AS IT HAPPENED: Davos 2020 Day Three – G20, AI, gender balance and health top the bill

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The World Economic Forum 2020 will run until Jan. 24. (File/AFP)
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Adel Al-Jubeir, speaking on a World Economic Forum panel about the situation in the Middle East, said Iran should stop ‘meddling’ in Iraqi affairs and worry about its own people. (Screenshot: WEF)
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Gebran Bassil - one of the targets of angry Lebanese protesters in recent months - was involved in a very awkward interview during Day Three of WEF. (WEF/Flickr)
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Updated 23 January 2020

AS IT HAPPENED: Davos 2020 Day Three – G20, AI, gender balance and health top the bill

  • Government ministers from Saudi Arabia speaking ahead of Kingdom hosting high-profile G20 Riyadh summit
  • Discussions about health technology, digital economy, gender equality, and the disability movement

DAVOS, Switzerland: Thursday saw Day Three of the 2020 World Economic Forum get underway, which included government ministers from Saudi Arabia speaking ahead of the Kingdom hosting the high-profile G20 Riyadh summit in November.

There were also discussions about health technology, digital economy, gender equality, and the disability movement among many other global issues.

Follow Arab News coverage below:

18:30 - And that's a wrap on the third day of talks in Davos. We hope you enjoyed our coverage throughout the week. See you next year!

18:00 - Day Three's panels are closed out by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres who, like many this week, has used his address to call for action on climate change...

17:15 - Artificial intelligence has been one of the big talking points this week in Davos, with discussions revolving around where AI fits in with the ever-changing employment roles for humanity. Here are some handy Arab News infographics on the subject...

16:45 - In case you missed it, Gebran Bassil - one of the targets of angry Lebanese protesters in recent months - was involved in a very awkward interview earlier today during a controversial panel. You can read more about it here...

16:00 - "I know everyone thinks Davos is all about lushing it up in the Alps with the global elite, but actually — if you take it seriously — it is very hard work. I don’t expect any sympathy..." - Arab News' man on the ground in Davos has shared the lowdown on what happens at WEF once the panels come to a close of an evening...

Read his account here...

15:15 - Adel Al-Jubeir, speaking on a World Economic Forum panel about the situation in the Middle East, said Iran should stop ‘meddling’ in Iraqi affairs and worry about its own people...

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: Saudi Arabia’s Al-Jubeir tells Iran to stop ‘meddling’ in Iraqi affairs

14:30 - German Chancellor Angela Merkel was in no mood to mince her words on the Iran nuclear deal, saying it's the best option for the Islamic Republic but any violations would not go unpunished...

14:00 - Speaking during a hard-hitting panel discussion the controversial Gebran Bassil said Lebanon’s youth were calling for an end to the country’s current political system in favor of a secular one.

12:00 - This year’s G20 Summit in Riyadh was also discussed, with a look into some of the topics that will be on the agenda.

WEF president, Borge Brende, revealed to delegates that the next Middle East summit will be held in Saudi Arabia in April.

11:15 - Gender disparity continues to be a problem around the world a panel discussion was told. The issue remains through industry, politics and culture.

10:15 - The day started with a discussion on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics in healthcare - would the loss of a human interface help or hinder patient care?


World’s oldest man dies in Japan at 112

Updated 25 February 2020

World’s oldest man dies in Japan at 112

  • Chitetsu Watanabe, who was born on March 5, 1907 in Niigata, north of Tokyo, died on Sunday at his nursing home
  • The news came less than two weeks after Watanabe was officially recognized by Guinness World Records

TOKYO: A Japanese man recently named the world’s oldest living male has died aged 112, a local official said Tuesday.

Chitetsu Watanabe, who was born on March 5, 1907 in Niigata, north of Tokyo, died on Sunday at his nursing home in the same prefecture, the official said.

The news came less than two weeks after he was officially recognized by Guinness World Records.

Watanabe, who had five children, said the secret to longevity was to “not get angry and keep a smile on your face.”

He admitted a penchant for sweets such as custard pudding and ice cream.

The oldest man in Japan is now Issaku Tomoe, who is 110 years old, according to Jiji Press, although it was not clear if Tomoe holds the title globally.

The oldest living person is also Japanese, Kane Tanaka, a 117-year-old woman.

Japan has one of the world’s highest life expectancies and has been home to several people recognized as among the oldest humans to have ever lived.

They include Jiroemon Kimura, the longest-living man on record, who died soon after his 116th birthday in June 2013.

The oldest verified person — Jeanne Louise Calment of France — died in 1997 at the age of 122, according to Guinness.