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Pakistan to continue import of LNG from Qatar

A Pakistani cabinet minister says Islamabad will continue to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Qatar under a 15-year agreement, despite the severing of diplomatic ties with Qatar by Saudi Arabia and some other countries.

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Pakistan to continue import of LNG from Qatar

A Pakistani cabinet minister says Islamabad will continue to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Qatar under a 15-year agreement, despite the severing of diplomatic ties with Qatar by Saudi Arabia and some other countries.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the federal minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, said Qatar and Pakistan last year signed a $1 billion agreement, under which Qatar's Liquefied Gas Company Limited will sell LNG from 2016 to year 2031 to state-run Pakistan State Oil.

He said since no sanctions have been imposed on Qatar by the United Nations, Pakistan and Qatar were bound to abide by the agreement.

Qatar has released an initial report into the alleged hack of its state-run news agency, an incident which helped spark a diplomatic crisis between the energy-rich country and Arab nations.

The Qatari Interior Ministry said late Wednesday that the website of the Qatar News Agency was initially hacked in April with "high techniques and innovative methods."

It said hackers installed a file and then published a fake news item attributed to Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, just after midnight May 24.

The ministry did not say who it suspected carried out the attack. It also thanked the FBI and the British National Commission for Combating Crime for assisting it in its investigation.

The alleged fake news item, which had Sheikh Tamim making controversial comments on Iran and Israel, immediately was picked up by Saudi and Emirati media, laying the groundwork for the crisis that began Monday (05.06.2017.)

Kuwait's emir has traveled to Qatar and met that country's leader as part of his efforts to mediate an end to a crisis that's seen Arab nations cut ties to the energy-rich country and attempt to isolate it.

Kuwait's Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah was met planeside by Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, when he arrived on Wednesday night.

The two held talks, though details of their discussions were not released. Sheikh Sabah earlier Wednesday traveled to Dubai where he met with Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who also serves as prime minister and vice president of the UAE.

Sheikh Sabah also has traveled to Saudi Arabia in his efforts.


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Kyrgyzstan emphasizes further development with Belarus - Dzhumabekov

Bishkek, May 20, 2019. / Kabar /. Speaker of the Jogorku Kenesh, Dastanbek Dzhumabekov met with Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, Vladimir Andreichenko. According to the press service of the Kyrgyz
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Kyrgyzstan emphasizes further development with Belarus - Dzhumabekov

Bishkek, May 20, 2019. / Kabar /. Speaker of the Jogorku Kenesh, Dastanbek Dzhumabekov met with Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, Vladimir Andreichenko. According to the press service of the Kyrgyz Parliament, Dzhumabekov, welcoming the delegation of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus headed by Vladimir Andreichenko noted that this meeting is a good opportunity to exchange views on current issues of the development of friendly relations between Kyrgyzstan and Belarus. He also expressed the hope that together the parties «will continue to successfully strengthen inter-parliamentary relations between the two states.» Dzhumabekov stressed that Kyrgyzstan attaches particular importance to the further development of friendly relations with Belarus on the basis of mutual trust and respect for each other’s interests. “We highly appreciate the political dialogue between Kyrgyzstan and Belarus. In the agreements reached during the working visit of the Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic in November 2018 to Minsk to attend the meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council, we see confirmation of the mutual desire of the parties to further develop and enhance mutually beneficial relations,” Dzhumabekov emphasized. The speaker also noted the interest of the Jogorku Kenesh in the further development and strengthening of ties with both chambers of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus. Andreichenko thanked for the warm welcome. He expressed admiration for how the infrastructure of our capital is changing, the pace of construction in Bishkek, and how much attention is paid to farming culture in Kyrgyzstan. Speaking about the development of bilateral cooperation, including parliamentary cooperation, Andreichenko stated the need to build them up. “It is nice that on the threshold of the CSTO PA meeting we have the opportunity to discuss a wide range of issues of bilateral cooperation, and within the framework of the CSTO PA the issues of ensuring regional stability and peace will be discussed,” the speaker of the Belarusian parliament said. He also noted that bilateral cooperation between the countries is developing dynamically, and trade is also increasing. Andreichenko also said that Belarus is ready to increase trade, as an example, he listed possible options for cooperation: sales of agricultural products from the Kyrgyz Republic and technical equipment from the Republic of Belarus. “We are interested in expanding bilateral cooperation in all areas, including inter-parliamentary. We are also interested in increasing trade between our countries, we can supply many goods to the Kyrgyz Republic, and we have an interest in agricultural products from Kyrgyzstan. I believe that no circumstances should prevent the development of friendly relations between our countries,” concluded Andreichenko.

Kyrgyz Parliament Speaker meets with Chairman of State Duma of Russia Vyacheslav Volodin

Bishkek, May 19, 2019. /Kabar/. On the eve of the extraordinary meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Parliamentary Assembly Council Speaker of the Jogorku Kenesh Dastanbek Dzhumabekov met with Chairman of the State Duma of the Federa
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Kyrgyz Parliament Speaker meets with Chairman of State Duma of Russia Vyacheslav Volodin

Bishkek, May 19, 2019. /Kabar/. On the eve of the extraordinary meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Parliamentary Assembly Council Speaker of the Jogorku Kenesh Dastanbek Dzhumabekov met with Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Vyacheslav Volodin, the press service of the Kyrgyz parliament reported. Greeting the delegation of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russia led by Vyacheslav Volodin, Dzhumabekov noted that holding the meeting of the Council of the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly in Bishkek is a pleasant and honorable mission for the Kyrgyz Parliament. Speaker Dzhumabekov noted the state visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Kyrgyzstan in March of this year, during which the sides signed a significant package of agreements aimed at further strengthening and deepening of Kyrgyz-Russian cooperation. “We are deeply grateful for the decisions taken on the application of the “migratory amnesty” to the citizens of Kyrgyzstan, workers in Russia, their withdrawal from the “black list”, as well as the removal from further consideration of the ban on driving our workers in Russia on the basis of foreign national driver's licenses. In the context of the above, I am particularly pleased to note your personal attention and contribution to strengthening Kyrgyz-Russian relations,” the Kyrgyz apeaker said, addressing the chairman of the State Duma. “Taking into account the challenges and threats of the 21st century, there is need to note the existing high level of military and military-technical cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and Russia, including within the framework of the CSTO and its Parliamentary Assembly. I am confident that the further expansion of the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly, as well as the constructive interaction of the parliaments of the Organization’s member states, will contribute to the strengthening of regional stability and security,” Dzhumabekov added . «We meet regularly and always look for an opportunity to communicate on the margins of the Parliamentary Assembly, especially in the run-up to the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly Council meeting. There is an importance for us to know your vision of the organization’s development and implementation of the goals set within the framework of the CSTO. As for the inter-parliamentary cooperation, their dynamism makes it possible to ensure the implementation of the agreements reached and to do everything so that the peoples of the two countries better understand each other,» Head of the State Duma Volodin said. The sides agreed to develop cooperation in the field of education, humanitarian projects and culture at the meeting.

International hand-to-hand combat tournament among security forces held in Bishkek

Bishkek, May 19, 2019. /Kabar/. The international hand-to-hand combat tournament among the athletes of security and law-enforcement bodies of Kyrgyzstan, dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the State Border Service of the Kyrgyz Republic
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International hand-to-hand combat tournament among security forces held in Bishkek

Bishkek, May 19, 2019. /Kabar/. The international hand-to-hand combat tournament among the athletes of security and law-enforcement bodies of Kyrgyzstan, dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the State Border Service of the Kyrgyz Republic, ended in Bishkek on May 18. The press service of the State Border Service of the Kyrgyz Republic reported that 108 athletes took part in the tournament. “Hand-to-hand combat is quite a tough sport, but it fosters the readiness of the soldiers to meet the enemy face to face at any second. Hand-to-hand combat hardens the spirit of a fighter and gives an understanding that even under unequal conditions, spirit, not physical strength brings victory," Ularbek Sharsheyev, Chairman of the State Border Service said at the tournament closing. According to the results of the competition, the team of the State Border Service, which took the 1st place, was recognized as the best in the team event. The second place was awarded to the State Security Service of the Kyrgyz State Committee for National Security team. The team of the Military Institute of Armed Forces of the Kyrgyz Republic named after Hero of the Soviet Union Lieutenant-General Kalyinur Usenbekov took the third place. Winners of the qualifying tournament will take part in the World Championship, which will be held from May 30 to June 2 in St. Petersburg, Russia, and later, in July, in the Asian Championship.

Sport- shooting complex and new square opened in Bishkek

Bishkek, May 20, 2019. /Kabar/. The opening of a new sport- shooting complex was held on May 19 in Bishkek with the participation of Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev, Mayor of Bishkek Aziz Surakmatov, President of the National O
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Bishkek, May 20, 2019. /Kabar/. The opening of a new sport- shooting complex was held on May 19 in Bishkek with the participation of Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev, Mayor of Bishkek Aziz Surakmatov, President of the National Olympic Committee Sharshenbek Abdykerimov and President of the Kyrgyzstan Shooting Sport Federation Salamat Ergeshov. The Mayor of Bishkek noted in his speech that the appearance of a sport-shooting complex will serve as an impetus to the development of sports shooting in the capital and will educate athletes who will defend with dignity the honor of our country and the city not only in domestic but also abroad competitions. The press service of the Bishkek Mayor’s office reported that the first visitors of the complex took part in the excursion around the complex and witnessed the first trainings of sportsmen. The total area of the complex is 2 thousand square meters. A new square called Ayu also opened in Bishkek. The total area of the square is 15 thousand square meters.

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Bomb blast hits tourist bus near Egypt pyramids

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Bomb blast hits tourist bus near Egypt pyramids

A bomb blast hit a tourist bus near Egypt's famed Giza pyramids on Sunday, wounding some of them, including South Africans, in the latest blow to the country's tourism industry. The roadside bomb went off as the bus was being driven in Giza, also causing injuries to Egyptians in a nearby car, medical and security sources said. Security and medical sources in Egypt said 17 people were injured, without giving a breakdown of their nationalities. No deaths were reported. South Africa said in a statement that the «bus explosion» injured three of its 28 citizens who were part of the tourist group. They would remain in hospital while the rest would return home on Monday, said the statement from the department of international relations. «A device exploded and smashed the windows of a bus carrying 25 people from South Africa and a private car carrying four Egyptians,» the security source said. Video footage captured by AFP showed the bus and car with broken windows on the side of the road. According to the security source, the wounded were being treated for scratches caused by the broken glass. Sunday's incident comes after three Vietnamese holidaymakers and their Egyptian guide were killed when a roadside bomb hit their bus as it travelled near the Giza pyramids outside Cairo in December. It also comes just little more than a month before the African Cup of Nations hosted by Egypt is to kick off. Egypt has been battling an insurgency that surged especially in the turbulent North Sinai region following the 2013 military ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, who was replaced by former army general Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. In February 2018, the army launched a nationwide operation against militants, focusing mainly on the North Sinai region. - Tourism recovery - Some 650 militants and around 45 soldiers have been killed since the start of the offensive, according to separate statements by the armed forces. Since first being elected in 2014, Sisi has presented himself as a bulwark against terrorism, promising stability and increased security. Recently, the country's vital tourism industry has started to slowly rebound after suffering strong blows due to deadly attacks targeting tourists following the turmoil of the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak. Figures by the official statistics agency showed that tourist arrivals reached 8.3 million in 2017, compared with 5.3 million the previous year. Authorities have gone at great lengths to lure tourists back, touting a series of archaeological finds and a new museum next to the pyramids, as well as enhanced security at airports and around ancient sites. But that figure was still far short of the record influx of 2010 when more than 14 million visitors flocked to see the country's sites. © Agence France-Presse

Afghan working women still face perils at home and office

“Mena never forgot her duty towards our home and work. After years of struggle she had achieved success and happiness,” said Anisa Mangal, Mena’s mother, told Reuters, as she sat surrounded by her husband, four daughters, a son, grandchildren at her two
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Afghan working women still face perils at home and office

“Mena never forgot her duty towards our home and work. After years of struggle she had achieved success and happiness,” said Anisa Mangal, Mena’s mother, told Reuters, as she sat surrounded by her husband, four daughters, a son, grandchildren at her two-story home in eastern Kabul.. “She did the right things ... worked very hard to become a professional woman.” No-one has been arrested over the broad daylight killing, but police officials said Mangal’s family had filed a case against four men, including her ex-husband. “These four people are on the run but the police are trying to arrest them,” said Kabul police spokesman Firdaws Faramarz. Mangal’s mother believes it was her dedication to home and career that got her killed. She accuses her daughter’s ex-husband of involvement in the murder because Mangal would not give up her job and continued to appear on television. Reuters was unable to contact Mangal’s former husband. Calls to family members went unanswered. The brazen attack on Mangal has drawn widespread condemnation — including from U.S. officials and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — and highlighted what activists say is the continuing plight of Afghan women, who still suffer high levels of sexual and domestic violence and discrimination. Educated Afghan women, the torchbearer’s of a drive to improve women’s rights since the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001, say they still face hostility, be it from conservative family members or hardline Islamist groups, for pursuing professional and financial independence. Earlier this month, for example, the Taliban, launched a deadly attack on the head office of U.S.-funded aid group Counterpart International in Kabul, citing the “intermixing” of women and men working at the site and its promotion of “western activities”. At least nine people were killed and 20 were wounded in a siege that lasted for more than seven hours. “The Taliban want to kill women who work with men. If I die, there will be no one to feed my parents and siblings,” said an Afghan woman who has worked at Counterpart for more than three years, speaking on condition of anonymity. “If I sit at home will the Taliban come to pay the bills?” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said its fighters targeted Counterpart because it was funded by U.S. aid agencies. Women could study and work, he said, but the intermingling of the genders ought to be kept in check in Afghanistan. PRICE OF FREEDOM Though many hardships remain, access to public life has improved for Afghan women since U.S.-backed forces ousted the Taliban, especially in cities such as Kabul, where tens of thousands now work outside the home. But for many, concerns about the hazards of going out to a job extend beyond their own safety. Slideshow (8 Images) Until April, thousands of Afghan women now working for the government were happy to bring their children to the office. The daycare center attached to every government building provided reassurance their children were close by and safe. The centers were originally established in 1945 to encourage women into the workforce, but closed under the Taliban, who ruled from 1996 to 2001 and did not allow women to go to school or work, nor walk on the street without being accompanied by a male relative and wearing the all-enveloping burqa. Now reopened, the government runs more than 370 creches where around 17,000 children aged from 3 months to 5 years are provided with milk, food, cots, toys and education at subsidized rates. “Having a daycare center next to my office is a blessing, I feed my child after every two hours and get back to work without any stress,” said Sadia Seddiqi, an HR official at a government ministry. But this sense of security changed in April, after a suicide bomber and gunmen belonging to the Islamic State group attacked the Afghan communications ministry in central Kabul. About a dozen people were killed during the attack. Police evacuated about 100 children along with 2,800 employees from the complex. Harrowing TV pictures of children, teachers, and mothers screaming for hours after every gunshot inside the ministry building has forced hundreds of mothers to re-think their childcare. Meena Ahmadi, who works at the communications ministry, said several of her colleagues do not bring their kids to daycare after the attack and some of them had chosen to resign. “I am afraid of coming to the office,” she said. “I get upset when I remember my colleagues who were killed. The attack has impacted my child too.” Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-attacks-women/afghan-working-women-still-face-perils-at-home-and-office-idUSKCN1SQ01D

Saudi envoy opens new mosque in Pakistan

Author: SPAID: 1558299902674326700Mon, 2019-05-20 00:04 HARIPUR: Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Pakistan on Saturday opened a new mosque in the city of Haripur as a mark of the strong relations between the two countries. The Kingdom’s envoy, Naw
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Saudi envoy opens new mosque in Pakistan

Author: SPAID: 1558299902674326700Mon, 2019-05-20 00:04 HARIPUR: Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Pakistan on Saturday opened a new mosque in the city of Haripur as a mark of the strong relations between the two countries. The Kingdom’s envoy, Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki, inaugurated the King Abdul Aziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Saud Mosque, in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, in the presence of local government officials. Built to accommodate up to 500 worshippers, the mosque has been constructed as part of charitable projects carried out by the Muslim World League (MWL) through the International Association for Relief, Care and Development (IARCD) in Pakistan. Al-Malki said the mosque represented a milestone in the friendship between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan and was a continuation of similar charity work carried out by the Kingdom. In praising the MWL and its affiliated bodies for their contributions, the ambassador also thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their special attention to humanitarian work and the service of Islam and Muslims. University of Haripur president, Anwar Gilani, thanked Saudi Arabia for its leadership on the landmark mosque project which he said highlighted the friendship between the two countries. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi-Pakistan Saudi-Pakistani trust ‘very high,’ says Islamabad consul general in JeddahSaudi-Pakistani Joint Ministerial Commission meets

Saudi Civil Defense steps up safety plan for pilgrims

Author: SPAID: 1558299840874323100Mon, 2019-05-20 00:03 MAKKAH: Makkah’s Civil Defense has boosted its inspection program in the city as it works to ensure worshippers’ safety during Ramadan. Lt. Col. Fawwaz bin Ibrahim Al-Zayidi, director of
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Saudi Civil Defense steps up safety plan for pilgrims

Author: SPAID: 1558299840874323100Mon, 2019-05-20 00:03 MAKKAH: Makkah’s Civil Defense has boosted its inspection program in the city as it works to ensure worshippers’ safety during Ramadan. Lt. Col. Fawwaz bin Ibrahim Al-Zayidi, director of the safety department at the General Directorate of Civil Defense in Makkah, said that more than 16,300 pilgrim and visitor facilities in the city have been inspected since the start of the year, with an average of 91 daily visits. Inspection of facilities frequented by pilgrims and Makkah’s residents have been intensified since the start of Ramadan, he said. The department’s safety work focuses on preventive supervision of facilities and issuing of licenses. A total of 5,755 licenses have been issued since the start of the year, including 635 licenses for hotels and furnished apartments, and 228 for restaurants. Al-Zayidi said that more than 2,140 inspections have taken place, including hotels, furnished apartments, restaurants and several businesses. The department is raising safety awareness through broadcasts for residents and pilgrims on social media platforms and screens throughout the city. Fire safety and evacuation procedures have also been shown on TV at hotels in Makkah’s central area. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Civil DefenseHajj and UmrahRamadan 2019 Saudi Civil Defense puts Ramadan plans in placeSaudi Civil Defense announces Ramadan security measures

Nearly 3.16 million held for residency, labor, border violations across KSA

Author: spaID: 1558299806564321900Mon, 2019-05-20 00:02 RIYADH: Nearly 3.16 million violators of residency, work and border security systems have been arrested in a year-long roundup, according to an official report. Since the campaign began in No
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Nearly 3.16 million held for residency, labor, border violations across KSA

Author: spaID: 1558299806564321900Mon, 2019-05-20 00:02 RIYADH: Nearly 3.16 million violators of residency, work and border security systems have been arrested in a year-long roundup, according to an official report. Since the campaign began in November 2017, there have been 3,159,388 offenders, including 2,461,868 for violating residency regulations, 487,670 for labor violations and 209,850 for border violations, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. The report said that 53,042 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 49 percent of whom were Yemeni citizens, 48 percent were Ethiopians and 3 percent were of other nationalities. 2,249 people were arrested for trying to cross the border into neighboring countries and 3,823 were arrested for involvement in transporting and harboring those violators. 1,299 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 35 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures. The total number of violators being subjected to procedures is 12,741, including 11,103 men and 1,638 women. Immediate penalties were imposed against 461,749 offenders; 422,442 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents; 534,278 were transferred to complete their travel reservations; and 793,014 were deported. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi jawazatSaudi expats Over 3 million held for residency, labor, border violations across KSAAround 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

Rights and benefits of the Saudi ‘Green Card’

Author: RAWAN RADWANID: 1558300964294424000Mon, 2019-05-20 00:21 JEDDAH: The Um Al-Qura newspaper, the official gazette of the Saudi government, has published new information concerning the laws and regulations of the Privileged Iqama, widely know
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Rights and benefits of the Saudi ‘Green Card’

Author: RAWAN RADWANID: 1558300964294424000Mon, 2019-05-20 00:21 JEDDAH: The Um Al-Qura newspaper, the official gazette of the Saudi government, has published new information concerning the laws and regulations of the Privileged Iqama, widely known as the Saudi “Green Card.” It also carried the conditions under which the Iqama can be canceled. Following the announcement of the Saudi Cabinet’s approval of the Privileged Iqama residency permit, as previously reported by Arab News, the new information offers a further look at the Privileged Resident Permit (iqama) scheme. The iqama was first proposed in 2016 by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and was approved by the Cabinet last week. It will for the first time allow foreign nationals to work and live in Saudi Arabia without a sponsor. The scheme will enable expatriates to permanently reside, own property and invest in the Kingdom. An authorized draft of the new Privileged Iqama system offers a number of benefits to highly skilled expatriates and owners of capital funds that will not require a Saudi sponsor. A special committee has been given 90 days to determine regulations governing the mechanisms of the scheme, such as fees for applicants, which have not been yet determined by the authorities. Fahad bin Juma, vice chairman of the Shoura Council Financial Committee said that eligibility for the Saudi Green Card will be determined by a number of bodies headed by the Ministry of Commerce and Investment, as reported by Al-Watan newspaper. He also added that in order to be eligible, applicants must possess scientific or professional skills that are not abundantly available in the Kingdom, or they should be company owners who can invest in the country. The holder of the Privileged Iqama will be deemed resident for the purpose of applying other statutory provisions, especially tax provisions, regardless of how much time he spends outside the Kingdom in the course of the year. The applicant must be over 21 years of age, must have a valid passport, must not have a criminal record, and must provide a health report dated within 6 months of the application presenting proof that the applicant is free of infectious diseases. In the case of applications from within the Kingdom, the applicant must obtain a legal resident permit before applying. The Privilege Iqama rights include possession of private means of transport and any other movable properties that an expat is allowed to acquire as per the Saudi law, employment in private sector establishments and transfer between them (this includes the beneficiary’s family members) except for occupations and jobs from which non-Saudi nationals are banned. The rights also include freedom to leave the Kingdom and return to it independently, use of the queues designated for Saudi nationals when entering and exiting the Kingdom through its ports, and doing business under the foreign investment system. Under the system, two categories are provided to applicants, an extended iqama and temporary iqama subject to renewal. Upon approval of the application, according to Article 5, the applicant must pay the fees specified by the designated authorities; the holder will be deemed resident for the purpose of applying other statutory requirements, especially the tax provisions, regardless of how much time he spends outside the Kingdom in the course of the year. The Privileged Iqama does not entitle the holder to Saudi citizenship. The holder of the Privileged Iqama, will enjoy several rights, including residence in Saudi Arabia with his family, the right to issue visitor’s visas for relatives as defined by the MOI regulations, the recruitment of domestic workers, the possession of property for residential, commercial and industrial purposes with the exclusion of Makkah, Madinah and border areas as per the regulations. The holder will also be able to utilize property in Makkah and Madinah for a period not exceeding 99 years. The Ministries of Justice and Commerce and Investment shall establish the necessary mechanisms to ensure the beneficiary’s access to an instrument of utilization issued by the Notary Public. This right will be enforceable by transfer to others according to the rules set by the committee. Saudi Arabia’s minister of Economy and Planning, Mohammad Al-Tuwaijri, said that the Privilege Iqama law approved by the Saudi Cabinet confirms that the Kingdom is continuing its development and reform plans in accordance with Vision 2030 to develop its economy and enhance the attractiveness of its investment environment. The Privilege Iqama aims to make residents and expatriates an active part of the Saudi economy, promote consumption growth by increasing quality purchasing power and economic activity in various sectors, establish more small and medium enterprises, and generate jobs for Saudi citizens. The Privileged Iqama can be canceled if the holder did not comply with the obligations stipulated in Article 7 of the law, waivered his residency, and/or passed away or was no longer eligible. Several matters could lead to the cancelation of the Iqama, such as providing false information in the application, a conviction for a crime punishable by imprisonment for a period exceeding 60 days and/or a fine exceeding SR100,000, or a judicial decision to deport the holder from the Kingdom. The cancelation or termination of the Privilege Iqama does not entail the transfer of the rights and benefits, obtained in accordance with Article 2 of the law, to the holder’s family. However, if a family member met the conditions of this law and its regulations, he may apply for the Privileged Iqama. In the event of the cancelation or termination of the holder’s Iqama or any of his family members, the Privilege Iqama Center will, in coordination with the designated authorities, consider and remedy any consequences that may result therefrom in accordance with the law and its regulations. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi green cardSaudi expatsSaudi expats levyVision 2030 Expats welcome Saudi ‘green card’ but say questions need to be answeredSaudi green card is ‘for investors and scientifically skilled’

Russian senator describes scandal around ex-Austrian vice chancellor as provocation

Kosachev compared the incident to the scandal around 2017 French presidential candidate Francois Fillon who had faced accusations in relation to his wife’s job
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Russian senator describes scandal around ex-Austrian vice chancellor as provocation

Kosachev compared the incident to the scandal around 2017 French presidential candidate Francois Fillon who had faced accusations in relation to his wife’s job

UNSC to hold emergency meeting on Ukraine’s language law

«We have called a Security Council meeting on Ukraine’s language law,» Russian Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Dmitry Polyansky said
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UNSC to hold emergency meeting on Ukraine’s language law

«We have called a Security Council meeting on Ukraine’s language law,» Russian Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Dmitry Polyansky said

Game of Thrones fans from Russia’s Yakutia to present Jon Snow figurine to George Martin

«We would like to thank the show’s creators for the magical world they gave us», one of the initiative’s authors Tatyana Yegorova said
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Game of Thrones fans from Russia’s Yakutia to present Jon Snow figurine to George Martin

«We would like to thank the show’s creators for the magical world they gave us», one of the initiative’s authors Tatyana Yegorova said

Russia calls on BBC to press authorities for answers in relation to Salisbury case

BBC would do better service to the public if they pressed authorities to provide answers and proofs of what actually happened in Salisbury, the Russian embassy said
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Russia calls on BBC to press authorities for answers in relation to Salisbury case

BBC would do better service to the public if they pressed authorities to provide answers and proofs of what actually happened in Salisbury, the Russian embassy said

What's on your mind, Canada? Your MP wants to know

The 2019 federal election campaign is already underway. The CBC News Canada Votes newsletter is your weekly tip sheet as we count down to October 21.
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What's on your mind, Canada? Your MP wants to know

The 2019 federal election campaign is already underway. The CBC News Canada Votes newsletter is your weekly tip sheet as we count down to October 21.

B.C. pilot Patrick Forseth among 5 killed in Honduran plane crash

Five foreigners, including Canadian pilot Patrick Forseth, died on Saturday when a private plane crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from Roatán island, a tourist destination on the Caribbean Sea coast of Honduras.
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B.C. pilot Patrick Forseth among 5 killed in Honduran plane crash

Five foreigners, including Canadian pilot Patrick Forseth, died on Saturday when a private plane crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from Roatán island, a tourist destination on the Caribbean Sea coast of Honduras.

Hundreds protest Alabama abortion ban: ‘My body, my choice!’

MONTGOMERY, Ala. --- Hundreds of demonstrators marched to the Alabama Capitol on Sunday to protest the state's newly approved abortion ban, chanting «my body, my choice!» and «vote them out!» The demonstration came days after Gov. K
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Hundreds protest Alabama abortion ban: ‘My body, my choice!’

MONTGOMERY, Ala. --- Hundreds of demonstrators marched to the Alabama Capitol on Sunday to protest the state's newly approved abortion ban, chanting «my body, my choice!» and «vote them out!» The demonstration came days after Gov. Kay Ivey signed the most stringent abortion law in the nation--- making performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases unless necessary for the mother's health. The law provides no exception for rape and incest. «Banning abortion does not stop abortion. It stops safe abortion,» said Staci Fox, CEO and president of Planned Parenthood Southeast, addressing the cheering crowd outside the Alabama Capitol. Alabama is part of a wave of conservative ...Keep on reading: Hundreds protest Alabama abortion ban: ‘My body, my choice!’

US ‘siege’ of Venezuela disturbs global crude supply – oil minister

Washington’s war on Venezuela’s economy undermines stability on global markets, the country’s oil minister Manuel Quevedo told OPEC cartel, just days after the US placed him on sanctions list alongside other Caracas officials. Read Full Article at RT.co
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US ‘siege’ of Venezuela disturbs global crude supply – oil minister

Washington’s war on Venezuela’s economy undermines stability on global markets, the country’s oil minister Manuel Quevedo told OPEC cartel, just days after the US placed him on sanctions list alongside other Caracas officials. Read Full Article at RT.com

Google pulls Huawei’s Android license, forcing it to use open source version

Following the US crackdown on Chinese technology companies, Google has cut off Huawei’s Android license, dealing a huge blow to the besieged phonemaker. Reuters first reported the news, and The Verge subsequently confirmed Google’s suspension of busi
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Google pulls Huawei’s Android license, forcing it to use open source version

Following the US crackdown on Chinese technology companies, Google has cut off Huawei’s Android license, dealing a huge blow to the besieged phonemaker. Reuters first reported the news, and The Verge subsequently confirmed Google’s suspension of business with Huawei with a source familiar with the matter. We have requested comment from Google and will update this article if the company makes a statement.

Libya: Government of National Accord preparing to remove Haftar from Tripoli region

The Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) announced, via Facebook on Saturday, that it is preparing an operation to remove the forces of retired Major General Khalifa Haftar from around Tripoli. It also said it would seek to enforce security throughout L
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Libya: Government of National Accord preparing to remove Haftar from Tripoli region

The Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) announced, via Facebook on Saturday, that it is preparing an operation to remove the forces of retired Major General Khalifa Haftar from around Tripoli. It also said it would seek to enforce security throughout Libya.

The Liberal Embrace of War

The United States banned all air transport with Venezuela on Wednesday over security concerns, further isolating the troubled South American nation… A disinterested historian — Herodotus raised from the dead — would see this as just the latest volley i
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The Liberal Embrace of War

The United States banned all air transport with Venezuela on Wednesday over security concerns, further isolating the troubled South American nation… A disinterested historian — Herodotus raised from the dead — would see this as just the latest volley in a siege tale. America has been trying for ages to topple the regime of President Nicholas Maduro, after trying for years to do the same to his predecessor, Hugo Chavez.

John Deere Slashes Production Amid A 1980s Style Farm Crisis Collapse In Midwest

With the entire US agriculture sector facing a 1980s style farm crisis downturn and record debt levels, demand for new tractors is set to collapse as farmers hang on to old Deere & Co. equipment, reported Bloomberg.
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John Deere Slashes Production Amid A 1980s Style Farm Crisis Collapse In Midwest

With the entire US agriculture sector facing a 1980s style farm crisis downturn and record debt levels, demand for new tractors is set to collapse as farmers hang on to old Deere & Co. equipment, reported Bloomberg.

Vice Ganda fumes over ‘privileged’ comment: ‘Feeling woke!’ 

MANILA, Philippines --- Comedian Vice Ganda did not mince his words when netizens called him «privileged» over his «shopping» tweet.   «Nagtweet lang ako ng magshashopping ako sinabihan nako ng mga feeling WOKE ng 'Pri
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Vice Ganda fumes over ‘privileged’ comment: ‘Feeling woke!’ 

MANILA, Philippines --- Comedian Vice Ganda did not mince his words when netizens called him «privileged» over his «shopping» tweet.   «Nagtweet lang ako ng magshashopping ako sinabihan nako ng mga feeling WOKE ng 'Privileged'! Bakit ako lng ba nakakapagshopping sa buong mundo? Mga shunga! Punta ka ng mall kahit walang trabaho nagshashopping!!! Dunung dunungan ang mga potahang feeling WOKE!» Vice Ganda wrote Sunday night in a tweet.   https://twitter.com/vicegandako/status/1130102744977760257   This was after he pointed out how social networking sites are a mess and said he would go shopping instead.   "Andaming nag aaway, andaming galit, a...Keep on reading: Vice Ganda fumes over ‘privileged’ comment: ‘Feeling woke!’ 

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