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Kuwaiti FM Meets Chairman of UK House of Lords International Relations Committee

Kuwaiti FM Meets Chairman of UK House of Lords International Relations Committee

News No :49

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :03:47 PM

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Kuwait, September 28 (QNA) - Kuwaiti Acting Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah met here on Wednesday with visiting Chairman of the UK House of Lords International Relations Committee Lord David Howell.
During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations between both countries and issues of mutual interest. (QNA)

Norway Could Extradite US Whistleblower If He Visits, Court Ruling

Norway Could Extradite US Whistleblower If He Visits, Court Ruling

News No :48

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :03:44 PM

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Oslo, September 28 (QNA) - A Norwegian court rejected Wednesday a petition by Edward Snowden that sought assurance he would not be extradited to the United States should he visit Norway to accept an upcoming award.
Snowden is a US citizen who is wanted by the US government for exposing unconstitutional data collection programmes that were carried out by the National Security Agency (NSA).
German news agency DPA reported today that the Borgarting Court of Appeal said it could not rule on the petition from the former US government contractor and whistleblower, as there is no formal extradition request and Snowden is not in Norway.
Snowden wants to visit Oslo in November to accept the 2016 Ossietzky Prize from Norway's PEN Centre for outstanding efforts for freedom of expression. (QNA)

King of Jordan Approves New Government of Jordan

King of Jordan Approves New Government of Jordan

News No :47

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :03:13 PM

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Amman, September 28 (QNA) - King Abdullah II of Jordan issued Wednesday a Royal Decree approving the new government led by Hani Mulki.
The new cabinet includes 29 ministers. There were three deputy prime ministers. The first was Jawad Ahmad Anani, responsible for economic affairs and the state minister for investment affairs. The second is Mohammad Mahmoud Thneibat, responsible Services Affairs and Minister of Education. The third is Nasser Judeh who is also Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Affairs.
All in all there were four ministers that left their post in the new cabinet. They included the former minister of agriculture and the minister of higher education.
Jordanian news agency Petra news reported today that the prime minster and his new cabinet were sworn in before His Majesty King Abdullah II, during a ceremony that was attended by HRH Prince Raed Bin Zaid chief of Chamberlain, Royal Court Chief, the King's advisor for military affairs and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, the director of the King's Office, the King's advisors, and the Royal Court secretary general. (QNA)

HE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Participates in Saudi Arabia's National Day Ceremony

HE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Participates in Saudi Arabia's National Day Ceremony

News No :40

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :01:14 PM

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New York, September 28 (QNA) - HE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi and HE the Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nation Ambassador Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani participated in the reception ceremony hosted by the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations in New York on the occasion of the National Day of the Kingdom. (QNA)

Iran's FM in Ankara for Talks with Turkish Counterpart

Iran's FM in Ankara for Talks with Turkish Counterpart

News No :37

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :12:57 PM

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Tehran, September 28 (QNA) - Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stopped over in Ankara on Wednesday on his way back from New York for talks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu.
During his visit, Zarif is scheduled to meet with his Turkish counterpart to discuss bilateral relations and major regional and international issues.
He will also meet with the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. (QNA)

Cabinet Holds Weekly Meeting

Cabinet Holds Weekly Meeting

News No :36

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :12:57 PM

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Doha, September 28 (QNA) - HE the Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani chaired on Wednesday the Cabinet's ordinary meeting, held at its seat at the Emiri Diwan.
The Cabinet considered topics tabled on its agenda and took the necessary decisions.
The Cabinet approved a draft decree on the common customs tariff.
The Cabinet also approved a draft decision by the Prime Minister amending some provisions of decision No. (12) of 2013 on the formation of an e-Government Steering Committee.
The committee, spearheaded by the Ministry of Transport and Communications under the chairmanship of HE the Minister of Transport and Communications and the membership of representatives from the concerned authorities, shall to follow up the implementation of the e-government strategy and achieve coordination and communication between the Ministry of Transport and Communications and other ministries and government agencies in order to ensure that the plans and programs of these parties are aligned with the overall strategy for electronic government.
The amendment included the addition of representatives from the Ministry of Justice, the Public Prosecution and the Supreme Judicial Council to the membership of the committee, and that the committee shall submit to the Cabinet a report every six months includes the results of its operations and its proposals and recommendations as it deems necessary for the development of the e-government programs.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet approved a draft decision by the Minister of Interior regulating the granting of military and specialized titles for officers.
Under the terms of the draft decision, the military title shall be added to officers holding specialized professional certificates recognized by the Ministry of Interior. The specialized title shall be added to officers holding a university degree and equivalent, following equation and certification by the competent scientific authority, and after the approval of the competent authority. The military title and the specialized title shall be read and written after the rank.
The Cabinet also approved a proposal of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment to join the International Society of City and Regional Planners.
The Cabinet approved a draft Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in the field of sports between the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the State of Qatar and the Ministry of Education and Sports of the Republic of Argentina.
The Cabinet reviewed the following topics and took appropriate decisions: - A letter by HE the Minister of Energy and Industry and Chairman of the Standing Committee on Water Resources about the Committee's recommendations on the establishment of mobilization of treated water tanks stations, and the visuals of the Public Works Authority in this regard.
- The notes and visuals of Their Excellencies the Ministers about a project circulate to all public agencies in the State to adopt a uniform national definition of small and medium-sized projects in Qatar.
- A memo by HE the Minister of Public Health on the results of the 69th session of the World Health Assembly and the events held on the sidelines, held in Geneva in May 2016. (QNA)

Top ISIS Leaders among 18 Killed in East of Afghanistan

Top ISIS Leaders among 18 Killed in East of Afghanistan

News No :31

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :11:29 AM

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Kabul, September 28 (QNA) - At least 18 ISIS militants were killed in an airstrike in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.
The provincial police commandment said Wednesday that a commander of the ISIS group and a shadow judge were among those killed, Afghan News Agency (Khaama Press) reported.
According to the provincial police commandment, the commander of the group has been identified as Qari Hamza while the shadow judge was identified as Mohammad Khan, The airstrike was carried out in the early hours of Wednesday morning targeting the militants of the group in Shedal area of Achin district.
It is yet not clear if the airstrike was carried out by the US forces or the Afghan Air Force.
The latest airstrike comes as reports have emerged from the area suggesting that the loyalists of the terror group have started regaining control of the areas lost to the Afghan forces.
The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) launched a major operation in districts under the control of ISIS militants around two months ago.
The operations were launched amid concerns that the militants of the terror group are attempting to expand foothold in the country. (QNA)

Canadian Prime Minister Meets UAE Foreign Minister

Canadian Prime Minister Meets UAE Foreign Minister

News No :30

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :11:21 AM

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Ottawa, September 28 (QNA) - Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau has met with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, currently visiting Ottawa.
The meeting reviewed cooperation ties between the UAE and Canada and ways of boosting them, especially in the investment sectors. (QNA)

Earthquake Hits Greek Coast near Kalamata

Earthquake Hits Greek Coast near Kalamata

News No :28

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :11:06 AM

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Athens, September 28 (QNA) - An earthquake measuring 5 magnitude on the Richter scale hit the Greek coast 34 km (21 miles) south southwest of Kalamata on Wednesday.
The quake struck at a depth of 10km, at 10.17 a.m. local time (0717 GMT) on Wednesday, the USGS said.
No damage was reported. (QNA)

Israeli Forces Detain 21 Palestinians in West Bank and Jerusalem

Israeli Forces Detain 21 Palestinians in West Bank and Jerusalem

News No :27

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :10:49 AM

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Ramallah, September 28 (QNA) - Israeli forces detained Wednesday 21 Palestinians from across the West Bank and Jerusalem, according to local and security sources.
Israeli forces detained seven Palestinians and seized a large sum of money amounting to $70,000 as well as jewelry during a raid and search campaign carried out throughout the Hebron area. Forces further seized equipment from a shop in the area, Palestinian news agency (WAFA) reported.
In Tulkarem’s Nur Shams Refugee Camp, a large Israeli military force raided a number of Palestinian homes before detaining two youths aged 19 and 27.
In Ramallah, forces detained five Palestinians, including two brothers, during a military raid into the village of Budros to the west. Forces reportedly raided and searched several homes in the village, tampering with their contents.
In Bethlehem, a young Palestinian in his 20s was detained in the town of al-Khader to the south after forces raided and searched his family home.
Also in Bethlehem, the Israeli forces razed a Palestinian-owned land and uprooted olive trees in the village of Wadi Fukin, west of the city.
Ahmad Sukkar, mayor of the village, told WAFA that an Israeli army force accompanied by bulldozers raided the village before proceeding to raze a locally owned plot of land and uproot olive trees.
In Jenin, forces detained two youths after raiding and searching their family homes in the town of Qabatiya to the south.
In the meantime, Israeli police raided, provocatively searched, and wreaked havoc into a number of Palestinian homes throughout the Jerusalem area, before detaining five Palestinians. (QNA)

S. Korea to Employ New Laser Weapon System to Bring Down NK UAVs

S. Korea to Employ New Laser Weapon System to Bring Down NK UAVs

News No :12

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :08:12 AM

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Seoul, September 28 (QNA) - South Korea will develop or purchase a new laser air defense weapon to bring down small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) sent by North Korea, military officials said Wednesday.
"Amid growing worries about possible terror attacks by North Korea's unmanned drones, we are planning to secure a high-precision weapon which can detect, trace and hit a small aircraft," a defense official told South Korea's (Yonhap) News Agency.
The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has entered into a project to develop core technologies for a laser weapon. The Agency for Defense Development (ADD) has designated Hanwha Defense Systems as test product developer, according to the agencies.
"Depending on research and development (R&D) results, it will be determined whether the country can produce and deploy its own air defense system," said an ADD official. "If not, the military plans to import a foreign air-defense system to counter North Korean unmanned aircraft." Currently, the low flying UAVs sent over by the North and detected by the South can be shot down with surface-to-air missiles or anti-aircraft guns, the official explained.
The move comes after the military detected but was unable to down North Korean UAVs that crossed the military demarcation line (MDL) five times in August. (QNA)

Typhoon Megi Kills One in China

Typhoon Megi Kills One in China

News No :11

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :08:11 AM

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Beijing, September 28 (QNA) - Typhoon Megi smashed into the Chinese mainland Wednesday morning, killing one person, after leaving a trail of destruction and four people dead in Taiwan.
More than 500 people were hurt when the storm raked across the island, including eight Japanese tourists whose bus was blown over. One remains in a critical condition.
Megi hit China with winds of around 120 kilometers (75 miles) an hour, dumping heavy rain, according to the official (Xinhua) news agency.
Local media reports from the coastal province of Fujian said one man died after a flash flood tore through his home.
Schools were shuttered across the province and train services cancelled, Xinhua reported.
The main damage from the storm was in Taiwan, where schools and offices were shut for a second day after Megi left roads blocked by landslides and homes flooded, and killed four people.
Around 4,300 people remained in temporary shelters with more than 14,800 evacuated from their homes, according to Taiwan's Central Emergency Operation Centre. (QNA)

Tourists Evacuated as Indonesian Volcano Erupts

Tourists Evacuated as Indonesian Volcano Erupts

News No :10

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :08:07 AM

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Jakarta, September 28 (QNA) - Rescuers in Indonesia were dispatched Wednesday to evacuate nearly 400 tourists, most of them foreigners, after a volcano erupted at one of the country's most popular hiking destinations, an official said.
Mount Barujari began erupting late Tuesday afternoon, sending columns of ash and smoke shooting 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) into the sky over Lombok island, a tourist hotspot to the immediate east of Bali.
Nearly 400 people were recorded as hiking near Barujari, a smaller cone within the crater of Mount Rinjani, when it began erupting, prompting plans for their immediate evacuation, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.
The threat level of the volcano was upgraded Tuesday as Barujari sent plumes of smoke and hot ash into the atmosphere, but remains two steps from the highest-risk category.
There were no flight disturbances recorded on Wednesday due to the ash clouds, transport ministry spokesman Hemi Pramuraharjo said.
Some flights to and from the nearby resort island of Bali were cancelled overnight, but Lombok's international airport remains unaffected.
Indonesia sits on a belt of seismic activity known as the Pacific Ring of Fire and is home to 130 active volcanoes.
An eruption at Mount Rinjani last month forced the closure of Lombok airport and disrupted some flights to neighbouring Bali. (QNA)

Uganda Defense Chief to Visit S. Korea for Bolster Military Ties

Uganda Defense Chief to Visit S. Korea for Bolster Military Ties

News No :9

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :08:04 AM

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Seoul, September 28 (QNA) - Uganda's defense chief Edward Katumba Wamala will visit South Korea this week to discuss ways to bolster military ties between the two countries, military officials said Wednesday.
The chief of Uganda's defense forces, will meet with Defense Minister Han Min-koo and Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) Chairman Lee Sun-jin during his stay in Seoul from Thursday to Sunday, the JCS said in a statement.
"The Ugandan defense leader is scheduled to share views on military exchanges and cooperation between the two nations," a JCS spokesman said.
In May when South Korea's President Park Geun-hye visited the long-time ally of North Korea, Uganda said it will stop all additional military cooperation with the North. The African country signed an initial agreement with South Korea for a military partnership, according to South Korea's (Yonhap) News Agency.
Last month, Uganda sent three military officials to the Seoul Defense Dialogue, an annual defense forum hosted by South Korea's defense ministry, a move to show its intention to increase bilateral military ties, the official said.
Such actions follow North Korea's fourth nuclear test in January and long-range rocket launch in the following month, which invited condemnation and sanctions by the international community. Pyongyang caused further uproar when it detonated its fifth nuclear device early this month and may be gearing up for a long-range missile test. (QNA)

Coal Mine Blast Death Toll Rises to 18 in NW China

Coal Mine Blast Death Toll Rises to 18 in NW China

News No :8

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :08:02 AM

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Beijing, September 28 (QNA) - The death toll of a fatal coal mine explosion in northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region has risen to 18, local authorities said.
According to an initial investigation, the explosion was caused by "illegal mining", local media reported Wednesday.
The explosion occurred Tuesday at a small coal mine, which belongs to Linli Coal Mining Co. Ltd. in Shizuishan City. Twenty miners were working under ground at the time of the incident, state news agency (Xinhua) reported.
One miner died after he was rescued from the shaft, the bodies of 17 more miners were also brought above ground. Two remain missing.
More than 200 rescuers have been mobilized.
The mine's annual production capacity is 450,000 tones. Its certificate remains valid until September next year.
Most of the miners were from the provinces of Sichuan and Gansu, as well as Ningxia autonomous region. (QNA)

US Pledges $360 Million in Additional Aid for Syria

US Pledges $360 Million in Additional Aid for Syria

News No :7

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :08:00 AM

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Washington, September 28 (QNA) - The US has pledged to provide $364 million more in humanitarian aid to people affected by the war in Syria.
According to officials, the funds will help the UN and other charities provide food, safe water and medical care to those in the country and refugees in the region.
The additional aid announced on Tuesday would bring the total US humanitarian spending for Syria to about $5.9 billion, the state department said.
Meanwhile, Syrian forces have made advances in the centre of Aleppo after days of heavy air strikes, reports said.
And the World Health Organization has called for safe evacuation routes out of the city for the injured and sick.
A spokeswoman said there were only 35 doctors left to care for hundreds of trapped patients, and the number of casualties was rising.
Medical supplies were running out and there was a shortage of blood, she added. (QNA)

US Appoints First Ambassador to Cuba since 1961

US Appoints First Ambassador to Cuba since 1961

News No :6

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :07:59 AM

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Washington, September 28 (QNA) - The United States has appointed its first ambassador to Cuba in 55 years as relations between the countries thaw.
US President Barack Obama said it was a "step towards a more normal and productive relationship".
But he may face a battle in Congress where some Republicans are opposed to his dealings with the communist island.
The new ambassador, Jeffrey DeLaurentis, had been working at the new US embassy in Havana, which opened in July last year.
President Obama said there was "no better-qualified public servant".
President Obama and Cuba's President Raul Castro have begun to reignite the diplomatic relations that were broken off in 1961 after the Caribbean island's communist revolution. (QNA)

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres Dies

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres Dies

News No :5

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :07:55 AM

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Tel Aviv, September 28 (QNA) - The former Israeli prime minister and president, Shimon Peres, has died aged 93.
He suffered a stroke two weeks ago and his condition improved before a sudden deterioration on Tuesday. He died in a hospital near Tel Aviv early on Wednesday.
He had been in the intensive care unit of the Sheba Medical Centre after suffering a major stroke on 13 September.
Peres served twice as the country's prime minister and once as president.
He retired from his role as president in 2014. (QNA)

Summary of Local News Released Tuesday -1-

Summary of Local News Released Tuesday -1-

News No :4

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :07:53 AM

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- Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) signed Tuesday a framework agreement with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to consolidate their partnership and strengthen cooperation for securing emergency health assistance for the crisis-affected populations in Iraq.
- The Administrative Control and Transparency Authority began today, a regional training session on the review of the implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
-Aspetar, the world renowned Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine hospital in Qatar, successfully brought together a number of the worlds leading sports medicine experts recently as it concluded the Aspetar-ACSM Symposium on New Developments in Sports Medicine in Doha.
-The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) has launched the second cycle of Challenge 22, in a digital launch that took place yesterday with the participation of the Challenge 22 partners and ambassadors across 10 Arab countries.
- The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs has announced the completion of the first phase of hiring job-seeking citizens in the public and private sectors.
- The State of Qatar participated in the Ministerial meeting of the 15th International Energy Forum (IEF15), which was held here today.
- The State of Qatar will participate in the 24th General Conference of the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States which will be held tomorrow, Wednesday in Riyadh.
- The second edition of Hospitality Qatar 2016 will kick off in Doha from 18 to 20 October at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC).
- Qatar University Library (QUL) and Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, recently established collaboration to maximize visibility, impact and dissemination of articles published by QU faculty and researchers.
– Qatar's handball team beat India 2-0 in fifth Asian Beach Games 2016 in Dan Nang, Vietnam on Monday. (END)

Summary of Local News Released Tuesday

Summary of Local News Released Tuesday

News No :3

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :07:52 AM

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Doha, September 28 (QNA) - Summary of local news released Tuesday by Qatar News Agency.
- Qatar's Minister of State for Defence Affairs HE Dr. Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah met here Tuesday with the Chief of General Staff of Turkish Armed Forces General Hulusi Akar .
- Qatar's Minister of State for Defence Affairs HE Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah, currently on a visit to Turkey, visited on Tuesday the headquarters of Tukey's Special Forces.
- HE the Chief of Staff the Qatari Armed Forces Major General Pilot Ghanem bin Shaheen Al Ghanem met on Tuesday with Operational Commander of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland Lt General Marek Tomaszycki.
- President of the Court of Cassation and Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council HE Masood Mohamed Al-Amri met Tuesday with Chief Corruption and Economic Crime Branch, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Dimitri Vlassis and Oliver Stolpe.
- A workshop on "Dispute Settlement System at the World Trade Organization" kicked off in Doha Tuesday with participation of a large number of employees representing several ministries and institutions in the State.
- Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QCCI) discussed aspects of cooperation with several members of the Turkish Electrical, Electronics and Services Exporters' Association at a meeting held at its headquarters today.
- The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) opened two lanes of Duhail Street in the direction from Jeryan Nejaima Junction to Al Shamal Road. This part of Duhail Street was completely closed in order to develop the street and increase the number of lanes to three lanes.
- Environmentalists, academics, and sustainability experts will explore recent developments in Qatar's sustainability agenda at the Qatar Green Building Conference 2016 in Doha later this year.
- Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) has teamed up with Qatar National Library (QNL) to bring the outcomes of QNRF-funded research more into the public domain. (MORE)

Weather Forecast in Qatar

Weather Forecast in Qatar

News No :2

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :07:51 AM

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Doha, September 28 (QNA) - The weather forecast for Qatar valid until 6pm Wednesday inshore will be hazy to misty or foggy at places at first becoming hot daytime with slightly dusty. offshore, it will be hazy to misty at first becoming slightly dusty later.
The Department of Meteorology warned of strong wind and high seas to the north by night.
Wind inshore will be northwesterly to northeasterly from 05 to 15 knot, reaching 18 knot at places by afternoon. offshore, it will be northwesterly from 06 to 16 knot reaching 20 knot at times increasing to 23 knot north by night.
Visibility will be 04 to 08 decreasing 2 kilometer or less at places at first. The sea state inshore will be between 1 to 2 feet reaching 3 feet at times, offshore it will be 2 to 4 feet reaching 6 feet at times rising to 7 feet north by night.
Tide Times and temperatures are as follows: Area High Tide Low Tide Mini - Max ---- ----------------- ------------------ ------------------- Messaid 04:45 - 16:45 09:30 - 23:40 37 Wakrah 03:30 - 15:45 08:30 - 22:45 37 Doha 03:15 - 15:30 08:30 - 22:15 39 Al Khor 02:00 - 14:30 07:15 - 21:45 39 Ruwais 03:30 - 15:30 09:45 - 22:15 33 Dukhan 08:00 - 20:15 01:45 - 14:00 35 Sunrise : 05:25 lt Sunset today : 17:23 lt --------------------------------------------------- (QNA)

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News No :1

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :07:50 AM

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Qatar News Agency English Transmission Begins Now For Wednesday, September 28 - 2016 Good Morning ============================ (QNA)

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News No :82

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :01:01 AM

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Qatar News Agency is now closing its daily transmission for Tuesday, Sept.27, 2016.

Four Dead, Scores Injured by Typhoon Megi in Taiwan

Four Dead, Scores Injured by Typhoon Megi in Taiwan

News No :81

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :12:58 AM

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Taipei, September 27 (QNA) - Typhoon Megi hit Taiwan's east coast and travelled across the island Tuesday, causing at least four fatalities and nearly 170 injuries as well as major power outages, flooding and damage, authorities and local media reported.
Central Emergency Operations Centre (CEOC) spokesman Li Wei-sen told dpa that four people have already been confirmed dead in typhoon-related incidents, including a worker at the Tsengwen Reservoir who drowned and an elderly person struck by debris in Chiayi county.
The others were the victim of a traffic accident and a man who fell while working on his roof in Yunlin county.
In addition, 167 people were reported injured by the CEOC.
Lee said that figure included eight Japanese tourists who had been injured when their bus flipped over on an expressway in Changhua county, which was reported by the state-owned Central News Agency.
Local television stations reported flooding and landslides in various parts of Taiwan and showed motorcyclists and pedestrians knocked to the ground by heavy winds.
Media also showed scaffolding being blown off the top floor of the former Golden Plaza department store in Taichung City.
The CEOC also reported that 8,116 people had been evacuated from their homes due to the high risk of possible landslides or mudslides.
The state-owned Taiwan Power Company said 3.03 million households had lost power at some time due to the storm, with 1.9 million still without electricity.
The centre of typhoon Megi, the third strong typhoon to strike Taiwan in just over two weeks, made landfall at Hualien City at just after 2 pm, packing sustained winds of 162 kilometres an hour and gusts of up to 198 kilometres per hour.
At least 543 international flights were cancelled or delayed and 270 domestic flights were cancelled because of the storm, which also caused the suspension of all high-speed and ordinary rail service and 112 sailings.
China's weather forecasters on Tuesday afternoon issued an orange alert for waves and a yellow alert for storms as Megi approached.
Megi is expected to move from Taiwan to China's southern Fujian coast by Wednesday morning, the National Marine Environmental Forecasting Centre said.(QNA)

Turkish Foreign Minister Meets US Deputy Secretary of State

Turkish Foreign Minister Meets US Deputy Secretary of State

News No :80

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :12:46 AM

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Ankara, September 27 (QNA) -Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met here this evening with visiting US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken During the meeting, they discussed the regional developments.(QNA)

Qatar Museums Open The Pearls, Treasures from Seas and Rivers in Beijing

Qatar Museums Open The Pearls, Treasures from Seas and Rivers in Beijing

News No :39

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :12:59 PM

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Doha, September 28 (QNA) - Under the patronage of HE the Chairperson of Qatar Museums Board of Trustees Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar Museums opened its first international exhibition "The Pearls, Treasures from the Seas and the Rivers", which kicked off at the National Museum of China last night.
The exhibition is held in cooperation between Qatar Museums, and the Chinese Ministry of Culture within the Qatar-China 2016 Year of Culture, which aims to promote the cultural, historic and diplomatic relations between the two countries.
This is the first time that the National Museum of China hosted an international exhibition that highlighted the history, legends, myths about pearls and reviewed the world's view of the Qatari-Chinese pearl.
The exhibition showcases the history of pearls over the past 2,000 years, from the Roman period until the 21st century, in six parts: The Natural History of Pearls, Pearls in the Arabian Gulf, Pearls in History, Natural Freshwater Pearls, Pioneers of the Cultured Pearl and Cultivating Pearls the Chinese Way. (QNA)

Researchers Discover Gene Behind Sixth Sense in Humans

Researchers Discover Gene Behind Sixth Sense in Humans

News No :21

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :08:57 AM

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Washington, September 28 (QNA) - Scientists have identified a gene that helps us feel and keep tabs on our body’s position in space.
Two people, aged nine and 19 years old, with mutations on a gene called PIEZO2 showed researchers how their senses of touch and body awareness, or proprioception, differed from those of other people.
When blindfolds prevented them from seeing their surroundings, the young people didn't just have trouble balancing, they were unable to walk without falling. They also couldn't track the position of their arms and legs as the researchers gently moved them, which most people can do without looking.
Though the two people with PIEZO2 mutations were also insensitive to certain kinds of touch, their abilities to feel pain, itch, temperature, and gentle brushing were intact.
"Our study highlights the critical importance of PIEZO2 and the senses it controls in our daily lives," coauthor Carsten G. Bonnemann, of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, said in a statement. "Understanding its role in these senses may provide clues to a variety of neurological disorders".
Bonnemann and his colleagues published their findings in the New England Journal of Medicine. (QNA)

Deutsche Post to Buy UK Mail for 242.7 Million Pounds

Deutsche Post to Buy UK Mail for 242.7 Million Pounds

News No :53

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :04:17 PM

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Frankfurt, September 28 (QNA) - Germany's Deutsche Post said Wednesday it will buy UK Mail in a push to strengthen its presence in Europe.
The company added that the deal was more attractive due to the post-Brexit fall of the UK pound sterling. German news agency DPA reported that the logistics company, which also owns DHL, said it would pay 440 pence a share for UK Mail, valuing the company at 242.7 million pounds.
The takeover will also help UK Mail up its competition with rival Royal Mail, which was privatized last year.
Deutsche Post last month reported its strongest-ever second-quarter results with a net profit of 541 million euros, up 66 percent on the year before, largely thanks to growth in online shopping and an increase in the price of stamps. (QNA)

Kuwait Stock Exchange Down 7.97 Points

Kuwait Stock Exchange Down 7.97 Points

News No :52

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :04:16 PM

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Kuwait, September 28 (QNA) - Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE) ended Wednesday's trading in the red zone. The price index was down 7.97 points to stand at 5,402.4 points, the weighted index was also down 1.4 points, and the KSX 15 index fell by 3.3 points, according to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).
Value of trade was at KD 8.05 million while the volume was 74.7 million shares done through 2,006 deals. (QNA)

Msheireb Properties Wins 'Developer of the Year' from Arabian Business Qatar

Msheireb Properties Wins 'Developer of the Year' from Arabian Business Qatar

News No :51

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :04:05 PM

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Doha, September 28 (QNA) - Msheireb Properties, a subsidiary of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), won the "Developer of the Year" award at the Arabian Business Qatar Awards 2016.
The panel praised the real estate developer for their master planning of the Msheireb Downtown project. They added that the award was in recognition of the developer's efforts over the past year in "masterminding the Msheireb Downtown Doha" project.
The Arabian Business Qatar Awards are handed it to individuals and companies who are viewed as the most successful in their field by the judging panel.
The Msheireb Downtown Doha project extends over 31 hectares and its development is reportedly worth QR20 billion. The renovated area will incorporate sustainable and environmentally friendly measures.
Msheireb Properties is a real estate development company and a subsidiary of Qatar Foundation. The company was established as a commercial venture to support the foundation’s aims, as well as the goals of Qatar’s 2030 Vision. (QNA)

Saudi Finance Minister Meets New Zealand Trade Minister

Saudi Finance Minister Meets New Zealand Trade Minister

News No :50

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :03:51 PM

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Riyadh, September 28 (QNA) - Saudi Minister of Finance Dr Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf met here on Wednesday with visiting New Zealand Trade Minister Todd McClay.
During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations between the two countries especially in economic and trade fields and ways of enhancing them, as well as the trade exchange between the two countries and opportunities for agricultural investment in New Zealand. (QNA)

Muscat Securities Market Loses 22 Points

Muscat Securities Market Loses 22 Points

News No :45

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :02:51 PM

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Muscat, September 28 (QNA) - Muscat Securities Market (MSM) general index (30) today lost (22.4) points, comprising a decline by (0.39%) to close at (5726.16) points, compared to the last session, which stood at (5748.61) points.
According to Oman News Agency (ONA), the trading value today stood at (RO 3,054,968), comprising a decline by (84.29%) compared to the last session, which stood at (RO 19,446,529).
The report released by MSM pointed out that the market value rose by (0.115%) to reach about (RO 17.32) billion. (QNA)

Qatar Airways and British Airways Announce Joint Business Agreement

Qatar Airways and British Airways Announce Joint Business Agreement

News No :44

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :02:45 PM

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Doha, September 28 (QNA) - Qatar Airways and British Airways' parent company, International Airlines Group (IAG), today announced a joint business agreement that will come into effect on 30 October 2016.
The joint business will benefit customers by offering a wider choice of flights, an enhanced network, greater choice of fares and superior benefits for members of their frequent flyer programmes.
Crucially, the partnership between Qatar Airways and British Airways will allow the carriers to provide passengers with better links and an even more seamless travel experience between the UK, Asia, Middle East and Africa. The joint business will see the two airlines code-sharing on all non-stop flights between the UK and Doha, to offer customers a combined route network that will serve more than 70 destinations. Between the airlines' hubs of London and Doha the new partnership will offer seven daily non-stop services in both directions.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker commented: "British Airways is an airline steeped in history and prestige and we are proud to be partnering with them to offer our passengers an even greater choice of global destinations. This partnership brings together two world-class airlines to provide an enhanced operation for our passengers with increased daily flights between London and Doha, greater choice of flight schedules, wider range of fares and improved members benefits.
"Today’s announcement reinforces our already established relationship with IAG and we look forward to welcoming British Airways’ direct flights to our hub, Hamad International Airport, where we can provide passengers with seamless access to our global network of more than 150 destinations." IAG Chief Executive Willie Walsh said: "We are delighted to announce this joint business with Qatar Airways which is one of the world's premier airlines. This agreement will benefit customers by giving them access to more destinations through Qatar Airways’ extensive network. It will also allow us to provide easier journeys with better aligned schedules, more frequencies and improved flight transfers. This partnership follows the commercial agreement with IAG Cargo signed two years ago and enhances our relationship with Qatar Airways further." (QNA)

Deutsche Bank to Sell Insurance Subsidiary for 1.09 Billion Euros

Deutsche Bank to Sell Insurance Subsidiary for 1.09 Billion Euros

News No :43

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :02:24 PM

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Frankfurt, September 28 (QNA) - Deutsche Bank said Wednesday it signed a deal to one of its subsidiaries for 1.09 billion Euros.
The German banking giant is going to sell Abbey Life business to Phoenix Life Holdings Ltd., AP reported today. Deutsche Bank CEO John Cryan said that the bank's asset management department sold the subsidiary because it wants to focus on its core businesses.
Shares of Deutsche Bank are down 52% this year after reports showed that US authorities are seeking $14 billion to settle legal claims over the bank's sales of mortgage-backed securities that led to the 2008 financial crisis.
Investors took huge losses on mortgage-backed securities in 2007-2008 when they turned out to be riskier than thought, helping kick off a global financial crisis. U.S. authorities are investigating Deutsche Bank's role in selling those securities.
The Bank is expected to report this year a pre-tax loss of close to 800 million Euros. (QNA)

Qatar Stock Index Drops 7.50 Points

Qatar Stock Index Drops 7.50 Points

News No :42

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :01:35 PM

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Doha, September 28 (QNA) - Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE) index dropped 7.50 points or -0.07% when the bourse closed trading at 10,465.43 points Wednesday.
The volume of shares traded decreased to 5,267,656 from 7,357,415 on Tuesday and the value of shares also decreased to QR155,664,171.23 from QR276,485,471.93 on Tuesday.
From the 44 companies listed on QSE, shares of 40 saw trading today. From these 14 gained, 21 closed lower and five remained unchanged.
Indices of five sectors ended in red and two remained ended in green today.
QSE Total Return Index dropped -0.07% to 16,932.37 points. QSE Al Rayan Islamic Index fell -0.29 to 3,945.1 points and QSE All Share Index dawn to -0.10o 2,885.97 points. (QNA)

GOIC Concludes Training on Common Industrial Regulatory Law in GCC Countries

GOIC Concludes Training on Common Industrial Regulatory Law in GCC Countries

News No :41

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :01:22 PM

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Doha, September 28 (QNA) - The Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting (GOIC) concluded a training course entitled "Common industrial regulatory law in the GCC countries" held at its headquarters in Doha from 25 to 27 September. Trainees from various GCC countries took part in this course.
At the end of the course, GOIC Secretary General Abdulaziz Bin Hamad Al-Ageel stressed that "GOIC developed the Training and Capacity Development Program (TCD) in order to promote individual and organizational capacities in the GCC industrial sector. It has established partnerships with the best specialised universities and technical training and education centres in the world to deliver training courses and focused workshops to industrialists, investors, businessmen, government officials, individuals and key decision-makers. They aim at providing them with the knowledge and tools needed to improve their skills and increase profit and sustainability." The course tackled the legal aspect of the common industrial regulatory law in the GCC countries, its definition, executive bylaw and scope of implementation. It explained the provisions of the law and its bylaw, and how to monitor, identify and prove crimes in addition to relevant sanctions.
The course also underlined means of inference and how to prove the existence of violations, in addition to practical applications regarding the ethics of public servants in terms of monitoring and identifying violations, the protection of control staff and practical applications on the formal and substantial mistakes in monitoring and determining violations (invalidity).
The Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting (GOIC) offers a number of training workshops to concerned parties according their needs in various fields through its Training and Capacity Development Program (TCD). (QNA)

Oil Prices Rise on Wednesday

Oil Prices Rise on Wednesday

News No :35

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :12:20 PM

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New York, September 28 (QNA) - Oil prices rose in mixed trading on Wednesday, after sharp losses in the previous session, as industry data showed a surprise draw in US crude stocks.
Brent crude rose 12 cents to $46.09 a barrel after settling down $1.38, or 2.9%, in the previous session.
US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was up 5 cents at $44.72 a barrel after climbing as high as $45.09 in earlier trading. The benchmark ended down $1.26, or 2.7%, in the previous session.
Data from industry group the American Petroleum Institute showed crude stocks fell 752,000 barrels in the week ended September 23 to 506.4 million barrels. (QNA)

Tokyo Stocks Close Lower on Strong Yen

Tokyo Stocks Close Lower on Strong Yen

News No :34

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :12:19 PM

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Tokyo, September 28 (QNA) - Tokyo stocks closed lower Wednesday as a firm yen against the US dollar dented investor sentiment compounded by financial sector issues taking a tumble and dragging the broader market down.
The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average dropped 218.53 points, or 1.31%, from Tuesday to end the day at 16,465.40.
The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, meanwhile, lost 18.45 points, or 1.37%, to close at 1,330.77.
Notable issues that lost ground by the close of play on Wednesday comprised securities house, insurance and banking-linked stocks and the day's turnover was 1,821.1 billion yen (18.10 billion US dollars). (QNA)

Italy Downgrades Growth Forecasts to under 1%

Italy Downgrades Growth Forecasts to under 1%

News No :33

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :12:13 PM

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Rome, September 28 (QNA) - Italy's economy will grow at a slower pace and the country will be more indebted than previously anticipated, the Italian government said, as it revised economic forecasts in preparation for next year's budget law.
In April, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's government said gross domestic product (GDP) was expected to expand by 1.2% this year and 1.4 % in 2017, while the deficit was supposed to fall over the same period from 2.3% of GDP to 1.8% of GDP.
Instead, the economy will expand by just 0.8% this year and 1% in 2017, while the deficit will fall to 2% of GDP, Renzi said after a cabinet meeting. He said the budget shortfall for 2016 was expected to be 2.4%, slightly higher-than-expected.
Italy's 2017 deficit could be even higher, at 2.4%, if parliament approves extra spending on two "exceptional circumstances," namely last month's deadly earthquake and an influx of boat migrants, Renzi said.
The government also said public debt, which Italy is under pressure to reduce, would rise further to 132.8% of GDP, from 132,2% last year, and that the 2017 budget law, expected to feature tax cuts, would be unveiled in mid-October.
The European Commission, which polices Eurozone countries' budgets, will have to approve Italy's economic plans. Renzi is a vocal critic of austerity policies, and spendthrift policies could help him win a crucial referendum on constitutional reforms due on December 4.
Italy's economic performance has been miserable for the last 15 years. The country went through a severe double-dip recession after the global financial crash in 2008, and a timid recovery halted in the second quarter of 2016, when zero growth was recorded. (QNA)

US Releases $100 Million for Afghanistan

US Releases $100 Million for Afghanistan

News No :32

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :11:40 AM

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Kabul, September 28 (QNA) - The United States government released $100 million for Afghanistan through the new development partnership, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) said.
The funds were released following the signing of an agreement between the US government and Ministry of Finance of Afghanistan, Afghan (Khaama Press) reported.
"As part of the ongoing commitment by the US Government to improve the welfare of the Afghan people, the release of these funds is tied to the Afghan government’s achievement of specific development results and implementation of key policy reforms, including improved revenue collection, reducing corruption and reducing poverty by helping the poor and marginalized, especially women," USAID said in a statement.
The statement further added that USAID concluded verification of the results and associated indicators under Tranche III of the NDP for mid-year 2016. USAID and the Afghan Ministry of Finance have agreed that the GNU is eligible to receive $100 million for achievements of result indicators of fundamental development reforms that will improve the welfare of the Afghan people.
"Linking US assistance funding to achievable and important development results enables the Afghan government to implement its reform agenda, while increasing Afghan ownership and transitioning to a more Afghan-led development approach," said Assistant Administrator, USAID/Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs, William Hammink.
With almost $17 billion spent on development programs in Afghanistan since 2002, USAID provides the largest bilateral civilian assistance program to Afghanistan. USAID partners with the government and people of Afghanistan to ensure economic growth led by the country’s private sector, to establish a democratic and capable state governed by the rule of law, and to provide basic health and education services for all Afghans. (QNA)

S. Korea, Britain Discuss Ways to Expand Post-Brexit Trade

S. Korea, Britain Discuss Ways to Expand Post-Brexit Trade

News No :29

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :11:11 AM

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Seoul, September 28 (QNA) - South Korea and Britain held a trade meeting on Wednesday to discuss ways to expand bilateral economic cooperation after the British exit from the European Union, or Brexit, Seoul's trade ministry said.
In the meeting that took place in Seoul, South Korea's Vice Trade Minister Woo Tae-hee and Mark Price, British Minister of State for Trade and Investment, agreed that South Korea and Britain will continue their strong economic partnership despite the Brexit which is expected to be realized in 2019, state news agency (Yonhap) reported.
Woo suggested that the two sides launch unofficial trade negotiations as trade with Britain will be no longer be subject to the free trade agreement between South Korea and the EU when Britain is formally separated from the single economic bloc.
The two countries will have economic and trade talks in December in London to discuss details.
South Korea's exports to Britain jumped 27.8% on-year US$7.39 billion last year, while its investment into the European country reached $14 billion in the first half of this year. (QNA)

World Bank Approves US$300 Million Loan for Syrian Refugees in Jordan

World Bank Approves US$300 Million Loan for Syrian Refugees in Jordan

News No :26

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :10:44 AM

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Washington, September 28 (QNA) - The World Bank announced it will release $300 million in loans to help facilitate the labor market for Syrian refugees in Jordan.
The $300 million loan and credit is being provided on concessional terms through the Global Concessional Financing Facility, a new initiative supported by Canada, European Commission, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, United Kingdom and United States to address refugee crises in middle income countries, and an exceptional International Development Association (IDA) allocation, at rates usually reserved for the poorest countries.
"As part of the broad international community’s effort to mitigate the impact of the Syria crisis on Jordan, we at the Bank, with help and support from a number of partners, notably the UK, are supporting the country in turning what is a major economic and development challenge into an opportunity," said Ferid Belhaj, Director of the World Bank’s Middle East Department.
"By creating the conditions for increased investment and jobs, and by allowing refugees, during their time in the country, to seek work and contribute to the economy, Jordan is shifting from a purely humanitarian approach to a forward looking development drive. The Jordanian government is to be commended for its foresight and vision and for leading the way for the international community on what still today are unchartered territories." As part of the Program and in support of the Jordan Compact implementation, an increasing number of Syrians will receive work permits to be able to access formal jobs and decent labor conditions. A partnership among the Jordanian government, donor countries and development actors will improve the investment climate and investment promotion to attract international and domestic investments.
The operation is the first one to be approved as part of the Bank Group’s new Country Partnership Framework for Jordan released in July 2016. It uses the Program for Results financing instrument to disburse directly against achieved results, which will help Jordan develop new market opportunities that can attract new investments.
Reforming Jordan’s labor market regulations will grant Syrian refugee workers access to the formal labor market and allow them to legally contribute to Jordan’s economic activity. Improving Jordan’s investment climate will reduce red tape and support small businesses and trade facilitation.
Attracting and retaining investments both domestic and foreign will be key, especially in manufacturing and in SEZs that will benefit from preferential access to the EU. The foreign investments will most likely come from the Syrian business diaspora; regional investors; and investors targeting the EU market. (QNA)

Kuwait Oil Price Rises to USD 40.54 Pb

Kuwait Oil Price Rises to USD 40.54 Pb

News No :24

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :09:56 AM

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Kuwait, September 28 (QNA) - Kuwait oil price rose 51 cents reaching USD 40.54 per barrel on Tuesday against USD 40.03 pb the day before, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) said early on Wednesday.
In international markets, the oil prices dropped, on Tuesday, amid fading hopes OPEC producers, during their informal sessions in Algiers, would reach an understanding to tackle the markets' glut.
Meanwhile, the Brent Blend dropped USD 1.38 settling at USD 45.97 pb and the West Texas crude oil also decreased by USD 1.29 pb to settle at USD 44.67 pb. (end)

Kim Reappointed as World Bank Chief

Kim Reappointed as World Bank Chief

News No :23

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :09:55 AM

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Washington, September 28 (QNA) - World Bank officials said that they have re-appointed Jim Yong Kim as their president for a second 5-year term. His current term will expire in June next year.
No other candidates have emerged during three-week nomination process, the bank said.
The 56 years medical doctor and anthropologist became the 12th President of the World Bank on July 1, 2012, before this post, he served as President of the famous US academic institution Dartmouth College.
He has been grappling with a range of challenges, from poverty in developing countries to global warming.
He said he looks forward to working with member countries to build a more inclusive world, free of poverty.
Established in 1944, the World Bank Group with headquarters in Washington, D.C, has today more than 10,000 employees in more than 120 offices worldwide. The bank aims to provides loans to developing countries around the world for capital programs. (QNA)

S. Korea's Creative Economy Online Brings 30 Billion Won

S. Korea's Creative Economy Online Brings 30 Billion Won

News No :22

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :09:46 AM

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Seoul, September 28 (QNA) - Nearly 30 billion won about (US$27 million) in revenue was generated from an online platform to commercialize creative ideas in the past three years, the science ministry said Wednesday.
In September 2013, the government launched the website, "creative economy town," that invites anyone to post and market creative ideas.
The goal of the website was to boost the local economy by turning innovative ideas into businesses through science and technology, while generating business opportunities by converging different industries, according to South Korea's News Agency (Yonhap).
"Ideas from the creative economy town were commercialized and generated 26.7 billion won in profits and attracted 17.8 billion won in investment," the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning said.
More than 3.5 million people visited the website during the period and the town has received 37,452 ideas, 11,892 of which were translated into successful businesses and intellectual property, officials said.
"I hope that the creative economy town will act as a platform to further spread the creative economy," Science, ICT and Future Planning Minister Choi Yang-hee said.
The project is part of President Park Geun-hye's centerpiece "creative economy" policy that seeks new and inventive business opportunities and more jobs through the fusion of information technology and other industries. (QNA)

China's Maritime Economy Expands by 7% in 2015

China's Maritime Economy Expands by 7% in 2015

News No :20

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :08:34 AM

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Beijing, September 28 (QNA) - The total production value of China's maritime industry grew by 7% last year, a government report said.
The maritime economy generated 6.47 trillion yuan (about 970 billion U.S. dollars) in 2015, accounting for 9.4% of China's total GDP last year, according to a report issued by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the State Oceanic Administration (SOA).
Its growth has, again, outpaced that of the country's GDP, the report noted.
Maritime tourism grew 11.4%, it said, making it a key growth engine for maritime output.
Production value of maritime bio-medicine industry, meanwhile, saw an "outstanding hike" of 16.3% year on year to 30.2 billion yuan.
The marine economy is playing an increasing role in China's growth.
Earlier reports said south China's Guangdong Province has kept an average growth rate over 10% in its marine economy for the past five years. Coastal provinces such as Shandong and Fujian all aim to extract more growth from the sea in the next five years.
Zhang Zhanhai, head of the SOA strategic planning and economy department, told China's News Agency (Xinhua) last year that China would advance a new maritime economy development pattern by taking advantage of the Internet and big data, and at the same time improve maritime environment. (QNA)

South Korean Households' Excess Funds Shrink in Q2

South Korean Households' Excess Funds Shrink in Q2

News No :19

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :08:31 AM

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Seoul, September 28 (QNA) - Excess funds held by South Korean households fell sharply in the second quarter due to increased spending and debt repayment, while local companies saw their shortage of funds dwindle, South Korean central bank data showed Wednesday.
Excess funds held by local households, including nonprofit organizations, came to 13.7 trillion won (US$12.4 billion) as of end-June, compared with 24.3 trillion won from three months earlier, according to preliminary data from the Bank of Korea (BOK).
The on-quarter decrease came as people increased their spending and payments on housing, state news agency (Yonhap) reported.
The BOK kept its policy rate unchanged at 1.25% earlier this month after sending it to the record low in June in a bid to help revitalize the economy.
In the April-June period, the amount of fresh funds raised, mostly borrowed, by households and nonprofit organizations, came to 36.6 trillion won, compared with 20.2 trillion won from three months earlier, according to the BOK.
The amount raised by nonfinancial local companies increased to 23.5 trillion won, up from 21.4 trillion won over the cited period. Still, their shortage of funds dwindled to 3.2 trillion won from 3.5 trillion won.
The value of excess funds held by the central and local governments came to 8.8 trillion won as of end-June, up from 5.3 trillion won in the previous quarter.
As of end-June, the country's overall financial assets were valued at 15,133 trillion won, up 1.3 % from three months earlier.
Financial assets held by households and nonprofit organizations came to 3,284 trillion, up 53.4 trillion won from three months earlier, while their total liabilities stood at 1,479 trillion won, up 36.7 trillion won over the cited period. (QNA)

Chinese Yuan Weakens to 6.6681 Against USD Wednesday

Chinese Yuan Weakens to 6.6681 Against USD Wednesday

News No :18

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :08:28 AM

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Beijing, September 28 (QNA) - The central parity rate of the Chinese currency renminbi, or the yuan, weakened 35 basis points to 6.6681 against the U.S. dollar Wednesday, according to the China Foreign Exchange Trading System.
In China's spot foreign exchange market, the yuan is allowed to rise or fall by 2% from the central parity rate each trading day.
The central parity rate of the yuan against the U.S. dollar is based on a weighted average of prices offered by market makers before the opening of the interbank market each business day, China's News Agency (Xinhua) reported. (QNA)

Spot Value in Qatar

Spot Value in Qatar

News No :17

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :08:27 AM

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Doha, September 28 (QNA) - Rates against US dollar as issued on Wednesday by Qatar National Bank (QNB) are as following: Currency Buying Selling ======= ====== ====== QAR 3.6400 3.6415 SAR 3.7507 3.7517 AED 3.6726 3.6732 BHD 0.3769 0.3770 KWD 0.3013 0.3014 GBP 1.2996 1.3006 CHF 0.9711 0.9721 JPY 100.61 100.71 GOLD 1,325.00 1,325.50 SILVER 19.01 19.03 Stocks Indications: Dow Jones 18228.30 Oil Price : West Texas 44.60 -------------------------------- (QNA)

Deposits Rates in Qatar

Deposits Rates in Qatar

News No :16

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :08:25 AM

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Doha, September 28 (QNA) - Deposits Rates at opening Wednesday as issued by Qatar National Bank (QNB) are as following: USD JPY CHF GBP 1 Mth 0.3800 0.6200 0.9300 0.2300 2 Mths 0.4600 0.5300 0.9200 0.3000 3 Mths 0.6700 0.4800 0.9000 0.3500 6 Mths 1.0500 0.3000 0.8500 0.4600 12 Mths 1.3600 0.2500 0.6900 0.5200 QAR SAR AED BHD 1 Mth 1.0000 1.8400 0.6500 1.0000 2 Mths 1.0000 1.9400 0.8500 1.1000 3 Mths 1.0000 2.0500 1.0000 1.6500 6 Mths 1.0000 1.8800 1.3000 1.1100 12 Mths 1.0000 2.5100 1.6500 1.7900 ------------------ (QNA)

Exchange Rates in Qatar /1/

Exchange Rates in Qatar /1/

News No :15

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :08:20 AM

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Korean Won N/A 0.00380 Sterling Pound 4.63100 4.80000 Euro 4.01100 4.15200 Swiss Franc 3.68200 3.84000 Japanese Yen 0.03550 0.03689 Swedish Krona 0.42100 0.42900 Norwegian Krona 0.44300 0.45300 Danish Kroner 0.54500 0.55400 Indian Rupee 0.05300 0.05524 Pakistani Rupee N/A 0.03519 South African Rand N/A 0.28316 Turkish Lira N/A 1.28200 Gold/USD 1,325.00 1,325.20 Silver/USD 19.01 19.08 Platinum/USD 1,021.24 1,028.75 ------------------------------------------ (QNA)

Exchange Rates in Qatar

Exchange Rates in Qatar

News No :14

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :08:18 AM

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Doha, September 28 (QNA) - Exchange Rates for foreign currencies as issued on Wednesday by Qatar National Bank (QNB) are as following: Currency Buying Selling ======= ====== ====== Saudi Riyal 0.96600 0.97500 Omani Riyal 9.41600 9.52000 U.A.E. Dirham 0.98800 0.99500 Bahraini Dinar 9.62000 9.70900 Kuwaiti Dinar 12.03600 12.25600 Jordanian Dinar 5.08800 5.20500 Egyptian Pound 0.32700 0.41700 Chinese Yuan 0.47300 0.56800 Tunisian Dinar N/A 1.71400 Moroccan Dirham N/A 0.38200 U.S. Dollar 3.63000 3.65020 Canadian Dollar 2.72900 2.79200 Australian Dollar 2.77000 2.85100 New Zealand Dollar 2.61400 2.70400 Singapore Dollar 2.64300 2.70300 Hong Kong Dollar 0.44700 0.48900 ----------------------------------------------------------- (MORE)

US Stocks End Higher

US Stocks End Higher

News No :13

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :08:13 AM

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New York, September 28 (QNA) - US stocks closed higher Tuesday, with many of the biggest gains coming in technology and consumer stocks following the US presidential debate, while oil prices fell on fading hopes of agreement on limiting production.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 133 points, or 0.7%, to 18,228.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index climbed 13 points, or 0.6%, to 2,159.
The Nasdaq composite gained 48 points, or 0.9%, to 5,305. (QNA)

Spanish Football: Granada Sack Coach after Winless Start

Spanish Football: Granada Sack Coach after Winless Start

News No :46

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :03:05 PM

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Madrid, September 28 (QNA) - Granada have sacked coach Paco Jemez after failing to win in the first six matches of the season so far, the club said Wednesday.
Jemez took over at Granada in July after having suffered relegation with Rayo Vallecano. His team's 1-3 loss to Alaves ultimately ended is tenure over Granada. The team are second to bottom, ahead of Osasuna on goal difference.
Jemez is the second Liga coach to be sacked this season, following Pako Ayesteran at Valencia according to DPA. (QNA)

Simona Halep Qualifies to Wuhan Open Quarterfinals

Simona Halep Qualifies to Wuhan Open Quarterfinals

News No :38

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :12:58 PM

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Wuhan, China, September 28 (QNA) - No.4 seed Simona Halep moved smoothly into the quarterfinals of the Wuhan Open 2016 after a straight set win over Yaroslava Shvedova on Wednesday.
On a gusty afternoon, Halep produced a tidy performance to complete a 6-3, 6-3 victory in an hour and 15 minutes.
Showing no sign of the hamstring injury that ruled her out of Tokyo, Halep continued to impress in the second set, moving 3-1 ahead before confidently closing out victory to reach the quarterfinals for the first time.
Simona Halep will play with Madison Keys, a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 winner over Daria Kasatkina. (QNA)

Qatar Win Silver Medal in ACBS 1st Asian Billiard Sports Championship

Qatar Win Silver Medal in ACBS 1st Asian Billiard Sports Championship

News No :25

News Date :28/09/2016

News Time :09:57 AM

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Al-Fujairah, September 28 (QNA) - Qatar’s Billiard team confidently won silver medal in the 9-ball final of the prestigious ACBS 1st Asian Billiard Sport Championship held in Al Fujairah, UAE.
Qatar’s Bashar Hussain suffered a shock defeat in the final clash at the hands of China’s Wo Ji Akweng to grab the silver medal, according to QOC.
Bashar has made impressive performance in this strong clash which lasted for two hours.
In this prestigious championship Qatar is represented by five players in the event, including Waleed Magid, Bashar Hussain, Ahmed Saif, Ali Al Obaidely, Abdulmohsen Khamis. (QNA)