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  • Philippines says has ‘arrangement’ with Beijing on South China Sea, but no ship inspections

    MANILA: The Philippines has reached an agreement with Beijing on its resupply missions to soldiers aboard a grounded naval vessel in the South China Sea, but will not submit to inspections from China, a top security official said on Wednesday. The Philippines and China, which have sparred repeatedly at sea this past year, have reached a “provisional arrangement” on resupply missions to the ship at the Second Thomas Shoal, as both sides agreed to ease tensions and manage differences.

  • Education spending up in Saudi Arabia as POS transactions hit $2.9bn 

    RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s point-of-sale spending reached SR10.9 billion ($2.9 billion) in the week ending July 20, with the education sector recording the largest surge, according to official data. Figures released by the Saudi Central Bank, also known as SAMA, revealed that this section of the economy saw a 10.4 percent increase over the seven-day period, with the total value of transactions hitting SR94.1 million. The data also showed that spending in hotels increased by 0.2 percent compared to the previous seven days to reach SR270.2 million. 

  • Adidas apologizes to Bella Hadid after 1972 Olympics ad furor

    LONDON: Adidas has apologized to supermodel Bella Hadid after pulling her from an advertising campaign that referenced the 1972 Munich Olympics, Sky News reported on Wednesday. Israel-linked pressure groups accused the campaign of causing offense due to Hadid’s part-Palestinian background. At the 1972 games, 11 Israeli athletes and a German police officer were killed by the Black September group.