China guest of honor at Jeddah International Book Fair

Visitors are seen at last year's Jeddah Book Fair. (SPA file photo)
Updated 01 December 2017
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China guest of honor at Jeddah International Book Fair

JEDDAH: The third Jeddah International Book Fair hits town this December at Obhur’s waterfront.
More than 1,000 publishing houses from throughout the region will set up shop for the 10 festive days from Dec. 14 to Dec. 24.
There will be 187 book signings ,and readers will have the chance to meet Saudi Arabia’s flourishing literary talent.
There will be a special evening to celebrate the life and work of the national poet, Ibrahim Al-Khafaji, who died on Nov. 24 at the age of 93. Al-Khafaji was the writer of the Saudi national anthem and many other famous songs.
This year’s floor area for the fair increased by 30 percent compared to 2016, according to organizers.
The main tent, hosting writers, publishers and performers, is 27,000 sq m, with an additional 25,000 sq m on the outside periphery facing the Obhur creek and filled with food trucks, temporary restaurants and cafes.
This year the fair will host performances from five countries. Chinese artists have prepared special shows to go with poetry recitals and folklore theatrical performances.
The fair aims to introduce new writers to publishers, and to spread reading culture to visitors.
This year’s book fair also introduces the COLORS project, which caters to artists, photographers and painters and sheds light on contemporary visual art.
COLORS will showcase works that embraces graphic design, Arabic calligraphy and photography to cater to all artistic tastes.


Turkey and US strongly deny sharing 'any audio recording'

Updated 7 min 33 sec ago
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Turkey and US strongly deny sharing 'any audio recording'

  • Secretary of State says report he had listened to a recording of Jamal Khashoggi’s death was false
  • Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also denied sharing any audio recordings with US officials

LONDON: Turkey and the United States denied on Friday that Ankara had shared with Washington an audio recording related to the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said an ABC News report, citing an unnamed source, that he had listened to a recording of Khashoggi’s death while in Istanbul on Wednesday was false. 

Pompeo, who also visited Saudi Arabia this week, said he had neither seen nor heard such a recording.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also denied sharing any audio recordings with US officials.

“It is out of the question for Turkey to give Pompeo or any other US official any audio recording,” Cavusoglu said during a visit to Tirana, Albania. “It is out of the question for us to share with any country this or that information.”

“Of course, as a result of the investigation so far, Turkey does have some information and evidence," he said. "We will share them with the world when they become fully clear because the whole world, understandably, wants to know what happened to Khashoggi and how it happened.”

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who lived in the US, disappeared on Oct. 2 after visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to complete paperwork related to his divorce. 

Saudi Arabia and Turkey are carrying out a joint investigation into the disappearance.

On Thursday, Turkey called on the public to ignore any information claiming to be leaked from the case.

Since Khashoggi’s disappearance there has been a flurry of stories claiming to be based on leaks from the probe.

Pompeo said on Thursday they had given Saudi Arabia more time to complete the investigation to make sure they have a complete understanding of the facts.