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Prime Minister Meets UK Foreign Secretary

Prime Minister Meets UK Foreign Secretary

News No :34

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :01:37 PM

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London, March 29 (QNA) - HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani met, at his residence in London on Wednesday, with UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, on the occasion of the Qatar-UK Business and Investment Forum held in London and Birmingham.
Talks during the meeting dealt with bilateral relations between the two countries and means of enhancing and promoting them in all fields to achieve the common interests of both sides.
A number of regional and international issues of common concern were also reviewed. (QNA)

HH the Emir Participates in Opening Session of Arab League Summit in Jordan

HH the Emir Participates in Opening Session of Arab League Summit in Jordan

News No :33

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :01:06 PM

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Dead Sea, March 29 (QNA) - HH the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani participated along with Their Majesties and Highnesses the leaders of the Arab States in the opening session of the 28th Ordinary Session of the Council of the League of Arab States at the Summit Level (Amman 2017), which kicked off earlier today at King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Center in the Dead Sea in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Members of the official delegation accompanying HH the Emir attended the session.
The session was also attended by Their Excellencies members of the delegations of Arab countries and a number of senior officials and guests of the Summit. (QNA)

HH the Emir Meets Omani Deputy Prime Minister

HH the Emir Meets Omani Deputy Prime Minister

News No :31

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :12:45 PM

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Dead Sea, March 29 (QNA) - HH the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani met at his residence at the Dead Sea on Wednesday with HE Deputy Prime Minister for International Relations, Affairs and Cooperation, and Special Representative of HM Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman Sayyid Asaad bin Tariq bin Taimur Al Said, on the sidelines of the 28th Ordinary Session of the Council of the League of Arab States at the Summit Level.
At the outset of the meeting, HE Sayyid Asaad bin Tariq Al Said conveyed the greetings of HM Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman to HH the Emir of Qatar and his wishes of further health and happiness, and to the people of Qatar further progress and prosperity.
HH the Emir entrusted the Omani Deputy Prime Minister to convey his greetings to HM Sultan Qaboos bin Said and his wishes of good health and happiness, and more progress and prosperity to the Omani people.
Talks during the meeting also covered the fraternal relations between the two countries and means of developing them, in addition to a number of issues of common concern. (QNA)

IATA: Laptop Cabin Ban Ineffective

IATA: Laptop Cabin Ban Ineffective

News No :27

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :12:03 PM

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Montreal, March 29 (QNA) - The ban imposed by the United States and the United Kingdom on laptops in cabin baggage on certain flights will not be an effective security measure, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said.
In a strongly worded speech, IATA chief executive Alexandre de Juniac said the ban also caused commercial distortions, according to the (BBC).
The ban covers inbound flights on airlines operating out of 10 airports in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey. The British ban is similar but applies to different airlines. Airline passengers on 14 carriers are subject to the ban.
In his speech in Montreal, de Juniac questioned the measures, saying: "Why don't the US and the UK have a common list of airports? How can laptops be secure in the cabin on some flights and not others... especially on flights originating at a common airport?".
He added: "The current measures are not an acceptable long-term solution to whatever threat they are trying to mitigate. Even in the short term it is difficult to understand their effectiveness. And the commercial distortions they create are severe".
De Juniac said that IATA is "deeply concerned with political developments pointing to a future of more restricted borders and protectionism". (QNA)

S. Korean Defense Minister Orders Immediate Retaliation to Pyongyang Attack

S. Korean Defense Minister Orders Immediate Retaliation to Pyongyang Attack

News No :26

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :12:01 PM

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Seoul, March 29 (QNA) - South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo on Wednesday instructed troops not to hesitate to take retaliatory actions in the event of a North Korea attack.
Inspecting a coastline guard post of the Army's 32nd Infantry Division, Han stressed the need for "perfect" combat posture both on the front lines and in the rear, state news agency (Yonhap) reported.
"There shouldn't be any disorder even by an inch in the military," he said. "Any provocation from the North should not be tolerated".
The minister urged the military to be fully ready for the completion of operations "on-the-spot" at a "decisive" time, citing the grim security conditions on the peninsula. (QNA)

Israeli Authorities Continue Unjust Actions against Palestinians in West Bank in Jerusalem

Israeli Authorities Continue Unjust Actions against Palestinians in West Bank in Jerusalem

News No :24

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :11:47 AM

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Ramallah, March 29 (QNA) - The Israeli occupation authorities continued Wednesday their unjustified actions against the Palestinian people in the West Bank and Jerusalem.
In Qalqilya, Israeli settlers from the nearby illegal Havat Gilad settlement outpost assaulted Palestinian farmers in several villages in the city.
Head of Jit village council Omar Yamin told Palestinian news agency (WAFA) that although Palestinian farmers had coordinated with the Israeli military to access their lands, the farmers were surprised when they were attacked by the settlers while the Israeli soldiers present at the scene did nothing to stop them.
He said this was not the first attack by the settlers who regularly attack Palestinian farmers, uproot their trees and burn their crops.
In Hebron, the Israeli forces closed a work shops and confiscated its equipment allegedly for "manufacturing weapons".
Palestinian sources said that military vehicles and army forces raided a number of sites in Hebron, closed five Lathes shops and confiscated their contents.
Meanwhile, the Israeli forces detained six Palestinians during raids in various parts of the occupied West Bank.
On the other hand, crews from the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem demolished two Palestinian-owned homes in Jabal Al-Mukabir neighborhood of East Jerusalem under the pretext of construction without a permit, WAFA reported.
Bulldozers of the Israeli municipality, backed by an Israeli police force, cordoned off the area where the two homes were located and forced the residents of the two homes to leave them before proceeding to demolish them.
The homes shelter two families of 14 members.
This comes only a day after the municipality demolished two buildings under construction in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya. (QNA)

Qatar Condemns Houthi Militias' Targeting of Saudi Cities with Ballistic Missile

Qatar Condemns Houthi Militias' Targeting of Saudi Cities with Ballistic Missile

News No :21

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :10:15 AM

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Doha, March 29 (QNA) - The State of Qatar expressed strong condemnation and denunciation of the continuation of Al-Houthi militias in targeting Saudi Arabia's cities with ballistic missiles.
In a statement issued Wednesday, the Foreign Ministry considered these attacks a clear evidence of the continuation of the Houthi militias' violations and their refusal to adhere to the resolutions of the international community and their hampering of all efforts to reach a political solution to the Yemeni crisis.
The Foreign Ministry affirms Qatar's solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in its measures to maintain its security and stability. It also reiterated Qatar's support for all efforts exerted to achieve peace in Yemen in accordance with the Gulf initiative, the outcomes of the national dialogue and UN resolutions, including resolution 2216. (QNA)

UNICEF Assists Over 145,000 People in Famine-Hit Areas of South Sudan

UNICEF Assists Over 145,000 People in Famine-Hit Areas of South Sudan

News No :20

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :10:13 AM

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Geneva, March 29 (QNA) - More than one month since famine was declared in parts of South Sudan, UNICEF - together with the World Food Programme (WFP) and other partners - has delivered life-saving assistance to 145,000 thousand people, including 33,000 children under the age of five.
With nearly 1.9 million people – half of them children - having been displaced by violence in South Sudan to often inaccessible areas, UNICEF and WFP designed the Integrated Rapid Response Mechanism in early 2014 to bring urgent assistance by air and river to desperate families, according to the (UNICEF) website.
Thirteen mobile emergency teams, known as the Integrated Rapid Response Mechanism (IRRM), have been deployed to areas of Unity State where more than 100,000 people are living in two famine-affected counties.
Through the rapid response missions UNICEF teams have screened more than 5,700 children under 5 years of age for malnutrition; vaccinated more than 25,000 children against polio and measles; provided 11,500 households with access to safe water, and a further 15,800 with hygiene supplies. More than 40 separated or unaccompanied children have also been registered so as to begin the family reunification process.
More than one month, South Sudan declared famine in some parts of the country. UNICEF has been working with WFP and other partners to respond to the famine threat and prevent it from spreading in other parts. (QNA)

FIDH: Five French Financial Institutions Are Financing Israeli Settlements

FIDH: Five French Financial Institutions Are Financing Israeli Settlements

News No :19

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :10:12 AM

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Paris, March 29 (QNA) - The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), a non-governmental federation for human rights, confirmed that five French financial institutions are financing the Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian lands.
In a report issued Wednesday, FIDH said explained that four French banks and an insurance company are directly contributing to the survival of the illegal settlements through the continued support for Israeli banks and companies operating in these settlements.
According to the report, these French financial groups run financial partnerships or have shares in Israeli banks that represent a key tool in settlement policy through financing construction in these settlements.
Since decades, the Israeli occupation has been intending to build illegal settlements on the Palestinians' lands aiming at depriving them from the right to build their independent state, in a clear violation of the resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, the Security Council and the international community. (QNA)

US Coalition Admits Possible Role in Mosul Civilian Deaths

US Coalition Admits Possible Role in Mosul Civilian Deaths

News No :18

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :09:47 AM

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Baghdad, March 29 (QNA) - The International Coalition forces "probably" played a role in the deaths of numerous civilians during a recent airstrike in west Mosul, US commander of the coalition in Iraq said.
"We probably had a role in those casualties," US General Stephen Townsend, who commands the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, told reporters in a phone briefing from Baghdad.
"If those innocents were killed, it was an unintentional accident of war," he said.
The March 17 airstrike on west Mosul has killed up to 150 people, according to Amnesty International, though Iraqi civil defense has reported a much higher figure.
Townsend added that the recent rise in civilian casualties in Mosul was "fairly predictable" given the densely populated urban neighborhoods that ISIS fighters are defending against Iraqi government troops.
However, Amnesty on Tuesday accused coalition forces of failing to protect civilians in Mosul.
The rights group said evidence gathered from the ground "points to an alarming pattern of US-led coalition airstrikes which have destroyed whole houses with entire families inside".
It added that any failure to take precautions to prevent civilian casualties would be "in flagrant violation of international humanitarian law".
Townsend said the building hit March 17 could not have been demolished by a single bomb.
He did not rule out the possibility that that the extensive damage was caused by an ISIS truck bomb.
He said it was also possible that the civilians killed had been "forced" to remain in the building by ISIS.
The US has launched an investigation into the deadly strike. (QNA)

Qatari Newspapers Hope Jordan Summit Will Contribute to Promoting Joint Action /2/

Qatari Newspapers Hope Jordan Summit Will Contribute to Promoting Joint Action /2/

News No :17

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :09:40 AM

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Meanwhile, Qatari daily Al-Watan stressed that HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani's chairmanship to the 28th Arab Summit at the Dead Sea reflects Qatar's keenness to make the Summit a success and the continuous pursuit of the Qatari leadership for dialogue and discussion with Arab leaders in order to reach decisions that achieve the aspirations of the Arab citizen, and strengthen ties of Arab-Arab relations.
The newspaper highlighted HH the Emir's statement upon his arrival in Amman, in which he gave a very accurate description of the circumstances of holding the Arab summit which is taking place amidst critical regional and international developments that require strengthening solidarity and intensifying efforts.
Al-Watan noted that the Arab leaders will address important files mainly the Palestinian issue and the violations of the Israeli occupation, and the situation in Syria, Yemen and Iraq, in addition to terrorism and the economic and social issues.
Concluding, Al-Watan expressed hope that the Arab summit will come out with decisions and plans to solve these problems, stressing the importance of the fast and effective implementation of those decisions. (QNA)

Qatari Newspapers Hope Jordan Summit Will Contribute to Promoting Joint Action /1/

Qatari Newspapers Hope Jordan Summit Will Contribute to Promoting Joint Action /1/

News No :16

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :09:09 AM

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For its part, Qatari daily (Al-Sharq) praised the statement made by HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani upon his arrival in the Jordanian capital, Amman, and HH's greetings to Arab leaders participating in the summit, which is taking place during a very critical time regionally and internationally.
The newspaper highlighted HH the Emir's statement when he said that such developments call on all Arab countries to work together and show stronger solidarity, adding that HH also expressed hope that the summit will lead to developing joint Arab work in line with the hopes of the Arab people.
Very important files and great challenges await Their Majesties, Highnesses and Excellencies leaders of Arab countries during the meetings of the League of Arab Council at the summit level at its 28th ordinary session, which will be held today in the Dead Sea area, Al-Sharq said.
It also added that the attention of the Arab nation is directed to the Arab League summit which is facing great challenges, referring to the ongoing conflicts and wars in more than one Arab country, including Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya, at a time of divisions and divergent positions on what is happening in the region in a manner that threatens regional and international peace and security.
In conclusion, Al-Sharq daily expressed hope that the Arab Summit would come out with appropriate decisions and positions for the challenges facing the region and its future. (MORE)

Qatari Newspapers Hope Jordan Summit Will Contribute to Promoting Joint Action

Qatari Newspapers Hope Jordan Summit Will Contribute to Promoting Joint Action

News No :15

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :09:06 AM

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Doha, March 29 (QNA) - Qatari daily newspapers expressed hope that meetings of the Arab Summit in Jordan would come out with results that contribute to strengthening the Arab joint action to fulfill the Arab nation's aspirations of development and prosperity.
In their editorials on Wednesday, the Qatari papers highlighted the HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani's statement upon arrival at the capital Amman on Tuesday, in which HH the Emir stressed the importance of the Arab Summit which is being held amidst very critical regional and international circumstances that call for joint solidarity and consolidated efforts.
For its part, Arrayah newspaper said that all Arab peoples are awaiting the outcomes of the Arab Leaders Summit in Jordan, looking forward that the summit would contribute to the support and development of the Arab joint action in order to achieve peace, stability and prosperity for the Arab nation.
The paper noted the dangerous challenges facing the Arab region on more than one front, including the conflicts with Israel, the exploding situation in several Arab countries, and most importantly the growing threat of terrorism.
Arrayah affirmed the importance of Arab solidarity and unity in the face of the current challenges and dangers surrounding the region, and the deteriorating humanitarian situation in many countries, in addition to unemployment which increases the danger of youth's engagement in terrorism, a matter which HH the Emir warned about repeatedly during Arab summits and the United Nations meetings.
In the meantime, Arrayah called on Arab leaders to take a strong and unified position against the United States' attempts to move its embassy to Occupied Jerusalem, killing the Two-States solution and the Palestinian people's right in establishing its independent state with Jerusalem as its capital, and giving the green light for Israeli to occupy Jerusalem and destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque. (MORE)

6.7 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Far Eastern Russia

6.7 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Far Eastern Russia

News No :14

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :08:38 AM

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Moscow, March 29 (QNA) - A 6.7-magnitude earthquake stroke off Russia’s Far Eastern Kamchatka Peninsula on Wednesday, Russia's seismologists told TASS.
The earthquake occurred in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Kamchatka. The epicenter was located 85 kilometers away from the settlement of Ust-Kamchatsk.
"A tsunami alert was issued," scientists at the local seismological station said.
No casualties or damage have been reported so far. (QNA)

UK Prime Minister Signs Letter to Begin Brexit

UK Prime Minister Signs Letter to Begin Brexit

News No :13

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :08:36 AM

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London, March 29 (QNA) - UK Prime Minister Theresa May has signed the letter that will formally begin the UK's departure from the European Union.
Giving official notice under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, it will be delivered to European Council president Donald Tusk later on Wednesday, the (BBC) reported.
The prime minister, who will chair a cabinet meeting, will then make a statement to MPs confirming the countdown to the UK's departure from the EU is under way.
In a statement in the Commons, the prime minister will then tell MPs this marks "the moment for the country to come together".
May was forced to consult Parliament before invoking Article 50 after it lost a legal challenge in the Supreme Court, but it secured the backing of most MPs earlier this month.
Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon gives any EU member the right to quit unilaterally and shall not participate in the discussions of the European Council. In addition, any agreement to withdraw from the Union would need to be adopted by a qualified majority of 72% of the remaining 27 Member States, representing 65% of the population. The final agreement would also need to be approved by the European Parliament. (QNA)

Trump Signs Order Dramatically Changes US Climate Policies

Trump Signs Order Dramatically Changes US Climate Policies

News No :12

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :08:35 AM

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Washington, March 29 (QNA) - US President Donald Trump has signed a sweeping executive order at the Environmental Protection Agency that dramatically changes the US government's approach to rising sea levels and temperatures, two impacts of climate change.
The Energy Independence Executive Order suspends more than half a dozen measures enacted by his predecessor, President Barack Obama, and boosts fossil fuels.
The order's main target is the Clean Power Plan, which required states to slash carbon emissions from power plants, a key factor in the United States' ability to meet its commitments under a climate change accord reached by nearly 200 countries in Paris in 2015.
Trump's decree also reverses a ban on coal leasing on federal lands, undoes rules to curb methane emissions from oil and gas production and reduces the weight of climate change and carbon emissions in policy and infrastructure permitting decisions.
Trump said that said that this would put an end to the "war on coal" and "job-killing regulations".
"With today's executive action I am taking historic steps to lift the restrictions on American energy, to reverse government intrusion and to cancel job-killing regulations," he said.
However, the move drew swift backlash from a coalition of 23 states and local governments, as well as environmental groups, which called the decree a threat to public health and vowed to fight it in court.
The coalition includes states such as California, Massachusetts and Virginia, as well as cities including Chicago, Philadelphia and Boulder, Colorado.
Trump vowed during his campaign to pull the US out of the Paris climate deal agreed in December 2015.
The landmark agreement commits governments to moving their economies away from fossil fuels and reducing carbon emissions to try to contain global temperature rise. Trump argued that the agreement was unfair to the United States. (QNA)

Summary of Local News Released Tuesday -2-

Summary of Local News Released Tuesday -2-

News No :5

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :08:09 AM

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- The second day of Qatar-UK Business and Investment Forum, which is taking place in Birmingham, saw the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in the health field as well as an agreement on the establishment of an economic cooperation committee between Qatar and the United Kingdom.
- The meetings of the Qatar-UK Business and Investment Forum, which kicked off Monday in London, resumed Tuesday in Birmingham.
- Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) and the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at facilitating the establishment of business events companies in Qatar.
- Qatar Airways won the 'Airline of the Year' award at the 2017 Air Transport Awards, as the airline was recognised for its innovation, service, hospitality and leading product design.
- Real estate transaction in Qatar during the period from 19 to 23 March were worth QR 864,132,909, official data showed on Tuesday.
- Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE) index gained 33.28 points (+0.32%) when the bourse closed trading at 10,461.81 points Tuesday.
- The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) announced it will close part of Street No. 967 connected to Al Thakhira Road, starting from Thursday 30 March 2017 for two months.
- The 37th GCC handball championship will conclude Wednesday with Al Gharafa and Al Rayyan meet in the final in Doha.
- Qatar's football national team lost 0-1 away to Uzbekistan, in the seventh round of the Russia 2018 World Cup Qualifications.
- Qatar's Olympic football team lost 0-2 to Canada, in a friendly that was held in Doha Tuesday. (QNA)

Summary of Local News Released Tuesday -1-

Summary of Local News Released Tuesday -1-

News No :4

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :08:08 AM

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- HE Minister of Economy and Commerce Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al-Thani met on Tuesday with UK Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox on the sidelines of the Qatar-UK Business and Investment Forum.
- HE Foreign Minister of Qatar Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani met Tuesday with US President's Middle-East Envoy Jason Greenblatt.
- HE Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani on Tuesday met Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari on the sidelines of the Arab summit that will take place tomorrow in Jordan.
- HE Chairman of Qatar Media Corporation Sheikh Hamad bin Thamer Al-Thani met Tuesday with HE Ambassador of Singapore to Qatar Jai S Sohan.
- HE Chief of Staff Major General (Pilot) Ghanim bin Shaheen Al Ghanim met on Tuesday with Commander of the Kuwaiti Naval Forces Major General Khaled Al Kandari.
- President of the Spanish Senate Pio Garcia-Escudero met here on Tuesday with HE Qatar's Ambassador to Spain Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari.
- UK Prime Minister Theresa May stressed Tuesday that ties with the State of Qatar are strong in all fields.
- The State of Qatar expressed its strong condemnation of the terrorist plot that targeted the assassination of prominent figures in the fraternal Kingdom of Bahrain.
- The Ministry of Municipality and Environment participated in the third meeting of the working group tasked with drafting a strategy for municipal work in GCC states.
- The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) has signed here four memoranda of understanding (MoU) in land transport field as part of its efforts to develop a modern transport sector for the State of Qatar.
- The Center of Continuing Education (CCE) at Qatar University (QU) launched the 23rd Meeting of the Deans of Deanships, Colleges and Community Service Centers in the GCC aimed at exploring collaboration opportunities to develop methods of continuing education and community service due to the changes that occur in the educational and technological framework at the global and local level.
- The State Audit Bureau of Qatar hosted on Tuesday the 55th executive council meeting of the Arab Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (ARABOSAI), with the participation of more than 51 heads of audit institutions and audit experts, in addition to representatives of the African Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (AFROSAI). (MORE)

Summary of Local News Released Tuesday

Summary of Local News Released Tuesday

News No :3

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :08:06 AM

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Doha, March 29 (QNA) - Summary of local news released Tuesday by Qatar News Agency.
- HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on Tuesday sent a written message to the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Rumen Radev, pertaining to bilateral relations between the two countries and means of boosting and developing them.
- HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani left Doha Tuesday for Jordan to participate in the meetings of the 28th Arab League Summit, which will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, at the Dead Sea shores.
- HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani arrived Tuesday to The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, to participate in the 28th Arab summit.
- HH the Emir met Tuesday with King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein of Jordan and discussed bilateral relations and the means to enhance them in all fields.
- HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani on Tuesday met with HM's Heir Apparent and Prince of Wales Prince Charles at the Clarence House palace in London, on the occasion of the Qatar-UK Business and Investment Forum.
- HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani said that the State of Qatar is at an important historical stage in achieving sustainable development through the implementation of Qatar National Vision 2030 strategies and programs aimed at reducing dependence on oil and gas, achieving economic diversification and transforming into a knowledge based economy.
- HE Prime Minister of Qatar and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani visited Tuesday the accompanying exhibition of the second Qatar-UK Business and Investment Forum, which is taking place in Birmingham at the International Conference Center.
- HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani and Prime Minister of the UK Theresa May participated in a roundtable meeting with a number of Qatari businessmen.
- HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday attended the signing of a shareholders agreement for Qatar Investment Authority's (QIA) acquisition of a share in National Grid, the U.K.'s gas distribution company, as part of a consortium, on the sidelines of Qatar-U.K. Business and Investment Forum.
- HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani paid a visit with UK Prime Minister Theresa May to a Quran exhibition, which was held on the sidelines of the second Qatar-UK Business and Investment Forum at Birmingham. (MORE)

Weather Bureau Warns Poor Visibility at Some Areas at First Inshore

Weather Bureau Warns Poor Visibility at Some Areas at First Inshore

News No :2

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :07:42 AM

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Doha, March 29 (QNA) - The Department of Meteorology warned Wednesday of expected poor visibility at some areas at first inshore.
Weather forecast for Qatar valid until 6.00 pm today hazy to misty or foggy at places at first becoming mild daytime and partly cloudy with weak chance of light rain to the north areas inshore, offshore will be hazy and partly cloudy with chance of scattered rain at places at times.
Wind inshore will be variable at first less than 04 knot becoming northwesterly to northeasterly at a speed of 04 to 13 knot, becoming southeasterly by night. Offshore will be northwesterly to northeasterly from 05 to 15 knot, becoming variable less than 05 knot by evening.
Visibility will be 04 to 08 kilometer decreasing 3 kilometer or less at places at first. The sea state inshore will be between 1 to 2 feet, Offshore will be 1 to 3 feet reaching 4 feet at places at times.
Tide Times and temperatures are as follows: Area High Tide Low Tide Mini - Max ---- ----------------- ------------------ ------------------- Messaid 06:45 - 19:30 00:30 - 13:15 28 Wakrah 06:00 - 18:45 12:30 - **:** 28 Doha 05:30 - 18:15 12:00 - **:** 28 Al Khor 05:15- 17:45 11:45 - 23:45 27 Ruwais 05:45 - 18:15 00:15 - 12:30 25 Dukhan 10:45 - 23:15 04:45 - 17:00 26 Sunrise : 05:27LT Sunset today : 17:49 LT --------------------------------------------------- (QNA)

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News No :1

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :07:19 AM

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Qatar News Agency English Transmission Begins Now For Wednesday, March 29 - 2017 Good Morning ============================ (QNA)

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News No :90

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :01:03 AM

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Qatar News Agency is now closing its daily transmission for Tuesday, March 28, 2017. (QNA)

U.N. Experts 'Found Dead' in DR Congo

U.N. Experts 'Found Dead' in DR Congo

News No :89

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :01:02 AM

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Kinshasa, March 28 (QNA) - Two U.N. experts who were missing in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been found dead, officials said according to BBC.
The bodies of U.S. citizen Michael Sharp and Swedish national Zaida Catalan were discovered in the central Kasai region, a government spokesman said.
They were abducted two weeks ago after going to Kasai to investigate reports of abuses after local rebels took up arms.
Some 40 police officers were found beheaded in the region at the weekend.
Congolese government spokesman Lambert Mende confirmed reports of the discovery to the BBC.
Sharp and Catalan were taken, along with four Congolese support staff, into the forest near the village of Ngombe in Kasai.
The Congolese government is fighting a rebel group which operates in the area and is believed to have kidnapped the experts.
The violence in Kasai was sparked by the killing of traditional leader Kamuina Nsapu, who was leading an uprising against President Joseph Kabila. (QNA)

WHO: Half Health Facilities in Yemen Now Closed, Medicines Urgently Needed

WHO: Half Health Facilities in Yemen Now Closed, Medicines Urgently Needed

News No :88

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :12:58 AM

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Geneva, March 28 (QNA) - More than 14 million people in Yemen have no access to health services, the United Nations health agency today said, warning that transportation of medical personnel and treatment for the injured is getting increasingly difficult as this week the fighting enters its third year.
At least 7,719 people have been killed and 42,922 injured since 19 March 2015, the U.N. World Health Organization (WHO) reported, but the actual numbers are believed to be higher.
"More than half of all health facilities are closed or functioning only partially," Tarik Jasarevic, a WHO spokesperson, told journalists in Geneva.
Jasarevic said that at least 274 health facilities had been damaged or destroyed as a result of the conflict, and some 44 health workers either killed or injured.
He noted also a shortage of medicines and specialized staff, such as surgeons, many of whom have fled the country.
"For more than six months, health facilities in Yemen had received no financial support to cover operational costs and staff salaries," the spokesperson said.
The long-term impact of the conflict is also having detrimental effects on the country's food system and infrastructure.
Malnutrition is on the rise with close to half-a-million children suffering from severe acute malnutrition, with one out of every two children under the age of five stunted in their growth.
UNICEF estimates that every 10 minutes, at least one child dies in Yemen as a result of preventable causes such as malnutrition, diarrhea or respiratory tract infections. (QNA)

Foreign Minister Meets Iraqi Counterpart

Foreign Minister Meets Iraqi Counterpart

News No :84

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :12:31 AM

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Amman, March 28 (QNA) - HE Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani on Tuesday met Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari on the sidelines of the Arab summit that will take place tomorrow in Jordan.
The meeting reviewed bilateral relations and means of boosting and developing them in addition to issues of mutual interest. (QNA)

Foreign Minister of Qatar Meets US President's Middle-East Envoy

Foreign Minister of Qatar Meets US President's Middle-East Envoy

News No :82

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :12:19 AM

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Amman, March 28 (QNA) - HE Foreign Minister of Qatar Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani met Tuesday with US President's Middle-East Envoy Jason Greenblatt.
They discussed issues of joint interest, particularly developments in Palestine and in Gaza strip. (QNA)

HH the Emir Sends Written Message to Bulgarian President

HH the Emir Sends Written Message to Bulgarian President

News No :80

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :12:00 AM

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Doha, March 28 (QNA) - HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on Tuesday sent a written message to the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Rumen Radev, pertaining to bilateral relations between the two countries and means of boosting and developing them.
HE Qatar's Ambassador to Bulgaria Rashid bin Ali Al Khater handed the message as he met the Bulgarian president today. (QNA)

Central Bank of Bahrain: Government Treasury Bills Oversubscribed

Central Bank of Bahrain: Government Treasury Bills Oversubscribed

News No :35

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :01:47 PM

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Manama, March 29 (QNA) - The Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) announced that the BD 35 million monthly issue of Government Treasury Bills has been subscribed by 202%.
According to the Bahrain News Agency (BNA), the bills, carrying a maturity of 182 days, are issued by the CBB, on behalf of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The issue date of the bills is 2nd April 2017 and the maturity date is 1st October 2017, it added.
The weighted average rate of interest is 2.36%, equivalent to the previous issue on 5th March 2017, the BNA said, adding that the approximate average price for the issue was 98.819%, with the lowest accepted price being 98.811%.
With this, the total outstanding value of Government Treasury Bills is BD 1.810 billion, the BNA said. (QNA)

European Shares Rise ahead of Britain's Formal Exit Process

European Shares Rise ahead of Britain's Formal Exit Process

News No :32

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :12:59 PM

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London, March 29 (QNA) - European shares rose on Wednesday ahead of the formal triggering of Britain's exit process from the European Union later in the day.
Automakers and miners led gains in the Stoxx Europe 600 Index, which added 0.2% at 1,490 points.
London's benchmark FTSE 100 index gained 0.4% to 7,372.79 points In the Eurozone, Frankfurt's DAX 30 added 0.4% to 12,195.86 points, and the CAC 40 in Paris advanced by almost 0.4% to 5,063.70.
Meanwhile, Sterling hit a one-week low of $1.2378 and was last trading down 0.5% against the dollar at $1.2390.
Elsewhere in currencies, the euro was down a quarter of 1% at $1.0785 and the dollar was flat against the yen at 111.05 yen. (QNA)

Australia Shuts Down Biggest Coal-Fired Power Station

Australia Shuts Down Biggest Coal-Fired Power Station

News No :30

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :12:19 PM

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Sydney, March 29 (QNA) - French operator Engie announced that Australia's Hazelwood coal-fired power station was shut down on Wednesday.
The station, open since 1964, employed 795 people in the La Trobe Valley near Melbourne and generated 1,600 megawatts of electricity.
It shut down its final power generator on Wednesday, a spokesman for the French operator Engie said, adding "Decommissioning of the mine and power station plant and equipment will begin next week and continue for the next 12 months".
Environmental organizations have described the station as one of the "dirtiest" stations in the world.
The power station generated 5.4% of Australia's electricity supply and 25% of the supply for the state of Victoria.
The closure is expected to devastate the local economy. The state government has promised an injection of more than 300 million Australia dollars (229 million US dollars) to help the affected community. Engie has also set aside 150 million dollars for entitlements to the workers.
Engie announced the closure in November, saying Hazelwood was economically unviable and the company was trying to gradually end all its coal activities to concentrate on low-carbon and renewable energy projects. (QNA)

GOIC Participates in Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit in Abu Dhabi

GOIC Participates in Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit in Abu Dhabi

News No :29

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :12:14 PM

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Doha, March 29 (QNA) - The Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting (GOIC) is taking part in the Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit (GMIS), currently in session on Abu Dhabi.
The Doha-based organization said in a statement Wednesday that it is participating in the Summit in its capacity as a Strategic Partner of the Global Value Chain Market (GVCM), a business matchmaking platform dedicated to increasing regional and international partnerships and secure contracts.
The platform will provide networking and sourcing opportunities both online and onsite via pre-scheduled meeting program which matches participants with the key regional and international manufacturers looking for partners, subcontractors, investors or technical know-how.
Secretary General of GOIC Abdulaziz bin Hamad Al Ageel stated that GOIC’s participation in the GMIS highlights its importance in shaping a global industrial vision based on knowledge economy, particularly the 4th generation of industrial revolution applications that are increasingly gaining ground in the operation and management of the industrial operation and logistics.
He added that holding the GMIS in the UAE serves as an international recognition of the serious steps taken by the GCC states to focus on the industrial sector, in addition to their electronic readiness.
GOIC also took part in the accompanying exhibition. Its booth featured an overview of the Organization’s various programs such as the Gulf Subcontracting and Partnership Exchange (GSPX), the Industrial Market Information and its IMI Plus, the Training and Capacity Development (TCD), the SME Industrial Technical Assistance (ITA), the Manufacturing Investment Opportunities Program (MIOP) and the Industrial Studies and Policies (ISP).
The GMIS is a world-first industrial gathering offering a voice and a venue for leaders with a vision to shape the future of manufacturing with a hand-selected audience of over 1,200 delegates, to include government leaders, companies and civil society organizations.
The Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting (GOIC) is a regional organization that brings together the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Sultanate of Oman, the State of Qatar, the State of Kuwait and the Republic of Yemen.
It is an advisory knowledge-based institution aiming at developing regional industries by providing data, information, specialized researches, consultations and technical services for the public and private sectors in GCC countries. It seeks industrial integration and coordination between Member States and endeavors to shape a regional industrial policy. (QNA)

Oil Prices Rise on Likely OPEC Output Cut Extension

Oil Prices Rise on Likely OPEC Output Cut Extension

News No :28

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :12:06 PM

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Singapore, March 29 (QNA) - Oil prices rose on Wednesday, lifted by expectations that an OPEC-led output reduction will be extended into the second half of the year.
Brent crude futures, the international benchmark for oil, rose 29 cents, or 0.65, to $51.62 per barrel.
West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were up 34 cents, or 0.7%, at $48.71 a barrel.
The gains added to a rise of more than 1% for both crude benchmarks the previous day.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), along with some other producers including Russia, have agreed to cut production by almost 1.8 million bpd during the first half of the year in order to rein in a global fuel supply overhang and prop up prices. (QNA)

OPEC Daily Basket Price Up to $48.84 a Barrel

OPEC Daily Basket Price Up to $48.84 a Barrel

News No :25

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :11:55 AM

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Vienna, March 29 (QNA) - The price of OPEC basket of thirteen crudes stood at $48.84 a barrel on Tuesday, compared with $48.25 the previous day, OPEC said on Wednesday.
The OPEC Reference Basket of Crudes (ORB) is made up of the following: Saharan Blend (Algeria), Girassol (Angola), Oriente (Ecuador), Rabi Light (Gabon), Iran Heavy (Islamic Republic of Iran), Basra Light (Iraq), Kuwait Export (Kuwait), Es Sider (Libya), Bonny Light (Nigeria), Qatar Marine (Qatar), Arab Light (Saudi Arabia), Murban (UAE) and Merey (Venezuela). (QNA)

South Korea Steps Up Efforts to Expand Halal Food Market

South Korea Steps Up Efforts to Expand Halal Food Market

News No :23

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :11:23 AM

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Seoul, March 29 (QNA) - South Korea's government said Wednesday it will step up efforts aiming at accepting its local halal certification in Muslim countries in order to boost the country's food exports.
The halal authorization given by the Korea Muslim Federation (KMF) is currently acknowledged in Malaysia and Singapore.
An official at the Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said that the government is seeking a cross certification of local halal certificates in Muslim countries by the end of the fourth quarter this year and to launch an aggressive marketing campaign for South Korean halal foods, the official Yonhap news agency reported.
The ministry estimates the halal food market encompassing the Islamic population of 1.8 billion will grow US$1.6 trillion by 2020.
The agricultural product exports to the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference rose 8.8% to $913 million last year from a year earlier. This accounts for 14% of the total agricultural goods shipments abroad, according to the Ministry's data. (QNA)

Arab Monetary Fund Organizes 3rd Meeting of Arab Credit Information Committee

Arab Monetary Fund Organizes 3rd Meeting of Arab Credit Information Committee

News No :22

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :11:11 AM

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Abu Dhabi, March 29 (QNA) - The third meeting of the Arab Committee on Credit Information of the Board of Governors of Arab Central Banks and Arab Monetary Institutions kicked off Wednesday in Abu Dhabi.
Managers responsible for credit information systems and risk centers in Arab central banks, as well as managers of Arab credit bureaus and companies, and experts from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) are taking part in the meeting, organized by the Arab Monetary Fund.
Topics on the agenda of the meeting include several important issues, including the requirements for developing the applications of secured lending records in the Arab countries, the role of credit information in promoting the creation of job opportunities in Arab countries, and the possibility of adopting mechanisms for exchanging credit information among Arab countries, thus enhancing the opportunities for developing investments and inter-financial transactions.
The committee will also discuss the classification of Arab Countries in the Business Climate Indicators of the World Bank, and the issuance of a regional indicator of credit information efficiency, and the promoting the use of large data in the detection of fraud in credit query.
The Arab Committee on Credit Information was established by the Board of Governors of Arab Central Banks and Arab Monetary Institutions in 2015 aiming to contribute to the development of credit information systems and to raise awareness of their issues in the Arab countries.
The Arab Monetary Fund is responsible for the Committee's technical secretariat. its responsibilities include preparing papers and studies of the committee, organizing workshops and conferences for senior officials in order to enhance the exchange of experiences between central banks and Arab monetary institutions, in addition to communication and coordination with international institutions concerned with credit issues. (QNA)

S.Korea's Business Sentiment Improves for 3 Months

S.Korea's Business Sentiment Improves for 3 Months

News No :11

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :08:34 AM

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Seoul, March 29 (QNA) - Sentiment among South Korean businesses over economic conditions improved for a third straight month as political uncertainty was defused amid recovering exports, the Bank of Korea (BOK) said Wednesday.
The business survey index (BSI) of manufacturing firms came to 82 in April, up from 81 in March, state news agency (Yonhap) reported.
The index kept rising from 72 in December last year to 75 in January and 76 in February. The March figure was the highest in 23 months since April 2015.
Exports recovery enhanced corporate outlook for the export-driven South Korean economy. The country's exports jumped 20.2% in February, keeping an upward momentum since November last year.
The composite consumer sentiment index (CCSI) rose 2.3 points over the month to 96.7 in March, helping bolster corporate sentiment over economic outlook.
The BSI among non-manufacturers came in at 76 in March, up 3 points from the previous month. (QNA)

US Stocks Rise on Consumer Data and Higher Oil Prices

US Stocks Rise on Consumer Data and Higher Oil Prices

News No :10

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :08:27 AM

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New York, March 29 (QNA) - US stocks ended higher on Tuesday and snapped an eight-day losing streak for the Dow, as higher oil prices and a record reading on US consumer confidence boosted sentiment.
The gains followed a report showing consumer confidence in March hit its highest level in 16 years, and higher oil prices.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 150.52 points to close the session at 20,701.50.
The broad-based S&P 500 also advanced 16.98 points to end at 2,358.57.
The tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index rose 34.77 points to close at 5,875.14. (QNA)

Spot Value in Qatar

Spot Value in Qatar

News No :9

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :08:20 AM

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Doha, March 29 (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 3.7499 3.7509 AED 3.6729 3.6735 BHD 0.3770 0.3771 KWD 0.3045 0.3046 GBP 1.2410 1.2420 CHF 0.9923 1.9933 JPY 111.20 111.30 GOLD 1,248.40 1,248.90 SILVER 18.02 18.04 Stocks Indications: Dow Jones 20701.50 Oil Price: West Texas 48.31

Deposits Rates in Qatar

Deposits Rates in Qatar

News No :8

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :08:15 AM

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Doha, March 29 (QNA) - Deposits Rates at opening Wednesday as issued by Qatar National Bank (QNB) are as following: USD JPY CHF GBP 1 Mth 0.8300 0.2000 0.9900 0.1800 2 Mths 0.8300 0.1400 0.8300 0.2300 3 Mths 0.9600 0.2600 0.8800 0.3200 6 Mths 1.2400 0.1100 0.9300 0.4400 12 Mths 1.6100 0.1000 0.7900 0.6200 QAR SAR AED BHD 1 Mth 1.0000 1.1000 0.9100 1.4000 2 Mths 1.0000 0.9200 0.9300 1.7000 3 Mths 1.0000 1.3700 1.1100 1.9000 6 Mths 1.0000 1.7100 1.4000 2.0000 12 Mths 1.0000 2.3300 1.8000 2.4000 ------------------ (QNA)

Exchange Rates in Qatar /1/

Exchange Rates in Qatar /1/

News No :7

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :08:12 AM

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Korean Won N/A 0.00380 Sterling Pound 4.41800 4.58600 Euro 3.86800 4.00800 Swiss Franc 3.60500 3.76000 Japanese Yen 0.03207 0.03344 Swedish Krona 0.41000 0.41700 Norwegian Krona 0.42200 0.43200 Danish Kroner 0.52600 0.53600 Indian Rupee 0.05500 0.05655 Pakistani Rupee N/A 0.03518 South African Rand N/A 0.29289 Turkish Lira 0.98000 1.05300 Gold/USD 1,248.40 1,248.64 Silver/USD 18.02 18.10 Platinum/USD 948.10 958.10 ------------------------------------------ (QNA)

Exchange Rates in Qatar

Exchange Rates in Qatar

News No :6

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :08:10 AM

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Doha, March 29 (QNA) - Exchange Rates for foreign currencies as issued on Wednesday by Qatar National Bank (QNB) are as following: Currency Buying Selling ======= ====== ====== Saudi Riyal 0.96700 0.97500 Omani Riyal 9.42300 9.51000 U.A.E. Dirham 0.98800 0.99500 Bahraini Dinar 9.62000 9.70900 Kuwaiti Dinar 11.92800 12.12700 Jordanian Dinar 5.07900 5.19600 Egyptian Pound 0.13100 0.22100 Chinese Yuan 0.45600 0.54800 Tunisian Dinar N/A 1.67100 Moroccan Dirham N/A 0.37100 U.S. Dollar 3.63000 3.65020 Canadian Dollar 2.69500 2.75700 Australian Dollar 2.75900 2.84100 New Zealand Dollar 2.51900 2.60700 Singapore Dollar 2.57200 2.63200 Hong Kong Dollar 0.44600 0.48800 ----------------------------------------------------------- (MORE)

German Development Bank Grants Jordan 44 Mln Euro to Support Syrian Refugees

German Development Bank Grants Jordan 44 Mln Euro to Support Syrian Refugees

News No :86

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :12:48 AM

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Amman, March 28 (QNA) - The German Development Bank (KFW) has an agreement to grant 44 million euros to Jordan to finance the second phase of a project supply energy for host communities and Syrian refugees in the country, Jordanian news agency Petra reported.
The project aims to reduce the cost of energy consumption through using renewable energy by 30-35 megawatt, the Jordanian Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation said in a statement.
The grant came as part of Germany's pledged commitments to support Jordan, during the London conference on support of Syria and the region, which was held in February 2016. (QNA)

US Stocks Roar Higher as Apple Reaches Another Record Close

US Stocks Roar Higher as Apple Reaches Another Record Close

News No :81

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :12:15 AM

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New York, March 28 (QNA) - US stocks bounced back Tuesday after several days of declines.
The Dow Jones Industrial rose 150 points, or 0.73 percent, after registering its longest losing streak since 2011. The index shed points for eight consecutive days. Apple Inc. led the gains on the blue-chip index to close at a record as its market capitalization topped $754 billion. It was Apple's 11th record close of 2017 and the fifth this month alone.
A very strong consumer-confidence data today helped propel the stock market higher. Consumer confidence of the first two to three months of the year gain more relevance given they are closer to the holiday period in the US, when many of the companies make most of their revenue.
Other bullish news today Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said he expects the central bank to hike interest rates twice more this year. The Fed usually increases interest rates during times when strong growth could lead to higher inflation. (QNA)

Spain Beat France 2-0 in Friendly

Spain Beat France 2-0 in Friendly

News No :87

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :12:51 AM

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Paris, March 28 (QNA) - David Silva and Gerard Deulofeu scored second-half goals to secure a 2-0 victory for Spain in a keenly contested friendly match with France on Tuesday.
The two players came off the bench to make the difference. The match was notable for the use of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) for offside. The technology helped correctly rule out Antoine Griezmann's goal for France. It also confirmed Deulofeu's goal for Spain as a legitimate one.
Both teams named strong starting XIs for the encounter, with France handing a first start to rising Monaco star Kylian Mbappe and a debut for Corentin Tolisso, while the visitors made only four changes to the side that started the 4-1 World Cup qualifying win over Israel last Friday.
Mbappe and Spain captain Andres Iniesta came closest to opening the scoring before Griezmann saw a header ruled out early in the second half after the referee consulted with the VAR, which was first used in an international match in France's 3-1 friendly win over Italy last September. (QNA)

Fossati Praises Players After Uzbekistan Loss, Rues Referee Decisions

Fossati Praises Players After Uzbekistan Loss, Rues Referee Decisions

News No :85

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :12:40 AM

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Tashkent, March 28 (QNA) - Qatar national football team coach Jorge Fossati said he expected a tough match on Tuesday against Uzbekistan, adding that The Maroon controlled the first half but failed to convert the chances and lost at the end 1-0.
Speaking in his post-match press conference, Fossati said Qatar were the better side throughout the match but added that the referee alleviated the tension and pressure on Uzbek players through some of his decisions.
The Qatari national team coach said that after the match he discussed with the referee his decision regarding the foul that led to Uzbekistan's goal, adding that he concluded from the conversation that the match official wasn't in the right place to make the correct call. He said he prefers to talk about football but Qatar scored a goal and was ruled out for offside, noting that he wasn't in a place that allows him to judge if it was the right decision.
Fossati congratulated Uzbekistan and said they aren't to blame for the mistakes of the match officials that affected the match not just in the goal incident but throughout the match, pointing to several referee calls such as a penalty call for Luiz Martin that was ruled out for diving and another penalty call for a handball on an Uzbek player that wasn't given either.
The fair result should have been a draw, Fossati said, adding that the referee played a big role in deciding the outcome of the game.
As for the next matches and whether he may use players that might be selected for the 2022 World Cup, Fossati said the current squad has only three or four players whose age won't allow them to participate in 2022 but at least 30 players can be selected. He added that a 20-year-old player started today's match and the whole matter is in the hands of the Qatar Football Association. (QNA)

Football: Qatar Olympic Team Loses to Canada in Friendly

Football: Qatar Olympic Team Loses to Canada in Friendly

News No :83

News Date :29/03/2017

News Time :12:29 AM

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Doha, March 28 (QNA) - Qatar's Olympic football team lost 0-2 to Canada, in a friendly that was held in Doha today.
The match was part of Qatar's team preparation for the Asia U-23 championship, which will take place in July this year. Canada's goals came either side of half-time. Jordan Hamilton opened the scoring in the 30th minute and the first-half ended 1-0. In the second half, forward Michael Petrasso added the second in the 65th minute.
It is the third match for the Olympic team in their current training camp. The previous two matches were against Uzbekistan and Qatar lost both with the same scoreline, 1-2. The team is in Group C of the Asia U-23 championships along with Syria, India, and Turkmenistan. (QNA)