Riyadh: Restaurants in Saudi Arabia will no longer need to maintain entrances segregated by sex, the authorities said on Sunday, further eroding some of the world's strictest social rules as sweeping reforms take hold. Previously, Saudi Arabia required all restaurants to have one entrance for families and women, and another for men on their own. The ministry of municipalities and rural affairs announced on Twitter this would no longer be mandatory. Unrelated men and women have for decades been barred from mixing in public places under strict social rules once enforced by hardline clerics and the religious police. But Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has brought the religious establishment to heel — partly by arresting critics — and eased other restrictions, including bans on women driving and public entertainment. Segregation has quietly eased over the past year or so, as eateries, cafes, conference centres and concert halls stopped strictly enforcing it. A spokesman for … [Read more...] about As Part of Sweeping Reforms, Saudi Arabia Ends Gender-segregated Entrances for Restaurants
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Companies like Facebook and Twitter are poorly policing automated bots and other methods for manipulating social media platforms, according to a report released on Friday by researchers from the NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence. With a small amount of money, the researchers found, virtually anyone can hire a company to get more likes, comments and clicks. The group, an independent organisation that advises the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, tested the tech companies’ ability to stop paid influence campaigns by turning to 11 Russian and five European companies that sell fake social media engagement. For €300, or about $330, the researchers bought over 3,500 comments, 25,000 likes, 20,000 views and 5,000 followers. After four weeks, about 80% of the fake clicks remained, the researchers said. And virtually all of the accounts that had been used to generate the clicks remained active three weeks after researchers reported them to the companies. The … [Read more...] about Fake ‘likes’ remain just a few dollars away
By Filipe Pacheco When shares of Saudi Arabia’s national oil company begin trading Wednesday after the world’s largest initial public offering, the stars will be aligned to ensure that the stock price holds up. Aramco sold $25.6 billion of shares at 32 riyals each, the top of the range at which they were marketed, and the company had orders for $119 billion of stock. About 4.9 million individual investors, almost 15 per cent of the kingdom’s population, applied for the shares. Saudi Arabia sold only 1.5 per cent of the company’s capital in the IPO. That unsatisfied demand alone should ensure a strong first day of trading. But Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman isn’t leaving anything to chance. From bonus shares to a fat dividend, there’s a lot to underpin the price, at least initially. His half-brother, Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, predicted Friday that Aramco’s value will soon surge, just after the kingdom announced … [Read more...] about Aramco’s stock will have plenty of support when trading begins
Editor's note: Huang Yongfu is a senior fellow at the International Cooperation Center of the National Development and Reform Commission of China. The article reflects the author's opinions and not necessarily the views of NDRC or CGTN. The annual UN climate change conference, so-called COP25, is taking place in Madrid from December 2 to 13, with the convergence of nearly 200 countries. Climate change is again taking a prominent place in the global and national public debates. However, the negotiation to reboot a global system for tackling climate change has been unnerved and stymied by US' withdrawal from the Paris Accord on Climate Change, which is already the largest emitter in per capita in the world. The US is starkly free-riding on the efforts of the rest of the world or taking advantage of them. How to protect the interests of signatories to the Paris Accord or prevent the Accord from being picked apart or the world from being tipped into fiery catastrophe? What about the 'net … [Read more...] about How to protect the interests of signatories to the Paris Accord?
Include Shia Muslims fleeing persecution in Sunni-dominated Muslim countries in the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, urged Shia Central Waqf Board chairman Waseem Rizvi on Monday.In a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Mr. Rizvi said Shias were subjected to “inhuman acts” in Sunni-dominated countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia, where Shias are a minority.“They are being killed for being Shia,” Mr. Rizvi stated.The contentious Bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955, by seeking to grant citizenship to undocumented and illegal non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan who came to India on or before December 31, 2014.Mr. Rizvi argued that since Shias were a “rare section” of Muslim society and were being oppressed by the Sunni majority, they should be protected from the “persecution and excesses.”On the Shia-Sunni religious divide, he said that after the death of the Prophet … [Read more...] about Include Shia Muslims in Citizenship Bill, says Shia Waqf Board chairman