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Passengers to face AI lie detector tests at EU airports

Passengers at some European airports will soon be questioned by artificial intelligence-powered lie detectors at border checkpoints, as a European Union trial of the technology is set to begin. As CNN writes in an article "Passengers to face AI lie detector tests at EU airports", fliers will be asked a series of travel-related questions by a virtual border guard avatar, and artificial intelligence will monitor their faces to assess whether they are lying.

Rohingya still face ‘persecution’ in Myanmar: UN envoy

The United Nations (UN)’s special envoy to Myanmar has urged Bangladesh to drop plans for a hasty repatriation of hundreds of Rohingya Muslim refugees to their homeland, where they are still facing a “high risk of persecution.”
More than 700,000 Rohingya refugees have taken refuge in Bangladesh since last year, when Myanmar’s armed forces, backed by Buddhist extremist mobs, launched an intensified crackdown against the Muslim community in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

UK announces joint Omani-British military training base

Britain announced on Monday it would open a joint military training base in Oman in March 2019 as it looks to bolster its relationships with allies in the region.
Defense secretary Gavin Williamson announced the British-Omani training base as he visited the country to observe the end of a large-scale joint military exercise involving thousands of personnel practicing desert combat.

EU lost over €100bn because of its own anti-Russia sanctions – Lavrov

The EU is punishing itself for doing Washington's bidding and sanctioning Russia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. However, while the restrictions policy does not harm the US, the EU suffers billions in losses.
In an interview with the Spanish newspaper El País, Lavrov lamented the dismal state of EU-Russia relations, describing them as far from normal. The divisions are being fueled from across the pond, he said.

Refugee deaths in Mediterranean surpass 2,000 this year, says UN refugee agency

The United Nations refugee agency says a total of more than 2,000 refugees have lost their lives since January trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe.
Charlie Yaxley, spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said in the Swiss city of Geneva on Tuesday that "the number of lives lost on the Mediterranean this year has now exceeded 2,000" after 17 people were found dead off the Spanish coast this week.

With zakat, Muslims have the power to change the world

Today, UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, faces an unprecedented challenge. At a time when the world is struggling with refugee crises on an unprecedented scale, the agency, which for nearly 70 years has been assisting refugees throughout the world, regardless of the background of their plight, is itself struggling to overcome a funding crisis that threatens its capability to adequately help the world’s most vulnerable displaced communities.

Abu Dhabi Louvre hosts Saudi ‘Routes of Arabia’ expo

One of the most renowned Saudi exhibitions internationally will open on Wednesday at the Abu Dhabi Louvre Museum.
The exhibition “Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia” will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi in partnership with the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage. It will continue until Feb. 16, 2019.

Jeddah hosts first eco-friendly electric vehicle charging plant in Saudi Arabia

As several consumers in Saudi Arabia move to acquire environment-friendly electric vehicles, a French company specializing in digital transformation has announced its first electric vehicle charging plant in the kingdom.
Schneider Electric announced that the plant has been completed after planning the project commenced in the third quarter of 2017.

Families hold mass prayer at sea for Indonesia jet crash victims

Hundreds of grieving relatives prayed Tuesday at the spot where a Lion Air jet plunged into the sea as revelations over the jet’s malfunctioning air speed indicator raised fresh questions about the cause of the accident.
Tearful mourners aboard a pair of Indonesian navy vessels tossed bouquets and scattered flower petals into the Java Sea off the country’s north coast where the brand new jet crashed last week, killing all 189 people on board.

Egypt’s Sisi says army will defend Gulf Arabs in case of direct threat

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said the army will come to the defense of Gulf Arabs if they face any direct threats, a pro-government newspaper said on Tuesday.
Youm7 newspaper also quoted Sisi as saying in response to a question on US sanctions on Iran: “Instability affects us all and any state that has instability affects all of us.”

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