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Bahrain Attends ISESCO Conference
Rabat, Safar 28, 1436, Dec 20, 2014, SPA -- Bahrain has been chosen as the deputy president of the Seventh Islamic Conference of Ministers of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Rabat, Morocco.
Bahrain's Education Minister Dr. Majid bin Ali Al-Nuaimi attended the session, which was organized by The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) under the theme "Higher Education: Governance, Innovation and Employability".
Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Al-Twaijri, ISESCO Director General, highlighted in a detailed report the efforts of the organization during the 2012-2013 session as well as the achievements made as part of joint Islamic action in the fields of higher education and scientific research, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
--SPA
14:37 LOCAL TIME 11:37 GMT


Explosion at Oklahoma Oil Rig Kills 2
Coalgate, Safar 28, 1436, Dec 20, 2014, SPA -- An explosion and fire early Friday killed two people and critically injured two others at an oil rig in southeastern Oklahoma.
Authorities said the explosion happened at the rig about 3 kilometers west of Coalgate in a rural area of the state, about 160 kilometers southeast of Oklahoma City.
A spokesman for the state energy regulator said no evacuations were required in the area, and there were no reports that the blast and fire caused environmental damage that would require cleanup.
U.S. federal safety regulators will investigate the cause of the explosion, the spokesman said.
--SPA
14:20 LOCAL TIME 11:20 GMT


Binomar Condemns Terror Attacks in Yemen
New York, Safar 28, 1436, Dec 20, 2014, SPA -- UN Secretary General Advisor on Yemen Affairs Jamal Binomar condemned on Friday the two terrorist attacks which took place on Tuesday in Rada city, Al-Baidha governorate, claiming the lives of 26 people, mostly children.
In a statement, Binomar said "As we offer our condolences to the families of the victims, we condemn these two terror attacks," Yemen News Agency (Saba) reported.
The statement stressed that violence against civilians, children in particular, is one of the most terrifying crimes whose perpetrators should be brought to justice immediately.
Binomar urged, in the statement, all Yemenis to work together in order to bring an end to violence and to avoid such incidents to recur in the country.
--SPA
13:58 LOCAL TIME 10:58 GMT


French Ligue 1 Results and Standings
Paris, Safar 28, 1436, Dec 20, 2014, SPA -- The following are the results and standings of the French Ligue 1:

Matchday 19:

Friday, December 19:
Lens 2 - 0 Nice

Saturday, December 20:
Paris Saint Germain - Montpellier
Caen - Bastia
Lorient - Nantes
Metz - Monaco
Rennes - Stade Reims
Toulouse - Guingamp

Sunday, December 21:
Olympique Marseille - Lille
St Etienne - Evian Gaillard
Bordeaux - Lyon

--------------------------------- P - W - D - L - F - A - Pts
1 Olympique Marseille ----- 18 - 12 - 2 - 4 - 36 - 16 - 38
2 Paris Saint Germain ------ 18 - 10 - 7 - 1 - 32 - 13 - 37
3 Lyon ----------------------- 18 - 11 - 3 - 4 - 35 - 17 - 36
4 St Etienne ----------------- 18 - 9 - 6 - 3 - 19 - 12 - 33
5 Bordeaux ------------------ 18 - 9 - 4 - 5 - 26 - 22 - 31
6 Monaco -------------------- 18 - 8 - 5 - 5 - 22 - 18 - 29
7 Rennes -------------------- 18 - 8 - 4 - 6 - 20 - 21 - 28
8 Nantes -------------------- 18 - 7 - 6 - 5 - 17 - 16 - 27
9 Montpellier --------------- 18 - 7 - 4 - 7 - 21 - 19 - 25
10 Stade Reims ------------ 18 - 7 - 4 - 7 - 22 - 29 - 25
11 Nice ---------------------- 19 - 6 - 4 - 9 - 21 - 26 - 22
12 Lille ---------------------- 17 - 5 - 6 - 6 - 14 - 15 - 21
13 Guingamp --------------- 18 - 7 - 0 - 11 - 19 - 30 - 21
14 Lorient ------------------- 18 - 6 - 2 - 10 - 20 - 24 - 20
15 Toulouse ---------------- 18 - 6 - 2 - 10 - 21 - 28 - 20
16 Lens --------------------- 19 - 5 - 4 - 10 - 20 - 24 - 19
17 Evian Gaillard ----------- 17 - 6 - 1 - 10 - 20 - 29 - 19
18 Metz --------------------- 18 - 5 - 4 - 9 - 17 - 26 - 19
19 Bastia ------------------- 18 - 4 - 5 - 9 - 15 - 22 - 17
20 Caen -------------------- 18 - 3 - 5 - 10 - 21 - 31 - 14

--SPA
13:50 LOCAL TIME 10:50 GMT


Bahraini Interior Minister: Three Policemen Wounded in Bani Jamra Terror Blast
Manama, Safar 28, 1436, Dec 20, 2014, SPA -- Bahrain's Minister of Interior has announced that a terror blast targeted a security patrol in Bani Jamra today, wounding three policemen.
In a statement on its twitter account, the ministry added that the competent security authorities were taking the necessary procedures, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
--SPA
13:00 LOCAL TIME 10:00 GMT


Yemen, Morocco Discuss Higher Education Cooperation
Rabat, Safar 28, 1436, Dec 20, 2014, SPA -- Yemen's Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Mohammed Mutahar met here today with his Moroccan counterpart Hassan Daoudi.
During the meeting, they discussed the renewal of the bilateral cooperation agreement between the two countries in the field of higher education.
--SPA
12:44 LOCAL TIME 09:44 GMT


Pakistani President Receives OIC Secretary General
Islamabad, Safar 28, 1436, Dec 20, 2014, SPA -- Pakistan's President Mamnoon Hussain has received Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Iyad bin Amin Madani.
During the meeting, the OIC Secretary General condemned the terrorist attack which targeted a school in Peshawar, stressing solidarity with Pakistan and the families of the victims.
--SPA
12:33 LOCAL TIME 09:33 GMT


Spanish Primera Division Results and Standings
Madrid, Safar 28, 1436, Dec 20, 2014, SPA -- The following are the results and standings of the Spanish Primera Division:

Matchday 16:

Friday, December 19:
Celta Vigo 0 - 1 Almeria

Saturday, December 20:
Barcelona - Cordoba
Levante - Real Sociedad
Eibar - Valencia
Rayo Vallecano - Espanyol

Sunday, December 21:
Villarreal - Deportivo La Coruna
Granada - Getafe
Elche - Malaga
Athletic Bilbao - Atletico Madrid

Wednesday, February 4:
Real Madrid - Sevilla

---------------------------------- P - W - D - L - F - A - Pts
1 Real Madrid ---------------- 15 - 13 - 0 - 2 - 55 - 13 - 39
2 Barcelona ------------------- 15 - 11 - 2 - 2 - 36 - 7 - 35
3 Atletico Madrid ------------- 15 - 10 - 2 - 3 - 27 - 13 - 32
4 Sevilla ----------------------- 15 - 9 - 3 - 3 - 25 - 17 - 30
5 Valencia --------------------- 15 - 8 - 4 - 3 - 28 - 13 - 28
6 Villarreal --------------------- 15 - 8 - 3 - 4 - 24 - 14 - 27
7 Malaga ----------------------- 15 - 8 - 3 - 4 - 18 - 14 - 27
8 Celta Vigo -------------------- 16 - 5 - 5 - 6 - 17 - 18 - 20
9 Eibar -------------------------- 15 - 5 - 5 - 5 - 19 - 21 - 20
10 Athletic Bilbao -------------- 15 - 5 - 4 - 6 - 13 - 16 - 19
11 Espanyol -------------------- 15 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 17 - 23 - 17
12 Rayo Vallecano ------------- 15 - 5 - 2 - 8 - 16 - 28 - 17
13 Getafe ----------------------- 15 - 4 - 4 - 7 - 11 - 19 - 16
14 Real Sociedad --------------- 15 - 3 - 5 - 7 - 16 - 21 - 14
15 Levante ---------------------- 15 - 3 - 5 - 7 - 11 - 29 - 14
16 Deportivo La Coruna ------- 15 - 3 - 4 - 8 - 13 - 24 - 13
16 Almeria ---------------------- 16 - 3 - 4 - 9 - 13 - 24 - 13
18 Granada --------------------- 15 - 2 - 6 - 7 - 9 - 25 - 12
19 Cordoba --------------------- 15 - 1 - 8 - 6 - 11 - 22 - 11
20 Elche ------------------------- 15 - 2 - 4 - 9 - 12 - 30 - 10

--SPA
12:16 LOCAL TIME 09:16 GMT


Colombia: 5 Soldiers Killed Ahead of Cease-Fire
Washington, Safar 28, 1436, Dec 20, 2014, SPA -- The Colombian army said Friday the country's biggest rebel group has attacked its soldiers on the eve of a unilateral cease-fire that was announced by the guerrillas.
The army said in a statement that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) had killed five soldiers and wounded seven others in Santander de Quilichao, in southwestern Colombia.
--SPA
11:51 LOCAL TIME 08:51 GMT


Wall Street Closing
New York, Safar 28, 1436, Dec 20, 2014, SPA -- U.S. stocks rose for a third consecutive session Friday, with the benchmark Standard & Poor's 500 index recording its second-best week in almost two years.
Since Wednesday, stocks have rallied on the statement from the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) that it will be "patient" in its timing on raising interest rates for the first time in years. On Thursday, the Dow industrials climbed more than 400 points for the first time in three years.
In U.S. economic news, 41 of the 50 states reported declines in unemployment in November. The U.S. dollar gained against currencies of major trading partners.
Benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude for January delivery rose $2.41, or 4.4 percent, to $56.52 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Gold futures rose $1.70 to $1,196.50 an ounce.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 27.67, or nearly 0.2 percent, to 17,805.82. Nineteen of the index's 30 components rose, led by energy giants Chevron and Exxon Mobil, whose shares rose more than 3.5 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively. Nike led losses after the sporting-goods maker's future orders disappointed. Other decliners included Intel and Coca-Cola.
The broader S&P 500 index rose 9.43, or almost 0.5 percent, to 2,070.66, with energy rising the most of its 10 major sectors.
The technology-heavy Nasdaq composite index rose 16.98, or 0.4 percent, to 4,765.38. Shares of BlackBerry fell 1 percent after the wireless-device maker posted a bigger-than-expected drop in quarterly revenue.
--SPA
11:38 LOCAL TIME 08:38 GMT


 
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PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Safar 28, 1436, Dec 20, 2014, SPA -- One of the gravediggers at Peshawar's largest graveyard has a rule. He says he never cries when he buries the dead. He's a professional, he says. But as the dead bodies, mostly children started coming in from...
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Berlin, Safar 28, 1436, Dec 20, 2014, SPA -- Four masked robbers entered a luxury department store in the German capital on Saturday, sprayed a security guard with teargas and smashed jewellery cabinets before fleeing in a car, police said, according to dpa. Medical workers treated...
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AMMAN, Safar 28, 1436, Dec 20, 2014, SPA -- Syrian businessmen and trade officials say they are worried the economic lifeline provided by Iran is under strain from plunging oil prices, despite public messages of support from Syria's strongest regional ally, Reuters reported. Syrian...
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BEIJING, Safar 28, 1436, Dec 20, 2014, SPA -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday urged the semiautonomous former Portuguese colony of Macau to guard against interference by what he called hostile external forces, following the prolonged pro-democracy protests in nearby Hong Kong, AP...
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Riyadh, Safar 28, 1436, Dec 20, 2014, SPA -- The Security Spokesman of the Ministry of Interior announced today that the security authorities raided today morning a stronghold of terrorists in Al-Awamiyah Town in Eastern Region. In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the spokesman...
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