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OIC Strongly Condemns Terrorist Attacks at Ataturk Airport

OIC Strongly Condemns Terrorist Attacks at Ataturk Airport

News No :69

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :08:13 PM

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Jeddah, June 29 (QNA) -The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks on Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey on Tuesday evening, , killing and maiming many innocent people. The OIC Secretary General, Iyad Ameen Madani Madani expressed his sincere condolences to the families of the victims and the Government and people of Turkey and wished the injured quick recovery.
He reiterated the solidarity of OIC and its firm support for Turkey in these critical, painful circumstances and for its procedures in confronting the consequences of this crime and apprehending those who stand behind it. He also expressed support of all the dedicated efforts by Turkey in combating terrorism, which aim to destabilize the political and economic stability enjoyed by the country.
The OIC Chief stressed his absolute rejection of this despicable terrorist act - executed in The Holy Month of Ramadan - that has no grounds in religion or morality. He reiterated the principled and constant position of the OIC rejecting all forms and manifestations of terrorism. He called on OIC Member States to work together and strengthen their coordination to combat the scourge of terrorism, which has become a veritable threat to their security and stability.
He also called for solidarity and cooperation among the international community to save the world from the evil of terrorism by addressing its causes and various contexts and by focusing on preventive dimensions through exchange of information and expertise among counter terrorism agencies.
He reassured of the OIC’s commitments to international counter terrorism efforts and of its readiness to continue coordination and joint action in this regard.(QNA)

HE the Prime Minister Meets Kuwaiti Interior Minister

HE the Prime Minister Meets Kuwaiti Interior Minister

News No :68

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :07:53 PM

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Doha, June 29 (QNA) - HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani met today with HE Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and the accompanying delegation, on the occasion of their visit to the country.
The two sides reviewed the existing fraternal ties between the two countries and means to enhance and develop them especially in security fields. They also discussed the latest reginal and international developments.
HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior held an Iftar banquet in honor of HE Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and the accompanying delegation. (QNA)

Clinton and Trump in Virtual Tie in Latest Poll

Clinton and Trump in Virtual Tie in Latest Poll

News No :67

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :07:45 PM

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Washington, June 29 (QNA) - The two rivals to become the next president of the United States are in a virtual tie in the latest public opinion poll.
Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton has 42 percent support, and Republican contender Donald Trump 40 percent in the poll released on Wednesday by Quinnipiac University.
Trump had been trailing by four points in polls earlier this month. But he has since fired his campaign manager and begun organizing a nationwide campaign, while also raising $5 million this week.
Trump had run on his money during the primary campaign to win the nomination. But he has reached out to Republican party donors, many of whom are wary of supporting the controversial real estate mogul, who has called for a ban on Muslim immigration into the United States and building a wall on the Mexican border.
Trump has also trashed free trade deals that have cost millions of American workers' jobs in the past decades.
Neither candidate is liked very much by the American electorate, according to the poll. Sixty-one percent of respondents said the increasingly contentious campaign has spread hatred and prejudice in the land.
Sixty-seven percent blamed most of this on Trump. But Clinton has had consistently low numbers in polls when voters are asked whether she is trustworthy.
The poll showed that voters believe that neither Trump nor Clinton would make a good president.
"It would be difficult to imagine a less flattering from-the-gut reaction to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton," Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a statement. "Voters find themselves in the middle of a mean-spirited, scorched earth campaign between two candidates they don't like." (QNA)

Ministry of Transport and Communications Sign Agreement with Microsoft

Ministry of Transport and Communications Sign Agreement with Microsoft

News No :66

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :07:18 PM

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Doha, June 29 (QNA) - The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) announced Wednesday it signed a partnership agreement with Microsoft that will pave the way for an evolution in public sector e-services implementation.
The agreement was signed by Assistant Undersecretary of Government Information Technology Sector Hassan Jassim al Sayed and General Manager of Microsoft Qatar Naim Yazbeck.
Through this partnership, MOTC will bring the global experience in helping governments agencies to enact digital transformations in line with the Qatar Digital Government (QDG 2020 Strategy), by building a transformation platform, named "Sadeem".
As per the agreement, Microsoft will assist in building a technology platform offering e-Servies tools and capabilities, business intelligence (BI) and other benefits, which focuses on the streamlining of initiatives designed to enhance government e-services in the country. The Qatari leadership expects all government services to be online by 2020, allowing public to better interact with the government, and executives to have access to information and tools that will promote better-informed decision-making. The government also projects significant cost-savings and an acceleration of the time to market for such services.
As it moves towards its new digital paradigm, MOTC is determined to set a benchmark for government agencies to achieve, through implementation of international best-practice standards.
Al Sayed said that "the ministry’s main goal is to create a smarter, more connected government that empowers people to engage with the government at any time, from anywhere." He added that the country's leadership "have seen that a hyper-connected world offers an opportunity for us to be more efficient, flexible and productive. We look forward to experiencing the fruits of our partnership with Microsoft," he added.
For his part, Naim Yazbeck, General Manager of Microsoft Qatar said, "This partnership is a commitment of support from Microsoft for the Ministry of Transport and Communications, and the Government of Qatar, as they work tirelessly to realize their goal of digital transformation for citizens and residents." (QNA)

HMC Urges Residents to Avoid Overeating during Eid Festivities

HMC Urges Residents to Avoid Overeating during Eid Festivities

News No :65

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :07:15 PM

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Doha, June 29 (QNA) - As the Holy Month of Ramadan draws to a close and Eid Al Fitr festivities are drawing near, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is cautioning Qatar residents against over indulging in eating and drinking to prevent stomach upsets and intestinal disorders.
"Unfortunately, many people tend to overload their bodies with large amounts of unhealthy food and soft drinks during Eid celebrations. As a result, we often notice a spike in the number of patients seeking emergency treatment for gastric issues such as nausea, vomiting, stomach upset and indigestion at Hamad General Hospital’s (HGH) Emergency Department," said Senior Consultant of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Saad Al Nuaimi.
"It is important to remember that the body becomes accustomed to a prolonged period of fasting during Ramadan and the transition from ‘fast’ to ‘feast’ can produce adverse effects on one’s health. In instances where there is a pre-existing health condition, such as diabetes and heart disease, the health risks are multiplied with the sudden loss of control in blood sugar levels created by the consumption of large amounts of sweets and sugars," he added.
Dr. Al Nuaimi noted that while it is important to take the time to celebrate with friends and family, it is also important to remember the purpose of fasting in Ramadan.
"Although some people feel it is impolite to reject or say no when offered sweets or meals while visiting a relative, friend or neighbor during Eid, it is important to remember the main purpose of fasting in Ramadan. Overindulging can also lead to rapid weight gain, which can in turn cause obesity, a leading cause of Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and back pain," said Dr. Al Nuaimi.
To prevent avoidable ill health during the Eid celebrations and holidays, Dr. Al Al Nuaimi offered the following advice: Eat healthy food in moderation and avoid drinking soft drinks as much as possible.
Don't skip breakfast, as this will just lead to overeating during the day. Keep yourself hydrated throughout the day.
When you are offered a selection of different foods, try to choose healthy options. Fill your plate with small portions of low-calorie, nutrient-dense foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meats.
Avoid salty foods and sugary and/or caffeinated drinks.
Avoid heavy fatty foods, which can cause gastrointestinal disturbances. When using oil in food preparation, use only a small amount of olive oil or other polyunsaturated fats.
Avoid refined carbohydrates and sugar (such as white bread, white rice, sweets and pastries) which can cause blood sugar surges and weight gain.
The main meal should consist be balanced with larger portions of vegetables, fruits and complex carbohydrates, e.g. beans, lentils, whole grain bread and oats.
Store food items properly in the refrigerator or as directed on the food label (avoid leaving groceries in a parked car as the temperature inside the car can quickly rise, causing food to spoil).
Exercise regularly (30 minutes a day, five times a week) and if required, consult your doctor for recommendations on suitable exercise.
HMC is encouraging the public to view the Eid break as an opportunity to develop healthy eating habits and to commit to healthier lifestyle choices. (QNA)

Kuwaiti Minister of Interior Arrives in Qatar

Kuwaiti Minister of Interior Arrives in Qatar

News No :64

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :06:31 PM

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Doha, June 29 (QNA) - HE Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah arrived in Doha today for a short visit to the country.
   He was greeted along with his accompanying delegation upon their arrival at the Doha International Airport by HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani, and HE Kuwaiti Ambassador to Qatar Mutib Saleh Al Mutawtah. (QNA)

HH the Emir Approves Cabinet's Decision

HH the Emir Approves Cabinet's Decision

News No :63

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :05:50 PM

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Doha, June 29 (QNA) - HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani approved the Council of Ministers' Decision No. 23 of 2016 establishing and forming the technical committee to stimulate the participation of the private sector in economic development projects.
The decision is effective starting from its date of issue and is to be published in the official gazette. (QNA)

New Cabinet Decision Helps in Monitoring Prices, HE Prime Minister Says

New Cabinet Decision Helps in Monitoring Prices, HE Prime Minister Says

News No :62

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :05:48 PM

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Doha, June 29 (QNA) - HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani said Wednesday that exempting some of the goods from the law regulating the work of the commercial agents reflects the commitment of the government to monitoring and regulating the market.
His Excellency added that this commitment were in accordance with the directives of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani during the inauguration of the Advisory Council's 44th ordinary session.
HE the Prime Minister said that ratifying cabinet decision no. 24 of 2016 will contribute to establishing a competitive business environment in Qatar and will encourage its private sector to participate to the state's developmental plan in accordance with Qatar National Vision 2030.
For his part, HE Minister of Economy and Commerce Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohamed Al-Thani said that ratifying the decision was only done after conducting comprehensive study of the of the competitive state of the Qatari consumer market. His Excellency said that the decision will support the Ministry's effort in combating monopolies and regulating prices, particularly as Qatar has adopted a free-market approach. His Excellency said that liberating a number of products from commercial agents will make the food products sector more competitive, and that will reflect in the prices.
HE the Minister said that the decision exempted a list of 35 goods and a number of crucial consumer products that are considered a priority for all citizens and residents. His Excellency added that services will also improve as old agents look to fend off competition from new ones.
According to article 2 of the decision, the Ministry of Economy and Commerce will carryout the law and cross out a list of 35 goods from the records of commercial agents. (QNA)

Ministry of Transport Signs MoU with Karwa

Ministry of Transport Signs MoU with Karwa

News No :61

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :05:28 PM

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Doha, June 29 (QNA) - The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) signed Wednesday a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with State Public Transport Company Mowasalat (Karwa) regarding the possession and utilization agreement of vacant plots allocated for non-commercial use.
The Ministry was represented by its Advisor Hassan Al Hail while Karwa was represented by its Chairman Nasser Al Malki in the signing of the MoU. A number of officials from both sides attending.
According to the MoU, Karwa will plan appropriately to provide this land for private sector taxi operators. The Ministry of Transport & Communications is increasing its support to taxi operators by allocating land for taxi operations to promote higher service levels and taxi availability.
The Ministry of Transport released a statement today saying that the public transport sector, including taxi services plays a key role connecting Qatar and providing mobility for citizens, residents and visitors. The Government is allocating the use of lands to be developed by the taxi Franchise companies for use in their operations and for staff accommodation purposes.
More than 3500 taxi are now operated in Qatar by private companies and Karwa and the Ministry plans to increase that number to 7000 over the next few years. The increase in taxi will support an enhanced public transport network including the new metro and expanded public bus systems and will assist in reducing a dependency on private vehicle transport and road. (QNA)

Chairman of NHRC Meets Yemeni Minister of Human Rights

Chairman of NHRC Meets Yemeni Minister of Human Rights

News No :60

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :05:28 PM

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Doha, June 29 (QNA) - Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al Marri met with Yemeni Minister of Human Rights Ezzedine Al Asbahi.
     During the meeting, they discussed ways to strengthen partnership and to activate and follow-up enforcement of the memorandum of understanding signed between the two sides last year.
     Al Asbahi, during the meeting, gave a briefing on the latest developments in the human rights situation in Yemen, and violations committed by the Houthi militias in this aspect.
     He praised the NHRC efforts in support of the Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights since its inception by contributing to building capacities of its members and supporting its programs and plans, as well as the NHRC's efforts in supporting the national cause of his country in international and regional forums on human rights. (QNA)

Ashghal: Partial Closure of Al Sakhama Road and Diversion on Al Wukair Road

Ashghal: Partial Closure of Al Sakhama Road and Diversion on Al Wukair Road

News No :59

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :05:19 PM

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Doha, June 29 (QNA) - The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) announced that it will close a small section of Al Sakhama Road and put in place a diversion on Al Wukair Road. Ashghal has advised that the closure and diversion will be implemented in two phases, in coordination with the Traffic Police.
The closure of this small section of Al Sakhama Road will start on Saturday 2 July 2016 and will be closed for a period of twelve months. The closure is required to implement a new parallel diversion road on Al Wukair Road.
The diversion on Al Wukair Road will commence on Thursday 28 July 2016 and will also last for a period of twelve months. This diversion is required to enable the construction of two bridges and other vehicular and cycle underpasses on Ashghal’s Al Wakrah Bypass project.
On 2 July 2016, residents in Ezdan villages who usually use Al Sakhama Road to access Al Wukair Road will need to use the local road route.
Road users travelling in both directions on Al Wukair Road will be minimally affected by the change, diverting to a parallel road for a length of 1.3 kilometres. The new parallel diversion road will provide two lanes in each direction, which is the same amount of lanes as the existing Al Wukair Road. The speed limit for this section of Al Wukair Road will be 50 kph.
Ashghal will install road signs to advise motorists of the closure. The authority requests all road users to abide by the speed limits and follow the road signs to ensure their safety. (QNA)

HH the Emir Ratifies Two Cabinet Decision /for local press/

HH the Emir Ratifies Two Cabinet Decision /for local press/

News No :58

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :05:13 PM

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Doha, June 29 (QNA) - HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani ratified Wednesday cabinet decision no. 22 of 2016 of the executive regulations of the tenders and auctions law no. 24 of 2015.
HH the Emir also ratified cabinet decision no. 24 of 2016 which exempts a number of goods from law no. 8 of 2002 which regulates the work of commercial agents.
The two decisions are effective starting from its date of publication in the official gazette. (QNA)

Kuwaiti Prime Minister Meets Speaker of Iraqi Parliament

Kuwaiti Prime Minister Meets Speaker of Iraqi Parliament

News No :57

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :05:00 PM

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Kuwait, June 29 (QNA) - Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah met today with Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament Dr. Salim Al-Jabouri.
They discussed relations between the two countries and ways of enhancing them, in addition to reviewing a number of issues of common concern. (QNA)

HH the Emir Issues Two Instruments of Ratification /Local Press/

HH the Emir Issues Two Instruments of Ratification /Local Press/

News No :55

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :04:41 PM

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Doha, June 29 (QNA) - HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani issued an instrument of ratification approving a draft agreement for cooperation and news exchange between Qatar News Agency and Mexican News Agency of the United Mexican States, signed in Doha on 21/1/2016.
HH the Emir also issued an instrument of ratification approving a draft memorandum of understanding in the fields of physical culture and sport between the ministry of youth and sport of the State of Qatar and National Commission of Physical Culture and Sports of the United Mexican States, signed in Doha on 21/1/2016. (QNA)

HH the Emir Issues Law on Combating Smuggling of Petroleum Products /Local Press/

HH the Emir Issues Law on Combating Smuggling of Petroleum Products /Local Press/

News No :54

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :04:40 PM

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Doha, June 29 (QNA) - HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani issued Law No. 6 of 2016 on combating the smuggling of petroleum products and the illicit transaction in them.
The law is effective and is to be published in the official gazette. (QNA)

HH the Emir Issues Two Decrees /for local press only/

HH the Emir Issues Two Decrees /for local press only/

News No :53

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :04:38 PM

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Doha, June 29 (QNA) - HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani issued Wednesday two decrees.
The first was Emiri decree no. 32 of 2016 ratifying an agreement between the government of the State of Qatar and that of Kyrgyz Republic which exempts holders of diplomatic passports from both countries from visas. The agreement was signed in Doha on December 8 of 2014 and shall bear the power of law in accordance with article 68 of the constitution.
HH the Emir issued also Emiri decree no. 33 of 2016 ratifying a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Youth of Sports of Qatar and the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family of South Korea. The MoU was signed on November 5 of 2014 and shall have the power of law in accordance with article 68 of the constitution.
The law is effective starting from its date of publication in the official gazette. (QNA)

HH the Emir Appoints Ambassador to Cyprus /Local Press/

HH the Emir Appoints Ambassador to Cyprus /Local Press/

News No :52

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :04:34 PM

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Doha, June 29 (QNA) - HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani issued Emiri Decision No. 29 of 2016, appointing Sultan Ibrahim Youssef Ibrahim Al-Mahmoud as ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Republic of Cyprus.
The decision is effective starting from its date of issue and is to be published in the official gazette. (QNA)

HH the Emir Issues Emiri Decision Reforming Qatar Museums Board of Trustees /Local Press/

HH the Emir Issues Emiri Decision Reforming Qatar Museums Board of Trustees /Local Press/

News No :51

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :04:27 PM

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Doha, June 29 (QNA) - HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani issued an Emiri Decision No. 26 of 2016 reforming the Board of Trustees of Qatar Museums.
The decision is effective starting from its date of issue and is to be published in the official gazette. (QNA)

HH the Emir Issues Decision no.27 of 2016 /for local press only/ /corrected repeat/

HH the Emir Issues Decision no.27 of 2016 /for local press only/ /corrected repeat/

News No :50

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :04:24 PM

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Doha, June 29 (QNA) - HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani issued Wednesday Emiri decision no. 27 of 2016 with the organizational structure of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The decision states that the structure of the ministry's authorities follows the chart attached to the decision. The law is effective starting from its date of publication in the official gazette. (QNA)

HH the Emir Issues Decision no.27 of 2016

HH the Emir Issues Decision no.27 of 2016

News No :49

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :04:19 PM

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Doha, June 29 (QNA) - HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani issued Wednesday Emiri decision no. 27 of 2016 with the organizational structure of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The decision states that the structure of the ministry's authorities follows the chart attached to the decision. The law is effective starting from its date of publication in the official gazette. (QNA)

Erdogan, Putin Hold Phone Talks

Erdogan, Putin Hold Phone Talks

News No :48

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :04:19 PM

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Ankara, June 29 (QNA) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin discussed over phone bilateral relations and cooperation on regional issues and humanitarian crises, a Turkish presidency statement carried by Anadolu Agency said.
The two sides emphasized the importance of normalizing relations between the two countries. "Mr. President and Mr. Putin pointed to the importance of holding cooperation in the face of political, economic and humanitarian crises in the region as well as taking necessary steps to revive the bilateral relations," read the statement.
Diplomatic ties between Turkey and Russia soured following the downing of a Russian warplane that Ankara says violated its airspace last November. Moscow said at the time that the warplane was inside the Syrian airspace. (QNA)

HE Prime Minister Sends Condolences to Turkish Counterpart

HE Prime Minister Sends Condolences to Turkish Counterpart

News No :46

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :03:08 PM

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Doha, June 29 (QNA) - HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani sent a cable of condolences to Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, Binali Yildirim, on victims of the terrorist bombings at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. (QNA)

HE Prime Minister Sends Condolences to Turkish President

HE Prime Minister Sends Condolences to Turkish President

News No :45

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :03:06 PM

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Doha, June 29 (QNA) - HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani sent a cable of condolences to President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on victims of the terrorist bombings at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. (QNA)

HH Deputy Emir Sends Condolences to Turkish President

HH Deputy Emir Sends Condolences to Turkish President

News No :44

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :03:06 PM

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Doha, June 29 (QNA) - HH Deputy Emir Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Thani sent a cable of condolences to President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on victims of the terrorist bombings at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. (QNA)

HH the Emir Sends Condolences to Turkish President

HH the Emir Sends Condolences to Turkish President

News No :43

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :03:05 PM

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Doha, June 29 (QNA) - HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani sent a cable to President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in which he offered his condolences on the victims of Tuesday night's terrorist bombings at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul.
HH expressed his strong condemnation and denunciation of the brutal attack, which left a number of innocents killed and injured, stressing the State of Qatar's solidarity with fraternal Turkey, and support for all its efforts to protect its security and stability in the face of terrorism and extremism. (QNA)

Kurdistan Regional Government's PM Meets Senior Italian MP

Kurdistan Regional Government's PM Meets Senior Italian MP

News No :42

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :02:21 PM

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Baghdad, June 29 (QNA) - Kurdistan Regional Government's Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani on Wednesday met Pier Ferdinando Casini, chairman of the Italian Senate's foreign affairs committee.
The meeting reviewed cooperation ties between Kurdistan Regional Government and Italy on all fronts and means of developing them.
Barzani and Casini discussed operation to liberate Mosul from the ISIS group in cooperation between Erbil, Baghdad and forces of the international coalition. The two sides also discussed issues of mutual interest. (QNA)

EU Leaders Hold Talks Without Cameron on Post-Brexit Future

EU Leaders Hold Talks Without Cameron on Post-Brexit Future

News No :40

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :01:36 PM

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Brussels, June 29 (QNA) - European leaders held talks on Wednesday to discuss the future of the bloc in the wake of Britain's vote to leave it.
British Prime Minister David Cameron who attended the first session of the summit on Tuesday was absent today, a sight that would be the norm in the future.
"I think it is not about him today ... Today is about us, what we are going to do about our unity and about preparation for the transitional period for British withdrawal," Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said according to German news agency DPA.
She said leaders of the now 27-member European Union needed to focus on what mattered for citizens, rather than political elites. That means "immigration, economic growth," she said.
They are expected to continue discussions at another summit in September in Slovakia. (QNA)

Emir of Kuwait Meets Speaker of Iraqi Parliament

Emir of Kuwait Meets Speaker of Iraqi Parliament

News No :39

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :01:31 PM

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Kuwait, June 29 (QNA) - Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah met Wednesday the visiting Speaker of Iraqi Parliament Dr. Salim Al Jabouri.
Talks during the meeting covered issues of mutual concern. (QNA)

Advisory Council Observer Meets Member of US Congress

Advisory Council Observer Meets Member of US Congress

News No :38

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :01:29 PM

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Doha, June 29 (QNA) - HE Advisory Council Observer Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Sulaiti met Wednesday with member of the US Congress Andre Carson, currently visiting Doha.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed the parliamentary relations between the two countries and ways of enhancing them.
HE Secretary General of the Advisory Council Fahad bin Mubarak Al Khayareen attended the meeting. (QNA)

Israeli Forces Detain Eight Palestinians

Israeli Forces Detain Eight Palestinians

News No :37

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :01:21 PM

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Ramallah, June 29 (QNA) - The Israeli forces detained at least eight Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem on Wednesday, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS).
In Jerusalem, Israeli police stormed the town of al-Issawiya and detained three Palestinian minors, including two brothers, after raiding their homes, Palestinian news agency (WAFA) reported.
Israeli police also detained a South African national in Jerusalem’s Old City area.
Meanwhile in the West Bank, the Israeli army detained two Palestinians in Hebron, at least two Palestinians in Nablus, and one another in Tulkarm. (QNA)

Istanbul Airport Resumes Flights after Terrorist Attack

Istanbul Airport Resumes Flights after Terrorist Attack

News No :36

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :12:44 PM

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Istanbul, June 29 (QNA) - The first departures took off from Istanbul's Ataturk international airport Wednesday, as the major global transit hub partially resumed operations following a brutal attack killing 36 people and causing carnage.
Planes had already begun landing just before dawn, after the airport, one of the largest in the region, had been totally shut for several hours following the triple suicide bombing the previous evening which was focused on the arrivals terminal.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim confirmed that the flights were back in the airport Wednesday morning after the attack.
The Turkish Airlines announced that flights had been be suspended until Wednesday 8 AM (Turkish local time).
The airlines, which had to cancel more than 340 flights, was offering refunds or alternative tickets, but there still was chaos for many travelers, including people who fled the airport attack.
Delays remained widespread after hundreds of flights were cancelled or postponed immediately after the attack, which involved guns and explosives and caused damage to the airport.
The building's exterior and interior had suffered some damage in the multiple explosions and gunfights between police and the assailants, whose nationality has not yet been confirmed. No group has claimed the attack.
The attack comes as Turkey's key tourism sector is already being battered in recent months due to terrorist attacks. The number of foreign visitors decreased by 35% in May, the latest in a string of steep monthly declines.
Foreign nationals were among the killed and injured, with Turkish citizens making up the largest portion of the victims, officials said.
Three suicide bombers who arrived by taxi struck on Tuesday evening, killing 36 people besides themselves and leaving an estimated 147 injured.
Witnesses and local media reports said there were explosions and gunfire at different points in the international area of the airport, including inside the building.
ISIS was the primary suspect, said Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, who visited the airport overnight and announced it open to inbound and outbound flights.
Tuesday's attack was the worst in Istanbul in more than a decade. (QNA)

S. Korean, British, EU Diplomats Hold Talks on Brexit

S. Korean, British, EU Diplomats Hold Talks on Brexit

News No :35

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :12:23 PM

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Seoul, June 29 (QNA) - Senior diplomats of South Korea, Britain and the European Union held talks Wednesday to coordinate their response to Britain's decision to leave the EU.
The three-way meeting came as Seoul has been taking measures to stem any fallout from "Brexit" after the British people voted in a referendum Thursday to leave the 28-member bloc, state news agency (Yonhap) reported.
First Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam, who formerly served as Seoul's top envoy to London, said South Korea respects the decision of the British people.
"But regardless of the outcome of the referendum, we believe that we can continue to develop a broad and creative partnership with the UK, which was agreed upon by the two leaders at the summit meeting in November 2013," he said on the outset of his talks with British Ambassador to Seoul Charles Hay and his EU counterpart, Gerhard Sabathil. "Likewise, we want to continue to further develop the strategic partnership with the EU in every area." Lim especially expressed hope for continued close coordination and cooperation on North Korea's nuclear issue and human rights situation. (QNA)

Turkey, Coalition Forces Hit 15 ISIS Positions in N. Syria

Turkey, Coalition Forces Hit 15 ISIS Positions in N. Syria

News No :33

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :12:10 PM

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Ankara, June 29 (QNA) - Turkish artillery and international coalition forces hit 15 positions belonging to the ISIS group in northern Syria.
Turkish military said in a statement on Wednesday that its artillery struck Tuesday 15 weapon emplacements, including Katyusha rockets, belonging to ISIS, which was reportedly preparing to attack Turkey from neighboring Syria, Turkish Anadolu Agency reported.
Since mid-January, ISIS rockets have been targeting towns and cities in southern Turkey, close to the Syrian border. A total of 21 people, including Syrians who had taken shelter in Turkey, were killed and more than 70 others wounded in such attacks. (QNA)

Firebomb Attack Outside Australian Mosque

Firebomb Attack Outside Australian Mosque

News No :31

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :11:56 AM

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Canberra, June 29 (QNA) - A firebomb attack outside an Australian mosque while worshippers were at prayer.
No one was injured in Tuesday night's blast which destroyed a car parked outside a mosque and Islamic college in the Perth suburb of Thornlie.
"It is believed an accelerant was used to start the fire," Western Australian police said in a statement, adding that three other vehicles were damaged in the incident.
"Anti-Islamic graffiti was located spray painted on a wall associated with the college, near the damaged vehicles." Austrailia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said "I deplore and I cannot condemn strongly enough any attacks of that kind." At the last national census in 2011, Muslims made up less than 3% of the overall Australian population of 24 million. (QNA)

UN Secretary-General Condemns Deadly Attack at Ataturk International Airport

UN Secretary-General Condemns Deadly Attack at Ataturk International Airport

News No :30

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :11:55 AM

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New York, June 29 (QNA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the attack at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport, according to his spokesperson.
"He expresses his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Turkey. He wishes a speedy recovery to those injured," Ban's spokesperson added in a statement. "The Secretary-General hopes that the perpetrators of this crime will be identified and brought to justice." According to initial media reports, at least 28 people were killed in the attack and at least another were 60 wounded.
The spokesperson added that the UN chief stands firmly by Turkey as it confronts the threat of terrorism and stresses the need to intensify regional and international efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism. (QNA)

Sudanese FM: Qatar is Sudan's Biggest Supporter -1-

Sudanese FM: Qatar is Sudan's Biggest Supporter -1-

News No :28

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :11:54 AM

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Sudanese Foreign Minister Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour stressed in his interview with Al Watan newspaper Sudan's firm stance on the issue of Yemen, saying in this visions are unite with all Arab leaderships and governments, based on the Arab League's unanimous decisions that stresses the importance of restoring legitimacy in Yemen.
He added that efforts are vary between the direct military command as for Saudi Arabia, military participation in different ways as for Sudan or political assistance and support played by the Arab countries.
And about his country's position towards the Syrian crisis, Minister Ghandour said that his country's position will remain the same as a political solution is the best for the Syrian crisis and that a military solution will prolong it.
He also expressed hope that relations normalization between Sudan and the United States will end before the next presidential election.
Regarding the road map and the divergent positions between the Sudanese government and the opposition, Prof. Ghandour explained that the opposition will sign the road map because there is no other choice, stressing that the map has an international support from the United Nations, the African Union, the Arab League and all the African countries and the international community represented by the US and the EU.
On the developments in the case of Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, the Sudanese Foreign Minister said his country is not a mediator but a partner, and as upstream and downstream countries, they should work to have no negative consequences for any of the States Parties.
About the conflicts and tensions in Libya and some neighboring countries and the expansion of ISIS and Boko Haram as well as their penetration into Sudan , Prof. Ghandour said that terrorism has no borders, nation or religion, expressing confidence of the security services which revealed a lot of cells. (QNA)

Sudanese FM: Qatar is Sudan's Biggest Supporter

Sudanese FM: Qatar is Sudan's Biggest Supporter

News No :27

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :11:54 AM

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Doha, June 29 (QNA) - Sudanese Foreign Minister Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour stressed that the State of Qatar remained Sudan's biggest supporter in many issues, especially in the issue of Darfur peace and its development.
In an interview with (Al Watan) newspaper published Wednesday, he said that the Qatari leadership, led by HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and HH the Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, provided for Sudan every possible support in very complex circumstances, adding that Sudan was surrounded by a lot of economic, political and security problems.
He added that what distinguishes the Sudanese-Qatari relations file is Qatar's stance towards Darfur issue and the effort made by Doha where it hosted talks lasted for three years which confirms the existence of a great appreciation from the Qatari leadership to the Sudanese people.
He also underlined the Qatari investments in Sudan and said that Qatar has white hands to support Sudan, adding that the last meeting between HH the Emir and Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir refers to a good future.
Regarding the tension with the State of South Sudan, the Minister said that with the recent understandings in Khartoum, his country is somewhat optimistic about some thing and is moving in the right direction, adding that Sudan is looking forward to opening a new page with the South.
He indicated that Sudan's leadership accepted the separation, but are looking forward to strong and special relations.
About Sudan's foreign policy, the Sudanese Foreign Minister said they give priority to southern Sudan and therefore one of the most important understandings that there will be no shelter for any armed movements in accordance to IGAD peace agreement in the South. (MORE)

More than One Third of Germans Want Mandatory Military Service

More than One Third of Germans Want Mandatory Military Service

News No :26

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :11:19 AM

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Berlin, June 29 (QNA) - One in three Germans are in favour of reintroducing conscription in the face of growing security threats, according to a survey conducted for the German News Agency (dpa) by pollster YouGov.
Some 36% said they wanted to go back to compulsory military service, which was suspended in Germany five years ago.
Just less than half of those questioned - 49%- were against a reintroduction, with 15% declining to comment.
Conscription in Germany was suspended on July 1, 2011, after 55 years, as the government did not see any justification for the military service, given no immediate threats to security.
Compulsory military service remains part of the German constitution and could be reintroduced in the face of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and the rise of the ISIS group. (QNA)

Israeli Navy Open Fire at Palestinian Fishermen off Beit Lahiya City

Israeli Navy Open Fire at Palestinian Fishermen off Beit Lahiya City

News No :23

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :10:03 AM

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Gaza, June 12 (QNA) - Israeli navy boats opened fire on Wednesday morning at Palestinian fishermen and their boats in the Mediterranean sea off Beit Lahiya city in the northern Gaza Strip.
No injuries were reported.
Israeli occupation authorities prevented on Sunday Gaza fishermen from sailing for more than six miles in the Mediterranean, reducing the designated fishing zone off the coast of the Gaza Strip after it had been set to nine miles in April.
The occupation navy continues to deliberately target Palestinian fishermen's boats on daily basis, preventing them from fishing, confiscating their boats and arresting them. (QNA)

Ban Ki-moon Hails Qatari Projects in Gaza

Ban Ki-moon Hails Qatari Projects in Gaza

News No :17

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :09:44 AM

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Gaza, June 29 (QNA) - Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon praised the comprehensiveness of the Qatari projects implemented in the Gaza Strip.
This came during Ban's visit on Tuesday to HH the Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani's Rehabilitation and Prosthetics Hospital which occupy an area of ??12 donums northwest of Gaza City.
During his tour inside the hospital, Ban listened to an explanation from the Qatari Committee for the Reconstruction of the Gaza Strip on the overall projects implemented in the sector.
The UN Secretary-General pledged to make the necessary efforts with all other states in order to fulfill their commitments to advance projects in Gaza forward similar to what has been shown by Qatar of real commitment to the reconstruction, expressing his admiration for the implementation of the Qatari projects, despite the existing obstacles and challenges.
Ban Ki-moon also listened to a detailed explanation of the Qatari projects carried out by Committee in Gaza over the past three years, which included the completion of the implementation of the first phase of the Hamad residential project in Khan Younis. He also saw photos of rehabilitation projects of Salahuddin and Al Rasheed streets and the project to build 1000 new housing units for the owners of destroyed houses during the recent war in the Gaza Strip at a cost of $50 million, in addition to a series of other projects.
The Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza said that the overall cost of the Qatari projects that actually carried out in the sector is estimated at $300 million, while projects currently under implementation exceeded $70 million.
The UN Secretary-General expressed satisfaction with the Qatari projects that have been implemented, and the size of the other projects that are being implemented. (QNA)

Malaysia Deports 490 Illegal Filipinos Immigrants

Malaysia Deports 490 Illegal Filipinos Immigrants

News No :16

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :09:29 AM

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Kuala Lumpur, June 29 (QNA) - A total of 490 illegal immigrants from the Philippines were deported to their homeland through Sandakan Port, Malaysian Sabah National Security Council (NSC) said.
The secretary of the council Rodzi Md Saad said they consisted of 309 men, 141 women and 40 children, bringing to a total of 13,145 illegal immigrants having been deported to their respective country of origin since Jan 1 this year, according to Malaysia's (Bernama) News Agency.
He said the total number of illegal immigrants deported so far this year comprised 10,761 Filipinos, 2,289 (Indonesians) and 95 of other nationalities.
Rodzi said 543,086 illegal immigrants had been deported from Malaysia's Sabah to their respective country of origin since 1990. (QNA)

Nearly 90 ISIS Fighters Killed, Wounded in Afghan Clearance Raids

Nearly 90 ISIS Fighters Killed, Wounded in Afghan Clearance Raids

News No :15

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :09:07 AM

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Kabul, June 29 (QNA) - Nearly 90 militants fighting for the (ISIS) group were killed or wounded in the clearance operations in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.
The Afghan Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Wednesday that the operations were conducted in Kot district of Nangarhar covering Bandok, Zara Bandok, Jajal Ghondi, Sepa Ghondi, Bahadur Baba villages and its surrounding areas, according to the Afghan (Khaama Press).
According to a statement by MoD, over 40 ISIS militants were killed in the operations and around 44 others were wounded.
The statement further added that the hideouts of the group were destroyed and the mentioned areas were cleared from the presence of ISIS militants.
MoD also added that the local residents did not suffer any casualties in the operations.
The Ministry of Defense earlier said at least 37 ISIS loyalists were killed and around 40 others were wounded during the operations launched in response to a major attack launched by the group on Friday.
The major attack by ISIS loyalists on police check posts followed as the Afghan and US forces stepped up raids against the group in Nangarhar province.
The Afghan forces as well as the US forces are regularly targeting the loyalists of the ISIS group in this province in a bid to curb their activities. (QNA)

US, S. Korea, Japan Conduct First Joint Missile-Tracking Exercise

US, S. Korea, Japan Conduct First Joint Missile-Tracking Exercise

News No :14

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :08:54 AM

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Seoul, June 29 (QNA) - The United States, South Korea and Japan conducted their first joint missile-tracking exercise off Hawaii on Tuesday in an effort to better defend against threats from North Korea, officials said.
The "Pacific Dragon" exercise came as the North has been carrying out a series of test firings of the Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile. Last week, Pyongyang claimed success in its sixth test of the missile believed to be capable of reaching the US territory of Guam.
It was the first set of anti-missile drills between the three countries, according to South Korea's (Yonhap) News Agency.
The exercise featured a coordinated live ballistic target tracking event where each nation's Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System capabilities were tested and improved, the statement said. All participants shared information via tactical data link in accordance with a trilateral information sharing agreement, it said.
North Korea reacted angrily to the exercise, vowing to further bolster its nuclear arsenal.
"The drill staged in the Pacific Ocean was another military provocation against the DPRK and a revelation of their hegemonic scenario for disturbing regional peace and security," said a spokesman for the Disarmament and Peace Institute of the North's Foreign Ministry, according to the Korean Central News Agency.
In a separate statement, South Korea's Navy said "Through the latest training, the Navy solidified the trilateral interoperability of South Korea, the US and Japan against North Korea's missile launch threats and strengthened their joint information sharing system." A 7,600-ton Korean guided-missile destroyer, Sejong the Great, participated in the drill along with U.S. destroyers USS John Paul Jones and USS Shoup, as well as Japan's JS Chokai, the Navy said.
"The training was carried out in the way that the destroyers of each country detected and tracked a simulated land-fired ballistic missile and shared their information on the target," according to the Navy. (QNA)

Turkish President Urges Joint International Anti-Terror Fight after Istanbul Attack

Turkish President Urges Joint International Anti-Terror Fight after Istanbul Attack

News No :13

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :08:54 AM

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Ankara, June 29 (QNA) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Wednesday for a joint international fight against terrorism after the attack, which was carried out by three suicide bombers on Tuesday inside Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, killing and wounding dozens.
Erdogan said "We expect that a resolute stance against terrorist organizations should be adopted by the world and especially Western countries with their parliament, media and non-governmental organizations, Erdogan said in a statement while stressing that Turkey would continue its fight against terror groups, according to Anadolu Agency (AA).
Turkey will continue its fight against all terrorist organizations at all costs until the end of terrorism, he said.
Erdogan also stressed that Turkey has enough power, wisdom and potential to fight terrorism and warned of consequences if all nations fail to join a global effort to defeat it.
All the bad terrorist scenarios, acts -- even we fear to bring them into our minds -- will come true one by one if all countries do not carry out a joint fight against terrorist organizations, he said. (QNA)

4 Taliban Militants Killed in US Drone Strike in Northern Afghanistan

4 Taliban Militants Killed in US Drone Strike in Northern Afghanistan

News No :10

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :08:44 AM

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Kabul, June 29 (QNA) - At least four Taliban insurgents were killed in the latest drone strike carried out by the US forces in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan.
According to the local security officials, the airstrike was carried out in Chardara district.
A commander of the 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan National Army Gen. Abdul Qahar Aram confirmed that four Taliban insurgents were killed in the air raid.
Gen. Aram further added that the airstrike did not incur any casualties to the local residents.
The Taliban militants have not commented regarding the report so far.
This comes as a number of the Taliban insurgents were killed in a similar raid in Chardara district late on Saturday night.
There are conflicting reports that a number of the civilians in custody of the Taliban militants were also killed in the airstrike.
Kunduz is among the volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan where the Taliban militants are actively operating and have intensified insurgency activities during the recent months. (QNA)

Merkel: Brexit Vote is Irreversible

Merkel: Brexit Vote is Irreversible

News No :9

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :08:40 AM

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Brussels , June 29 (QNA) - Britain's decision to leave the European Union is irreversible, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said following summit talks in Brussels with British Prime Minister David Cameron and the bloc's other leaders.
"I see no way to reverse that," Merkel said of the referendum outcome, while adding that the issue was not discussed with Cameron.
"This is not the hour for wishful thinking," she said, noting, "the referendum stands as a reality." "The atmosphere was serious, amicable and borne by the awareness that this is more of a sad event, but that it is a reality," Merkel said of the leaders' talks, noting that consequences now need to be drawn. (QNA)

Death Toll Rises to 36 in Istanbul Airport Attack

Death Toll Rises to 36 in Istanbul Airport Attack

News No :8

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :08:40 AM

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Istanbul, June 29 (QNA) - Death toll rose to 36 in the terror attack on Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport, while scores of others were injured, Turkeys Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Wednesday.
Briefing the media, Yildirim condemned the attack and extended condolences to the victims' families while he confirmed that airport operations had resumed.
Our airport has been reopened to flights as of 02.20 a.m. (2320GMT) and air traffic has returned to normal, he said.
Even though there are strong indications that the ISIS group is responsible for the attack in which three suicide bombers are believed to have been involved, the prime minister said police are conducting ongoing investigations, according to Anadolu Agency (AA).
Asked whether an attacker may have escaped authorities in the chaos of the attack, Yildirim denied the claim but stressed that security officials are considering all possibilities.
We have injured people. Many of our wounded have been lightly injured, he said. Some foreign nationals were also injured, he added.
The attackers arrived at the airport by a taxi, according to Yildirim, but he said there is no security gap at the airport.
Police are still at the scene hours after the attack and access to and from the airport that had been blocked has been restored.
The attack comes just two weeks after a bomb blast hit a police vehicle in Istanbul's central Beyazit area. Seven police officers and four civilians were killed in that attack and 36 others wounded. (QNA)

Palestinian President Calls for Supporting French Initiative to hold Peace Conference

Palestinian President Calls for Supporting French Initiative to hold Peace Conference

News No :6

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :08:30 AM

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Ramallah, June 29 (QNA) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday called for the importance of supporting the French initiative, Arab and European efforts, and the Quartet's endeavors to hold an international peace conference by the end of the year.
Speaking at a joint news conference late Tuesday with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at Ramallah, Abbas said "We have been seeking to peace based on the two-state solution, but continued occupation and settlement are the problem which runs counter to the aspired peace." Abbas stressed the need to set a mechanism with clear timeframes for holding negotiations and implementing all agreements to establish an independent Palestinian state on borders 1967 with East Jerusalem as the capital.
For his part, Ban emphasized that the two-state solution is the only option to achieve lasting and sustainable peace in the region, reiterating his commitment to work with all the leaders and the international community to promote these basic and fundamental goals.
As for his visit to the Strip Tuesday, Ban said he was astonished by steadfastness of people in the Strip despite wars and enormous difficulties facing them.
The UN Secretary-General described the reconstruction efforts in the sector as encouraging, calling on donors to meet their obligations in this regard.
This is Ban Ki-moon's final trip to Palestine before his term of office expires in December. (QNA)

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Meets Speaker of French National Assembly

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Meets Speaker of French National Assembly

News No :5

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :08:30 AM

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Paris, June 29 (QNA) - Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, met here on Tuesday with President of the French National Assembly Claude Bartolone.
The Deputy Crown Prince also met with Head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the French National Assembly Elisabeth Guigou, Saudi News Agency (SPA) reported.
Talks during the meetings dealt with the distinguished relations between both countries and peoples and a number of issues of common interest. (QNA)

Summary of Local News Released Tuesday - 1 -

Summary of Local News Released Tuesday - 1 -

News No :4

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :08:27 AM

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- Qatar Petroleum (QP) will hand over the management and operation of some of areas within its concession in the Mesaieed Industrial City to the Economic Zones Company Qatar (Manateq), QP said Tuesday in a press release.
- Qatar's General Consul in Houston Mohammed Ahmed Mohammed Al Homaid was chosen as a goodwill ambassador for the city.
- The total value of trading in real estate sales contracts registered with the Real Estate Registration Department at the Ministry of Justice from 19 to 23 June mounted to QR 210.6 - QF Radio will stop transmissions at the end of October 2016 after seven years of service.
- The length of stay for patients requiring urgent surgery at Hamad General Hospital (HGH) for acute appendicitis has reduced from 4.3 days to 2.5 days thanks to an innovative new project designed to help patients in their recovery.
- Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) volunteers visited Rumailah Hospitals Residential Care Community and shared Iftar with disabled residents as part of their Ramadan 2016 outreach initiative.
- The State of Qatar has strongly condemned and denounced Tuesday explosion at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport that killed and injured a number of people.
- Lekhwiya Club management has succeeded in signing defender Vivian Kwasi from Al Kharaitiyat. The contract runs for five seasons, according to Qatar Stars League website.
- Al Kharaitiyat was able to sign Lekhwiya's Lassana Diaby and Khalid Radwan after successful negotiations between the two clubs, according to Qatar Stars League website. (END)

Summary of Local News Released Tuesday

Summary of Local News Released Tuesday

News No :3

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :08:26 AM

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Doha, June 29 (QNA) - Summary of local news released Tuesday by Qatar News Agency.
- HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani visited Tuesday the "What About The Art Contemporary Art from China," which is taking place at the Museum of Islamic Arts.
- The Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics (MDPS) have released the Monthly Producer Price Index (PPI) of the Industrial sector for April 2016 with the base year 2013. Producer price index covers goods relating to "Mining" (weight: 72.7%), "Electricity & Water" (weight: 0.5%) and "Manufacturing" (weight: 26.8%).
- The Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC) has announced the recall of the safety barriers for children from IKEA, PATRULL KLAMMA, PATRULL FAST model, because of the defect in the safety lock unit of the barrier, which could lead to the fall of the child. It called for immediately stop using such products and return them to the IKEA store.
- Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus Ioannis Kasoulides has met with HE Qatar's Ambassador to Cyprus Hussein bin Ahmed Al Humaid on the occasion of the expiry of his tour of duty in the country.
- The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) announces that it will implement a temporary traffic diversion on Lijmiliya Road to allow for the demolition of the existing carriageway and the construction of a permanent dual carriageway.
- Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri met Tuesday with Legal Adviser of the Syrian National Coalition Haitham Al Maleh, in presence of HE the Syrian Ambassador to Qatar Nizar Al Haraki.
- Vice President of Yemen Ali Mohsen Saleh al-Ahmar arrived Tuesday in Qatar.
- The Emiri Diwan has announced the vacation dates of Eid Al Fitr for ministries and other government entities and public institutions as well as Qatar Central Bank (QCB), banks, financial institutions under QCB's jurisdiction, and Qatar Financial Markets Authority (QFMA).
- Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE) index gained 51.19 points (+0.52%) when the bourse closed trading at 9,867.94 points Tuesday.
- Hamad International Airport (HIA) has advised its departing passengers during the Eid travel rush to be sure to check-in online, arrive three hours prior to flights and use the E-gates to avoid queues in order to enjoy a comfortable and seamless journey. (MORE)

Weather Forecast in Qatar

Weather Forecast in Qatar

News No :2

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :08:07 AM

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Doha, June 29 (QNA) - The weather forecast for Qatar valid until 6pm Wednesday inshore will be hazy at places at first, becoming hot daytime with slight dust and humid with hazy to misty at places by night, offshore will be hazy to misty at places.
Wind speed inshore will be variable at first less than 03 knots, becoming northwesterly to northeasterly 05 to 15 knots, offshore will be northwesterly to northeasterly 03 to 12 knots.
Visibility will be 04 to 8 kilometers. The sea state inshore will be between one to two feet, offshore will be one to three feet, the Department of Meteorology said in its daily report.
Tide Times and temperatures are as follows: Area High Tide Low Tide Max. Temp.
---- ----------------- ------------------ -------------- Messaid 00:00 - 15:30 07:45 - 19:00 40 Wakrah 14:00 - ***** 07:00 - 18:15 40 Doha 13:15 - 23:45 06:15 - 18:00 41 Al Khor 11:45- 22:45 05:30 - 16:30 40 Ruwais 12:15- ***** 06:00 - 18:45 37 Dukhan 04:30 - 17:15 10:45 - 23:30 42 Sunrise : 04:46 lt Sunset today : 18:28 lt --------------------------------------------------- (QNA)

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News No :1

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :08:01 AM

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Qatar News Agency English Transmission Begins Now For Wednesday, June 29 - 2016 Good Morning ============================ (QNA)

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News No :91

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :01:01 AM

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Qatar News Agency is now closing its daily transmission for Tuesday, June 28, 2016.

WHO Announces Head of New Health Emergencies Programme

WHO Announces Head of New Health Emergencies Programme

News No :90

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :01:00 AM

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Geneva, June 28 (QNA) - World Health Organization (WHO) has announced the appointment of Dr Peter Salama as the Executive Director of its new Health Emergencies Programme, at the level of Deputy Director-General. He takes up his new post on 27 July 2016.
Dr. Salama is from Australia and is currently UNICEF Regional Director for Middle East and North Africa and Global Emergency Coordinator for the Crises in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. He has previously served with UNICEF as Country Representative in Ethiopia and Zimbabwe, as Global Coordinator for Ebola, and as Chief of Global Health.
Prior to joining UNICEF in 2002, he worked with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC), Concern Worldwide and MSF. Dr. Salama is a medical epidemiologist who brings a wealth of experience in management of humanitarian crises and disease outbreaks. He has worked in public health for more than 20 years and published widely in the fields of maternal and child survival, refugee and forced migration and complex emergencies.
WHO’s new Health Emergencies Programme is designed to deliver rapid, predictable and comprehensive support to countries and communities as they prepare for, face or recover from emergencies caused by any type of hazard to human health, whether disease outbreaks, natural or man-made disasters or conflicts.
The development of the new Programme is the result of a reform effort, based on recommendations from a range of independent and expert external reports, involving all levels of WHO – country offices, regional offices and headquarters.
The new Programme unifies WHO’s standards and processes to strengthen the Organization’s response to health emergencies across the full risk management cycle of prevention, preparedness, response and early recovery. (QNA)

Thousands Protest in Paris as Senate Approves Labour Law Reforms

Thousands Protest in Paris as Senate Approves Labour Law Reforms

News No :89

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :01:00 AM

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Paris, June 28 (QNA) - Protesters were gathering in Paris as France's Senate was expected to vote Tuesday on contested bill reforming employment laws.
Marches were organised by seven trade unions and student organisations in the country's major cities.
The Eiffel Tower has closed for the day due to a strike of some of the employees. The company running the monument says there were not enough workers to open it for the day in conditions sufficient to assure security and public amenities.
Air France warned customers of some delays and last-minute cancellations might happen due to a strike of some air controllers.
In Paris, unions and workers planned a march under close police watch from Bastille plaza to Italy plaza, in the east of the capital. The police were checking protesters' bags before letting them enter the area. (QNA)

HH the Emir Visits Art Exhibition in Museum of Islamic Arts

HH the Emir Visits Art Exhibition in Museum of Islamic Arts

News No :87

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :12:57 AM

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Doha, June 28 (QNA) - HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani visited Tuesday the "What About The Art? Contemporary Art from China," which is taking place at the Museum of Islamic Arts.
HH the Emir viewed the artworks on display in the exhibition's several sections. Chairperson of Qatar Museums HE Sheikha Mayassa bin Hamad Al-Thani accompanied HH the Emir on the visit, along with ranking officials at the Museum of Islamic Arts. (QNA)

Houston Awards Qatari Diplomat Honorary Citizenship

Houston Awards Qatari Diplomat Honorary Citizenship

News No :86

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :12:44 AM

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Houston, June 28 (QNA) - Qatar's General Consul in Houston Mohammed Ahmed Mohammed Al Homaid was chosen as a goodwill ambassador for the city.
He also became an honorary citizen in recognition of his contribution to public interest and humanity. This came during a meeting with the Mayor of Houston Sylvester Turner who met the Qatari Consul on the end of his term of office.
They discussed enhancing bilateral relations, particularly in economic, health and educational fields. (QNA)

Yemeni Vice President Arrives in Qatar

Yemeni Vice President Arrives in Qatar

News No :85

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :12:15 AM

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Doha, June 28 (QNA) - Vice President of Yemen Ali Mohsen Saleh al-Ahmar arrived Tuesday in Qatar.
At his reception at Hamad International Airport was HE Minister of State for Defense Affairs Dr. Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah and Yemeni Charges d'Affairs Mohammed Abdulla Ahmed Alzubairi. (QNA)

NASA Tests Massive Rocket Booster for Mars Missions

NASA Tests Massive Rocket Booster for Mars Missions

News No :34

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :12:15 PM

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Washington, June 29 (QNA) - NASA has tested one of the solid rocket boosters that will power its new rocket, the Space Launch System, which the agency hopes will one day fly to Mars.
After an hour delay because of a glitch with the ground computer system, the booster fired horizontally for just over two minutes at a test site in Utah, burning through 5000kg of propellant per second, shooting flames out at three times the speed of sound, with temperatures that were expected to reach 2000 degrees celsius. The booster test comes ahead of the rocket's first mission, planned for 2018, when it will launch the unmanned Orion spacecraft on a three-week journey that will take it around the moon.
After the test, officials at NASA and Orbital ATK, the contractor that built the booster, said it was a success.
Combined, a two-minute test firing of the rocket's boosters, the largest and most powerful ever designed, would generate enough energy to power 92,000 homes for a day, NASA said.
The test follows a successful launch in 2014 of the Orion spacecraft, which flew further than any vehicle designed for humans had gone in more than 40 years. Ultimately, NASA plans to use the SLS to launch to Mars, but there have been some in US Congress who are pushing the agency to return to the moon instead. (QNA)

GCC Stock Market

GCC Stock Market

News No :70

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :08:52 PM

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Doha, June 29 (QNA) - Stock markets in GCC states closed Wednesday as follows: Current Previous Change Change Current Index Index Value % Value -------------- ------------ ---------- ----------- ------------------- Qatar Exchange: 9,877.75 9,867.94 +9.81 +0.10 95,193,260.31 Dubai Financial Market: 3,271.38 3,283.92 -12.54 -0.38 355,195,034.70 Muscat Securities Market: 5,779.590 5,761.320 +18.27 +0.32 3,032,808 Bahrain Stock Exchange: 1,118.16 1,114.11 +4.05 +0.36 329,320 Kuwait Stock Exchange: 5,374.78 5,375.21 -0.43 -0.01 6,538,406.605 Saudi Stock Exchange: 6,500.42 6,480.32 +20.10 +0.31 3,980,638,789.55 Abu Dhabi Exchange: 4,417.03 4,407.16 +9.87 +0.22 88,392,571 ------------------------------------- (QNA)

RasGas Signs LNG Sales and Purchase Agreement with EDF

RasGas Signs LNG Sales and Purchase Agreement with EDF

News No :56

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :05:00 PM

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Doha, June 29 (QNA) - RasGas Company Limited (RasGas) announced on Wednesday that Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Company Limited (3) (RL 3) has entered into a new liquefied natural gas sales and purchase agreement (SPA) with French energy company, EDF SA (EDF).
The agreement was signed by RasGas Chief Executive Officer Hamad Mubarak Al Muhannadi and Marc Benayoun, EDF group senior executive, vice president of Gas and Italy and CEO of Edison.
Under the terms of the SPA, RL 3 will deliver, starting in 2017 and over the medium term, up to 2 million tons per annum (Mtpa) of Qatari LNG into EDF's new terminal in Dunkerque, France. This new agreement complements three existing long term SPAs between RasGas ventures and EDF Group subsidiaries, for delivery of up to 4.6 Mtpa to Edison in Italy and up to 3.5 Mtpa to EDF Trading in Belgium.
"This latest agreement is an excellent example of RasGas' continued commitment to develop and execute opportunities that respond to our customer's needs," Al Muhannadi said. "We are proud that, together with EDF, we have played a significant role in continuing to provide a safe and reliable supply of energy to the homes, businesses and communities of Europe." For his part, Benayoun said the agreement reflects EDF's growing interest in the LNG markets. "The Group is proud to add this significant contract to its global LNG portfolio and to reach a new important milestone in the excellent relationship with RasGas, who already delivers LNG cargoes to the Group under long term contracts in both Rovigo and Zeebrugge terminals.
"At a time when Dunkerque LNG is due to receive its first commissioning cargo early July, this new contract demonstrates Dunkerque LNG's outstanding position in the North West European gas markets," he added. (QNA)

Muscat Securities Market Gains 18 Points

Muscat Securities Market Gains 18 Points

News No :47

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :03:32 PM

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Muscat, June 29 (QNA) - Muscat Securities Market (MSM) general index (30) added 18.27 points on Wednesday's trading session, a rise by 0.32 percent to close at 5779.59 points, compared to the last session, which stood at 5761.32 points, Omani state news agency ONA reported.
The trading value amounted to RO 3.03 million, comprising a rise by 20.47 percent compared to the last session, which stood at RO 2.51 million.
Market value rose by 0.33 percent to reach about RO 17.02 billion, according to the MSM report.
The value of shares bought by non-Omani investors reached RO 534,000, comprising 17.59 percent, while the value of shares sold by non-Omani investors reached RO 350,000, comprising 11.54 percent.
The net non-Omani investment rose by 6.06 percent to RO 184,000. (QNA)

Chinese Shares Close Mixed Wednesday

Chinese Shares Close Mixed Wednesday

News No :41

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :01:52 PM

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Beijing, June 29 (QNA) - Chinese stocks closed mixed on Wednesday, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index up 0.65%, at 2,931.59 points.
The smaller Shenzhen index closed 0.02% lower at 10,460.97 points.
Turnover on the two bourses stood at 644.3 billion yuan (97.1 billion US dollars).
The ChiNext Index, which tracks China's NASDAQ-style board of growth enterprises, lost 0.31% to close at 2,209.79 points. (QNA)

European Shares Rise on Firmer Oil And Chance of More Stimulus

European Shares Rise on Firmer Oil And Chance of More Stimulus

News No :32

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :12:07 PM

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London, June 29 (QNA) - European shares rose on Wednesday, with higher oil prices and the chance of more monetary stimulus helping markets in their bid to recover from the hit from Britain's vote to exit the European Union.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index, which had slumped 11% over the course of Friday and Monday, rose 1.2%, building on a 2.6% gain in the previous session.
The FTSEurofirst 300 also stood 1.2% higher.
The shares of European oil majors rose as the impact from a potential strike in Norway lifted oil prices.
European stocks were further supported from a drop in sovereign bond yields, with France's 10-year bond yield hitting a new record low amid expectations for further monetary stimulus to offset the negative impact of last week's 'Brexit' vote on the euro zone economy. (QNA)

KPC Announces Liquefied Gas Prices for July

KPC Announces Liquefied Gas Prices for July

News No :29

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :11:55 AM

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Kuwait, June 29 (QNA) - The Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) has announced the new prices for liquefied gas (propane and butane) for July.
Propane will be sold at USD 295 for a metric ton, USD 35 lower than June, the KPC said in an exclusive statement to KUNA on Wednesday.
A metric ton of butane will be sold for USD 310, marking a fall of USD 55 compared to June prices.
The prices of the two products are affected by oil prices on the world markets, and the exchange rate of the US dollar, in addition to geopolitical factors, natural disasters, and economic mayhems. (QNA)

Japan's Nikkei up 1% on Eased Brexit Fears

Japan's Nikkei up 1% on Eased Brexit Fears

News No :25

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :10:20 AM

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Tokyo, June 29 (QNA) - Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 Stock Average opened higher Wednesday after major European stock markets rebounded overnight for the first time since Britain's referendum last week to leave the European Union.
The Nikkei gained 154.49 points, or 1.01%, to trade at 15,477.63 as of 9:12 am (0012 GMT). The index edged up 0.09 % Tuesday. (QNA)

Bursa Malaysia, Taiwan Stock Exchange Sign MoU

Bursa Malaysia, Taiwan Stock Exchange Sign MoU

News No :24

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :10:19 AM

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Kuala Lumpur, June 29 (QNA) - The Taiwan Stock Exchange Corporation (TWSE) and Bursa Malaysia Berhad (Bursa Malaysia) have announced that the two market operators have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to undertake a joint study to explore capital market opportunities to expand various areas of potential cross-border cooperation, namely in exchange traded funds (ETFs), indices, market connectivity, and market promotional activities.
The CEO of Bursa Malaysia Berhad Tajuddin Atan said that the economic relations between Malaysia and Taiwan has been good, with Taiwan being Malaysia's 7th largest trading partner in 2015.
The joint cross-border study under the second MOU will enable TWSE and Bursa Malaysia to assess and prioritise potential collaborations that would provide greater access to investments and investors in both our markets, he added.
The Chairman of the TWSE Sush-der Lee said that this second MoU with Bursa Malaysia further expands the scope of our cooperative relationship and will help us determine the best way to create value for the Taiwanese and Malaysian trading communities, according to Malaysia's (Bernama) News Agency.
An earlier Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation and exchange was signed by the TWSE and Bursa Malaysia in 1999. (QNA)

Saudi Foreign Assets Rise to SR2.148 Trillion in May

Saudi Foreign Assets Rise to SR2.148 Trillion in May

News No :22

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :09:48 AM

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Riyadh, June 29 (QNA) - Saudi Arabia's foreign-currency reserves rose modestly in May for the first time in 16 months, probably due to a $10 billion syndicated loan concluded in the previous month.
Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency's (SAMA) net foreign assets climbed 0.1 % to SR2.148 trillion ($573 billion), the first gain since January 2015, according to official data, Saudi's online (Arab News) reported citing Bloomberg's report.
Foreign currencies and deposits abroad rose to SR744.7 billion from SR693 billion in April, while investment in foreign securities dropped, the data show.
The Kingdom agreed to terms with banks for its first sovereign loan in 15 years in April, three people with knowledge of the matter said at the time.
The International Monetary Fund forecasts this year’s budget shortfall at 13.5 % of gross domestic product.
The gain in reserves "was probably the impact of the syndicated loan that happened at the end of April," said chief economist at Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Monica Malik.
"They still need to turn more to the external markets to meet a significant part of their funding needs." While the price of Brent crude advanced 3.2 % in May, the fourth straight monthly gain, they remain below $50 a barrel. SAMA's foreign assets are still down $99 billion from May 2015.
"It's good to see reserves settle, but assuming May was the month in which the funds from its $10 billion loan agreement were disbursed, the underlying trend is still clearly downward," said HSBC Holdings Plc's London-based chief economist for central and eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, Simon Williams. (QNA)

Spot Value in Qatar

Spot Value in Qatar

News No :21

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :09:45 AM

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Doha, June 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 3.7477 3.7587 AED 3.6726 3.6732 BHD 0.3772 0.3773 KWD 0.3018 0.3019 GBP 1.3306 1.3316 CHF 0.9810 0.9820 JPY 102.17 102.27 GOLD 1,319.60 1,320.10 SILVER 18.05 18.07 Stocks Indications: Dow Jones 17409.72 Oil Price : West Texas 47.88 -------------------------------- (QNA)

Eurodeposits Rates in Qatar

Eurodeposits Rates in Qatar

News No :20

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :09:45 AM

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Doha, June 29 (QNA) - Euro deposits and Foreign Exchange Rates for Gulf and International Currencies at opening Wednesday as issued by Qatar National Bank (QNB) are as following: USD JPY CHF GBP 1 Mth 0.3100 0.3800 1.2700 0.4500 2 Mths 0.3500 0.3600 1.1400 0.4500 3 Mths 0.4400 0.4300 1.0900 0.5000 6 Mths 0.7100 0.3700 0.9900 0.6500 12 Mths 1.0200 0.2500 0.9500 0.3300 QAR SAR AED BHD 1 Mth 1.0000 1.2100 0.4700 1.1500 2 Mths 1.0000 1.8900 0.5400 1.4500 3 Mths 1.0000 1.8200 0.6700 1.7500 6 Mths 1.0000 1.6200 0.9300 1.9000 12 Mths 1.0000 2.1900 1.2500 1.9800 ------------------ (QNA)

Exchange Rates in Qatar /1/

Exchange Rates in Qatar /1/

News No :19

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :09:44 AM

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Korean Won N/A 0.00360 Sterling Pound 4.72200 4.95900 Euro 3.95600 3.09700 Swiss Franc 3.64600 3.80200 Japanese Yen 0.03493 0.03634 Swedish Krona 0.42600 0.43300 Norwegian Krona 0.42400 0.43300 Danish Kroner 0.53800 0.54800 Indian Rupee 0.05200 0.05413 Pakistani Rupee N/A 0.03519 South African Rand N/A 0.25286 Turkish Lira N/A 1.31400 Gold/USD 1,319.60 1,319.80 Silver/USD 18.05 18.06 Platinum/USD 986.00 986.40 ------------------------------------------ (QNA)

Exchange Rates in Qatar

Exchange Rates in Qatar

News No :18

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :09:44 AM

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Doha, June 29 (QNA) - Exchange Rates for foreign currencies as issued on Wednesday by Qatar National Bank (QNB) are as following: Currency Buying Selling ======= ====== ====== Saudi Riyal 0.96600 0.97900 Omani Riyal 9.42400 9.51000 U.A.E. Dirham 0.98800 0.99900 Bahraini Dinar 9.61000 9.70100 Kuwaiti Dinar 12.02200 12.23300 Jordanian Dinar 5.08400 5.20100 Egyptian Pound 0.33200 0.42200 Chinese Yuan 0.47400 0.56800 Tunisian Dinar N/A 1.71100 Moroccan Dirham N/A 0.37700 U.S. Dollar 3.63000 3.65020 Canadian Dollar 2.76800 2.83300 Australian Dollar 2.66600 2.74600 New Zealand Dollar 2.54200 2.62900 Singapore Dollar 2.65700 2.71800 Hong Kong Dollar 0.44700 0.48900 ----------------------------------------------------------- (MORE)

US Stocks Rise on Tuesday

US Stocks Rise on Tuesday

News No :12

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :08:45 AM

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New York, June 29 (QNA) - US stocks rose for the first time in three sessions Tuesday, recovering some of their brutal losses seen in the aftermath of the UK's vote to quit the European Union.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average, DJIA, +1.57% which over the past two sessions lost 900 points, jumped 269.48 points, or 1.6%, to 17,409.72.
The broader S&P 500 index SPX, +1.78% added 35.55 points, or 1.8% to 2,036.09.
The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +2.12% added 97.42 points, or 2.1%, to 4,691.87. (QNA)

Chinese Yuan Strengthens to 6.6324 against USD Wednesday

Chinese Yuan Strengthens to 6.6324 against USD Wednesday

News No :11

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :08:44 AM

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Beijing, June 29 (QNA) - The central parity rate of the Chinese currency renminbi, or the yuan, strengthened 204 basis points to 6.6324 against the US 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 US dollar is based on a weighted average of prices offered by market makers before the opening of the interbank market each business day. (QNA)

Toyota Recalls 1.4 Million Cars Worldwide over Curtain Shield Airbags

Toyota Recalls 1.4 Million Cars Worldwide over Curtain Shield Airbags

News No :7

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :08:31 AM

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Tokyo, June 29 (QNA) - Toyota Motor is issuing a global recall of 1.43 million vehicles to repair a possible curtain shield airbag inflator defect, the company said Wednesday.
The world's largest carmaker said in an email that subject to the latest recall were the 2008 to 2012 models of the Prius hybrid, Prius plug-in hybrid and Lexus CT 200h vehicles.
The recall comprised 743,000 units in Japan, 495,000 in North America, 141,000 in Europe, 9,000 in China and 46,000 elsewhere, Toyota said.
The recalled vehicles were equipped with curtain shield airbags in the driver- and passenger-side roof rails that have airbag inflators composed of two chambers welded together, Toyota said.
Some inflators might have a small crack, which could grow over time, and lead to a separation of the chambers.
The curtain shield airbags in question were not made by embattled Japanese supplier Takata, the carmaker said.
The carmaker said it was not aware of any injuries or fatalities related to the latest recall. (QNA)

Wimbledon: Serena Williams, Andy Murray into Second Round

Wimbledon: Serena Williams, Andy Murray into Second Round

News No :88

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :01:00 AM

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London, June 28 (QNA) - Defending champion Serena Williams racked up her 80th Wimbledon victory Tuesday while Andy Murray raced through before rain brought action at the All England Club to a soggy halt.
World number one and six-time champion Williams, bidding for a record-equaling 22nd Grand Slam title, battled to a 6-2, 6-4 win over Swiss qualifier Amra Sadikovic, ranked at 148 in the world.
She will face fellow American Christina McHale for a place in the last 32.
Murray, the 2013 champion, made a flying start to his bid for a second Wimbledon title as the world number two crushed compatriot Liam Broady 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.
The 29-year-old brushed aside the world number 235 and will next play Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun. (QNA)

Football: Milan Announce Montella as New Coach

Football: Milan Announce Montella as New Coach

News No :84

News Date :29/06/2016

News Time :12:10 AM

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Milan, June 28 (QNA) - AC Milan have officially announced the appointment of coach Vincenzo Montella on a two-year contract.
Montella, who led Sampdoria to a 15th-placed finish in Serie A last season, replaces interim boss Cristian Brocchi at the helm. A statement on the Serie A club's official website said that Montella will take over starting July 1, citing his style of play as a reason for winning the job.
Montella is more famous as a player for his time during Roma where he win the league title. He scored 84 goals in 192 matches there. He also managed Fiorentina for three years. He helped the team reach four place in all three seasons and also reached the semi-final of the Europa League, but were knocked out by Sevilla. (QNA)