Today 08 December
Scientists from Saudi Arabia and China said on Sunday they have completed mapping the genome of the date-palm tree, whose fruit is a staple food in many regions. Scientists from Riyadh's King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology and China's Shenzhen-based BGI have been working on the project since 2008. The sequencing could help increase productivity as well as prevent and help in the treatment of diseases affecting date palms, Saudi research institute head Mohammed al-Suwail told reporters. Saudi Arabia has 450 varieties of the 2,000 species known worldwide, according to scientists.
Bethlehem (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Palestinians on Sunday joined global prayers for Nelson Mandela, remembering the South African leader and anti-apartheid icon's staunch support for their struggle to end the Israeli occupation. In the West Bank city of Ramallah, senior Palestine Liberation Organisation officials joined about 200 members of the public at a mass in the Holy Family Roman Catholic church celebrated by former Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah. The church was decorated with a photograph of Mandela and another showing him with the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. “The loss of Nelson Mandela is deeply felt not only in South Africa, but in Palestine as well and throughout the world," PLO executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi was quoted by the organisation as saying after the service.
Port Elizabeth (South Africa) (AFP) - South Africa defeated New Zealand 17-14 to win the third tournament of the IRB Sevens World Series on Sunday, a timely tribute to recently deceased former president Nelson Mandela. A try from skipper Kyle Brown three minutes from the whistle was enough to seal a hard-fought victory over the Kiwis in the East Cape stadium named after Mandela. Scott Curry bundled over the line to open the scoring for New Zealand, who doubled their lead when Sherwin Stowers steamed past 'Bok playmaker Cecil Afrika.
The funeral service of Nelson Mandela could be a "trap" for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani because he could run into US President Barack Obama, a hardline Iranian daily warned Sunday. Hardline newspaper Kayhan warned in an editorial that if Rouhani attends it could bring him face to face with Obama, "head of the Great Satan government". "Some domestic and foreign media outlets are using the funeral ceremony as a pretext to push Rouhani towards a meeting with the head of the Great Satan government," Kayhan said. Since then there has been a thaw in ties between Iran and world powers.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — In death, Nelson Mandela unified South Africans of all races and backgrounds Sunday on a day of prayer for the global statesman — from a vaulted cathedral with hymns and incense to a rural, hilltop church with goat-skin drums and barefoot dancing.
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