members have died.
Tan said the five who died were among the wounded Abu Sayyaf bandits dragged by their comrades following a 45-minute firefight.
According to Philippine News Agency (PNA), the clash broke out around 6:12 a.m. Friday when the troops spotted more or less 100 Abu Sayyaf bandits while scouring Sitio Makaita, Barangay Bungkaung, Patikul, Sulu. (QNA)

UN Envoy Urges Russia, US to Guarantee Safety of Daraya Evacuees

UN Envoy Urges Russia, US to Guarantee Safety of Daraya Evacuees

News No :33

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :05:09 PM

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Geneva, August 26 (QNA) - Russia and the United States must make sure that civilians and fighters evacuated from the besieged Damascus suburb of Daraya can do so freely and safely, UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said.
"The UN was not consulted or involved in the negotiation of this agreement," de Mistura notes about the deal between the Syrian government and opposition forces.
De Mistura appeals to the US and Russia to ensure that no war crimes or human rights violations are committed during or after the evacuation.(QNA)

OIC Chief Meets Yemeni Minister of Human Rights

OIC Chief Meets Yemeni Minister of Human Rights

News No :32

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :04:55 PM

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Jeddah,August 26 (QNA) - Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Iyad bin Ameen Madani met here today with Yemeni Minister of Human Rights Ezzedine Al Asbahi.
Discussions during the meeting dealt with the latest developments in Yemen in addition to ways of enhancing cooperation in the fields of humanity and rights.(QNA)

Malaysian Universities Act to Check ISIS Influence Among Students

Malaysian Universities Act to Check ISIS Influence Among Students

News No :30

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :04:44 PM

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Kuala Lumpur, August 26 (QNA) - Malaysian public universities have taken various measures to prevent students from falling under the influence of ISIS.
University of Malaya (UM) Vice Chancellor Tan Sri Prof Dr Mohd Amin Jalaludin said one of the measures UM took was to monitor students' social media accounts.
The university's Student Affairs Division will monitor students' Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts through the Special Extremist Activities and Religious Extremists Monitoring Committee which we have just set up.
"The names of students suspected of involvement in ISISI activities would be submitted to the Bukit Aman Counter Terrorist Division for further action," Jalaludin said in a statement carried by Malaysian News Agency (Bernama). (QNA)

US Secretary of State Meets Russian Counterpart

US Secretary of State Meets Russian Counterpart

News No :29

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :04:07 PM

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Geneva, August 26 (QNA) -US Secretary of State John Kerry met here today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
During the meeting, they discussed issues of common interest and ways of enhancing cooperation between the two countries regarding the Syrian issue. (QNA)

Turkish Police Detain 40 Suspects Over Links to ISIS

Turkish Police Detain 40 Suspects Over Links to ISIS

News No :27

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :03:06 PM

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Ankara, August 26 (QNA) - Turkish anti-terrorism officers on Friday detained 40 suspects of the ISIS Group in two provinces, a police source told Anadolu news Agency.
Twenty were held in the central Anatolian province of Konya and the remainder in the Seyhan district of Adana province, southern Turkey, the source added.(QNA)

Prime Minister Orban Promises to Fortify Hungary Against Migrants

Prime Minister Orban Promises to Fortify Hungary Against Migrants

News No :26

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :02:55 PM

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Budapest, August 26 (QNA) - Hungary will take its simple border fence and turn it into a fortress-like structure to keep migrants out even more efficiently than it has to date, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Friday.
"Technical plans are being made to replace the existing fence with a more serious structure," Orban said in his regular weekly interview with state radio. "That will be capable of stopping hundreds of thousands of people simultaneously." At the peak of the migration and refugee crisis, in September 2015, the nationalist prime minister's cabinet ordered the construction of a fence, laced with razor wire, along the border with Serbia and Croatia, to keep out people arriving along the Balkan route.
Migrant arrivals in Hungary have since dwindled, though Orban's critics attribute the decline to a separate deal the European Union struck with Turkey to keep refugees from reaching Greece and Europe, dpa reported.
With his openly anti-immigration stance, Orban - joined by fellow Visegrad Group leaders from Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland - fronted the opposition within the EU to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's refugee policy.(QNA)

Civilian Death Toll Rises to 16 in Attack on Kabul University

Civilian Death Toll Rises to 16 in Attack on Kabul University

News No :25

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :02:27 PM

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Kabul, August 26 (QNA) - The civilian death toll in the attack on the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul has risen from 13 to 16, public health officials said Friday.
Health ministry spokesman said eight students, two professors, three security forces member, two university guards and one person from the adjacent school for the blind were killed in the Kabul attack, which began Wednesday evening.
Previously, officials had spoken of seven students and professors among the dead. A new count revealed eight students and two professors killed, he said.
Additionally, the number of injured rose from 39 to 53, he added On Wednesday evening, a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb in front of the university's gate. Two attackers armed with guns then stormed the campus, firing their weapons and throwing grenades into classrooms.(QNA)

Foreign Minister Receives Phone Call from Netherlands Foreign Minister

Foreign Minister Receives Phone Call from Netherlands Foreign Minister

News No :24

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :01:50 PM

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Doha, August 26 (QNA) - HE Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani received today a telephone call from Foreign Affairs Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Albert Gerard Koenders.
During the call, they discussed relations between the two friendly countries and ways of strengthening and developing them, and exchanged views on the latest regional and international developments . (QNA)

Palestinian Shot Dead by Israeli Forces

Palestinian Shot Dead by Israeli Forces

News No :23

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :01:36 PM

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Ramallah, August 26 (QNA) - A Palestinian youth was reportedly shot dead by Israeli forces near the illegal Israeli Ofra settlement near the town of Silwad in northeastern Ramallah on Friday.
Hebew-language media reported that the youth opened fire at a military site near the settlement. No injuries among Israeli soldiers were reported.
Israeli forces opened fire and critically injured the youth. He was reportedly pronounced dead shortly after that.(QNA)

S Korea's Lotte Group's Vice Chairman Found Dead

S Korea's Lotte Group's Vice Chairman Found Dead

News No :22

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :01:06 PM

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Seoul, August 26 (QNA) - South Korea's fifth-largest conglomerate Lotte Group's vice chairman was found dead Friday, police said, in an apparent suicide that occurred while he was waiting for a summons by prosecutors over corruption allegations involving the group.
Police found the body of Lee In-won, the group's No. 2 man and close aide of Lotte chairman Shin Dong-bin, on a trail in Yangpyeong, 55 kilometers east of Seoul, after receiving a report from a local resident at around 7:10 a.m. that a man in his 60s was hanging from a tree, Yonhap news agency reported.
The police said they found Lee's identification on his clothes and are examining the scene, including his car found near the site of the incident.
In a four-page suicide note found in his car, Lee addressed his family, as well as executives and staff members of the group, while expressing loyalty to group Chairman Shin and denying the group's slush fund allegations.
After conducting an autopsy at the National Forensic Service, police said Lee's death was the result of hanging, adding that they have not found any evidence of foul play. (QNA)

Qatar Condemns Bombing in Turkish Province of Sirnak

Qatar Condemns Bombing in Turkish Province of Sirnak

News No :20

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :11:39 AM

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Doha, August 26 (QNA) - The State of Qatar expressed its condemnation and denunciation of the bombing which occurred near a police checkpoint in the southeastern Turkish province of Sirnak Friday, killing and wounding a number of police officers.
In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said that the State of Qatar strongly condemns these heinous criminal acts aimed at destabilizing security and stability, affirming full solidarity with the brotherly Republic of Turkey in all actions and measures to address these criminal acts and maintain security and stability in country.
    The Foreign Ministry reiterated Qatar's rejection of violence and terrorism in all their forms and manifestations, whatever their motives and causes.
    The statement extend sincere condolences and sympathy to the Turkish government, people and families of the victims, wishing the injured speedy recovery. (QNA)

Seven People Killed in Somalia Restaurant Attack

Seven People Killed in Somalia Restaurant Attack

News No :19

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :10:58 AM

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Mogadishu, August 26 (QNA) - At least nine people have been killed in a bomb and gun attack on a restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu, a spokesman for the city authorities said on Friday.
Police said a car bomb exploded outside a Banadir restaurant and gunmen then stormed the building, the BBC reported.
Security forces said they killed two attackers and arrested another after a six-hour operation overnight.
Around 20 people managed to escape from the restaurant during the gunfight. (QNA)

At least One Killed in Southern Belgium Explosion

At least One Killed in Southern Belgium Explosion

News No :18

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :10:40 AM

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Brussels, August 26 (QNA) - At least one person was killed and four others injured after a gas explosion rocked a sports center in Belgium’s southern city of Chimay, located 90 kilometers (56 miles) south Brussels authorities said Friday.
Officials from the government’s crisis management center said portions of the center collapsed but there were no victims trapped under the rubble. (QNA)

Bolivian Deputy Interior Minister Beaten To Death by Miners

Bolivian Deputy Interior Minister Beaten To Death by Miners

News No :16

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :10:29 AM

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La Paz, August 26 (QNA) - A Bolivian government minister has been beaten to death by striking mineworkers after being kidnapped, the government said.
Rodolf Illanes, deputy interior minister, had gone to talk to protesting workers in Panduro, around 160km (100 miles) from the capital, La Paz, but was intercepted and kidnapped.
"At this present time, all the indications are that our deputy minister Rodolfo Illanes has been brutally and cowardly assassinated," the BBC quoted minister of government Carlos Romero as saying.
Reymi Ferreira, the defence minister, said that Illanes had been "savagely beaten" to death by the striking miners.
The government was trying to recover his body, Romero said.
Protests by miners in Bolivia demanding changes to laws turned violent this week after a highway was blockaded. Two workers were killed on Wednesday after being shot by police, and the government said 17 police officers had been wounded. (QNA)

SE Turkey Attack Kills 8 Police Officers

SE Turkey Attack Kills 8 Police Officers

News No :15

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :10:22 AM

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Ankara, August 26 (QNA) - At least eight police officers were killed in the explosion which hit a police checkpoint in the southeastern Turkish province of Sirnak earlier Friday.
The attack also injured 45 people, including two in critical condition, hospital sources told Anadolu Agency (AA).
Turkish Security sources said earlier that the attack had targeted the checkpoint some 50 meters away from a riot police unit headquarters in the Turkish Sirnak's town of Cizre. (QNA)

IOF Injure Two Youths in Bethlehem

IOF Injure Two Youths in Bethlehem

News No :14

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :09:55 AM

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Bethlehem, August 26 (QNA) - Israeli occupation forces at dawn Friday wounded two Palestinian youths in Dheisheh Refugee Camp in southern Bethlehem in the West Bank.
According to a Palestinian security source, clashes erupted between youths and Israeli occupation forces as they entered the camp.
Israeli occupation forces fired live bullets as well as tear gas canisters to disperse the crowd wounding two young in the foot who were transferred to a Bethlehem hospital for treatment. (QNA)

Attack Targets Police Checkpoint in SE Turkey

Attack Targets Police Checkpoint in SE Turkey

News No :13

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :08:45 AM

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Ankara, August 26 (QNA) - PKK elements detonated a bomb-laden car at a police checkpoint in the southeastern Turkish province of Sirnak Friday morning, Anadolu Agency (AA) reported.
Security sources said the attack targeted the checkpoint some 50 meters away from a riot police unit headquarters in Sirnak's town of Cizre.
Ambulances were sent to the scene and several wounded were rushed to a nearby hospital.
The blast caused extensive damage to the police HQ building. (QNA)

IOF Opens Fire At Palestinian Fishermen in Gaza Strip

IOF Opens Fire At Palestinian Fishermen in Gaza Strip

News No :11

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :08:33 AM

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Gaza, August 26 (QNA) - Israeli naval boats at dawn Friday opened machine gun fire at Palestinian fishermen and their boats in Deir al-Balah in central and al-Sudaniya in northern Gaza Strip.
No casualties were so far reported among Palestinian fishermen.
On Thursday, Israeli naval boats attacked with gunfire several Palestinian fishermen while they were sailing off Gaza, injuring a 25-old Palestinian fisherman with a live shot. He was taken by the attacking force to nearby Ashdod seaport in southern Israel. (QNA)

Turkish, Russian Military Chiefs Postpone Meeting

Turkish, Russian Military Chiefs Postpone Meeting

News No :9

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :08:23 AM

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Ankara, August 26 (QNA) - A high-level meeting scheduled for Friday between Turkey’s Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar and his Russian counterpart has been postponed, a military source told Anadolu Agency (AA) late Thursday.
The sources did not specify the new date for the meeting and the reasons for postponement, AA reported. (QNA)

21 People killed as Bus Plunges Into River in Nepal

21 People killed as Bus Plunges Into River in Nepal

News No :8

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :08:23 AM

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Kathmandu, August 26 (QNA) - At least 20 people have died after a passenger bus plunged into Trishuli River early on Friday in central Nepal, a senior local official said.
The bus was heading to the tourist town of Pokhara from the southern district of Rautahat fell some 200 meters off the road at Chandibhanjyang-6 into Trishuli River at around 3 am this morning.
"Twenty-one people have died in the accident and 16 have been rescued," district chief Binod Prakash Singh said, adding that the injured have been taken to a local hospital for treatment. (QNA)

Turkey to EU: No Refugee Deal Without Visa-Free Travel

Turkey to EU: No Refugee Deal Without Visa-Free Travel

News No :7

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :08:22 AM

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Ankara, August 26 (QNA) - Turkey's EU Minister said Thursday the refugee agreement would not be implemented unless a specific date was set for visa-free access to Europe for Turkish citizens, Anadolu Agency (AA) reported.
Addressing a joint press conference in Ankara prior to a meeting with Germany’s Minister of State for Europe, Michael Roth, Celik said the cooperation between Turkey and EU was significant in terms of handling one of the biggest refugee crises in history.
"This needs to continue, but as we said before, we expect a specific date for visa liberalization. Unless a date is given for visa-free travel, we will not implement new mechanisms, such as the readmission deal," Celik said.
Michael Roth, for his part, pointed out the good cooperation between the EU and Turkey on the refugee issue, and the mutual agreement on a number of provisions.
"Now they need to carry out this agreement step by step in cooperation," he said.
Signed March 18, the EU-Turkey refugee deal aims to discourage irregular migration through the Aegean Sea by taking stricter measures against human traffickers and improving the conditions of nearly 3 million Syrian refugees in Turkey. (QNA)

Burkina Faso Announces to Withdraw its Forces from UNAMID

Burkina Faso Announces to Withdraw its Forces from UNAMID

News No :6

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :08:22 AM

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Khartoum, August 26 (QNA) - Sudanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Obeidalla Mohamed Obeidalla, has met with the State Minister of Regional Cooperation of the Republic of Burkina Faso, Sudanese News Agency (SUNA) reported.
At the meeting, Dr. Obeidalla has appreciated success of the meetings and gave a briefing on the current positive developments in the Sudanese political arena, including the peace negotiations, the national dialogue and the strategy for exit of UNAMID out of Sudan.
The Burkinian Minister has praised the level of the bilateral relations between her country and Sudan.
She affirmed that her country will withdraw the troops of Burkina Faso out of the UNAMID forces in Sudan, in compliance with the policy of Sudan in this regard. (QNA)

White House Officials Meet Trump, Clinton Teams

White House Officials Meet Trump, Clinton Teams

News No :5

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :08:21 AM

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Washington, August 26 (QNA) - White House officials met representatives of the Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton campaigns to "ensure a smooth transition to the next administration" which will take office on January 20, 2017.
This is the first time that the President Barack Obama government has held a meeting with members of both campaigns to discuss the transfer of power that will take place after the November presidential election, White House Deputy Press Secretary Jennifer Friedman told reporters.
The meeting was chaired by Obama's Cabinet chief, Denis McDonough, and was attended by three representatives from each of the presidential campaigns, Friedman said. (QNA)

Sudanese Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Saudi Arabia

Sudanese Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Saudi Arabia

News No :4

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :08:21 AM

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Riyadh, August 26 (QNA) - A full emergency plan was activated at King Saud Airport in Al-Baha after a Russian-made Antonov 12 bound for Khartoum requested permission for emergency landing.
Shortly after the Sudanese-owned aircraft took off from Khamis Mushayt airport in the southern Asir province, a technical fault was detected in the plane’s engine number four, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.
The plane, with 10 passengers and crewmembers on board, made a safe emergency landing at 4 p.m. However, one of the tires burst during the landing, trapping the plane on the runway. (QNA)

Weather Forecast in Qatar

Weather Forecast in Qatar

News No :3

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :08:04 AM

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Doha, August 26 (QNA) - The weather forecast for Qatar valid until 6pm Friday inshore will be hazy to misty at places at first becoming hot daytime with clouds and relatively humid night. offshore, the weather will be hazy to misty with some clouds, Department of meteorology said in its report.
Wind inshore will be southeasterly to northeasterly from 05 to 15 knot reaching 18 knot at places by midday. offshore, it will be southeasterly to northeasterly from 03 to 12 knot reaching 15 knot.
Visibility will be 04 to 08 kilometer decreasing to 3 kilometer or less at some areas at first. The sea state inshore will be between 1 to 2 feet and offshore it will be 1 to 3 feet increasing to 4 feet.
Tide Times and temperatures are as follows: Area High Tide Low Tide Mini - Max ---- ----------------- ------------------ ------------------- Messaid 14:15 - **:** 05:45 - **:** 40 Wakrah 13:00 - 23:15 05:15 - 19:30 40 Doha 12:15 - 22:45 04:30 - 19:00 42 Al Khor 11:00- 21:45 03:45 - 17:00 41 Ruwais 11:15- **:** 05:00 - 18:00 38 Dukhan 04:00 - 16:15 10:00 - 22:45 39 Sunrise : 05:12 lt Sunset today : 17:58 lt --------------------------------------------------- (QNA)

Summary of Local News Released Thursday

Summary of Local News Released Thursday

News No :2

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :08:03 AM

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Doha, August 26 (QNA) - Summary of local news released Thursday by Qatar News Agency.
- HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani sent Thursday a cable of congratulations to President of the Republic of Uruguay Tabare Vazquez on the occasion of his country's National Day.
- HH the Deputy Emir Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Thani sent Thursday a cable of congratulations to President of the Republic of Uruguay Tabare Vazquez on the occasion of his country's National Day.
- HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani sent Thursday a cable of congratulations to President of the Republic of Uruguay Tabare Vazquez on the occasion of his country's National Day.
- HE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi on Thursday received a copy of credentials of HE Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Qatar Bahia Tahzib.
- The Minister of Foreign Affairs, HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, met here on Thursday with Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Martin Kobler.
- The Qatari swimming team claimed 8 medals in the first day of the GCC Aquatics Championships held in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) said in its website on Thursday.
- Qatar's Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al -Thani participated in the Ministerial Meeting of the GCC Foreign Ministers with US Secretary of State John Kerry, and British Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa Tobias Ellwood, in the presence of the Secretary General of the United Nations envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed .
- Qatar's national football team beat Thailand 3-0 in a friendly on Thursday at Al Sadd Club's Jassim bin Hamad Stadium as the two teams prepare for the final stage of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. (QNA)

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News No :1

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :07:57 AM

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Qatar News Agency English Transmission Begins Now For Friday, August 26 - 2016 Good Morning ============================ (QNA)

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News No :94

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :01:00 AM

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Qatar News Agency is now closing its daily transmission for Thursday, Aug.25, 2016.

EU Membership Strategic for Ankara, Turkish FM Says

EU Membership Strategic for Ankara, Turkish FM Says

News No :93

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :12:44 AM

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Ankara, August 25 (QNA) - EU membership remains a strategic aim for Turkey, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday after meeting with his Polish and Romanian counterparts.
In the wake of the July 15 failed coup attempt, "some EU countries failed to pass the test when it comes to defending democracy," Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by Anadolu news agency.
"We, on the other hand, are thankful to brother countries who expressed their support to the elected government from the first day after the coup bid and then visited us," he added.
Cavusoglu reiterated the visa-free travel deal, readmission deal, and refugee deal, which all link Turkey and the EU, are connected and related.
"These agreements are connected to each other. We all should implement all three of these agreements," Cavusoglu said. "It is not right to say, 'Let's implement the deal that favors the EU, but not the one favorable to Turkey,' it is not fair."

GCC, US, UK, and UN Agree on Roadmap for Reaching Solution in Yemen /1

GCC, US, UK, and UN Agree on Roadmap for Reaching Solution in Yemen /1

News No :91

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :12:11 AM

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Al-Jubeir announced that the meeting has also discussed the issue of the deterioration of the Yemeni institutions, especially, the financial institutions, noting that there was a meeting, in Riyadh, two days ago, with specialists in this field to consider how to protect financial institutions and keep them from further deterioration due to the actions of al-Huthi and Saleh.
Minister of Foreign Affairs confirmed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the GCC member states, the United States and the United Kingdom as well, have expressed interest and eagerness to bring humanitarian aid to Yemen.
He added that Saudi Arabia is the first country in terms of providing humanitarian aid to Yemen, in line with King Salman Center and through direct support, we are very keen to offer all possible humanitarian assistance to our brothers, in Yemen, reported SPA.
"We demand the rebels to break the siege of Yemeni cities and allow introduction of assistance to the needy, in Yemen, Al-Jubeir said, expressing hope that there will be response to the will of the international community, in resolving the crisis, in Yemen, and calling on all Yemeni parties to, peacefully, respond to the the UN envoy and to work with him, to bring Yemen from the current crisis and to focus, instead, on rebuilding it, he noted .
US State Secretary John Kerry reiterated his country's commitment to protect Saudi Arabia's security, pointing out the Kingdom's right in defend its territories against outside attacks, particularly the Houthis.(END)

GCC, US and UK, UN Agree on Roadmap for Reaching Solution in Yemen

GCC, US and UK, UN Agree on Roadmap for Reaching Solution in Yemen

News No :90

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :12:09 AM

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Jeddah, August 25 (QNA) - The joint meeting of the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, with the US Secretary of State and the British Minister of State for Middle East Affairs Tobias Elwood, in the presence of an envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to the Republic Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, focused on the importance of reaching a solution, in Yemen, based on the three references: the GCC-sponsored initiative, the outputs of the Yemeni National Dialogue and the Security Council resolution 2216, said Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir .
At a joint news conference with the US Secretary of State, here today, Al-Jubeir indicated that the joint meeting stressed the importance of providing support for the efforts of the envoy of the Secretary General of the United Nations to the Republic of Yemen and urged Yemeni parties to return to the negotiating table, to reach an agreement that would bring peace, security and stability, in Yemen, reported Saudi Press Agency SPA.
"During the meeting today with the envoy of the Secretary General of the United Nations to the Republic of Yemen, we have discussed ideas which express the desire of coalition countries, in reaching a peaceful solution, in Yemen, adding that "We also discussed ideas to refute the arguments of militia of al-Huthi and Saleh to derail the consultations, he stated, pointing that the GCC ministers believe that there is no argument for any party that to say that the proposed formula now is incomplete, and the al-Huthi and Saleh must seize the opportunity to reach a peaceful solution." The meeting discussed as well everything related to the final solution, which will be discussed by the UN envoy with the Yemeni parties, we offer the full support of the efforts of the envoy, we expressed our hope for the resumption of the Yemeni parties of negotiations and reach to a peaceful solution and the meeting expressed outright rejection of the unilaterally taken steps by al-Huthis and Saleh, he emphasized.(MORE)

Dragon Cargo Ship Departs International Space Station

Dragon Cargo Ship Departs International Space Station

News No :31

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :04:49 PM

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New York, August 26 (QNA) - The private cargo craft Dragon departed from the International Space Station on Friday, leaving for earth with 1,300 kilogrammes of waste and scientific experiments.
NASA, which broadcasted a live feed of the Dragon ship undocking from the station, said the unmanned vessel was due to splash down off the Pacific coast of Mexico later that day.
The spaceship, developed by private space firm SpaceX, docked with the space station in August, bringing supplies for the crew, which is currently researching the effects of extended stays in space on astronauts' metabolism, digestion and blood pressure.(QNA)

IMF Approves US$723 Million For Jordan

IMF Approves US$723 Million For Jordan

News No :21

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :11:45 AM

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Washington, August 26 (QNA) - The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved a three-year extended arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) for Jordan US$723 million to support the country’s economic and financial reform program.
In a statement issued late Thursday, the IMF said that the new funding aims to support the country’s economic and financial reform program. This program also aims at advancing fiscal consolidation to lower public debt and broad structural reforms to enhance the conditions for more inclusive growth.
Following the Board’s decision, an amount equivalent to SDR 51.465 million (about US$72.3 million) is made available for immediate disbursement, the remaining amount will be phased in over the duration of the program, subject to six reviews, the IMF statement added.
IMF First Deputy Managing Director and Acting Chair, David Lipton said, "the Jordanian economy has performed favorably under a difficult external environment, including the hosting of a large number of Syrian refugees. Macroeconomic stability has been maintained thanks to significant policy adjustment and reforms. However, economic performance remains below potential and the hosting of Syrian refugees weighs on the economy and public finances.
On Wednesday, Jordanian Finance Minister Omar Malhas has announced its approval of the EFF, which is based on a national economic reform program. (QNA)

ADB Approves $150 Million to Support Microfinance, Sanitation in India

ADB Approves $150 Million to Support Microfinance, Sanitation in India

News No :17

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :10:34 AM

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Mumbai, August 26 (QNA) - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved today US$150 million equivalent debt financing to India's Janalakshmi Financial Services Private Limited.
ADB’s funding will support Janalakshmi’s conversion from India’s largest nonbank financial company focused on microfinance lending to a small finance bank.
ADB’s investment will be used to help Janalakshmi grow its microfinance and SME loan portfolios. At least 50% of the proceeds of ADB’s funding will be deployed by Janalakshmi in less developed states in India and a large proportion will be provided to women.
The proposed transaction also seeks to support the development and deployment of sanitation loans that complement the government’s sanitation initiatives.
More than half of Indian households do not have a toilet. In addition to the spread of disease and various health issues that result from mismanagement of waste, women are particularly affected by insufficient household sanitation.
ADB’s funding, in combination with a technical assistance grant, will help to develop and deploy sanitation loan prototypes that can be used by Janalakshmi, as well as other financial institutions throughout India, as a complement to the government’s sanitation initiatives to provide safe, clean, and secure toilet facilities. (QNA)

U.S. Stocks Close Lower

U.S. Stocks Close Lower

News No :12

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :08:36 AM

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New York, August 26 (QNA) - U.S. Stocks closed lower on Thursday led by declines in health-care companies.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 33.07 points, or 0.2 percent, to 18,448.41.
The S&P 500 gave up 2.97 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,172.47.
The Nasdaq composite edged down 5.49 points, or 0.1 percent, to 5,212.20. (QNA)

World Bank Approves $55 Million to Strengthen Nepal s Roads and Bridges

World Bank Approves $55 Million to Strengthen Nepal s Roads and Bridges

News No :10

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :08:33 AM

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Washington, August 26 (QNA) - The World Bank approved a credit of US$ 55 million for the Government of Nepal to scale up its Road Sector Development Program and address post-earthquake reconstruction needs, including the strengthening of the country’s strategic road and bridge network to withstand future seismic and climate vulnerabilities.
The additional financing will top up World Bank support to the Roads Sector Development Project (RSDP) which has been ongoing since 2008, world bank press release said.
When it began, the project intended to provide residents in 10 beneficiary districts, including the poorest, in the mid-western and far-western regions of Nepal with all-season road connectivity, reduced travel time, and improvements in access to economic centers and social services.
With the additional financing, 25 more districts stand to benefit from the maintenance of earthquake-affected bridges. The original 10 districts will also continue to benefit from road upgrading, slope stabilization and bridge works.
RSDP currently serves a population of 2 million in 10 districts in the mid-western and far-western regions of Nepal. The project will serve another 10.2 million Nepalis following the maintenance of earthquake affected bridges in the 25 additional districts.
The bridges that will undergo maintenance in these districts provide connectivity along the Birgunj-Narayanghat-Mugling-Kathmandu corridor which carries the vast majority of freight into and out of Kathmandu and Pokhara. This corridor is among Nepal’s most vital infrastructure assets for supporting economic growth and development. (QNA)

Qatar's Youth Handball Team Face China in Asian Championship Saturday

Qatar's Youth Handball Team Face China in Asian Championship Saturday

News No :43

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :10:37 PM

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Manama, August 26 (QNA) - Qatar's youth national handball team kick off their participation in the Asian championship in Bahrain when they take on China on Saturday.
The Maroon play in Group B alongside China, Korea, Uzbekistan and Iran but the latter withdrew from the tournament to leave the group with four teams. In group A, hosts Bahrain play with Japan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong.
Despite being formed recently and participating in their first continental competition, the technical staff and Qatar Handball Association officials provided the best preparation for the team in order to compete for one of the three places that qualify for the world championship in Georgia next year.
The team held a training camp in Egypt's Sharm El Sheikh before going on another camp in Hungary. They played a series of friendlies, the most recent of which a loss against Tunisia. The coaching staff focus however on the technical side during friendlies in order to develop the performance and settle on the style of the team during the Asian tournament. (QNA)

UEFA Approves Champions League Format Changes

UEFA Approves Champions League Format Changes

News No :28

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :03:26 PM

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Monaco, August 26 (QNA) - The top four teams from the four highest-ranked European leagues will automatically go into the Champions League group stage from 2018, football's governing body UEFA said Friday.
UEFA is also introducing a new access system for both the Champions League and Europa League to judge clubs on their own records including historical success in the competitions.
The new format, plus inceased financial distribution to clubs in both competitions, comes in reaction to pressure by Europe's top clubs, who had been threatening a breakaway European super league, reported German Press Agency dpa.
At present Spain, Germany, England and Italy are the top-ranked domestic leagues and would be guaranteed four teams in the group stage under the new format.
Spain, Germany and England currently have three teams in the group stage and one in the play-off round. Italy have two in the group stage and one in the play-offs.
The full details of changes for both competitions will be finalised by the end of the year, UEFA said.(QNA)

Manchester City Sign Barcelona Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo

Manchester City Sign Barcelona Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo

News No :92

News Date :26/08/2016

News Time :12:27 AM

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Manchester, August 25 (QNA) - Manchester City have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Claudio Bravo from Barcelona on a four-year contract.
The 33 year-old Chilean is set to be manager Pep Guardiola's first choice between the posts ahead of Argentine Willy Caballero and Joe Hart who was a regular starter for the citizens over the past six seasons.
"I'm very proud to be joining Manchester City. I know the Club is building something very special and I hope I can be part of many successes in the coming years," Bravo said upon signing for the English club.
"It is not easy to leave a club like Barcelona where I had two fantastic years, but the opportunity to work with Pep Guardiola was too good to refuse," he added.
Bravo won back-to-back La Liga titles with Barca and successive Copa America championships with Chile with whom he turned up 106 times and is also the captain.
"Claudio is a fantastic goalkeeper and an excellent addition to our squad," Guardiola said.
"He has experience and great leadership qualities and is in the prime of his life. He is a goalkeeper I have admired for a number of years and I’m really happy he is now a City player." Bravo is set for a swift return to Barcelona along with Guardiola, the former manager of the Catalans, as the Champions League draw today paired Bravo's previous and current employers.
He becomes City's ninth transfer of the summer following the capture of Ilkay Gundogan, Nolito, Aleksandar Zinchenko, Aaron Mooy, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus, Marlos Moreno and John Stones. (QNA)