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Mohamed Salah rejects offer of luxury villa as reward for sending Egypt to World Cup

Friday, 20 October 2017

Liverpool’s Egyptian star Mohamed Salah has turned down the offer of a luxury villa for firing Egypt to the World Cup.The Egypt superstar instead asked the Egyptian businessman behind the gesture to make a donation to his home village, the Mirror Online reported quoting the Liverpool Echo.Sources in Egypt told the paper that Salah was contacted by Mamdouh Abbas, the former president of Zamalek club, after the dramatic 2-1 victory over Congo at the World Cup 2018 Qualifier earlier this ...

CIA to publish documents revealing Iran's relations with al-Qaeda

Friday, 20 October 2017

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said that the CIA will soon publish documents revealing Iran’s work with al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. Pompeo described the connection between Iran and al-Qaeda as an “open secret”. “It’s an open secret and not classified information that there have been relationships, there are connections,” Pompeo said during an event held by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies on Thursday in Washington DC. “There have been ...

Putin calls for an all-Syrian conference

Friday, 20 October 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin called for an all Syrian conference to be held that includes representatives of all ethnic groups.Speaking at the Valdai forum in Sochi, Putin stressed that Moscow and Washington are cooperating in a stable manner on Syria.“The peace process in Syria is developing positively, although there are still problems,” he said. “We have every reason to believe that we will defeat the terrorists in Syria soon.”“We are concerned about the slow ...

Israeli tanks fire into Syria after shell hits Golan

Friday, 20 October 2017

Israeli tanks fired into Syria on Thursday after a Syrian mortar shell landed in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.“In response to the projectile that hit Israel earlier today, the Israel Defense Forces targeted the sources of fire in the Syrian Golan Heights,” the Israeli Army said in an English-language statement.It did not identify the sources of the Syrian fire nor say whether it considered it to be a deliberate attack or unintentional spillover from the Syrian civil war, as in ...

Russia’s Putin: Trump’s foes have blocked his agenda

Friday, 20 October 2017

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia remains open to cooperation with Washington even though President Donald Trump’s political foes in the US have tried to prevent him from fulfilling his campaign promises. Asked at a forum of foreign policy experts if Russia is annoyed with Trump’s unpredictability, Putin said that it’s linked to a “strong resistance inside the country.” Russia rejoiced at Trump’s victory in the 2016 US election, but its ...

US sex trafficking sweep rescues 84 children

Thursday, 19 October 2017

US authorities have rescued 84 children, one just 3 months old, and arrested 120 people in a nationwide sweep of child sex trafficking that exposed the growing use of technology by traffickers, officials said on Thursday. Many of those arrested were advertising and selling children online for sex, said the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in a statement. The four-day sweep, which ended on Sunday, was ...

King Salman makes telephone call to Iraqi PM Abadi

Thursday, 19 October 2017

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud made a telephone call to Prime Minister Dr. Haydar Al-Abadi of Iraq today. According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), during the telephone conversation, they reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries in various fields and ways of enhancing and developing them through the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council.  

Reversing migration flows: The battle we can’t afford to lose

Thursday, 19 October 2017

As the world celebrated World Food Day, with an emphasis on the role of migration in food security, it was remarkable how many times the term “rural development” was mentioned in both official and non-official statements. Indeed, “rural development” was being used to such an extent that everyone seemed to be trying to align their work with this “new” concept. In fact, this 40-year-old concept, adopted by IFAD from its earliest days, continues to reflect the ...

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Uber rival Lyft says Alphabet leads latest $1 bln round of funding

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Uber rival Lyft said on Thursday Capital G, the growth investment fund of Google parent company Alphabet Inc, led a $1 billion round of financing, boosting the valuation of the ride-hailing service to $11 billion.The company already received an investment from GM but it looks like Lyft is shifting more to Alphabet, which has its own autonomous car development platform Waymo. Lyft also said that CapitalG partner David Lawee will be joining the company’s board. 

Berdych cuts season short with back problem

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Czech Tomas Berdych is the latest player to end his season early after announcing he would miss tournaments in Vienna and Paris because of a back injury. The 32-year-old world number 18 still had a remote chance of qualifying for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals for an eighth time. “I have been playing with back pain since Wimbledon and in my last match in Beijing I felt like it was getting worse,” Berdych said on his twitter account. “I was advised by my medical team ...

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