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Thu, 2019-02-14 20:06

GENEVA: The World Health Organization warned Thursday that efforts to halt the spread of measles were “backsliding,” with case numbers worldwide surging around 50 percent last year.
The UN health agency pointed to preliminary data showing that the disturbing trend of resurgent measles cases was happening at a global level, including in wealthy nations where vaccination coverage has historically been high.

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Fri, 2019-02-15 04:25

NEW YORK: Amazon abruptly dropped plans Thursday for a big new headquarters in New York that would have brought 25,000 jobs to the city, reversing course after politicians and activists objected to the nearly $3 billion in tax breaks promised to what is already one of the world’s richest, most powerful companies.
“We are disappointed to have reached this conclusion — we love New York,” the online giant from Seattle said in a blog post announcing its withdrawal.

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Fri, 2019-02-15 04:10

SAN FRANCISCO, US: The Trump administration’s policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico while their cases wind through immigration courts violates US law by putting the migrants in danger and depriving them of the ability to prepare their cases, a lawsuit filed Thursday by civil liberties groups claims.
The lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco seeks a court order blocking the Department of Homeland Security from carrying out the policy that took effect in January at the San Ysidro border crossing in San Diego.

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Thu, 2019-02-14 23:01

MUNICH, Germany: At least 100,000 babies die every year because of armed conflict and its impact, from hunger to denial of aid, Save the Children International said on Friday.
In the 10 worst-hit countries, a conservative estimate of 550,000 infants died as a result of fighting between 2013 and 2017.
They succumbed to war and its effects, among them hunger, damage to hospitals and infrastructure, a lack of access to health care and sanitation and the denial of aid.

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Fri, 2019-02-15 01:03

DUBAI: Among the artefacts on show in the “Roads of Arabia” exhibition, on show for the final weekend at Louvre Abu Dhabi, is a photograph of a handsome young man.

He is an imposing figure, with chiseled features and his eyes hinting at a shrewd intelligence. His is the face of a man accustomed to command, a man who might change history — as indeed he did.

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Thu, 2019-02-14 23:24

JEDDAH: Saudi women will be able to get property loans from the Real Estate Development Fund (REDF), following a decision from its board of directors.
The move aims to support Saudi women in purchasing property, as well as increase the proportion of home-owning Saudis to 60 percent by the end of 2020 and to 70 percent by the end of 2030.
The REDF decision came during its first board meeting of 2019.
The board reviewed the updated number of people who have benefited from the mortgage loan program since early 2018, with the figure currently at 62,841.

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Fri, 2019-02-15 00:46

WARSAW: The US on Thursday accused Iran of prolonging the war in Yemen with its support for the Houthis and called on Tehran to help make a ceasefire agreement a success.

Speaking to Arab News at the Middle East conference in Warsaw, Washington’s special represenative for Iran Brian Hook said there had been extensive discussion at the meeting of the war, which is now in its fifth year.

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Thu, 2019-02-14 23:22

JEDDAH: Saudi Education Minister Hamad Al-Asheikh honored the 114 winners of the Excellence in Education Award.
Al-Sheikh said the ministry accords its utmost attention to the award because it contributes to achieving better performance in the field of education. He also praised distinguished Saudi students and top achievers.
The government is putting a great deal of hope in its distinguished citizens to help in the nation’s progress, he said.

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Thu, 2019-02-14 09:02

DUBAI: Air Arabia suffered a 609.5 million dirham ($166 million) loss in 2018 as it took impairments on its exposure to collapsed private equity firm Abraaj, knocking its shares on Thursday as analysts said its dividend could be hit.
The Dubai-based carrier, whose stock fell by more than 7 percent on the results, had posted a net profit of 630.6 million dirhams in the same period a year ago.
Air Arabia said it faced impairment charges of 1.13 billon dirhams, mainly due to exposure to Abraaj-related investments.

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Thu, 2019-02-14 23:31

RIYADH: A smartphone application to measure citizens’ satisfaction with government services was launched on Tuesday by the National Center for Performance Measurement (ADAA).
The Watani application, available for iPhone and Android devices, offers around 80,000 services provided by more than 30,000 government service centers in 1,150 cities and villages throughout Saudi Arabia.

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