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UN Agency Urges EU to Adopt Stronger and More Pro-Active Approach on Refugees

UN Agency Urges EU to Adopt Stronger and More Pro-Active Approach on Refugees

News No :79

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :09:10 PM

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Geneva, December 05 (QNA) - The United Nations refugee agency today proposed far-reaching reforms of Europe's management of refugees, including the asylum system, recalling that scenes of chaos at borders last year led to a breakdown in the public's trust in the capacity of governments to manage the refugee challenge and played into the hands of those wishing to turn those fleeing for their lives into scapegoats.
In a paper presented to the European Union (EU), Protecting refugees in Europe and beyond: Can the EU rise to the challenge?, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) urged Europe to improve support, preparations, and response aspects of its engagement with the refugees. UNHCR also urged greater investments by European Union (EU) member States to assist refugees with integration, housing, employment and language training.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi stressed in a speech to the European Policy Centre in Brussels that last year Europe failed to implement a collective response to help over a million refugees and migrants.
In light of the resultant breakdown in public trust and the fact that the issue was seized upon by those who wanted to turn refugees into scapegoats, it is important that EU member States show, through collective action, "that Europe is capable of engaging effectively and in a principled manner with refugee movements, helping to stabilize refugee flows over the long term through more strategic external engagement - while at the same time, continuing to welcome refugees in Europe," he added.
The agency has also proposed a Better Protecting Refugees in the EU and Globally paper, outlining measures to address the reasons why refugees are fleeing, and simplifying an asylum system that would make the process of identifying and registering more efficient. The system also builds on elements of the existing Common European Asylum System (CEAS) and some reforms proposed by the European Commission. The reform would also guarantee the right to asylum, enhance security screening, and improve management of population movements. (QNA)

Russian Fighter Jet Crashes While Landing on Mediterranean Carrier

Russian Fighter Jet Crashes While Landing on Mediterranean Carrier

News No :78

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :08:38 PM

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Moscow, December 05 (QNA) - A Russian Sukhoi-33 fighter jet crashed in the Mediterranean while landing on Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement carried by TASS news agency.
The pilot who ejected from the plane remained alive, according to the ministry. "This is very tense, hard and heroic work," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.
"After performing a combat mission over Syria a Sukhoi-33 fighter-jet overran the runway while trying to land on The Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier. The arresting cable's rupture was the reason," the ministry said in the statement.
The pilot ejected himself and was promptly taken on board the carrier by the search and rescue team.
"Deck aircraft keep performing their missions," the statement added. The Russian aircraft carrier-led group keeps operating in the Mediterranean in accordance with the long voyage plan, TASS reported. (QNA)

Minister of Public Health Issues Two Decisions /Local Press/

Minister of Public Health Issues Two Decisions /Local Press/

News No :77

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :08:37 PM

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Doha, December 05 (QNA) - HE Minister of Public Health Dr Hanan Mohammed Al Kuwari issued today a decision appointing Dr Aisha Abdullah Al Ali acting director of healthcare facilities licensing and accreditation department at the ministry of health.
       HE the Minister issued a decision forming an advisory committee on healthcare facilities licensing and accreditation department with membership of senior officials and specialists in planning, policy and quality from the health sector.
     The committee specializes in providing advice and counsel to the director of the department, approves the department's rules and regulations, considers granting approvals to requests for establishing new hospitals, and adopts standards of healthcare facilities licensing and accreditation. (QNA)

GCC Chief : 37th GCC Summit to Be Held Amid Significant Regional Challenges

GCC Chief : 37th GCC Summit to Be Held Amid Significant Regional Challenges

News No :75

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :08:02 PM

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Manama, December 05 (QNA) - The 37th session of the GCC Supreme Council Summit is held amid significant regional challenges, affirmed the GCC Secretary General.
These political, security and economic challenges warrant solidarity and cooperation among all the GCC member states and relentless action to attain merger among them, said the GCC Chief Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani in an interview broadcast by the official Bahrain News Agency (BNA) on Monday.
He noted that agenda of the GCC summit, due on Tuesday, includes various files related to political, economic, security and social cooperation, as well as examining reports filed by the Ministerial Council, committees and the General Secretariat.
Current economic conditions constitute some of the major challenges facing the GCC states, he said.
The GCC countries had already taken steps at this level, endorsing the joint economic treaty, setting up the common market and the customs union.
Al-Zayani re-affirmed the GCC states' resolve to face security threats. "They will not hesitate to take all necessary measures to safeguard their security, stability and defend their sovereignty and interests," he stressed.
The GCC countries have taken an unwavering approach for upgrading their security and military potentials for defense purposes and safeguarding achievements that have been made throughout the years, the GCC Chief added.
He rejected, anew, foreign intervention in the regional countries' affairs for such meddling contradicts with international laws and threatens the Gulf security and stability, noting the UN prime role in this regard.
On the Syrian refugees' plight, he underscored the GCC countries' efforts at the public and private levels to help them, noting that the GCC states along with other countries had pledged more than USD seven billion to aid the Syrians.
Kuwait had hosted three international conferences grouping countries pledging support for the Syrians affected by the war. A fourth one was held in London.
Regarding Yemen, Al-Zayani said the GCC countries had given substantial financial support for the legitimate government to help it deliver relief supplies to those in need in the war-stricken nation. (QNA

Vice Saudi Monarch Receives Oral Message from U.K. PM

Vice Saudi Monarch Receives Oral Message from U.K. PM

News No :74

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :08:00 PM

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Riyadh, December 05 (QNA) - Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, on Monday received a verbal message from U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May.
U.K. Deputy National Security Adviser, John Jenkins, delivered the message as he met the vice custodian of the two Holy Mosques today.
The meeting reviewed means of boosting cooperation between the two countries on all fronts as well as the latest developments in the region. (QNA)

Death Toll in Oakland Warehouse Fire Rises to 36

Death Toll in Oakland Warehouse Fire Rises to 36

News No :73

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :07:41 PM

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Washington, December 05 (QNA) - The death toll rose to 36 people after a fire during a party destroyed a former warehouse in Oakland, California, local authorities said Monday.
The blaze struck late Friday during a party with live music in the warehouse, which housed an artists' collective in Oakland on the eastern side of San Francisco Bay.
The death toll had reached 33 on Sunday, with police saying citizens of countries in Europe and Asia were among the dead.
"We absolutely believe that the number will increase," Melinda Drayton, a battalion chief in the Oakland Fire Department, told reporters early Monday.
She described the blaze as an "extremely hot fire," with most of the bodies found so far in the centre of the building.
The source of ignition is still under investigation.
" There is no way of telling the cause," Drayton said.
The warehouse walls were bowing in after the fire, and the investigation and the search for remains of victims were halted overnight Sunday due to concern that the metal girders that held the now burned out roof could collapse, Drayton said.(QNA)

Jordan's Foreign Minister UN Official Discuss Iraq

Jordan's Foreign Minister UN Official Discuss Iraq

News No :72

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :07:26 PM

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Amman, December 05 (QNA) - Jordan;s Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, met here Monday with Special Representative of United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Jan Kubis.
Talks during the meeting dealt with the latest developments in Iraq, besides ways to realize peace and security there.(QNA)

HH the Emir to Chair Qatar's Delegation in GCC Summit in Bahrain

HH the Emir to Chair Qatar's Delegation in GCC Summit in Bahrain

News No :69

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :07:11 PM

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Doha, December 05 (QNA) - HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al -Thani, will head tomorrow, Tuesday ,to the Kingdom of Bahrain, to chair Qatar's delegation to the meetings of the 37th session of the Supreme Council of the Cooperation Council of Arab Gulf states, to be held in the Bahraini capital, Manama.(QNA)

Uzbek Prime Minister Elected Ppresident

Uzbek Prime Minister Elected Ppresident

News No :67

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :06:41 PM

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Moscow, December 05 (QNA) - The prime minister of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, has been elected president with more than 88 per cent of the vote following the death of longtime ruler Islam Karimov, Russian state news agency TASS reports.
Mirziyoyev, prime minister for 13 years, has vowed to push ahead with the legacy of Karimov, who succumbed to complications from a stroke in September at the age of 78 after ruling for more than a quarter-century.
Mirziyoyev, 59, was named acting president after the death and was widely expected to win the election.(QNA)

Kuwait, Canada Eye Closer Military Coop.

Kuwait, Canada Eye Closer Military Coop.

News No :66

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :06:18 PM

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Kuwait, December 05 (QNA) - Kuwaiti Army's Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Mohammad Al-Khoder met Monday with visiting Commander of Canadian Joint Operations Command Lieutenant-General Stephen Bowes, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.
During the meeting, they discussed ways of developing and promoting military cooperation between Kuwait and Canada, along with several issues of mutual interest. (QNA)

Qatar, UK Hold Third Meeting for the Strategic Dialogue

Qatar, UK Hold Third Meeting for the Strategic Dialogue

News No :64

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :06:11 PM

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Doha, December 05 (QNA) - The Third meeting for the Strategic Dialogue between the State of Qatar and the UK was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs's headquarters on Monday in a follow-up to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two countries in October 2014.
      The meeting was chaired on the Qatari side by HE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi and on the the British side by Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa Tobias Ellwood.
Talks during the meeting dealt with main aspects of the partnership between the two sides in various fields, notably Qatari investments and economic opportunities in the United Kingdom.
They also reviewed the latest developments on the regional and international arenas. (QNA)

Qatar Media Corporation CEO Meets Media Delegation Accompanying Saudi King

Qatar Media Corporation CEO Meets Media Delegation Accompanying Saudi King

News No :63

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :06:04 PM

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Doha, December 05 (QNA) - HE Sheikh Abdurrahman bin Hamad Al-Thani, CEO of Qatar Media Corporation, met here on Monday with the media delegation accompanying the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia during his official visit to the State of Qatar.
The Saudi media delegation is headed by President of Saudi Press Agency (SPA) Abdullah bin Fahd Al Hussein.
During the meeting, they discussed media relations and means to develop and promote them. (QNA)

HH the Emir Hosts Lunch Banquet in Honour of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques

HH the Emir Hosts Lunch Banquet in Honour of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques

News No :61

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :05:55 PM

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Doha, December 05 (QNA) - HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al -Thani hosted a luncheon banquet today at the Emiri Diwan in honour the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia and the accompanying delegation.
The banquet was attended by HE Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Thani, HH Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Personal Representative of HH the Emir, HH the Deputy Emir Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Thani, HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al-Thani, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al-Thani , HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al -Thani, HE Sheikh Jassim bin Khalifa Al-Thani and HE the Speaker of the Advisory (Shura) Council Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khulaifi and his Deputy as well as a number of Their Excellencies sons of HH the Father Emir and a number of Their Excellencies members of the Royal Family, Ministers and dignitaries. (QNA)

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Accorded Official and Popular Welcoming Ceremony

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Accorded Official and Popular Welcoming Ceremony

News No :58

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :05:53 PM

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Doha, December 05 (QNA) - HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani welcomed his brother the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia in the Emiri Diwan where an official welcoming ceremony along with a popular celebration were held this afternoon.
The official ceremony started with the arrival of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques' s motorcade then both the Saudi and Qatari national anthems were played.
HH the Emir then shook hands with the Princes and Ministers accompanying the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.
     For his part, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques shook hands with Their Highnesses and Excellencies Sheikhs, Ministers, Dignitaries and Senior State Officials.
     HH the Emir handed over to his brother the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques the Sword of the Founder Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Bin Thani, the highest national decoration, which is carried by the Emir of the State and to be presented to Kings, Presidents and Princes.
      The ceremony was attended by HE Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad bin Abdullah Al -Thani, HH Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Personal Representative of HH the Emir, HH the Deputy Emir Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Thani, HE Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al-Thani, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al-Thani, HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani, HE Sheikh Jassim bin Khalifa Al -Thani, Speaker of the Advisory (Shura) Council, HE Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khulaifi and his Deputy along with a number of Their Excellencies sons of HH the Father Emir, members of the Royal Family, Ministers and dignitaries.
On the Saudi side, the ceremony was attended by Prince Abdulilah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Prince Khalid bin Fahd bin Khalid bin Muhammad Al Saud, Prince Mansour bin Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Prince Mohammed bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Prince Saud bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud along with a number of Princes and Ministers, members of the accompanying delegation. (QNA)

Weather Forecast for Tonight

Weather Forecast for Tonight

News No :57

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :05:24 PM

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Doha, December 05 (QNA) - Weather inshore tonight until 6.00 am on Tuesday will be relatively cold by night, becomes hazy to misty over most areas by late night, the Department of Meteorology said in its daily weather report.
Offshore, the weather will be fine at first becomes hazy to misty and some clouds at places at times, the report said.
The Department warns of expected poor horizontal visibility over most areas by late night inshore and strong wind and high sea at first offshore.
Wind inshore will be northwesterly at a speed of 05-15 knots. Offshore, it will be northwesterly to northeasterly at a speed of 15-22 knots at first, decreases to 04-14 knots by night.
Visibility will be 04-08 kilometers or 3 kilometers less at places by late night. Sea state inshore will be 1-3 feet, while offshore it will be 4-7 feet at places at first, falling 2-4 feet by night.
Tides and temperatures are as follows: Area High Tide Low Tide Min. Temp ---- ----------------- -------------------- ----------------- Messaid **:** - 10:45 **:** - 01:45 19 Wakrah 21:00 - 10:00 17:45 - 01:30 19 Doha 20:00 - 09:15 16:45 - 01:15 22 Al Khor 19:30 - 08:45 15:45 - 01:00 20 Ruwais 21:15 - 09:00 15:45 - 03:00 24 Dukhan 13:15 - 02:15 20:00 - 08:00 19 Sunrise 06:06 LT Sunset 16:43 LT ---------------------- (QNA)

Boat Carrying Rohingya Capsizes in Bangladesh River; Three Rescued

Boat Carrying Rohingya Capsizes in Bangladesh River; Three Rescued

News No :56

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :05:12 PM

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Dhaka, December 05 (QNA) - Bangladeshi fishermen rescued three Rohingya Muslims after a boat carrying more than 30 people capsized in a river during an attempt to flee Myanmar and escape persecution, officials said on Monday.
Local government official said the boat, which had been carrying 35 Rohingyas, overturned near Jadimura Point on the Naf River, which separates Bangladesh from Myanmar.
"Three of them could be rescued after they swam into Bangladesh territory, while the rest of the passengers could not be traced," Ali told reporters, citing one of the survivors.
The accident occurred more than 370 kilometers south-east of the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka.(QNA)

MOPH Prepares National Action Plan to Address Antimicrobial Resistance

MOPH Prepares National Action Plan to Address Antimicrobial Resistance

News No :55

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :05:05 PM

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Doha, December 05 (QNA) - Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) announced the beginning of preparation of a draft national action plan to address antimicrobial resistance, one of the stages of the national program to address antimicrobial resistance, and conditioning of this plan with World Health Organization (WHO) global action plan on antimicrobial resistance.
The National Plan requires implementation of a comprehensive package of legislative, technical and regulatory measures at both national and community levels, pursuant to the recommendations adopted by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in this regard.
The ministry has organized a scientific seminar dedicated to starting the establishment of the national action plan to address antimicrobial resistance by applying uniform health approach, which includes all relevant authorities including the Ministry of Public Health, the health sector, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment and the Ministry of Economy and Commerce.
The seminar saw the participation of over 120 health practitioners and consultants of, communicable diseases, clinical pharmacy, laboratory and microbiology at the Ministry of Public Health, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and the Primary Health Care Corporation in addition to Qatar Red Crescent, Sidra Medical and Research Center, Aspitar Hospital and Qatar Petroleum's hospitals.
The Seminar featured lectures by experts at the WHO Middle East regional office and a lecture by National contact officer for antimicrobial resistance and Executive Director of infection control and prevention at HMC Dr. Jameela Al Khowaiter. (QNA)

Japan's Abe Planning Pearl Harbor Visit In Historic First

Japan's Abe Planning Pearl Harbor Visit In Historic First

News No :50

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :04:03 PM

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Tokyo (dpa) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to visit Pearl Harbor in December, the site of a 1941 Japanese attack that sparked America's entry into World War II, to commemorate the dead, Japanese media quoted him as saying Monday.
Abe will visit Pearl Harbor with US President Barack Obama. Observers had long expected Abe to visit Pearl Harbor, especially after Obama's historic visit to Hiroshima in May with Abe.
According to US media, it would be the first visit by a Japanese leader to Pearl Harbor. (QNA)

Jordanian F-16 fighter jet crashes, pilot killed

Jordanian F-16 fighter jet crashes, pilot killed

News No :49

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :04:02 PM

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Amman, December 05 (QNA) - A Royal Jordanian Air Force F-16 went down today shortly after take-off during a training mission, an official military source stated.
According to the Jordan News Agency (Petra), the fighter jet crashed due to a "technical failure", killing the pilot who was identified as fighter pilot Maj. Ayed Ahmad al-De'ajah. (QNA)

35 Killed and Injured in Mosul

35 Killed and Injured in Mosul

News No :47

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :03:55 PM

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Baghdad, December 05 (QNA) - 13 civilians were killed and 22 others critically injured in a car bomb carried out by a suicidal ISIS militant on Monday in Al Ikhaa area located in east of Mosul of Iraq.
In a similar incident, ISIS militants killed 11 civilians today, including members of one family who were trying to escape from Hawija west of Kirkuk in northern Iraq.
The Multi-National Force shot an air strike today targeting ISIS militants in Hawija, killing 8 and injuring 14 others. (QNA)

Two Injured in Ain El Hilweh Shooting

Two Injured in Ain El Hilweh Shooting

News No :46

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :03:35 PM

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Beirut, December 05 (QNA) - An unidentified person fired at elements of the joint Palestinian security force before its headquarters in Ain El-Hilweh refugee camp in southern Lebanon, National News Agency (NNA) reported on Monday.
Two elements of the joint Palestinian security force were severely wounded, NNA added. (QNA)

Arab Parliament to Held Procedural Session to Elect Speaker, Deputies

Arab Parliament to Held Procedural Session to Elect Speaker, Deputies

News No :44

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :03:13 PM

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Cairo, December 05 (QNA) - Arab Parliament will hold on Saturday at the Arab League Headquarter a procedural session to elect new Speaker, Deputy Speaker, Heads of Permanent Committees and their Deputies.
A statement issued by the Arab Parliament today said that the new four Permanent Committees will hold their meetings on the same day, after the procedural session, to discuss the work plans in preparation for referring these plans to the second session of the Arab Parliament, slated for Sunday at the Arab League Headquarter. (QNA)

5 Militants Killed in Balochistan Province in Pakistan

5 Militants Killed in Balochistan Province in Pakistan

News No :43

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :03:13 PM

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Islamabad, December 05 (QNA) - At least five armed militants were killed today during an exchange of fire with security forces in Balochistan province, south west of Pakistan, according to The Express Tribune reported.
Local sources said that two security officers were also injured during the exchange that occurred in Huramzai of Pishin district located in Balochistan province.
Last October, over 60 security personnel were killed and 165 others injured as armed militants stormed into New Sariab Police Training College near Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan.
Pakistan has been battling insurgency since shortly after it decided to ally with the US following its invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. However, the remnants of militant groups are still able to carry out periodic bloody attacks. (QNA)

HH the Emir Leads Well-wishers to Welcome Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques

HH the Emir Leads Well-wishers to Welcome Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques

News No :42

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :03:12 PM

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Doha, December 05 (QNA) - HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani led well-wishers to welcome the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud upon arrival in Hamad International Airport this afternoon on a two-day official visit to Qatar.
HH Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Personal Representative of HH the Emir, HH the Deputy Emir Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Thani, HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani along with a number of Their Excellencies sons of HH the Father Emir were at the airport to welcome the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.
Also on hand to welcome the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques were a number of Their Excellencies the Ministers.
HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani extended on behalf of the people of the State of Qatar and his behalf sincere welcome and expressed great pleasure on the visit of his brother the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to his second country Qatar among his family and relatives, adding that the State of Qatar share with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its people deeply-rooted, strong and well established fraternal ties.
This came in a statement of HH the Emir on the occasion of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud's visit, during which HH the Emir expressed his intense pride over the deep friendly and historic relations between the State of Qatar and the brotherly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which were laid by parents and grandparents and HH commitment to continue boosting, enhancing and promoting them for the benefit of our peoples.
The following is the text of the statement: 'I would like to extend on behalf of the people of the State of Qatar and on my own behalf our sincere welcome and express our great pleasure over the visit of my brother the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, for whom we have deep affection, dearness and all the appreciation; and we share with his kind people the most deeply-rooted, strongest and well established fraternal ties. Welcome to him in his second country Qatar among his family and relatives.
I may not need to stress in this context our intense pride over the strong friendly and historic relations between Qatar and the brotherly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia laid by parents and grandparents, which are very keen to continue boosting, enhancing and developing them for the benefit of our two peoples.' The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques is accompanied during the visit by Prince Abdulilah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Prince Khalid bin Fahd bin Khalid bin Muhammad Al Saud, Prince Mansour bin Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Prince Mohammed bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Prince Saud bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud along with a number of Princes and Ministers, members of the accompanying delegation. (QNA)

Lebanese President Meets Canadian Foreign Minister

Lebanese President Meets Canadian Foreign Minister

News No :41

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :02:01 PM

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Beirut, December 05 (QNA) - President of the Republic of Lebanon, Michel Aoun, met here on Monday with Canadian Foreign Minister, Stephan Dion.
The two sides tackled the situation of the Syrian refugees and ways to help Lebanon.
Dion stressed the importance of the role of the Lebanese in Canada.
"Canada is assisting Lebanon in several developmental and non-developmental projects," National News Agency (NNA) quoted Dion as saying.
On the other hand, Aoun confirmed firm ties with Canada, touching on the role of the Lebanese in Canada.
The Lebanese President stressed the need to find a political solution to the war in Syria. (QNA)

Palestinian Minister: More than 95 cases of violation at holy sites in Jerusalem

Palestinian Minister: More than 95 cases of violation at holy sites in Jerusalem

News No :40

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :01:53 PM

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Ramallah, December 05 (QNA) - Palestinian Minister of Awqaf and Religious Affairs, Sheikh Yousef Adeis, said that Al-Aqsa Mosque has faced an unprecedented increase in the number of violations carried by Israel settlement forces, who currently hold a wide authority in the area.
He added, in a report today that the responsibility to the Al-Aqsa and the holy sites in Jerusalem is the top priority, and all capabilities are to serve Al-Aqsa Mosque, which does not accept the partnership and banning the call to prayer at any mosque is unacceptable.
He explained that during the month of November, the Israeli occupation violated holy sites and cemeteries more than 95 times, continuingly storming Al-Aqsa Mosque, holding provocative tours, rallies, to undermine the Islamic and Arab identity of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque, including a plan to expand train rails to extend between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
Adeis said that the occupation prevented the call to prayer in the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron last month under false pretenses, and continues to follow a humiliating inspection policy against prayers.
Finally, he noted that the so-called Israeli Civil Administration demolished the foundations of Al Farouq mosque in Sur Baher village, located in south-east Jerusalem arguing that the mosque does not hold a permit. (QNA)

Tunisian Prime Minister Meets Outgoing Qatari Ambassador

Tunisian Prime Minister Meets Outgoing Qatari Ambassador

News No :38

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :01:17 PM

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Tunis, December 05 (QNA) - Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed met here Monday with Qatar's outgoing Ambassador to Tunisia HE Abdullah bin Nasser Al Humaidi on the occasion of the end of his tenure in Tunisia.
During the meeting, the Tunisian Premier hailed the Qatari Ambassador's efforts during his tenure in Tunisia to support cooperation between the two brotherly relations of cooperation, wishing him success in his future tasks. (QNA)

Qatar Elected As Vice President FAO Council

Qatar Elected As Vice President FAO Council

News No :37

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :01:12 PM

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Rome, December 05 (QNA) - The State of Qatar was elected as Vice President of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)'s Council during the opening of the 155th Session of the FAO Council, held at its headquarters in Rome on December 5 -9 December.
  HE Abdulaziz bin Ahmed Al-Maliki Al Juhani, Qatar's Ambassador to the Italian Republic and Permanent Representative to the United Nations agencies in Rome, took part in the FAO Council meetings which will discuss and take important decisions relating to the FAO's programs, approval of the annual budget, in addition to a review of all the reports of the FAO committees and bodies working in the fields of operations carried out by the organization in many countries of the world.
  The election of the State of Qatar as Vice President of the FAO Council confirms its special role in FAO 's work and continued support of Organization's policies and great humanitarian role in the fight against hunger, poverty and malnutrition faced by poor countries or countries with low incomes and resources. (QNA)

Major Earthquake Rocks Indonesia

Major Earthquake Rocks Indonesia

News No :36

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :12:52 PM

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Jakarta, December 05 (QNA) - A 6.4 on the Richter scale earthquake jolted the regency of East Flores in Indonesia on Monday but authorities said , there was no signs of tsunami.
The meteorology office (BMKG) said the quake hit on Monday morning with epicenter in the sea at 7.32 south latitude and 123.40 east longitude at a depth of 524 kilometer, according to Indonesia's (ANTARA News).
East Nusa Tenggara BMKG Hasanudin said there had been no report of casualty and damage to property caused by the quake.
The authorities asked the people to remain calm saying there was no cause for panic as there was no sign of tsunami. (QNA)

Turkish Prime Minister to Visit Russia Monday

Turkish Prime Minister to Visit Russia Monday

News No :34

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :12:49 PM

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Ankara, December 05 (QNA) - Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim will pay an official visit to Moscow between Monday and Wednesday on the invitation of his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev.
According to a statement from the Turkish prime ministry Monday, Yildirim is also expected to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Chairwoman of the Council of the Federation, Valentina Matviyenko, Turkish Anadolu Agency (AA) reported.
He is later scheduled to speak at a conference at the MGIMO University.
Bilateral relations, particularly in economic field, as well as regional and international developments will be discussed during Yildirim's visit, the statement said. (QNA)

Lebanese Soldier Killed in Shooting at Army Checkpoint in North Lebanon

Lebanese Soldier Killed in Shooting at Army Checkpoint in North Lebanon

News No :33

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :12:48 PM

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Beirut, December 05 (QNA) - An unknown individuals opened fire at an Army checkpoint in Bkaasafrine-Dinnieh, in North Lebanon, on Sunday night killing an Army soldier and injuring another.
The Army units are carrying out raids searching for the shooters in order to apprehend them," the Lebanese Army said on Monday. (QNA)

British Prime Minister Seeks New Chapter in Relations with GCC Countries

British Prime Minister Seeks New Chapter in Relations with GCC Countries

News No :31

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :12:42 PM

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London, December 05 (QNA) - British Prime Minister Theresa May expressed hope that her attendance at the annual meeting of leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), to be held in Bahrain Tuesday, will herald the start of a new chapter in relations between the United Kingdom and the Gulf The British Prime Minister will become the first British Prime Minister and the first woman to attend the GCC meeting.
Developing post-Brexit trade with the Gulf region will be the focus of a two-day trip to Bahrain by Theresa May.
The prime minister will attend a dinner with the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman on Tuesday evening, before addressing the plenary session on Wednesday morning, the (BBC) reported.
She will announce a space technology tie-up with Abu Dhabi and new multiple five-year visa entry system for UK firms doing business in Saudi Arabia.
"There is so much we can do together - whether it is helping one another to prevent terrorist attacks, Gulf investment regenerating cities across the UK or British businesses helping Gulf countries to achieve their long-term vision of reform," May said.
During a series of bilateral meetings, Downing Street said it expected the situations in Syria and Yemen and relations with Iran to be discussed.
The British government said it has identified 30 billion pound of high-value opportunities for British businesses across 15 different sectors in the region over the next five years. (QNA)

Advisory Council Discusses Draft Law on Economic Zones

Advisory Council Discusses Draft Law on Economic Zones

News No :29

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :12:18 PM

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Doha, December 05 (QNA) - The Advisory Council held Monday its weekly regular meeting of the 45th ordinary session under the chairmanship of its Speaker HE Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khulaifi.
At the outset of the meeting, HE the Secretary-General of the Advisory Council Fahad bin Mubarak Al Khayareen read out the agenda which was agreed upon. Then, the Council endorsed the minutes of its previous session.
The Council also discussed in this session the Finance and Economic Affairs Committee's report on a draft law concerning the economic zones, and decided to submit its recommendations thereon to the cabinet. (QNA)

Merkel's Party Set to Back Her for Fourth Term as Chancellor

Merkel's Party Set to Back Her for Fourth Term as Chancellor

News No :24

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :11:00 AM

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Essen, Germany, December 05 (QNA) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to secure the backing of her Christian Democrats (CDU) party for a fourth term in office at the conservative party's annual conference.
The CDU vote on Tuesday for party chief will form part of the build-up to next September's national election in Germany, according to the (dpa) news agency.
But the size of the vote for Merkel will underscore the degree to which her political standing has suffered as a result of the refugee crisis, which hit the nation last year and has triggered deep divisions in her party's ranks.
This year's CDU conference is being held in the western German city of Essen, a city that has special meaning for Merkel as it here that she was first elected CDU chief in 2000.
Since then, she has been returned eight times as the CDU head, securing 96.7% of the vote when the ballot for party leader was last held two years ago. (QNA)

Death toll Rises to 33 in California Warehouse Fire

Death toll Rises to 33 in California Warehouse Fire

News No :22

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :10:43 AM

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Washington, December 05 (QNA) - The number of confirmed dead in a California warehouse fire rose to 33 Sunday as investigators continued searching the burned out structure for human remains and evidence of a cause for the blaze.
Some of the victims were foreign nationals from Europe and Asia, said Alameda County Sheriff's Sergeant Ray Kelly.
He declined to say what countries the victims were from, but said authorities were working through diplomatic channels to identify them and inform their families.
Only about 40% of the building has so far been searched, and Kelly said he had no idea how many more bodies might be found.
"We expect the worst and are hoping for the best," he said, adding that some of the victims were teenagers.
Complicating the recovery effort was the collapse of the building's roof and parts of the second storey.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said the current focus of emergency teams was the "humane and compassionate removal" of the victims.
The blaze was reported late Friday night during a party in a warehouse in Oakland, on the eastern side of San Francisco Bay in northern California, which housed artists and their studios as part of a collective.
Survivors described the fire as an inferno, saying that chaos broke out in the building after the blaze erupted, according to Oakland Deputy Fire Chief Mark Hoffmann.
People cried for help from the second storey where they were trapped, he said.
Fire department officials said there was no sprinkler system in the building and no smoke detectors, and a stack of wooden palettes arranged as a provisional staircase was the only way out for people stuck upstairs.
Known as the Oakland Ghost Ship, the complex was zoned as a storage facility, and conditions there had come to city authorities' attention before, according to news reports. (QNA)

Top Nuke Envoys of S. Korea, US, Japan to Meet Next Week

Top Nuke Envoys of S. Korea, US, Japan to Meet Next Week

News No :21

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :10:37 AM

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Seoul, December 05 (QNA) - Chief nuclear negotiators from South Korea, the US and Japan are scheduled to meet in Seoul next Tuesday.
South Korea's Foreign Ministry said that they will talk about boosting cooperation on North Korea, including preparing for possible provocations by the North during the US change of administrations, according to Korea's (KBS WORLD) radio.
They also plan to discuss implementing new UN Security Council sanctions as well as their countries' own sanctions against the North. (QNA)

Chinese Ships Enter Japanese Waters

Chinese Ships Enter Japanese Waters

News No :20

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :10:35 AM

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Tokyo, December 05 (QNA) - Four China Coast Guard vessels entered Japanese waters around the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea on Monday, the Japan Coast Guard said.
The ships were spotted in territorial waters around the group of uninhabited islets, the first intrusion since Nov. 14.
The islands are controlled by Japan and claimed by China, which calls them Diaoyu, according to (Kyodo) news agency A patrol boat of the Japan Coast Guard issued a warning calling on the Chinese ships to leave Japanese territory. (QNA)

11 Killed in Karachi Hotel Fire

11 Killed in Karachi Hotel Fire

News No :19

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :10:32 AM

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Islamabad, December 05 (QNA) - Eleven people were killed in a hotel fire in the Pakistani city of Karachi on Monday, according to media reports.
Forty-five others were injured in what the (Dawn) newspaper described as a "huge" blaze at Karachi's Regent Plaza hotel.
The fire broke out in the early hours. Flames swept through the building rapidly, trapping many hotel guests in their rooms.
Firefighters were able to contain the blaze after about three hours, local police told the newspaper. (QNA)

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key Resigns

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key Resigns

News No :18

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :10:30 AM

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Wellington, December 05 (QNA) - New Zealand Prime Minister John Key resigned unexpectedly on Monday after eight years in the job.
John Key made the surprise announcement during his weekly press conference.
He set a date of 12 December for the formal resignation, the (BBC) reported.
"This has been the hardest decision I have ever made. But for me this feels the right time to go," he told a news conference in Wellington on Monday, adding that he owed it to his family to step aside.
He said he would not be seeking a fourth term in the 2017 election Key had been in power since 2008, and leader of the ruling National Party since 2006. (QNA)

Qatari Newspapers Confirm Qatar and Saudi Arabia Able to Draw Regional Vision -1-

Qatari Newspapers Confirm Qatar and Saudi Arabia Able to Draw Regional Vision -1-

News No :16

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :10:23 AM

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Under the title "The Story of HH the Emir and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques" Al Watan newspaper said in an its editorial today that Doha will be on an important appointment at the bilateral, GCC, Arab and global level when HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani receives the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia.
The newspaper added that talks of HH the Emir and the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, which held amid difficult events experienced by the region, will focus on means of supporting and strengthening the firm fraternal relations between the two countries and the latest developments on the regional and international arenas.
Al Watan daily explained that the serious challenges facing the region need greater coordination and understanding, as well as the wise policy and vision of HH the Emir and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, pointing out that the meeting of the two leaders will open wider prospects for a joint action and bilateral cooperation in all fields.
The newspaper noted that the two countries' permanent and continuous coordination enhances world security and peace, adding that the talks between the two leaders will be the focus of attention of the region and the world. (MORE)

Qatari Newspapers Confirm Qatar and Saudi Arabia Able to Draw Regional Vision -2-

Qatari Newspapers Confirm Qatar and Saudi Arabia Able to Draw Regional Vision -2-

News No :15

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :10:20 AM

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For its part, Al Raya daily said that the effective and influential role of both Doha and Riyadh in the international arena and the awareness of the two countries make coordination, consultation and mutual visits between the two leaderships inevitable to confront these risks and challenges in a turbulent world, governed by interests.
The newspaper said in its editor's speech that the visit of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to Qatar comes today to emphasize the historical and natural extension of the eternal relations between the two brotherly countries and their peoples.
It also pointed out that ties of fraternity and affection between Qatar and Saudi Arabia are more than one would expect, adding that the relations between the two countries based on religion, language, history, kinship, affinity and common destiny.
It also said that the significant and constantly development and growth in the Qatari-Saudi relations which is embodied in sincerity and love by the visit of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and his meeting with HH the Emir as well as their coordination, consultation and consensus about the issues of the of common concern, makes us fully confident and convinced that the future will be brighter not only for the citizens of the two countries, but also for the countries and peoples of the GCC countries.
Al Raya said that the visit represents an important addition and a brilliant page in the relations between the two countries, adding that the challenges in the region necessitate consultation, communication and exchange of ideas and visions and take anything that would spare "our countries and our region from its negative consequences and effects that are well known to all followers." (QNA)

Qatari Newspapers Confirm Qatar and Saudi Arabia Able to Draw Regional Vision

Qatari Newspapers Confirm Qatar and Saudi Arabia Able to Draw Regional Vision

News No :14

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :10:19 AM

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Doha, December 05 (QNA) - The Qatari daily newspapers affirmed in their editorials on Monday that the State of Qatar and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are able to draw a vision for the region to meet the interests of the Gulf nations and the needs of the Arab world in the development, stability and prosperity.
The Qatari daily newspapers stressed that the visit of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Doha on Monday affirms the depth of the fraternal relationship between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the State of Qatar.
Under the title "Welcome... the great guest," Al Sharq daily said that the historic visit of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques enjoys great welcome from political and popular leadership as well as all other Qatari people categories, stressing that the State of Qatar and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under their wise leadership represent the pillar for maintaining security and stability in the region, to activate the joint strategic vision that faces the challenges so as to contribute to the establishment of security and stability.
The Qatari newspaper added that Doha has geared up to celebrate this visit as HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani will lead Well-wishers to welcome the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who will arrive in Qatar Monday.
Al Sharq daily said that the two leaders will discuss ways of enhancing relations between the two countries and will review the latest developments on the regional and international arenas. (MORE)

Italian Prime Minister Announces Intention to Resign

Italian Prime Minister Announces Intention to Resign

News No :13

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :08:31 AM

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Rome, December 05 (QNA) - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced early Monday that he will tender his resignation after admitting defeat in Sunday's referendum.
According to projections, 59% of people who cast ballots on Sunday said 'no' to a plan backed by Renzi that would have overhauled Italy's legislature to make it easier to pass laws, including measures meant to make the country more competitive.
In response, Renzi said he will go to Italian President Sergio Mattarella Monday to tender his resignation. (QNA)

Iranian Foreign Minister Arrives in China

Iranian Foreign Minister Arrives in China

News No :11

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :08:15 AM

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Beijing, December 05 (QNA) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Beijing Monday in a two-day visit to China.
The Iranian Minister is due to hold talks with senior Chinese officials on bilateral relations and ways of enhancing them, in addition to a number of international and regional issues of common interest. (QNA)

Magnitude Quake Jolts China's Tibet

Magnitude Quake Jolts China's Tibet

News No :10

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :08:13 AM

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Beijing, December 05 (QNA) - A 5.1-magnitude earthquake hit Nyainrong county in China's Tibet Autonomous Region Monday, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC).
The epicenter is monitored at 32.32 degrees north latitude and 92.31 degrees east longitude, with a depth of about five kilometers, according to China's News Agency (Xinhua). (QNA)

Summary of Local News Released Sunday -2-

Summary of Local News Released Sunday -2-

News No :5

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :08:10 AM

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- Through an immense function including a concourse of dignitaries and those interested and involved in the field of social work, "Qatar Social Work" has held an important awareness function comprising the Foundation's representatives and its affiliated Centres.
- The 18th session of the Joint Committee for Environment and Development in the Arab World at the level of senior officials, started Sunday at the Arab League Headquarter under the chairmanship of Salem Hussein Al Safran, Environmental Protection Specialist at the Qatari Ministry of Environment.
- The Soccerex Asian Forum 2016, held in Doha for the first time, will get underway Monday at the Grand Hyatt Doha.
- Round nine of the QSL season saw five professional players make the difference for the respective sides scoring crucial goals and putting in man of the match performances. (END)

Summary of Local News Released Sunday -1-

Summary of Local News Released Sunday -1-

News No :4

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :08:09 AM

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- Qatar Museums (QM) and Bank of America Merrill Lynch on Sunday announced the completion of the conservation of one of the Museum of Islamic Arts (MIA) most significant artworks a monumental stucco panel from Iran dating from the 12th Century, Saljuk dynasty.
- Chief of Staff of the Qatari Armed Forces HE Major General (Pilot) Ghanem bin Shaheen Al Ghanem met here Sunday separately with Brigadier General Salah Harrathi, the Tunisian Naval and Air Military Attache to Qatar and Lieutenant-General (LGen) Stephen Bowes command of the Canadian Joint Operations and their accompanying delegations.
- The State of Qatar takes part in the 22nd Congress of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI), which takes place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on December 7-11, 2016.
- The visit of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to Qatar due to begin Monday comes within HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani's keenness to promote the excellent relations between the two countries and take them to greater heights for the benefit of the two brotherly peoples.
- Qatar's Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Thamer Al-Thani, on Sunday described the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud's visit to Doha tomorrow and the meeting with HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani as a" consolidation of the distinguished strong historic and fraternal relations between the two brotherly countries." - Speaker of the Advisory (Shura) Council, HE Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khulaifi, on Sunday stressed that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud's visit to the State of Qatar, which starts tomorrow, emphasizes the powerful cohesion, integration, brotherhood and the strong ties between the two brotherly countries and peoples thanks to their religious, national and historical ties which bind them to a common destiny.
- Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Authority, in association with the Qatar Finance and Business Academy (QFBA), have launched a special program to offer hearing impaired high school graduates tailored courses to prepare them for the workforce.
- Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE) index gained 96.52 points (+0.97%) when the bourse closed trading at 10,010.27 points Sunday. (MORE)

Summary of Local News Released Sunday

Summary of Local News Released Sunday

News No :3

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :08:07 AM

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Doha, December 05 (QNA) - Summary of local news released Sunday by Qatar News Agency.
- HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on Sunday morning inaugurated The Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, which is part of the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS) in Lusail.
- HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani will lead Well-wishers to welcome the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who will arrive in Qatar tomorrow Monday on a two-day official visit.
- Under the patronage of HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister, the General Authority for Minors Affairs honored outstanding students under its auspices during a ceremony held at Qatar National Convention Centre.
- HE Minister of Municipality and Environment Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi has stressed the need to make concerted efforts in the upcoming period to fulfill the aspirations of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and the aspirations of the Government.
- HE Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Qatar Abdullah bun Abdulaziz Al Aifan expressed optimism for the success of the visit of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia to the State of Qatar.
- Qatari daily (Al Watan) confirmed in its editorial Sunday the depth of the fraternal relations and cooperation between the State of Qatar and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
- Foreign Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal Dr. Prakash Sharan Mahat has met with HE Qatar's Ambassador to Nepal Yousef bin Mohammed Al Hail.
- Secretary General of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani stressed that the 37th session of the GCC Supreme Council, to be held in Bahrain on Tuesday.
- President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite has received the credentials of HE Ahmed bin Saif Saif Khalaf Al Moudadi as non-resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Qatar to the Republic of Lithuania. (MORE)

Weather Forecast in Qatar

Weather Forecast in Qatar

News No :2

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :08:01 AM

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Doha, December 05 (QNA) - The weather forecast for Qatar valid until 6pm Monday inshore will be mild daytime with slight dust to blowing dust at places at times, relatively cold by night. Offshore, it will be fine, Department of meteorology said in its report.
Warning of strong wind at places in daytime inshore and strong wind and high sea till evening offshore.
Wind inshore will be northwesterly from 10 to 20 knot reaching 26 knot at places daytime reaching to less than 12 knot by night. offshore, it will be northwesterly 15 to 25 knot at first, decreasing 08 to 18 knot by evening.
Visibility will be 05 to 08 kilometer decreasing 3 kilometer or less at places at times. The sea state inshore will be between 1 to 3 feet reaching 4 feet at times, offshore it will be 4 to 7 feet rising 10 feet at places at times, falling from 3 to 5 feet by evening.
Tide Times and temperatures are as follows: Area High Tide Low Tide Mini - Max ---- ----------------- ------------------ ------------------- Messaid 10:00 - **:** 01:15 - **:** 29 Wakrah 09:15 - 21:00 01:00 - 17:45 29 Doha 08:45 - 20:00 00:30 - 16:45 30 Al Khor 08:15- 19:30 00:30 - 15:45 29 Ruwais 08:15 - 21:15 02:15 - 15:15 25 Dukhan 01:30 - 13:15 07:15 - 20:00 24 Sunrise : 06:05 lt Sunset today : 16:43 lt --------------------------------------------------- (QNA)

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Opening

News No :1

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :08:00 AM

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Qatar News Agency English Transmission Begins Now For Monday, December 05 - 2016 Good Morning ============================ (QNA)

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News No :68

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :12:59 AM

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Qatar News Agency is now closing its daily transmission for Sunday, December 04, 2016.
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Jordan King Meets Slovenian President

Jordan King Meets Slovenian President

News No :67

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :12:53 AM

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Amman, December 04 (QNA) - Jordanian King Abdullah II met here on Sunday with Slovenian President, who is currently visiting Jordan.
During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations especially in economic, trade and investment fields between Jordan and Slovenia.
The meeting also dealt with a number of Middle East issues, namely the Syrian crisis and the war on terrorism. (QNA)

Qatar Museums Unveils Latest Public Art Installation by Dia Al-Azzawi at Hamad International Airport

Qatar Museums Unveils Latest Public Art Installation by Dia Al-Azzawi at Hamad International Airport

News No :32

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :12:47 PM

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Doha, December 05 (QNA) - Under the patronage of its Chairperson, HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar Museums (QM), in collaboration with Hamad International Airport (HIA), on Monday unveiled two iconic sculptures designed by renowned Iraqi artist Dia al-Azzawi for passengers to enjoy while flying in and out of HIA airport.
Titled Flying Man, Dia al-Azzawi's unique sculptures will now join the growing and outstanding collection of paintings and installations by local and international artists at the airport.
The sculptures are based on the story of Abu Firnas, a historical figure from the Islamic world who was an early pioneer in experimenting with flight. Through these sculptures, al-Azzawi aims to create a monument to celebrate travelling in the modern age. The two tall cylinder sculptures are inspired by the pillars that appeared in Mesopotamia, an ancient region, in the third century B.C.
The airport installation comes at the same time as a major retrospective exhibition of the work of Dia al-Azzawi, which has opened simultaneously in Qatar at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art and QM Gallery Al Riwaq in Doha, until 16th April 2017.
Khalid Yousef Al Ibrahim, Chief Strategic Planning Officer at Qatar Museums, said: "At QM, we continue to deliver our promise of creating cultural experiences outside of our museums for everyone to interact with and enjoy. We are proud of our commitment of adding world-class art by local, regional and international artists to our exquisite collection already on display at HIA to inspire the millions of visitors and residents who fly through the airport each year.
"Dia al-Azzawi is a significant, leading artistic figure and also a long standing friend of Qatar Museums, and we are proud to showcase his work at HIA." Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer, Chief Operating Officer of Hamad International Airport said: "The Flying Man sculpture by artist Dia al- Azzawi has found the perfect home at our airport as both the sculpture and our state-of-the-art terminal represent the celebration of travel. The impressive proportions of the installation allows both arriving and departing passengers at HIA to enjoy the sculpture." QM has worked with local, regional and international artists for over six years to commission and acquire artworks for key locations in and around Hamad International Airport. The art comprises a mix of site-specific creations as well as pieces which have been carefully selected for the airport. Currently on show at the airport are works by four Qatari artists including Amal Al Raban, Ali Hassan, Mubarak Al Malik and Salman Al Malik, in the Oryx and Al Maha lounges.
Public Art is a central programme in QM’s mission to push the boundaries of the traditional museum model and to offer cultural experiences in public spaces. The art installed at Hamad International Airport supports this goal as well as the pillars of Qatar’s National Vision 2030 of education and engagement with Qatari society. (QNA)

Kuwait Boursa Ends Trading in Mix Board

Kuwait Boursa Ends Trading in Mix Board

News No :65

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :06:15 PM

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Kuwait, December 05 (QNA) - Benchmark of Boursa Kuwait ended Monday's trading in a mix board, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.
The price index was down 8.73 points to stand at 5,546 points, the weighted index gained 3.02 points and the KSX 15 index went up by 10.53 points.
Value of trade was at KD 13 million while the volume was 153 million shares done through 3,301 deals. (QNA)

Kazakhstan Seeks to Establish Diversified Economic Partnerships with Qatar

Kazakhstan Seeks to Establish Diversified Economic Partnerships with Qatar

News No :62

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :06:01 PM

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Doha, December 05 (QNA) - Governor of Astana International Financial Centre in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kairat Kelimbetov, on Monday stressed his country's keenness to establish various partnerships at different economic levels with the State of Qatar and increase bilateral trade exchange.
In an exclusive interview with Qatar News Agency (QNA) on the sidelines of his current visit to Doha, Kelimbetov praised the high level and strong Qatari -Kazakh relations that were crowned by mutual visits at the highest level of leadership, which would open the way for enhancing bilateral cooperation and exchange of experiences and knowledge in many fields that would serve the development of both Kazakh and Qatari economies.
     He pointed out that the purpose of his visit to Doha comes within the context of establishing a platform for mutual understanding on how to develop and promote trade between the two countries; establish bilateral investment partnerships and support increasing Qatari investments in Kazakhstan.
The visit also aims to follow-up to understandings achieved during HE Governor of Qatar Central Bank (QCB) Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud Al-Thani's visit to Kazakhstan at the head of a delegation comprising several officials in the Qatari financial and banking sector.
In this regard, Kelimbetov stressed his country's endeavor to pave the way for Qatari investors to benefit from the opportunities in Kazakhstan, pointing out that the Astana Financial Centre serves as a platform to protect the rights of foreign investors in the financial sector, to be a center for arbitration and establish means of enhancing the financial regulatory authorities.
The Astana International Financial Centre operates according to a similar legal framework being implemented by the Qatar Financial Center (QFC), he said, noting that such a factor would support the joint investment environment and allow Qatari investor to enter into investment partnerships in Kazakhstan and achieve good gains.
     The Centre seeks to develop various basic rules that support the advancement of the financial business sector in Kazakhstan, including asset and property management, insurance and re-insurance, Islamic finance and financial markets.
He expressed his belief that these procedures would be an opportunity in the future for the Qatari banks to enter into partnerships with investment banks in Kazakhstan.
     Qatari investors can also benefit from the Kazakh government's project to establish its own financial market (Kazakhstan Stock Exchange), as it will begin to take operations on the privatization of its affiliates and sovereign funds such as oil, gas and the production of uranium companies to be included in the new stock market, he went on saying.
Kilympitov stressed the importance of opening a direct air route between Qatar and Kazakhstan, which would in turn improve trade and investment between the two countries, calling on Qatari investors to invest in agriculture and tourism sectors thanks to the great Qatari companies' experience.
    He noted that the Kazakh government is considering an open skies policy paying the way for Qatar Airways to enter the Kazakh market and take advantage of these opportunities.
     He hailed Qatar's great experience, especially in oil and gas production sector, particularly LNG, petrochemicals and gas, expressing his country's desire to benefit from it in the future.
Concluding, the Kazakh official stressed the strategic importance of his country thanks to its strategic borders with many countries such as China and Russia, an element which supports it to play a significant role in linking these bordering countries with the Gulf cooperation Council (GCC) member -States. (QNA)     

Minister of Transport, Communication Inaugurates New Server Floor QDC5 -1-

Minister of Transport, Communication Inaugurates New Server Floor QDC5 -1-

News No :60

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :05:55 PM

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Chief Executive Officer, Ooredoo Qatar Waleed Mohamed Ebrahim Al Sayed stated: "Our network of Qatar Data Centres is the beating heart at the centre of Ooredoo's ICT development strategy, which will see us become a major provider of technology and solutions to organisations and businesses not just across Qatar – but for the whole region." "The Qatar Data Centre's growth has played a vital role in Ooredoo's journey to being a data experience leader, and we will continue to drive innovation across the facility," he added.
Qatar Data Centre facilities have been designed in compliance with Tier-3 standards and provides local and regional organisations with a full range of services including Hosting and Co-location, Cloud Services, Data Backup and Restoration, Managed Storage, Email and Web Security and more.
HE Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad bin Nasser Al-Thani, Chief New Line of Business Officer, Ooredoo Qatar, said: "QDC 5 is one of the first data centres to deploy 'Data Centre Infrastructure Management', which monitors the facility's capacity, space, power and cooling through one integrated platform. This captures real-time information about our facility infrastructure and power usage efficiency. We have also invested in the human resources to manage and operate this facility, including achieving multiple ISO standards." Ooredoo continues to support the launch of new breakthrough technologies for customers, in-line with its strategy to become an ICT innovation engine for Qatar and the region.
Recently, it has launched 'Advanced Managed Services', to enable customers to safeguard servers, applications and data with the highest levels of security, infrastructure availability, redundancy and disaster recovery options.
In addition, plans are in place to launch an online portal for Qatar Data Centre's customers, where they can raise Service Requests, follow-up on issues and request on-demand reporting. (END)

Minister of Transport, Communication Inaugurates New Server Floor QDC5

Minister of Transport, Communication Inaugurates New Server Floor QDC5

News No :59

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :05:54 PM

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Doha, December 05 (QNA) - HE the Minister of Transport and Communication Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti on Monday inaugurated the new server floor at Ooredoo's Qatar Data Centre (QDC5) marking tens years of Qatar Data Centre innovation.
The ceremony was attended by Chairman of Ooredoo HE Sheikh Abdulla bin Mohammed bin Saud Al-Thani in addition to senior executives, major customers, VIPs from across Qatar and leading technology experts.
HE the Minister of Transport and Communication said " The Ministry of Transport and Communications is focusing its attention on positioning Qatar as a leading nation for the digital economy, and has made significant strides towards achieving that leadership role." He stressed the need to intensify efforts to ensure network safety and security across Qatar. He also emphasized that the Ministry is working on enhancing market conditions and making existing and upcoming knowledge-sharing easier, and underlined the Ministry's support for all projects that will help drive Qatar's move towards deploying smart solutions.
Qatar Data Centre contributes to the growth of businesses in Qatar by expanding the scope of solutions and technologies that are available to them. He indicated that Ooredoo has become one of the leading companies in this area in the region, HE the Minister said.
For his part, HE Sheikh Abdulla bin Mohammed bin Saud Al-Thani said that the Qatar Data Centre has evolved into the most advanced and sophisticated facility in the region and continues to enable businesses to achieve greater efficiencies and deliver significant success, stressing that Ooredoo will continue to invest in new services and solutions for its customers and look forward to further innovation in the future.
Officially launched in 2006, the Qatar Data Centre was the first facility in Qatar to offer businesses a full suite of enterprise services, evolving into one of the most important technology assets in Qatar's drive to become a "smart" nation.
The first facility was approximately 2,000 sq. feet and provided colocation and basic reporting services. Over the past decade, Ooredoo's Data Centre offering has grown so that it now manages and operates five data centres with a capacity of more than 55,000 sq. feet, with potential future expansion capacity of up to 100,000 sq. feet. (MORE)

GCC Stock Market

GCC Stock Market

News No :54

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :04:55 PM

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Doha, December 05 (QNA) - Stock markets in GCC states closed Monday as follows: Current Previous Change Change Current Index Index Value % Value -------------- ------------ ---------- ----------- ------------------- Qatar Exchange: 9,932.34 10,010.27 -77.93 -0.78 333,890,491.72 Dubai Financial Market: 3,407.75 3,417.05 -9.30 -0.27 804,905,906.32 Muscat Securities Market: 5,616.750 5,610.020 +6.73 +0.12 2,655,268.379 Bahrain Stock Exchange: 1,172.73 1,175.93 -3.20 -0.27 400,464 Kuwait Stock Exchange: 5,546.17 5,554.90 -8.73 -0.16 13,107,508.259 Saudi Stock Exchange: 7,106.22 7,130.34 -24.12 -0.34 5,875,920,887.45 Abu Dhabi Exchange: 4,301.03 4,261.86 +39.17 +0.92 202,768,809 ------------------------------------- (QNA)

4 Qatari SMEs Awarded QR 70 Million Contracts -1-

4 Qatari SMEs Awarded QR 70 Million Contracts -1-

News No :53

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :04:54 PM

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Managing Director and Chairman of Qatar Shell Companies Michiel Kool stated, "We are guided by the Qatar National Vision 2030 and want to contribute to the development of the private sector in Qatar. In support of our valued partner Qatar Petroleum, and in close collaboration with QDB, we aim to provide specific opportunities for local SMEs and entrepreneurs. These four contracts show our confidence in the ability of local SMEs to be an active and integral part of the Qatar Shell's supply chain, and we look forward to helping them grow in the future." This is the fourth year of the 'SME Business Opportunity" resulting in a total of 18 contracts with local SMEs. The total aggregate value of those contracts is estimated at 100 million QR.
The awarding ceremony is the culmination of a process that began in May when more than 250 Qatari SMEs attended the annual 'Qatari SME Business Opportunities Workshop". Forty-three companies expressed an interest to bid, and of those, 26 were invited to tender for six business opportunities on offer with 18 submitting formal bids.
Those awarded contracts have up to 18 months to build their capacity to be able to handle the contracts and cater to Qatar Shell's required standards. QDB plays an important role by providing the SMEs and entrepreneurs with management, advisory and financial support. As the leading development bank in Qatar with a mandate to support Qatari SMEs, QDB works with its wide network of local partner banks to attract local SMEs to participate in this initiative.
Last year, Qatar Shell and QDB won the Social Development Center's Reyada 'Outstanding Entrepreneurial Support' Award for their role in developing Qatari entrepreneurs and SMEs. The award is in recognition of this successful partnership in developing Qatar's economy and private sector, as well as delivering sustainable contributions to positively impact Qatar. (END)

4 Qatari SMEs Awarded QR 70 Million Contracts

4 Qatari SMEs Awarded QR 70 Million Contracts

News No :52

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :04:54 PM

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Doha, December 05 (QNA) - Qatar Shell, in partnership with Qatar Development Bank (QDB), signed Monday four new contracts with total value of QR 70 million with Qatari small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
Qatar Shell's Commercial Excellence and Local Content and SME Manager Amro Ahmed signed the agreements with the CEOs of the Qatari SMEs in the presence of CEO of Qatar Development Bank Abdulaziz bin Nasser Al Khalifa and Managing Director and Chairman of Qatar Shell Companies Michiel Kool.
The four Qatari SMEs that have been awarded contracts include Buzwair Scientific and Technical Gases, for carbon monoxide and industrial gases; Al Ahed Trading and Contracting Co. Ltd for white metal bearing refurbishment; Second Dimension International Marketing for active and healthy lifestyle CSR programme delivery; and Q-Advice for language translation services. A fifth contract is expected to be awarded shortly, Sell Qatar said in a press release today.
Commenting on the successful initiative, Mr. Al-Khalifa stated, "This initiative is part of QDB's efforts to facilitate access to local contracts for small and medium businesses, especially with international companies. Our continuing partnership with Qatar Shell provides SMEs with the chance to make a significant impact on their business by joining the Qatar Shell supply chain, and also gives those companies the opportunity to expand regionally and globally." (MORE)

The Euromoney Qatar Conference Begins on Tuesday

The Euromoney Qatar Conference Begins on Tuesday

News No :51

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :04:12 PM

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Doha, December 05 (QNA) - Senior bankers, financiers and economic experts from across the region and around the world are arriving in Qatar for the Euromoney Qatar Conference, which runs from 6-7 December 2016, Euromoney said in a press release on Monday.
The high profile event, which is one of the most important financial meetings to take place in Qatar, is set to bring together senior government ministers and leaders from across the financial sector to discuss the challenges of building a new financial ecosystem.
Economies in the region have slowed in 2016, with the IMF estimating GDP growth will decline for the six GCC countries from an average 3.3 percent in 2015 to 1.8 percent in 2016. However, the rise in oil prices following last week’s OPEC agreement to cut output and a raft of recent fiscal initiatives to cut subsidies and diversify economies give grounds for optimism about 2017.
The wider global picture is more mixed, given the instability and uncertainty caused by the Brexit referendum vote in Europe and the results of the US elections – giving attendees at The Euromoney Qatar Conference much to discuss.
Richard Banks, Consulting Editor at Euromoney Conferences said: "This has been a year of economic surprises and challenges, both in the region and globally, and we’re very pleased to have such a diverse and expert range of speakers at this year’s Euromoney Qatar Conference to help our delegates understand the key trends. As always, Qatar provides an ideal host for such a discussion, given the leadership of Qatar’s clear and long-term vision and the nation’s success in diversifying its economy and driving innovation." This year, the Euromoney Qatar Conference will organise a special pre-conference workshop on geopolitics to analyse and address the major issues of the day, including the outlook for greater GCC integration.
In addition, the event will host panels on regional and international portfolio investment strategy, "Digital Qatar", and SMEs and Innovation, asking whether Qatar has the right incentives in place to grow the private sector. (QNA)

Muscat Stock Index Gains 6.73 Points

Muscat Stock Index Gains 6.73 Points

News No :48

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :04:01 PM

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Muscat, December 05 (QNA) - Muscat Securities Market (MSM) general index (30) today added 6.73 points, comprising a rise by 0.12% to close at 5,616.75 points, compared to the last session, which stood at 5,610.02 points.
The trading value today stood at Omani Riyal (RO) 2,655,268, comprising a decline by 6.9% compared to the last session, which stood at RO 2,851,694.
The market value rose by 0.093% to reach about RO 17.29 Billion, according to MSM report.
The report added that the value of shares bought by non-Omani investors reached RO 410,000 comprising 15.44%. The value of shares sold by non-Omani investors reached RO 676,000 comprising 25.45%. The net non-Omani investment declined by 10.01% to RO 266,000. (QNA)

Qatar Central Bank Governor Meets Kazakhstan's AIFC Governor

Qatar Central Bank Governor Meets Kazakhstan's AIFC Governor

News No :45

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :03:14 PM

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Doha, December 05 (QNA) - HE the Governor of Qatar Central Bank (QCB) Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud Al-Thani met here on Monday with the Governor of Kazakhstan's Astana International Financial Centre (ASFC) Kairat Kelimbetov, who is currently visiting Doha.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed means to promote cooperation in the fields of finance, banking, exchange of expertise and training, withing the framework of the memorandum of understanding signed between Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) and AIFC.
The meeting was attended by HE Deputy Governor of Qatar Central Bank Sheikh Fahad Faisal Al-Thani, CEO of Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority Michael Ryan, CEO of Qatar Financial Markets Authority Nasser Ahmed Al Shaibi, CEO of Al Rayan Bank (Masraf Al Rayan) Adel Mustafawi and a number of officials at Qatar Central Bank. (QNA)

Qatar Stock Index Drops 77.93 points

Qatar Stock Index Drops 77.93 points

News No :39

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :01:26 PM

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Doha, December 05 (QNA) - Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE) index dropped 96.52 points (-0.78%) when the bourse closed trading at 9,932.34 points Monday.
The volume of shares traded increased to 12,667,734 from 8,704,557 on Sunday and the value of shares also increased to QR333,890,491.72 from QR200,012,634.06 on Sunday.
From the 44 companies listed on QSE, shares of 39 saw trading today. From these 11 gained and 25 companies closed lower, three remained unchanged.
Indices of all seven sectors ended in red today.
QSE Total Return Index decreased -0.78% to 16,069.87 points. QSE Al Rayan Islamic Index dropped -0.83% to 3,678.4 points and QSE All Share Index dawn to -0.78% to 2,732.37 points. (QNA)

Oil Prices Decrease in Asia

Oil Prices Decrease in Asia

News No :35

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :12:52 PM

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Singapore, December 05 (QNA) - Oil prices decreased by 1% on Monday, triggered by rising production just after last week's deal between the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC member Russia to cut output in 2017.
International Brent crude futures were trading at $53.95 per barrel at 07:51 GMT, down 51 cents, or almost 1%, from their last close.
West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $51.18 a barrel, down 50 cents, or 1%.
Last week, OPEC announced to decrease its output by 1.2 million barrels a day and was able to receive Moscow's support to cut its output by 300,000 barrels a day in early 2017. (QNA)

UK Private Sector's Growth Remains Steady

UK Private Sector's Growth Remains Steady

News No :30

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :12:31 PM

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London, December 05 (QNA) - Private sector growth in the United Kingdom remained steady in the three months to November, according to the latest Growth Indicator by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).
The survey of 715 respondents across the manufacturing, distribution and service sectors showed the pace of growth rose to a balance of +9%, compared with +8% in the three months to October.
Performance across the sectors was mixed, however, with retailers and consumer facing companies reporting a rise in growth, whilst manufacturers saw a slower pace of growth. Growth in business and professional services, meanwhile, was broadly flat for a second month.
Businesses across most sectors expect to see a slightly higher rate of growth continue across most sectors over the next quarter (+11%).
Rain Newton-Smith, CBI Chief Economist, said: "Businesses will be pleased by the welcome measures in the Autumn Statement to unlock research and development spending, spur innovation and upgrade crucial infrastructure. By further prioritising spending, the Government can seize the opportunities to deliver growth and prosperity across the UK's regions and nations." (QNA)

UN Launches Record US$22.2 Billion Humanitarian Appeal for 2017

UN Launches Record US$22.2 Billion Humanitarian Appeal for 2017

News No :28

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :12:10 PM

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Geneva, December 05 (QNA) - The United Nations appealed for a record US$22.2 billion to provide aid in 2017 to surging numbers of people hit by conflicts and disasters around the world.
The world is facing a state of humanitarian crisis not seen since the Second World War: more than 128 million people are affected by conflict, displacement, natural disasters and profound vulnerability, according to UNOCHA website.
Through strategic and coordinated action, aid organizations around the world aim to deliver urgent relief, protection and support to nearly 93 million of the most vulnerable and marginalized people in 2017. This will require US$22.2 billion in funding – the highest consolidated humanitarian appeal ever launched.
"The scale of humanitarian crises today is greater than at any time since the United Nations was founded. Not in living memory have so many people needed our support and solidarity to survive and live in safety and dignity," said Stephen O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, launching the Global Humanitarian Overview 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.
"Our collective plans to meet people's needs are ready. They are effective and efficient investments - the best way to help those who need help now. Funding in support of the plans will translate into life-saving food assistance to people on the brink of starvation in the Lake Chad Basin and South Sudan; it will provide protection for the most vulnerable people in Syria, Iraq and Yemen; and it will enable education for children whose schooling is disrupted by El Nino," said the international aid chief.
The humanitarian appeal is the culmination of a global effort to assess needs and decide collective response strategies by hundreds of organizations delivering food, shelter, health care, protection, emergency education and other basic assistance to people in conflict- and disaster-affected regions. At the start of 2017, the plans presented collectively to the international donor community today will support vital humanitarian operations in 33 countries.
Conflicts in Syria, Yemen, South Sudan and Nigeria are among the greatest drivers of humanitarian needs, fuelling new displacement within countries and across borders.
At the same time, the impact of El Nino-triggered droughts, floods and extreme weather is pushing vulnerable communities to the brink of survival. Responding to these protracted crises has prompted the humanitarian community to strive for better, faster and more effective delivery of aid, as highlighted during the transformational World Humanitarian Summit in May this year. (QNA)

Trump Criticizes China's Monetary Policy

Trump Criticizes China's Monetary Policy

News No :27

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :11:50 AM

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Washington, December 05 (QNA) - US President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday blamed China for militarizing the South China Sea, taxing US imports and devaluing its currency.
"Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency (making it hard for our companies to compete), heavily tax our products going into their country (the US doesn't tax them) or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea? I don't think so!" he wrote on Twitter.
On the other hand, Trump has pledged that his administration will impose high taxes on goods of US companies that decide to move their factories from the US to overseas territories, warning business owners that "wrong" decisions may cost them a lot.
He also said he would charge a hefty 35% tax for "any business that leaves our country for another country, fires its employees, [or] builds a new factory or plant in the other country, and sell[s] its product back into the US." (QNA)

Japan's Stocks End Low on Monday

Japan's Stocks End Low on Monday

News No :26

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :11:11 AM

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Tokyo, December 05 (QNA) - The Nikkei index closed at a nearly two-week low Monday as uncertainty prevailed after Italian voters rejected proposed constitutional reform in a referendum, prompting Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to announce his resignation.
The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average ended down 151.09 points, or 0.82%, from Friday at 18,274.99.
The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange finished 11.02 points, or 0.75 %, lower at 1,466.96.
Decliners were led by bank, service and real estate issues. (QNA)

Islamic Development Bank Prices US$1.25 Billion Fixed-Rate Trust Certificates Issuance

Islamic Development Bank Prices US$1.25 Billion Fixed-Rate Trust Certificates Issuance

News No :25

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :11:09 AM

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Jeddah, December 05 (QNA) - The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) has successfully priced a US$1.25 billion, five-year Trust Certificates (Sukuk) under its US $25 billion Trust Certificate Issuance Programme.
The Sukuk was priced at par at 2.263%, to be payable on semi-annual basis. This issuance marked the Bank's second benchmark issuance in 2016, according to IsDB press release.
IsDB continues to maintain ratings of Aaa/AAA/AAA by Moody's, S&P and Fitch (all stable outlook).
The joint lead managers and joint bookrunners were Boubyan Bank, Credit Agricole CIB, GIB Capital, J.P. Morgan, Mizuho Securities, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, NATIXIS, RHB Investment Bank Berhad and Standard Chartered Bank.
The mandate was announced on Monday, November 28th. The bookbuilding process began on Tuesday, November 29th with the release of the initial price thoughts of MidSwap rate (MS) plus 50 basis points (bps) area at the London Stock Exchange opening.
The deal was eventually priced on Wednesday, November 30th at MS plus 45 bps, which resulted in a lower spread on top of the five-year MS rate compared with IsDB's March 2016 issuance, which was priced at MS + 50 basis points.
IsDB's ability to issue a sizeable benchmark in a volatile environment is a clear testament to its strong credit and financial position reaffirmed by its AAA ratings.
In terms of the final allocation, the distribution was well diversified with 72% allocated to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, 25% to Asia and 3% to Europe, respectively. Central banks and official agencies were allocated 90% followed by 10% to banks.
Overall, the deal saw strong participation from money managers and official institutions, which showed confidence in IsDB's credit strength.
The Trust Certificates will be listed on the London Stock Exchange, NASDAQ Dubai and Bursa Malaysia (under the Exempt Regime).
"We are very pleased with the outcome of the deal, which met our objectives for the transaction to continue building on the success of our prior deals," IsDB's Acting Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer Dr. Ahmet Tiktik said.
"I would like to thank IsDB's member countries and other investors for their continuous support and commend the lead managers for delivering a deal that fully met our objectives. We hope that this further IsDB funding will continue to contribute towards extending bigger financing to our member countries to support their developmental needs." he added. (QNA)

S. Korea Fails to Reach One-Trillion Dollar Trade

S. Korea Fails to Reach One-Trillion Dollar Trade

News No :23

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :10:45 AM

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Seoul, December 05 (QNA) - The Korea International Trade Association estimated that South Korea's trade volume will amount to 901 billion US dollars this year.
As a result, for the second straight year this year South Korea will most likely fail to achieve the milestone of one-trillion US dollars in trade volume, according to Korea's (KBS WORLD) radio news.
The association projected annual exports will fall 5.6% to post minus growth for the second consecutive for the first time in 58 years.
South Korea's global ranking in terms of export volume is expected to slide from sixth to eighth.
The projections came as the nation marked its 53rd Trade Day on Monday.
For the first time since 2002, no company this year is expected to receive the annual "Ten-billion Dollar Export Tower Award," given in recognition for surpassing the trade volume for the first time.
Poor performance apparently results from the global economic recession and the economic slump in emerging economies which are South Korea's key export destinations.
Next year, trade conditions are expected to get worse amid moves by countries around the world to boost protectionism. (QNA)

Strong Yen to Affect Japan's Tax Revenues

Strong Yen to Affect Japan's Tax Revenues

News No :17

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :10:24 AM

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Tokyo, December 05 (QNA) - Japan's government is set to revise downward its projected tax revenues for the current fiscal year. It said that a stronger yen has put a squeeze on corporate tax payments.
Government officials had predicted strong corporate profits for fiscal 2016. They had estimated that tax revenues would reach more than 57.6 trillion yen, or about 510 billion dollars, according to Japan's (NHK WORLD) radio.
But now they're revising their figures downward by about 9 billion dollars. This is the first such revision since fiscal 2009, in the wake of the global financial crisis.
Officials plan to compile an extra budget by the end of the year to cover the shortfall. It may include more deficit-covering bonds.
Analysts said that the dent in revenue is certain to affect the nation's finances, and make it harder to secure funding for ballooning social-security costs. (QNA)

S. Korea Raises Defense Budget for Next Year

S. Korea Raises Defense Budget for Next Year

News No :12

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :08:16 AM

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Seoul, December 05 (QNA) - South Korea has increased its defense budget for next year to better cope with growing threats from North Korea, the defense ministry said Monday.
The government set the defense budget at 40.34 trillion won about (US$34 billion) for 2017, up 4.0% from 38.8 trillion won a year earlier, the Ministry of National Defense said in a statement.
Of the total, 28.14 trillion won will be spent on operating military forces and facilities, with 12.2 trillion won set aside to bolster combat capabilities, South Korea's News Agency (Yonhap) reported.
The annual defense budget exceeded 40 trillion won for the first time ever and accounts for 10% of the country's overall budget worth 400.5 trillion won for next year, the ministry said.
Tensions persist on the Korean Peninsula over North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons programs.
The communist state conducted two nuclear tests in January and September, and launched more than 20 missiles this year alone. (QNA)

Spot Value in Qatar

Spot Value in Qatar

News No :9

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :08:12 AM

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Doha, December 05 (QNA) - Rates against US dollar as issued on Monday by Qatar National Bank (QNB) are as following: Currency Buying Selling ======= ====== ====== QAR 3.6400 3.6415 SAR 3.7500 3.7510 AED 3.6729 3.6735 BHD 0.3768 0.3769 KWD 0.3049 0.3050 GBP 1.2686 1.2696 CHF 1.0172 1.0182 JPY 113.53 113.63 GOLD 1,176.00 1,176.50 SILVER 16.70 16.72 Stocks Indications: Dow Jones 19170.42 Oil Price : West Texas 51.65 -------------------------------- (QNA)

Deposits Rates in Qatar

Deposits Rates in Qatar

News No :8

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :08:12 AM

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Doha, December 05 (QNA) - Deposits Rates at opening Monday as issued by Qatar National Bank (QNB) are as following: USD JPY CHF GBP 1 Mth 0.5000 0.7700 1.3500 0.2200 2 Mths 0.5600 0.5600 0.9800 0.2800 3 Mths 0.7600 0.5000 0.9700 0.3300 6 Mths 1.1000 0.3900 0.9700 0.6000 12 Mths 1.4600 0.1600 0.6800 0.9000 QAR SAR AED BHD 1 Mth 1.0000 1.5300 0.6000 1.2500 2 Mths 1.0000 1.6400 0.8500 1.5000 3 Mths 1.0000 1.7500 1.1500 1.7500 6 Mths 1.0000 1.9300 1.4000 1.9500 12 Mths 1.0000 2.1400 1.6500 2.3500 ------------------ (QNA)

Exchange Rates in Qatar /1/

Exchange Rates in Qatar /1/

News No :7

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :08:11 AM

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Korean Won N/A 0.00360 Sterling Pound 4.45700 4.68700 Euro 3.77000 3.90900 Swiss Franc 3.51500 3.67000 Japanese Yen 0.03139 0.03276 Swedish Krona 0.39000 0.39800 Norwegian Krona 0.42400 0.43300 Danish Kroner 0.51300 0.52300 Indian Rupee 0.05200 0.05388 Pakistani Rupee N/A 0.03516 South African Rand N/A 0.27528 Turkish Lira N/A 1.08900 Gold/USD 1,176.00 1,176.16 Silver/USD 16.70 16.71 Platinum/USD 928.40 929.40 ------------------------------------------ (QNA)

Exchange Rates in Qatar

Exchange Rates in Qatar

News No :6

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :08:11 AM

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Doha, December 05 (QNA) - Exchange Rates for foreign currencies as issued on Monday by Qatar National Bank (QNB) are as following: Currency Buying Selling ======= ====== ====== Saudi Riyal 0.96700 0.97500 Omani Riyal 9.42400 9.51000 U.A.E. Dirham 0.98800 0.99500 Bahraini Dinar 9.62000 9.71300 Kuwaiti Dinar 11.89700 12.11100 Jordanian Dinar 5.08400 5.20100 Egyptian Pound 0.12200 0.21200 Chinese Yuan 0.45600 0.54800 Tunisian Dinar N/A 1.64700 Moroccan Dirham N/A 0.36800 U.S. Dollar 3.63000 3.65020 Canadian Dollar 2.70600 2.76800 Australian Dollar 2.68800 2.76700 New Zealand Dollar 2.55400 2.64100 Singapore Dollar 2.52100 2.58000 Hong Kong Dollar 0.44700 0.48900 ----------------------------------------------------------- (MORE)

Hammer Throw World Record Holder, Wlodarczyk Trains at Aspire

Hammer Throw World Record Holder, Wlodarczyk Trains at Aspire

News No :76

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :08:03 PM

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Doha, December 05 (QNA) - Polish hammer thrower Anita Wlodarczyk is holding a three week training camp in Qatar at Aspire Academy this month. The current World record holder and 2012 and 2016 Olympic hammer throw champion said she counts Aspire Academy one of her favourite training and competition venues in the world.
"I first came to Aspire in 2008 and was with my friend and fellow Polish hammer thrower the late Kamila Skolimowska. Ever since this place holds special memories for me and in consultation our longtime friend and Aspire Academy Ivica Jakeljic (Senior Throws Coach) we decided this was the best place to holding my training camp in preparation for the forthcoming Athletics season. I am working with Aspire Academy student athletes during my camp and it's something I have done before in previous training camp we held jointly with Aspire and I enjoy this arrangement and gives me opportunity to share some of my experience and accumulate wisdom with the student athletes," said the 31 year old champion and the first woman in history to throw the hammer over 80 m.
Wlodarczyk won the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Rio, setting a new world record with a throw of 82.29 metres and bettered that with a throw of 82.98 metres, setting a new world record just two weeks after the Olympics at the EAA 7th Kamila Skolimowska Memorial in Warsaw. In competition, Wlodarczyk uses some of the equipment that belonged to the late Kamila Skolimowska, as a tribute to her fellow Polish hammer thrower.
Anita Wlodarczyk's training camp at Aspire Academy will run from 28th November to 18th December 2016 and she is accompanied by her coach Kaliszewski Krysztof and physiotherapist, Dorian Lomza. (QNA)

Soccerex Asian Forum 2016 Kicks Off in Doha

Soccerex Asian Forum 2016 Kicks Off in Doha

News No :71

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :07:20 PM

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Doha, December 05 (QNA) - Soccerex Asian Forum 2016 kicked off Monday in Doha, with the participation of an elite of football icons from around the world as well as presidents and directors of a large number of international sports clubs and football organizations.
The two-day forum, founded in 1995, is held at Grand Hyatt Hotel Doha in partnership between the organizers and the Supreme Committee of the Delivery and Legacy (CS).
Following the opening ceremony, a session on Qatar's hosting of FIFA World Cup 2022 was held under the chairmanship of Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee of the Delivery Hassan Al Thawadi, who delivered a speech starting with welcoming the guests of Doha and wishing them pleasant stay in Qatar.
"December 2 marked six years since we were awarded the rights to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022 and it serves as a moment for us to reflect on our journey," Al Thawadi said.
"These six years have proved challenging, but I am confident that we have made significant strides and that we are on the right path to delivering a successful tournament in 2022, and a legacy that benefits our region in the decades to follow," he added.
Al Thawadi said that Soccerex Asian Forum 2016 is an excellent opportunity for gaining a greater understanding of what Qatar has achieved so far, the projects already underway, and the future vision for beyond 2022.
"When we launched our bid in 2009 and appeared at the Soccerex Forum, we were explaining to people where Qatar was on a map. The events hosted by Soccerex were of the utmost importance to us. They provided us a platform to market our bid and the concepts that made it successful," he said adding "Soccerex gave us the opportunity to network with individuals and companies within the industry – conveniently gathered under one roof. It assisted us in bringing our messages to the industry, enhancing our contacts, and most importantly, making friends across the world." The SC Secretary-General said: " On this note, it is appropriate that I mention the driving force behind Soccerex – Duncan Revie. News of Duncan’s passing in September was received with great sorrow in our committee. He extended his warm hand of friendship to us when we first met in 2009, and always made us feel thoroughly welcome whenever we were in his company." "Duncan launched Soccerex twenty-one years ago He foresaw the direction that the football industry was heading when he created Soccerex. He understood the continually expanding diverse array of stakeholders and the potential for partnerships that existed if people could be gathered together. Under his guidance, Soccerex has developed into a truly global brand – with events having taken place in Mexico, Ghana, Jordan, South Africa to name a few," Al Thawadi said. (QNA)

Al Thawadi: 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar Catalyst for Global Development of Football /1

Al Thawadi: 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar Catalyst for Global Development of Football /1

News No :70

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :07:15 PM

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"We are also building modular seating in stadiums which can be dismantled after the tournament so that we need not be saddled with white elephants. Some stadiums will be fully dismantled and re-used after the tournament." Al Khater said sustainability is also the guiding principle in the construction of the stadiums for 2022. "We are not merely building stadiums but scripting well-researched legacy plans into the designs of every single stadium and precinct," said Al Khater.
"There have been instances of some World Cup stadiums not having been used following the event. However, Qatar will be different. We have consulted with local communities and have built precincts with amenities such as schools. We are also building modular seating in stadiums which can be dismantled after the tournament so that we need not be saddled with white elephants. Some stadiums will be fully dismantled and re-used after the tournament." Al Khater noted he is happy with the progress in the eight 2022 proposed host venues that are under various stages of construction. "We are ahead of schedule in all eight venues," he said adding that it would be an ideal number for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar . However, Al Khater added the SC would be guided by the views of FIFA about the final stadium count for the historic event.
"Unfortunately, we have been under malicious and unwarranted attack from some sections. I believe we have always responded to criticism that is constructive. I appeal to all to come to Qatar and see the situation for yourself and then come forward with constructive criticism rather than resorting to the easier option of criticising with little or no basis." Al Khater also said that he's confident that the national team will progress far in the home World Cup. "I am confident that the national team will reach far in 2022 and that the tournament will do to Qatar football what it did to the Japanese national team after 2002," he said.
In the afternoon session, Xavi Hernandez talked about his experiences working with the SC's Generation Amazing programme after his recent visit to Jordan to meet and inspire children in a refugee camp there. He later engaged in a football freestyling session with renowned freestyler Sean Garnier, who also works with the Generation Amazing programme.(END)

Al Thawadi: 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar a Catalyst for Global Development of Football

Al Thawadi: 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar a Catalyst for Global Development of Football

News No :68

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :07:05 PM

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Doha, December 05 (QNA) -The Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), Hassan Al Thawadi, has said that Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be a catalyst for the global development of football.
Kicking off the Soccerex Asian Forum 2016 in Doha, Al Thawadi said the first ever World Cup in the Middle East and the second in Asia will accelerate the development of emerging football territories in accordance with the vision of Soccerex founder, the late Duncan Revie.
He said: "Duncan had the foresight and vision in the 1990s to form Soccerex, an event which has been at the forefront during the process of the globalisation of football which started during that decade in England." He continued: "Now we are living in an age of many football markets outside Europe developing their own leagues and owning clubs in Europe. The hosting of the World Cup in Qatar in 2022 will accelerate the global development of football." Al Thawadi said that he has fond memories of the SC's involvement in previous editions of Soccerex and hoped delegates of the 2016 Asian forum will be able to reap the benefits of the sport networking event.
After the opening remarks, the SC Secretary General presented the inaugural Duncan Revie Award to Richard Tims, Chairman of Sheffield FC.
In the first panel session of the day, SC Assistant Secretary General for Tournament Affairs, Nasser Al Khater, said that Qatar is on course towards fast-tracking social, economic and environmental change through the hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar in line with the country’s 2030 National Vision.
"The World Cup is a catalyst to accelerate the emergence of Qatar as a knowledge-based economy by 2030 and our human, social, environmental and technological initiatives built around the hosting of the World Cup have proven to be very successful in the country and the region," said Al Khater.
He added: "The idea was to look at a multi-pronged approach towards sustainable growth and projects such as Generation Amazing and Challenge 22 have been successful endeavours." Al Khater said sustainability is also the guiding principle in the construction of the stadiums for 2022. "We are not merely building stadiums but scripting well-researched legacy plans into the designs of every single stadium and precinct," he told the delegates gathered in Doha.
"There have been instances of some World Cup stadiums not having been used following the event. However, Qatar will be different. We have consulted with local communities and have built precincts with amenities such as schools.(MORE)

Saleh Al Kaabi Scores Come-From-Behind Victory in Golf Championship

Saleh Al Kaabi Scores Come-From-Behind Victory in Golf Championship

News No :66

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :12:52 AM

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Riyadh, December 04 (QNA) - Qatar national team standout Saleh Al Kaabi played near-flawless golf in the round that mattered most to pull off a three-stroke come-from-behind victory in the 2nd Annual SGF Open Golf Championship 2016 at Dirab Golf & Country Club on the outskirts of Riyadh.
Saleh Al Kaabi was dialed in for the final round, as he fired a sparkling bogey-free 5-under 67 to finish the three-day 54-hole prestigious event on two-over total of 218.
Al Kaabi was six strokes down to overnight leader Saudi Arabia’s Othman Almulla at the start of the day.
Al Kaabi opted to play aggressively to have any chance at catching Othman, attacking the pins in wild abandon for birdies on 2, 3 and 9.
At the turn, the two players were even at 4-over for the tournament, with Almulla dropping three shots with consecutive bogeys on Nos. 4 and 5 and double bogey on 8.
Leader in the first two days, Almulla went south Saturday, couldn’t convert birdie chances on 13 and 15 and even dropped a shot on 18 for a final round 76 and 221 total.
In contrast, Al Kaabi had no mistakes, hitting the ball pure on a day the cool wind blew in glorious sunshine. Playing in a group ahead of Almulla, Al Kaabi took the lead with a birdie on par-5 13 where he hit a 5-iron approach that found the green, after a monster drive, and made two putts. (QNA)

Roma Pounce on Lazio Errors to Win

Roma Pounce on Lazio Errors to Win

News No :65

News Date :05/12/2016

News Time :12:27 AM

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Rome, December 04 (QNA) - AS Roma pounced on two dreadful Lazio mistakes to claim a 2-0 win in a hot-tempered derby which was boycotted by their own supporters on Sunday.
Lazio defender Wallace gifted Roma the lead in the 64th minute when he tried to dribble his way out of defence but was easily dispossessed by Kevin Strootman who chipped his shot over helpless Lazio goalkeeper Federico Marchetti.
Roma doubled their lead 13 minutes later when Radja Nainggolan caught Marchetti napping with a low shot from 35 meters that bounced twice as it entered the net at the goalkeeper's unguarded near post. (QNA)