Microsoft Unveils “Bing Chat” Robot for Business

Microsoft has officially unveiled Bing Chat Enterprise, a version of Bing Chat with business-focused data privacy and governance controls.

With Bing Chat Enterprise, chat data isnt saved, Microsoft cant view a customers employee or business data and customer data isnt used to train the underlying AI models.

“Weve heard from many corporate customers who are excited to empower their organizations with powerful new AI tools but are concerned that their companies data will not be protected,” said Frank X. Shaw, Microsofts chief communications officer.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Aggression commits 107 violations in Hodeida in 24 hours

The aggression forces committed 107 violations of the ceasefire agreement in Hodeida province over the past 24 hours, an official at the operations room to monitor the violations said on Wednesday.

The official in the operations room told the Yemeni News Agency (Saba) that among the aggression forces violations were two air strikes, six artillery violations, and 80 gunshot violations.

Source: Yemen News Agency

Calligraphy Artwork in Qatar National Library Embodying Islamic Heritage

A Calligraphy contemporary artwork by Iranian calligrapher, abstract artist and architectural, Ramin Shridal, embodies the essence of Islamic heritage in Qatar National Library (QNL).

This artwork, which is inspired by the Islamic Arabic calligraphy and the geometric patterns formed from it, is one of the valuable and varied artworks displayed throughout Qatar Foundation.

These artworks inspire creative thinking, encourage cultural dialogue, and creates a motivating environment that makes the library a compelling place to explore books, cultural events, and the work of artists and illustrators.

Director of Research and Learning Services at QNL Abeer Al Kuwari said that artwork, which is located on the library’s wall in the spacious foyer, reflects Qatar’s commitment in preserving cultural heritage while keeping up with the developments in the contemporary world.

She noted that the implementation of this artwork came within QNL’s efforts of uplifting the Arabic language and spreading it locally and regionally. This is also reflected in the wide collection of Arabic books in the library and the digital resources that continuous to provide support to Arab writers and publishers.

Al Kuwari explained that this artwork expresses Shridal’s innovative and contemporary approach to Islamic calligraphy in the best way, as he uses a three-dimensional design of words from the Holy Quran in Arabic calligraphy. This gives spectators a sense of flow and continuous movement and they cannot help but feel awe and amazement. It is not only a great work of art, but also shows the power that art has in inspiring and uniting people, Al Kuwari said.

On his part, Ramin Shridal said that he tried to made sure in the past decade that his work falls between space and the world of things, and he uses flexible and streamlined shapes and sculptures to accomplish this. Shridal further explained that the idea behind the creation of the artwork was to give an aesthetic touch to QNL’s concrete wall by using Arabic calligraphy.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Scientists Identify Giant Swirling Waves at Edge of Jupiters Magnetosphere

A team of scientists has found that NASAs Juno spacecraft orbiting Jupiter frequently encounters giant swirling waves at the boundary between the solar wind and Jupiters magnetosphere.

The waves are an important process for transferring energy and mass from the solar wind, a stream of charged particles emitted by the Sun, to planetary space environments.

The team, led by doctoral student Jake Montgomery in the joint space physics program between the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) noted that these phenomena occur when a large difference in velocity forms across the boundary between two regions in space. This can create a swirling wave, or vortex, at the interface that separates a planets magnetic field and the solar wind, known as the magnetopause, and is evidence of unstable waves called the Kelvin-Helmholtz waves.

These Kelvin-Helmholtz waves are not visible to the naked eye but can be detected through instrument observations of plasma and magnetic fields in space.

Plasma, a fundamental state of matter made up of charged particles, ions, and electrons, is ubiquitous across the universe.

“Kelvin-Helmholtz instabilities are a fundamental physical process that occurs when solar and stellar winds interact with planetary magnetic fields across our solar system and throughout the universe,” Montgomery said. “Juno observed these waves during many of its orbits, providing conclusive evidence that Kelvin-Helmholtz instabilities play an active role in the interaction between the solar wind and Jupiter.”

Source: Qatar News Agency

Intelligence Agency: The arrest of an infiltrated family in their possession 6 kilograms of drugs in southern Iraq

The Intelligence Agency announced today, Wednesday the arrest of a family who infiltrated into Iraq in their possession narcotic substances estimated at six kilograms.

The Agency said in a statement: “In implementation of the instructions of the Minister of Interior, which included dismantling and pursuing drug networks, and after the Intelligence Agency’s detachments followed the Iraqi border strip in southern Iraq, information became available about a group infiltrating into Iraq illegally, through the use of a boat, and immediately a work team was formed and move to the expected crossing point.

The statement added, “In a tight ambush, when the infiltrators were arrested, fire was opened towards our detachments by people riding a vehicle that was waiting for them on the Iraqi side until the boat arrived, where our detachments responded in kind and injured one of the infiltrators, where they were arrested and found to be a family consisting of men and women.”

He explained that: “When the vehicle was reconnoitered in search of the vehicle that opened fire, it was found that it was parked close to the scene of the accident, and when the vehicle was searched, 6 kilograms of narcotic substances were found.”

He pointed out, “a force from the Intelligence Agency’s detachments was injured during the exchange of fire, and a fundamental arrest report was organized, and the accused were referred to the competent authorities to receive their just punishment.”

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Turkey and Saudi Arabia call for a political solution to the conflict in Sudan and Yemen, and condemn the Israeli attacks

Turkey and Saudi Arabia called for a political solution to the conflict in Sudan and Yemen, and renewed their condemnation of the Israeli aggressions in the occupied Palestinian territories.

In a joint statement issued today by the two countries, following the meeting of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the city of Jeddah, the two sides stressed the importance of the commitment of the two parties to the conflict in Sudan to a permanent cease-fire and building on the Jeddah Declaration signed on May 11, in addition to the initiatives other regional.

The two sides urged the two parties to the conflict to adhere to political dialogue in order to reach a sustainable solution to the conflict, to take necessary measures to alleviate the suffering of the Sudanese people, and to stress that a solution to the crisis can be achieved through an effective internal Sudanese political process that respects the country’s sovereignty and unity, and preserves state institutions.

On the Yemeni issue, Turkey and Saudi Arabia stressed in the statement the importance of fully supporting the international and regional efforts to reach a comprehensive political solution to the Yemeni crisis.

The two sides also affirmed their full support for the Presidential Leadership Council in the Republic of Yemen, stressing the importance of the Houthis’ positive engagement with international efforts aimed at ending the Yemeni crisis and seriously dealing with peace initiatives and efforts.

On the Palestinian issue, Turkey and Saudi Arabia expressed their condemnation of the “continuous Israeli aggressions and provocations” in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The two sides stressed the need to intensify efforts seeking to reach a comprehensive peace and a just settlement of the Palestinian issue, based on the Arab Peace Initiative and relevant international legitimacy resolutions, in a way that guarantees the Palestinian people their right to establish their independent state on the 1967 borders, with East Al-Quds as its capital.

Ankara and Riyadh also renewed their condemnation of deliberate abuses of the Holy Qur’an, stressing the need to “prevent offense to all religions and sanctities” and stressing the importance of concerted efforts to spread the values of dialogue, tolerance and coexistence, rejecting hatred, extremism and exclusion, and preventing abuse of all religions and sanctities.

With regard to the restoration of relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the Turkish side welcomed the resumption of diplomatic relations, expressing its hope that this step would contribute to strengthening security and stability in the region, in a way that preserves the sovereignty of states and non-interference in their internal affairs.

On the return of relations between Turkey and Egypt through the Saudi side, according to the statement, his appreciation and support for the development of relations between the two countries.

Regarding the war in Ukraine, the two sides stressed the importance of ending the war through negotiations based on international law, and giving priority to dialogue and diplomatic solutions.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Two smugglers arrested in their possession a large amount of drugs, south of Basra

A force from the Fourth Region Border Forces Command arrested two smugglers in their possession a large quantity of drugs, south of Basra.

A source in the Command told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA /: “An Iranian boat was spotted heading to the Iraqi side in Al-Maamer area, south of Basra, and threw a plastic container on the bank of Shatt Al-Arab, and returned quickly to the Iranian side.”

He added, “the container was carried in a vehicle that was intercepted by a force from the Coastal Command, and a man and his wife who were in it were arrested, after an exchange of fire with them, which resulted in the injury of the driver and a member of the Command.

He explained that: “It was found that the vessel carries 6 kg of narcotic crystal.”

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

EU mobilises air, ground firefighting assistance to Greece

As tens of wildfires continue to spread across Greece, the European Union (EU) is deploying four Canadair firefighting planes from France and Italy together with three firefighting teams from Poland, Romania and Slovakia.

This means a total of 220 firefighters and 65 vehicles, noted an European Commission statement on Wednesday.

In addition, three pre-deployed ground firefighting teams from Romania, Bulgaria and Malta are already operating in Greece as a part of the EU’s Civil Protection wildfire season preparedness plan.

EU Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic said: “We are experiencing a heatwave across Southern Europe already causing devastating consequences in Greece, with thousands of hectares burned in a short period of time.” Greece activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism on Tuesday, and the Commission continues to be in close contact with the Greek authorities and stands ready to mobilise additional assistance if needed, he added.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

EU annual inflation down to 6.4 pct – Eurostat

European Union (EU) annual inflation was 6.4 percent in June, down from 7.1 percent in May. A year earlier, the rate was 9.6 percent.

The euro area annual inflation rate was 5.5 percent in June, down from 6.1 percent in May. A year earlier, the rate was 8.6 percent, according to figures published by Eurostat, the EUآ’s statistical office, on Wednesday.

Compared with May, annual inflation fell in twenty five EU Member States, remained stable in one and rose in one.

In June, the highest contribution to the annual euro area inflation rate came from food, drinks and tobacco, followed by services, non-energy industrial goods and energy, it noted.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Fouad Hussein to his Swedish counterpart: The Holy Quran is firmly rooted in the hearts and minds of two billion Muslims around the world

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fouad Hussein, made a phone call with his Swedish counterpart, Tobias Billstrom.

The Foreign Ministry stated in a statement: “During the call, the threat of the Holy Quran burner to repeat his act tomorrow, Thursday, July 20, 2023, was discussed with another person from Iraq in front of the Iraqi Embassy in Stockholm.”

Fouad Hussein pointed out the seriousness of these attitudes, and their recurrence indicates systematic action, and that the Holy Qur’an is deeply rooted in the hearts of more than two billion Muslims around the world.

He called on the Swedish government to prevent the recurrence of these offensive and repeated acts against Islam and the Holy Qur’an, and to confront such provocative acts, which incite violence and fuel hatred, racism and extremism, and which cannot be included within the scope of freedoms.

He stressed the importance of having a firm international stance towards it based on international laws and norms that prevent insulting and attacking religions, holy books and beliefs.

Hussein also affirmed the keenness of the Iraqi government and people on the security and safety of diplomatic missions residing in Baghdad, including the mission of the Kingdom of Sweden, stressing respect for freedom of expression in accordance with constitutional and legal standards and in a way that does not constitute an offense to religions or freedom of belief.

For his part, the Swedish Foreign Minister expressed his country’s condemnation of this act, stressing that the Swedish government strongly rejects such anti-Islamic acts, and that it does not support or condone in any way the anti-Islamic views expressed by the person concerned during this incident, reiterating the commitment of the Swedish government with the protection of the Iraqi Embassy in Stockholm.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Russia announces that it considers all ships heading to Ukrainian ports across the Black Sea as potential military ones

The Russian Ministry of Defense announced that it will consider all ships sailing to Ukrainian ports across the Black Sea carrying military cargo, as of 9:00 GMT today, following the end of the grain export agreement.

The Ministry said in a statement on the Telegram application that it declares the southeastern and northwestern parts of international waters in the Black Sea “unsafe for navigation”, adding that “the countries whose flags are raised by ships heading to Ukrainian ports will be considered parties to the conflict on the side of Ukraine.”

Ukraine had announced, earlier today, that 60,000 tons of grain destined for export and stored in the port of Chornomorsk near Odessa were damaged in Russian bombing last night, pointing out that the process of fully repairing the damaged infrastructure requires at least a year.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Iraq examines military armament from France

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammad Al-Soudani on Wednesday discussed with the visiting Minister of the French Armed Forces Sebastien Lecornu cooperation in the military armament sectors.

The prime minister’s office said in a statement that Al-Soudani and Lecornu discussed prospects of expanding cooperation within framework of the global coalition for enhancing performances of the Iraqi security forces.

It quoted Al-Soudani as saying that his government is interested in enhancing cooperation with France for training and arming the Iraqi forces, indicating at Baghdad’s need to reinforce the air force and develop the military industry.

Al-Soudani underscored the strategic partnership accord he inked with French officials during his visit to Paris in January.

Source: Kuwait News Agency