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Kim Jong-un threatens WAR on Donald Trump

North Korea and the US continue to flex their military muscle as fears mount that Kim Jong-un will launch a nuclear weapons test that could spark World War Three. Here is the latest news and updates on the North Korea-US tension.

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Kim Jong-un threatens WAR on Donald Trump

North Korea and the US continue to flex their military muscle as fears mount that Kim Jong-un will launch a nuclear weapons test that could spark World War Three. Here is the latest news and updates on the North Korea-US tension.

Kim Jong-un’s regime has conducted a massive live-fire drill as tensions grow with the US.

Donald Trump has deployed an “armada” of submarines and a missile defence system in South Korea in response to the growing threat of Kim’s nuclear programme.

North Korea has warned that is is “ready to react to any mode of war desired by the US”, and is said to be “primed and ready” to launch a nuclear weapons test.

As fears grow that World War Three could be imminent, here is the latest news and live updates on North Korea.

The US military is deploying its Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) missile defence system in South Korea.

Parts of the system arrived in military vehicles and were met with protests from hundred of local residents.

China has warned that THAAD will do nothing to deter Kim Jong-un and will only destabilise regional security. It has urged the US and South Korea to withdraw the system.

Seoul’s defence ministry said in a statement: "South Korea and the United States have been working to secure an early operational capability of the THAAD system in response to North Korea's advancing nuclear and missile threat.”

It added that the system is not expected to be operational until the end of 2018.

Elsewhere, a joint US-South Korea military training drill saw tanks firing live rounds near to the Demilitarized Zone.

The exercise will last for 11 days and will involve aircraft carriers, fighter jets and military operations.

Later today, all 100 members of the US Senate will visit the White House for a briefing on North Korea, Press Secretary Sean Spicer has confirmed.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats will give an update on the growing tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme.

North Korea has conducted a live-fire drill after a guided-missile US submarine arrived at a South Korean dock.

The exercise coincided with the 85th anniversary of the founding of North Korea’s army and involved between 300 and 400 long-range artillery pieces capable of hitting Seoul, according to the Yonhap news agency.

Earlier, the USS Michigan docked at Busan in South Korea in the latest show of force from Donald Trump’s administration.

The US has officially called the submarine visit a “routine” stop, but its timing has not gone unnoticed.

Kim Jong-un’s despotic regime has threatened to launch a sixth nuclear test in response to the US military’s recent shows of force.

It was thought that the test would take place yesterday to coincide with the military anniversary, but reports now suggest that Kim is delaying his plans because of South Korea’s upcoming presidential election, which takes place on May 9.

Zhou Chenming, from the Knowfar Institute for Strategic and Defence Studies, said: “Kim would prefer a moderate candidate to be elected because he or she would be easier to deal with.”

Satellite images released earlier this month have shown that North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site is “primed and ready”.


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It added that the system is not expected to be operational until the end of 2018.

Elsewhere, a joint US-South Korea military training drill saw tanks firing live rounds near to the Demilitarized Zone.

The exercise will last for 11 days and will involve aircraft carriers, fighter jets and military operations.

Later today, all 100 members of the US Senate will visit the White House for a briefing on North Korea, Press Secretary Sean Spicer has confirmed.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats will give an update on the growing tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme.

North Korea has conducted a live-fire drill after a guided-missile US submarine arrived at a South Korean dock.

The exercise coincided with the 85th anniversary of the founding of North Korea’s army and involved between 300 and 400 long-range artillery pieces capable of hitting Seoul, according to the Yonhap news agency.

Earlier, the USS Michigan docked at Busan in South Korea in the latest show of force from Donald Trump’s administration.

The US has officially called the submarine visit a “routine” stop, but its timing has not gone unnoticed.

Kim Jong-un’s despotic regime has threatened to launch a sixth nuclear test in response to the US military’s recent shows of force.

It was thought that the test would take place yesterday to coincide with the military anniversary, but reports now suggest that Kim is delaying his plans because of South Korea’s upcoming presidential election, which takes place on May 9.

Zhou Chenming, from the Knowfar Institute for Strategic and Defence Studies, said: “Kim would prefer a moderate candidate to be elected because he or she would be easier to deal with.”

Satellite images released earlier this month have shown that North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site is “primed and ready”.


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Kobe Bryant's 13yo daughter Gianna among 9 victims of California helicopter crash – reports

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Kobe Bryant's 13yo daughter Gianna among 9 victims of California helicopter crash – reports

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Trump wanted aid to Ukraine frozen until it helped on probes of political rivals: Report

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After Four Years in a British Prison in Uganda, Myanmar’s ex-Premier Came Home

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'Let's go Kobe': Fans gather outside Staples Center

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The Kremlin is notorious for global meddling online. But controlling cyberspace at home has been trickier.

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Police carry out raids in Bihar to nab JNU’s Sharjeel

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Centre should mind its job, says Ajit Pawar on NIA probing Elgar case

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Staff at nursing home giant Extendicare abused woman who died from dehydration, says report

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Koffee wins Grammy Award

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Jazan’s coffee bean production expected to reach 300 tons in 2020

Author: Mon, 2020-01-27 00:42 JAZAN: The seventh Coffee Beans Festival starts on Jan. 30, amid expectations that more than 300 tons of coffee beans will be produced and enter the Saudi market by the end of 2020 due to increased production in the Jazan m
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Jazan’s coffee bean production expected to reach 300 tons in 2020

Author: Mon, 2020-01-27 00:42 JAZAN: The seventh Coffee Beans Festival starts on Jan. 30, amid expectations that more than 300 tons of coffee beans will be produced and enter the Saudi market by the end of 2020 due to increased production in the Jazan mountains. “This year’s festival is completely different in terms of activities, with more focus on displaying the local products of Saudi coffee bean farmers,” Dr. Mefarah Al-Malki, director of the festival, told Arab News. “There are new programs to turn the spotlight on the achievements of Saudi young men and women.” Award-winning coffee farmer Hussain Hadi Al-Malki, from Al-Dayer governorate, said the Jazan region produced 250 tons of coffee beans last year, but this year production will reach 300 tons. FASTFACTS • Coffee bean trees are planted and cultivated at an altitude of 800-2,000 meters above sea level. The higher the altitude, the greater the yield and quality.  • Coffee bean trees need special care, and take up to five years from the time a seed is planted until production. He added that Al-Dayer accounts for 80 percent of Jazan’s coffee bean production, and that the number of coffee farmers in the region has exceeded 700. Coffee bean trees are planted and cultivated at an altitude of 800-2,000 meters above sea level. The higher the altitude, the greater the yield and quality. Coffee bean trees need special care, and take up to five years from the time a seed is planted until production. Hussain said coffee trees should be pruned properly, and their top branches should be cut off so the tree is not taller than 2 meters. “Planting coffee trees in the Kingdom faces several challenges such as labor, water for irrigation and costs. There are no real capital investments in this field,” he told Arab News. “Farmers need support from the time they grow coffee beans to the yield stage in order to cover associated expenses and costs.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi coffee Saudi coffee factory Roast Maestro launchedSaudi coffee expert showcases importance of Brazilian coffee beans

G20 financial inclusion meeting explores technology to bridge gap

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G20 financial inclusion meeting explores technology to bridge gap

Author: Mon, 2020-01-27 00:51 RIYADH: Financial inclusion and its potential for unlocking economic opportunities and enabling development was on the agenda for a G20 meeting held recently in Riyadh. According to The Global Findex Database 2017, there are about 1.7 billion unbanked adults worldwide. Those excluded from financial services are disproportionately young people and women. In addition, the SME financing gap is estimated to be $4.5 trillion. The first G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) meeting was preceded by a seminar on the same subject. There remain challenges in the field of financial inclusion despite significant progress over the past decade, according to a press statement about the meeting. The G20 GPFI is exploring how technological advancements can help bridge the gap in the number of young people and women with no access to banking services. The G20 GPFI seminar was a one-day event that brought together speakers and attendees from G20 members and non-G20 countries, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, multilateral development banks, standard-setting bodies, as well as regional and international regulators, and private sector stakeholders. FASTFACT According to The Global Findex Database 2017, there are about 1.7 billion unbanked adults worldwide. Those excluded from financial services are disproportionately young people and women. In addition, the SME financing gap is estimated to be $4.5 trillion. In his opening remarks the Saudi co-chair of the G20 GPFI, Haitham Al-Ghulaiga, said: “The focus in 2020 will be to harness digital and innovative technologies to advance financial inclusion of youth, women and SMEs to unleash their full potential and contribution to economic growth in both advanced and emerging markets.” Following the seminar, the Saudi G20 presidency presented its priorities and work program for the GPFI meeting, which focused on three areas: Advancing digital financial inclusion of youth, empowering women through digital financial inclusion, and promoting digital and innovative SME financing. Saudi Arabia will host the G20 summit in November. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: G20 RiyadhG20 Summit 2020 Saudi G20 faces up to global challengesSaudi G20 sherpa briefs UN on Riyadh summit

INTERVIEW: UK ambassador reflects on five ‘big years’ in Saudi Arabia

Author: Mon, 2020-01-27 01:05 RIYADH: Britain’s outgoing ambassador to Saudi Arabia said it has been a privilege to be in the country for the last five years and witness the changes in the Kingdom firsthand. Simon Collis joined the Foreign and Commo
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INTERVIEW: UK ambassador reflects on five ‘big years’ in Saudi Arabia

Author: Mon, 2020-01-27 01:05 RIYADH: Britain’s outgoing ambassador to Saudi Arabia said it has been a privilege to be in the country for the last five years and witness the changes in the Kingdom firsthand. Simon Collis joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1978 and has been an ambassador in Iraq, Syria and Qatar. He has also held senior diplomatic positions in Bahrain, Tunisia, Jordan, Dubai and India. His diplomatic mission in Saudi Arabia began a week after King Salman came to the throne in January 2015. A personal highlight was performing the Hajj in 2016 with wife Huda. The five years that we’ve been here have been five big years, not only for us but five big years ... in the history of Saudi Arabia and certainly in the relationship with the UK,” he told Arab News. “It’s been just a wonderful time.” He said there used to be concern about the role of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, known as the Mutawa’a or religious police, and its unchecked power. “There were people that would be nervous about it. There was no music in public places, there was no mixing in restaurants. In 2015 no one would have imagined just how much these changes would be, first with (the reform plan) Vision 2030, then economic, and also social changes, women driving, the removal of the guardianship laws across pretty much everything, and the balancing role of the Mutawa’a.” He welcomed the government’s emphasis on developing the entertainment and cultural sectors, calling it a “tremendous story,” and said he had enjoyed witnessing the Kingdom’s transformation. “To see the enthusiasm in a young country, I think a lot of these new sectors, creative entertainment, on top of the existing ones like education, have been a delight to see. Of course, it’s not finished yet. I think this period, these five years, will look like a big moment in the history of the Kingdom.” Changes in the Kingdom have attracted interest — and greater visitor numbers — from overseas. HIGHLIGHTS • Simon Collis joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1978 and has been an ambassador in Iraq, Syria and Qatar. • He has also held senior diplomatic positions in Bahrain, Tunisia, Jordan, Dubai and India. • His diplomatic mission in Saudi Arabia began a week after King Salman came to the throne in January 2015. • A personal highlight was performing the Hajj in 2016 with wife Huda. The country is gaining a reputation for hosting massive events featuring the world’s biggest names including boxing match Clash On The Dunes pitting Britain’s Anthony Joshua against Mexican-American Andy Ruiz Jr, the electronic dance music festival MDL Beast featuring David Guetta and Steve Aoki, and concerts from K-Pop megastars BTS and Super Junior. The ambassador said there was a gap between the perception of the Kingdom and the country’s on-the-ground reality. “In any country, there is a gap between the perception that the image that exists in the world, and the reality that you find. This is true of any country. That gap between the perception and reality has been bigger in relation to Saudi Arabia than to any other country that I’ve lived in. So, the result is once people visit and they see for themselves, then they change their overall perception. They change their minds, and this is a very powerful thing.” Tens of thousands of UK nationals visit the two holy cities of Makkah and Madinah every year to perform Hajj and Umrah, but the reasons to visit the country are increasing. Collis said that 43,000 people from the UK had taken advantage of a new e-visa system launched last October to visit Saudi Arabia, the highest number in the world. “Every year we’ve seen the number of Saudi nationals visiting the UK increase, now it’s coming the other way,” Collis said. “With a population of less than 70 million, and it’s the No. 1 country visiting Saudi Arabia more than any other country, I’m very proud of that. I would say that of the hundreds and thousands of British people who I have met visiting Saudi Arabia for the first time, every single person I have met has left with a more positive (outlook) than the one that they arrived with. So, more visits must mean more people have a better idea of the realities of this country, society and its people.” Collis said he had met many Saudis and forged friendships with them. People in the Kingdom had integrity and were straightforward, and the ambassador had special praise for the younger generation saying there was a “natural enjoyment” when he sat with them to talk. They were very aware, he added. NUMBER 43,000 - people from the UK had taken advantage of a new e-visa system launched last October to visit Saudi Arabia, the highest number in the world. His regard for young Saudis is evident. He launched the Alumni Awards, which recognize Saudi students who have returned to the Kingdom, excelled and succeeded in their professions or made an impact in their communities. With more than 100,000 Saudis studying in the UK over the last 10 years, the program will be developed in order to increase engagement with them once they return to Saudi Arabia. The national and global awards initiative is aimed at showcasing the impact and value of a UK higher education, and winners and finalists are leaders in their fields. “The Alumni Awards are fun. What the award looks at, whether it’s an entrepreneur or professional or social category, it’s not what did you do in the UK with your studies, it’s when you got your qualification, what did you do in Saudi Arabia when you came back. How did you use it? It’s about what use you put it to, not what you get, but how did you use it to further your own career, your life and that of your community and others around you,” Collis said. 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Sattam bin Fahad Al-Mojil, assistant professor at King Saud University

Mon, 2020-01-27 01:17 Sattam bin Fahad Al-Mojil is assistant professor of environmental engineering at King Saud University (KSU) in Riyadh. He received his bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering, specializing in structural and geotechni
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Sattam bin Fahad Al-Mojil, assistant professor at King Saud University

Mon, 2020-01-27 01:17 Sattam bin Fahad Al-Mojil is assistant professor of environmental engineering at King Saud University (KSU) in Riyadh. He received his bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering, specializing in structural and geotechnical engineering, from KSU in 2010. He obtained his master’s in civil and environmental engineering from Washington State University in 2012. In 2015, he completed his Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering. Recently, Al-Mojil presented a study at the Riyadh Economic Forum suggesting that investment initiatives and social development plans not driven by environmental considerations would result in “aggravated environmental degradation.” The study examined the role of the private sector in environmental protection and praised a Saudi government plan to plant 5 million trees in the Kingdom by the end of 2030 using treated wastewater. Al-Mojil began his teaching career at KSU in 2010 as a teaching assistant in civil engineering, going on to become a lecturer. He was later promoted to chairman of KSU’s environmental team at the Solar Decathlon Middle East. He was then appointed to his current position as assistant professor in environmental engineering. In 2019, he worked as an environmental consultant at the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture. Al-Mojil is also an environment, water and agriculture consultant at the Ministry of Economy and Planning. Since 2017, he has served as chairman of the technical committee tasked with preparing Saudi standards for green and sustainable buildings at the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Who's Who Mansour bin Saad Al-Kredes, Saudi Shoura Council memberSaad Al-Shehri, Saudi football manager

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