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Poe: Senate has key role in 3rd telco pick

The Senate committee on public services will «exercise oversight functions» over the selection of a third telco player, which the government hoped would lead to better telecommunications services, according to Sen. Grace Poe. Poe, the committe
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Poe: Senate has key role in 3rd telco pick

The Senate committee on public services will «exercise oversight functions» over the selection of a third telco player, which the government hoped would lead to better telecommunications services, according to Sen. Grace Poe. Poe, the committee chair, set a hearing on Monday at the Senate session hall on developments in the government's process to pick a third telco player. In a statement on Sunday, Poe said the Senate needed to be apprised of developments on the selection of the third telco player, which could be known by next month. Poe said her committee «will play a major role in tackling the congressional franchise of the applicant.» Competition "We need to have meani...Keep on reading: Poe: Senate has key role in 3rd telco pick

Order to free 3 activists tagged Reds voided

SAN PEDRO CITY --- The chief provincial prosecutor of Laguna has voided the order to release three of the four people arrested with Adelberto Silva, a consultant for the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). Laguna Prosecutor Ma. Victoria Da
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Order to free 3 activists tagged Reds voided

SAN PEDRO CITY --- The chief provincial prosecutor of Laguna has voided the order to release three of the four people arrested with Adelberto Silva, a consultant for the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). Laguna Prosecutor Ma. Victoria Dado amended her earlier resolution and found probable cause to charge Silva, his driver Julio Lusania, Hedda Calderon, Ireneo Atadero and Edisel Legaspi with illegal possession of explosives, a nonbailable offense. Dado, in a resolution on Oct. 18, found probable cause to charge only Silva and Lusania. In that resolution, Dado ordered the release of Calderon, Atadero and Legaspi. Change of tune Calderon is a consultant for...Keep on reading: Order to free 3 activists tagged Reds voided

Gatchalian: Martial law scary only at first glance

The Senate will have to assess the current situation in Mindanao if there was, indeed, a need to extend martial law beyond Dec. 31, 2018. Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian made this remark in a radio interview on Sunday, following Malacaang's statement that it was t
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Gatchalian: Martial law scary only at first glance

The Senate will have to assess the current situation in Mindanao if there was, indeed, a need to extend martial law beyond Dec. 31, 2018. Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian made this remark in a radio interview on Sunday, following Malacaang's statement that it was taking its cue from the military over whether to extend martial law. «We will study it very carefully,» Gatchalian said. «At first glance, martial law might be scary,» he said. «But if you go to Mindanao, they are happy because warlords are now afraid to go around,» he added. Sentiments Gatchalian said the Senate should listen to sentiments aired by Mindanao residents and «study these carefully» in looking at the reason...Keep on reading: Gatchalian: Martial law scary only at first glance

‘Personalized’ gifts for communist rebels who give up

The Department of National Defense (DND) continued to dangle houses and funding for livelihood in a bid to entice communist rebels to surrender through a well-funded program that bore no mention of the root causes of the rebellion. In a statement, Defense
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‘Personalized’ gifts for communist rebels who give up

The Department of National Defense (DND) continued to dangle houses and funding for livelihood in a bid to entice communist rebels to surrender through a well-funded program that bore no mention of the root causes of the rebellion. In a statement, Defense Undersecretary Reynaldo Mapagu said rebels should give up their guns and «come home and reunite with their families this Christmas.» Mapagu heads the multi-agency Task Force Balik Loob, which was created to end the countryside rebellion rooted in agrarian unrest. He said 125 former rebels from northern Luzon had already enrolled in the surrender campaign called Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP). Offer...Keep on reading: ‘Personalized’ gifts for communist rebels who give up

With unopposed bets, polls just formality in Apayao

BAGUIO CITY --- Elections next year in the province of Apayao will be just a formality. Unopposed candidates are running for the province's top elective posts from the lone congressional seat to vice mayor. After ending their third terms, siblings Elean
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With unopposed bets, polls just formality in Apayao

BAGUIO CITY --- Elections next year in the province of Apayao will be just a formality. Unopposed candidates are running for the province's top elective posts from the lone congressional seat to vice mayor. After ending their third terms, siblings Eleanor Bulut-Begtang, incumbent representative, and Elias Bulut Jr., incumbent governor, will swap positions. Governor Bulut served as congressman from 2001 to 2010 at the same time his elder sister was mayor of Calanasan town. Their father, Elias Sr., was governor at the time. No one else In 2010, Governor Bulut won the gubernatorial seat while Begtang won the congressional race. They were unopposed when they ran for thei...Keep on reading: With unopposed bets, polls just formality in Apayao

Chilean court orders Catholic Church to pay damages over abuse

Chile's Court of Appeal has ordered the office of Santiago's Archbishop to pay $450 million pesos ($650,000) to three men who alleged they were sexually abused for decades by Chilean priest Fernando Karadima, a local newspaper said on Sunday. Citing a copy o
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Chilean court orders Catholic Church to pay damages over abuse

Chile's Court of Appeal has ordered the office of Santiago's Archbishop to pay $450 million pesos ($650,000) to three men who alleged they were sexually abused for decades by Chilean priest Fernando Karadima, a local newspaper said on Sunday. Citing a copy of a leaked judgment, La Tercera said the three judges who heard the case on Thursday found in favor of an appeal for «moral damages» against the church for allegedly covering up the crimes. The case was previously rejected by a lower court for lack of evidence. Reuters could not independently confirm the report. The Santiago Archbishopric, which could appeal to Chile's Supreme Court, said it would not comment on La Tercera's account. If confirmed by the court on Monday, it would be the first damages order to have been leveled against Chile's powerful Roman Catholic Church for a scandal of sex abuse and cover-up that prompted Pope Francis to apologize to its faithful. Legal experts have said it could pave the way for more claims amid a new climate of discovery which has seen hundreds of people come forward to allege they were abused and criminal prosecutors launch scores of new investigations. In a statement hailing the...

‘And then I stopped writing’

Rumours of Trevor Zahra’s possible retirement have been causing turmoil within Malta’s circle of literati. Ramona Depares asks the writer, widely considered as the godfather of Maltese fiction, whether his upcoming new book is really intended as his curta
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‘And then I stopped writing’

Rumours of Trevor Zahra’s possible retirement have been causing turmoil within Malta’s circle of literati. Ramona Depares asks the writer, widely considered as the godfather of Maltese fiction, whether his upcoming new book is really intended as his curtain call. As Trevor Zahra’s latest publication, 365, is set to hit book stands in time for this year’s National Book Festival, hints of a possible retirement for the veteran author are creating waves through the industry. It all started when sample copies of Mr Zahra’s new collection of stories, memoirs, monologues and snippets made their way through the usual circle of literati. Mr Zahra has been working on the publication, which takes the form of a journal that encourages readers to read a snippet on a daily basis, for the past three years. The book, in fact, put his typically prolific publishing career on a temporary hiatus, as Mr Zahra wrote and perfected what he describes as “the book that I have always wanted to write”. However, among those who read it pre-publication, it was the very last story that really stood out and sent out alarm bells ringing among a community that has come to regard Mr Zahra as the one of the...

Hofmann's maiden hat-trick sends Gladbach into second place

Jonas Hofmann scored his first Bundesliga hat-trick as Borussia Moenchengladbach hammered Mainz 05 4-0 on Sunday to climb to second place in the standings. The 26-year-old winger put the hosts ahead in the 21st minute and almost got a second with an audaciou
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Hofmann's maiden hat-trick sends Gladbach into second place

Jonas Hofmann scored his first Bundesliga hat-trick as Borussia Moenchengladbach hammered Mainz 05 4-0 on Sunday to climb to second place in the standings. The 26-year-old winger put the hosts ahead in the 21st minute and almost got a second with an audacious lob on the half hour mark. He again got onto the score sheet in the 53rd when he slotted in at the far post, before completing his hat-trick 10 minutes later, firing into an empty goal after rounding keeper Florian Mueller to finish off yet another quick Gladbach break. Thorgan Hazard, who helped set up two of Hofmann's goals, had made it 3-0 in the 58th with Mainz capitulating early in the second half. Glabdach move up to second place on 17 points, ahead of third-placed Werder Bremen on goal difference. Champions Bayern Munich are a point behind in fourth place after their 3-1 win over VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday. Earlier Hertha Berlin stumbled to a 1-1 draw at home against Freiburg, to drop to sixth on 15.   Standings provided by Sofascore LiveScore

Raikkonen wins in US as Hamilton forced to wait

Britain's Lewis Hamilton was kept waiting for his fifth Formula One world championship on Sunday after the Mercedes driver finished third in a U.S. Grand Prix won by Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen. The victory was the 39-year-old Finn's first since the Australian G
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Raikkonen wins in US as Hamilton forced to wait

Britain's Lewis Hamilton was kept waiting for his fifth Formula One world championship on Sunday after the Mercedes driver finished third in a U.S. Grand Prix won by Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen. The victory was the 39-year-old Finn's first since the Australian Grand Prix of March 2013, a gap of 113 races dating back to when he was racing for Lotus, and 21st of his career. Red Bull's Dutch youngster Max Verstappen finished a surprise second after starting 18th in a thrilling finale with the top three cars separated by just 2.1 seconds at the chequered flag. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, Hamilton's only title rival, spun down to 15th on the opening lap but fought back to finish fourth -- a result that means the championship remains open until Mexico next weekend. Hamilton now has a 70-point lead over his four-times champion rival with 75 points remaining to be won from the last three races. «I actually thought we would have been able to do better but this is the best we were able to do in the end,» said Hamilton. «We just have to keep working and keep pushing for the next race. »I'm not really quite sure how the strategy ended up like that," added the Briton, who had started on pole...

Watch: Icardi snatches stoppage time winner for Inter in derby

Inter forward Mauro Icardi scored with a stoppage time header to give his side a dramatic 1-0 win over neighbours AC Milan in their derby at San Siro on Sunday. Ventura replaced Lorenzo D'Anna earlier this month and it was the first time the 70-year-old ha
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Watch: Icardi snatches stoppage time winner for Inter in derby

Inter forward Mauro Icardi scored with a stoppage time header to give his side a dramatic 1-0 win over neighbours AC Milan in their derby at San Siro on Sunday. Ventura replaced Lorenzo D'Anna earlier this month and it was the first time the 70-year-old had sat on the bench since Italy's 0-0 draw at home to Sweden last November which resulted in them missing the World Cup for the first time in 60 years. Josip Ilicic scored a hat-trick between the 28th and 52nd minutes for Atalanta after Marten de Roon had given them a 25th minute lead. Robin Gosens completed the rout and Valter Birsa's late penalty was scant consolation for Chievo who are winless and have minus one point from nine games after having had three deducted for accounting irregularities. To compound a miserable day for Ventura, Chievo also had Federico Barba sent off for a second bookable offence in the 40th minute. Standings provided by Sofascore LiveScore

More than 535,423 Umrah visas issued

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1540154327239049800Mon, 2018-10-22 23:38JEDDAH: The number of Umrah visas issued this year has reached 535,423 of which 278,706 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom, according to data provided by the Hajj and Umrah Ministry. The
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More than 535,423 Umrah visas issued

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1540154327239049800Mon, 2018-10-22 23:38JEDDAH: The number of Umrah visas issued this year has reached 535,423 of which 278,706 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom, according to data provided by the Hajj and Umrah Ministry. There are 202,792 pilgrims still in the Kingdom —140,848 in Makkah and 61,944 in Madinah.Most pilgrims — 261,187 — came to the Kingdom by air, while 17,519 entered by land. None arrived by sea.The largest number of pilgrims arrived from Pakistan (119,776) followed by India (72,442), Indonesia (31,729), Yemen (7,337) and Jordan (6,447). The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services. Developing Hajj and Umrah organizations and services in the Kingdom is among the top priorities of the Saudi government. Recently, the ministry launched a weekly indicator whereby authorities can track the number of pilgrims coming into the Kingdom, and in turn enrich their experiences by providing high-quality services.Earlier, Jeddah airport’s director general said that more than 10 million Umrah pilgrims are expected to come through the airport. The airport is Saudi Arabia’s largest and the first facility to serve pilgrims traveling by air, accounting for 40 percent of passenger movement in the Kingdom. Main category: Saudi Arabia

Saudi tourism authority and Louvre Abu Dhabi prepare for biggest masterpieces exhibition

Author: sarah glubbID: 1540145568888472600Sun, 2018-10-21 20:49 JEDDAH: A joint team of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Natural Heritage (SCTH) and the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum continue their final preparations for the inauguration of the “Ro
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Saudi tourism authority and Louvre Abu Dhabi prepare for biggest masterpieces exhibition

Author: sarah glubbID: 1540145568888472600Sun, 2018-10-21 20:49 JEDDAH: A joint team of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Natural Heritage (SCTH) and the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum continue their final preparations for the inauguration of the “Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia” exhibition at the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum. The exhibition’s 15th edition will be its biggest. The show will be inaugurated under the patronage of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and in the presence of Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of SCTH, on Nov. 7. It will continue until Feb. 16, 2019. The exhibition’s pieces arrived from Riyadh at the Louvre Museum last week, and a joint team from SCTH and the museum will install the pieces in accordance with the museum’s requirements. In addition to the exhibition’s 466 artifacts, some pieces have been added, reflecting a part of the lifestyles in shared cultural heritage in the Arabian Peninsula, especially those related to the desert, horse and camel riding, falconry and other hunting methods in the desert. The exhibition will also include a stand for the shared cultural heritage between the Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. This exhibition is considered one of the most renowned Saudi exhibitions on a global scale, introducing the Kingdom and the Arabian Peninsula’s cultural heritage to more than five million visitors worldwide. Over the past eight years and specifically since July 13, 2010, the SCTH has presented 14 acclaimed editions of the exhibition in the most famous museums around the world. The exhibition will present more than 460 artifacts from the National Museum in Riyadh and a number of other museums in the Kingdom. The exhibition was first presented at the Louvre Museum in Paris, followed by La Caixa Foundation in Barcelona, then Hermitage Museum in Russia and Pergamon Museum in Berlin before moving to the US, where it was presented at the Sackler Museum in Washington, the Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. King Salman inaugurated the exhibition at the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture — affiliated with Aramco — in Dhahran on Dec. 1, 2016, then approved of presenting the exhibition in Asia. The exhibition was presented at the National Museum in the Chinese Capital, Beijing, and the closing ceremony was sponsored by King Salman and President of China, Xi Jinping, on March 16, 2017. The exhibition was then organized at the National Museum in the South Korean Capital, Seoul, then at the Japanese National Museum in the capital Tokyo, in addition to organizing it at the National Museum in Riyadh. The exhibition at the Louvre in Abu Dhabi will be part of exchanging exhibitions and activities between the two brotherly countries that share common history and heritage, in conformity with the UAE’s celebration of the first anniversary of the museum’s opening, and the “Year of Zayed,” which marks 100 years since the birth of the late founding father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan. Entrance to the exhibition is free with the museum ticket. Visitors can tour the exhibition through a multimedia guide which is available in Arabic, English and French. For ticket reservations or more information, please visit the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum’s website: www.louvreabudhabi.ae or call +971 600 565566 Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaAbu DhabiSaudi Commission for Tourism and Natural Heritage (SCTH)Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum The Six: Louvre Abu Dhabi set to host ‘Big in Japan’ weekendNew Saudi tourism app offers 3 innovative technology solutions

Meteorology office expects rain, thunderstorms across Saudi Arabia

Author: daniel fountainID: 1540155172049111000Mon, 2018-10-22 00:01 RIYADH: The Saudi General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection expects rain and thunderstorms to hit several regions across the Kingdom during the next few days.
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Meteorology office expects rain, thunderstorms across Saudi Arabia

Author: daniel fountainID: 1540155172049111000Mon, 2018-10-22 00:01 RIYADH: The Saudi General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection expects rain and thunderstorms to hit several regions across the Kingdom during the next few days. The authority has issued a statement on Sunday warning in advance of moderate to heavy rains accompanied by thunderstorms and dust storms, which may lead to torrential flows. It said several areas will be affected. In Makkah, the cities of Taif, Mysan, Beni Saad, and several areas in the region the weather will remain as such until 10 p.m. local time. It also forecasted that rainy thunderstorms will hit Al Baha region accompanied with dusty winds. This will include Al-Baha region and nearby areas such as the cities of Biljurashi and Al-Mekhwa. The rainy weather will continue until 9pm local time. Moderate to heavy rain thunderstorms are also expected over Asir region until 10 p.m. local time. The warning included cities in the region, such as Abha. The authority urged residents of these areas to avoid getting themselves into valleys and rainwater ponds. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaweatherSaudi General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection Thunder and sand storms forecast for Makkah and JeddahThunderstorms and dust storms hit regions in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s KSRelief takes former Yemeni child soldiers on fun excursion

Author: sarah glubbID: 1540154651649073100Sun, 2018-10-21 23:36The King Salman Humanitarian Aid And Relief Center (KSRelief) on Sunday carried out a recreational trip for 27 children to the Marib General Park.The director of the project to rehabilit
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Saudi Arabia’s KSRelief takes former Yemeni child soldiers on fun excursion

Author: sarah glubbID: 1540154651649073100Sun, 2018-10-21 23:36The King Salman Humanitarian Aid And Relief Center (KSRelief) on Sunday carried out a recreational trip for 27 children to the Marib General Park.The director of the project to rehabilitate children affected by the Yemeni conflict, Abdulrahman Al-Qubati, said that the visit hopes to “rehabilitate the children psychologically and socially.”Al-Qubati added that the trip is the first phase of the seventh and eighth launched by the center helping 80 affected child soldiers.He stressed that children are living in a different atmosphere, from being deprived of fun during their recruitment by the Houthi rebels, and such trips are working to enhance their childhood as a remedial step to get rid oftrauma they suffered due to acting as human shields in armed conflict.KSRelief said it was working to rehabilitate 241 children who had been recruited and affected by the rehabilitation project for child soldiers. Main category: Saudi Arabia

KSRelief continues to provide aid to Syrian refugees

Author: Arab NewsID: 1540156554669191200Tue, 2018-10-23 00:14The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) is making all-out efforts to provide relief to the displaced people in northern Syria, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Sund
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KSRelief continues to provide aid to Syrian refugees

Author: Arab NewsID: 1540156554669191200Tue, 2018-10-23 00:14The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) is making all-out efforts to provide relief to the displaced people in northern Syria, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.The center’s relief activities are among projects to support Syrian refugees and displaced people inside and outside Syria. KSRelief distributes more than 87,000 bread loaves daily among Syrians displaced by war in the country.The center has also launched a project to rehabilitate public utilities in the northern countryside of Aleppo. KSRelief has begun renovating and rehabilitating 495 houses, two shelters and 16 recreation centers in the Syrian governorate.The project aims to improve living conditions by providing decent housing. Main category: Saudi Arabia

Icardi snatches stoppage time winner for Inter in derby

Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi scored with a stoppage time header to give his side a dramatic 1-0 win over neighbours AC Milan in their derby at San Siro on Sunday.
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Icardi snatches stoppage time winner for Inter in derby

Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi scored with a stoppage time header to give his side a dramatic 1-0 win over neighbours AC Milan in their derby at San Siro on Sunday.

Climate change poses 'existential threat' like Nazi Germany in WWII - Ocasio-Cortez (VIDEO)

House of Representatives candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has likened climate change to Nazi Germany, saying the two pose a similar kind of «existential threat.» Read Full Article at RT.com
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Climate change poses 'existential threat' like Nazi Germany in WWII - Ocasio-Cortez (VIDEO)

House of Representatives candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has likened climate change to Nazi Germany, saying the two pose a similar kind of «existential threat.» Read Full Article at RT.com

US senators cry foul over Riyadh's 'insulting' Khashoggi story, say crown prince involved in death

US senators are speaking out against Saudi Arabia's account of what happened to journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying they believe the crown prince is responsible and calling Riyadh's version of events «insulting.» Read Full Article at RT.com
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US senators cry foul over Riyadh's 'insulting' Khashoggi story, say crown prince involved in death

US senators are speaking out against Saudi Arabia's account of what happened to journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying they believe the crown prince is responsible and calling Riyadh's version of events «insulting.» Read Full Article at RT.com

Tour de France beckons for two Thai winners

SURIYA Kitjaroenwat and Petchapeirin Lopez de Leor clinched the men’s and women’s yellow jerseys in L’Etape Thailand by Tour de France yesterday in Phang Nga, earning berths in the 2019 event at the Tour de France itself.
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Tour de France beckons for two Thai winners

SURIYA Kitjaroenwat and Petchapeirin Lopez de Leor clinched the men’s and women’s yellow jerseys in L’Etape Thailand by Tour de France yesterday in Phang Nga, earning berths in the 2019 event at the Tour de France itself.

Saudi official provides further, new details on Khashoggi case: Reuters

Sun, 2018-10-21 10:26 RIYADH: A senior Saudi official has given the Reuters news agency additional and new details relating to the case of late Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The official, who spoke anonymously, explained that the initial government acc
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Saudi official provides further, new details on Khashoggi case: Reuters

Sun, 2018-10-21 10:26 RIYADH: A senior Saudi official has given the Reuters news agency additional and new details relating to the case of late Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The official, who spoke anonymously, explained that the initial government account had been based on “false information reported internally at the time.” “Once it became clear these initial mission reports were false, it (the government) launched an internal investigation and refrained from further public comment,” the official said, adding that the investigation is continuing. After initially denying any involvement in the disappearance of Khashoggi, 59, for two weeks, Saudi Arabia on Saturday morning clarified he had died in a fight at the consulate. Later on, another Saudi official attributed the death to a chokehold, which the senior official reiterated and explained it occurred as the negotiation team tried to prevent Khashoggi from shouting. Unconfirmed Turkish sources had given numerous news outlets comments which suspect the body of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of some of the recent reform efforts that occurred in the kingdom, was cut up but the Saudi official said it was rolled up in a rug and given to a “local cooperator” for disposal. Asked about allegations that Khashoggi had been tortured and beheaded, he said preliminary results of the investigation did not suggest that. So, what actually happened? According to the latest Reuters story, the Saudi official presented what he said were internal intelligence documents which show an initiative to bring back dissidents as well as the specific one involving Khashoggi. He also showed testimony from those involved in what he described as the 15-man team’s cover-up, and the initial results of an internal probe. According to what Reuters has reported, the Saudi government wanted to convince Khashoggi, who moved to Washington a year ago fearing reprisals for his views, to return to the kingdom as part of a campaign to prevent Saudi dissidents from being recruited by the country’s enemies, the official said. To that end, the official said, the deputy head of the General Intelligence Presidency, Ahmed al-Asiri, put together a 15-member team from the intelligence and security forces to go to Istanbul, meet Khashoggi at the consulate and try to convince him to return to Saudi Arabia. “There is a standing order to negotiate the return of dissidents peacefully; which gives them the authority to act without going back to the leadership” the official said. “Asiri is the one who formed the team and asked for an employee who worked with (Saud) al-Qahtani and who knew Jamal from the time they both worked at the embassy in London,” he said. The official said Qahtani had signed off on one of his employees conducting the negotiations. Chokehold According to the Reuters report, the team could hold Khashoggi in a safe house outside Istanbul for “a period of time” but then release him if he ultimately refused to return to Saudi Arabia, the official said. Things went wrong from the start as the team overstepped their orders and quickly employed violence, the official said. Khashoggi was ushered into the consul general’s office where an operative named Maher Mutreb spoke to him about returning to Saudi Arabia, according to the government’s account. Khashoggi refused and told Mutreb that someone was waiting outside for him and would contact the Turkish authorities if he did not reappear within an hour, the official said. Khashoggi’s fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, has told Reuters he had handed her his two mobile phones and left instructions that she should wait for him and call an aide to Turkey’s president if he did not reappear. Back inside the consul’s office, according to the official’s account, Khashoggi told Mutreb he was violating diplomatic norms and said, “What are you going to do with me? Do you intend to kidnap me?” Mutreb replied, “Yes, we will drug you and kidnap you,” in what the official said was an attempt at intimidation that violated the mission’s objective. When Khashoggi raised his voice, the team panicked. They moved to restrain him, placing him in a chokehold and covering his mouth, according to the government’s account. “They tried to prevent him from shouting but he died,” the official said. “The intention was not to kill him.” Asked if the team had smothered Khashoggi, the official said: “If you put someone of Jamal’s age in this position, he would probably die.” Missing body To cover up their misdeed, the team rolled up Khashoggi’s body in a rug, took it out in a consular vehicle and handed it over to a “local cooperator” for disposal, the official said. Forensic expert Salah Tubaigy tried to remove any trace of the incident, the official said. Turkish officials have told Reuters that Khashoggi’s killers may have dumped his remains in Belgrad Forest adjacent to Istanbul, and at a rural location near the city of Yalova, 90 kilometers (55 miles) south of Istanbul. Turkish investigators are likely to find out what happened to the body “before long,” a senior official said. The Saudi official said the local cooperator is an Istanbul resident but would not reveal his nationality. The official said investigators were trying to determine where the body ended up. Meanwhile, operative Mustafa Madani donned Khashoggi’s clothes, eyeglasses and Apple watch and left through the back door of the consulate in an attempt to make it look like Khashoggi had walked out of the building. Madani went to the Sultanahmet district where he disposed of the belongings. The official said the team then wrote a false report for superiors saying they had allowed Khashoggi to leave once he warned that Turkish authorities could get involved and that they had promptly left the country before they could be discovered. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Jamal KhashoggiSaudi Arabia Arab and Muslim nations, organizations commend Saudi Arabia’s decrees on Khashoggi caseSaudi Arabia says missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead

US’ Mnuchin says talk about sanctions premature, will visit Riyadh to meet with counterpart

Author: ReutersID: 1540118380256185200Sun, 2018-10-21 10:08 JERUSALEM, Oct 21 : US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Sunday it was premature to comment on possible US sanctions against Saudi Arabia for the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Kh
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US’ Mnuchin says talk about sanctions premature, will visit Riyadh to meet with counterpart

Author: ReutersID: 1540118380256185200Sun, 2018-10-21 10:08 JERUSALEM, Oct 21 : US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Sunday it was premature to comment on possible US sanctions against Saudi Arabia for the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi until an investigation had been completed. Mnuchin said information so far on the investigation was “a good first step but not enough” as Riyadh faced increasing international pressure over what happened to Khashoggi, who disappeared after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. US President Donald Trump, who has said the United States would consider sanctions against Saudi Arabia, emphasized on Saturday that he was not satisfied with the Saudis’ handling of the case. “It would be premature to comment on sanctions and premature to comment on really any issues until we get further down the investigation and get to the bottom of what occurred,” Mnuchin told reporters in Jerusalem. Mnuchin confirmed that he would not attend a Saudi investment conference on Tuesday. However, he said he would visit Riyadh as planned for talks with his counterpart on joint efforts to counter terrorist financing and plans by Washington to reimpose sanctions against Iran in November. “I did not think it was appropriate to go and speak at this conference but we continue to have important issues with Saudi and that is why I am going there,” Mnuchin said. The visit, he said, was necessary as Washington prepares to reimpose sanctions against Iran. He said he had no reason to believe that Saudi Arabia would renege on commitments to make up for any shortfall in global oil supplies as Iranian oil exports are curbed under the sanctions. “I have no reason to believe that they are not going to honor those commitments,” said Mnuchin, who will meet Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih while in Riyadh. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: United StatesSaudi ArabiaSteve MnuchinJamal Khashoggi Jamal Khashoggi’s former colleagues at Arab News recall their association with himArab and Muslim nations, organizations commend Saudi Arabia’s decrees on Khashoggi case

Photo claiming to show Russian space chief making Nazi salute debunked after social media frenzy

A photo picturing a man, similar in appearance to Russia’s space chief, making a Nazi salute went viral on Sunday. Journalists and public figures picked it up as an exposé but the image got promptly debunked. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Photo claiming to show Russian space chief making Nazi salute debunked after social media frenzy

A photo picturing a man, similar in appearance to Russia’s space chief, making a Nazi salute went viral on Sunday. Journalists and public figures picked it up as an exposé but the image got promptly debunked. Read Full Article at RT.com

COMMENTARY: The banning of plastics-sincerity or hypocrisy?

Not long ago, a unilateral decision was taken throughout Massy Stores in St Lucia to ban the merchandizing of plastic to grocers. This was hailed as a significant step forward in reducing the global plastic pollution in our little corner...
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COMMENTARY: The banning of plastics-sincerity or hypocrisy?

Not long ago, a unilateral decision was taken throughout Massy Stores in St Lucia to ban the merchandizing of plastic to grocers. This was hailed as a significant step forward in reducing the global plastic pollution in our little corner...

Поезд сошел с рельсов на Тайване, число раненых превысило 150 человек

ЧП произошло в 16:50 по местному времени в районе города Илань. Пять из восьми вагонов следовавшего из населенного пункта Шулинь в Тайдун соста
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Поезд сошел с рельсов на Тайване, число раненых превысило 150 человек

ЧП произошло в 16:50 по местному времени в районе города Илань. Пять из восьми вагонов следовавшего из населенного пункта Шулинь в Тайдун состава перевернулись. По данным СМИ, всего в поезде могли находиться более 300 пассажиров.

Трамп пообещал показать письма от Ким Чен Ына

Он посетовал на критику своих действий по денуклеаризации КНДР со стороны СМИ, пошутив, что "влюблен" в Ким Чен Ына. Президент США сослалс
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Трамп пообещал показать письма от Ким Чен Ына

Он посетовал на критику своих действий по денуклеаризации КНДР со стороны СМИ, пошутив, что "влюблен" в Ким Чен Ына. Президент США сослался на письма от лидера КНДР, назвал их "любовными посланиями" и свидетельством продуктивных отношений.

South Sudan's SPLA-IO denies attacks on two other groups

October 21, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudan main armed opposition group, SPLM-IO, denied accusations by the National Salvation Front of Thomas Cirilo (NAS-TC) that they plan to attack three positions in Yei River State saying it aims to create a negative atmospher
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South Sudan's SPLA-IO denies attacks on two other groups

October 21, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudan main armed opposition group, SPLM-IO, denied accusations by the National Salvation Front of Thomas Cirilo (NAS-TC) that they plan to attack three positions in Yei River State saying it aims to create a negative atmosphere to disturb peace enforcement. Also, it dismissed claims by the FDP-SSAF that the SPLA-IO forces took their positions outside Nasir County in the Upper Nile region. According to a statement released in the first hours of Sunday NAS-TC (...) - News / SPLM/A In Opposition, South Sudan Peace Implementation, South Sudan, FRONT_PAGE_DISPLAY

Proud Boys: The press VS reality

NY Post is calling Proud Boys a “hate group” and show a picture of the white Proud Boy with a ‘Proud Boys’ tattoo in court looking sad. The NY Post didn’t know that the burly white man is married to a dark-skinned black woman and has a baby with her
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Proud Boys: The press VS reality

NY Post is calling Proud Boys a “hate group” and show a picture of the white Proud Boy with a ‘Proud Boys’ tattoo in court looking sad. The NY Post didn’t know that the burly white man is married to a dark-skinned black woman and has a baby with her.

Vigilance jaune : de fortes houles attendues sur la Société, une partie des Tuamotu et les Australes

Une vigilance jaune est en cours pour de fortes houles attendues à Rapa, aux Australes, aux Îles-du-Vent, aux Îles-sous-le-Vent et aux Tuamotu Ouest et Sud.  
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Vigilance jaune : de fortes houles attendues sur la Société, une partie des Tuamotu et les Australes

Une vigilance jaune est en cours pour de fortes houles attendues à Rapa, aux Australes, aux Îles-du-Vent, aux Îles-sous-le-Vent et aux Tuamotu Ouest et Sud.  

'Premature' to talk Saudi sanctions, says US amid calls to ban oil imports over Khashoggi killing

One day after Saudi Arabia admitted that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed during a fight inside its consulate, the US says it's still too early to comment on possible sanctions against Riyadh. Read Full Article at RT.com
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'Premature' to talk Saudi sanctions, says US amid calls to ban oil imports over Khashoggi killing

One day after Saudi Arabia admitted that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed during a fight inside its consulate, the US says it's still too early to comment on possible sanctions against Riyadh. Read Full Article at RT.com

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