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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

AFP – Reuters 

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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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' US and Arab Air-Strikes – Latest '

#AceWorldNews – Tuesday 23, Latest News  

12:41 GMT:
12:31 GMT:

An arms factory run by the Jabhat al-Nusra, an al-Qaeda affiliate, has been destroyed by the US-led coalition’s airstrikes, Lebanon’s Al Mayadeen TV reported Tuesday. The target was located in the Idlib province in northern Syria.

According to Al Mayadeen, at the same time the Syrian Air Force launched airstrikes at Islamic State militants’ positions in the Al-Hasakah Governorate in northeast Syria.

US Central Command has previously said the strikes have been conducted from warships in international waters in Red Sea and North Arabian Gulf, with the participation of Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

12:23 GMT:

Residents are escaping the Syrian city of Raqqa following US military planes’ strikes on IS positions, Reuters reported, citing eyewitnesses.

“There is an exodus out of Raqqa as we speak. It started in the early hours of the day after the strikes. People are fleeing toward the countryside,” a city resident said.

12:00 GMT:
10:06 GMT:

The death toll from US-led air-strikes on Al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra front positions has risen to 50, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Reuters.

09:21 GMT:

Syria will not stop fighting against Islamic State militants, the country’s Foreign Ministry said, adding that cooperation between Syria and Iraq in combating terrorists remains “at the highest possible level.”

09:20 GMT:

If not agreed with the Syrian government in Damascus, any air-strikes against Islamic State militants in the country will only fuel tensions in the region, the Foreign Ministry said in its statement.

“Any such action can be carried out only in accordance with international law. That implies not a formal, one-sided ‘notification’ of air-strikes but the presence of explicit consent from the government of Syria or the approval of a corresponding UN Security Council decision,” the statement said, adding that attempts to violate the sovereignty of countries in the Middle East to achieve Washington’s own geopolitical goals “only exacerbates tensions and further destabilizes the situation.”

The Syrian government has issued a statement, expressing its readiness to cooperate with any international effort fighting terrorism.

09:20 GMT:

NATO is not involved in any air-strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria, the alliance said from its headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday. “There is no NATO involvement,” an alliance official said.

08:47 GMT:

The organizers of the unilateral approaches that rely on force would bear international statutory responsibility for the consequences, commented Russia’s Foreign Ministry on the air-strikes launched by the US-led coalition against the militants of the Islamic State in Syria.

07:57 GMT:
07:42 GMT:

IS militants claim that a US drone has crashed into a communications tower near the Syrian city of Raqqa.

A Syrian man rides his bike past a communications tower that was destroyed after a US drone crashed into it, according to fighters with the Islamic State group, in the Syrian city of Raqqa early on September 23, 2014. (AFP Photo/Str)

07:37 GMT:

The US Central Command has said in an official statement that it conducted strikes from warships in international waters in Red Sea and North Arabian Gulf.

07:37 GMT:

An Islamic State fighter in Syria told Reuters that the radical group will respond to the US-led attacks and blamed Saudi Arabia for letting them take place.

07:36 GMT:

US Central Command has issued a statement saying that the US and its “partner nations,” including Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates “undertook military action” against IS in Syria, using “a mix of fighter, bomber, remotely-piloted aircraft and Tomahawk land attack missiles” to carry out 14 air-strikes.

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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.

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SAUDI ARABIA: ‘ Court Sentences an American and 23 People to Prison on Terrorist Charges ‘

#AceWorldNews – SAUDI ARABIA (Riyadh) – September 13 – A court in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday sentenced an American and 23 other people to prison on charges they created a terrorist cell and planned attacks on foreigners and oil pipelines.

The official Saudi Press Agency reported that their sentences range from two to 27 years in prison for planning attacks against Saudi Arabia and its smaller neighbour of Bahrain.

The state report said the U.S. national was sentenced to 17 years prison, six of which are for cyber-crime’s . He was ordered deported after completing his sentencing. The years he has already spent in prison will be counted as part of his sentencing.

State media did not release any names, did not disclose further details on when the attacks were planned and did not say when the men had been arrested. All have 30 days to appeal.

The group also includes one Yemeni while the rest are Saudi. The Specialized Criminal Court, created in 2008 to try terrorism cases, slapped them with travel bans after prison.

Other charges against various members of the group include financing terrorism, embracing “deviant ideology”, disobeying the king, using the media to support terrorism, providing shelter to wanted people and training for combat.

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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.

ISIL

ISIL

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.

The Rebels Path Through Iraq - Screenshot from 2014-09-13 13:24:04

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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SAUDI ARABIA: ‘ Top Cleric Says Al-Qaeda and the Takfiri Group ISIL Are Number One Enemy of Islam ‘

#AceNewsServices (Exclusive) – SAUDI ARABIA – August 20 – Saudi Top Cleric: Qaeda, ISIL Enemy No 1 of Islam

Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh

Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh on Tuesday blasted Al-Qaeda and the Takfiri group, ISIL, as “enemy number one” of Islam, in a statement issued in Riyadh.

“The ideas of extremism, radicalism and terrorism… have nothing to do with Islam and (their proponents) are the enemy number one of Islam,” the kingdom’s top cleric said.

He cited Takfiris from the Islamic State, which has declared a “caliphate” straddling large parts of Iraq and Syria, and the global Al-Qaeda terror network.

Muslims are the main victims of this extremism, as shown by crimes committed by the so-called ISIL, Al-Qaeda and groups linked to them,” the mufti said, quoting a verse in the Quran urging the “killing” of people who do deeds harmful to Islam.

“In the circumstances the Islamic nation is living through, several countries have been destabilized” by extremists, who “divide Muslims” in the name of religion, the mufti said.

He warned: “In Islam, after heresy, dividing Muslims is the greatest crime.”The mufti urged “tolerance, which was at the origin of Islam’s growth and longevity.”

The ISIL had pronounced its “caliphate” last June. The Takfiri group has been widely known for its brutal crimes against civilians in Iraq and Syria.

Damascus has repeatedly accused the Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states of destabilizing Syria through funding and arming Takfiri groups like ISIL and Nusra Front.

Last Week, Hezbollah Secretary General, Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah warned that several countries, including Saudi Arabia fear the threat of ISIL.

During an interview with Lebanese daily al-Akhbar, the resistance leader highlighted that some countries know what they have created and raised, and that’s why their diagnosis of ISIL risk is the most accurate of others because they know what they have had, speaking about the “real horror” inside the Gulf countries and the Saudi Arabia because this thought have been taught for decades for people, schools and in the curriculum.

“Turkey and Qatar are backing ISIL, and I am convinced the Saudi Arabia’s fear of it,” Sayyed Nasrallah told al-Akhbar.
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` Muslim Brotherhood Orders an Inquiry into Brotherhoods’ Alleged Links to Terrorism and Base in London ‘

#AceWorldNews – LONDON – May 22 – The Muslim Brotherhood is one of the oldest and most influential Islamic political movements in the world.


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But it has also been designated as a terrorist organisation by the country from which it originated – Egypt.

And now the British Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered an inquiry into the Brotherhood’s alleged links to terrorism following claims from Egypt and Saudi Arabia that the movement has been using London as an organising base for its activities.

We take a closer look at the group that’s been causing political waves around the world for 86 long years.

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