Opinion: Ban Ki-moon and King Salman (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Opinion: Ban Ki-moon and King Salman (Asharq Al-Awsat)

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said recently that Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz has managed to achieve in the first 10 days of his reign what no ruler could possibly achieve during their first 100. But for all their good intentions, Ban’s remarks include a small structural inaccuracy. In the West
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Dreams of a united Arab defence (Al-Ahram Weekly (Egypt))

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Al-Sisi during a meeting with King Salman President Al-Sisi’s succinct and unequivocal answers to three questions put to him by the London-based Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper on the eve of his visit to Saudi Arabia last week delineate Egypt’s ambition to create an Arab antiterrorist force.The first question concerned how to combat the terrorist Islamic State
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Saudi diplomat says was treated “inhumanely” by Al-Qaeda captors (Asharq Al-Awsat)

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Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat—The Saudi diplomat recently freed from captivity in Yemen revealed on Tuesday he was treated badly by his Al-Qaeda captors. Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat Saudi Deputy Consul Abdullah Al-Khalidi said he was “guiltlessly” kidnapped by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in front of his residence in the Mansourah neighborhood of the southern
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Riyadh to press Nawaz for more troops to fight IS threat: report (The Express Tribune (Pakistan))

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As Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif departed on Wednesday on a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia, reports suggest that Riyadh is set to press the premier to boost the number of Pakistani troops in the Kingdom to fight militants, including the Islamic State. However, as per a report published in Gulf News, Islamabad is cautious about
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Three-day visit: Nawaz heads to Saudi Arabia today (The Express Tribune (Pakistan))

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vg Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be embarking on a three-day trip today to Saudi Arabia on the invitation of King Salman bin Abulaziz al Saud.The PM will be accompanied by a high-level delegation that would include Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign
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Saudi Arabia tries to keep the Islamic State from recruiting its youth (GlobalPost)

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Editor’s note: This story is the first in a continuing series produced by The GroundTruth Project on government responses to the rise of the Islamic State. It is produced with support from the Henry Luce Foundation. RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — A professor at the religiously conservative Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University recently asked a
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Saudi Yet to Appoint New Envoy, 7 Months After Rajeh's Recall (allAfrica.com)

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is yet to appoint an ambassador to Nigeria seven months after recalling Ambassador Fouad Rajeh under controversial circumstances. THISDAY gathered that Rajeh and other top officials of the Saudi embassy in Nigeria were recalled after reportedly assaulting a policeman guarding the official residence of the then Inspector General of Police,
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Sissi in Saudi Arabia for talks with new king (The Times of Israel)

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi arrived Sunday to Saudi Arabia for his first bilateral policy meeting with the country’s new king ahead of a conference aimed at shoring up financial support from wealthy Gulf states for Egypt’s battered economy. A Saudi official told The Associated Press the two leaders also would
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Domestic consumers being given top priority in gas supply: Jam Kamal (Daily Balochistan Express (Pakistan))

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Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Resources Jam Kamal said on Friday that domestic consumers were being given top priority in the supply of gas. “Gas is supplied to different categories of consumers in line with the priority order mentioned in Natural Gas Allocation and Management Policy 2005 and its subsequent amendments,” he told
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In snub to rebels, UAE embassy opts to stick close to Yemen president (dpa German Press Agency)

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Cairo (dpa) – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) embassy in Yemen will move to the southern city of Aden, an official news agency reported, a show of support for the country’s president, who fled the capital, Sana’a, recently after a month of house arrest at the hands of Houthi rebels. The move is yet another
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ISIL, CIA, Mossad, Quds Force, etc (Al Jazeera)

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The rise of ISIL gave a whole new momentum to US, Iranian interventionism in the Middle East. Four years ago, when the Arab Spring blossomed, the US, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the al-Qaeda network that dominated the Middle East during the previous decade were forced into retreat and retrenchment. US President Barack Obama took the
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Exit from a tangled web (Al-Ahram Weekly (Egypt))

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Adel A strongly worded statement issued last week by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) criticising Cairo’s allegations that Qatar supports terrorist organisations was bad news for Egypt.The Manama-based GCC, of which Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar are members, later toned down its criticism and confirmed its support for
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United States consulate band performs at National Association of Performing Arts' tenth anniversary – Press Release issued by Consulate General of the United States of America (Pakistan Press International)

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February 26, 2015 (PPI-OT) Following is the text of press release issued by Consulate General of the United States of America Quote The audience at Karachi’s National Association of Performing Arts (NAPA) got a special treat: U.S. Consulate Karachi sponsored Mary McBride Band performing beloved Americana musical favourites. On a return visit to Karachi, Mary
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United States' consulate Mary Mcbride Band wows music lovers at Pakistan American Cultural Center – Press Release issued by Consulate General of the United States of America (Pakistan Press International)

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February 25, 2015 (PPI-OT) Following is the text of press release issued by Consulate General of the United States of America Quote The Mary McBride Band wowed more than 200 music lovers at the Pakistan American Cultural Center (PACC) with an alluring medley of Americana favourites. Mary McBride and her band are in Karachi for
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Oil price drop: Nigeria to call emergency OPEC meeting if (The Nation (Nigeria))

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Nigeria will call an extraordinary meeting of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) if crude oil prices slip any further, Minister of Petroleum Resources Mrs Diezani Alison Madueke has said. Speaking in an interview with the Financial Times, she said: “We’re already talking with member countries. If the price slips any further, it is
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Halim new MD of Pubali Bank (The New Nation (Bangladesh))

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Md Abdul Halim Chowdhury has been appointed as new Managing Director of Pubali Bank Limited. He was the Managing Director (Current Charge) of the bank since 7th December 2014, says a press release. Prior, Chowdhury was Additional Managing Director of Pubali Bank. He joined Pubali Bank as Principal Officer in 1988. He was Deputy Managing
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VCs discuss challenges faced by Islamic universities (Dawn (Pakistan))

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As many as 200 vice chancellors of Islamic countries began their twoday forum here on Monday. On the first day, they discussed various challenges being faced by Muslim universities. Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, speaking at the inaugural ceremony, said VCs were real corps commanders in any country. “Future battles will not
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Opinion: The GCC, Egypt, and the Brotherhood Media Machine (Asharq Al-Awsat)

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During this critical stage there are many who are angered by any closeness or cooperation between Egypt and the Gulf states. There are also those who stand by the Muslim Brotherhood and its “accessories after the fact,” the “revolutionary set” among Egypt’s youth. They would all do well to follow closely the Brotherhood’s media campaign
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Fighting terror is Islamic duty: Saudi grand mufti (Pakistan Today)

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As Saudi Arabia hosts international anti-terror conference, the Kingdom’s grand mufti urged Muslim to rally all efforts to fight terrorism as an Islamic duty. “The misuse of the religion by extremists is greatly damaging the image of Islam,” grand mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh was quoted by Arab News on Sunday. Those sinners attribute their
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Siraj leaves for Saudi Arabia – Press Release issued by Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan (Pakistan News Releases)

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February 21, 2015 (PPI-OT) Following is the text of press release issued by Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan Quote Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Sirajul Haq, left for Saudi Arabia on Saturday to participate in the Rabita al Alam e Islami conference beginning at Holy Makkah tomorrow, Sunday. He is accompanied by chief of the JI Azad Kashmir
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First GCC statement over Qatar-Egypt spat unilateral: Gulf official (Asharq Al-Awsat)

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Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat—The Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) statement backing Qatar in a recent row with Egypt was issued without consulting all member states and “does not represent the full view” of the organization, a Gulf official told Asharq Al-Awsat. Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat on the condition of anonymity, a senior Gulf official said the statement,
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Two Fires Hit UAE Buildings, Killing 10 Foreign Workers (Al-Akhbar (Lebanon))

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Updated at 1:40 pm (GMT+2): Ten foreign workers have died in a fire that hit a tire shop in Abu Dhabi, apparently trapping the laborers in a warehouse used illegally for accommodation, local media said Saturday. The deadly fire occurred on the same day as another fire hit a United Arab Emirates building, engulfing one
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Medview Boss Decries Govt Policy On Foreign Airlines (allAfrica.com)

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The CEO of Medview Airline, Alhaji Muneer Bankole has condemned the policy of the federal government that encourages foreign airlines to have multiple entries into Nigeria, thereby denying domestic carriers the opportunity to code-share or engage in any partnership with the international carriers. Such partnerships would enhance technical and other supports from international operators who
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Ex-envoys for considering their security issues (The Financial Express (Bangladesh))

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Expressing their concern over the latest move to send female workers to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), a number of former diplomats have suggested that government should take their security issues into consideration before sending the women there. The diplomats who worked at Bangladesh embassy in Saudi Arabia also emphasised the need for exporting
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Appointment (The News Today (Bangladesh))

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To reach specialist medical care to the people’s doorstep an announcement was made on 27 July, 2014 for of 513 doctors to Upazila Health Complexes As a noncadre doctor, who has been deprived of promotion, I was eager to serve in the Upazillas. But before I joined, our was kept in abeyance by another newspaper
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Saudi Arabia considering 'conservative' dress code for female anchors (Pakistan Today)

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SAUDI ARABIA: According to a report in Al-Arabiya,female television anchors in Saudi Arabia may soon have to follow a uniform conservative dress code, requiring them to cover their heads. The king’s advisory body, the Shoura Council, is reviewing a proposal from General Commission for Audiovisual Media calling for a conservative dress code for women when
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Operation Derna (Al-Ahram Weekly (Egypt))

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Al-Sisi heads the National Defence Council meeting on Sunday The posting of a video showing the beheading of 21 Egyptians at the hands of the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Libya prompted an immediate meeting of the National Defence Council to decide how to respond. It didn’t take long.On Monday Egyptian planes carried out air
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No need to rush for KSA job registration (The News Today (Bangladesh))

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After several thousand people signed up for jobs in Saudi Arabia last week following an advertisement, the expatriates’ welfare and overseas Employment minister yesterday clarified that there was no need to rush for registration now and that the government would open online registration only for females seeking jobs as domestic helps in the Kingdom soon.
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U.N. Security Council OKs resolution against Yemen rebels (The Washington Times)

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The United Nations Security Council on Sunday unanimously adopted a resolution demanding that Shiite rebels immediately relinquish control of Yemen’s government in a crisis that has pushed the Arab world’s poorest country near collapse. Arab countries have been pressing for the use of military force against what they call the rebel
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Mecca conference seeks to define terrorism (Al-Shorfa)

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The Global Islamic Counter-Terrorism Conference, set to open in Saudi Arabia on Sunday (February 22nd), will seek to agree on a clear definition of terrorism, Saudi Arabia’s Okaz daily reported Thursday. Conference participants will discuss the root causes of terrorism and will formulate a comprehensive plan to combat it, said Muslim World League secretary general
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Saudi Arabia considers 'conservative' dress code for female anchors (The Express Tribune (Pakistan))

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Female television anchors in Saudi Arabia may soon have to follow a uniform conservative dress code requiring them to cover their heads. The king’s advisory body, the Shoura Council, is reviewing a proposal from General Commission for Audiovisual Media calling for a conservative dress code for women when appearing in the media, according to Al
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US, Turkey Near Deal to Train Syrian Rebels Ahead of Riyadh Anti-ISIS Talks (Al-Akhbar (Lebanon))

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The United States and Turkey have reached a tentative agreement to train and equip so-called moderate Syrian opposition fighters and expect to sign the pact soon, US and Turkish officials said on Tuesday with Ankara predicting a signing in days. The agreement comes ahead of talks on Wednesday in the Saudi capital Riyadh between military
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Diplomatic Activity Portends “Coup” in Saudi Foreign Relations (Al-Akhbar (Lebanon))

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Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Abdullatif al-Zayani attends an extraordinary GCC meeting of foreign ministers, on February 14, 2015, in the Saudi capital Riyadh. AFP/Fayez Nureldine Riyadh has seen a flurry of diplomatic activity from the Gulf in the past few days amid talk of changes in Saudi foreign policy under King
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International Coalition to Meet in Saudi Arabia over ISIS (Arutz Sheva)

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Military chiefs from around the world will gather in the Saudi capital on Wednesday to assess the battle against Islamic State extremists, diplomatic sources told AFP. The two-day meeting, a followup to earlier talks, will gather “all the countries that are involved” in the United States-led fight against ISIS, including Gulf nations, one of the
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Analysis: Can Houthis withstand the isolation? (Al Jazeera)

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Houthis will only bow to international pressure if massive and widespread popular protests rise up against them. The closure of foreign embassies in Sanaa during the past two weeks – including the embassies of key state players such as the United States, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – has put the Houthis under
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Ex ISI chief says Iran strong wall against Daesh (Pakistan Today)

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Former Pakistan Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) director general believes that Iran is a “strong wall” against the terrorist group Daesh and the group could never find its way to South Asia through Iran. Lt Gen (r) Hamid Gul, who served as the ISI DG between 1987 and 1989, talking to IRAN on Sunday, said, “There is
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AGP re-elected governing board member of ASOSAI (Daily Balochistan Express (Pakistan))

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The Auditor General of Pakistan has been reelected as Governing Board Member of Asian Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (ASOSAI) for further three year (201518) term. The Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) of 13 countries contested the election for six vacant seats of ASOSAI Governing Board, according to a statement here Friday. The Election was held
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Saudis evacuate embassy staff from Yemen (Al Jazeera)

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Kingdom is the first Arab country to evacuate embassy staff from Sanaa after Houthis took over government in a coup. Saudi Arabia has suspended operations at its embassy in Yemen, and evacuated its staff due to the deteriorating situation in the capital, Sanaa, controlled by the Houthi rebels, the foreign ministry has said. “Due to
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YEMEN – Saudi Arabia evacuates embassy staff from Yemen (France 24)

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Saudi Arabia has joined Western states in evacuating diplomatic staff from Yemen after a power grab by the Shiite Houthi militia earlier this month. French, British and US embassy staff were also urged to leave this week. The move reflects the hostility of Yemen’s majority Sunni neighbours towards the Iranian-backed Houthis.Riyadh has suspended all work
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Umar – Government Working to Keep Nigeria Together [interview] (allAfrica.com)

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Nigeria’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Alhaji Ahmed Umar spoke to Ademola Adeyemo on the contributions of Nigerians living in the country to a better Nigeria. Excerpts: Recently, you organised a prayer session where clerics led Nigerians resident in Saudi Arabia to pray for their country. What informed your action? We just felt that as patriots
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Nuclear Nuances of Saudi-Pakistan Meeting (Breaking Energy)

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Tuesday’s meeting in Riyadh between King Salman and Pakistan’s top military commander will revive speculation of a secret nuclear agreement to counter any Iranian nuclear threat. The visit by the chairman of Pakistan’s Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee will likely prompt concern in Washington and other major capitals that Saudi Arabia and Pakistan have reconfirmed
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