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Saudis use nine times more electricity than fellow Arabs

Source : Arab news / 19 Feb 2014

Saudi individuals use on average nine times more electricity than their fellow Arab counterparts in Egypt, Algeria, Sudan and Morocco, according to a report published on Tuesday.

These countries have 185.6 million people, seven times more than Saudi Arabia. Egypt has a population of 79.39 million, Algeria 37.76 million, Sudan 36.43 million and Morocco 32.06 million.


UK child sex trafficking soars, says National Crime Agency

Source : RT / 19 Feb 2014

Child sex abuse, human trafficking among minors and adults and cases of domestic slavery all saw sharp increases last year, says the National Crime Agency amidst calls for end to modern slavery.

British police identified 450 potential child victims who were either smuggled into the country or moved around it, the NCA show.


Syria, Iraq, Egypt most deadly in ‘atrocious’ year for journalists

Source :  Al Arabiya News / 14 Feb 2014

Syria, Iraq and Egypt were the most deadly countries for journalists in 2013, which was described as an “absolutely atrocious” year for attacks on the media, a press freedom watchdog says.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said last year saw “a near record” of 211 journalists imprisoned and 70 killed because of their work, AP reported.

That was slightly fewer than in 2012, when 232 journalists were in jail and 72 were killed.


Immigrants 'better educated than British'

Source : World Bulletin / 13 Feb 2014 

In comparison with most other European countries, the UK is attracting highly educated and skilled immigrants, according to University of London Economics Professor, Christian Dustmann.

The UK has recently been embroiled in an immigration debate that has called for stricter immigration laws and tighter enforcements.


Malaysia moves to maintain Halal edge

Source : Eat-halal / 10 Feb 2014

The halal industry in Malaysia is fast becoming a magnet for international investment, as major players move to acquire a share of a growing global market. Malaysia is carving a niche as a key producer and exporter of halal products. However, with regional competition growing, its domestic players have been urged to seek out new opportunities beyond their borders, in line with a national drive to boost growth and transform the industry into a pillar of the local economy. 


U.N.: More children dying in Afghan violence

Source : AP / 10 Feb 2014

The number of children killed and wounded in Afghanistan’s war jumped by 34 percent last year as the Taliban stepped up attacks across the country and continued to lay thousands of roadside bombs, the United Nations said Saturday.

Overall civilian casualties were up by 14 percent, reversing 2012’s downward trend and making 2013 one of the deadliest years of the 12-year war for civilians.


Islam's holiest site 'turning into Vegas'

Source : World Bulletin / 3 Feb 2014

The residents of Mecca are beginning to refer to their city as Las Vegas. Over the past 10 years the holiest site in Islam has undergone a huge transformation, one that has divided opinion among Muslims all over the world.

Once a dusty desert town struggling to cope with the ever-increasing number of pilgrims arriving for the annual Hajj, the city now soars above its surroundings with a glittering array of skyscrapers, shopping malls and luxury hotels.


US 'mostly failed' to achieve goals in Iraq, Afghanistan: Poll

Source : Presstv / 1 Feb 2014

A majority of Americans believe that the United States failed to achieve its goals in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a new national survey.

Fifty-two percent say the US has "mostly failed" to achieve its goals in Afghanistan while 38 percent say it has "mostly succeeded," the USA Today and Pew Research poll showed.


Better data, analysis are key to protecting children -UNICEF

By Maria Caspani / / 1 Feb 2014

Over the last two decades, improvements in health, water and sanitation services and immunisation campaigns have saved the lives of 90 million children, UNICEF said in its flagship report.


More than half of Russians support Putin: Poll

Source : Presstv / 31 Jan 2014

A recent opinion poll has revealed that more than half of Russian nationals support President Vladimir Putin.

According to the survey conducted between December 24 and 26 last year by the Russian non-governmental polling and sociological research organization Levada-Center with a sampling of 1,603 Russian adults, the findings of which were released on January 27, 56 percent of the respondents said they are opposed to Putin’s resignation.


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