(WASHINGTON) DOJ Seizes Iranian State-Run News Agency (IRNA) for promotion of ‘Terrorism & Disinformation’ as Iran accuses Biden of working with Saudis and Israel #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.29: While Biden has been signaling weakness to Iran over the nuke deal, this development bears watching. Predictably, Iran accused the U.S. government of “working with Israel and Saudi Arabia to repress Iran’s freedom of expression.”

#AceDailyNews reports that the Justice Department announcement came hours after the Iranian state-run news agency IRNA revealed the U.S. government seizures without providing further information….as the US takes down Iran-linked news sites for promoting terrorism and disinformation

Promoting terrorism” was cited as a reason for the asset seizure. Also seized was “a Palestinian-directed broadcast and an Arabic-language religious and cultural channel….the web domain of Iran’s Al-Alam news network and that of Al-Masirah, a Yemeni TV station controlled by the Iran-backed Houthi insurgency.”

Iran has become increasingly aggressive and openly hostile to America, making overt demands about a nuclear deal which would involve the dropping of all sanctions. The hardline, murderous incoming Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has also “declared that Iran will not agree to restrictions on its ballistic missile development or its support for terrorism throughout the region as a condition to the resumption of the nuclear deal.”

“US takes down Iran-linked news sites, alleges disinformation,” by Isabel Debre and Eric Tuck, Washington Post,June 23, 2021:

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — American authorities seized a range of Iran’s state-linked news website domains they accused of spreading disinformation, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday, a move that appeared to be a far-reaching crackdown on Iranian media amid heightened tensions between the two countries.

The Justice Department said 33 of the seized websites were used by the Iranian Islamic Radio and Television Union, which was singled out by the U.S. government last October for what officials described as efforts to spread disinformation and sow discord among American voters ahead of the 2020 presidential election. T

The U.S. says three other seized websites were operated by the Iraqi Shiite paramilitary group, Kata’ib Hizballah, which more than a decade ago was designated a foreign terrorist organization. The group is separate from the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group whose news websites remained operational.

The website domains are owned by U.S. companies, but despite the sanctions, neither the IRTVU nor KH obtained the required licenses from the U.S. government before using the domain names, according to the Justice Department.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Jun.29: 2021:

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(WASHINGTON) State Dept Press Statement Report: Condemn attacks on Houthis’ drone attack targeting a school in Saudi Arabia’s Asir region #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.15: State dept & Saudi Civil Defense on Sunday said it had received reports of a Houthi drone launched from Yemen towards one of the Asir region’s governorates hit and damaged a school. No injuries were confirmed:

WASHINGTON: State Dept says they condemn in the strongest terms yesterday’s attacks on the al Shifaa Hospital in Afrin, Syria. This barbaric attack took the lives of children, medical staff, and first responders. Civilians and civilian infrastructure, including hospitals, must never be the target of military action. Additionally, we note that this hospital’s coordinates have been shared with the UN deconfliction mechanism for Syria. This attack is part of a recent escalation of violence in northwest Syria and must end. The United States calls for an immediate nation-wide ceasefire and a de-escalation of violence in Syria.

June 13, 2021 19:54:

US DEPT OF STATE

Local Media: Attack on Hospital in Afrin, Syria

The UAE foreign ministry denounced the attack and said the continuation of these crimes reflects the militia’s disregard for all international laws and norms, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
Bahrain has also expressed its full support for the Kingdom and all the measures it takes to confront the Houthis’ criminal acts, Bahrain News Agency said.

Meanwhile, the Arab Parliament called on the international community to intervene immediately to stop these systematic violations that aim to destabilize the security and stability in the region, SPA said.
Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, said the organization condemns the crimes committed by the militia and those behind it and providing it with money and weapons by targeting innocent civilians.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Jun.15: 2021:

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(JERUSALEM) LATEST: Saudi Arabia on Saturday denounced Israeli plans to evict Palestinian families from their homes in Jerusalem amid soaring violence in the city #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.11: Israel reinforced its security operation on Saturday after clashes on Friday night, when more than 200 Palestinians were injured.

JERUSALEM: Saudi Arabia, UAE and Oman reject Israeli measures to evict Palestinians: ‘Riot police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades at Palestinians inside Al-Aqsa Mosque, where throngs of worshippers, including women and children, were praying on the last Friday of Ramadan’

Arab News

May 08, 2021 12:55:

https://www.radio.gov.pk/09-05-2021/saudi-arabia-uae-oman-condemn-israel-over-palestinian-clashes-at-al-aqsa

The clashes at Islam’s third-holiest site and around occupied East Jerusalem came amid mounting anger over the planned evictions.

“Saudi Arabia rejects Israel’s plans and measures to evict dozens of Palestinians from their homes in Jerusalem and impose Israeli sovereignty over them,” the Saudi Foreign Ministry said.

The UAE, which normalized relations with Israel last year, “strongly condemned” the planned evictions. The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Khalifa Al-Marar, urged Israeli authorities to “assume their responsibilities — in line with international law — to provide necessary protection to Palestinian civilians’ right to practice their religion, and to prevent practices that violate the sanctity of the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

Oman also said it rejected the policies and procedures for displacing Palestinian people from their homes in the city of Jerusalem, and the sultanate reaffirmed “its steadfast position in supporting the legitimate rights to establish an independent Palestinian state on the borders of 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

As tension mounted on Saturday, Israeli police set up roadblocks near the village of Abu Ghish on the main highway to Jerusalem to stop busloads of Palestinians from reaching Al-Aqsa. Scuffles broke out and police fired stun grenades.

When the Palestinians left their buses and began to walk the remaining 20 km to Al-Aqsa, local residents came to pick them up in private cars.

The late-night clashes in Jerusalem followed days of tension in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, where Israelis are trying to evict an entire Palestinian community and hand over their homes to ultra-extreme Jewish settlers.

The Waqf Council, Jordan, the US, EU, and European and Arab countries all issued statements denouncing the violence in the city. The US called on all parties to avoid actions that could damage final status talks between Israel and Palestinians, including settlements. UN Security Council Resolution 2334 considers all settlements illegal.

On Sunday, Jordan urged Israel to stop whatthe “barbaric” attacks on worshippers at the mosque.
“What the Israeli police and special forces are doing, from violations against the mosque to attacks on worshippers, is barbaric (behaviour) that is rejected and condemned,” the government said in a statement.

Wasfi Kailani, executive director of the Hashemite Fund for the reconstruction of Al-Aqsa Mosque, told Arab News there was no excuse for the Israeli action.

“What happened on Friday night is inexcusable. Violating the mosque’s sanctity during the last 10 holy days of Ramadan is illegal and a clear violation of the right to worship. Its status quo must be protected.”

Kailani, a member of the Jerusalem Waqf Council, said Israeli forces not only violated the peace of worshippers but also destroyed mosque property, including its clinic and gates.

Hijazi Risheq, head of the Jerusalem Merchants Committee, told Arab News that attacks by Israeli forces were meant to intimidate Palestinians following threats by Jewish extremists of a large-scale infiltration into Al-Aqsa on Monday, which they call “Jerusalem Day.”

“However, the people of Jerusalem have broken the barrier of fear and are no longer afraid of Israeli soldiers or Israeli prisons,” he said. Risheq called on Arab and Islamic countries to help Palestinians defend the mosque.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.11: 2021:

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(JEDDAH) JUST IN: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan have signed an agreement to establish the Saudi-Pakistani Supreme Coordination Council #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.09: Ahead of the visit, Pakistan’s Cabinet on Tuesday approved the establishment of the council – a body created for streamlining bilateral cooperation between the two countries – to ‘remove hurdles’ to investment deals signed during the crown prince’s visit to Pakistan in February 2019:

Saudi Arabia, Pakistan sign agreement to establish Saudi-Pakistani Supreme Coordination Council

Dr. Abdel Aziz Aluwaisheg May 08, 2021 08:50:

Arab News

A MoU was signed in the field of combating illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and chemical precursors, between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. #SPAGOV pic.twitter.com/6yr0Z3W6Eq

— SPAENG (@Spa_Eng) May 8, 2021

Representatives from both countries also signed a memorandum of understanding on illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and chemical precursors, Saudi news agency SPA reported.

“Another MoU for financing eligible projects in the fields of energy, infrastructure, transportation, water, and communications between the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan was signed as well,” Al-Arabiya TV reported separately.

A Framework MoU for financing eligible projects in the fields of energy, infrastructure, transportation, water and communications was signed between the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.#SPAGOV pic.twitter.com/pfHuHqK6eP

— SPAENG (@Spa_Eng) May 8, 2021

The two leaders also witnessed the signing of agreements increasing cooperation on people sentenced to penalties depriving freedom, and on crime prevention.

#فيديو_واس | سمو #ولي_العهد ورئيس وزراء باكستان يوقعان على اتفاق إنشاء مجلس التنسيق الأعلى السعودي الباكستاني .. ويشهدان التوقيع على اتفاقيتين ومذكرتي تفاهم. #رئيس_وزراء_باكستان_في_السعودية #واس pic.twitter.com/lDTI2uceMY

— واس الأخبار الملكية (@spagov) May 7, 2021

Khan arrived in the Kingdom on Friday evening for a three-day visit on the invitation of the crown prince, who was present at Jeddah airport to receive him and the first lady. He is accompanied by a high-level delegation, including the foreign minister and other members of the Cabinet.

The crown prince and Pakistani leader held wide-ranging talks on bilateral, regional and international issues in Jeddah, a statement from Pakistan’s foreign office said.

“The two leaders reaffirmed the strong and historic bonds between the two countries rooted firmly in shared beliefs, common values, mutual trust and longstanding tradition of mutual support,” the statement said, and added that the two parties agreed to “further strengthen, deepen and diversify the existing bilateral political, economic, trade, defense and security ties.”

“Special emphasis was laid on increasing Saudi investments in Pakistan, collaboration in the field of energy, and increased job opportunities for Pakistanis in Saudi Arabia,” the statement said.

Saudi Arabia is home to more than two million Pakistanis who remit billions of dollars back home every year.

On regional issues, Khan outlined his vision of a ‘peaceful neighborhood.’ He lauded the crown prince for efforts and initiatives aimed at reinforcing and promoting regional peace.

Khan highlighted the situation in Indian-administered Kashmir and stressed the importance of a peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. He also said Pakistan had made consistent efforts to support peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan, the statement reported.

The Afghan question is important in the region against the backdrop of foreign troops pulling out of Pakistan’s neighboring country after a war that has lasted two decades, and that ends with the Taliban controlling huge swathes of the country.

During talks, issues related to the environment and climate change were discussed and the PM reportedly appreciated the crown prince’s ‘Green Saudi Arabia’ initiative.

Khan has reportedly also invited the crown prince to visit Pakistan at his earliest convenience, the foreign office said.

On Friday, Pakistani army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, whose official visit preluded Khan’s, held talks with the Saudi crown prince and reviewed bilateral ties.

He also discussed defense cooperation with the Saudi military chief of staff.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: May.09: 2021:

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(TEHRAN) LATEST: The Iranian Kayhan newspaper reported on Sunday that Tehran has asked the International Police (Interpol) to help arrest a person suspected of having a role in the Natanz nuclear reactor incident #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.20: This person is 43 years old, and after his identity was revealed, the necessary measures were taken through Interpol to arrest and return him.”

Iranian media claims Iran issued an arrest warrant for Natanz nuclear reactor suspect: Saudi Arabia rejects Iran’s presence in Syria, demands end of ‘sectarian project’ The newspaper said, “The Iranian intelligence and judicial agencies are currently trying to arrest him and return him to the country.”

As of Sunday, the man identified as Reza Karimi has not shown up on the INTERPOL website:

On Saturday, Iranian television published a picture of the person involved in the attack on the Natanz nuclear facility, indicating that Karimi was an Iranian citizen, and that he was 43 years old.

On Monday, a spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Saeed Khatibzadeh, said that his country would respond to Israel at the appropriate time and place to the Natanz attack, indicating that the incident would have led to a disaster and a crime against humanity if it led to radioactive contamination.

The Israeli public radio reported, citing intelligence sources, as saying that the Mossad behind the Natanz incident.

A spokesman for the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, Behrouz Kamalondi, confirmed that the electricity distribution network at the Natanz facility had had an incident, while the head of the organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, said that the incident was an act of sabotage, describing it as “a heinous move and condemned nuclear terrorism.”

In the wake of the Natanz attack, Iran announced that it would raise the level of uranium enrichment to 60%, and the Atomic Energy Organization confirmed that this would start last Friday.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Aug.20: 2021;

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(TEHRAN, Iran.) Country supports attacks on Saudi Arabia by the Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ overseas Quds Force has admitted #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.15: He said Iran supported all such armed groups around the world, which he described as “forces of resistance against global arrogance.”

Quds Force commander admits Iran supporting Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia: ‘Ismail Qaani told a conference in the northeastern city of Mashhad that the Houthis had launched “18 operations in less than 10 days” targeting the Kingdom’

Arab News: March 14, 2021 03:47:

Qaani became head of the Quds Force after its previous leader, Qassem Soleimani, was assassinated in a US drone strike at Baghdad airport in January 2020. In his Mashhad speech, Qaani repeated threats that the US would pay a price for Soleimani’s death.

“We have made it clear that we will break the bones of the criminal US. The sound of them being fractured will be heard at the proper time,” he said.

The Quds Force leader also renewed Iranian threats against Israel. “Although Israel has all the world’s tools at its disposal, it is building a wall around itself 1 meter wide and 6 meters high, in order to remain safe,” he said. “But they must be sure that we will destroy that wall too.”

Meanwhile, Israel was probably behind an attack in the Mediterranean last week that damaged an Iranian container ship, investigators in Tehran said on Saturday. The container ship Shahr e Kord was hit by an explosive object that caused a small fire.

The incident came two weeks after the Israeli-owned MV Helios Ray was hit by an explosion in the Gulf of Oman, which Israel has blamed on Iran.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Mar.15: 2021:

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SAUDI ARABIA: ‘ Car Explosion Near High Security Prison Killed Driver & Wounded Two Security Officials ‘

#AceNewsReport – SAUDI ARABIA:Post Update:July.17: A car explosion at a checkpoint near Saudi Arabia’s highest security prison killed the driver and wounded two security officials, the interior ministry said on Thursday, as reported by AFP.

“The driver blew up the car and killed himself,” said the spokesman, adding that the explosion is now under investigation.

The policemen, who were in a “stable condition,” were taken to the hospital, according to the official Saudi Press Agency.

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RUSSIA/CHINA: ‘ Agreement on Far East Land Lease for 50-years ‘

#AceNewsReport – Russia and China will have the possibility to develop their cooperation in the agricultural field to the full extent.

 Vineyards in Crimea

Crimea Presents Agricultural, Industrial Projects in Saudi Arabia

 The agreement between Russia’s Zabaikalsky Territory and Chinese company Huae Sinban to lease 115,000 hectares of Russian farmland to China is not only a major step in agricultural cooperation, but also a perfect example of trust between the two countries, according to an article from the Chinese newspaper Huanqiu Shibao.

The author of the article, Wang Haiyun, is senior advisor at the Chinese Institute for International Strategic Studies.

He believes that now Russia and China will have the possibility to develop to the full extent their cooperation in the agricultural field.

Rostselmash, among the world's largest agricultural equipment producers, has ambitious plans to increase its exports by 20 percent this year, noting that the devaluation of the ruble has increased the company's cost competitiveness. Pictured: ACROS-500 grain harvesters

Major Russian Agricultural Equipment Firm Plans 20% Increase in Exports in 2015

The fact that Russian authorities agreed to lease such an immense territory for 49 years proves that Moscow has no ideological prejudice towards Beijing, the article said.

For a long time Russian society believed in the mythical Chinese threat, including economic expansion and territorial claims, the author wrote. The recent agreement shows the high level of mutual confidence between Russia and China.

He stressed the need to “think open” and to eradicate absurd claims that for China agricultural cooperation means territorial expansion.

Armata main battle tank

Why May China and India Need Russia’s Armata Super Tank?

Expansion is contrary to Chinese cultural values and its policy towards Russia. Expansion allegations are a provocation by unfriendly forces aimed against the blooming Russian-Chinese cooperation, Haiyun concluded.

He also expresses hopes that the agricultural industry will be a perspective field for long-term cooperation between the two countries and would help find a way to resolve the global food crisis.

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IRAQ: ‘ Suicide Bombers in Vehicles hit Security forces & their HQ ‘

#AceNewsReport – IRAQ:#BreakingUpdate June.13: Four suicide bombers in vehicles packed with explosives hit security forces and the local headquarters of the Shi’ite militias killing 11 people.

Islamic State militants attacked government forces and their Shi’ite militia allies on Saturday near the city of Baiji, Iraq.

Four suicide bombers in vehicles packed with explosives hit security forces and the local headquarters of the Shi’ite militias killing 11 people. The attack comes as the battle for control of Iraq’s biggest refinery continues.

Iraq has been struggling for stability since the last US troops pulled out in 2011, as the battle against Islamic State and extensive sectarian disputes obstruct efforts to rebuild the economy.

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MERS virus spreading across Asia, South Korea fails to contain outbreak

#AceNewsServices -Featured Post: South Korea:June.11: Hong Kong issued a red alert and advised against travelling to South Korea, where an epidemic of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is gaining pace. The virus is spreading despite attempts to contain the outbreak.

Workers in full protective gear disinfect the interior of a subway train at a Seoul Metro’s railway vehicle base in Goyang, South Korea, June 9, 2015 (Reuters / Kim Hong-Ji)

In Korea, the number of infected people passed 100 this week, reaching 122 on Thursday. Tenth patient died from the disease, health officials said on Thursday. Most of the victims are elderly patients with other health problems unrelated to the virus. Over 3,250 people remain in quarantine.

Two people in Hong Kong who traveled to South Korea recently are being tested for possible MERS contagion, the authorities said on Thursday. Previously 31 people were tested negative in Hong Kong.

Earlier a man tested positive for the disease in China after coming from S. Korea, and a man in Taiwan was taken to hospital with symptoms consistent with MERS.

South Korean authorities are trying to stop the spread of the virus by closing schools and canceling public events. Neighbors in the region are scaling down tourist travel to South Korea, with Hong Kong alone scrapping 600 tours to the MERS-hit country.

MERS virus spreading across Asia, South Korea fails to contain outbreak
http://rt.com/news/266464-mers-virus-hong-kong/

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SAUDI ARABIA: ‘ Wearing a Muzzle Blogger receives 1000-lashes ‘

#AceNewsReport – Post Update:SAUDI ARABIA:June.08: There has been international outcry following news that a Saudi blogger – sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes on charges of insulting Islam – has had his punishment upheld, with criticism of the British government’s perceived soft touch in condemning officials in Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia’s supreme court upheld the sentence against blogger Raif Badawi, according to his wife, meaning the decision and sentence cannot be overturned.

“This is a final decision that is irrevocable,” Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haidar, told AFP in an interview from Canada on Sunday, where she lives with the couple’s children.

“This decision has shocked me.”

Badawi received the first of his 1,000 lashes outside a mosque in the city of Jeddah in January, sparking international outrage and human rights concerns.

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SOUTH KOREA; ‘ MERS claims 6 more lives with 23 new confirmed cases ‘

#AceNewsReport – Post Update:SOUTH KOREA:June.08: Six people have died of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), and there are 23 new cases of the disease have been confirmed, South Korean media reported Monday.

Since May 20, 87 MERS infection cases have been registered in the country, according to the Yonhap news agency.

The government says the situation remains under control, as more than 500 schools have been temporarily closed and more than 1,000 people have been put under quarantine. The MERS viral respiratory disease is caused by a new strain of a coronavirus (MERS‐CoV).

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of the typical symptoms of MERS, which are a fever, coughing and shortness of breath.

The first time MERS was registered was in Saudi Arabia in 2012.

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SAUDI ARABIA: ‘ Supreme Court final decision 1000 lashes for Blogger ‘

#AceNewsReport – Post Update:SAUDI ARABIA:June.07; Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has upheld the sentence against blogger Raif Badawi saying it was a final decision, the blogger’s wife Ensaf Haidar told AFP in a telephone interview.

“This is a final decision that is irrevocable,” she said. Badawi, 31, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes on charges of insulting Islam in January.

He has already received the first 50 lashes, but subsequent rounds of flogging had been postponed on medical grounds. Haidar said that the punishment “might resume next week.”

Ace Related News:

Raif Badawi Timeline of Events

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SAUDI ARABIA: ‘ COURT SENTENCES 13 PEOPLE TO PRISON OVER PLOTTING AN AL-QAEDA ATTACK AGAINST US FORCES ‘

#AceWorldNews – SAUDI ARABIA – October 22 – A Saudi court has sentenced 13 people to between 18 months and 30 years in prison for plotting an Al-Qaeda attack against US forces, AFP said.

The defendants were convicted of “forming a terrorist cell” to target US forces in Qatar with hand grenades, rockets and other weapons, and they also planned to attack US forces in Kuwait, SPA news agency reported.

One of the group, a Qatari, was sentenced by a specialized terrorism court to 30 years in prison, while an Afghan received five years.

Eleven Saudis were jailed for between 18 months and 25 years.

#ANS2014

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LEBANON: ‘ HEZBOLLAH WARN SAUDI ARABIA AGAINST EXECUTING SHIA CLERIC ‘

#AceNewsServices – LEBANON (Beirut)- October 18 – The Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah has warned Saudi authorities against the execution of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr. 

Free Sheikh Nimr Baqir Al-Nimr

Free Sheikh Nimr Baqir Al-Nimr

In a statement released on Thursday, the Lebanese movement described the sentence handed down to the cleric as unjust and politically motivated.

“This unjust sentence is political par excellence, and reflects the repressive policy adopted by Saudi authorities against a wide segment of citizens. They cannot tolerate free expression and the peaceful struggle of this oppressed segment to achieve their legitimate demands,” the statement read.

Hezbollah also called on Saudi officials to drop the case against Nimr and listen to the legitimate demands of the citizens seeking to obtain the minimum of their rights as recognized by divine religions and the international law.

The Lebanese resistance movement further urged international rights groups to press Riyadh not to kill the top Shiite scholar.

Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr.

Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr.

On Wednesday, Nimr was sentenced to death at the Specialized Criminal Court in the Saudi capital Riyadh. In reaction to the sentence, people took to streets in the city of Qatif in Eastern Province to condemn the move.

Amnesty International has called the death sentence “appalling,” saying the verdict should be quashed, Press TV reported.

Meanwhile, a group of protesters have staged a rally in Bahrain to express solidarity with the dissident Shiite Muslim cleric in Saudi Arabia. The protesters denounced the Saudi government for issuing Nimr’s death sentence.

Nimr has been given the death sentence on charges of disturbing the kingdom’s security and making anti-government speeches.

He is the Imam of al-Awamiyya mosque in Qatif and has spent most of his two-year detention in solitary confinement at the al-Ha’ir prison in Riyadh, according to Amnesty International.

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TEHRAN: ‘ SENIOR IRANIAN CLERIC SAYS PERSIAN GULF MONARCHY ARE SPONSOR’S OF TERRORISTS ‘

#AceNewsServices – IRAN (Tehran) – October 18 – A senior Iranian cleric has dismissed as “false” recent allegations by the Saudi foreign minister that Iran meddles in the internal affairs of regional countries, saying the Persian Gulf monarchy is the source of all problems as it sponsors terrorists in the region.

Saudi regime source of all Mideast problems: Top Iran cleric

Saudi regime source of all Mideast problems: Top Iran cleric

Addressing worshippers at the weekly Friday Prayers in the Iranian capital, Tehran, Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami expressed surprise over the allegation by Saud al-Faisal, saying the Saudi regime is attempting to shift the blame for fueling tension in the Middle East to Iran. 

He went on to ask, “Doesn’t everybody know that your petrodollars created the ISIL? To whom is it unknown that every act of terror in the Islamic world is carried out with your petrodollars?” 

Addressing the Saudi officials, the cleric added, “If you want to know the truth, it is that you are not part of the problem but the whole problem [in the Middle East].”

“Of course, we totally understand why you are upset,” Khatami said, noting that Saudi Arabia has spent billions of dollars to topple the Syrian government and to achieve its objectives in Iraq but all its plots have failed.

Speaking in a joint press conference with his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, in the Saudi city of Jeddah on Monday, Faisal claimed Iran was “part of the problem, not the solution” in the Middle East, alleging that Tehran “cannot play any role in the region” if its policies remain unchanged.

The Saudi foreign minister also accused Iran of having “occupying forces” in Syria despite the fact that Iran has firmly dismissed reports about its military involvement in Syria and Iraq, stressing that Tehran’s support for the two Arab nations is in the form of humanitarian aid and military consultation.

The allegations against Iran come as the Iraqi and Syrian authorities have repeatedly criticized Riyadh and its Persian Gulf Arab allies for fomenting terrorism in their countries.

Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf kingdoms are widely known as being the major sponsors of Takfiri terrorist groups, including ISIL and al-Nusra Front, which are operating in Iraq and Syria.

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‘ DO NOT SPARE THE OIL AS SAUDI ARABIA KEEPS CRUDE OIL PRODUCTION HIGH FUELLING STEEP DOWNWARD PRICE SLUMP ‘

#AceNewsServices – NEW YORK – October 16 – (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s move to keep crude oil production high, fuelling a steep global price slump, may have an unexpected consequence: intensifying the campaign by U.S. producers to scrap Washington’s decades-old ban on exports of domestic crude.

Global oil prices plummeted nearly 5 percent on Tuesday to their lowest since 2010, as OPEC’s core members showed no sign of intervening to support the market. Amid talk of a price war, Iran, generally a price hawk, has changed course and said it can live with lower prices.

U.S. crudes have been trading at a discount to global prices since the rise of the shale revolution four years ago. That price squeeze has domestic producers eager to end the export ban enacted during the Arab oil embargo of the 1970s.

“Fully lifting the oil export ban would go a long way toward keeping U.S. oil production up even if prices continue to languish,” said Chris Faulkner, Chief Executive of Breitling Energy Inc. “Our country can’t afford to see the oil and gas boom start to bust.”

But many Americans, fearful of high gasoline prices, support the ban, as do their members of Congress. President Barak Obama has some leeway to allow more exports of some types of oil, but political experts have said he is unlikely to do so without evidence that below-market U.S. crude prices are forcing shale drillers to cut back or shut in output.

That scenario was highly unlikely during the past few years, when crude prices spent a lot of time above $100. But with oil plummeting and Saudi Arabia comfortable with crude as low as $80 a barrel, the day may arrive sooner than many had expected.

U.S. gasoline pump prices have also dropped to near $3 a gallon for the first time since 2010. If prices stay that low, Americans could grow less fearful that exporting crude will trigger a spike in retail prices, and more receptive to studies showing exports would actually boost the economy.

“I think it would be a harder argument to make at $80 than at $100,” said Guy Caruso, Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic & International Studies.

PRICE WAR:

The makings of an oil price war took shape this month, when Saudi Arabia and Kuwait said they would not cut production, signaling they would rather allow prices to drift lower to curtail production from places like the U.S. shale patch and Russia.

It remains to be seen how quickly lower prices begin to hem in U.S. production of light, sweet shale crude, which has boomed. For the moment, U.S. shale oil prices remain only a few dollars below global rivals due to strong refinery demand.

But few analysts expect that to last much longer, with a retreat to discounts of $10 a barrel or more that will amplify the price pain for drillers.

“The question is whether or not the Saudis want $80 Brent or $90 Brent. If it’s $80 our fear is we’d get a $10 to $15 discount, and at $65 crude then a lot of the U.S. plays are uneconomical,” Scott Sheffield, chief executives of Pioneer Natural Resources, said on Tuesday at the Aspen Institute, a Washington D.C.-based think tank.

Lifting the ban would allow U.S. producers to recapture the traditional price premium held by Brent, which is now about $3 a barrel, but was nearly $10 this summer, Sheffield said.

Many experts say they see little reason for Obama or Congress to push forward an issue that may be seen as caving to Big Oil interests at the expensive of the U.S. motorist.

However, if lower prices slow the drilling boom that has been a pillar of the U.S. economic recovery, politicians in Washington may have more reason to take action.

“The President would be able to stand up and say `we have to do this because we don’t want this production shut in,”‘ said Amy Myers Jaffe, Executive Director of Energy and Sustainability at the University of California, Davis.

AFTER WHICH ELECTION?

Some analysts expect further action after elections. Congressional mid-terms this November could tilt the Senate into the control of export-friendly Republicans, or the 2016 presidential election could result in a more oil-friendly administration.

Sheffield at Pioneer, one of two companies that has approval to export lightly-processed condensate crude, said he hopes the Commerce Department will bless more exports after November.

Even so, opponents are not backing down.

“Just because oil prices are lower does not change the fact that ending the export ban would increase prices, cut American refinery jobs, and get us no closer to energy independence,” said U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat.

“I understand that Big Oil wants to make more money, but last I checked they are doing pretty well for themselves.”

Sources: Reuters – Additional Contribution from CNBC  

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(Reporting By Jessica Resnick-Ault and Timothy Gardner, editing by Jonathan Leff and David Gregorio)

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SAUDI ARABIA: ‘ Court Sentences Shiite Cleric Nimr al-Nimr to Death for Sedition and Disobeying the Rules ‘

#AceWorldNews – SAUDI ARABIA – October 15 – A Saudi court on Wednesday sentenced prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr to death, AFP reported.

A protester holds up a picture of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr during a rally at the coastal town of Qatif, against the cleric's arrest

A protester holds up a picture of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr during a rally at the coastal town of Qatif, against the cleric’s arrest

The anti-government protest leader had been convicted of “sedition,” according to his brother and lawyer.

The court also found Nimr guilty of disobeying the kingdom’s rulers and taking up arms against security forces. Nimr, in his 50s, who had been on trial since March 2013, was a driving force behind 2011 protests against Saudi Arabia’s Sunni authorities.

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RIYADH: ‘ US National Shot Dead And Another Wounded at Gas Station ‘

#AceWorldNews – SAUDI ARABIA (Riyadh) – October 14 – A US national was shot dead and another wounded when their car was fired upon in Saudi Arabia’s capital on Tuesday afternoon, Reuters reported, citing a police spokesman.

US National Shot Dead, Another Wounded in Saudi Capital

US National Shot Dead, Another Wounded in Saudi Capital

The incident took place in an eastern district of Riyadh.

The gunman who shot and killed an American and wounded another in Riyadh on Tuesday was a disgruntled former employee of defence contractor Vinnell Arabia and a US-Saudi citizen, a US diplomat said.

The victims  of the shooting at a gas station in the Saudi capital also worked at Vinnell Arabia, said the diplomat, ruling out terrorism as a motive for the attack.

An assailant was arrested, according to the statement.

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MECCA: ‘ Muslim Clerics Outraged by Selfie Snaps at Holy Sites During Annual Hajj Pilgrimage ‘

#AceNewsServices – SAUDI ARABIA(Hejaz) – October 05 – Millions of Muslims travelling to Mecca have caught “selfie fever,” angering some Muslim clerics for snapping pictures of themselves at holy sites during the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

Many young Muslims believe that posting selfies on social media is the best way to communicate with their families and document precious moments.

“I’m taking a selfie with Kaaba behind me to post on my Facebook so my family and friends can see me. That’s the way we communicate these days – no need to call,” Reuters quoted Turkish student Mehmet Dawoud as saying.

“Selfies are just a way to make the memory last in the coolest possible way. Haj is always seen as something very serious and for older people. Selfies make it cool again,” said Egyptian architect Amir Marouf.

Others have criticized the social media craze, saying it takes away from prayer and selflessness, and serves as a distraction from the seriousness of the religious pilgrimage.

Many clerics have looked down on the selfie phenomena, at times even banning cameras from the premises.

“The Prophet…when he went for Hajj, he said: ‘O Allah, I ask of you a pilgrimage that contains no boasting or showing off.’ Taking such selfies and videos defy the wish of our Prophet,” Huffington Post quoted Jeddah-based scholar Sheikh Assim Al-Hakeem as saying.
Muslim pilgrims take pictures for the pilgrims as they pray around the holy Kaaba at the Grand Mosque, during the annual haj pilgrimage in Mecca October 1, 2014. (Reuters/Muhammad Hamed)

Muslim pilgrims take pictures for the pilgrims as they pray around the holy Kaaba at the Grand Mosque, during the annual haj pilgrimage in Mecca October 1, 2014. (Reuters/Muhammad Hamed)

Millions of Muslims are making their way to Mecca for the annual Hajj pilgrimage. The trip must be carried out at least once in a lifetime as a mandatory religious duty, if a person can physically and financially afford the journey.

This year it falls on October 1-6, with the date varying according to moon sightings.

One of the most trending pilgrim selfies was posted on April 30, replicating the most re-tweeted Oscar selfie posted by television celebrity Ellen DeGeneres.

The tweet said: “Can the #HajjSelfie beat the #OscarSelfie in Retweets? Let’s RT this to infinity #Muslim and say #mashAllah.”

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