Saudi Media Minister: GCC a unique experience of solidarity

Saudi Arabia’s Media Minister Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad described the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), whose 39th summit is set to convene Sunday in Riyadh, as a unique experience of solidarity among brothers.
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​At GCC summit, King Salman emphasizes regional security and stability

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on Sunday urged the GCC states to stand united and work to maintain security and stability in the region and the world in the wake of the continuing threats, especially from Iran
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My Europe: Rekindle the transatlantic love story!

America will survive beyond Trump's presidency — and so should the transatlantic relationship, writes Romanian analyst Radu Magdin. With its complex geopolitics, Eastern Europe plays a key role in this context.
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Trump lashes out at “Leakin’ James Comey” over details in a publicly available transcript

Trump drew attention to Comey’s testimony, which revealed that the FBI was investigating members of his campaign as early as July 2016. President Donald Trump lashed out at James Comey on Twitter on Sunday morning, dismissing the former FBI director’s Friday testimony before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees as “untruthful” and calling the Russia investigation he discussed a “Rigged Fraud.” The closed-door testimony — which was released as a redacted transcript on
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EU offers €9.3 million grant to support education in Kyrgyzstan

The European Union on Thursday transferred a total of 9.3 million euros to Kyrgyzstan's Finance Ministry as part of an EU grant to support the education sector in the Central Asian country.
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Not Time To 'See The Winter Wonderland': N.C. Governor Says To Stay Off Roads

Up to a foot of snow is expected to fall across the southern Appalachians and nearby foothills in western North Carolina and southwestern Virginia. The heaviest snow is expected on Sunday night.
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GCC leaders start arriving in Riyadh for 39th GCC summit

Leaders and heads of delegations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries began arriving in Saudi Arabia on Sunday to attend the 39th session of the GCC Supreme Council in Riyadh.
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Al-Azhar to host global conference on 'Renewal of Islamic Thought and Sciences'

The Council of Senior Scholars and the Islamic Research Academy of Al-Azhar Al-Sharif will organize, under the chairmanship of Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Sheikh Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, an international conference on "Renewal of Islamic Thought and Sciences" in la
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Ukraine to ditch Russian friendship treaty amid tensions

The Russian-Ukrainian Friendship Treaty has been highly controversial on both sides in the past. Now, Kyiv has apparently had its patience tested for too long. The agreement, which expires in 2019, will not be extended.
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More Than a Thousand Arrested as Yellow Vests Protests Over Economic Frustration Rage on Across France

Jessica Corbett, staff writer Some 1,220 people were arrested in France on Saturday as more than a hundred thousand took to the streets—leading to a lockdown and armored vehicles pouring into Paris—as part of the "Yellow Vests" or "Gilets Jaunes" movement that initially came as a response to French President Emmanuel Macron's attempt to raise taxes on gasoline and diesel, which critics warn would primarily impact the working- and middle-class.
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Do you burn more calories exercising in the cold? Here’s what the science says.

Bodies do burn fuel to stay warm — but it’s complicated. As the temperature drops this time of year, the rich, comforting foods of winter seem just right. But as we lay about, full from our heavy winter meals, we may also dream about how to quickly burn off those extra calories. One idea that gets bandied about is that all you have to do is exercise outside in the cold. You can find it
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My advice for aspiring explainer journalists

What I’ve learned from 15 years of explaining. One of the ongoing agonies of being a journalist is that aspiring journalists frequently write you and ask for advice: “What would you say to a young journalist starting out? How do I break into journalism?” I call it an agony not because it’s an annoyance, not because there’s anything wrong with it, not because I don’t admire people with the pluck to reach out for help — I
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My Brilliant Friend offers Elena an escape — then yanks it away

The show leaves Naples for what feels like a reprieve. It’s not. Every week, we pick a new episode of the week. It could be good. It could be bad. It will always be interesting. You can read the archives here . The episode of the week for December 1 through 8 is “L’isola (The Island),” the sixth episode of the first season of HBO’s My Brilliant Friend.
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Kosovo: Survivors of wartime sexual violence speak out

After many years of silence, hundreds of survivors of sexual violence during the Kosovo war have decided to come forward. Researchers argue that this crime was a weapon of 'ethnic cleansing.'
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Togo government accused of 'brutal crackdown' after 2 people are killed

Opposition supporters have clashed with security forces in the West African nation of Togo. The country's opposition has accused the government of a "brutal crackdown."
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Togo protests turn deadly after government crackdown

Deaths were reported in Togo after security forces moved against protesters across the West African state. Opposition leaders accused "regime soldiers" of opening fire and urged their supporters to continue street demos.
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On SNL, Robert De Niro’s “boogeyman” Mueller is scaring Eric Trump

It’s not clear why he came to visit Eric, or if De Niro had seen his lines in advance. It was a huge week for special counsel Robert Mueller, so unsurprisingly he appeared on Saturday Night Live, for the third time, in the form of Robert De Niro . This time, it was Eric Trump he was visiting, a man who the show has decided doesn’t know anything. Except
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US the only country not to support UN Refugee Pact

The world is talking about the Migration Compact, but the UN says its Refugee Pact is just as important. The agreement is up for a vote this week at a conference in Marrakesh. Can it win over the United States?
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For One Rural Community, Fighting Addiction Started With Recruiting The Right Doctor

While opioids get all the attention, rural communities struggle with substances like meth and alcohol too. One clinic is building up capacity to treat all of them, using both medicine and counseling.
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Political Moves In Wisconsin And Michigan Reminiscent Of Marbury Vs. Madison Debate

The moves in Wisconsin and Michigan aren't new. In some ways they reopen the debate that was settled in Marbury vs. Madison. The American Enterprise Institute's Norman Ornstein gives us a lesson.
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Politics News Of The Week

National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson gives host Lulu Garcia-Navarro her take on the news of the week — including three bombshell filings that shed light on the Robert Mueller investigation.
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Investigative Journalist Jason Leopold Breaks Down His Reporting On Trump And Russia

NPR's Lulu Garcia Navarro speaks with BuzzFeed reporter Jason Leopold about his recent story on the connections between the Trump organization and the Russians.
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Rep. Jamie Raskin Gives InSight On Latest Events In Russia Investigation

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin, member of the House Oversight and Judiciary committees, about the latest court filings by prosecutors and the special counsel.
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Asylum Seekers Rely On Ad Hoc Group Of Migrant Coordinators

The thousands of Central American migrants in limbo in northern Mexico are relying on an ad hoc group of organizers among them to keep lists of asylum seekers and look after their conditions.
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New Wisconsin Bill Undercuts Incoming Governor's Power

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Wisconsin State Representatives Jim Steineke and Amanda Stuck about the recent bills passed by the state legislature to limit the powers of the incoming governor.
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Origins Of The Top Dog Names Of 2018: Pop Culture, Brunch, And Baby Names

The most popular dog names of 2018 say a lot about our world and what we're watching. Increasingly, dogs are getting human names, but is that really a surprise since they're part of the family?
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Santa-themed race draws thousands in Spain's Madrid

Christmas has come early to the streets of the Spanish capital, Madrid, in the form of thousands of Santa Clauses. But these were unusually athletic, and out and about with a different purpose than delivering presents.
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All The Criminal Charges To Emerge So Far From Robert Mueller's Investigation

President Trump has called the Russia investigation a "witch hunt," but more than 30 people have been charged. Many of those who've been accused, however, may never go to trial.
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The contortionist who would bend but not break

Visitors to the United States these days are struck by the bitterness, not to say hatred, that pervades the nation’s political debate. From the ringside, American politics resembles a giant pool
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OIC welcomes UN adoption of Irish-draft resolution to resolve Palestinian issue

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has welcomed the United Nations General Assembly's adoption of a draft resolution submitted by Ireland on the need to achieve a just, lasting and comprehensive peace in the Middle East, based on the relevant U
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OIC chief approves humanitarian assistance for 6 projects in Palestine

Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen approved humanitarian relief allocations for the benefit of six projects in the State of Palestine.
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'Absolutely Brutal': Why White House Runs Aren't For Everyone

Deval Patrick passed on running for president this week, saying the campaign process is too "cruel." He's right — there are a lot of downsides to running for president.
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France: More than 1,200 in custody after 'yellow vest' riots

President Emmanuel Macron is due to address the nation after 125,000 people took to the streets in sometimes violent protests. Unrest sparked by proposed fuel tax hikes has morphed into a general anti-government revolt.
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Sanctions will remain inefficient as long as Iranian backdoors are open

Almost since its establishment, the Islamic Republic of Iran has been under a permanently sanctioned regime. In different periods, the sanctions were softened but never lifted. A new package of tough
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UN Security Council urges South Sudan to punish perpetrators of sexual attacks

December 8, 2018 (JUBA) - The UN Security Council called on the South Sudanese government to condemn and hold accountable the responsible for recent sexual attacks in the country and expressed willingness to impose targeted sanctions. From 22 to 29 November armed men in military and civilian clothing operating in Government-controlled areas throughout Rubkona County raped more than 150 women and girls. However, local authorities denied the occurrence of the sexual violence and deployed (...) - News /
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OPEC, non-OPEC countries reach deal to cut crude output in 2019

Crude oil production will be cut by 1.2 million barrels per day from January 2019 for an initial period of six months. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC oil producers made the agreement in Austria’s Vienna on Friday. According to the agreement, OPEC member states contribute 0.8 million bpd output cut and non-OPEC oil pumpers including Russia contribute 0.4 million bpd output cut from the production of October level. But details of the quota for each member
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Companies in Oman need government permission before hiring expats

Sun, 2018-12-09 10:20 DUBAI: Oman-based companies will have to secure the Ministry of Manpower’s go ahead before they can hire expats, local daily Times of Oman reported this week. A new traffic light-themed online system is currently being rolled out in Oman, in which companies’ Omanization quotas are being monitored. Under this new system, companies that meet Omanization standards set by the government will receive a green signal online, allowing them to proceed
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Nissan seeks to block Ghosn’s access to apartment in Rio

Author:  Reuters ID:  1544338080815387400 Sun, 2018-12-09 06:45 TOKYO: Nissan said it was seeking to block former chairman Carlos Ghosn’s access to an apartment in Rio de Janeiro, citing a risk that the executive, arrested and removed from his role for financial misconduct, may remove or destroy evidence. Brazilian-born Ghosn has been detained in Tokyo since his Nov. 19 arrest
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India remains top remittance recipient in 2018

Author:  Sun, 2018-12-09 09:16 DUBAI: Recording $80 billion in money sent home in 2018, India has cemented its position as the world’s top recipient of remittance. The South Asian country, which is also one of the world’s top exporters of labor, recorded a 22.5 percent jump from last year’s figure, according to the latest World Bank report. China came in second with
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Oman’s expat land ban seen as a blessing to locals

Sun, 2018-12-09 08:24 DUBAI: Oman’s ban on expatriates owning land in the country’s top tourist destination Dhofar will lead to a rise in the value of real estate, according to local daily Times of Oman. The ban allows expats to only be able to own land in and around Salalah, which lead to positivity from locals of Dhofar who felt that the ban would benefit the economy as a whole. “Since
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Hezbollah: Hollow victories, or terrible defeats

The process of forming the government in Lebanon is still obstructed and is held captive by Hezbollah’s plots and machinations, which it does not hesitate to use whenever necessary. Thus,
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Belgian PM reshuffles cabinet after right-wing party quits over UN migration pact

Prime Minister Charles Michel stood firm against calls from a coalition partner to quit the international migration pact. He now faces the delicate task of reshuffling his cabinet along linguistic lines.
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Tension across the Causeway

DECEMBER 9 ― Over the past few weeks, Malaysian authorities have issued new directives altering/extending the limits of Johor's port. Singapore claims that this extension now puts Johor’s port limits well within Singapore's territorial waters....
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Mexico to cancel February auctions for oil and gas blocks

Author:  Reuters ID:  1544325884724999600 Sun, 2018-12-09 02:53 MEXICO CITY: Mexico’s energy secretary Rocio Nahle said on Saturday that President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s newly installed administration would cancel two February bidding rounds for oil and gas blocks, including Mexico’s first shale areas on offer. Lopez Obrador, who took office on Dec. 1, has sharply criticized the landmark energy opening
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Brazil's Odebrecht cuts deal with Peru to name bribed officials

Four former presidents and the opposition leader are currently under investigation in the Odebrecht graft scandal. The deal commits the construction giant to provide information about bribes it paid to officials.
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China: Canada’s detention of Huawei exec ‘vile in nature’

Author:  AP ID:  1544320328904757700 Sun, 2018-12-09 (All day) BEIJING: China has summoned the Canadian ambassador to protest the detention of a top executive of leading Chinese tech giant Huawei, calling it “unreasonable, unconscionable, and vile in nature” and warning of “grave consequences” if she is not released. A report by the official Xinhua News Agency carried on the Foreign
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African mediation and Sudan Call delay meeting on peace roadmap

December 8, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - A meeting between the African Union mediation and the opposition Sudan Call has been delayed due to logistical reasons, as a government delegation has arrived in Addis Ababa for talks with the The purpose of the meeting, which was scheduled for Sunday 9 December, is to discuss a proposal made by the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) to amend the roadmap agreement the opposition group signed with the government in 2016. However,
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Russian human rights activist Lyudmila Alexeyeva dies at 91

For more than a half century, Lyudmila Alexeyeva never gave up and remained optimistic Russia would become democratic. "Today's young people give me the feeling of not having lived in vain," she told DW last year.
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