Ex-Brazil star Dani Alves sentenced to 4.5 years in jail for rape

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida: Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber has hit out at referee union members after talks broke down leaving the league to start the new season without their top referees. Garber, speaking to reporters prior to the opening game of the season between Inter Miami and Real Salt Lake, warned MLS was “very … Read more

Donald Trump must pay $354.9 million, barred from NY business for 3 years, judge rules

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LONDON: Concerns are mounting over the future of Britain’s Inter Faith Network, founded in 1997 to improve cohesion between religious communities, as the government considers scrapping its funding. The Guardian reported on Friday that Communities Secretary Michael Gove had written to the IFN saying he was “minded to withdraw” £155,000 ($194,599) of provisional funding over … Read more

Ex-Dutch international gets six years for coke smuggling

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Diaz makes up for Bellingham’s absence, leads Real Madrid to win over Leipzig in Champions League LEIPZIG, Germany: After scoring Real Madrid’s winner with a mazy solo run, Brahim Díaz jogged to the sideline and spread his arms wide open to celebrate. He was imitating the trademark goal celebration of Jude Bellingham, the injured teammate … Read more

Iran jails Mahsa Amini uncle for over five years

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BEIRUT: Hostilities between Hezbollah and the Israeli military continued on Tuesday, with the two sides expanding the scope of their targets. Hezbollah is reported to have carried out an attack on an Israeli police building in the Kiryat Shmona settlement. The head of the local authority there said: “Some rockets fell without the sirens sounding.” … Read more

SIDF marks 50 years of investing in more than 4,000 projects

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is set to bolster national competencies in artificial intelligence with a new dedicated center, as part of a drive to turn the Kingdom into a leading industrial powerhouse. On the sidelines of the first Global Smart City Forum in Riyadh, the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources, in collaboration with the Saudi … Read more

The Chiefs have achieved dynasty status with their third Super Bowl title in five years

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LAS VEGAS: This was supposed to be the year when the Kansas City Chiefs were vulnerable. Their wide receivers were dropping passes, their offense was committing penalties, Travis Kelce was supposedly getting old and there was no way that Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes could possibly overcome all of that. Yet they did, and wiped … Read more

Modern tech use leads to 50% reduction in road accidents in 5 years, Saudi minister says

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia plans to stimulate urban policies to ensure coordinated services for residents by 2025 as part of its efforts to boost quality of life, says top minister.  Speaking during the opening remarks of the first Global Smart City Forum held in Riyadh, the Kingdom’s Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing Majid … Read more

2 Afghans who were detained at Guantanamo Bay for 14 years have been released, the Taliban say

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TEANECK, United States: They are only teenagers, but a pair of New Jersey high school students — one Jewish and one Muslim — are tackling an issue much bigger than themselves, bridging divides in their suburb shaken by the Israel-Hamas war.The effort originated soon after the October 7 attacks by Hamas and Israel’s invasion of … Read more

Malaysian ex-PM Najib’s jail term halved to six years

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s pardons board said on Friday it had halved the jail term for former Prime Minister Najib Razak, currently in prison for corruption, to six years. Najib was sentenced in 2022 to 12 years in jail for offenses linked to the misuse of public money in the multibillion-dollar 1MDB financial scandal. “After considering … Read more

Aster DM Healthcare plans dual UAE/Saudi Arabia listing within 3-5 years: founder 

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RIYADH: A diverse array of cutting-edge defense assets is expected to arrive in Saudi Arabia as the World Defense Show 2024, scheduled for Feb. 4-8, draws near.  Under the patronage of King Salman, this event promises to showcase military technology, featuring air and land assets, according to a press note.  On the air front, attendees … Read more