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Pakistan to continue import of LNG from Qatar

A Pakistani cabinet minister says Islamabad will continue to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Qatar under a 15-year agreement, despite the severing of diplomatic ties with Qatar by Saudi Arabia and some other countries.

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Pakistan to continue import of LNG from Qatar

A Pakistani cabinet minister says Islamabad will continue to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Qatar under a 15-year agreement, despite the severing of diplomatic ties with Qatar by Saudi Arabia and some other countries.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the federal minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, said Qatar and Pakistan last year signed a $1 billion agreement, under which Qatar's Liquefied Gas Company Limited will sell LNG from 2016 to year 2031 to state-run Pakistan State Oil.

He said since no sanctions have been imposed on Qatar by the United Nations, Pakistan and Qatar were bound to abide by the agreement.

Qatar has released an initial report into the alleged hack of its state-run news agency, an incident which helped spark a diplomatic crisis between the energy-rich country and Arab nations.

The Qatari Interior Ministry said late Wednesday that the website of the Qatar News Agency was initially hacked in April with "high techniques and innovative methods."

It said hackers installed a file and then published a fake news item attributed to Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, just after midnight May 24.

The ministry did not say who it suspected carried out the attack. It also thanked the FBI and the British National Commission for Combating Crime for assisting it in its investigation.

The alleged fake news item, which had Sheikh Tamim making controversial comments on Iran and Israel, immediately was picked up by Saudi and Emirati media, laying the groundwork for the crisis that began Monday (05.06.2017.)

Kuwait's emir has traveled to Qatar and met that country's leader as part of his efforts to mediate an end to a crisis that's seen Arab nations cut ties to the energy-rich country and attempt to isolate it.

Kuwait's Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah was met planeside by Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, when he arrived on Wednesday night.

The two held talks, though details of their discussions were not released. Sheikh Sabah earlier Wednesday traveled to Dubai where he met with Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who also serves as prime minister and vice president of the UAE.

Sheikh Sabah also has traveled to Saudi Arabia in his efforts.


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Fire MEC commissioners and hold them accountable, Chilima urges Malawi leader

State vice-president Saulos Chilima has  asked President Peter Mutharika to fire the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) commissioners and hold them accountable for the messy May 21 2019 presidential election which was marred with massive irregularities and an
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Fire MEC commissioners and hold them accountable, Chilima urges Malawi leader

State vice-president Saulos Chilima has  asked President Peter Mutharika to fire the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) commissioners and hold them accountable for the messy May 21 2019 presidential election which was marred with massive irregularities and anomalies. Chilima’s comments come following recommendations from parliament’s Public Appointments Committee. In a broadcast interview on Tuesday, Chilima said […] The post Fire MEC commissioners and hold them accountable, Chilima urges Malawi leader appeared first on Malawi Nyasa Times - News from Malawi about Malawi.

Mbilizi in housing scam: Officers at MRA offer each other houses at K30m each

Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) deputy commissioner general Roza Mbilizi and some officers connected to the Democratic Progressive Party ( DPP) have offered each other institutional houses to buy at K30 million each. Nyasa Times can reveal that Mbilizi  had
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Mbilizi in housing scam: Officers at MRA offer each other houses at K30m each

Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) deputy commissioner general Roza Mbilizi and some officers connected to the Democratic Progressive Party ( DPP) have offered each other institutional houses to buy at K30 million each. Nyasa Times can reveal that Mbilizi  had a meeting with the other MRA officers connected to DPP who included MRA director of finance […] The post Mbilizi in housing scam: Officers at MRA offer each other houses at K30m each appeared first on Malawi Nyasa Times - News from Malawi about Malawi.

Malawi gospel singer Ennoh releases new song ‘Deludelu’, artwork sparks debate

A new thought-provoking song artwork from Lilongwe-based R’N’B gospel musician Enock Kabuli, well-known by the stage name Mwana wa Igwe or Ennoh. , which portrays a woman almost half naked, has sparked a Facebook debate on the rationality of a gos
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Malawi gospel singer Ennoh releases new song ‘Deludelu’, artwork sparks debate

A new thought-provoking song artwork from Lilongwe-based R’N’B gospel musician Enock Kabuli, well-known by the stage name Mwana wa Igwe or Ennoh. , which portrays a woman almost half naked, has sparked a Facebook debate on the rationality of a gospel song to carry such type of illustration. This is the artwork of Ennoh’s new […] The post Malawi gospel singer Ennoh releases new song ‘Deludelu’, artwork sparks debate appeared first on Malawi Nyasa Times - News from Malawi about Malawi.

Catholic church close school in Mangochi over hijab dressing code

Catholic church in Mangochi has closed down a primary school in Mangochi over hijab dressing code disagreements. Mangochi diocesan education secretary Felix Masamba said some Muslims went to Mpiri primary school in trucks on Monday to force authorities allow
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Catholic church close school in Mangochi over hijab dressing code

Catholic church in Mangochi has closed down a primary school in Mangochi over hijab dressing code disagreements. Mangochi diocesan education secretary Felix Masamba said some Muslims went to Mpiri primary school in trucks on Monday to force authorities allow girls in hijabs learn. The school is Catholic run. “They came in lorries and started assaulting […] The post Catholic church close school in Mangochi over hijab dressing code appeared first on Malawi Nyasa Times - News from Malawi about Malawi.

Chilima says UTM, MCP talks continuing: ‘DPP-UDF alliance part of democracy’

State vice-president and UTM leader Saulos Chilima says talks with the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) are in progress, saying there is a team working on the alliance options. The UTM president said this on Tuesday as political analysts have proposed an electora
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Chilima says UTM, MCP talks continuing: ‘DPP-UDF alliance part of democracy’

State vice-president and UTM leader Saulos Chilima says talks with the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) are in progress, saying there is a team working on the alliance options. The UTM president said this on Tuesday as political analysts have proposed an electoral alliance between Chilima and MCP presidential hopeful Lazarus Chakwera as a combined presidential […] The post Chilima says UTM, MCP talks continuing: ‘DPP-UDF alliance part of democracy’ appeared first on Malawi Nyasa Times - News from Malawi about Malawi.

Swedish bookseller who sold critical titles about Xi Jinping is jailed for 10 years in China

Advocates say the case against Gui Minhai, who was kidnapped in 2015 and later emerged in Chinese custody, was politically motivated.
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Swedish bookseller who sold critical titles about Xi Jinping is jailed for 10 years in China

Advocates say the case against Gui Minhai, who was kidnapped in 2015 and later emerged in Chinese custody, was politically motivated.

Baghdad’s revolutionaries build a beach

The new beach is just one of several ways in which Iraq’s uprising has changed the face of the city center. Nearby, Tahrir Square been has transformed from a busy traffic circle to a protest camp.
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Baghdad’s revolutionaries build a beach

The new beach is just one of several ways in which Iraq’s uprising has changed the face of the city center. Nearby, Tahrir Square been has transformed from a busy traffic circle to a protest camp.

Saudi film company signs global distribution deal for new animated movie

Wed, 2020-02-26 05:00 RIYADH: A Saudi digital animation studio has signed a deal to have its new film “The Journey” distributed around the world. Manga Productions, an affiliated company of the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (Misk) Foundation, penne
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Saudi film company signs global distribution deal for new animated movie

Wed, 2020-02-26 05:00 RIYADH: A Saudi digital animation studio has signed a deal to have its new film “The Journey” distributed around the world. Manga Productions, an affiliated company of the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (Misk) Foundation, penned the agreement with Fox Networks Group for the Middle East and North Africa (FNG MENA) and the Japanese T-Joy Co. during the 17th Berlin Film Festival. The animated flick, thought to be the first Saudi movie to be shown in 4DX (a 4-D film format), is set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May. The historical fantasy tells the story of the ancient civilizations of the Arab Peninsula and the Middle East and has been jointly produced by Manga Productions and the Japanese Toei Animation Co. Directed by Shizuno Kobun, known for his lead on the “Detective Conan” and “Godzilla” movies, the film has involved a production team of more than 300 people working in both Riyadh and Tokyo.  “The movie showcases the ability of Saudi talents to cooperate with international partners and produce a local creative content of the highest quality and export the Saudi culture and creativity to international markets,” said Dr. Essam Bukhari, CEO of Manga Productions. “It is a very important step for the company as it seeks to achieve international leadership in the targeted creative content industry, contribute to the establishment of the Saudi and Arab creative content industry, and above all, inspire future generations and their heroes,” he added. Shinji Shimizu, a member of Toei’s board of directors, said: “The cooperation in the production of an animated film about the history of the Arab Peninsula is a huge honor and a great responsibility. The region is rich in various cultures, lifestyles and customs. “The cooperation between Toei’s Japanese professional animation artists and young and talented Saudi artists is a source of pride. The movie will be distributed in Japan through Toei Animation and shown at T-Joy cinemas.” Vox Cinemas’ chief content officer, Toni Al-Massih, pointed out that the film was the first of its kind in telling a Middle Eastern story using the Japanese style of animation. “It is a new experience that the audience has never seen before.” Manga Productions, as part of its efforts to empower the Kingdom’s talents and invest in their abilities, is training a number of Saudis at Toei Animation’s studios in cooperation with the Misk Initiatives Center. The company has been showing its first series “Myths of the Past” every Friday on MBC1 and the Shahid platform since January, scoring more than 12 million views and 50 million reaches on social media during its first two episodes. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia

Myanmar Launches Online “Project Bank” for Development Projects

The new Myanmar Project Bank is a publicly-accessible online database to provide key data and transparent information on sustainable development projects.
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Myanmar Launches Online “Project Bank” for Development Projects

The new Myanmar Project Bank is a publicly-accessible online database to provide key data and transparent information on sustainable development projects.

Myanmar Prisons to Educate Inmates on Coronavirus, Work on Prevention

The Prisons Department says it is working to educate inmates about COVID-19 and prevent the virus from spreading inside prisons.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Prisons to Educate Inmates on Coronavirus, Work on Prevention

The Prisons Department says it is working to educate inmates about COVID-19 and prevent the virus from spreading inside prisons.

Italy seeks to end ultra-fast broadband stalemate

Italy on Wednesday urged Telecom Italia and fibre-optic rival Open Fiber to quickly find an accord to merge their ultra-fast broadband assets, seeking to end a stalemate over an infrastructure the government deems strategic.
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Italy seeks to end ultra-fast broadband stalemate

Italy on Wednesday urged Telecom Italia and fibre-optic rival Open Fiber to quickly find an accord to merge their ultra-fast broadband assets, seeking to end a stalemate over an infrastructure the government deems strategic.

Spain surprises SailGP Australian defender Slingsby in warm-up

Australian skipper Tom Slingsby has been stunned by the performance of SailGP newcomers Spain in practice ahead of his crew's title defence, which starts in Sydney Harbour on Friday.
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Spain surprises SailGP Australian defender Slingsby in warm-up

Australian skipper Tom Slingsby has been stunned by the performance of SailGP newcomers Spain in practice ahead of his crew's title defence, which starts in Sydney Harbour on Friday.

Iran cyberpolice arrest 24 over COVID-19 rumours

Iranian cyberpolice have arrested 24 people accused of online rumour-mongering about the spread of the coronavirus in the country, semi-official news agency ISNA reported on Wednesday.
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Iran cyberpolice arrest 24 over COVID-19 rumours

Iranian cyberpolice have arrested 24 people accused of online rumour-mongering about the spread of the coronavirus in the country, semi-official news agency ISNA reported on Wednesday.

'What are they hiding?': UK govt slammed for destroying reports into people who committed suicide after welfare benefits stopped

The UK Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has admitted shredding reports on around 50 people who killed themselves following social security payments being withdrawn, promoting accusations of a «cover-up.» Read Full Article at RT.com
RT UK

'What are they hiding?': UK govt slammed for destroying reports into people who committed suicide after welfare benefits stopped

The UK Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has admitted shredding reports on around 50 people who killed themselves following social security payments being withdrawn, promoting accusations of a «cover-up.» Read Full Article at RT.com

South Sudan continued harmful oil pre-sale practice: Un panel

February 26, 2020 (JUBA) - South Sudan continued to obtain loans guaranteed by future oil sales despite the recommendation by the international financial institutions to stop it due to its negative impact on the country's external public debt. On 12 June 201
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South Sudan continued harmful oil pre-sale practice: Un panel

February 26, 2020 (JUBA) - South Sudan continued to obtain loans guaranteed by future oil sales despite the recommendation by the international financial institutions to stop it due to its negative impact on the country's external public debt. On 12 June 2019, President Salva Kiir removed Oil Minister Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth without elaborating on his sack. However, he instructed the new oil minister Awow Daniel Chuanghe to not demand or accept oil advances before the actual sale of oil (...) - News / FRONT_PAGE_SECONDARY

GABON : Bilan à mi-parcours du plan de prévention au coronavirus

Le Premier ministre a dirigé une réunion relative au bilan à mi-parcours du plan de prévention et de riposte au coronavirus. Le ministre de la Santé, Max Limoukou. a expliqué que deux sites principaux ont été mis en place, à l'hôpital d'instruction
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GABON : Bilan à mi-parcours du plan de prévention au coronavirus

Le Premier ministre a dirigé une réunion relative au bilan à mi-parcours du plan de prévention et de riposte au coronavirus. Le ministre de la Santé, Max Limoukou. a expliqué que deux sites principaux ont été mis en place, à l'hôpital d'instruction des armées d'Akanda et du centre hospitalier universitaire de Libreville (CHUL). Les mesures de surveillance et de prise en charge ou de mise en quarantaine en cas d'alerte sont effectifs. Le CIRMF - Le Centre international de recherches médicales de (...) - SANTE / SUJET_ECRIT_MAISON

Chaos and confusion over coronavirus in UK schools

Public Health England is not advising schools to close but headteachers have taken action after some staff and students came down with 'mild flu-like symptoms' after returning from the Alps.
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Chaos and confusion over coronavirus in UK schools

Public Health England is not advising schools to close but headteachers have taken action after some staff and students came down with 'mild flu-like symptoms' after returning from the Alps.

Prince Harry drops his royal name to launch eco-friendly tourism firm 'Travalyst'

The Duke of Sussex, who will step down as a senior royal in less than five weeks, is in Edinburgh for a 'working summit' of the new travel partnership, Travalyst, after jetting into the UK from Canada.
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Prince Harry drops his royal name to launch eco-friendly tourism firm 'Travalyst'

The Duke of Sussex, who will step down as a senior royal in less than five weeks, is in Edinburgh for a 'working summit' of the new travel partnership, Travalyst, after jetting into the UK from Canada.

Президент Зеленский провозгласил возвращение Крыма национальной идеей Украины и утвердил 26 февраля Днем сопротивления оккупации

Крым не снимается с повестки, но не может стать ценой для мира на Донбассе, заявил глава Украины. Пообещав, что не бросит крымчан, Зеленский по
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Президент Зеленский провозгласил возвращение Крыма национальной идеей Украины и утвердил 26 февраля Днем сопротивления оккупации

Крым не снимается с повестки, но не может стать ценой для мира на Донбассе, заявил глава Украины. Пообещав, что не бросит крымчан, Зеленский подписал указ о "Дне сопротивления оккупации Крыма", который будет отмечаться 26 февраля в память о митинге в Симферополе в 2014 году.

В Баку вспоминают Ходжалинскую резню 1992 года: 613 человек были убиты, 1275 человек взяты в заложники

В ночь на 26 февраля армянские вооруженные формирования при поддержке танков, БМП и военнослужащих второго батальона 366-го полка Объединенны
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В Баку вспоминают Ходжалинскую резню 1992 года: 613 человек были убиты, 1275 человек взяты в заложники

В ночь на 26 февраля армянские вооруженные формирования при поддержке танков, БМП и военнослужащих второго батальона 366-го полка Объединенных сил СНГ штурмовали город. По сотням беженцев был открыт огонь. В Азербайджане этот день отмечают как "День Ходжалинского геноцида и национального траура".

Кара-Мурза через суд потребовал от ФБР раскрыть данные о его отравлении, которые замалчиваются три года

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Кара-Мурза через суд потребовал от ФБР раскрыть данные о его отравлении, которые замалчиваются три года

В 2017 году супруга Владимира Кара-Мурзы - младшего передала ФБР образцы его крови после отравления неизвестным веществом. Результаты анализов с тех пор так и не получены, хотя к ФБР по этому поводу обращались даже влиятельные американские сенаторы, включая покойного Джона Маккейна.

Spain tries to stop coronovirus spread from Italy

Spain tried Wednesday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus from Italy after eight cases of the flu-like disease were detected within a 24-hour period all linked to the country. Hundreds of tourists remained confined to a Tenerife hotel Wednesday for a se
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Spain tries to stop coronovirus spread from Italy

Spain tried Wednesday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus from Italy after eight cases of the flu-like disease were detected within a 24-hour period all linked to the country. Hundreds of tourists remained confined to a Tenerife hotel Wednesday for a second straight day as a precaution after a an Italian and his wife tested positive for the disease which has so far killed 11 people in Italy. The couple are in quarantine at a Tenerife hospital. Two other Italians who were part of the same group of holidaymakers who flew to the island and were staying at the hotel have also tested positive, health authorities on the Canary Islands said. Four other cases have been detected in mainland Spain -- two in the Madrid region, one in the Valencia region and one in Barcelona, that of a 36-year-old Italian woman who lives in the city and had recently made a trip to the north of Italy, the worst affected region. All eight cases must be confirmed by a second test as required by Spain's protocol for suspected cases of the disease. Spain's Health Minister Salvador Illa late on Tuesday advised people not to travel to northern Italy and other global hotspots for the disease such as Wuhan in China, South Korea, Japan and Iran «unless it is essential». He also said all patients in Spanish hospitals with respiratory illnesses of «unknown causes» would undergo tests to see if they had coronavirus. Spain is home to over 240,000 Italians and it welcomed 4.5 million visitors from Italy last year. Spain had so far registered two confirmed cases of coronavirus, both in foreigners. The first case was that of a German man on La Gomera island in the Canaries who tested positive on January 31 followed by a British man who tested positive in Mallorca in the Balearic Islands on February 9. Both recovered. © Agence France-Presse

Seychelles to seek seat on United Nations Human Rights Council; part of push to increase international presence

Seychelles intends to run for a seat on the United Nations' Human Rights Council next year in line with the modalities of the African Union, said the Secretary of State in the Department of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday. Barry Faure was addressing state leader
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Seychelles to seek seat on United Nations Human Rights Council; part of push to increase international presence

Seychelles intends to run for a seat on the United Nations' Human Rights Council next year in line with the modalities of the African Union, said the Secretary of State in the Department of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday. Barry Faure was addressing state leaders and ministers of foreign affairs at a High-Level Segment of the Human Right Council's 43rd session in Geneva, Switzerland on Tuesday.  Faure said Seychelles' candidacy for the Human Rights Council is part of the island nation's increased involvement in the United Nations system in Geneva to ensure its voice is heard at the highest forum for international human rights. He expressed Seychelles' commitment to the promotion and protection of fundamental human rights for all persons, and pledged Seychelles' support to the work of the Human Rights Council. Set up in 2005, the Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations and made up of 47 states responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe. It has the ability to discuss all thematic human rights issues and situations that require its attention throughout the year. The Council meets at the UN Office in Geneva. «The world is facing the consequences of a changed climate and the solution to our predicament is not inaction, but urgent, decisive and perhaps most importantly united and collective action,» said Faure. He called on the Human Rights Council to «continue to recognise the acute impacts of climate change on fundamental human rights, and to further strategies to ensure that the greatest existential threat of our times is a conscious part of all human rights dialogues and decisions.» Seychelles, a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean, has taken steps towards enabling a rights-based environment focused on the principles of good governance, accountability and transparency. In September last year, Seychelles set an Information Commission to give its citizens access to information. The Vice President, Vincent Meriton, had said that the access will allow citizens to question, investigate and consider whether public duties are being performed properly. «As government we believe that access to information is a fundamental requirement for ensuring democratic participation, good and transparent conduct of public affairs, oversight by public opinion and civil society scrutiny,» he added. A Human Rights Commission was established in Seychelles in 2018 to advise the government on matters related to the protection of human rights, in administrative practice as well as in proposed legislation. It will also undertake research and sensitisation programmes for the furtherance of human rights and monitor Seychelles' compliance with the terms of international conventions and charters relevant to the functions of the Commission.

UN, partners fault Elections Law, call for ‘urgent’ review

MOGADISHU (HOL) - The recently adopted Elections Law fails the test of a fair and inclusive elections, the UN and other partners in Somalia have said calling for urgent review.
Hiiraan Online

UN, partners fault Elections Law, call for ‘urgent’ review

MOGADISHU (HOL) - The recently adopted Elections Law fails the test of a fair and inclusive elections, the UN and other partners in Somalia have said calling for urgent review.

UN says desert locust situation remains 'extremely alarming' in east Africa

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Tuesday stressed that the desert locust outbreak situation has remained «extremely alarming» in the Horn of Africa (HoA), posing serious food security threat across Ethiopia, Somalia an
Hiiraan Online

UN says desert locust situation remains 'extremely alarming' in east Africa

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Tuesday stressed that the desert locust outbreak situation has remained «extremely alarming» in the Horn of Africa (HoA), posing serious food security threat across Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya.

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