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This hostile action

by Iran-allied Houthi

militias proves the

continued involvement

of the Iranian regime in

supporting the Houthi

armed group with

qualitative capabilities

in a clear defiance

and violation of UN

Resolutions No. 2216

and No. 2231 in order to

threaten the security of

Saudi Arabia and the

region.

Col. Turki Al-Maliki

Spokesman of the Coalition

Forces Supporting Legitimacy

in Yemen

There’s too much sensationalism, misinformation and

polarization in the world today. Social media enables

people to spread information faster than ever before,

and if we don’t specifically tackle these problems, then

we end up amplifying them.

Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook co-founder

Senate Democrats own

the Schumer Shutdown.

Tonight, they put politics

above our national

security, military

families, vulnerable

children, and our

country’s ability to serve

all Americans. We will

not negotiate the status

of unlawful immigrants

while Democrats hold

our lawful citizens

hostage over their

reckless demands.

Sarah Sanders

Trump’s spokeswoman

Electricity bills can be accessed on SEC’s electronic

channels, including the company’s website

(se.com.sa)

,

through its app, SMS services, and through registered

email. Enquiries about e-bills can also be made

through customer service number 920001100.

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One year on, Trump

leads divided US

into govt shutdown

WASHINGTON —

President

Donald Trump marked the first

anniversary of his inauguration

Saturday with his government in

shutdown, accusing Democrats

of taking Americans hostage with

their demands.

From midnight Friday, in the

absence of an agreed spending

plan, federal services began to

come to a halt or be scaled back,

even as lawmakers continued to

argue on the floor of the Senate.

Essential services and mili-

tary activity will continue but

many public sector workers will

be sent home without wages and

even serving soldiers will not be

paid until a deal is reached to re-

open the US government.

Soon after the news broke,

White House budget director

Mick Mulvaney issued a memo

to government agencies, telling

them they “should now execute

plans for an orderly shutdown

due to the absence of appropria-

tions”.

A deal had appeared likely

earlier Friday, when Trump

seemed to be close to an agree-

ment with Democratic Senate

minority leader Chuck Schumer

on a measure to prevent the ex-

pulsion of undocumented mi-

grants who arrived in the country

as children. But no such compro-

mise was in the language that

reached Congress for a stop-gap

motion to keep the government

open for four more weeks while

a final arrangement is discussed

— and Republicans failed to win

President Donald Trump speaks to the March for Life participants from

the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday.

— AP

enough Democratic support to

bring it to a vote.

The White House lashed out

at Schumer, blaming him for the

shutdown and doubling down:

Trump’s spokeswoman Sarah

Sanders declared that he would

never negotiate an immigration

deal until Congress agrees to re-

sume normal government spend-

ing. “Senate Democrats own the

Schumer Shutdown,” she de-

clared.

Facebook to let users rank ‘trust’ in news sources

SAN FRANCISCO —

Facebook

announced Friday it will ask its

two billion users to rank their

trust in news sources, in its lat-

est attempt to combat the spread

of misinformation on the social

network.

The change comes as the on-

line giant seeks to address charg-

es that it has failed -- along with

Google and Twitter -- to prevent

the spread of bogus news, most

strikingly ahead of the 2016 US

presidential election.

In a Facebook post, co-found-

er and chief executive Mark

Zuckerberg said the network

would seek to “prioritize news

that is trustworthy, informative,

and local.” “There’s too much

sensationalism, misinformation

and polarization in the world

today,”Zuckerberg said.

“Social media enables people

to spread information faster than

ever before, and if we don’t spe-

cifically tackle these problems,

then we end up amplifying them.”

The

new

“trusted

sources”ranking, which starts

next week, would aim to “make

sure the news you see is high

quality”and “helps build a sense

of common ground”rather than

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg meeting with a group of entrepreneurs and innovators during a round-table

discussion at Cortex Innovation Community technology hub in St. Louis.

— AP file photo

sow division, Zuckerberg said.

To do so, he said, Facebook

decided to rely on member sur-

veys as the most “objective”way

to rank trust in news sources.

“We could try to make that

decision ourselves, but that’s not

something we’re comfortable

with,”Zuckerberg said. “We con-

sidered asking outside experts,

which would take the decision

out of our hands but would likely

not solve the objectivity prob-

lem.”

The new ranking system, he

said, would hopefully separate

news organizations that are only

trusted by their readers or watch-

ers, from ones that are broadly

trusted across society.

“This update will not change

the amount of news you see on

Facebook,”he said. “It will only

shift the balance of news you see

towards sources that are deter-

mined to be trusted by the com-

munity.”

The latest move comes a

week after Facebook announced

a major update to its user feed

that highlights what friends and

family share on the network, over

advertisements, celebrity and

media posts.

The company cast the change

as part of a refocus on “com-

munity” — prioritizing social

interactions and relationships

— while acknowledging it would

likely result in people spending

less time on the platform.

“For some time, we have ar-

gued that Facebook should give

priority to news from trusted

sources,”David Chavern, head of

industry group News Media Alli-

ance, said in a statement.

— AFP

Electricity e-bills now

on 28th of each month

Saudi Gazette report

RIYADH —

The Saudi Electric-

ity Company (SEC) will now is-

sue e-bills on the 28th of each

Gregorian month.

The move follows a royal

decree issued earlier this month

according to which utility bills

should only be issued after the

payment of monthly salaries to

government staff on 27th of each

Gregorian month.

The SEC will also stop is-

suing paper bills starting this

month.

Electricity bills can be ac-

cessed on SEC’s electronic chan-

nels, including the company’s

website

(se.com.sa

), through its

app, SMS services, and through

registered email.

Enquiries about e-bills can

also be made through customer

service number 920001100, ac-

cording to Chairman of the SEC

Subscribers Services sector Eng.

Sultan Al-Matrafi.

Earlier this year, the Saudi

Electricity Company launched

a series of modern electronic

channels to facilitate and speed

up the process of communica-

tion with subscribers through

WhatsApp (0533991100), Twitter

(alkahrabafriend), Alkahrabacare

subscriber account, subscriber

service center (920001100), SMS

(500120), website

(se.com.sa

),

and app.

The SEC also signed a deal

with Japanese Tokyo Electric

Power Co (TEPCO), Nissan Mo-

tor Co and Takaoka Toko for the

first electric vehicle (EV) pilot

project.

Under the agreement, fast-

charger stations will be devel-

oped to charge EVs in 30 minutes.

SEC will borrow three EVs from

Nissan while TEPCO and Taka-

oka Toko will provide three fast

chargers. Such a move is part of

the company’s strategy to reduce

reliance on oil and cut emissions,

SEC said in a statement.

New missile attack by

Houthis on Najran foiled

Saudi Gazette report

RIYADH —

The Royal Saudi Air

Defense Forces (RSADF) inter-

cepted and destroyed a ballistic

missile fired by Iran-affiliated

Houthi militias toward the south-

ern Saudi province of Najran on

Saturday.

Spokesman of the Coalition

Forces Supporting Legitimacy in

Yemen Col. Turki Al-Maliki said

in a statement that the missile

fired from Sada governorate in

Yemen was targeting populated

areas in Najran city.

There were no reports of ca-

sualties or damage.

“This hostile action by Iran-

allied Houthi militias proves the

continued involvement of the

Iranian regime in supporting the

Houthi armed group with quali-

tative capabilities in a clear and

explicit defiance and violation

of UN Resolutions No. 2216 and

No. 2231 in order to threaten the

security of Saudi Arabia and the

region,” said Col. Al-Maliki.

Firing ballistic missiles to-

ward populated cities and villag-

es is contrary to the international

humanitarian law, he said.

Col. Al-Maliki renewed his

call for the international commu-

nity to take serious and effective

Col. Turki Al-Maliki

Over 6 million

students return

to schools for 2nd

semester today

Saudi Gazette report

JEDDAH —

More than six mil-

lion students and half a million

teachers will begin on Sunday

the second semester of the cur-

rent academic year.

The education administra-

tions in various regions have

started a social media campaign

to stress the importance of disci-

pline and punctuality.

Awareness messages have

been sent to students and guard-

ians stressing the importance of

beginning the new semester with

seriousness.

It drew attention to the fact

that discipline is a joint responsi-

bility of parents and teachers.

During the second semester,

classes will continue without any

mid-semester holidays for 108

days.

The second semester exams

will begin on May 6, 2018. Those

who fail the exams will be al-

lowed to appear for a retest on

May 20, 2018.

steps to stop the blatant Iranian

violations of continued smug-

gling and transfer of ballistic

missiles and weapons to terrorist

groups and outlaws.

Iran should be held account-

able for its blatant defiance of in-

ternational norms and values as

well as its threat to the regional

and international security, he

added.

Last Tuesday, a ballistic mis-

sile fired by the Houthi group to-

ward southern Jazan region was

shot down by Saudi forces.

Saudi Arabia said on Nov. 4

it intercepted a ballistic missile

over Riyadh’s King Khaled Air-

port.