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UN: Over 300 Migrant Deaths on Way to Europe in First Two Months of 2017

UN: Over 300 Migrant Deaths on Way to Europe in First Two Months of 2017

News No :10

News Date :25/02/2017

News Time :09:43 AM

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New York, February 25 (QNA) - An estimated 366 migrants died at sea during their Mediterranean journey to Europe in the first 53 days of 2017, down from 425 of the comparable period of last year, the United Nations migration agency said.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported that 13,924 migrants entered Europe by sea this year through February 22, sharply down from 105,427 a year earlier.
These data include the death toll reported this week from a boat with as many as 133 passengers on board that foundered off Az Zawiyah, near Tripoli, the Libyan capital, last Sunday.
According to an IOM source at the scene, the human smugglers stole the craft's engine and left the vessel drifting, telling passengers that authorities were en route to rescue them.
"This is becoming a common tactic," said IOM Rome spokesman Flavio Di Giacomo. "But when you take an engine from a boat like this, you can no longer treat it as an 'incident'. It is homicide," Giacomo said.
This year so far, Italy accounted for 10,701 arrivals, Greece 2,223 and Spain 1,000. In the comparable period last year, Greece recorded 97,325 arrivals and Italy 8,102. (QNA)

Prime Minister Sends Congratulations to Emir of Kuwait

Prime Minister Sends Congratulations to Emir of Kuwait

News No :9

News Date :25/02/2017

News Time :09:39 AM

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Doha, February 25 (QNA) - HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani sent Saturday a cable of congratulations to HH Emir of the State of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on the occasion of his country's National Day. (QNA)

HH the Deputy Emir Sends Congratulations to Emir of Kuwait

HH the Deputy Emir Sends Congratulations to Emir of Kuwait

News No :8

News Date :25/02/2017

News Time :09:38 AM

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Doha, February 25 (QNA) - HH the Deputy Emir Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Thani sent Saturday a cable of congratulations to HH Emir of the State of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on the occasion of his country's National Day. (QNA)

HH the Emir Sends Congratulations to Emir of Kuwait

HH the Emir Sends Congratulations to Emir of Kuwait

News No :7

News Date :25/02/2017

News Time :09:35 AM

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Doha, February 25 (QNA) - HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani sent Saturday a cable of congratulations to HH Emir of the State of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on the occasion of his country's National Day. (QNA)

Kremlin: Putin to Meet Erdogan in Moscow Next Month

Kremlin: Putin to Meet Erdogan in Moscow Next Month

News No :5

News Date :25/02/2017

News Time :09:03 AM

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Moscow, February 25 (QNA) - Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Moscow on March 9-10, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
"I confirm. Negotiations [between Putin and Erdogan] have been planned," Peskov told journalists.
Reports of a planned Putin-Erdogan meeting emerged earlier in the Turkish media. The Turkish leader will take part in the Turkey-Russia High Level Cooperation Council.
Both leaders met earlier in October 2016 in Istanbul, where they discussed restoring trade, the Turkish Stream gas pipeline, and cooperation in Syria. (QNA)

White House Bars Several Media Outlets from Press Briefing

White House Bars Several Media Outlets from Press Briefing

News No :4

News Date :25/02/2017

News Time :08:56 AM

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Washington, February 25 (QNA) - The White House barred several media outlets from covering a briefing with spokesman Sean Spicer on Friday afternoon, a highly unusual breach of relations between the White House and its press corps.
The press secretary decided to hold the off-camera meeting with the press inside his West Wing office instead of the traditional briefing in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room.
Among the slew of outlets barred from the invitation-only gaggle were news organizations that President Trump has singled out for criticism, including CNN and the New York Times.
The Hill, Politico, BuzzFeed, the Daily Mail, the BBC, the LA Times and the New York Daily News also were kept away.
US President Donald Trump escalated his attacks on journalists in a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday. He criticized as "fake news" organizations that publish anonymously sourced reports that reflect poorly on him. (QNA)

Weather Bureau Warns Strong Wind and Thundery Rain

Weather Bureau Warns Strong Wind and Thundery Rain

News No :2

News Date :25/02/2017

News Time :08:16 AM

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Doha, February 25 (QNA) - The Department of Meteorology warned Saturday of expected thundery rain at places associated with strong wind inshore, and expected strong wind and high sea with thundery rain at places at times offshore.
Weather forecast for Qatar valid until 6.00 pm Saturday will be partly cloudy to cloudy with chances of scattered rain, may be thundery at places at times inshore. Offshore it will be hazy and partly couldy to cloudy at times with chances of scattered rain may be thundery at places at times.
Wind inshore will be northwesterly 08 to 18 knots, reaching 25 knots with thundery rain, offshore will be northwesterly at 13 to 22 knots reaching to 26 knots at places with thundery rain.
Visibility will be 04 to 08 kilometer at places at times. The sea state inshore will be between 2 to 3 feet, rises to 4 feet at places with the thundery rain, offshore will be 3 to 7 feet, rises to 8 feet at places with thundery rain.
Tide Times and temperatures are as follows: Area High Tide Low Tide Mini - Max ---- ----------------- ------------------ ------------------- Messaid 06:00 - 17:00 13:15 - 23:00 21 Wakrah 05:00 - 16:15 12:15 - 22:00 21 Doha 04:30 - 16:00 11:30 - 21:45 21 Al Khor 04:00- 14:45 11:15 - 21:00 21 Ruwais 04:15 - 17:00 11:00 - 23:00 19 Dukhan 09:00 - 21:30 02:45 - 15:15 18 Sunrise : 05:59 LT Sunset today : 17:33 LT --------------------------------------------------- (QNA)

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News No :1

News Date :25/02/2017

News Time :07:51 AM

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Qatar News Agency English Transmission Begins Now For Saturday, February 25 - 2017 Good Morning ============================ (QNA)

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News No :44

News Date :25/02/2017

News Time :01:01 AM

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Qatar News Agency is now closing its daily transmission for Friday, Feb. 24, 2017.

Trump Says US Will Eradicate ISIS

Trump Says US Will Eradicate ISIS

News No :42

News Date :25/02/2017

News Time :12:50 AM

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Washington, February 24 (QNA) - US President Donald Trump on Friday told his supporters that the US along with its allies would "eradicate" the evil of ISIS from the face of the earth as he vowed to "substantially upgrade" the country's military.
"As part of my pledge to restore safety for the American people, I have also directed the defence community to develop a plan to totally obliterate ISIS. Working with our allies, we will eradicate this evil from the face of the Earth," Trump told his cheering supporters at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
Trump said his administration is requesting the Congress a "massive budget" for the military.
"We will be substantially upgrading all of our military, all of our military, offensive, defensive, everything, bigger and better and stronger than ever before. And hopefully, we'll never have to use it, but nobody's gonna mess with us, folks, nobody," he said. (QNA)

Japan Contributes USD28.4 Million to UNRWA in Support of Palestine Refugees

Japan Contributes USD28.4 Million to UNRWA in Support of Palestine Refugees

News No :41

News Date :25/02/2017

News Time :12:38 AM

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Jerusalem, February 24 (QNA) - The Government of Japan has contributed USD 28.4 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in support of the Agency's core programmes, emergency response efforts and priority projects.
Of the total contribution, USD17.7 million will go towards the Agency’s core programmes and services, encompassing education for half a million Palestine refugee children and youth, health care for more than 3.5 million patients, and social services for nearly 300,000 vulnerable refugees, according to UNRWA.
USD 5.2 million will support the Agency’s emergency operations in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), including the West Bank and Gaza, while USD 3.5 million will go towards UNRWA emergency interventions in response to the ongoing crisis in Syria. The final USD 2 million will help fund UNRWA projects in Lebanon, Syria and Gaza.
The contribution agreement was signed by the UNRWA Commissioner-General, Pierre Krahenbuhl, and the Japanese Ambassador for Palestinian Affairs and Representative of Japan to the Palestinian Authority, Takeshi Okubo, at UNRWA Headquarters in East Jerusalem.
In 2016, Japan contributed approximately USD 44 million to UNRWA, including USD 29 million to the Agency’s core programmes and services, USD 10 million to the Agency’s Emergency Appeals for the oPt and the Syria Regional Crisis, and USD 4 million for food assistance for abject-poor Palestine refugees in Gaza. They were among the top 5 donors to the Agency’s core programmes in 2016 and have been a member of the UNRWA Advisory Commission, which advises and assists the UNRWA Commissioner-General in carrying out the Agency’s mandate, since 1973. (QNA)

Study: Fasting Diet Regenerates Diabetic Pancreas

Study: Fasting Diet Regenerates Diabetic Pancreas

News No :6

News Date :25/02/2017

News Time :09:09 AM

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Washington, February 25 (QNA) - The pancreas can be triggered to regenerate itself through a type of fasting diet, a new study has revealed.
Restoring the function of the organ, which helps control blood sugar levels, reversed symptoms of diabetes in animal experiments.
The US study, published in the journal Cell, says the diet reboots the body. Experts said the findings were "potentially very exciting" as they could become a new treatment for the disease.
In the experiments, mice were put on a modified form of the "fasting-mimicking diet".
It is like the human form of the diet when people spend five days on a low calorie, low protein, low carbohydrate but high unsaturated-fat diet.
It resembles a vegan diet with nuts and soups, but with around 800 to 1,100 calories a day.
Then they have 25 days eating what they want - so overall it mimics periods of feast and famine.
Previous research has suggested it can slow the pace of ageing.
But animal experiments showed the diet regenerated a special type of cell in the pancreas called a beta cell.
These are the cells that detect sugar in the blood and release the hormone insulin if it gets too high.
Dr. Valter Longo, from the University of Southern California, said: "Our conclusion is that by pushing the mice into an extreme state and then bringing them back - by starving them and then feeding them again - the cells in the pancreas are triggered to use some kind of developmental reprogramming that rebuilds the part of the organ that's no longer functioning".
There were benefits in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes in the mouse experiments.
"Medically, these findings have the potential to be very important because we've shown - at least in mouse models - that you can use diet to reverse the symptoms of diabetes. Scientifically, the findings are perhaps even more important because we've shown that you can use diet to reprogram cells without having to make any genetic alterations," Dr. Longo said. (QNA)

US Stocks Edges Higher to Give Dow 11th Straight Record

US Stocks Edges Higher to Give Dow 11th Straight Record

News No :3

News Date :25/02/2017

News Time :08:28 AM

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New York, February 25 (QNA) - US stocks closed higher on Friday, with the Dow notching its 11th straight record high.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 11.44 points, or 0.05%, to 20,821.76.
The S&P 500 rose 3.53 points, or 0.15%, to 2,367.34.
The Nasdaq Composite Index gained 9.80 points, or 0.17%, to 5,845.31. (QNA)

Sovereign Debt Takes Group2 of Irish Thoroughbred Cup

Sovereign Debt Takes Group2 of Irish Thoroughbred Cup

News No :43

News Date :25/02/2017

News Time :01:00 AM

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Doha, February 24 (QNA) - British raider Sovereign Debt won the Day Two feature of HH The Emir's Sword Festival with Andrew Mullen riding the David Nicholls trained 8yo to a half a length victory over Aidan O'Brien's fancied 6yo Cougar Mountain. Injaaz Stud's Bretherton led the mile early on under Marvin Suerland with Sovereign Debt not too far behind. Coming on to the home stretch, Cougar Mountain made his way from the back of the pack on the outside under Donnacha O'Brien. At the post, Mullen's mount held on well in front, while Cougar Mountain's turn of foot was good enough for a second spot ahead of Jassim Mohammed Ghazali saddled Roman Legend (Holy Roman Emperor x Talking Liberties).
Alban de Mieulle had his second big race win of the weekend with Farooq, ridden by Gaetan Faucon in the famous Umm Qarn silks, winning second straight mile event, the first being the Qatar Arabians Derby. De Mieulle's Majeed had won the Qatar Local Purebred Arabian Trophy on Thursday. On Friday, Farooq stayed right behind Molheb Al Naif, before Faucon had his mount move on the inside, coming on to the home stretch, and away with a victory. Yousef Bentaher's ward Molheb Al Naif held on for second place finish, while Julian Smart's Najda completed the top three under Marco Monteriso.
Abdulla Al Marri overcame a scare on the home stretch to guide Al Jeryan Stud's Second Life to a fine victory in the seven furlong run. Al Marri had his mount take the early lead, with Injaaz Stud's Town Crier on his heels. Coming off the final bend, as Town Crier came alongside, Second Life inexplicably went wide. However, Al Marri had his mount continue on the outside rails, and Second Life did well to surge forward for a two and a half length victory. Rashid Al Marri guided Town Crier to second place, while Abdulla Al Adgham helmed the third placed Stars N Angels. In addition to the race prize money, there was prize money of $100,000 for the first five placed riders.
Almuheet picked up his second straight victory for trainer Jassim Mohammed Ghazali in the six-furlong sprint, showing some amazing pace in the final two furlongs under Harry Bentley. Mutazz had the early lead under Marvin Suerland with Bentley and his partner at the back of the pack. As the business end of the race beckoned, the field spread, and while Sultan Al Jaber's Mutazz kept going, Almuheet picked up the pace, through a gap, and eased past Suerland's ride in the final 50 metres. Mutazz managed to stay ahead of another Al Jeryan Stud horse Ajs Qahir for his second spot.
Topsy Turvy gave trainer Ibrahim Al Malki his second victory this weekend winning the mile-long run under Eduardo Pedroza. The 5yo, owned by Sheikh Faisal bin Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani, stayed on the heels of early leader Emaad. Coming off the final bend, as Emaad's run weakened, Topsy Turvy moved ahead, with the trio of Goldenfield, Hall Of Mirrors and Stevie's Wonder in pursuit. While Pedroza guided the winner past the post, Adrie de Vries rode Hadi Al Ramzani's Goldenfield to second spot, with Ahmed Kobeissi's Hall of Mirrors edging out Stevie's Wonder for third.
Al Shahania Stud's Aziznefs led a one-two for trainer Jassim Mohammed Ghazali, with Harry Bentley riding the winner in the mile long run, while JP Guillambert guiding Al Fouz , owned by Khalifa bin Sheail Al Kuwari, to the second spot. This was the 5yo's third straight victory in Qatar, having followed up his course and distance maiden success with an 1800m handicap victory on dirt last time. For Al Fouz, who finished two and a half lengths behind Aziznefs on Friday, the result was particularly encouraging having finished last on his previous outing. Mansoor Al Shahwani trained Haddaj Dukhan was third under Gerald Avranche.
Khalifa bin Sheail Al Kuwari owned Muraqabah registered her first turf victory this season when Harry Bentley guided the 5yo to a close victory over Stefano Ibido saddled Tanja Bu Thaila in the seven furlong run. Jassim Mohammed Ghazali schooled filly had won twice earlier this season, but on dirt and over six furlongs. In a very close finish, Alberto Sanna's ride Tanja Bu Thaila managed to keep Deborah Mountain's Zuzi , who made a return to the track in Qatar after a year long hiatus, at bay and finished third on Friday under Qatari jockey Faleh Bughanaim.
Mohammed Hussain saddled Bronze Maquette overcame a slow start and traffic on the home straight to edge out Botanica at the post for her 12th career victory. The Al Thumama Stud filly was at the back of the pack early on in the mile-long race, even as Mohammed Jassim Ghazali trained duo Lady Chantilly and Botanica set the pace up front. Coming off the final bend, Gerald Avranche had a lot of traffic to deal with on his mount. Avranche made good use of a gap and powered forward and just as it looked like the track was going to run out, Bronze Maquette did enough to win by a short head. (QNA)

Cycling: Marcel Kittel Wins Stage 2 of Abu Dhabi

Cycling: Marcel Kittel Wins Stage 2 of Abu Dhabi

News No :40

News Date :25/02/2017

News Time :12:36 AM

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Abu Dhabi, February 24 (QNA) - German sprinter Marcel Kittel of Quick Step held off Caleb Ewan and Mark Cavendish to win a bunch sprint on stage two of the Tour of Abu Dhabi on Friday.
Kittel fell on the final kilometre on Thursday and finished three minutes behind stage one winner Cavendish, who will go into stage three with the overall leader's red jersey on his back.
Saturday's race however will suit neither Kittel nor Cavendish with the 11km Jebel Hafit hill -- so popular with local cyclists -- on the agenda with its 8-9 per cent gradients, this will be one for the climbers.
Stage 2: 1. Marcel Kittel (GER/QSF) 153km in 3h 28min 11sec, 2. Caleb Ewan (AUS/ORS) same time, 3. Marc Cavendish (GBR/DDD) was third, Matteo Pelucchi (Bora-hansgrohe) was fourth, with Phil Bauhaus (Team Sunweb) fifth and Elia Viviani (Team Sky) sixth.
1. Mark Cavendish (GBR/DDD) 342km in 8h 05min 03sec, 2. Marcel Kittel (GER/QSF) at 4sec, 3. Andre Greipel (GER/LTS) 8, 4. Marco Canola (ITA/NIP) 8, 5. Caleb Ewan (AUS/ORS) 8 Saturday’s third stage is over 186km and will offer a completely different but equally thrilling race. The stage starts inland, in the oasis town in Al Ain, covering a long loop on flat roads before the 10km climb to the finish at Jebel Hafeet.
The climb will reveal who is the strongest amongst the Grand Tour specialists such as Nibali, Contador, Quintana, Dumoulin et al. They will fight for the stage victory, overall success and WorldTour points. (QNA)