(RIYADH, S.A.) JUST IN: The Arab coalition destroyed an explosive laden boat and foiled a Houthi terrorist attack in the southern Red Sea on Wednesday according to the Arab Media News #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.25: A commercial vessel suffered minor damage from shrapnel as the terror attack was foiled, the coalition said: Hostile actions carried out by the Houthi militia threaten shipping lines and global trade, the coalition added:

Bahrain: Qatar coastguard stops two Bahraini vessels returning from maritime exerciseSaudi aerial photographer reveals secrets of AlUla Old Town to global audience: Saudi Arabia: https://ift.tt/3l7G6R4

#AceNewsDesk report ……………..Published: Nov.25: 2020:

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(RIYADH, S.A.) G20 Briefing Report: The world needs to strengthen cooperation to reduce land degradation, habitat loss and coral reef conservation, said Saudi Deputy Minister for Environment Dr. Osama Faqeeha on Tuesday according to Arab Media News #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.17: Speaking at a G20 meeting briefing on the highlights of the Environment Working Group, Faqeeha underlined the importance of preserving the environment for a sustainable future: He said that the Saudi presidency is pursuing collective efforts and taking concrete actions to safeguard the planet: The deputy minister said conserving the earth’s environment meant protecting marine and terrestrial environments and working towards reducing marine pollution such as plastic littering: ” Around 12 million hectares of land are lost annually due to land degradation, including deforestation,” he added: Moreover, land degradation affects about 60 percent of people directly or indirectly and contributes to massive habitat and ecosystem service losses, he said, adding that deforestation and other land use are also responsible for 24 percent of greenhouse gas emissions: G20 Saudi Arabia is leading the international community in working toward minimizing land degradation and deforestation to conserve biodiversity and meet climate goals:

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Faqeeha also spoke about preserving the oceans, saying that the human activity and climate change endanger the survival of coral reefs, on which about 50 percent of the world’s marine life depends.

Without concrete action, it is estimated that “a significant share of coral reefs are at risk,” he said. Coral reefs are under constant threat from pollution and habitat destruction, therefore conserving them “urgently important to ensure protection of our ecosystem.”

Due to the urgency of this issue, Saudi Arabia intends to build on the Japanese G20 Presidency’s efforts and advance steps on the preservation of the ecosystem.

Furthermore, climate change is one of the most pressing global challenges. The urgency to act increases as the world population continues to grow and emissions rise.

The Saudi G20 presidency is committed to advancing efforts for managing emissions in all sectors and improving synergies between adaptation and mitigation actions, including nature-based solutions such as reforestation and protecting and restoring marine resources.

“There has been significant appreciation of Saudi Arabia on environment preservation,” said the deputy minister.

Addressing the subject of “Securing a Future for the World’s Coral Reefs” later, Carlos M. Duarte, a professor of marine science at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), talked about the Kingdom’s coral reefs in the Red Sea.

“Red Sea coral reefs are the best preserved in the world and remarkably beautiful,” he said, adding that Red Sea is very salty, which protects coral reefs, which often called the tropical forests of the oceans.

Carlos M. Duarte, professor of marine science at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) speaking at G20 meet. (Screenshot)

Duarte said that the northern Red Sea provides a globally unique refuge for coral reefs.

Regarding securing the future of coral reefs, he added that by the turn of the century, about half of the coral reefs were lost. “We should not accept the loss of the coral reefs and grieve, but there is a need to act and strengthen cooperation to preserve them, not only through green recovery plan but blue recovery initiatives as well.”

He suggested some measures to preserve coral reefs, including resilience-based management, expansion of mangroves, growing and expanding habitats and restoring marine habitats.

G20 summit reflects Saudi Arabia’s key role, says ministerSustainable greenhouse launched for KAUST startup:

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published: Nov.17: 2020:

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(RIYADH, S.A.) JUST IN: Arab Media Statement Report: Saudi-led coalition air defenses intercepted a drone rigged with explosives that Houthi terrorists launched from Yemen early Saturday, a coalition official said according to SPA News Agency #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.14: The Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia launched it in a systematic and deliberate manner to target civilian objects and civilians in the southern region,” Brigadier Turki Al-Maliki, spokesman of the Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen, said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The statement did not say where the weaponized drone was shot down: Houthis had been using drones and missiles to attack Saudi Arabia: Most of the attacks have been thwarted: Houthi drone shot down by Saudi air defenses: Saudi Arabia https://ift.tt/3pvyStw

OIC condemns Houthi drone attacks on Saudi ArabiaUN warns of ‘ecological disaster’ in Houthi-controlled Red Sea area:

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Nov.14: 2020:

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(RIYADH, S.A) Arab Media News: Saudi security forces seal off cemetery for ‘ Non-Muslims ‘ where French Remembrance Day grenade attack took place on Wednesday morning according to Al Ekhbariya News #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.11: Saudi authorities have secured a cemetery for non-Muslims in Jeddah where a blast occurred earlier on Wednesday, Al Ekhbariya reported: The TV channel showed footage of the area around the cemetery and said the situation was stable: Makkah region authorities described the incident as “cowardly,” and said that an employee of the Greek consulate and a Saudi security officer were injured:

Earlier, AFP reported that a bomb had struck a World War I commemoration attended by European diplomats in Jeddah, leaving several people wounded: ” The annual ceremony commemorating the end of World War I at the non-Muslim cemetery in Jeddah, attended by several consulates, including that of France, was the target of an IED [improvised explosive device] attack this morning, which injured several people,” France’s foreign ministry said: https://acebreakingnews.wordpress.com/2020/11/11/breaking144-a-number-of-people-injury-in-a-grenade-attack-on-mosque-in-jeddah-on-wednesday-morning-according-to-rt-news-report/?preview=true

The French consulate in the UAE issued a statement Wednesday confirming several people had been wounded in the incident: ” Once again, France was the target of an attack during the commemorations of November 11, organized by the Consulate General of France, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This attack left several wounded,” it said: The French Embassy in the UAE said it was in close contact with the UAE authorities and that both remained “committed to ensuring a high level of stafety for our communities.”The statement added that the Embassy and the Consulate General reiterated calls for people to show restraint and remain vigilant, especially when traveling, in particular in places visited by tourists and expatriate communities.

A Saudi government source told Arab News the incident is being investigated and a detailed report will be issued very soon.…….

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#AceNewsDesk report …………….Published: Nov.11: 2020:

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‘ UN SECURITY COUNCIL TO MEET AND DISCUSS ISRAELI PLANS TO BUILD JEWISH SETTLEMENTS ‘

#AceWorldNews – October 28 – The UN Security Council will discuss on Wednesday Israeli plans to build more Jewish settlements in Arab East Jerusalem, AFP reported, citing diplomats.

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‘UN Security Council to meet on Israeli settlements ‘

An emergency meeting was requested by Jordan following a letter from Palestinian envoy Riyad Mansour.

He called on the 15-member council to “address this crisis situation.” 

Israel pledged to build more than 1,000 new settler homes in east Jerusalem on Monday, angering Palestinians who warned it could trigger an “explosion” of violence.

In his letter, the Palestinian representative called on the council to demand that Israel rescind its plan immediately and “commit to the path of peace that it has clearly and recklessly abandoned.”

On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit back at US and European criticism of the plan for more settlement building, saying the statements were “detached from reality.”

The European Union said the plans “call once again into serious question Israel’s commitment to a negotiated solution with the Palestinians,” warning of consequences for EU-Israel ties.

Washington said it was “deeply concerned” by the plans, adding that “moving forward with this type of action would be incompatible with the pursuit of peace.”

But Netanyahu insisted Israel would not change course.

“We will continue to build in Jerusalem, our eternal capital,” he said.

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JERUSALEM: ‘ Three-month-old baby girl laid to rest after terror attack on light rail train in capital ‘

#AceNewsServices – JERUSALEM – October 25 – On Wednesday night, in a crowded funeral parlour in Jerusalem, Shmuel Elimelech Braun stood in front of the small, white shroud-covered body of his three-month old daughter, Chaya Zissel, killed earlier that day in a terror attack.  

Three-month-old baby girl laid to rest after terror attack on light rail train in capital.

Three-month-old baby girl laid to rest after terror attack on light rail train in capital.

“Zissila, you were pure,” the young father said in a tear-choked voice. 

Earlier on Wednesday, he and his wife, Chana, had taken their only child to see the Western Wall for the first time. 

“In the last hour, you were by the Kotel. You woke up. We schmoozed with each other,” said Braun as he recounted those last moments with the daughter he cherished. 

“You looked at me and smiled,” Braun said. “I told you, this is the Kotel, this is Har Habayit [Temple Mount].” 

Braun spoke with his infant daughter about the cherubs that had been on the Ark of the Covenant when the Temple existed thousands of years ago. 

He described how the angels’ faces were like that of a pure child.

The family returned home on the light rail. Just after they stepped off the train, a young Arab man from east Jerusalem, Abdel Rahman al-Shalodi, drove his car into the group of people standing by the rails. Police have charged that he did so deliberately and that the incident is a terrorist attack.

Halperin said that his granddaughter flew out of her carriage and into the air some 10 to 20 meters before landing on the sidewalk, wounding her head.

Doctors were unable to save her life, Halperin said. 

His wife, he said, had left Israel earlier that day, while Chaya Zissel was still alive.

Source: 

#ANS2014

#arab, #jerusalem, #terrorist

WASHINGTON: ‘ Arab Banking Ready to Do a Deal in Russian Roubles ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – October 11 – Arab Banking is ready to cooperate with Russia if it creates favourable conditions in bank regulation, participants in a regional seminar on “Islamic finances” told TASS on Friday.

Specialists stressed that the Islamic banking sector was growing rapidly.

Now it is about 1% of the world banking sector. It searches for entering new markets. “Russia, I can assure you, is an attractive market. I think the answer is – if Russia opens its regulation system, definitely there will be interest,” Dr. Hatim El-Tahir, Director of Islamic Finance Group, Deloitte & Touche said.

Emirates Islamic CEO Jamal Bin Ghalaita said: “Russia is very important for all of us. And we’ve been trying to do Russia.”

Answering a question “what’s preventing you from working with it”, Bin Ghalaita said, “I think, the regulation.

After the regulation is opened, we’ll invest, all the banks.”

Responding to if Arab banks are ready to work in national currencies and not necessarily in U.S. dollars, he said, “In Russian roubles. I think we’re interested. You invest in us, we invest in you.”

#ANS2014

#russia, #arab, #islamic-banking, #islamic-finance, #us-dollars, #washington

SAUDI ARABIA: ‘ Top Clerics Issue Edict Against Islamic State for Terrorism ‘

#AceWorldNews – SAUDI ARABIA(Riyadh)- September 20 – Saudi Arabia’s highest body of religious scholars issued a stern ruling on Wednesday calling terrorism a “heinous crime” and saying perpetrators including Islamic State militants deserve punishment in line with Islamic law.

The Council of Senior Religious Scholars said in its fatwa, or religious edict, that it backs the kingdom’s efforts to track down and punish followers of the Islamic State group and al-Qaida.

The clerics are appointed by the government and are seen as guardians of the kingdom’s ultraconservative Wahhabi school of Islam.

The statement by the group of 21 scholars underpins the kingdom’s broader efforts to deter citizens from joining extremist groups that want to bring down the Western-allied monarchy.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry travelled to Saudi Arabia last week and won support from the kingdom and other Arab allies to help fight the Islamic State militants who have seized large parts of Iraq and Syria.

A State Department official told reporters ahead of the visit that Kerry planned to ask Mideast countries to encourage government-controlled media and members of the religious establishment to speak out against extremism.

#ANS2014

#arab, #extremism, #fatwa, #iraq, #islamic-law, #islamic-state, #saudi-arabia, #syria, #us-secretary-of-state-john-kerry

LIBYA: ‘ Parliament Dismisses Governor of Central Bank Over Alleged Financial Irregularities ‘

#AceWorldNews – LIBYA (Tripoli) – September 14 – The parliament of Libya has dismissed the governor of the country’s Central Bank over alleged financial irregularities, Reuters reports.

Governor Saddek Omar Elkaber, who is currently in Algiers attending a conference of Arab central bank directors, failed to attend a session at the House of Representatives, which is currently meeting in the city of Tobruk in the east of the country after last month an armed opposition group seized the capital Tripoli.

The Islamist groups that have captured the capital have reinstated the previous parliament as their positions in it were much stronger.

Hashem added that 94 of the 102 lawmakers presented at the session, during which they agreed on this decision. The dismissal is widely seen as a move by the newly elected parliament to secure its financial channels against the ex- parliament General National Congress (GNC) Xinhua reported.  

Al-Kabir, allegedly supporting the ex-parliament, responded on Sunday that he will not surrender his position. According to local media, Al-Kabir has long stayed in his residence in Malta and refused to cooperate with the new parliament.

Until a successor is appointed, deputy governor Ali al-Hibri will be in charge at the Central Bank.

#ANS2014

#algiers, #arab, #central-bank, #general-national-congressgnc, #islamist, #libya, #malta, #tobruk, #tripoli

EGYPT: ‘ US Secretary John Kerry Arrives in Cairo to Gird Support Against Islamic State ‘

#AceNewsServices – (Exclusive) – EGYPT (Cairo) – September 13 – US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Cairo on the latest leg of a regional tour to forge a coalition to battle the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

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Kerry is scheduled to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi.

The United States says it is “comfortable” it can build an international coalition to fight the armed group, but with Western and Middle Eastern allies hesitant on the specifics, it risks finding itself out on a limb.

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President Barack Obama this week unveiled a rough

plan to combat Islamic State group fighters simultaneously in Iraq and Syria, thrusting the US directly into two different wars in which nearly every country in the region has a stake.

The broad concept of a coalition has been accepted in Western capitals and on Thursday 10 Arab states, including regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Qatar, signed up to a “co-ordinated military campaign”.

“I’m comfortable that this will be a broad-based coalition with Arab nations, European nations, the United States, others,” Kerry said in the Turkish capital Ankara on Friday.

But he added it was “premature” to set out what tasks individual coalition partners would shoulder.

Iran ruled Out: 

US officials have said the coalition will be broad. However, when asked on Friday, Kerry ruled out Iranian involvement as inappropriate due to its support for the regime of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad.

He said there were “any number of reasons” why Iran should not join a Paris conference on Monday to discuss coalition strategy.

Iran has never offered to join the coalition against Islamic State in Syria, describing it as “shrouded in serious ambiguities”. It has sent soldiers to Iraq at the request of the Iraqi government to combat Islamic State fighters there.

“No one has called me and asked me with respect to the presence of Iran, but I think under the circumstances, at this moment in time, it would not be right for any number of reasons. It would not be appropriate, given the many other issues that are on the table with respect to their engagement in Syria and elsewhere,” Kerry said.

The US on Friday said that it was at war with Islamic State, a day after Obama’s statement that strikes against the group were to extend into Syria.

The comments by Pentagon and White House officials on Friday came as the US president was pressed to clear up doubts about how he saw the conflict with the group, also known as ISIL.

“The United States is at war with ISIL in the same way that we are at war with al-Qaeda,” Josh Earnest, a spokesman for the White House, said.

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#ankara, #arab, #bashar-al-assad, #cairo, #coalition, #european, #eygpt, #iran, #iraq, #islamic-state, #president-abdel-fattah-el-sisi, #qatar, #saudi-arabia, #syria, #turkish, #united-states, #us, #us-secretary-john-kerry

EGYPT: ‘ Arab-League Appeals to Confront Islamic State ‘

#AceWorldNews – EYGPT (Cairo) – September 07 – The secretary-general of the Arab League has appealed to Arab countries to find the political will to confront Islamic State insurgents and other militant groups, describing them as an existential threat. 

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Nabil Elaraby said Sunday the unprecedented challenges facing Arab countries, including the Islamic State group holding territory in Iraq and Syria, chaos in Libya and turmoil in other part of the regions, has tested the 22-member regional group.

He said the group often disagrees over what to do or uses the pretext of non-interference to avoid accusation of meddling in each other’s affairs, while saying some wouldn’t refuse a Western intervention.

#ANS2014

#arab, #arab-countries, #arab-people, #arab-states, #arab-league, #cairo, #egypt, #existential-threat, #iraq, #islamic-state, #libya, #middle-east, #militant-groups, #nabil-elaraby, #political, #syria, #will

‘ Israeli Police Clash with Palestinians as Reports That an Arab Teen was Kidnapped and Body Found in Jerusalem Forest ‘

#AceBreakingNews – ISRAEL (Jerusalem) – Israeli police say they have clashed with several hundred Palestinians following reports that an Arab teen was kidnapped and a body found in a Jerusalem forest.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says Palestinians hurled stones at forces who responded with tear gas. Security was heightened around the city.

Rosenfeld says police received reports Wednesday that an Arab teen was forced into a car.

A body was later found, but police have not yet established whether the two incidents are related.

The events come days after the bodies of three missing Israeli teens were found in the West Bank.

On Tuesday, several hundred right-wing Israeli youths marched through Jerusalem, screaming for revenge.

Rosenfeld said the death may have been a revenge killing, but that the motive could also have been criminal.

AP

#ANS2014

#arab, #israel, #jerusalem, #palestinian, #west-bank

` Cameraman from Spanish Language Editorial Office of Russian Television Barred from Entering Ukraine ‘

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – May 23- Cameramen from the Spanish language editorial office of the RT television news channel was barred from entering Ukraine without explanation, the television company said on Friday.

RT is a global news television channel broadcasting from Russia for all over the world in English, Spanish and Arabic.

The reporters had accreditation of the Ukrainian Central Election Commission for coverage of the presidential elections.

Cameraman Alexander Serichenko and his assistant Andrei Peleshok were denied entry when they arrived at the airport of Odessa.

Without explanations, border guards forced the reporters to buy tickets back to Moscow at their own expense.

On May 20, reporters of the Arab language editorial staff who arrived in Kiev to cover the presidential elections were also denied entry to Ukraine. After thorough examination of their luggage and questioning at Kiev’s airport, the reporters were told that they “failed to explain the aim of their visit”, though they were accredited for the elections. Border guards put marks “denied entry to Ukraine” in the journalists’ passports.

On April 7, a cameraman from RUPTLY video agency, belonging to RT, was denied entry to Ukraine at Donetsk airport.

The official explanation was that the cameraman did not have enough money to stay in the country.

RIA Novosti – USA Today – Tass – RT – Ruptly

#ANS2014

#arab, #donetsk, #moscow, #odessa, #ukrainian

` Al Jazeera Serves Egypt with a $150 Million Compensation Claim for Damage to its Media Business '

#AceWorldNews – LONDON – April 28 – The Qatar-based satellite network Al Jazeera served Egypt with a $150 million compensation claim on Monday for what it said was damage to its media business inflicted by Cairo’s military rulers, a step likely to worsen Qatari-Egyptian relations.

In a move aimed at drawing attention to what Al Jazeera calls Egypt’s unacceptable treatment of it and its journalists, a lawyer acting for the pan-Arab channel told Reuters he had handed a legal document detailing the claim to a representative of the Egyptian government.

Egypt had begun a “sustained campaign” against Al Jazeera and its journalists after the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July last year, said Cameron Doley, a lawyer at London law firm Carter-Ruck, which is handling the case.

“Al Jazeera invested substantial sums in Egypt,” said Doley. “The effect of this recent campaign by the military government is that this investment has been expropriated. Egypt is bound by international law to pay Al Jazeera just and effective compensation.”

Cairo had six months to settle the claim, filed in the context of a bilateral investment treaty, he said, or face an international tribunal. There was no immediate comment from the Egyptian authorities.

REUTERS – AL-JAZEERA

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` Jish has been targeted by a suspected ` Price-Tag ‘ Incident leaving Words written in Hebrew to Ethnically Cleanse Jews’

#AceWorldNews – ISRAEL – April 03 – (Arutz Sheva – INN) – Arab village in the Galilee has been targeted in a suspected “price-tag” incident, according to police.

Around 40 cars had their tires slashed in the predominantly Christian village of Jish, in northern Israel, which lies some 25 kilometres (15 miles) north of the Sea of Galilee, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said Thursday morning.

“This morning in Jish, it was discovered that almost 40 vehicles had had their tyres slashed,” she told AFP, saying police had opened an investigation.

Written in Hebrew on a nearby wall were the words: “Only Gentiles (non-Jews) should be removed from our land,” she said, in an apparent reference to ongoing efforts to ethnically-cleanse Jews from parts of Judea and Samaria.

“Price tag” is a euphemism for politically-motivated vandalism and criminal damage usually attributed to Jewish extremists, carried out either in revenge for Arab terrorist attacks, or in protest of Israeli government policies such as the destruction of Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria.

#ANS2014

#arab, #christian, #galilee, #gentiles, #hebrew, #israel, #israeli, #jewish, #jews, #jish, #judea, #samaria, #sea-of-galilee

` Israeli Official has Confirmed a Deal to Secure Release of `Jonathan Pollard ‘ in Exchange for 400 Palestinian Arab-Terrorists ‘

#AceWorldNews – ISRAEL – April 02 – An Israeli official has confirmed to Arutz Sheva that a deal to secure Jonathan Pollard’s release over the next two weeks has crystallized, in a bid to exchange him with over 400 Palestinian Arab terrorists – arch-terrorist Marwan Barghouti among them.

While both the US and Israel have now admitted that Pollard’s release is on the table, the State of Israel itself has not officially announced that it is accepting the proposal. If true, however, Pollard would be released just prior to the Pesach (Passover) holiday – the Jewish holiday of freedom and redemption.

The exchange will also include a construction freeze in Judea and Samaria, as well as Jerusalem, according to the source.

“It won’t be a complete freeze,” the source stated. “Tenders and projects already being built will continue, as well as government and public buildings in Jerusalem.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly refused to a full construction freeze, and will only halt construction for government buildings in Judea and Samaria. According to Channel 2, he is in the midst of updating senior ministers on the status of the deal.

IDF Radio reports Tuesday afternoon that there is an additional concession: both sides must remain in peace talks well into 2015.

Ace Related News: WASHINGTON – April 01 – United States President Barack Obama has not made a decision to release convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Tuesday (DS) http://wp.me/p165ui-4Co

#ANS2014

#arab, #israel, #israeli, #jerusalem, #jonathan-pollard, #judea, #palestinian, #pesach-passover, #prime-minister-benjamin-netanyahu, #samaria, #washington

` Vladimir Putin accuses the `United States’ and their Allies of Seizing the Right to decide destinies and ignoring UN Decision’s ‘

#AceWorldNews – Moscow – March 18. – Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the United States and their allies of seizing the right to decide the destinies of the world, create coalitions according to the “who is not with us is against us” principle, at the same time ignoring the United Nations decisions.

“After the disintegration of the bipolar world, only they seized the right to decide the destinies of the world, they use force against sovereign states, create coalitions, push through the UN resolutions they need and ignore other decisions,” the Russian president said in an address in connection with the admission of Crimea to the Russian Federation.

He recalled the bombings of Belgrade, “although the UN Security Council had not given a resolution for that,” the events in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya when air strikes were launched “instead of a no-fly zone.”

“The colour revolutions ended in chaos, outbreaks of violence, and the ‘Arab Spring’ turned into an ‘Arab winter,’” said the Russian president.

Russian News Sources

#ANS2014

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` Lebanese and Syrian Nuns kidnapped by `Nursa Front ' maybe released on Sunday – Reports '

#AceWorldNews says at least 10 Lebanese and Syrian nuns, who were kidnapped last year from the historic Christian town of Maaloula, may be released on Sunday, according to Arab media sources. – RT.

A pro-regime Syrian news agency said a deal has been reached to release the nuns who were captured by the al-Nusra Front, one of the Islamist radical groups fighting President Assad’s forces.

Meanwhile the head of Qatari intelligence, Saadeh el-Kbeisi, has arrived in Lebanon.

Along with Lebanon’s General Security Chief, Major General Abbas Ibrahim, Qatar has become a crucial player in the negotiations to release the nuns.

Latest update on their release http://wp.me/p165ui-4b7
#ANS2014

#rt, #syrian, #abbas-ibrahim, #al-nursa-front, #arab, #islamist, #lebanese, #lebanon, #major-general, #president-assad, #qatar, #qatari, #rt-news

Yemen: ” Iranian Diplomat Has Been Seriously Injured as Gunmen Fired Shot’s at his Car”

#AceWorldNews says an Iranian diplomat has been seriously injured as gunmen fired shots at a car belonging to the Iranian embassy near the ambassador’s residence in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, Reuters reported, citing security sources. The ambassador was not in the vehicle at the time of the attack. The attackers fled the scene and there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the assault. As sectarian violence spreads in the Arab world, Iranian diplomatic missions in the region have occasionally been targeted. The Islamic Republic is the leading Shiite power in the Middle East.

#arab, #gunmen, #injured, #iranian, #islamic-republic, #middle-east, #reuters, #shiite, #yemen

Recent Turmoil in the Arab World Imperils Progress Towards Achieving the Anti-Poverty Targets Known as the Millennium Development Goals

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The Eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of UN. Target date: 2015 http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

#AceFoodNews says recent turmoil in the Arab world imperils progress towards achieving the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the region, stated a United Nations report released today.

The report, launched by the UN Development Group (UNDG) along with the League of Arab States and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), comes as Secretary-General convened a special event at UN Headquarters on achieving the MDGs, which world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015.

It noted that while the Arab region has made progress towards many of the Goals since 2010, progress has slowed since then and the major cause is the widespread impact of the ongoing conflict in Syria.

“The crisis in Syria is a crisis for development across the Arab region,” <“http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2013/09/23/syria-crisis-a-crisis-for-arab-development.html“>said Sima Bahous, Chair of the UNDG in the Arab States Region and Director of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Arab States.

“The impact goes far beyond even the tragic and terrible widespread death and destruction in that country: it is also slowing the region’s progress on development,” she stated in a news release.

In addition to claiming the lives of over 100,000 people, displacing millions and causing widespread damage and destruction, the crisis in Syria is also having a major impact on human development across the country, according to the report.

It pointed out that the crisis has pushed at least three million of Syria’s 22 million people into poverty, while the country’s extreme poverty rate has climbed at least back to 8 per cent after having been virtually zeroed by 2007.

School enrolment rates have plunged and access to health care has also significantly reduced, added the report, which comes in advance of a more detailed UNDP study to be released in October showing the impact of the Syrian crisis on development in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon.

Also, the report stated that the overall climate of instability and insecurity in the Arab region is dragging on progress more broadly across the region.

Economic activity has been slowed in Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen – countries which since 2011 have been pursuing complex political transitions. Over five million people across the Arab region have been pushed into unemployment since 2010.

“In the case of Yemen, this slowdown comes atop already high poverty rates and deep challenges across the entire spectrum of development,” the news release stated. Over 10 million people in the country, nearly half of the total population, may be food insecure, according to the report.
Instability also complicates an already dire degree of water scarcity, the report added. Yemen suffers from chronic shortages and may be the first Arab country to run out of water, possibly as early as 2015. As of June 2012, 12.7 million Yemenis lacked access to safe water or sanitation.

The report also showed that many Arab countries are “off the path” to reach many important MDGs. Overall, the region lags behind on key targets, particularly those related to nutrition, food security, access to water and sanitation, and child and maternal mortality.

Today’s report comes as world leaders gather in New York to discuss not only progress towards the MDGs but also a new global development agenda which will come after the Goals expire in 2015. The discussions will include options for reflecting the importance of peace and security in a new development framework.

“The experience of the Arab region makes the linkage clear,” said Ms. Bahous. “Where there is no peace, there is no development; where there is no development, there can be no peace.”

 

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