Bahrain aims to be Hong Kong to Saudi Arabia’s China

27/01/2018 (Arab News – KSA): DAVOS: Bahrain is ramping up its drive to attract foreign investment, undeterred by the prospect of big global capital flows toward Saudi Arabia under the Vision 2030 strategy. Khalid Al-Rumaihi, the former investment banker who heads the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB), took the opportunity of the World Economic Forum in Davos to showcase the country’s investment strategy, which is underpinned by $32 billion of planned infrastructure projects across five key sectors. Al-Rumaihi said: “The Bahrain story is not well understood. We have the ability to become a hub for growing GCC trade flows. We see ourselves potentially playing the same role in the Arabian Gulf as Hong Kong does next to China. There is room for several hubs in the region as there are in Asia.”…

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1233776/business-economy

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PKK supporters gather in Germany’s Cologne to protest Afrin operation

PKK sympathizers protest against Operation Olive Branch in northwest Syria during a demonstration in Cologne, Germany, January 27, 2018. (Reuters Photo)27/01/2018 (Sabah – Turkey): Hundreds of PKK sympathizers took to the streets of Cologne on Saturday in protest of Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch in northwestern Syria, as German officials warned against tensions. The protest, which organizers expect to see up to 20,000 participants, comes a week after Turkish special forces and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) launched a counter-terror operation targeting PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists in Syria’s Afrin region. “Freedom for Kurdistan” and “Shame on you, Europe!” read some of the pro-PKK placards in the western German city. As the protest got under way, police put the number of demonstrators at 1,000, while an AFP journalist put the figure at several thousand…

https://www.dailysabah.com/europe/2018/01/27/pkk-supporters-gather-in-germanys-cologne-to-protest-afrin-operation

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Oldest human fossil outside Africa is dug up in Israel

Oldest human fossil outside Africa is dug up in Israel27/01/2018 (Hurriyet – Turkey): The oldest remains of a modern human outside Africa have been dug up in Israel, offering evidence of what genetic studies have already suggested that humans migrated out of Africa some 50,000 years earlier than previously thought. Facial fragments, including a jawbone and several teeth, were found at a site called Misliya Cave in Israel, one of several prehistoric cave sites located on Mount Carmel. The bones date to between 174,000 and 188,000 years old, said the report in Thursday’s edition of the US journal Science. Until now, the earliest modern human fossils found outside of Africa were estimated to be between 90,000 to 120,000 years old. “Misliya is an exciting discovery,” said co-author Rolf Quam, an anthropology professor at Binghamton University…

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/oldest-human-fossil-outside-africa-is-dug-up-in-israel-126345

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Turkey: 390-plus terrorists ‘neutralized’ in Syrian op

Turkey: 390-plus terrorists 'neutralized' in Syrian op27/01/2018 (Anadolu Agency – Turkey): At least 394 PKK/KCK/PYD-YPG and Daesh terrorists have been “neutralized” since the beginning of Operation Olive Branch in Syria’s northwestern Afrin region, the Turkish military said Saturday. Turkish authorities often use the word “neutralized” in their statements to imply that the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured. The Turkish Armed Forces also destroyed 340 targets — among them weapon pits, shelters, and ammunition depots — of PKK/KCK/PYD-YPG and Daesh terrorists since the beginning of the operation, the Turkish General Staff said in a statement. The military reiterated that it is taking the utmost care during the operation to not harm any civilians. “The only things being targeted are terrorists, and any shelters, pits, weapons, vehicles, and equipment that belong to them,” it said…

http://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/turkey-390-plus-terrorists-neutralized-in-syrian-op/1043913

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The reality of Trump’s conflict with the media

27/01/2018 (Al Arabiya News – UAE by Mamdouh AlMuhaini*): It’s difficult to understand the fierce and ongoing conflict between Trump and the American media without understanding the secret motives of the two parties. Trump has raised the slogan “America First| and the media has been critical of him as he continued to lament America’s status. However, these are how things look on the outside as the real conflict has nothing to do with all this. Take the book “Fire and Fury,” in which author Michael Wolff attacked the American president, as an example. Apart from the profit made (more than 1 million copies were sold in a week), Wolff wanted to show that the president has mental health issues by citing his embarrassing behavior, careless decisions, provocative tweets and unhealthy eating habits…

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2018/01/27/The-reality-of-Trump-s-conflict-with-the-media.html

*Mamdouh AlMuhaini is the Editor-in-Chief of Al Arabiya News Channel’s digital platforms.

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A thousand female athletes to take part in 4th Arab Sports Tournament in UAE

Arab women players27/01/2018 (Ahram Online – Egypt): The Supreme Organising Committee (SOC) of the Arab Women Sports Tournament (AWST) has announced the final details of its fourth edition scheduled to kick off in the UAE on 2 February. One thousand female athletes from 69 clubs in 17 GCC and MENA countries will be competing – the largest participation the tournament has had in any of its previous editions. Participating nations include Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Lebanon, Morocco, Yemen, Palestine, Libya, Jordan, Egypt, Algeria, Somalia, Djibouti, Kuwait, Oman, Sudan, Iraq and host nation the UAE. Egyptians took part in the 2016 edition in athletics, archery, showjumping, fencing and basketball, winning nine medals. This time, Egypt will take part in the same sports…

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/6/56/288861/Sports/Omni-Sports/A-thousand-female-athletes-to-take-part-in-th-Arab.aspx

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Int’l musicians to bring classical concerts cycle to Amman

21/01/2018 (The Jordan Times – Jordan): AMMAN — Noted musicians from across the world are scheduled to perform in Amman next month, as part of a classical concerts cycle organised by the Friends Of Jordan Festivals. “We are really excited for these two upcoming events, which will include some very special acts, notably a very young music phenomenon coming from Czech Republic,” communication officer for Friends of Jordan Festivals Zaid Shiyyab said  Described by music critics as “one of the world’s youngest musical prodigies”, 15-year-old Eduard Kollert will be the first musician to perform on February 7. The Czech violinist, who received the Tchaikovsky Award for the Young Violinists, among other international recognitions, will be playing violin accompanied by his father, pianist Jiri Kollert…

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/int%E2%80%99l-musicians-bring-classical-concerts-cycle-amman

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Museum, ancient site visitors rose 17 pct last year in Turkey

Museum, ancient site visitors rose 17 pct last year in Turkey21/01/2018 (Hurriyet – Turkey): The number of visitors to museums and ancient sites affiliated with the Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry rose 17 percent in 2017, compared to the previous year, hitting 20.5 million. According to a written statement made by the ministry, this year the number of visitors are expected to increase a further 20 percent and reach 25 million.  In 2016, 17.5 million people visited museums and ancient sites. In 2017, this number was 20.5 million.  In line with increasing visitor numbers, the revenues of museums and ancient sites increased by 13 percent in 2017 and reached nearly 190 million Turkish Liras…

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