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HH the Emir Meets President of Turkish Union of Chambers

HH the Emir Meets President of Turkish Union of Chambers

News No :35

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :03:10 PM

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Doha, January 18 (QNA) - HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani met Wednesday at his Emiri Diwan office with Rifat Hisarciklioglu, president of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges at the Republic of Turkey and vice president of the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Eurochambres), and his accompanying delegation who called upon HH the Emir to greet him on the occasion of their visit to the country to participate in the second Qatar Chamber SME Conference.
During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries in the economy and investment fields. (QNA)

HH the Emir Meets Humanitarian Work Dignitaries

HH the Emir Meets Humanitarian Work Dignitaries

News No :32

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :02:39 PM

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Doha, January 18 (QNA) - HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani met on Wednesday at his Emiri Diwan office with HE Sheikh Dr. Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Humanitarian Funds (OICHF); Dr. Abdullah Matouq Al Matouq, advisor to the Emir of Kuwait and board chairman of the International Islamic Charitable Organization; HE Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Muraikhi, the U.N. secretary general's envoy for humanitarian affairs; and the accompanying delegation who called upon HH the Emir to greet him on the occasion of their visit to the country to participate in the U.N. initiative to honor leaders of humanitarian work.
The meeting reviewed a set of issues of mutual interest.
GCC Secretary General Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani attended the meeting. (QNA)

White House Awaits Inauguration of 45th President -2-

White House Awaits Inauguration of 45th President -2-

News No :31

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :02:06 PM

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Ahead of a new era for U.S. presidency, President Donald Trump has chosen members of his administration, notably Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, retired Marine Gen. James Mattis as secretary of defense, Wilbur Ross as secretary of commerce, Steven Mnuchin as secretary of treasury, Betsy DeVos as secretary of education, Elaine Chao as secretary of transportation, and Robert Lighthizer was the pick for the trade representative, who is responsible for international trade negotiations.
For the attorney general, Trump has chosen Senator Jeff Sessions, a supporter of extreme firmness in handling illegal immigration, while retired Gen. Michael Flynn, a former chief of military intelligence service, was picked for the national security adviser post.
Trump also announced that Representative Mike Pompeo of Kansas will run the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and picked Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to be the White House chief of staff.
The incoming U.S. president also appointed his son-in-law Jared Kushner as a senior White House advisor. Kushner, aged 35 and husband of Ivanka Trump, has played a major behind-the-scenes role in the campaign.
Trump chose Dina Habib, an American of Egyptian origin, as an advisor for economic initiatives. She is currently in charge of charity initiatives at Goldman Sachs Foundation.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is the largest office within the executive office of the president of the United States. Its most prominent function is to produce the president's budget. (QNA)

White House Awaits Inauguration of 45th President -1-

White House Awaits Inauguration of 45th President -1-

News No :30

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :01:05 PM

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It is unknown yet whether Trump will run his works from the "Oval Office" in the White House, like all former presidents, or he intends to change.
The President's Office is the official place where he runs his works and all means of communications with his advisers and executives are available.
The Oval Office desk was a gift from Queen Victoria to President Rutherford Hayes in 1880 and was built from the timbers of the British Arctic exploration ship Resolute. All presidents since Hayes have used the desk, except Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.
The features of the Office remain constant including the white marble mantel from the original 1909 President's Office, the Presidential Seal on the ceiling, and the two flags behind the President’s desk – the US Flag and the President's Flag.
In addition, President Obama added a new oval-shaped rug. This rug features the Presidential Seal in the center and five historical quotations of meaning by Martin Luther King, Jr. and Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and John Kennedy around its border.
The Situation Room, which is located in the same wing of the Oval Office, was established in 1961 on the order of President Kennedy. It is the famous room that appeared in the media showing President Barack Obama receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in May, 2011. The room is equipped with advanced communications equipment for the President to maintain command and control of US forces around the world.
Although Donald Trump has not chosen a spokesperson for the White House yet, but this does not mean that James Brady Press Briefing Room, which receives journalists, is ready to receive the new spokesperson. In 2000, the room was renamed the "James S. Brady Press Briefing Room" in honor of James Brady, the press secretary who was shot and permanently disabled during an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan in 1981. (MORE)

White House Awaits Inauguration of 45th President

White House Awaits Inauguration of 45th President

News No :29

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :01:02 PM

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Doha, January 18 (QNA) - After less than 48 hours, US President Donald John Trump enters the White House to be the 45th president of the United States of America, succeeding outgoing President Barack Obama (2009-2017).
The swearing-in ceremony takes place at the US Capitol, the home of the US Congress, where Trump takes the Oath of Office and be sworn in as America’s 45th President in the presence of President Barack Obama, former presidents, diplomats, members of the Cabinet, candidates in previous presidency elections, members of Congress, judges of the US Supreme Court and high-ranking officers in the Pentagon as well as holders of medals of honor of different categories and a large number of audience.
According to the US authorities, about 50 security and intelligence agencies will secure the event where they will deploy about 28,000 security personnel to secure the ceremony, expected to be attended by 700 to 900 thousand people, including 99 different protest groups.
Prior to the inauguration ceremony, a Washington Post-ABC News poll revealed Trump as the least-popular incoming president in at least four decades with a favoring rating of 40% in comparison to Obama who enjoyed favoring rating of 84% on the day of his inauguration.
Trump also angered Democratic members of the Congress after he lashed out at congressman John Lewis, and other Congress members over his policies, leading them to announce their boycott to the inauguration.
After his inauguration, Trump and his family will move to the White House, the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States. It has been the residence of every US president since John Adams in 1800. At various times in history, the White House has been known as the "President's Palace", the "President's House", and the "Executive Mansion". President Theodore Roosevelt officially gave the White House its current name in 1901. (MORE)

Palestinian Killed, Many Injured in Clashes with Israeli Police in Naqab

Palestinian Killed, Many Injured in Clashes with Israeli Police in Naqab

News No :27

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :12:45 PM

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Occupied Jerusalem, January 18 (QNA) - A Palestinian was killed and many were injured, including an Arab lawmaker, on Wednesday during intense clashes with Israeli police in the village of Um al-Heiran, in the Naqab, southern Israel, according to a statement by the Higher Steering Committee of the Arabs of the Naqab.
The clashes erupted after Israeli police accompanied bulldozers entered the Arab village to evict its residents and demolish its 12 homes, Palestinian news agency (WAFA) reported.
The statement said Yacoub Abu al-Qeean was shot dead by Israeli police during the attempt to demolish the village.
Ayman Odeh, head of the Arab Joint List with 13 members in the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, was among those injured by police.
According to witnesses, Abu al-Qeean was driving his car in the area where people have gathered to stop Israeli police and bulldozers from entering the village. He apparently hit a police officer, who later died of his wounds, according to the police, before he was shot dead.
On Tuesday evening, a Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli soldiers after he allegedly attempted to attack them at a military checkpoint north of Tulkarem. He is the second Palestinian killed by Israeli forces in 24 hours.
Meanwhile, Israeli occupation forces opened fires against Palestinian farmers and their lands in Al-Faraheen neighborhood in Abasan al-Kabira town south of the Gaza Strip on Wednesday.
The Israeli war vessels also opened fire at Palestinian fishermen in Gaza sea, but no injuries were reported. (QNA)

S. Korean President's Lawyers Ask Constitutional Court to Exclude Key Evidence from Impeachment Trial

S. Korean President's Lawyers Ask Constitutional Court to Exclude Key Evidence from Impeachment Trial

News No :26

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :12:39 PM

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Seoul, January 18 (QNA) - South Korea's President Park Geun-hye's lawyers asked the Constitutional Court Wednesday to exclude a key piece of evidence from her impeachment trial as they claim the material was gained through "illegal" means.
On Tuesday, the court finalized a list of investigation records and material it will use in its deliberation of Park's impeachment, including several notebooks kept by former presidential aide An Chong-bum, according to (Yonhap) news agency.
An wrote down the president's orders and remarks in 17 notebooks from January 2015 to October 2016 while serving as her senior secretary for economic affairs, and then, for policy coordination.
The notebooks are seen as critical evidence in proving whether the president colluded with her friend Choi Soon-sil to extort money from conglomerates and commit other crimes leading to her impeachment.
An has been indicted and jailed for his alleged involvement on charges of abuse of power and attempted extortion.
"Out of An's 17 notebooks, 11 were collected by illegal means," Lee Joong-hwan, one of Park's attorneys, said. "According to a Supreme Court precedent, investigation records based on illegally collected material cannot be used as evidence, either." The court's nine justices will decide whether to accept or reject the request at the next hearing, a court official said. Though he did not specify the date, the court is set to hold the next hearing on Thursday. (QNA)

World Food Program Suspends Food Airdrops in Syria because of Heavy Fighting

World Food Program Suspends Food Airdrops in Syria because of Heavy Fighting

News No :23

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :11:19 AM

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Geneve, January 18 (QNA) - The United Nations World Food Program said that it had been forced to suspend airdrops to residents of the besieged Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor because of heavy fighting between Government forces and the ISIS.
"There is heavy fighting going on in and around the landing zone and in the parts of the city where the food distributions are taking place," said WFP spokesperson Bettina Luescher as she informed reporters in Geneva that the airdrops had been suspended as of Sunday.
Airdrops require a large and completely safe drop zone area where cargo is released and collected by a team on the ground for delivery.
Stressing that partners on the ground could not expose the lives of the 60 volunteers who were in that open landing zone and would receive the supplies and distribute them, she said: "It is too precarious for the moment to continue the operation. WFP needs to make sure the volunteers are safe".
Luescher said that WFP has conducted 177 airdrops into Deir ez Zor since April.
The agency has provided nearly 3,300 metric tons of food and other aid, including supplies from other relief organizations, for the 110,000 residents of the city. Responding to questions she stated that because air drops could only deliver small amounts, they need to be done on an almost continuous basis.
Meanwhile, the United Nations reports that water remains cut off from Ain El Fijeh, depriving 5.5 million people in Damascus and surrounding areas from their main water source since 22 December.
The Syrian Arab Red Crescent and water authorities' technical teams, who suspended their mission following a security incident, remain on stand-by to enter the area again to complete their mission as soon as security conditions allow. The UN stands ready to provide additional support to ensure the swift repair of the water infrastructure, a UN spokesperson added. (QNA)

8 Key Taliban Leaders among 37 Killed in Afghanistan's Operations

8 Key Taliban Leaders among 37 Killed in Afghanistan's Operations

News No :19

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :10:09 AM

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Kabul, January 18 (QNA) - At least 37 Taliban insurgents including 8 key leaders of the group were killed during the joint military operations in the past 24 hours, the Afghan Ministry of Defense (MoD) said.
The operations were conducted in Kunar, Kapisa, Uruzgan, Herat, Kunduz, Baghlan, and Helmand provinces.
According to a statement by MoD, at least 14 militants were also wounded and 3 others including Pakistani nationals were arrested.
The 8 key Taliban leaders were killed in Musa Qala district and have been identified as Mullah Tahir who was responsible for the financing of the group, Haji Nasir who was recruiting for the group, Haji Khadem who was in command of the Red Unit of the Taliban, Haji Rouhani, Taliban’s shadow district chief for Marjah, Haji Lala, Taliban’s shadow district chief for Nawzad, Haji Kamil, commander of the Red Unit for Nahr-e-Saraj, Haji Khalid, Taliban’s shadow deputy governor for Uruzgan, Mullah Sadiq Agha, Taliban’s military chief for Kandahar and Helmand.
The statement further added that two Pakistani insurgents were also among the 36 killed in the operations in Helmand province.
The ministry also added that 4 hideouts of the Taliban group were also destroyed in the operations in Greshk district.
Another militant was killed in Tagab district of eastern Kapisa province and another militant was wounded. (QNA)

Nigeria Air Strike Error Kills Dozens in Refugee Camp

Nigeria Air Strike Error Kills Dozens in Refugee Camp

News No :18

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :10:08 AM

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Abuja, January 18 (QNA) - A Nigerian military jet has mistakenly bombed a camp for displaced people in the north-east, killing at least 52 people and injuring many more.
Aid workers are among the dead in Rann, with the Red Cross saying six of its employees were killed.
The MSF aid agency said that over 200 people had been injured and appealed for help with medical evacuations.
President Muhammadu Buhari, whose army is fighting Boko Haram militants, expressed dismay and urged calm.
The attack took place near the border with Cameroon, where the military is engaged in what it calls its final push against Boko Haram. (QNA)

Obama Commutes Sentence of Former Solider Convicted of Leaking Classified Documents

Obama Commutes Sentence of Former Solider Convicted of Leaking Classified Documents

News No :17

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :10:07 AM

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Washington, January 18 (QNA) - US President Barack Obama has granted a commutation to Chelsea Manning, a former soldier who was convicted of Espionage Act violations and other charges for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks.
The convicted provided the documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, which then posted them online, creating an international sensation.
Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2013, and she will now be released on May 17, according to her lawyer. The documents that were leaked, about the US military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, sparked a firestorm. She was one of 209 individuals granted commutations and 64 individuals who were given pardons by Obama today.
Manning's commutation comes on one of Obama's final days in office. He has so far issued 1,385 commutations and 212 pardons. (QNA)

UN Chief Calls for Compacting Anti-Muslim Discrimination

UN Chief Calls for Compacting Anti-Muslim Discrimination

News No :16

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :10:01 AM

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New York, January 18 (QNA) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed today for drawing strength from the principles of inclusion, tolerance and mutual understanding to recognize the value of diversity in a message to an event spotlighting the growing challenges of anti-Muslim discrimination as well as hatred in various contexts.
"Discrimination diminishes us all. It prevents people – and societies – from achieving their full potential," said Guterres in a video message to a high-level event on combating anti-Muslim discrimination and hatred.
"In times of insecurity, vulnerable communities that look different become convenient scapegoats," he added, calling on everyone to resist cynical efforts that try to divide communities and "portray neighbors as 'the other'," he said.
Noting that anti-Muslim hate crimes, xenophobia, racism, anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry are on the rise, the UN chief said that many people are victims of intolerance and suspicions that may not appear in statistics, these none the less degrade people's dignity as well as that of the common humanity.
He also underlined the need people everywhere feel for their cultural identities to be valued – and at the same time to have a strong sense of belonging to the community as a whole, and said that as societies become more multi-ethnic and multi-religious, cultural and economic investments in cohesion are required, so that diversity is rightly seen as a richness, not a threat. (QNA)

Qatari Newspapers Hail HH the Emir's Visit to Healthcare Facilities /1/

Qatari Newspapers Hail HH the Emir's Visit to Healthcare Facilities /1/

News No :15

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :09:57 AM

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For its part, Qatari daily Al-Sharq said that the inspection visits underlined HH the Emir's keenness to follow up the progress of this vital sector to meet the needs of the national demands in the economic and social development.
The paper underlined that the wise leadership gives priority to the citizens' welfare in its national development programs, as reflected in the National Development Strategy Project 2017-2022, which is being implemented with an intensive follow-up of the Qatari government, led by HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani.
Meanwhile, Arrayah newspaper highlighted the leadership's huge attention to upgrade the health sector in the country through spending, qualifying the national cadres and experiences, and bringing in expertise from abroad in order to provide outstanding health services for all citizens.
Besides developing the health sector, the wise leadership launched major development projects to upgrade the various vital sectors in the country including education, trade, industry, technology, communication and transportation, in order to achieve Qatar National Vision 2030, the paper concluded. (QNA)

Qatari Newspapers Hail HH the Emir's Visit to Healthcare Facilities

Qatari Newspapers Hail HH the Emir's Visit to Healthcare Facilities

News No :14

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :09:57 AM

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Doha, January 18 (QNA) - Qatari daily newspapers hailed Wednesday the care and attention paid by HH the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani to the healthcare sector as one of the national development priorities, outlined in the National Development Strategy 2017-2022.
In their editorials today, the Qatari dailies highlighted HH the Emir's visits to a number of health centers in Hamad Medical City and to the Health Centre in Umm Slal, which came to closely assess the development of the healthcare infrastructure projects in the country, their standard and whether they are sufficient to deal with the country's growing population.
Al-Watan daily said that HH the Emir's inspection visits to a number of healthcare centers reflected the wise leadership's great attention to achieve the interests of citizens in all aspects of life as the real fortune for the State of Qatar and its main investment.
The paper noted that the health sector was one of the main elements of human development in Qatar Vision 2030, which emphasized the State's eagerness to develop an integrated healthcare system that offers high-quality preventive and curative health services, and are managed according to the best international standards. (MORE)

Poll Reveals Trump is the Least Popular US President in 40 Years

Poll Reveals Trump is the Least Popular US President in 40 Years

News No :13

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :09:08 AM

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Washington, January 18 (QNA) - US President-elect Donald Trump will take the oath of office Friday as the least-popular incoming president in at least four decades, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Compared with other presidents, Trump’s handling of the transition revealed a favoring rating of 40% and 54% of disapprove. In comparison, roughly 8 in 10 approved of the way Barack Obama and former presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush handled their transitions. And about 7 in 10 approved of the way former president George W. Bush handled his transition to presidency.
The poll revealed American’s expectations of Trump being positive on economy fronts. Roughly 6 in 10 say they expect the New York businessman to do an excellent or good job in handling the economy and creating jobs. He had said repeatedly that both will be top priorities of his presidency. At the same time, he has stressed his determination to defeat the ISIS and protect the country from threats of terrorism.
The Post-ABC survey found that 56% of Americans say they think he will do a good or excellent job on that front.
Half of all Americans express optimism about how he will handle the federal budget deficit and help the middle class. Slightly more than half have negative views about how he would handle an international crisis and whether he can improve the health-care system.
His lowest ratings come on two areas that have been controversial since he first announced his candidacy in the summer of 2015: race relations and handling issues of concern to women, the Washington post said. 57% of Americans say they do not think he will do a good job on race relations.
Compared to a poll that was done last June, the disapproval of Trump’s suitability to be a president decreased from 64% to be 42%. (QNA)

European Parliament Elects Antonio Tajani as Next President

European Parliament Elects Antonio Tajani as Next President

News No :12

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :09:02 AM

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Brussels, January 18 (QNA) - The European Parliament has elected center-right Antonio Tajani of Italy as its new President over fellow Italian Gianni Pittella, after a lengthy election process on Tuesday.
Tajani's victory came after an unusually contested race to succeed current president Martin Schulz, who is leaving Brussels to return to German politics.
The 63-year-old lawyer from Rome, who has been at the EU for 23 years, belongs to the center-right European People's Party (EPP), the largest political group.
He won the presidency of the European Parliament after offering support to colleagues from all parliamentary fractions and vowing to defend democracy and the freedom of citizens in the European Union.
In the fourth and final round of voting, Tajani got 351 votes, and thus the simple majority, beating Pittella, who received 282 votes.
The two parliamentarians faced off in the last and decisive round of voting after none of the six candidates in the race was able to secure an absolute majority of the votes cast by the 751 members of parliament in the previous three rounds. (QNA)

Summary of Local News Released Tuesday -2-

Summary of Local News Released Tuesday -2-

News No :5

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :08:31 AM

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- Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC) and Nebras Power have signed a cooperation agreement with Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week to develop renewable and sustainable energy projects.
- Qatar Exchange closed in the green on Tuesday, adding 168.43 points (+1.57%) to stand at 10,927.83 points from 10,759.40 on Monday.
- The opening session of the second Qatar Chamber SME Conference, currently underway in Doha, saw the signing of a cooperation agreement between Qatar Chamber and the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB).
- Qatar Petroleum (QP) concluded its "High Performance Boards Award Ceremony," a nine-month specialized program for Qatari board directors.
- The total trading value in the real estate sales contracts registered with the Land Registry Department of the Ministry of Justice for the week ending January 12 reached in excess of QR 1.233 billion.
- The 47th edition of the World Economic Forum (WEF) kicked off Tuesday in Davos, Switzerland with the participation of more than 3,000 political and economic leader and official to discuss the major global issues.
- Hamad Medical Corporation's (HMC) Hamad Dental Center recently celebrated the achievement of a significant milestone that saw a group of young clinical associates - all young Qatari dentists - successfully completing the requirement to be enrolled in the Post Graduate Dental Education fellowship specialty program developed in collaboration with the Faculty of Dentistry of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI).
- Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) clinched the title win of the second edition of Aspire Banks Football Tournament (ABFT) held recently at the Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) indoor pitch after defeating Masraf Al Rayan (MAR) by a single goal.
-Qatari hand ball team reinforce chances to qualify for the second round of the 25th edition of the World Cup handball tournament in France after defeating their Argentine counterpart (21-17) .
Qatar and Moldova ended thier international friendly with a 1-1 draw at the Al Sadd Stadium on Tuesday.
- HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al -Thani, the President of Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) has honoured a number of scholarship graduates who received high degrees after completing their high education study at different Universities inside and outside Qatar under the auspice of the QOC.
- Qatar beat the United States 5-1 in their opening game of the 46th World Military Cup, currently underway in Oman until Jan. 28. (END)

Summary of Local News Released Tuesday -1-

Summary of Local News Released Tuesday -1-

News No :4

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :08:30 AM

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- HE Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Muraikhi, the UN secretary general's envoy for humanitarian affairs, has announced that Qatar will host the next meeting for the major Syria donors so as to continue Kuwait's efforts in following up on the humanitarian situation and working to provide effective humanitarian and development response to enhance the capacity of affected Syrians to tackle humanitarian challenges.
- Head of Protocol Service at the German Foreign Ministry Jurgen Christian Mertens received a copy of the credentials of HE Sheikh Saud bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Qatar to Germany.
- The value of aid provided by Zakat Fund over the past year exceeded 112 million Qatari riyals.
- Under the visionary guidance of its Chairperson, HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar Museums (QM) has announced an exciting schedule of exhibitions and programs opening in Qatar this Spring, that aims to bring new experiences of art, culture and heritage for everyone to enjoy.
- Qatar Charity (QC) ,and the King Hussein Cancer Foundation have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a charitable fund to cover treatment costs of the less fortunate patients from different nationalities at the King Hussein Cancer Center, at a cost of 250,000 Jordanian Dinars.
- President of El Salvador Sanchez Ceren met, at the presidential palace, with HE Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari, advisor at the Emiri Diwan and Qatar's candidate for the director general post at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
- The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) has pledged to continue its drive in educating the local population about early cancer screening as it marks its first anniversary.
- The Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority (QFC Regulatory Authority) has been approved as a full signatory to the International Organisation of Securities Commissions ("IOSCO") Multilateral Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Consultation and Cooperation and the Exchange of Information (MMoU).
- Sidra Medical and Research Center (Sidra) has launched a child advocacy program dedicated to protecting children from abuse or neglect at home and in the community.
- Qatar University (QU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital (Aspetar) to establish collaboration in the field of medical education and research. (MORE)

Summary of Local News Released Tuesday

Summary of Local News Released Tuesday

News No :3

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :08:28 AM

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Doha, January 18 (QNA) - Summary of local news released Tuesday by Qatar News Agency.
- HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani paid a visit Tuesday to a number of health centers in Hamad Medical City to stand on the latest developments of the healthcare infrastructure projects in the country, its standard compared with international health developments and whether they will be sufficient to deal with the country's population growth.
- HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani met on Tuesday with President of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey Rifat Hisarciklioglu and his accompanying delegation, on the occasion of their participation in the Second Qatar Chamber Small and Medium Enterprises Conference being held in Doha.
- Under the Auspices of HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani, HE the deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for cabinet Affairs Ahmed bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud on Tuesday opened Qatar Chamber's Second SMEs Conference.
- HE the Minister of Minister of Municipality and Environment Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi, the Chairman of the organizing committee of Qatar British Business Forum (QBBF) 2017 met here on Tuesday with the Leader of Birmingham City Council John Clancy.
- Qatar's Minister Economy and Commerce HE Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al-Thani met Tuesday, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum "Davos", with Minister of State for Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina Horacio R. and Ms Arancha Gonzalez, Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC).
- HE Minister of Municipality and Environment Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi said that the Ministry plans to achieve self-sufficiency from vegetables in the next five years.
- HE Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim Bin Saif Al Sulaiti launched Tuesday two milestone systems initiated by the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) to ensure effective and seamless management and monitoring of the radio spectrum usage in the State of Qatar.
- HE Chairman of Qatar Chamber Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al-Thani, who is also Chairman of the board of Directors of ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) Qatar, highlighted the importance of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani's instruction to strengthen the Qatari private sector and his continuous support to maintain the path of economic development achieved in Qatar.
- Chief of Protocol of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary Istvan Manno received on Tuesday a copy of the credentials of HE Mohammed bin Hamad Al Khalifa as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Qatar to Hungary. (MORE)

Weather: Mild Temperatures Daytime and Partly Cloudy

Weather: Mild Temperatures Daytime and Partly Cloudy

News No :2

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :07:59 AM

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Doha, January 18 (QNA) - Weather forecast for Qatar valid until 6pm Wednesday inshore will be hazy at places at first, becoming mild daytime and partly cloudy at times at places, offshore it will be hazy with some clouds.
The Department of Meteorology warned of strong wind and high seas to the north at first offshore.
Wind inshore will be northwesterly to northeasterly 03 to 13 knot, becoming variable by night, offshore will be northwesterly at 05 to 15 knot, reaching to 22 knot the north at first.
Visibility will be 04 to 09 kilometer. The sea state inshore will be between one to two feet. offshore it will be two to four feet, reaching to seven feet to the north at first.
Tide Times and temperatures are as follows: Area High Tide Low Tide Mini - Max ---- ----------------- ------------------ ------------------- Messaid 10:00 - 23:15 02:00 - 17:45 23 Wakrah 09:30 - 23:00 02:00 - 17:00 23 Doha 07: 08:45 - 21:45 01:30 - 16:15 23 Al Khor 08:30 - 21:00 01:15 - 15:30 22 Ruwais 08:45 - 21:45 03:00 - 15:30 20 Dukhan 02:00 - 14:00 08:00 - 20:15 19 Sunrise : 06:20 lt Sunset today : 17:08 lt --------------------------------------------------- (QNA)

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News No :1

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :07:58 AM

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Qatar News Agency English Transmission Begins Now For Wednesday, January 18 - 2017 Good Morning ============================ (QNA)

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News No :99

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :01:16 AM

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Qatar News Agency is now closing its daily transmission for Tuesday, Jan.17, 2017.

World's Oldest Zoo Gorilla, 60, Dies in Ohio

World's Oldest Zoo Gorilla, 60, Dies in Ohio

News No :94

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :12:15 AM

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Washington, January 17 (QNA) - The first zoo-born gorilla has died at age 60, zoo officials announced Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio.
Colo, matriarch of the zoo's gorilla family, died overnight in her sleep, the zoo said. She had undergone surgery on December 3 to remove a cancerous tumour from under her arm.
A necropsy was being conducted to determine the cause of death.
Colo's 1956 birth, after unintended breeding between her two parents at the Columbus Zoo, was a sensation. Her name, the result of a contest, was short for Columbus.
Colo gave birth to three offspring, and had 16 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. Her offspring were the first second-generation and third-generation gorillas born in zoos, dpa reported.
Colo's gorilla family were allowed time with the body on Tuesday, the zoo said.
Columbus Zoo president Tom Stalf called her "an ambassador for gorillas." "Colo touched the hearts of generations of people who came to see her and those that cared for her over her long lifetime," he said.(QNA)

Kuwait Bourse Ends Trading in Mixed Boards

Kuwait Bourse Ends Trading in Mixed Boards

News No :36

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :03:11 PM

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Kuwait, January 18 (QNA) - The trading at Kuwait Bourse ended Wednesday in mixed boards with the benchmark going up by 50.65 points, hitting 6351 points.
The weighted and KSX 15 indices both ended trades down by 1.17 and 8.45 points respectively.
Value of trades was at KD 65 million while the volume was at 839.1 million shares done through 12,724 deals. (QNA)

Qatar Stock Index Drops 47.68 Points

Qatar Stock Index Drops 47.68 Points

News No :33

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :02:41 PM

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Doha, January 18 (QNA) - Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE) index dropped 47.68 points (0.44 percent) when the bourse closed trading at 10,880.15 points Wednesday.
The volume of shares traded decreased to 10,285,291 from 16,385,512 on Tuesday and the value of shares decreased to QR 335,809,015.50 from QR 484,730,498.26 Tuesday.
From the 44 companies listed on QSE, shares of 41 saw trading today. From these, 14 gained and 25 companies closed lower, while two remained unchanged.
Indices of five sectors ended in red and remaining two sectors ended green today.
QSE Total Return Index decreased by 0.44 percent to 17,603.36 points. QSE Al Rayan Islamic Index was down 0.12 percent to 4,070.22 points and QSE All Share Index lost 0.03 percent to 2,976.93 points. (QNA)

S. Korea Biomedicine Exports Top $1 Billion in 2016

S. Korea Biomedicine Exports Top $1 Billion in 2016

News No :28

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :12:48 PM

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Seoul, January 18 (QNA) - Biomedicine exports by South Korean pharmaceutical firms jumped more than 50% in 2016 from a year earlier to surpass the US$1 billion mark for the first time, data showed Wednesday.
Outbound shipments of locally manufactured biomedicines such as vaccines and genetic recombination drugs stood at US$1.44 billion last year, up from $930 million tallied in the previous year, according to the data by the Korea Customs Service. It marks the first time that biomedicine exports surpassed the $1 billion mark, state news agency (Yonhap) reported.
Market watchers said local pharmaceutical companies have become more competitive on the global stage on the back of robust research and development (R&D) spending and policy backup by the government. Celltrion Inc., a South Korean bio-pharmaceutical firm, began to sell its drug Remsima in Europe last year. Remsima is a biosimilar of Janssen Biotech, Inc. Remicade, effective for various diseases from rheumatoid arthritis to Crohn's disease.
Biosimilars are defined by the FDA as products that are "highly similar to an already approved biological product" that have "no clinically meaningful differences in terms of safety and effectiveness from the reference product.
Samsung BioLogics, a biopharmaceutical unit of South Korea's top conglomerate Samsung Group, also inked several deals with global pharmaceutical firms on multiple supply deals.
Samsung's heir apparent Lee Jae-yong has pointed out that the biosimilar business is one of the group's key businesses for the future. (QNA)

Moldavian President Hints of Ending EU Pact

Moldavian President Hints of Ending EU Pact

News No :24

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :11:21 AM

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Moscow, January 18 (QNA) - Moldova’s President Igor Dodon said his government could move to annul the EU pact if it gets support for such a move after 2018 parliamentary elections.
He pledged to restore the trade and political relations with Moscow that cooled after Moldova signed a trade association agreement with the EU. Dodon said after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin that Moldova "got nothing" from the agreement while losing the lucrative Russian market.
Before his trip to Moscow, Dodon said he wanted closer relations with Russia. Ties between the two countries deteriorated after Moldova signed the European Union association agreement and Russia placed a trade embargo on Moldovan wine, fruit and vegetables.
Moldova, an agricultural nation of about 3.5 million located between Ukraine and Romania, exports mainly to the EU, with more than 50% of exports going to EU markets in 2016. Its top market is Romania.
Russia, however, has remained a major market for Moldovan workers. There are about 500,000 Moldovans working in Russia, especially in construction. (QNA)

Kuwait Oil Price Up 44 Cents to USD 51.08 per Barrel

Kuwait Oil Price Up 44 Cents to USD 51.08 per Barrel

News No :21

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :10:36 AM

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Kuwait, January 18 (QNA) - The price of oil went up by 44 cents to USD 51.08 per barrel Tuesday after being at USD 50.64 pb the day before, said Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) Wednesday.
At the global, the prices stabilized due to statements by Saudi Arabia that it will abide by the OPEC agreement to reduce production despite expectation that US production of oil will increase this year, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.
The Brent Crude went down to 39 cents to settle at USD 55.47 per barrel, the same case with the West Texas Intermediate 11 cents to USD 52.48 pb. (QNA)

US Stocks Fall amid Uncertainty over Upcoming Fiscal Policies

US Stocks Fall amid Uncertainty over Upcoming Fiscal Policies

News No :11

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :08:42 AM

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New York, January 18 (QNA) - US stocks fell on Tuesday, with financials, transports and other big post-election gainers losing ground as earnings season kicked into gear.
Also weighing on stocks were concerns about protectionist trade policies planned by US President-elect Donald Trump. The concerns pushed the dollar to its lowest in more than a month and bond yields down as investors cut risk.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended down 58.96 points, or 0.3%, to 19,826.77.
The S&P 500 lost 6.75 points, or 0.3%, to 2,267.89.
The Nasdaq Composite dropped 35.39 points, or 0.63%, to 5,538.73. (QNA)

Chinese Yuan Strengthens to 6.8525 against USD Wednesday

Chinese Yuan Strengthens to 6.8525 against USD Wednesday

News No :10

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :08:40 AM

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Beijing, January 18 (QNA) - The central parity rate of the Chinese currency renminbi, or the yuan, strengthened 467 basis points to 6.8525 against the U.S. dollar Wednesday, according to the China Foreign Exchange Trade System.
In China's spot foreign exchange market, the yuan is allowed to rise or fall by 2 percent from the central parity rate each trading day, state news agency (Xinhua) reported.
The central parity rate of the yuan against the US dollar is based on a weighted average of prices offered by market makers before the opening of the interbank market each business day. (QNA)

Spot Value in Qatar

Spot Value in Qatar

News No :9

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :08:38 AM

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Doha, January 18 (QNA) - Rates against US dollar as issued on Wednesday by Qatar National Bank (QNB) are as following: Currency Buying Selling ======= ====== ====== QAR 3.6400 3.6415 SAR 3.7493 3.7503 AED 3.6722 3.6728 BHD 0.3770 0.3771 KWD 0.3051 0.3052 GBP 1.2336 1.2346 CHF 1.0026 1.0036 JPY 113.07 113.17 GOLD 1,214.66 1,215.16 SILVER 17.12 17.14 Stocks Indications: Dow Jones 19826.77 Oil Price : West Texas 52.40 -------------------------------- (QNA)

Deposits Rates in Qatar

Deposits Rates in Qatar

News No :8

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :08:35 AM

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Doha, January 18 (QNA) - Deposits Rates at opening Wednesday as issued by Qatar National Bank (QNB) are as following: USD JPY CHF GBP 1 Mth 0.6200 0.1700 0.8900 0.1900 2 Mths 0.6500 0.3000 0.7700 0.2400 3 Mths 0.8400 0.3900 0.8300 0.4000 6 Mths 1.1400 0.3800 0.9300 0.5200 12 Mths 1.5100 0.1400 0.6500 0.7600 QAR SAR AED BHD 1 Mth 1.0000 1.6000 0.6800 1.2500 2 Mths 1.0000 1.6000 0.7300 1.5000 3 Mths 1.0000 1.7200 0.9100 1.7500 6 Mths 1.0000 1.6500 1.2700 1.9500 12 Mths 1.0000 1.9000 1.6500 2.3500 ------------------ (QNA)

Exchange Rates in Qatar /1/

Exchange Rates in Qatar /1/

News No :7

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :08:34 AM

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Korean Won N/A 0.00360 Sterling Pound 4.39000 4.55900 Euro 3.82400 3.96500 Swiss Franc 3.56500 3.72200 Japanese Yen 0.03152 0.03289 Swedish Krona 0.40700 0.41400 Norwegian Krona 0.42500 0.43400 Danish Kroner 0.52100 0.53000 Indian Rupee 0.05200 0.05405 Pakistani Rupee N/A 0.03519 South African Rand N/A 0.28300 Turkish Lira N/A 1.02500 Gold/USD 1,214.66 1,214.82 Silver/USD 17.12 17.17 Platinum/USD 974.49 982.00 ------------------------------------------ (QNA)

Exchange Rates in Qatar

Exchange Rates in Qatar

News No :6

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :08:33 AM

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Doha, January 18 (QNA) - Exchange Rates for foreign currencies as issued on Wednesday by Qatar National Bank (QNB) are as following: Currency Buying Selling ======= ====== ====== Saudi Riyal 0.96700 0.97500 Omani Riyal 9.42300 9.51000 U.A.E. Dirham 0.98800 0.99500 Bahraini Dinar 9.62000 9.70900 Kuwaiti Dinar 11.90100 12.10300 Jordanian Dinar 5.08300 5.20000 Egyptian Pound 0.11200 0.20200 Chinese Yuan 0.45800 0.54800 Tunisian Dinar N/A 1.63800 Moroccan Dirham N/A 0.37100 U.S. Dollar 3.63000 3.65020 Canadian Dollar 2.76200 2.82400 Australian Dollar 2.72500 2.80600 New Zealand Dollar 2.59000 2.67900 Singapore Dollar 2.53200 2.59100 Hong Kong Dollar 0.44700 0.48900 ----------------------------------------------------------- (MORE)

Qatari Delegation Participates in World Economic Forum

Qatari Delegation Participates in World Economic Forum

News No :95

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :12:34 AM

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Davos, January 17 (QNA) - The 47th edition of the World Economic Forum (WEF) kicked off Tuesday in Davos, Switzerland with the participation of more than 3,000 political and economic leader and official to discuss the major global issues.
HE Minister of Finance Ali Shareef Al Emadi is leading Qatar's delegation to the annual meeting, with the delegation comprising HE Minister of Economy and Commerce Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohamed Al-Thani and Qatar Investment Authority CEO HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohamed bin Saud Al-Thani.
HE the minister of finance met WEF President Klaus Schwab in the presence of HE the minister of economy and commerce.
The forum, which takes place from Jan. 17 to 20, features over 400 sessions with the participation of more than 30 heads of states and governments. This year, the forum focuses on the issues of promoting global cooperation, reviving economic growth, reforming capitalism, preparing for the fourth industrial revolution, and rapid growth in communities.
China is strongly participating in the WEF, with President Xi Jinping of the world's second biggest economy addressing thousands of economic and political decision makers across the globe as China aims to indicate for an economic elite afraid of political change in the United States and Europe that it will be ready to defend their vision for economic exchange and assure them that it can take charge of free exchange in the world.
British Prime Minister Theresa May is also taking part in the forum along with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, the presidents of Azerbaijan and Ukraine, the Russian vice president, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, the World Trade Organization director general, IMF director, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and International Labor Organization director general.
Established in 1971, WEF is a not-for-profit foundation headquartered in Geneva. It is independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests. The forum convenes annually and engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. It strives to demonstrate entrepreneurship in the global public interest while upholding the highest standards of governance. (QNA)

Qatar Olympic Academy Launches Executive Master's Program in Sports Law

Qatar Olympic Academy Launches Executive Master's Program in Sports Law

News No :34

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :02:58 PM

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Doha, January 18 (QNA) - Qatar Olympic Academy (QOA) will launch on Sunday an executive master's program in sports law in cooperation with a number of international entities such as the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), and Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC).
The program aims to spread awareness on sports law internationally and nationally, which helps students gain knowledge on international sports laws and how to deal with regulations correctly and professionally.
The program will work on supporting the legal expertise and developing legal entities in national and international sports institutions. The lecturers are a number of experts in the field of sports law, most of which are certified members in the in Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in addition to lecturers from the College of Law at Qatar University, IOC and ANOC.
In addition, the program will update the legal services in the sports field nationally and internationally since the attendees work in the field as legal personnel in Gulf Olympic committees, sports federations, clubs or work as lawyers and have expressed interest in the program and wish to gain experience in sports laws and regulations.
Out of more than 40 applicants to the executive master's program, 14 were selected from Qatar and the GCC.
Saif Mohammed Al Naemi, executive director at QOA, expressed his satisfaction with the program, which, he said, is the first in the region, and will serve different sports sectors and cover all legal issues.
He said that the program has caught the interest of top sports organizations and entities such as ANOC, OCA and CAS who offered their cooperation to help the program succeed.
Al Naemi added that the presence of OCA director general Husain Al Musallam at the program highlights its importance and has encouraged many applicants to register. (QNA)

Australian Open: Federer Beats Rubin to Reach Third Round

Australian Open: Federer Beats Rubin to Reach Third Round

News No :25

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :11:21 AM

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Melbourne, January 18 (QNA) - Roger Federer reached the third round of the Australian Open with a tough three-sets win over American qualifier Noah Rubin on Wednesday.
The Swiss 17-time Grand Slam champion fought back from a break down in the final set to win 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) and will next face Tomas Berdych. (QNA)

Qatar Players Association Praises Launch of Academic Program for Talented Athletes

Qatar Players Association Praises Launch of Academic Program for Talented Athletes

News No :22

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :11:01 AM

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Doha, January 18 (QNA) - Qatar Players Association welcomed the agreement signed between Qatar University, Qatar Football Association, Spire Zone and the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy to launch the academic program for talented athletes.
The program will allow athletes, especially football players, to enroll Qatar University in various specializations according to special standards that take into account their status as professional players and the approved educational attainment standards.
President of Qatar Players Association Salman Ahmed Al Ansari stressed the importance of the program which will enable athletes in general, and football players in particular, to continue educational attainment through the creation of a scientific environment that commensurate with their professional requirements and enable them to cope with university life and its requirements.
He added that the academic program for talented athletes is part of a plan agreed by the various football bodies to provide an opportunity for players to continue their education, in order to prepare them to successfully continue their lives after they end their career.
The program also assures parents about the future of their children who will be able to obtain academic degrees and enter the labor market during or after stopping practicing the game, he noted.
Al Ansari said that the agreement represents the second step after launching "Players Rewards Fund" which aim to provide security for the players through paying them a reward at the end of their career as professional players and provide the financial support as needed throughout their career. (QNA)

Qatar's Olympic Team Beats Hong Kong in Friendly

Qatar's Olympic Team Beats Hong Kong in Friendly

News No :20

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :10:31 AM

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Doha, January 18 (QNA) - Qatar's Olympic Team has defeated the Hong Kong national team 3-0 in an international friendly match held last night at Al Arabi Club's Grand Hamad Stadium as part of preparations for the U23 Asia Cup qualifiers, which start in July.
The national team made good efforts during the match, scoring all three goals against its rival. Head coach Felix Sanchez was able to assess the players and gave the opportunity for some players to be engaged in the game.
The Olympic team finished the first half ahead of the Hong Kong team by two goals scored by Meshal Al Shemmari and Abdul Raoof Hussein.
Ahmad Al Jalabi scored one more goal in the second half to end the game with 3-0 for Qatar. (QNA)

Egypt, Mali Kick off African Cup of Nations Campaign with Goalless Draw

Egypt, Mali Kick off African Cup of Nations Campaign with Goalless Draw

News No :98

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :01:14 AM

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Port Gentil, Gabon, January 17 (QNA) - Egypt marked their return to the African Cup of Nations with a goalless draw against Mali in Group D of the tournament.
Seven-time winners Egypt who returned to the competition after missing the last three editions had the first chance on five minutes when Marwan Mohsen had a shot saved by Malian goalkeeper Oumar Sissoko.
Arsenal's Mohamed Elneny also wasted two first-half chances for Egypt, while Osmane Coulibaly headed over from close range for Mali late r in the game.
Egypt's goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary made history when he replaced the injured Ahmed El-Shenawy as he became the oldest player to take the pitch at an Africa Cup of Nations match.
The draw is the fifth in eight matches played so far in the tournament.
Ghana defeated Uganda 1-0 today earlier to top the group. Egypt face Uganda next while Mali are Ghana's next opponents, with both games taking place on Saturday. (QNA)

Qatar Rout U.S. 5-1 in World Military Cup

Qatar Rout U.S. 5-1 in World Military Cup

News No :97

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :01:13 AM

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Muscat, January 17 (QNA) - Qatar beat the United States 5-1 in their opening game of the 46th World Military Cup, currently underway in Oman until Jan. 28.
The win put Qatar on top of Group C, two points ahead of Ireland and Mali who drew their game.
Qatar will next face Ireland, while the united States take on Mali.
In Group D, Egypt and Poland played a 1-1 draw as Syria outscored Canada 3-0 in the other match of the group.
On Wednesday, hosts Oman take on Bahrain and France face Guinea in Group A. Algeria play Iran and North Korea take on Germany in Group B.
Arab teams were crowned champions in the last five editions of the tournament. Egypt won the title in 2005 and 2007, Algeria came on top in 2009 and 2015, while Iraq were the winners in 2011. (QNA)

CAN 2017: Ghana off to Winning Start with Victory over Uganda

CAN 2017: Ghana off to Winning Start with Victory over Uganda

News No :96

News Date :18/01/2017

News Time :12:44 AM

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Port Gentil, Gabon, January 17 (QNA) - Andre Ayew converted from the spot as Ghana beat Uganda 1-0 in the opening game of Group D of the African Cup of Nations, currently underway in Gabon.
The Black Stars controlled the majority of the first half and threatened through captain Asamoah Gyan and Christian Atsu who tested Ugandan goalkeeper Denis Onyango in multiple occasions.
Uganda came closest to scoring when Faruku Miya hit the post but they were unable to come back into the game.
The four-time champions are now top of Group D as Egypt and Mali played out a goalless draw in the other match of the group.
Ghana hold the record for the country with highest number of final appearances, having reached the tournament's final game in nine occasions, the last coming two years ago when the Black Stars lost on penalties to Cote d'Ivoire.
Ghana will take on Mali next while Uganda face Egypt. (QNA)