23/07/2015 (Sabah – Turkey): Two traffic police officers have been attacked by gunfire on Thursday during a routine inspection in Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakır province.One of the wounded police officers has died from wounds inflicted during the armed assault.The officers, Tansu Aydın and Ali Karahan, were on duty around 2:45 p.m. on Şehitlik Avenue before the attack. One of the officers was shot in the head. Tansu Aydın passed away at the hospital he was taken for emergency treatment.The officers were reportedly ambushed as they were called on notice after a fake accident report…
23/07/2015 (Emirates 24/7 – UAE): Dubai launches today the 18th edition of the longest running summer festival of its kind in the region, Dubai Summer Surprises, DSS, with a fantastic line-up of surprises, excitement and entertainment.Organised by the Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment, DFRE, an agency of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, DTCM, the festival will run from today until 5th September under the theme ’45 Days of Summer’, offering fantastic shopping, entertainment, leisure and winning opportunities for residents and visitors from around the world.A packed calendar of family-oriented events, headlined by a number of celebrity appearances, world premieres, grand concerts, the highest number of retail promotions offering millions of Dirhams in prizes, combined with excellent shopping rewards, will set the stage for a one-of-a-kind summer extravaganza in Dubai.Laila Mohammed Suhail, CEO of DFRE, said, “After the successful conclusion of the 8th edition of ‘Eid in Dubai – Eid Al Fitr’, we are looking forward to the next best edition of the emirate’s flagship summer festival. An exciting calendar of events, child-friendly edutainment destinations such as Modhesh World, world-class leisure experiences and incredible retail activations and promotions make DSS a complete family extravaganza, drawing millions of visitors to Dubai each year…
23/07/2015 (Arab News – KSA): DUBAI: The UAE will scrap subsidies on petrol and diesel from August to cut spending as low crude prices hit revenues, the Energy Ministry said Wednesday.Pump prices for the two fuels will now be set on the basis of world prices and adjusted each month, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official WAM news agency.The move is expected to save billions of dollars a year.The International Monetary Fund said in a report released on Monday that the UAE has been spending $29 billion a year subsidizing petroleum products and electricity.“The decision to scrap subsidies was taken to support state finances, rationalize fuel consumption and protect natural resources and the environment,” the ministry said.Fuel prices in the UAE are already the highest of any of the six Gulf Arab states but still among the lowest in the world because of the heavy subsidy.Petrol currently retails at 50 US cents a liter ($2.27 a gallon) and diesel at 64 cents ($2.91)…
23/7/2015 (Ahram Online – Egypt): Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Thursday Cairo and Riyadh are committed to stabilising the situation in Yemen and consolidating its independence.Shoukry, at a press conference in Riyadh with his Saudi counterpart, Adel Al-Jubair, said that talks are ongoing regarding the roles of members in the Saudi-led Arab coalition against Houthi rebels in Yemen, adding that this is “normal”.Al-Ahram news website had reported Wednesday that the meeting came in the light of “rumours” of disagreements between Saudi Arabia and its historical ally Egypt over certain key regional issues.Shoukry’s visit came on the back of a landmark visit to the Kingdom earlier this week by Khaled Meshaal, chief of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, where he met Saudi King Salman during a pilgrimage to the Muslim holy city of Mecca.Relations between Cairo and Hamas, an offshoot of Egypt’s now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, have soured since the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, with officials accusing the group of aiding militants at home…
10/07/2015 (Sabah – Turkey): Turkish officials have released data on Friday showing Turkey’s solemnity on fighting against terrorist organizations which have been on the rise lately in Syria.Recognizing the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) as a terrorist organization on 10 October 2013, according to statistical data from The Prime Ministry, Turkey has expelled over 1500 suspected ISIS members and barred over 15,000 people from 98 countries from entering Turkish soil to this day.Turkish security forces have been working meticulously on the matter of ISIS-affiliated incidents and suspects. Since January 2015 the number of individuals related to ISIS or in cooperation with the terrorist organization has risen to 500. In addition, on July 10 2015, 29 alleged ISIS members were arrested under the charge of “directing citizens of European countries seeking to join ISIS operations to Syria and Iraq”. The official data also shows that about a 100 individuals have also been convicted over terrorism charges by Turkish courts…
(Egypt Indipendent – Egypt)
: Egypt’s stock market has witnessed losses of LE10 billion this week, as all indexes fell, Egyptian Exchange data showed.The main EGX30 index, small and mid-cap EGX70 index and the broader EGX100 index fell by 8.39 percent, 6.04 percent and 6.65 percent, respectively.EGX market capital lost LE9.98 billion (US$1.3 billion), to hit LE474 billion, compared to LE483.98 billion last week…
10/07/2015 (Arab News – KSA): RIYADH: Thousands of Muslims have begun a 10-day period of itikaaf, seclusion for prayer and contemplation, in mosques throughout the country including Makkah and Madinah. Itikaaf takes place in the last 10 days of Ramadan, which began on Wednesday. The Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah has made preparations to accommodate 15,000 worshippers. The administration has doubled the facilities for worshippers, who were able to register online.Those people performing itikaaf in Makkah were advised to take basic toiletries and three to four sets of clothing for the period, including warm clothes because of air conditioning in the Grand Mosque.In Riyadh, the Al-Rajhi Mosque at Exit 17 and the King Khalid Mosque in Ummul Hammam, made arrangements for men and women. Those staying are provided meals for suhoor and iftar. Scholars also provide talks on Islam.In a new development this year, women participating in the program were asked to bring letters of consent from their sponsors. Earlier, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh said itikaaf can be observed at any mosque….