Iran goes big on clean energy

29/07/2017 (Teheran Times – Iran): KERMAN- Through inaugurating a solar farm with a generation capacity of 20 megawatts and also breaking the ground for another solar farm with 100 MW capacity Iran took a big step toward harnessing renewable energies. Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian inaugurated 20-MW Mokran Solar Farm in Mahan County in the southeastern Kerman Province on Thursday. Covering 44 hectares of land, the farm includes 76,912 solar panels, each having a generation capacity of 260 watts of electricity. Putting this farm into operation, the country’s generation capacity of photovoltaic systems reached 53 MW. The farm includes two parts, each generating 10 MW of electricity. It was built within six months. The project to build this farm was jointly implemented by Iran’s Mokran Solar Energy Company, as the general contractor, Germany’s ADORE GmbH Company, as the program manager, and Switzerland’s DURION AG Company, as the main investor that invested $27 million…

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/415464/Iran-goes-big-on-clean-energy

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Met Museum goes against Islamaphobia with chats

29/07/2017 (Hurriyet – Turkey): The world famous Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York explains Islamic art to its visitors in an attempt to establish an intercultural bridge against the rise of Islamophobia in the country. Following United States President Donald Trump’s travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries to the U.S., a 10-minute free gallery chats program is organized every Friday in order to promote Islamic and Near Eastern art to the U.S. people. The program receives great attention, according to the officials. After Trump’s order for travel ban. Speaking to the Anadolu Agency, the Turkish curator of the Islamic art section at the Metropolitan Museum, Deniz Beyazıt, said even though they planned the program in the past, they carried it into effect after Trump’s order for the travel ban…

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/met-museum-goes-against–islamaphobia-with-chats.aspx?pageID=238&nID=115946&NewsCatID=385

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Algeria: 1st subcontracting fair to be held on September 25th in Annaba

29/07/2017 (DZ Breaking – Algeria): The first subcontracting fair will be held on September from 23 to 25 in Annaba under the theme “Integration into the national economy”, said Wednesday a statement from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The event, which will be organized in cooperation with Badji Mokhtar University in Annaba province, is part of the efforts to develop subcontracting and to encourage the creation of SMEs for industrial integration, according to the same source. The fair will bring together economic operators active in the sectors of manufacturing industrial equipment and semi-finished products, glass and aluminum processing besides industrial subcontractors…

https://www.dzbreaking.com/2017/07/28/algeria-1st-subcontracting-fair-held-september-25th-annaba/

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The Gulf crisis: Why is India still neutral?

29/07/2017 (Arab News – KSA by Naser Al Tamimi*): The decision by four Arab states — Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt — to cut ties with Qatar may have ramifications on India. For now, these will be mostly concentrated in the diplomatic sphere; however, pressure on New Delhi to pick sides is likely to grow as the Gulf crisis deepens. So far, India has been working hard to maintain a neutral stance over the Gulf crisis to avoid any political and economic risks and ensure the well-being of Indian citizens working or living in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states. Certainly, India is watching the situation very closely as it has even more reason to be concerned about the developments in the Gulf region. The Gulf states are among the most vital economic zones for India. Indeed, the GCC bloc was India’s largest trading partner in 2016. At the country level, the UAE and Saudi Arabia were among New Delhi’s Top 5 trading partners…

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1136101/columns

*Naser Al-Tamimi is a UK-based Middle East researcher, political analyst and commentator with interests in energy politics and Gulf-Asia relations.

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850,000 children displaced due to DRC violence: UN body

850,000 children displaced due to DRC violence: UN body29/07/2017 (Anadolu Agency – Turkey): A total of 850,000 children have been displaced in Greater Kasai region of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) due to clashes in the country, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Friday. This makes the region one of the largest displacement crises in the world for children, UNICEF said in a statement, adding that children bore the brunt of extreme violence. More than a million people have also been forced from their homes by waves of violent conflict in the region, it said. ”The lives of hundreds of thousands of children and their families in Greater Kasai have been turned upside down by this brutal violence,” Tajudeen Oyewale, UNICEF acting Representative in the DRC, said in the statement…

http://aa.com.tr/en/africa/850-000-children-displaced-due-to-drc-violence-un-body/871835

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Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain to hold talks in Manama over Qatar row

Sameh Shoukry29/07/2017 (Ahram Online – Egypt): Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry is to fly to Bahrain on Saturday to take part in a two-day meeting discussing the ongoing Qatar row with his counterparts from the three other Arab states boycotting the small Gulf country, the foreign ministry said. Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE severed diplomatic and transport links with Doha on 5 June, accusing the oil-rich state of supporting terrorism and meddling in their internal affairs, in the region’s worst diplomatic dispute in years. The quartet demand that Doha comply with six principles including commitment to combating terrorism and ending acts of incitement and interference in the internal affairs of other Arab countries. The demands were announced during a Cairo meeting earlier this month between the foreign ministries of the four Arab states…

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/274376/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt,-Saudi-Arabia,-the-UAE-and-Bahrain-to-hold-t.aspx

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Russian Film Week in Algiers: “The Ghost” closes the event

09/07/2017 (DZ Breaking – Algeria): The Ghost (Le Fantôme), a science fiction comedy by Russian Director, Alexander Voitinski, was screened, on Saturday, at “Cinematheque D’alger” in Algiers, at the end of the Russian Film Week in Algiers, APS reported on Sunday. Released in 2015, the movie told the story of “Yuri Gordeev”, an inventor convinced that his latest creation the “YUG-1” will revolutionize civil aviation. Victim of a traffic accident, Yuri became a ghost, and Vania, a young high school student, is the only one able to see him and help him complete his invention. This was the first Russian film to use “Dolby Atmos” Surround sound reproduction technology, which is the result of Hollywood comedy with a big budget combining comedy, action and romantic scenes…

https://www.dzbreaking.com/2017/07/09/russian-film-week-algiers-ghost-closes-event/

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Dubai non-oil foreign trade rises 2.7% to AED327 bn in Q1 2017

Dubai non-oil foreign trade rises 2.7% to AED327 bn in Q1 201709/07/2017 (Emirates 24/7 – UAE): Dubai’s non-oil foreign trade grew 2.7 percent to reach AED327 billion in the first quarter of 2017, compared with the AED318 billion in the same quarter of 2016, according to the data published by Dubai Customs. H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, praised the growth in Dubai’s non-oil trade and noted that Dubai had once again proved its ability and readiness to overcome all challenges. “Dubai has been able to offset the impact of key challenges, including major currency fluctuations and slower global economic growth, increasing its non-oil foreign trade, as well as cementing its position as a regional and global business hub,” His Highness said. “Dubai has achieved this growth thanks to the guidance of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum…

http://www.emirates247.com/news/emirates/dubai-non-oil-foreign-trade-rises-2-7-to-aed327-bn-in-q1-2017-2017-07-09-1.655854

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Chilling image captures woman suicide bomber clutching child, moments before death

09/07/2017 (Arab News – KSA): JEDDAH: This image might seem like any other coming from war-torn Mosul, but moments after it was taken, the woman detonated the explosive device she was carrying, killing herself, the child she held in her arms and two soldiers. She was walking out of a newly liberated part of the city along with a group of civilians. She was carrying bags, a young child and the trigger device in her right hand, UK website MailOnline reported. According to a local film crew from Al-Mawsleya TV, the woman had apparently tried to detonate the device as she passed a group of soldiers, but it failed to go off. It was only when she walked further away that the bomb exploded…

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1126741/media

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