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Bybit Receives In-Principle Approval to Operate in Kazakhstan

ASTANA, KAZAKHSTAN – Media OutReach – 29 May 2023 – Bybit, the world’s third most visited crypto exchange, has received in-principle approval by Kazakhstan’s Astana Financial Services Authority (AFSA). This latest approval highlights Bybit’s continued commitment to expanding its presence in emerging and dynamic markets.

The in-principle approval subjects Bybit to pre-conditions leading to permanent authorization upon Bybit’s completion of the full application process. With this approval, Bybit will be allowed to operate a Digital Asset Trading Facility and provide Custody Services at the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) in Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan is a gateway to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), a fast-growing market that is rapidly embracing cryptocurrencies. The region has established itself as a hub for cryptocurrencies, mining, and blockchain development. Bybit recognizes the potential of this market and is excited to offer its services to customers in Kazakhstan and CIS.

“It has always been our primary objective to operate our business in compliance with relevant rules and regulations. Bybit firmly supports the regulatory objective of establishing a compliant, secure, and transparent cryptocurrency industry to benefit users.” said Ben Zhou, co-founder and CEO of Bybit. “We are delighted to receive an in-principle approval from AFSA. We believe in the promising potential of the CIS and are eager to open up our world-class trading platform for crypto enthusiasts in the region. We are committed to continuing to improve the cryptocurrency industry’s standards and provide a valuable experience to our customers.”

Bybit is committed to operating in line with regulatory frameworks and aspires to have a presence in the AIFC, which leads the way as a progressive fintech jurisdiction and provides a regulatory framework for crypto in CIS countries.

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About Bybit

Bybit is a cryptocurrency exchange established in 2018 that offers a professional platform where crypto traders can find an ultra-fast matching engine, excellent customer service and multilingual community support. Bybit is a proud partner of Formula One’s reigning Constructors’ and Drivers’ champions, the Oracle Red Bull Racing team, esports teams NAVI, Astralis, Alliance, Made in Brazil (MIBR), and Oracle Red Bull Racing Esports.

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Health

Syria U-23 football team comes in group B of WAFF U23 Championship, Iraq

The west Asia U-23 championship draw with its 4th edition put Syria in group B alongside Iran and Palestine.

Group A put each of Iraq, UAE and Jordan together, while Group C included Lebanon, Yemen and Oman.

Matches will be played from June 12 to 20 in Baghdad and Karbala.

Group winners and the best runner-up will advance to the Semi-Finals.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

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General

Malaysian tourist group visits southern Bosra city

A Malaysian group of 40 tourists visited Monday Busra al-Sham city in Daraa, most of them are retired teachers, clerics and economists, in the framework of their ten-day visit to Syria.

Anwar Ahmed, a mosque Imam, told SANA reporter that Syria will recover again from the Impacts of the terrorist war imposed on it, expressing his admiration with the ancient sites in Busra al-Sham city.

Abu Bakr Khalifa, the trip coordinator, thanked the Syrian government for its care and interest in the archaeological sites, noting that Bosra Theater is a unique architectural masterpiece in the world.

In turn, Khadija Muhammad, a doctor, was satisfied with the atmosphere of security in the country and was admired to see the ancient ruins.

Aisha Bagan, a religions teacher, noted that Syria is a place for large amount of archaeological monuments in general, and Busra in particular which reflected its cultural superiority on level of the world.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

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Government

Regional Conference on Preventing Grave Child Violations in Armed Conflicts Wraps Up in Doha

The regional conference on preventing grave violations against children in armed conflicts concluded Sunday in Doha. As chair of the 42nd meeting of the Council of Arab Ministers of Social Affairs, the State of Qatar hosted the one-day event via in-person and virtual attendance and in coordination with the Arab League and the Office of UN Special Representative of Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict.

The meeting, in which Their Excellencies the Arab Ministers of Social Affairs participated, discussed regional best practices on preventing grave violations against children in armed conflicts, based on the United Nations General Assembly Declaration on the Protection of Women and Children in Emergencies and Armed Conflicts of 1974, the General Assembly Declaration on the Rights of the Child of 1959, the Convention on the Rights of the Child of 1989, and the optional protocols attached to the convention.

At the end of the meeting, the participants stressed the importance of full commitment to promoting the rights of the Arab child by adopting them via children-focused laws, policies, programs, and plans to discuss the negative repercussions of armed conflicts, conditions of asylum, displacement, and occupation on children in the Arab region, with all the scourges of displacement, homelessness, poverty, deprivation from the basic right to a decent life, cognitive empowerment, health, and the severe psychological effects that children endure, in addition to the dangers of physical exploitation, forced conscription, and so on.

Based on that, the participants expressed concern about the statistics of the UN and regional reports, which indicate a significant increase in the number of violations committed against children in armed conflicts, refugee conditions, displacement, and occupation.

They declared their solidarity with the Palestinian people as a result of the continued violations committed against children by the Israeli occupation forces, including killing, excessive use of force when arresting them, throwing children into prisons, and subjecting them to the most severe physical and psychological torture, and taking children as prisoners in violation of norms, international and humanitarian law, and international conventions on children’s rights.

The participants called on the international community to assume its full responsibility for protecting children who suffer from armed conflicts and occupation and protect children, especially in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Palestine, Sudan, and Lebanon, by obliging the concerned parties to decisions and laws that guarantee their protection as an integral part of any comprehensive strategy to prevent and resolve conflicts and to establish sustainable peace through preventive diplomacy, which ensures that children are not stripped of the types of protection afforded to them by the family, society and the law. (MORE)

Source: Qatar News Agency

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Government

HH the Amir Holds Phone Call with Turkish President

HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani held on Sunday a telephone conversation with HE President of the Republic of Turkiye Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during which His Highness congratulated him on his victory in the presidential elections, wishing him success and the relations between the two countries further progress and prosperity.

For his part, HE the Turkish President expressed his sincere thanks to HH the Amir for his congratulations and cordial feelings, looking forward to continuing to work with His Highness and strengthening the solid bilateral relations for the benefit of the two countries and the two fraternal peoples.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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Regional Conference on Preventing Grave Child Violations in Armed Conflicts Wraps Up in Doha -1-

In line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to increase the awareness of children’s issues among governments and decision-makers and strengthen the capacity of governments, and direct decision-makers toward child-friendly public policies, the participants stressed their firm belief that children and youths hold the keys to peace and security. The participants also stressed the importance of investing in nurturing, protecting, and empowering the children and youths skillfully and intellectually in a way that contributes to finding the reasons to raise their future productivity and establishing communities that are capable of achieving growth rates, progress, and preventing themselves from falling into armed conflicts.

They noted that protecting children and guaranteeing their rights is important and should be given special attention in dealing with cases of armed violence in our region, for which every effort must be made to ensure the permanence of their psychological health and to stimulate awareness to immunize children from involvement in armed groups in all its forms, and to firmly believe that childhood has rights that never fall in case of the outbreak of armed violence.

They stressed that the suffering of children affected by armed conflict is one of the most acute sources of political and humanitarian concern today, declaring their commitment to making any effort to ensure the protection of children in areas of armed conflict and to achieve a protective guarantee for the future of all humanity.

The participants commended the State of Qatar’s initiative in calling for this meeting, given its enriched record in supporting the population in areas afflicted by armed conflicts, especially its efforts to mitigate the effects of crises and work to provide conditions for ending them. They also appreciated the efforts and measures achieved by member states to advance the situation of childhood and the progress made in addressing the various issues facing children at the national and regional levels.

The participants also praised the role of the General Secretariat of the Arab League in preparing the “comprehensive plan to reduce the recruitment of children in armed conflicts” and to provide appropriate protection for children to prevent their involvement in armed conflicts while providing them with a safe environment. They also praised the partnership with the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Conflict to implement its recommendations to protect children in armed conflicts, as well as the office’s participation and efforts in that regard.

The participants welcomed Norway’s initiative to organize an international conference on protecting children in armed conflict in Oslo on June 5 – 6, 2023, and they joined in their voice to the central pledge on which this meeting is centered, stating that they declare their certainty that the suffering of children affected by armed conflict is one of the most important sources of acute political and humanitarian concern today, declaring their commitment to making any effort to ensure the protection of children in areas of armed conflict and to achieve a protective guarantee for the future of all humanity.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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General

CST Signs Two MoUs with Major Global Cloud Computing Companies

The Communications, Space, and Technology Commission (CST) signed two memorandums of understanding with Microsoft Arabia and Oracle Corporation during the Saudi Special Economic Zones Investment Forum. The objective of these agreements is to foster cooperation and explore the opportunities available in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s special economic zone for cloud computing and informatics, with the ultimate goal of serving common interests and achieving mutual objectives.

Through these memorandums of understanding, the CST aims to expedite the growth of the cloud computing and informatics sector, which will have a positive impact on attracting renowned international companies operating in the field of cloud computing to establish a presence in the region. It also seeks to create qualitative jobs for the Saudi youth and to contribute to increasing the non-oil domestic product

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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KSrelief Continues Implementing Surgical Voluntary Program in Cameroon

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) continued its implementation of the surgical voluntary program in Maroua, Cameroon, in collaboration with Al-Balsam International Organization. The program, which began on May 20 and will run until June 2, 2023, involves the participation of 22 volunteers.

Since the commencement of the campaign, KSrelief’s volunteer medical team has examined a total of 605 cases and successfully performed 303 surgeries in various specialties, including orthopedics, general surgery, urology, plastic surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, as well as glandular and breast surgery.

This endeavor is part of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s ongoing efforts to provide humanitarian and relief aid to countries and peoples in need across the world, through its humanitarian arm, KSrelief.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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Qatar National Library’s Cultural Salon Explores Wide-Ranging Impact of Artificial Intelligence for Arab Societies -1-

Sharing his expertise, Dr. Al Sulaiti focused on the impact of AI on various professions, including medicine, law, education, engineering, design, and accounting. He said: “Artificial intelligence, from my perspective, serves as a powerful tool to augment human abilities, not to replace them. For instance, doctors might employ AI programs to better detect health issues in patients, or teachers might use AI to tailor the learning experience to each student’s unique needs. This shows that AI doesn’t replace employees but enhances their capability to perform their roles more effectively. Current studies and reports reveal that cognitive, repetitive white-collar jobs are more influenced by AI than manual blue-collar roles. As this technology evolves, we see new job roles rising, like AI ethicists, AI system trainers, and AI maintenance specialists – positions that were unheard of just a decade ago. This stands as a testament to AI’s potential to spawn entirely new industries and professions.” For his part, Dr. Ghaly presented a comprehensive exploration of the ethical dimensions of AI. He said: “Ethical discourse on AI is still in its infancy, with most responses to date being brief and specific to certain concerns or questions. However, as we look at the current landscape and anticipate future developments, it’s apparent that AI technologies are adding complexity to these ethical matters. The universally accepted ethical principles such as justice, transparency, and respect for privacy are often broadly and ambiguously defined, leading to little room for disagreement, even among tech giants. A concerning scenario emerges when ‘knowledge production’ transforms into a commercial market dominated by these technology behemoths, which can accumulate significant intellectual property and decide who can access or benefit from the monopolized knowledge. This development poses substantial challenges not just to principles, but to their application in a way that resonates with diverse cultures and religious beliefs. However, there’s hope that public awareness of these risks will grow, potentially putting pressure on these companies to alter their behavior concerning these ethical aspects.” The expert talks led into a wider exchange with attendees in the audience. The interactions further enriched the dialogue with a diverse range of views and concerns around the impact of AI on privacy, freedom, and ethics.

The Cultural Salon was launched with the aim of creating an open public space that promotes dialogue, enriches culture and raises public awareness. In its second edition, the event succeeded in fostering a dynamic, multifaceted exchange of ideas with the potential to help shape understanding of the potential implications of AI applications on Arab and Muslim societies.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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General

Car technical examination centre opens in Arad

The General Directorate of Traffic has inaugurated the ninth technical examination centre for vehicles countrywide.

Located in the area of Arad, the centre is also the sith facilities for examining light vehicles. It has a capacity to process 150 vehicles per day.

The opening of the “Lazer Centre, follows the directives of the Minister of Interior General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa to engage the private sector, in line with the 2023 Bahrain Economic Vision and the Government Action Plan.

The newly-opened facility has been given the go-ahead after fulfilling the necessary technical conditions, requirements and standards, and qualifying the staff through training courses under the supervision of the General Traffic Directorate.

Source: Bahrain News Agency