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Saudi Riyal at Weakest Since Mid-2017 over Missing Journalist Case, Oil Could Skyrocket
TEHRAN (FNA)- Saudi Arabia's riyal was quoted at 3.7514 to the US dollar in the market early on Monday, its weakest rate since June 2017, Refinitiv data showed.

Saudi financial markets have come under pressure in the last few days as US President Donald Trump has threatened to punish Riyadh if it turns out that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Although the riyal's move was unusual, it was smaller than some bouts of instability in recent years, including in November 2015, when oil prices were plunging, the riyal dropped as low as 3.7598.

As international pressure is mounting on Saudi rulers by various governments and rights group over disappearance of the journalist, analysts say the sell-off on Riyadh's Tadawul stock exchange shows investors are uneasy.

Shares in Saudi Arabia plunged as the fallout over the disappearance of Khashoggi got worse over the weekend. The main stock market index in Riyadh fell as much as 7% --- biggest drop since December 2014 --- on Sunday and billions of dollars were wiped off the value of leading Saudi companies. The index recovered some ground later to close 3.5% down.

According to a United Nations report earlier this year, direct foreign investment in Saudi Arabia fell to $1.4 billion in 2017, the lowest level in 14 years.

Analysts also warn that there could be fallout for global oil markets, as Riyadh pushes back against international pressure that it played a role in the disappearance of the WaPo writer

They believe that oil could indeed by used as a tool of retaliation by Saudis, stating that if the oil price continues to react in an upward direction, it affects many markets, also many emerging markets in Asia, which are net importers of oil.

Oil prices rose on Sunday afternoon during Asian trade, with Brent crude jumping 1.29 percent to $81.47 per barrel, and US crude futures rising 1.14 percent to $72.15 a barrel.

The US administration is seeking to cut Tehran's oil exports to zero as Washington introduces new sanctions on the nation after unilaterally abandoning the historic 2015 Iran Joint Cooperative Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal signed by Russia, China, Iran and several European states. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) agreed to boost oil output by about one million barrels a day − a move strongly opposed by Iran.

Washington's unilateral oil sanctions of Tehran have led to a sharp drop in Iran's crude oil exports and to a price hike in the oil market. Saudi Arabia has also insisted that the kingdom is replacing lost Iranian oil with its own output. But, Iran dismissed claims by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman that Riyadh was making up for the loss of Tehran's oil supplies as "nonsense".

"Bin Salman's remarks can only satisfy Trump. No one else will believe him. Iran's oil cannot be replaced by Saudi Arabia," Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said early October, adding that "any country that makes such claims… just wants to display its support to the US sanctions against Iran".

Also, several US media organisations and business leaders have pulled out a major Saudi investment conference over the disappearance and suspected murder of Khashoggi, as global pressure for answers about the whereabouts of the prominent journalist mounts on the kingdom.

The United Kingdom, France and Germany have also called on Saudi Arabia and Turkey to mount a "credible investigation" into the disappearance of Khashoggi, adding they were treating the case with "utmost seriousness".
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Saudi Dissident Believes Riyadh Tapped Calls with

Saudi Dissident Believes Riyadh Tapped Calls with Khashoggi
TEHRAN (FNA)- A Saudi dissident in Canada believes the kingdom hacked his phone and listened to calls he had with Jamal Khashoggi prior to the journalist's disappearance.

"For sure, they listened to the conversation between me and Jamal and other activists, in Canada, in the [United] States, in Turkey, in Saudi Arabia," Omar Abdulaziz said in an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

A report published recently by the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab concluded that Saudi authorities were "very likely" responsible for hacking his phone with powerful spyware sold only to governments.

Abdulaziz said he was working on several projects with Khashoggi in recent months, including a campaign to counter Riyadh's pro-government propaganda on social media.

Khashoggi "promised me to sponsor the project and I guess they could listen in to those conversations", he stated, adding that "his voice was a headache for the Saudi government".

Khashoggi entered Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain a document certifying he divorced his ex-wife. He has not been seen since.

Turkish sources have told media outlets they believe the Saudi writer and critic was killed inside the consulate in what they describe as "premeditated murder". Saudi officials have countered that claim, insisting Khashoggi left the building before vanishing.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and King Salman of Saudi Arabia spoke by telephone and discussed the investigation into the disappearance of Khashoggi, according to Turkish presidential sources.

They said the leaders stressed the importance of their two countries creating a joint working group as part of the investigation. The king thanked Erdogan for welcoming the Saudi proposal for the joint group and said no one could undermine their relationship.

The United Kingdom, France and Germany have also called on Saudi Arabia and Turkey to mount a "credible investigation" into the disappearance of Khashoggi, adding they were treating the case with "utmost seriousness".

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Oil priced $400 in yuan, Russian military base – Saudi insider says kingdom mulls 30 anti-US moves
If the US imposes sanctions on Saudi Arabia, it will “stab its own economy to death” the head of Al Arabiya said. Riyadh may become friends with Iran, trade its oil in yuan and invite the Russian military.

The Saudis may make a geostrategic turn away from the US and towards its rival: China, Russia and Iran, Aldakhil added. “No one can deny that repercussions of these sanctions will include a Russian military base in Tabuk,” he said, referring to Saudi Arabia’s northwestern province located in a strategically valuable place near the Red Sea with its trade routes as well as Israel and Jordan.

As part of its possible rapprochement with Iran, Saudi Arabia would see “Hamas and Hezbollah have turned from enemies into friends” while at the same time stop exchanging intelligence with the US and its allies. At the moment information from the Saudis is contributing to the “protection of millions of Westerners,” he stressed.

Of course Saudi Arabia will no longer buy weapons from US manufacturers if sanctions are given the green light, Aldakhil predicted, adding that this would reduce foreign sales of US defense contractors by two thirds. American firms will also be barred from the Saudi markets, he added.

Saudi officials said they may retaliate against the US, if Washington delivers on a threat to impose sanctions over the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Turki Aldakhil, the General Manager of the Saudi international news network Al Arabiya, said Riyadh was considering some 30 moves that it may take in response to possible sanctions, and many of those he mentions seem pretty harsh.

In an op-ed published on Sunday, the insider said Saudi influence on the oil market alone puts it into position to badly hurt American interests. “If the price of oil reaching $80 angered President Trump, no one should rule out the price jumping to $100, or $200, or even double that figure,” he wrote, adding that Riyadh may start pricing its crude in Chinese yuan rather than US dollar, dealing a blow to its status as a world reserve currency.

“These are simple procedures that are part of over 30 others that Riyadh will implement directly, without flinching an eye if sanctions are imposed on it, according to Saudi sources who are close to the decision-makers,” the report said.

Saudi Arabia came under fire after Turkish officials accused it of murdering Khashoggi, a self-exiled critic of the current Saudi leadership, during a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Riyadh is denying the allegations, but has so far claimed to provide any evidence of the journalist freely leaving the diplomatic mission. US President Donald Trump said the Saudis would face “severe punishment” if the alleged crime is confirmed, but indicated his reluctance to act due to multi-billion arms deals with the kingdom.
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Riyadh threatens retaliation for 'actions' against it over missing journalist
Saudi Arabia has rejected any threats against it over the disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, once again declaring its innocence and saying it will respond to any actions with “greater actions.”

“The Kingdom affirms its total rejection of any threats and attempts to undermine it, whether by threatening to impose economic sanctions, using political pressures, or repeating false accusations,” the official Saudi Press Agency quoted an unnamed government source as saying.

“The Kingdom also affirms that if it receives any action, it will respond with greater action, and that the Kingdom's economy has an influential and vital role in the global economy,” the source added.

Sunday’s comments come just two days after US President Donald Trump warned that Riyadh would face “severe punishment” if it was found guilty of ordering the death of Khashoggi. He noted, however, that he would be unlikely to cancel the major arms deal between the two countries, stating that there would be “other ways of punishing” the government. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also stated that his country will be holding onto its $15 billion arms deal with Riyadh, despite the concerns surrounding Khashoggi.

However, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) says the US must take action against Saudi Arabia - including potentially regarding arms sales - if the allegations are proven true. Otherwise, the US risks losing credibility when it comes to human rights, he told CBS' Face the Nation on Sunday. His comments come after a bipartisan group of senators also proposed imposing sanctions on Riyadh over the matter. Trump's words led to a plunge of Saudi Arabia's stock market, in a possible foreshadowing of what could take place if countries take action against Riyadh in the form of sanctions.

Khashoggi, a critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Saudi royal family, was last seen on October 2 when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to get documents for his forthcoming marriage.

Turkey believes he was murdered inside the building by a 15-person “assassination squad,” with the government saying it has video and audio evidence proving he was killed at the consulate. However, it has not publicly presented that information.

The Turkish Daily Sabah newspaper reported on Saturday that a government investigation into the journalist's disappearance revealed that recordings made on his Apple Watch indicate that he was tortured and killed. The paper cited “reliable sources in a special intelligence department.” It noted that the Apple Watch was synced with Khashoggi's iPhone, which his fiancée was holding outside the consulate.

The paper further elaborated by claiming that Saudi intelligence agents had realized after Khashoggi died that the watch was recording, prompting them to use his fingerprint to unlock it. They reportedly deleted some files, but not all of them.

In a joint statement on Sunday, the foreign ministers of Britain, France, and Germany said they were treating the matter with the “utmost seriousness” and called for a “credible investigation” into the journalist's disappearance, adding that anyone who bears responsibility should be held to account.

Khashoggi's disappearance has already led to many media organizations withdrawing from an upcoming high-profile investment conference in Riyadh, including CNN, CNBC, The New York Times, and The Financial Times. Uber's CEO has also backed out, while billionaire Richard Branson has suspended talks with Riyadh regarding a planned $1 billion investment into his space ventures.

Meanwhile, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told ABC News on Sunday that US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is “intending to go” to the conference at the moment, but “will make up his mind as the week progresses and as new information surfaces.”

Riyadh Vows Response to Any Sanctions over Saudi Journalist's Disappearance
TEHRAN (FNA)- Saudi Arabia rejected "threats" after US President Donald Trump's comments on Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi who went missing in Turkey in early October.

Saudi Arabia has rejected "any attempts to undermine it whether through threats to impose economic sanctions or the use of political pressure", an official source was quoted by the country's state-run news agency SPA as saying.

"The kingdom also affirms that it will respond to any action with a bigger one," the source pointed out.

Riyadh also pledged to respond to any steps taken against it amid mounting concern over writer's disappearance.

It also referred to the Saudi economy which the source stated that "has vital and influential roles for the global economy".

In Saturday's interview with CBS, Trump pledged "to get to the bottom" of the disappearance of Khashoggi.

The American leader threatened to impose "severe punishment" on Saudi Arabia if it turns out that Riyadh is behind the disappearance of Khashoggi

At the same time, he emphasized that Riyadh has been "vehemently denying" the allegations of its involvement in the Khashoggi case.

Trump also made it clear that he does not want to hurt US jobs by stopping military sales to Saudi Arabia over the Khashoggi case.

Shortly after trading kicked off on Sunday, Saudi stocks plunged by at least seven percent, in what became the biggest drop since 2014 which comes amid an ever-increasing pressure on Riyadh over the situation around the missing Saudi journalist.

Earlier, several US companies and business leaders pulled out of an upcoming The Future Investment Initiative conference in Saudi Arabia as questions mount over the disappearance of the Saudi journalist. In addition, Bloomberg, the New York Times, the Financial Times, CNN and CNBC have all cut their ties with the conference.
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これはいかんぞ 管理人自宅の空間線量率が上がっている




放射性物質が降下しているか、降下した放射性物質の崩壊が進みビルドアップが進んでいる? トリチウムのベータ線はどちらも検出できません。



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低地も住宅で埋まり緑地は少ないのですが、芝生の広場があったりします。でも、歩いていて道路から低地の緑地を見下ろすとき、あそこまで下りてまた上る? 止めておこうという気になります。






「率直に申し上げていいですか? 私より少し上のようにお見受けしました」

駅に着きました。住まいは私の帰る方向と同じようでした。一緒に帰りませんか? と誘うと手に下げた袋を示して「長靴も持ってきているの。これから習志野公園に行くのよ。」とさっさと行ってしまいました。



この花は最近見かけますね。とてもきれいですが栽培は難しいらしい。マンデビラという名だそうです。前に徘徊時に大きな鉢にこの花が満開になっているところを見ました。ご主人が庭におられたので話をしましたが、庭の手入れは不良! なんでこの鉢だけがきれいに咲いているのかとても不思議でした。
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Britain, France, Germany Press Riyadh on Missing Saudi Journalist Case

Britain, France, Germany Press Riyadh on Missing Saudi Journalist Case
TEHRAN (FNA)- The UK, French, and German governments directly appealed to Riyadh on Sunday “to provide a complete and detailed response” to the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“Defending freedom of expression and a free press and ensuring the protection of journalists are key priorities for Germany, the United Kingdom and France,” a joint statement by the countries’ foreign ministers said, World News reported.

“In this spirit, light must be shed on the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, whose family has lost contact with him since October 2nd,” Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas stated.

Underlining a shared “grave concern” also expressed by others, including EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the statement added that they “are treating this incident with the utmost seriousness”.

“There needs to be a credible investigation to establish the truth about what happened, and – if relevant – to identify those bearing responsibility for the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, and ensure that they are held to account,” it noted.

“We encourage joint Saudi-Turkish efforts in that regard, and expect the Saudi Government to provide a complete and detailed response,” the statement said, adding that “we have conveyed this message directly to the Saudi authorities".
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