Israel bars novel about Jewish-Arab love affair from school curriculum

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s Education Ministry has ruled against the inclusion of a novel about a romance between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man in the Hebrew high school curriculum because it feared it could raise tensions among pupils, an official said on Thursday. Israeli media said some teachers requested Dorit Rabinyan’s novel, “Borderlife”, be included in the high school curriculum but a ministry official said a committee rejected the book, as it could push up already high Jewish-Arab tension. “The book could incite hatred and cause emotional storms (in the classroom),” Dalia Fenig, who headed the ministry committee that decides which literary works are on the curriculum, told Israel’s Army Radio.

World begins welcoming in New Year despite terror fears

Fireworks light up the sky over Sydney Opera House (L) and Harbour Bridge during New Year celebrations in Sydney on January 1, 2016New Year’s Eve kicked off in Sydney, but tightened security muted revelries in Europe with Brussels scrapping celebrations and fireworks cancelled in Paris as fears of jihadist threats cast a pall. Australia’s biggest city, Sydney, traditionally the first to host a major event to ring in the New Year, welcomed 2016 with spectacular midnight fireworks as crowds thronged to harbourside vantage points. Pyrotechnics burst over the city in a colourful display which was expected to draw more than one million people, ahead of the chimes of midnight moving across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and finally the Americas.

Iran denies it fired rockets near U.S. warship in Gulf

Iran denied on Thursday that its Revolutionary Guards launched rockets near a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Gulf on Saturday and condemned U.S. plans for new sanctions over its ballistic missile program. The dispute comes after Iran and six world powers, including the United States, reached a deal in July that will remove certain U.S., European Union and U.N. sanctions on Tehran in exchange for Iran accepting curbs on its nuclear program.

السيسي يدعو مجلس النواب للانعقاد في 10 يناير.. ويُعين 28 نائبا في البرلمان المنتخب (القائمة الكاملة)

أصدر الرئيس المصري عبدالفتاح السيسي، الخميس، قرارين بدعوة مجلس النواب للانعقاد في 10 يناير كانون الثاني، وتعيين 28 نائبا في أول برلمان منتخب منذ الإطاحة بحكم الرئيس الأسبق محمد مرسي وحل البرلمان السابق في يوليو/ تموز عام 2013.

Kuwait sovereign fund postpones sale of subsidiary via IPO — statement –

Kuwait sovereign fund postpones sale of subsidiary via IPO — statement
In a filing, the KIA said on Thursday it planned to postpone its public share sale until the first half of 2016 “based on market conditions and ensuring the credibility of the sale.” Kuwait’s stock market weighted index is down more than 13 per cent in
Kuwait fund postpones subsidiary sale via IPOTrade Arabia

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Kuwait says to hike fuel prices to cover budget deficit –

Kuwait says to hike fuel prices to cover budget deficit
The Kuwaiti government is set to hike up the prices of its fuel and other services. Khalifa Hamada, the Ministry Undersecretary, told Kuwait Times that the ministry will most likely submit endorsements to the Cabinet’s economic committee regarding
Subsidies for next 3 years to cost KD 16 bln – Fuel price hike prescribed Arab Times Kuwait English Daily
Kuwait– Fuel prices’ liberalization prescribed remedy for budget deficitMENAFN.COM

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