OIC to attend event on media’s role in combating terrorism

Updated 18 February 2018
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OIC to attend event on media’s role in combating terrorism

RIYADH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is participating in the international conference on the role of media in combating terrorism in Cotonou, the capital city of Benin, West Africa, on Monday and Tuesday.
The OIC will highlight its efforts in addressing terrorism and Islamophobia, including campaigns on social media, creating a journalists’ guide for covering terrorism and holding seminars on countering Islamophobia in Western media.
The theme of the conference is “Media for World Harmony: Role of Media in Combating Terrorism and Islamophobia.”
“This is an annual meeting and conference by one of OIC’s affiliate institutions,” Maha Akeel, OIC director of Information Department, told Arab News on Sunday.


Saudi Arabian Ministry of Interior has received more than 120,000 applications for driving licenses so far

Updated 31 min 27 sec ago
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Saudi Arabian Ministry of Interior has received more than 120,000 applications for driving licenses so far

RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Interior has established six driving schools for women in different regions of Saudi Arabia, according to an interior ministry spokesperson.

Mansour Al-Turki said on Sunday that the ministry has received more than 120,000 applications for driving licenses so far and demand is still very high.

Saudi women celebrated taking the wheel for the first time in decades on Sunday as the Kingdom overturned the world’s only ban on female motorists, a historic reform expected to usher in a new era of social mobility.

At a press conference to mark the occasion, Al-Turki said there are 9 districts where female driving schools have not yet been established and there is evidence to suggest women in these areas want to learn.

The interior ministry spokesperson urged motorists not to violate regulations and infringe on the rights and freedoms of others.

Meanwhile, Director General of the Saudi Traffic Directorate, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Al-Bassami said the directorate has developed a device to identify and verify driving licenses through a fingerprinting system.

He acknowledged there is great awareness among women in dealing with traffic rules and regulations, adding there are no traffic exemptions for women, only for people with special needs.

The move is part of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s plan to modernize and reform Saudi Arabia.