British PM hails Dar Al-Hekma role in women’s empowerment

Updated 08 November 2012
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British PM hails Dar Al-Hekma role in women’s empowerment

JEDDAH: British Prime Minister David Cameron has expressed his admiration for Dar Al-Hekma College's achievements and accomplishments, and its role in educating and empowering women in Saudi Arabia and the region.
He made the remarks during a visit to the college.
One of the highlights of Cameron’s visit to the college was the round table conference with selected students from the law program, and a few alumnae members.
"It was an inspirational session with a fascinating group of ladies, who will clearly do amazing things for the Kingdom and our world,” he said at the end of the conference.
The prime minister was welcomed at the college by the Dean, Dr. Suhair Hassan Al-Qurashi, members of the Board of Trustees, senior management, students and the faculty. “It brings us great pleasure and pride to host British Prime Minister David Cameron at our campus,” said Al-Qurashi.
Al-Qurashi said that among DAH’s various academic programs, it had the distinction of offering one of the best legal programs for women in the Kingdom.


North Korea says it has tested new “high-tech tactical” weapon

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects Samjiyon County, in this undated photo released on October 30, 2018 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). (REUTERS)
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North Korea says it has tested new “high-tech tactical” weapon

  • The North has reportedly expressed anger in recent days at South Korea’s resumption of small-scale military drills with the United States

SEOUL, South Korea: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observed the successful test of a “newly developed high-tech tactical” weapon, the nation’s state media reported Friday, though it didn’t describe what sort of weapon it was.
It didn’t appear to be a nuclear or missile-related test, a string of which last year had many fearing war before the North turned to engagement and diplomacy early this year. Still, any mention of weapons testing could influence the direction of stalled diplomacy between Washington and Pyongyang that’s meant to rid the North of its nuclear weapons.
The North said the test took place at the Academy of National Defense Science and that Kim couldn’t suppress his “passionate joy” at the success of the test.
The North has reportedly expressed anger in recent days at South Korea’s resumption of small-scale military drills with the United States. But Friday’s report didn’t appear to focus on North Korean claims of US and South Korean hostility, as it did when announcing previous weapons tests. Last year’s weapons tests, many experts believe, put the North on the brink of a viable arsenal of nuclear-tipped missiles that can target anywhere in the mainland United States.
The North says this recent unspecified weapon has been under development for a long time and will help strengthen the country’s defense and the combat power of its army.
It was the first publicly known field inspection of a weapons test by Kim Jong Un since he observed the testing of the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile in November of last year, according to South Korea’s Unification Ministry.
Diplomacy has stalled since a June summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim in Singapore, with Washington pushing for more action on nuclear disarmament and the North insisting that the US first approve a peace declaration formally ending the Korean War.