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Iraqis Mark Anniversary of Top Iranian General’s Assassination

Thousands of Iraqis converged on central Baghdad’s Tahrir Square on Sunday to mark the first anniversary of the twin assassinations in a U.S. air strike of a top Iranian general and a leader of an Iraqi powerful Shi’ite militia. Last year’s U.S. drone strike near Baghdad airport killed Major General Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the elite Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, the deputy head of Iraq's Hashd al-Shaabi militia, along with several other Iran-allied militiamen. Many of the demonstrators were holding posters of Soleimani and al-Mohandes while some demanded the expulsion of U.S. troops from Iraq. Thousands of mourners marched on the highway leading to the Baghdad airport on the evening of January 2 to honor Soleim...

Six Flags Qiddiya begins design of world’s fastest roller coaster

Riyadh, Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC), in partnership with Intamin Amusement Rides, has kicked off the design process for the Falcon’s Flight, the signature attraction of Six Flags Qiddiya – a one-of-a-kind theme park scheduled for opening in Qiddiya’s first phase. The Falcon’s Flight is set to become the world’s longest, fastest and tallest coaster. It will travel across approximately 4km, feature a vertical cliff dive maneuver into a 160m-deep valley using magnetic motor acceleration (LSM technology), and achieve unprecedented speeds of 250+ km/h. The Falcon’s Flight will also be the world’s tallest free-standing coaster structure featuring a parabolic airtime hill allowing a weightlessness airtime experience. Qiddiya’s Chief Executive Officer, Philippe Gas, commented on the signat...

WHO Holds Health Care Training Courses in Aden

Aden, The World Health Organization (WHO), in cooperation with King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief), held health care training courses for 125 technical and administrative staff in 25 health facilities in Aden Governorate, Yemen. Holding these courses comes as part of the support provided by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through KSrelief for the WHO to enhance health in Yemen and other countries.   Source: Saudi Press Agency

Saudi Arabia Approves New Mining Investment Law

Riyadh, Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar bin Ibrahim Al-Khorayef approved the implementation of a new Mining Investment Law, following its approval by the Council of Ministers last June. The law came into force on 01 January, 2021. Minister Al-Khorayef said that to establish a mining law that would unlock this potential and enable new investment for the next phase of mining sector growth, the government undertook a comprehensive process of consultation with global experts in mining legislation and carefully studied some of the world's most successful mining jurisdictions. "We wanted to ensure the Mining Investment Law would not only enhance governance of the sector, improve transparency, and increase investor confidence, but it was a priority for us to achieve growth sus...

Art competition for young Syrian plastic artists in Germany

Berlin, Takla Cultural Foundation in Germany has announced a competition for young artists in Syria for the year 2021. The works accepted in the competition will be exhibited in a collective exhibition to be held next September in Germany, with a material prize for the first winning work and two incentive material prizes for other works. Regarding the competition, Shaukat Takla, head of the Foundation, said in a statement to SANA: “We aim through this event to expand our support and encouragement for contemporary Syrian art and to give young Syrian artists the ability to present their works internationally.” Takla explained that the competition accepts works of oil painting and sculpture in various techniques and methods, with the freedom of subjects chosen by young artists, provi...

Lebanon: An explosion in gas cylinders’ depot in al -Qasr area on Syrian-Lebanese borders, casualties reported

Beirut, A huge explosion took place in a depot of gas and diesel in the Lebanese al Qasr area on the borders with Syria, causing huge material damage and injuring. Lebanese local media said that the explosion caused a huge bang and extended flames 10 meters high. In Homs, Abd al-Razzaq Abd al-Nabi, head of Burhaniya municipality in Al Qusayr area in the southwestern countryside told SANA reporter that an explosion took place in a fuel depot in Lebanese al Qasr area, near Mutrebeh village. Abd al-Razzaq said that the blast took place in a fuel and gas cylinders shop, causing great material damage and injury five citizens who were rescued by the Lebanese ambulance teams, pointing out that the Lebanese firefighting teams extinguished the fire.   Source: Syrian Arab News Ag...