Trump: What If He Wins?

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Speaking to more than a million spectators, vowing to “make America great again” and declaring he’s a leader who is “a fantastic success, just like my amazing, amazing companies,” Donald J. Trump was sworn in Friday as the 45th president of the United States amid demonstrations against what protesters call his racist and anti-immigrant… Continue reading Trump: What If He Wins?

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First Among Equals

THE ANCIENT Chinese philosopher Mencius once said, “A state without an enemy or external peril is absolutely doomed.” Today, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is not faced with one enemy but a growing number of enemies. We have had to rethink our security architecture, our allies, and our integration in the wake of the war… Continue reading First Among Equals

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Krade Acabul Security Gates in Storage as Afghan Officials Tcusations

KABUL, Dec 15  – A set of giant security gates financed by China and intended to protect Kabul from large bombs and drug smuggling lie stored in a warehouse more than five months after they arrived, while Afghan authorities bicker over who should install them. Intended for the four main entry points into Kabul, they… Continue reading Krade Acabul Security Gates in Storage as Afghan Officials Tcusations

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BUSINESS OUTLOOK: The UAE’s Tax Framework: Developing a Stable and Reliable Structure

While global markets fluctuated in 2016 due to the combined impact of international disputes, falling oil prices, and political shocks, the UAE has been able to avoid major economic setbacks thanks to its continued development of non-oil based industries. Indeed, the diversification of the UAE’s economy away from oil-based industries has led to steady growth… Continue reading BUSINESS OUTLOOK: The UAE’s Tax Framework: Developing a Stable and Reliable Structure

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The Battle Within

  “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured,” the writer Mark Twain wrote. The Republic of France would do well to heed that warning after the horrific attacks in Paris, because it will almost certainly over-react while… Continue reading The Battle Within

British-Algerian Journalist Dies After Hunger Strike in Algiers

ALGIERS, Dec 12 – A British-Algerian journalist had died six months after staging a hunger strike in Algiers over his detention for publishing articles seen as offensive to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, prison authorities and his lawyer said. Rights groups called for an investigation into Mohamed Tamalt’s death – Reporters Without Borders said the news was… Continue reading British-Algerian Journalist Dies After Hunger Strike in Algiers

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Syrian Army Takes Aleppo District Under Intense Bombardment

ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT, Dec 12- The Syrian army and its allies made sweeping advances in Aleppo overnight, subjecting rebels in the city to the heaviest bombardment in days and pushing them to the brink of collapse, state media and a monitoring group said on Monday. Pro-government forces took Sheikh Saeed in the south of the shrinking… Continue reading Syrian Army Takes Aleppo District Under Intense Bombardment

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John Kerry Urges Russia to Show “Grace” in Geneva Aleppo Talks

PARIS, Dec 10 – Backers of the Syrian opposition appeared resigned to the fall of eastern Aleppo on Saturday, with the United States pleading Moscow to show “grace” when officials meet in Geneva to try to reach a deal for civilians and fighters to leave the city. Syrian government and allied forces have in the… Continue reading John Kerry Urges Russia to Show “Grace” in Geneva Aleppo Talks

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It is an Issue, Period!

Here’s the thing about menstruation—it hurts. Period cramps are uncomfortable for women in general, but for those diagnosed with dysmenorrhea, the pain is debilitating and cramps leave you doubled over, unable to move. For many, it directly impacts their everyday activity. Dysmenorrhea is often accompanied by menorrhagia—extremely heavy menstrual bleeding that can last for weeks… Continue reading It is an Issue, Period!

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Along Calmer Frontlines

The recently asphalted main government highway from Damascus to Daraa City is lined with high sand berms to limit any incoming sniper fire. At several intersections, the road has been diverted by large mounds of dirt or cement blocks, blocking travelers from accessing several towns within the opposition-controlled countryside of Daraa. Numerous Syrian army check-points… Continue reading Along Calmer Frontlines

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New Joystick Enables Drone Flying with One Hand

SEOUL, Dec 7 – A South Korean start-up company has developed a thumb joystick that allows users to fly a drone with one hand, replacing the traditional two-handed joystick. The “Shift” controller, produced by Seoul-based “this is engineering Inc”, comprises a wireless thumb ring and small joystick which the developers say can make flying a… Continue reading New Joystick Enables Drone Flying with One Hand

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UNHRC: Denying an Individual Access to Internet is a Violation of Basic Human Rights

In the 21st Century, a new divide between the poor and the rich is emerging, one that is threatening the basic tenants of freedom and development. The reach of the internet is simultaneously fast and secure, and categorically denying that to an individual is now considered a violation of basic human rights, according to a… Continue reading UNHRC: Denying an Individual Access to Internet is a Violation of Basic Human Rights

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Shamoon Virus Returns in New Saudi Attacks After 4-Year Hiatus

Dec 1 – A version of Shamoon, the destructive computer virus that four years ago crippled tens of thousands of computers at Middle Eastern energy companies, was used two weeks ago to attack computers in Saudi Arabia, according to U.S. security firms. CrowdStrike, Palo Alto Networks Inc and Symantec Corp. warned of the new attacks… Continue reading Shamoon Virus Returns in New Saudi Attacks After 4-Year Hiatus

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U.N. Slaps New Sanctions on North Korea

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 1 – The U.N. Security Council imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Wednesday aimed at cutting the Asian country’s annual export revenue by a quarter in response to Pyongyang’s fifth and largest nuclear test in September. The 15-member council unanimously adopted a resolution to slash North Korea’s biggest export, coal, by… Continue reading U.N. Slaps New Sanctions on North Korea

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After Court Battle, Indian Women Enter Landmark Mosque with Song and Tears

MUMBAI, Nov 30 – Hundreds of women poured into the inner sanctum of the iconic Haji Ali Dargah mosque in Mumbai on Tuesday after a Supreme Court order granted them equal access, sparking hope for other cases of discrimination against women. The lengthy legal battle for women to enter the heart of Haji Ali Dargah… Continue reading After Court Battle, Indian Women Enter Landmark Mosque with Song and Tears

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Trump’s New Favorite College

If you voted in the recent presidential election, there’s a pretty good chance you spent some time pondering the qualifications of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. There’s almost no chance you were thinking about David Ferriero’s résumé, but you should have been. As the chief archivist of the United States, Ferriero and his colleagues organize… Continue reading Trump’s New Favorite College

In Bangladesh, Disaster-Savvy Students Protect Families From Floods

KURIGRAM, Bangladesh, Nov 30 – Bangladeshi teacher Monjurul Islam was talking to his class of 10-year-olds about how the planet is heating up, when Mosammat Ferdousi stood up and asked: “We are experiencing heavy floods in the last few years – is this linked to climate change?” Islam told his pupils climate change “might be… Continue reading In Bangladesh, Disaster-Savvy Students Protect Families From Floods

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“Submarines Affair” Prompts Investigations in Israel and Germany

JERUSALEM, Nov 28 – Questions over the purchase of German submarines that started with media reports of a potential conflict of interest involving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s lawyer have mounted in the last 10 days, spurring investigations in two countries. At one level the issue is straightforward: Israel wanted to replace some of its ageing… Continue reading “Submarines Affair” Prompts Investigations in Israel and Germany

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U.S. President-Elect Trump, on Twitter: “Fidel Castro is Dead!”

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Nov 26 – U.S. Republican President-elect Donald Trump gave his first reaction to the death of Fidel Castro on Saturday, saying on Twitter, “Fidel Castro is dead!”, without elaborating. Trump, who takes office on Jan. 20, threatened during his campaign that concerns about religious freedom in Cuba could prompt him to… Continue reading U.S. President-Elect Trump, on Twitter: “Fidel Castro is Dead!”

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Want to Solve Global Crises? $5 Million Prize Seeks Fresh Ideas

LONDON, Nov 24 – As the world grapples with potentially catastrophic global problems, including climate change, it needs to find solutions by overcoming short-term thinking, risk analysts say. To drive that, a Swedish risk specialist and philanthropist is offering a $5 million prize for the best idea to create a new international decision-making system capable… Continue reading Want to Solve Global Crises? $5 Million Prize Seeks Fresh Ideas

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Spice of Life: Saffron Harvest Offers Jobs, Opportunity in Afghanistan

HERAT, Afghanistan, Nov 23 – It is early morning in a saffron field outside the western Afghan city of Herat and dozens of women are harvesting the delicate purple flowers, working quickly to gather as many as they can before the sun gets too hot. Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world, selling… Continue reading Spice of Life: Saffron Harvest Offers Jobs, Opportunity in Afghanistan

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