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Amwal Al Ghad English - 2015-01-31 10:27:26
Saudi new King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, on Thursday further cemented his  hold on power, with a sweeping shakeup that saw two sons of the late King Abdullah and the heads of intelligence and other key agencies replaced alongside a cabinet shuffle. Top officials from the Ports Authority, the National Anti-Corruption Commission and the kingdom’s religious police were among those let go. The new appointments came a week after King Salman acceded to the throne following the death of King Abdullah. King Salman also ordered “two months’ basic salary to all Saudi government civil and military employees,” the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said. Students and pensioners got similar bonuses. “Dear people: You deserve more and whatever I do will not be able to give you what you deserve,” the king said later on his official Twitter account. He asked his citizens to “not forget me in your prayers”. SPA said King Salman “issued a royal order today, relieving Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Abduaziz Al Saud, Chief of General Intelligence, of his post.” General Khalid bin Ali bin Abdullah Al Humaidan became the new intelligence chief, holding cabinet rank. A separate decree said Prince Bandar bin Sultan was relieved from his posts as Secretary General of the National Security Council and adviser to the king. Prince Bandar was the kingdom’s ambassador to the United States for 22 years until 2005 before moving to Saudi Arabia’s Security Council. Two sons of the late king were also replaced: Prince Mishaal, governor of the Holy City of Makkah region, and Prince Turki, who governed the capital Riyadh, according to the decrees broadcast on Saudi television. Another of King Abdullah’s sons, Prince Miteb, retained his position as minister in charge of the National Guard, a parallel army of around 200,000 men. King Salman named a 31-member cabinet whose new faces include the ministers for culture and information, social affairs, civil service, and communications and information technology, among others. Oil Minister Ali Al Naimi, Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal, and Finance Minister Ibrahim Al Assaf stayed in the cabinet. King Salman merged the ministries of higher education and education, naming Azzam bin Mohammed Al Dakheel to head the super-ministry. Saudi Arabia is trying to improve its basic education system and has built more universities as it seeks to diversify its oil-dependent economy. Another decree replaced the chief of the country’s stock market regulator, ahead of a mid-year target for opening the Arab world’s largest bourse to foreign investors. Hours after Abdullah died on January 23 Salman appointed his son, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as defence minister. Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef became second in line to the throne, while Deputy Crown Prince Moqren, 69, was elevated to king-in-waiting. Moqren would reign as the last son of the kingdom’s founder, Abdulaziz bin Saud, leaving Bin Nayef as the first of the “second generation,” or grandsons of Abdulaziz. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2015-01-29 08:05:52
An audio message purportedly from a Japanese journalist being held by Islamic State militants said a Jordanian air force pilot also captured by the group would be killed unless an Iraqi female prisoner in Jordan was released by sunset on Thursday. The message appeared to postpone a previous deadline set on Tuesday in which the journalist, Kenji Goto, said he would be killed within 24 hours if the Iraqi was not freed. The latest audio recording, which could not be verified by Reuters, was posted on YouTube early on Thursday. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference that chances were high it was Goto's voice in the recording. "I am Kenji Goto. This is a voice message I've been told to send to you. If Sajida al-Rishawi is not ready for exchange for my life at the Turkish border by Thursday sunset 29th of January Mosul (Iraq) time, the Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh will be killed immediately," the voice in the recording says. Jordan said on Wednesday it had received no assurance that al-Kasaesbeh was safe and that it would go ahead with a proposed prisoner swap only if he was freed. The audio tape message implied that the Jordanian pilot would not be part of the exchange deal, indicating any swap would be between Goto - a veteran war reporter - and al-Rishawi. Any swap that left out the pilot would not go down well with the public in Jordan, where officials have insisted he is their priority. There was no immediate comment from Jordanian government officials, but a security official said the authorities were trying to verify the authenticity of the recording and were coordinating with their Japanese counterparts. On Tuesday, a video was released purporting to show the Japanese national saying he had 24 hours to live unless Jordan released al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman on death row for her role in a 2005 suicide bomb attack that killed 60 people in the capital Amman. Jordanian government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani said earlier that Jordan was ready to release al-Rishawi if Kasaesbeh was spared, but made clear that she would be held until the pilot was freed. Kasaesbeh was captured after his jet crashed in northeastern Syria in December during a bombing mission against Islamic State, which has captured large tracts of Syria and Iraq. He is from an important Jordanian tribe that forms the backbone of support for the Hashemite monarchy. TEST FOR ABE The Jordanian comments have raised concerns in Japan that Goto might no longer be part of any deal between Amman and Islamic State. But CNN quoted Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh as saying that "of course" the Japanese hostage's release would be part of any exchange. The hostage crisis is the biggest diplomatic test for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe since he took office in 2012 pledging to bolster Japan's defense and play a bigger role in global security. Speaking after a special cabinet ministers' meeting as well as in parliament on Thursday, Abe said the government was making every effort to ensure Goto's early release and repeated that Japan was seeking cooperation from Jordan. He reiterated that Japan would not give in to terrorism and that Tokyo would keep cooperating with the international community. He added that Japan would make every effort to protect its citizens at home and abroad from terrorism. "If we are too afraid of terrorism and give in to it, this will give rise to fresh terrorism against Japanese and it will become a world in which the will to carry out despicable violence has its own way," Abe told a lower house budget committee. "Such a thing is totally impermissible." The hostage crisis erupted after Abe, while on a tour of the Middle East, announced $200 million in non-military aid for countries contending with Islamic State, but his government has rejected any suggestion it acted rashly and stressed the assistance was humanitarian. Abe added that peace and stability of the Middle East were important for Japan's energy strategy. Resource-poor Japan relies heavily on the Middle East for oil imports. Goto went to Syria in late October. According to friends and business associates, he was attempting to secure the release of Haruna Yukawa, his friend and fellow Japanese citizen who was captured by Islamic State in August. In the first of three videos purportedly of Goto, released last week, a black-clad masked figure with a knife said Goto and Yukawa would be killed within 72 hours if Japan did not pay Islamic State $200 million. A video on Saturday appeared to show Goto with a picture of a decapitated Yukawa, saying his captors' demands had switched to the release of al-Rishawi. Tuesday's video featured an audio track over a still picture that appeared to show Goto holding a picture of a now bearded Kasaesbeh. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2015-01-28 10:13:19
The main U.N. aid agency in the Gaza Strip said on Tuesday a lack of international funding had forced it to suspend payments to tens of thousands of Palestinians for repairs to homes damaged in last summer's war. "People are literally sleeping amongst the rubble, children have died of hypothermia," Robert Turner, Gaza director of operations for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), said in a statement. He said UNRWA received only $135 million of the $720 million pledged by donors to its cash assistance program for 96,000 refugee families whose homes were damaged or destroyed in the 50-day conflict between the Hamas Islamist movement and Israel. "It is unclear why this funding has not been forthcoming," Turner said, without identifying where the shortfall was coming from. "While some funds remain available to begin the reconstruction of totally destroyed homes, the agency has exhausted all funding to support repairs and rental subsidies." So far, he said, UNRWA has provided more than $77 million to 66,000 families to repair their homes or find temporary alternatives, but now due to a lack of funds the agency "has been forced to suspend its cash assistance program". Little of the total $5.4 billion pledged for Gaza's reconstruction at a Cairo conference of international donors last October has reached the territory, and thousands of Palestinians have been sheltering in tents near destroyed homes. Thousands more have been living in damaged buildings, using plastic sheeting to try to keep out the rain. Around 20,000 displaced are still being housed in U.N.-run schools. Hamas and other factions have warned that fighting with Israel could resume unless rebuilding was stepped up. "People are desperate and the international community cannot even provide the bare minimum – for example a repaired home in winter – let alone a lifting of the blockade, access to markets or freedom of movement," Turner said. He said UNRWA urgently required $100 million in the first quarter of 20015 to repair minor damage to homes and for rental subsidies. Egypt and Israel maintain a Gaza blockade, with both countries citing security concerns for the restrictions. Israel tightly monitors import of construction materials into the enclave, saying Hamas could use the supplies to rebuild cross-border tunnels through which militants attacked. Internal political fighting between Hamas and the Western-backed Palestinian Authority, which was to have overseen such shipments has also been a major factor in reconstruction delays. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2015-01-28 08:47:55
U.S. President Barack Obama met with Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Tuesday to pay respects to the late King Abdullah and bolster a relationship that now stretches well beyond oil interests to security cooperation across the volatile Gulf Arab region. King Salman, in his first official talks with a high-level foreign delegation since the death of his half-brother on Friday, did not express reservations over U.S.-led negotiations aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear program, a U.S. official said. It was unclear whether King Salman's comments on the nuclear talks offered a hint of change. Saudi Arabia, the Middle East’s top Sunni power, has been anxious over the possibility that the talks would lead to a rapprochement between the United States and the kingdom's main rival, Shi'ite-led Iran. The king said Tehran should not be allowed to build a nuclear weapon, the U.S. official told reporters on Air Force One following a meeting between the leaders and dinner at Erga Palace in central Riyadh. A nuclear deal with Iran would be a major legacy achievement for Obama. Obama cut short a trip to India to fly to Riyadh, cancelling plans to visit the Taj Mahal. He was joined on the four-hour visit by Secretary of State John Kerry and a bipartisan group of prominent current and former officials who presence helped to convey the importance of a relationship that has endured on-off strains in recent years. The new king also signaled continuity in energy policies by the world's top oil exporter, the U.S. official said. The two discussed the stability of the oil market but not current low oil prices, the official added. "He simply suggested they would continue to play their role within the global energy market as they have done and that we should not expect any difference in the Saudi position,” the U.S. official said, referring to the king. "The message was one of continuity and commitment to caring for their traditional roles." Late last year, Saudi Arabia shocked oil markets by deciding not to cut production to shore up tumbling crude, opting to defend its market share against rising North American production rather than attempt to hold prices at around $100 a barrel WORSENING STRIFE Obama's visit came as Washington struggles with worsening strife in the Middle East, where it counts Saudi Arabia among its few steady partners in a campaign against Islamic State militants who have seized swathes of Iraq and Syria. The U.S. security headache worsened last week after Yemen's government resigned under pressure by Iran-backed rebels, a setback to U.S. efforts to contain al Qaeda in that country and to limit the regional influence of Shi'ite Muslim Iran. The Yemen government's collapse is of deep concern to Saudi Arabia because of their common border and because of the advance of Iran. The leaders discussed Yemen, the U.S. official said. Saudi's role in rallying Arab countries to join a coalition against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has won praise in Washington, which along with other Western nations values the kingdom as an important market for its defense industries. U.S. criticism of Saudi Arabia over its human rights record has normally been low-key and appears to have remained so during the visit. The official said the president raised the issue broadly but did not discuss specific cases. Saudi authorities have been criticized by international rights groups for jailing several prominent activists and for the public flogging this month of a blogger. Despite an alliance between the two countries that has long been a cornerstone of U.S. Middle East policy, the kingdom has made clear its impatience with the Obama administration’s failure to do more to oust Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and its anxiety over U.S.–led nuclear negotiations with Iran. This added to a sense among Saudi rulers that Obama was neglecting old Arab allies. U.S.-Saudi relations have improved in recent months after Obama made a fence-mending visit to Riyadh last March. Even though the United States is now less dependent on Saudi oil supplies thanks to a domestic production boom, the kingdom’s willingness to keep output high despite tumbling global oil prices has bolstered Obama’s domestic economic recovery efforts as well as his strategy of keeping pressure on oil producers Russia and Iran. Both those nations are under international sanctions. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2015-01-27 10:48:30
President Barack Obama will fly a 30-member delegation, including top officials and respected Republican foreign policy veterans, to Riyadh on Tuesday to meet Saudi Arabia's new King Salman as the crisis in neighboring Yemen continues to boil. The hastily scheduled trip to pay respects following the death last week of King Abdullah underscores a strengthening U.S.-Saudi alliance that extends beyond oil interests to regional security. Cutting short a three-day trip to India, Obama's visit comes as Washington struggles with worsening strife in the Middle East and counts Saudi Arabia among its few steady partners in a campaign against Islamic State militants who have seized swathes of Iraq and Syria. Obama is slated to arrive in Riyadh at 3:25 p.m local time (1225 GMT), and will leave around four hours later. Following Abdullah's death last Friday, Obama will try to get relations off to a smooth start with Salman, who takes power after a period of sometimes tense relations between Washington and Riyadh. Obama will bring with him Republican elder statesmen James Baker, secretary of state in the George H.W. Bush administration, Republican Senator John McCain who leads the Senate Armed Services committee, and several other Republican foreign policy leaders from past administrations. Baker is revered among Gulf Arabs, particularly in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, for his role in orchestrating the alliance against Saddam Hussein in 1990-91. YEMEN HEADACHE The U.S. security headache worsened last week with the take over of Yemen's government by Iran-backed rebels - a setback to U.S. efforts to contain al Qaeda militants there and to limit the regional influence of Shi'ite Iran. The Yemen government's collapse will be of deep concern to Saudi Arabia because of the long border they share and because of the advance of Iran, Sunni Saudi Arabia's main regional rival. Saudi Arabia's role in rallying Arab support for action with Western countries against Islamic State militants has won praise in Washington, which with other Western nations also values the kingdom as an important market for defense equipment. The leaders are likely to discuss Syria, Iran and oil prices, said Simon Henderson, an expert on U.S.-Saudi relations at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. "The most interesting question for President Obama will be whether King Salman and his team of advisers have an order of priority that differs from King Abdullah's," Henderson wrote in a comment on Monday. IMPATIENCE WITH WASHINGTON Despite an alliance between the two countries that has long been a cornerstone of U.S. Middle East policy, Riyadh has made clear its impatience with the Obama administration's failure to do more to oust Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and its anxiety over U.S.–led efforts to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran. This added to a sense among Saudi rulers that Obama was neglecting old Arab allies, most notably with the U.S. abandonment of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak when he was toppled by mass protests in early 2011. Saudi Arabia remains unhappy with Obama’s resistance to large-scale U.S. arming of the mainstream Syrian rebels. The booming domestic energy sector has the United States less reliant on Saudi oil supplies. But the kingdom’s willingness to keep oil output high despite tumbling global oil prices has bolstered the U.S. economy and U.S. efforts to pressure oil producers Russia and Iran with economic sanctions. Still looming, however, is the prospect of a nuclear deal with Iran, which would be major legacy achievement for Obama but which Saudi Arabia worries could help strengthen Tehran’s influence in the region. U.S.-Saudi relations improved after Obama made a fence-mending visit to Riyadh last March. Obama's Secretary of State John Kerry and CIA Director John Brennan will be part of Tuesday's delegation, as will top Obama advisers Susan Rice and Lisa Monaco. Other Republicans in the large delegation will include Brent Scowcroft, national security adviser to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, and Condoleezza Rice, secretary of state for President George W. Bush. Also included are former national security advisers Sandy Berger of the Clinton administration and Stephen Hadley from the George W. Bush White House. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2015-01-24 09:12:52
A Lebanese military official says a daylong battle with Syria-based militants near the border has killed eight soldiers. The official says Lebanese troops found the bodies of three missing soldiers Saturday on the outskirts of the northeastern Lebanese village of Ras Baalbek. Late Friday, an army statement said another five soldiers were killed in the fighting. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations, said the attackers belong to the Islamic State group that controls large parts of Syria. In August, al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front and Islamic State group fighters conducted a joint raid in the border town of Arsal and captured some two dozen soldiers. Since then, they have killed four of the soldiers. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2015-01-24 08:08:03
Saudi Arabia's new King Salman pledged continuity in energy and foreign policies on Friday and moved quickly to appoint younger men as his heirs, settling the succession for years to come by naming a deputy crown prince from his dynasty's next generation. King Abdullah, who died early on Friday after a short illness, was buried in an unmarked grave in keeping with local religious traditions. By appointing his youngest half-brother Muqrin, 69, as Crown Prince and nephew Mohammed bin Nayef, 55, as Deputy Crown Prince, Salman has swiftly quelled speculation about internal palace rifts at a moment of regional turmoil. Oil prices jumped in an immediate reaction as news of Abdullah's death added to uncertainty in energy markets. [O/R] Salman, thought to be 79, takes over as the ultimate authority in a country that faces long-term domestic challenges compounded by the plunging price of oil in recent months and the rise of the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria, which vows to toppled the Al Saud ruling family. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2015-01-21 15:21:31
Tony Blair has been challenged to accept his role in creating the current religious instability in the Middle East. A question from the floor at the religion debate at Davos asked the former PM to reflect on what happened after he decided to go into war in Iraq. I think your decision to go there with Mr Bush is a part of the problems we have with religion,the questioner said, telling Blair that: I think you have a great responsibility for the conflicts we have now. Some applause from the floor. Blair replies: You can have a debate on whether it’s the right or wrong decision. But I’d also point out, and I think many people in Iraqi would agree, that Saddam Hussain wasn’t exactly a force for stability, peace and prosperity for his country, and was responsible for killing many many hundreds of thousands of people. Blair then argues that religious extremism cannot all be blamed on the second Gulf war. He points to extremism in France, which was opposed to the Iraq intervention. Then you see what happens in Belgium [last week] what’s the reason for that? How about Nigeria, and Mali? He cites Libya, where there is huge instability since Gaddafi was removed...And when we didn’t intervene in Syria, we have probably the worst situation. And Blair then returns to his point from earlier, about the role of education: My view is, you can debate the political decisions.. but at some point we’ve got to understand. This extremism has grown up over a long period of time, over decades. Its roots are deep within a perversion of religion, a perversion of the religion of Islam. I totally agree. If you’re sitting in Syria and Iraq today you need immediate measures, which is why I’d personally support intervention in those situations. And you need immediate relief from the terrorism that is engulfing your life. But even if we were to defeat those extremist groups, you’d get other extremists groups, Blair continues. And groups starting in Europe, Africa, even in the far East. At the end you have to deal with the root problem, which is educating people to a closed-minded view of the world, that says if you’re not like me you’re my enemy. We have got to stop making excuses for those people...and start to tackle the fundamental incubation of that problem, which lies in formal and informal education systems educating young people to hatred to those who are different. If you don’t deal with that, then we can debate the political issues forever, but we’ll never get the root of the problem, Blair concludes. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2015-01-21 08:47:47
Armed fighters from Yemen's powerful Houthi movement stood guard on Wednesday outside the private residence of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, whose home is normally protected by presidential security officers, witnesses said. Sentry posts were empty and there was no sign of the presidential guard at the compound, scene of clashes between Houthis and guards on Tuesday, the witnesses said. The Houthi fighters were accompanied by an armored vehicle. Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, a member of the Houthi politburo, told Reuters: "President Hadi is still in his home. There is no problem, he can leave." Houthi fighters battled guards at the Hadi's home and entered his palace on Tuesday, raising the stakes in a drive for more political power that has enfeebled state authority and thrown the Arab state deeper into turmoil. In a televised speech hours after his fighters' display of force on Tuesday, Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi warned Hadi that he had to implement a power-sharing deal struck when his men seized the capital in September. Hadi, an ally of the West and staunch supporter of U.S. drone attacks on al Qaeda fighters in Yemen, has been also increasingly at odds with Houthi over a draft constitution intended to help end decades of conflict and underdevelopment. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2015-01-21 08:40:17
A Palestinian man stabbed up to 10 people on a commuter bus in central Tel Aviv on Wednesday before he was shot in the leg by a prison security officer as he tried to escape, police said. Tel Aviv police commander Bentzi Sau said 10 people had been injured. He said the assailant was a West Bank resident who stabbed the driver and then attacked passengers shortly after boarding the bus. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the Palestinian was a 23-year-old resident of the town of Tulkarm in the West Bank. A doctor at Tel Aviv's Ichilov hospital told Army Radio that seven people had been admitted for treatment, four of whom were seriously hurt. "Shortly after he boarded the bus, the assailant stabbed the driver several times but there was an excellent response from him as he resisted the attack and in this way the terrorist was stunned," Sau told reporters at the scene. Sau said a vehicle with prison officers traveling close by saw the attack and officers gave chase. They caught the man in a nearby street and shot him in the leg as he tried to escape. The stabbing was the latest in a string of incidents in the past few months at a time of heightened tension between Palestinians and Israelis, particularly in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israel seized the territories in a 1967 war and Palestinians want them for an independent state, along with Gaza. More»