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Saudi ties to US colleges come under mounting scrutiny

Saudi ties to US colleges come under mounting scrutiny

Technology
U.S. colleges and universities have received more than $ 350 million from the Saudi government this decade, yet some are rethinking their arrangements in the wake of the killing of a journalist that has ignited a global uproar against the oil-rich nation. The Associated Press analyzed federal data and found that at least $ 354 million from the Saudi government or institutions it controls has flowed to 37 American schools since 2011. Much of the money was provided through a scholarship program that covers tuition for Saudis studying in the U.S., but at least $ 62 million came through contracts or gifts from the kingdom's nationally owned companies and research institutes, the AP found. Those benefiting the most from Saudi contracts include Northwestern University, which has received $ 14 ...
World Cup: Switzerland ties Costa Rica; knockout round next

World Cup: Switzerland ties Costa Rica; knockout round next

Sports
NIZHNY NOVGOROD -- Switzerland drew a Group E match versus Costa Rica 2-2 on Wednesday, taking the second position in the group and getting into knockouts of the FIFA World Cup 2018 championship. The teams played the match in Nizhny Novgorod. Swiss midfielder Blerim Dzemali and forward Josip Drmic scored the goals at the 31st and 85th minutes respectively. In the Cosa Rican team, the goals were bagged by Kendall Watson [56] and Brian Ruiz [90+3, penalty goal]. Switzerland have gotten five points and moved on to the next round where they will play versus Sweden, the winner in Group F. The match will take place at 17:00 hours Moscow Standard Time [14:00 hours UTC]. Brazil has taken the first position in Group E with seven points. On July 2, it will face Mexico in Samara. The Swiss have nev...
Pastor on trial for alleged terror ties, spying

Pastor on trial for alleged terror ties, spying

World
An American pastor imprisoned in Turkey is going on trial for alleged terror ties and spying in a case that has increased tensions between Washington and Ankara. Andrew Craig Brunson, a 50-year-old evangelical pastor from North Carolina, is facing up to 35 years in prison on charges of "committing crimes on behalf of terror groups without being a member" and "espionage." The trial begins Monday in western Izmir province. Brunson was arrested in December 2016 for alleged links to both an outlawed Kurdish insurgent group and the network of the U.S.-based Muslim cleric who Turkey blames for a masterminding a failed military coup that year. The cleric, Fethullah Gulen, denies the claim. Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for 23 years, has denied all allegations, saying that he solely worked as ...
Reports: China warms to improved ties with North Korea, Russia

Reports: China warms to improved ties with North Korea, Russia

World
Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping wants to improve ties with the Kim Jong Un regime, according to North Koreastate media Thursday.The missive from Pyongyang comes at a time when China is also stepping up diplomacy with Russia -- a day after Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev reaffirmed bilateral plans to build a "Silk Road on ice" in Beijing on Wednesday.Russia and China have been North Korea's closest economic partners, although Pyongyang is currently under heavy sanctions, and China may have begun suspending trade with the North.North Korea's KCNA stated the Chinese leader, who has never met with Kim, wanted to help boost "more wonderful happiness" in the two countries while "defending regional peace.""I wish that under the new situation the Chinese side would make efforts...
Airtel Payments Bank ties up with HPCL for ATM services

Airtel Payments Bank ties up with HPCL for ATM services

Finance
Airtel Payments Bank, which has achieved 10 million customer base since launch, has tied up with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited for enabling all its petrol stations that are typically cash surplus to be used as ATM points for customers of the bank. In order to grow scale and reach a larger customer base which may be unbanked, CEO Shashi Arora tells Gulveen Aulakh that the government should do away with the requirement of filling Form 60 for users who have annual income less than Rs 2 lakh. Q: What is the most innovative feature that you’re doing at Airtel Payments Bank? A: We’re rolling out UPI, and we would reflect in BHIM app as well, for that matter in any UPI enabled app. We’ve got 10 million plus customers, which has given us critical mass, which a new entity like us would