Louvre Abu Dhabi celebrates one-year anniversary and 1m visitors

11/11/2018 (Emirates 24/7 – UAE): Louvre Abu Dhabi announced that it has welcomed more than one million visitors in its first year, establishing itself as one of the leading cultural institutions on the global stage. Commenting on the first anniversary of Louvre Abu Dhabi, Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, said, “One year ago we spoke about Louvre Abu Dhabi as Abu Dhabi’s gift to the world – and today we are proud to have shared it with more than one million visitors already. Louvre Abu Dhabi has become an icon and a favourite destination in Abu Dhabi both for our local communities and visitors to the city.”..



Saudi Arabia will trim oil exports by 500,000 bpd in December, ‘no consensus’ among oil producers to cut output

11/11/2018 (Arab News – KSA): ABU DHABI: Saudi Arabia said it will trim its oil exports by 500,000 barrels per day in December, the country’s energy minister Khalid Al-Falih said as major producers met in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. “The kingdom’s crude exports for December will be 500,000 bpd lower than November,” Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih told reporters. “We want to enter 2019 with a minimum amount of stocks,” Falih said. Al-Falih’s announcement came as he said oil-producing countries had not yet reached an agreement on cutting output. “There is no consensus yet among oil producers about cutting production,” Al-Falih added…



Turkish forces ‘neutralize’ 14 terrorists in N. Iraq

Turkish forces 'neutralize' 14 terrorists in N. Iraq11/11/2018 (Anadolu Agency – Turkey): Turkish forces “neutralized” 14 PKK terrorists in Saturday’s airstrikes held in Avasin region of northern Iraq, said the army on social media on Sunday. Turkish Armed Forces said in a Twitter post that Turkish fighter jets ‘neutralized’ 14 PKK terrorists on Saturday in the airstrikes held in Avasin region. 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 terror group’s weapon emplacements, shelters and ammo depots were also destroyed in the airstrikes, the military said. In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU — has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including women and children…



A disastrous scenario stares Tehran in the face

11/11/2018 (Al Arabiya News – UAE by Nadim Koteich*): The 4th of November will be remembered as a glorious day of confrontation with the Iranian regime. The re-imposition of US sanctions is the last thing Tehran would have wanted to face at the moment when it is going through its largest “revolutionary” expansion in the region and one of the most critical of its domestic situations since 1979. Iran’s problem with US President Donald Trump issues from the clarity of the man. He had stated in his presidential campaign that the nuclear agreement is the worst deal in history, and that he would revoke it if he won the presidency. He has done exactly as he had promised. Trump is also honest when he says he wants good relations with Iran. His only demand is actually quite simple: Iran should stop being the way Iran is. Trump does not know how to use Kissinger’s equations like the phrase “it is necessary for Iran to transform from being a revolution into becoming a state.”…


*Nadim Koteich is a leading Arab satirist.

Tripoli residents have mixed expectations for Palermo meeting on Libya crisis

11/11/2018 (Al Arabiya News – UAE): Tripoli residents have expressed mixed expectations regarding an international conference on the Libyan crisis set to be hosted by the Italian government this week. Political analyst, Sami El-Atrash, said he did not expect a new way forward for Libya would emerge after the meeting, which he described as a political rather than a practical exercise. The conference, scheduled for Monday and Tuesday in the Italian city of Palermo, is aimed at bringing together all parties involved in the Libyan conflict in order to reach a political solution to a crisis that has plagued the country for years. Rome announced that regional and international players linked to Libya would be represented, such as Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria, as well as the US, France and the European Union…



Seven new tomb discoveries in Saqqara: Egypt’s minister of Antiquities

Egypt10/11/2018 (Ahram Online – Egypt): Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany announced on Saturday a new discovery made by an Egyptian archaeological mission during excavation work carried out since April at the area located on the stony edge of King Userkaf pyramid complex in the Saqqara Necropolis. Cairo governor Ahmed Rashid attended the announcement, along with members of parliament and 30 ambassadors from all over the globe to highlight the role that antiquities play in promoting the country and its unique heritage. El-Enany explained that the mission uncovered three plain New Kingdom tombs that had been used during the Late Period as a cat necropolis, along with four other Old Kingdom tombs, the most important of which belongs to Khufu-Imhat, the overseer of the buildings in the royal palace.