Hayat Sindi on UN scientific panel

Hayat Sindi28/02/2016 (Saudi Gazette – KSA): RIYADH — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Saudi scientist Dr. Hayat Sindi as a leading expert to support the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) during the upcoming UN Sustainable Development Summit at UN headquarters in New York, local media reported.Sindi is the first Saudi national to be part of a 10-member scientific panel that will work on the implementation of a new strategy titled “Transforming our World,” said a statement issued by the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs.It said the 10 members represented civil society, the private sector and the scientific community.Born in Makkah, Sindi received her school education in the holy city. She then traveled to the United Kingdom for higher studies. She was accepted to to King’s College London, where she graduated with a degree in pharmacology in 1995. Sindi went on to get a Ph.D. in biotechnology from the University of Cambridge in 2001…

Hayat Sindi on UN scientific panel


Turkey opposes all forms of terrorism in Syria

İbrahim Kalın28/02/2016 (Sabah – Turkey by Ibrahim Kalin*): All eyes will be on what happens next on the ground in Syria as the Munich agreement on the cessation of hostilities is expected to take effect at midnight Saturday. But as the war drags on, security concerns grow deeper.As a member of the anti-DAESH coalition, Turkey supports the measures taken against this terrorist organization. But the war in Syria is now more than eliminating DAESH. It has morphed into a major security risk for Turkey along its southern border.Ankara’s concerns over the People’s Protection Units (YPG) have been triggered by two simultaneous developments in recent weeks. The first is the YPG’s attacks on moderate opposition groups in Azaz, Tal Rifaat, Idlib and the Aleppo areas in an attempt to move to the east of Afrin…

*Ibrahim Kalin is Deputy Undersecretary and Senior Advisor, Prime Ministry, Turkey



Turkish tourism minister does not see ‘severe trauma’ in sector

DHA photo28/02/2016 (Hurriyet – Turkey): Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Mahir Ünal said he does not see “severe trauma” in the sector, adding it will overcome the current “turbulence,” in a televised interview on Feb. 27. “While the tourism sector will see turbulent days for a while, I believe we will overcome this turbulence. I do not see severe trauma [in the sector],” he said on Turkish news channel NTV. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu announced an action plan on Feb. 22 to support Turkey’s tourism sector, which has been negatively affected recently by tensions withRussia and security concerns. The support package included a 255-million-Turkish-Lira ($87 million) grant and several mechanisms which will enable tourism firms to restructure their debts.Ünal noted that some measures in a recent cabinet package to revive the tourism sector have become effective, while underlining that terror was a global problem…



Cirque Le Noir brings dark circus to the UAE

28/02/2016 (Gulf News – UAE): Another circus is coming to town. Cirque Le Noir, which markets itself as a dark circus, will hit Abu Dhabi and Dubai between March 17 and April 2.Each Cirque Le Noir will feature more than 20 acts including spinning metal wheels, acrobatic stunts 9 metres high and the Columbian Wheel of Death, considered one of the most complex circus stunts in the world, featuring two acrobats performing atop and inside a pair of spinning wheels rotating high above the stage.The Abu Dhabi shows will run from March 17 to 19 at the du Forum on Yas Island, while the Dubai shows are from March 23 to April 2 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Tickets, starting at Dh199, are on sale now on platinumlist.net…



Twin bombings in Baghdad market kill at least 38

file-28-3964569596018922.jpg28/02/2016 (Arab News – KSA): BAGHDAD: Militants attacked an outdoor market on Sunday in eastern Baghdad, killing at least 38 people and wounding dozens, officials said.A bomb ripped through the crowded Mredi market in the Shiite district of Sadr City, a police officer said. Minutes later, a suicide bomber blew himself up amid the crowd that had gathered at the site of the first bombing, he added.Interior Ministry spokesman Sad Main said the bombings killed 38 people and wounded another 62.The attack was the deadliest in a wave of recent explosions that have targeted commercial areas in and outside Baghdad.In the town of Mahmoudiya, about 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of Baghdad, three shoppers were killed and 10 wounded in a bomb explosion, another police officer said. Four others were killed in a separate bomb attack in Baghdad’s southern Dora neighborhood, he added…



Rowhani allies win all Tehran parliament seats

28/02/2016 (Al Arabiya – UAE): Iranian President Hassan Rowhani’s allies have won all of the capital’s 30 seats in parliament, with 90 percent of votes counted from last week’s election, state television reported on Sunday.The pro-Rowhani List of Hope, led by reformist Mohammad Reza Aref, a former vice president, knocked the number one conservative candidate, Gholam-Ali Hadad Adel, into 31st place, sealing a whitewash, according to the preliminary results.The tally showed Hadad Adel more than 6,000 votes behind the candidate in 30th place with the remaining 10 percent of ballots to be counted.The results were based on around 2.6 million votes from a total of 2,900,000 in the capital, a key battleground.Should the results be confirmed, it would also mean that all eight women on the List of Hope would be elected.A total of 290 seats were up for grabs in Friday’s election.In the 260 seats in the provinces, the president’s allies fared less well…



PKK offshoot TAK’s claim aims diverting the attention on PYD/YPG, Turkish security sources say

20/02/2016 (Sabah – Turkey): The perpetrators of the Ankara bombing, which killed 28 people on Wednesday, are directly linked to the PKK affiliated PYD/YPG terror organization, sources from the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office told Turkish daily Habertürk. Earlier on Friday, a terrorist group linked to the PKK terrorist organization named as the Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK) claimed responsibility for the bombing.The sources from the prosector’s office denied the statement posted on TAK’s website which claimed the attack.According to the post, the perpetrator was a TAK member named Abdülbaki Sönmez (Zınar Reperin) from Turkey’s eastern Van province. His name was posted along with a picture and a few lines about Zınar’s life…



Dubai Canvas Festival: Michelangelo of 3D art on streets of JBR

20/02/2016 (Emirates 24/7 – UAE): The inventor of 3D street art, Kurt Wenner, is set to return to Dubai to participate in the second edition of Dubai Canvas Festival. The American artist whose work has been seen and loved by millions in more than 30 countries, will be creating exclusive pieces for the Festival that runs from March 1 to 14, 2016.Organised by Brand Dubai, the creative arm of the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO), in cooperation with Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), a renowned destination developed and managed by Dubai Properties (DP), Dubai Canvas Festival 2016 will feature over 60 works of well-known international, regional and local artists.The festival will be held at JBR in an area stretching over two kilometres.  Wenner invented 3D pavement art in 1984 inspired by the use of the ‘anamorphic’ perspective of the European classical masters…



“Political Tremor” in Lebanon After Saudi Arabia Decides to “Review Relations”

Michel Suleiman, Saad Hariri and Tammam Salam20/02/2016 (Asharq Al Awsat – UK):  Lebanon lost approximately $4 billion in Saudi military aid yesterday after the Kingdom decided to “reconsider relations with Lebanon”. The aid which is considered the largest in Lebanon’s history was annulled in light of the recent positions taken by the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs at Arab and Islamic meetings and its refusal to join the Arab consensus that rejects Iranian interventions.Saudi Arabia announced yesterday that it would stop military aid to arm the Lebanese army which amounted to $3 billion and a further billion dollars that was allocated to military security forces. Saudi Arabia said that it had done everything in its power to prevent matters getting to the point that they have and that it is confident that the positions taken by the Lebanese Foreign Ministry do not represent the Lebanese people.The United Arab Emirates (UAE) supported Saudi Arabia’s announcement and confirmed that the official Lebanese position has been hijacked against the interests of Lebanon and the Arab world. Bahrain also supported the Saudi decision.The sudden Saudi decision triggered a wave of reactions in Lebanon and the overwhelming majority of citizens are understanding with regards to the situation and hold Hezbollah and its allies responsible for it. There were also demands for the government to resign “to stop Hezbollah exploiting it and harming the interests of Lebanon and the Arab world”…