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As Many As 140 Research Projects Set for Improving Saudi Dates Production
Riyadh, Jumada I 12, 1436, Mar 3, 2015, SPA -- The National Center for Palms and Dates "Nakhl" of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has set 140 research projects for 2015, to achieve the quality in the Saudi production of palms' dates, and benefit farmers to be able to develop and diversify their production, in line with the requirements of the agricultural market in the world.
In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Nakhl's Executive President Dr. Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz Al-Janobi explained that the strategy of the Center is to support marketing and exporting local dates inside and outside the Kingdom, and to promote national industry of dates to be an essential source of food security.
It is worth mentioning that the Ministry of Agriculture indicated in its statistics for 2014 that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the largest country in the world in the volume of production of dates by 1.3 million tons.

--SPA
13:51 LOCAL TIME 10:51 GMT


Riyadh Region Governor receives Norway's Ambassador
Riyadh, Jumada I 12, 1436, March 03, 2015, SPA -- Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Region, received here today the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Rolf Willy Hansen.
During the meeting, they exchanged cordial talks and discussed issues of mutual concern.
--SPA
13:43 LOCAL TIME 10:43 GMT


Under Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques' patronage, tomorrow opening of Riyadh International Book Fair 2015
Riyadh, Jumada I 12, 1436, Mar 3, 2015, SPA -- Under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Adel Zaid Altoraifi will open on Wednesday Riyadh International Book Fair 2015.

The event is organized by the ministry during the period from 13 to 23 this month.

The Minister of Culture and Information thanked the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for his patronage of the event and for support for intellectuals and those interested in the literary and cultural affairs.

The minister said that the number of publishing houses participating this year is 915 from 29 Arab and foreign countries. The ten-day exhibition's area is 23,000 square meters. The minister welcomed the event's guest of honor, the Republic of Africa.

--SPA
13:29 LOCAL TIME 10:29 GMT


Volcano Villarrica erupts in southern Chile, villages evacuated
SANTIAGO, Jumada I 12, 1436, March 03, 2015, SPA -- Volcano Villarrica in southern Chile erupted in the early hours of Tuesday, sending ash and lava high into the sky, and forcing the evacuation of nearby communities, Reuters reported.

The volcano, located near the popular tourist resort of Pucon around 750 km (460 miles) south of the capital Santiago, is one of South America's most active. It last erupted in 2000.

Television pictures showed orange lava and ash shooting into the night sky. Some 3,385 people had been evacuated as a preventative measure, said Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo.

The government was holding an emergency meeting in the presidential palace in Santiago on Tuesday morning to discuss the situation.
--SPA
13:22 LOCAL TIME 10:22 GMT


Deputy Crown Prince receives British Defense Secretary
Riyadh, Jumada I 12, 1436, March 03, 2015, SPA -- Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Crown Prince, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior received here today British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon and his accompanying delegation.
During the meeting, they discussed issues of common interest within the framework of distinguished relations and cooperation between the two friendly countries.
--SPA
13:13 LOCAL TIME 10:13 GMT


Crown Prince receives British Defense Secretary
Riyadh, Jumada I 12, 1436, March 03, 2015, SPA -- Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier, received at Al-Yamamah Palace here today British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon and his accompanying delegation.
The Crown Prince welcomed the British Secretary and his accompanying delegation. For his part, Mr. Fallon expressed his pleasure to visit the Kingdom and meet with the Crown Prince.
During the meeting, they reviewed the latest developments at regional and international arenas, and discussed aspects of cooperation between the two countries and ways of their enhancement.
The audience was attended by Prince Mansour bin Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, Advisor at the Crown Prince's Court; Assistant Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Ayesh; and the Special Secretary to the Crown Prince Abdulaziz bin Saleh Al-Hawwas.
--SPA
13:06 LOCAL TIME 10:06 GMT


Al-Wajh, Historical Landmark in Arabian Peninsula 2 Al-Wajh, Tabuk
In the Saudi era, Al-Wajh played an important role at time of the unification of Hejaz region by the founder late King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud. Since that time until this current prosperous reign, the province of Al-Wajh experiences renaissance included various fields.
The historical and archaeological monuments in Al-Wajh province include the old town and its doors, and Al-Manakhah Souq as well as a number of historical and archaeological castles including Al-Wajh Castle, often called the Castle of Souq with its remnants are still there up to now, where it was built in 1859 and the Castle of Al-Zareeb located in the Valley Al-Zareeb, 20 kilometers east of Al-Wajh province, and was built in 1617 on the road of Egyptian Hajj to be a fortress to protect convoys of pilgrims and store materials as a provision while returning from Makkah and the holy sites.
There is also the lighthouse of Al-Wajh which was built in 1875 to guide ships coming to the seaport Al-Wajh which is called nowadays the Tower of Marine Navigation.
This lighthouse formed a landmark in urban heritage of Al-Wajh province and perhaps the whole heritage of the Red Sea.

--SPA
12:47 LOCAL TIME 09:47 GMT


Al-Wajh, Historical Landmark in Arabian Peninsula
Al-Wajh, Tabuk, Jumada I 12, 1436, Mar 3, 2015, SPA -- Al-Wajh is one of major provinces of Tabuk region on the Red Sea coast and embraces a set of archaeological sites dating back thousands of years.
Historical sources have registered Al-Wajh as an ancient location and its role in the successive civilizations, while it has been remembered in a large number of books of Muslim and non-Muslim travelers and Orientalists who have visited it and documented its landmarks by photographs.
The meaning of Al-Wajh was also mentioned in the Arabic language dictionaries and lexicons as the water- filled- valley.
As for Al-Wajh's seaport, it remains the most prominent of its landmarks at the level of history, through its significant role in trade and tourism activation before and after Islam among the Red Sea ports and its importance increased in the Islamic eras, as historical studies indicate that Al-Wajh was the seaport for Thamud tribe of the Prophet Saleh (peace be upon him), and land port for the pilgrims after the advent of Islam.

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12:28 LOCAL TIME 09:28 GMT


Agriculture Minister receives Pakistani Ambassador
Riyadh, Jumada I 12, 1436, March 03, 2015, SPA -- The Minister of Agriculture Engineer Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadhli met here today with the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Manzoor Al-Haq.
During the meeting, they discussed issues of common concern in agricultural fields.
--SPA
12:04 LOCAL TIME 09:04 GMT


20 dead in China coach accident
Beijing, Jumada I 12, 1436, March 03, 2015, SPA -- At least 20 staff of a Chinese opera troupe were
killed early Tuesday when their coach fell off a cliff in Henan
province, state-run media reported, according to dpa.

Some 13 others were injured in the accident in Linzhou city, Xinhua
news agency reported, citing the municipal government.

The vehicle had been rented by the troupe, and an investigation was
under way into the cause of the crash.
--SPA
11:57 LOCAL TIME 08:57 GMT


 
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BENGHAZI, Libya, Jumada I 12, 1436, March 03, 2015, SPA -- Forces from Libya's internationally recognised government carried out air strikes on Maitiga airport in Tripoli on Tuesday and plan to hit an airport in Misrata to retaliate against rival forces controlling the capital, a security...
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Riyadh, Jumada I 12, 1436, Mar 3, 2015, SPA -- Majlis Al-Shura held a session here today under the chairmanship of the Speaker of the Council Sheikh Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al Al-Sheikh. The session discussed annual reports of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and...
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Buraidah, Jumada I 12, 1436, Mar 3, 2015, SPA -- Prince Dr. Faisal bin Mishaal bin Saud bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Qassim region will open and lay the foundation stone for five health projects in the region with a total cost of more than SR 1,300,000,000, in the presence of the Minister of Health...
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The Korean President was also received by Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier; Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Region; Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Crown Prince, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior; a number of princes;...
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Khartoum, Jumada I 12, 1436, March 03, 2015, SPA -- Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti met at the Diplomatic Club in Khartoum today with Saudi Ambassador to Sudan Faisal bin Hamid Mualla. During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations between the two countries...
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