Standard and Poor’s Takes Negative Ratings Action Against 8 Saudi Banks

By Staff Writer Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services took negative rating actions on eight Saudi banks, citing increased economic risks as the main reason. The ratings agency, which has recently lowered the Kingdom’s ratings to ‘A+/A-1’, said the sharp drop in oil prices and the resulting negative swing in Saudi Arabia’s fiscal balance “will weaken

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Syrian Rebels Seize Town, Cause Blow to Assad Regime

By Naline Malla and Sylvia Westall BEIRUT, Nov 5 (Reuters) Syrian insurgents captured a town on a major highway in the west of the country on Thursday and fought fierce battles with pro-government militias around it, rebels and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said. The town of Morek is located north of

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Yemen: Girls With Guns

Female university students join the resistance BY Nasser Al Sakkaf By most measures, Amal Al Wafi is like most college students. She wakes each morning at 7, boards the bus and studies hard to earn her administration degree at Taiz University, hoping it will earn her a position as a manager someday. But since renewed

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Health Concerns Rise with Garbage Piles

Sounding the Alarm As Lebanese Streets Drown in Trash BY Mostapha Raad Until mid October 2015, the Health Ministry registered 460 cases across Lebanon versus 364 cases in 2014. Lebanon’s waste management crisis is approaching its four-month mark with no end in sight. Following the first rains, tons of trash bags which have been piling

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Arundhati Roy Joins List of Writers, Scholars To Return Indian Award

BY Staff Reporter Booker Prize author and activist Arundhati Roy joins a list of Indian scholars, intellectuals and filmmakers who have returned their awards, or resigned from their organizations, to protest “the growing intolerance” in the country. The prize winning author of “God of Small Things” Roy said she would be returning her National Award

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Bosnian Court Sentences Imam For Recruiting Daesh fighters

SARAJEVO, Nov 5 (Reuters) – A Bosnian imam was jailed for seven years on Wednesday for recruiting fighters for Daesh in Syria and Iraq, under a new law aimed at stopping people joining militants in the Middle East. Husein Bosnic, known as an unofficial leader of the ultra-conservative Salafi movement in Bosnia, was arrested last year

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Israel’s “Infiltrators”: African Refugees At Risk

Israel’s treatment of Africans is nothing short of criminal By Gideon Levy Haftom Zarhum, a 29-year-old Eritrean, needed to renew his work visa. As an asylum seeker who had come to Israel through Egypt from his home country, he was one of the more fortunate of his compatriots as he had a job in Israel.

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The Cost Of War

Health needs in conflict zones must be addressed BY Dr. Ala Alwan www.twitter.com/WHOEMRO Prior to the current conflict in Syria, immunization rates in the country were among the highest in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. More than 90 percent of Syrian children were vaccinated against diseases like measles and polio and there was no incident of

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Till Politics Do Us Part

Imran and Reham Khan’s divorce causes media meltdown By Fareed Qureshi In 2002, things were looking up for Pakistan’s media. Privately-owned television channels were booming; news outlets insisted they took the craft seriously and were setting out to eclipse the dry format of state-owned Pakistan Television. It was a veritable gold-rush; you couldn’t move for

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Everyone Has A Mountain To Climb

Success is a matter of perseverance. Moving forward is the only option BY Her Highness Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi TIME stops when you reach the peak of a mountain. Rather, you want it to. The silence and stillness of the moment are interrupted only by the excitement of achievement and by the exhilarating thoughts that

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