国際・政治: ずくなしの冷や水


結局トランプ・プーチン会談は行われなかった ラブロフが珍しくイラついていたと言うが?

US, Russian Presidents' Meeting May Result in New Deal on Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- A Syrian deal could be announced as soon as Friday, timed to follow a possible meeting by US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vietnam.

According to published reports, the agreement would revolve around de-confliction between the substantial presence of US and Russian military assets in and around Syria, decreasing the overall level of violence between various militant groups in Syria, and reviving peace talks through the United Nations, AP reported.

“The Russians have been nothing but professional, cordial and disciplined,” Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, Iraq-based command of the US so-called coalition against ISIL, said in August when asked about the de-confliction line between the two world powers.

“Very often the Russian contribution to the fight against ISIL goes unrecognized,” Max Abrahms of the Council on Foreign Relations told Sputnik News in July. The US media frequently leaves out Russia’s stabilizing role when it comes to reporting on Syria.

In July, the US, Russia and Jordan brokered a deal for a partial-ceasefire in Southern Syria based on “de-escalation zones” to limit violence in the war-torn country. The deal emerged following the first Trump-Putin meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov noted the diplomatic achievement was the “best confirmation that when we deal with concrete matters, not speculations, we can achieve results,” while his counterpart, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, remarked that the ceasefire was the “first indication of the US and Russia being able to work together in Syria.”

Russia has participated in numerous diplomatic engagements with Turkey and Iran in Astana, Kazakhstan to resolve the Syrian crisis.
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バクダーデイはまだ生きている また目撃情報


Report: ISIL's Baghdadi Still Alive, Seen in Eastern Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- ISIL's Chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is still alive, an Arab media outlet reported on Friday, adding that the terrorist group's ring leader has been sighted by eyewitnesses in one of the battlefields in Southeastern Deir Ezzur.

The Arabic-language Elam al-Harbi reported that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the commander of the ISIL terrorist group, has been sighted alive in one of the battlefields near the newly-freed town of Albu Kamal at the border with Iraq.

No more details have been released about the report.
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米空軍 サウジの空港に打ち込まれたミサイルはイラン製と

Missile targeting main Saudi airport was Iranian – US Air Force

The ballistic missile, intercepted near Saudi Arabia’s capital last Saturday, was from Iran and bore “Iranian markings,” a top US Air Force commander has said.

The commander for southwest Asia at US Air Forces Central Command, Jeffrey Harrigian, claimed on Friday that the missile, which targeted the country’s main airport near the capital last Saturday, was Iranian. The projectile, which was downed near the airport of the Saudi capital bore “Iranian markings,” according to Harrigian, who added that an investigation was underway into how it was smuggled to Yemen despite the Saudi naval and air blockade.

The missile incident proves that Iran has made it possible for ballistic missile attacks to be launched from Yemen, the official claimed. Harrigian declined to give any specifics on the exact type of missile the US believed it to be.

While both US and Saudi officials, as well as other politicians, expressed confidence that the projectile originated from Iran, no evidence supporting that claim has been presented so far.

The uncovered wreckage of the missile indicated “the role of the Iranian regime in manufacturing,” Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry said earlier this week, without providing further details.

French President Emmanuel Macron, in his turn, simply put it that the missile was “obviously” Iranian – also without giving any proof.

While the blame for the missile launch was promptly pinned on Iran, Tehran has firmly denied its involvement. The Iranian Foreign Ministry branded the allegations “destructive, irresponsible, provocative and baseless,” adding that the missile launch was an “independent” response by Yemenis to Saudi aggression.

The ministry’s statement was echoed by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who said that Riyadh itself was actually to blame, as the Yemeni fighters were only protecting their country from Saudi bombings.

“How should the Yemeni people react to the bombardment of their country? So they are not allowed to use their own weapons? You stop the bombardment first and see if the Yemenis would not do the same,” Rouhani said on Wednesday.
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恐怖の王国サウジ 石油価格への影響は?

Kingdom of fear: Saudi Arabia on lockdown
Events in Saudi Arabia are unfolding at a blinding pace, with a radical shift taking place within the upper echelons of government. Last weekend, King Salman announced the set-up of a special anti-corruption force that wasted no time in rounding up more than a dozen government officials−both former and current−five members of the royal family, and several businessmen. Since then, the list has been growing, to more than 60 as of today.

Now there are reports about the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton being turned into a luxury prison for the detainees. There are rumors−which Riyadh has denied−that one of the targets of the purge, Prince Abdulaziz bin Fahd, was killed while resisting arrest. There are also reports that the purge could fill the state coffers with as much as $800 billion in assets seized from those arrested−all members of the Saudi elite.

Speculation abounds and there is growing worry that the situation could spiral out of control. There is a constant flow of new information coming from Saudi Arabia, such as that one of the Arab world’s leading broadcasters, MBC, has been put under government control. Part of its management was removed and the owner detained. News is also emerging that even the former Saudi Energy Minister Ali al-Naimi, Saudi Arabia’s media face for decades, has been forcibly confined to his quarters.

There is talk that a travel ban has been issued for a number of government officials, including executives from Aramco. That’s on top of reports that Aramco board member Ibrahim al-Assaf, a former Finance Minister in the Kingdom, was also among those arrested.

Naturally, in oil industry circles this raises the question over the safety of Aramco’s IPO and, more than that, what will happen to oil prices if the instability intensifies. For now, the news is all bullish for prices. The purge is widely seen as a pre-emptive strike and power grab by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, head of the new anti-corruption agency and heir to the throne, as well as the champion of the Vision 2030 reform program.

The Crown Prince is also the driving force behind the Aramco IPO, which should provide the funds for the reform program. Now, for the IPO to be as successful as Prince Mohammed wants it to be, global oil prices need to be high, perhaps higher than they are now.

Any political instability in the Kingdom is naturally fueling bullish sentiment. Now there are reports that some royals fleeing prosecution from the new anti-corruption agency have been offered asylum in Yemen by the Houthi rebels that are backed by Saudi Arabia’s arch-enemy, Iran. This is nothing short of astounding, since Saudi Arabia has been at war with the Houthis for two years now, with Prince Mohammed at the spearhead of the conflict.Earlier this week, Saudi Arabia accused Iran of direct aggression, citing the missile attack the Houthis launched on Riyadh, which was intercepted by the Kingdom’s defense system.

It is difficult to predict where all this will lead. Some, like Dennis Gartman, warn that although the immediate impact of the latest Saudi events is positive for prices, it will turn negative in the longer run as this sort of instability is unsustainable. Others, such as Morgan Stanley’s commodity analysts, are revising upwards their oil price forecasts, encouraged by these same events. OPEC’s Vienna meeting, where the cartel will discuss the extension of the oil production cut it agreed almost a year ago, is less than a month away. There are voices suggesting that Saudi Arabia could make a U-turn on its support for the deal in light of the now higher prices resulting from its internal tumult and the spike in tensions with Iran.

In the meantime, the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh is fully booked until February, as per the hotel’s website, and all guests were asked to leave or had their reservations cancelled.

This article was originally published on Oilprice.com
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Just roll with it! Japanese PM Abe ‘falls into sand bunker’ while golfing with Trump

※  宋 文洲‏認証済みアカウント @sohbunshu氏の2017/11/7のツイート

Deaf baby hears her mother for the first time and her reaction is stunning


CAZ #AntiZionism‏ @_antizionism 10:53 - 2017年10月17日
An ISRAELI company has been training US law enforcement .This video is the result
Police Handcuff Third Grader With Disabilities
We're speechless.

Bassem‏ @BBassem7 10月16日
Dealing with the Middle East


ポロシェンコとエルドアンの共同記者会見 エルドアンがあくびしたり眠気と戦っています。


役人だけ? これでは眠くなりますね。

※ ayarin1‏ @ayarin14 氏の2017/9/28のツイート

TEHRAN (FNA)- Exodus of Rohingya to Bangladesh Reaches 380,000

TEHRAN (FNA)- Nearly 270,000 Rohingya refugees - mostly women and children - have crossed the border to Bangladesh in recent days, fleeing a security sweep by Myanmar forces who have been torching villages, while government forces beheaded and burned alive Rohingya Muslim civilians. [VIDEO]

この青年の眼差しには本当に圧倒されます。尊敬に値します。年齢から言って、担いでいる男女は両親か祖父母でしょうか。とても小柄でやせています。体重は40キロあるかないか。35キロ前後かもしれません。青年も60キロ前後でしょうか。いずれにせよ、自分の体重以上、70キロ以上の重量を肩に抱え、160キロ近くを歩き続ける。しかも裸足・・・・・ とても信じられない偉業としか言いようがありません。おそらくそれが事実であろうことは、この青年の前を見つめる眼が示しています。このような眼をいまだかつて日本では観たことがありません。周囲にいる人たちも、とても素晴らしい顔貌です。

ケベックのハンティングロッジの立木に落雷、フェースブックの動画、落雷は -8.45頃。



The mayor of the Danish city of Roskilde was woken up by music imitating the Islamic call to prayer. The local anti-Muslim activists who played it outside the mayor’s home said the act was to oppose the building of a mosque in the city.

A Missouri resident’s gym schedule may have helped him to dodge death, after an SUV tore through the roof of his house while he was attending a workout session.
The incident happened in Walnut Park West, St Louis, when a vehicle hit an embankment in a residential area and was launched onto the roof of a nearby dwelling, reported the St Louis Post Dispatch.

<左:シリアの元国会議員アサド支持 従兄弟がテロリストに殺害された> <中央 番組ホスト> <右:スンニ派のイスラミストリーダー>

Two Lebanese television guests engaged in a violent brawl last weekend as a debate raged about the Islamic State decapitation of one of their cousins.
Bashar Assad supporter and former Syrian MP Ahmad Shalash appeared on political talk show ‘Bel Moubashar’ with Sunni Islamist leader Bilal Daqmaq but the two quickly came to blows.
Rawad Daher, host of the show began the debate segment by extending his condolences to Shalash and his family for their tragic and gruesome loss.
He then asked Daqmaq, a staunch critic of the Assad regime, if he wished to follow suit, which is when the trouble began.
"I extend my condolences to the Syrian people for anyone killed..." replied Daqmaq before Shalash cuts him off by saying, "Brother, he asked you a straight question: Are you extending me condolences or not?”
“It’s none of your business,” Daqmaq rebuffed, as cited by Memri TV who translated the exchange.
The tense exchange quickly descended into a brawl with curses, insults, fists and glasses of water flying. Video of the fight was uploaded to the official OTV YouTube channel on Monday.
Shalash grabs Daqmaq in a clinch before punching him in the face and dragging him to the ground.
Daher was soaked with a glass of water for trying to break up the fist fight and a TV screen was smashed in the wrestling match.
Duqmaq stormed off the set but Shalash stayed on the show and used the opportunity to deride the absent sheikh.

Drone video shows devastation of liberated Mosul



2010 04 14 WikiLeaks が公開した " Collateral Murder " を確認してみた


A pilot has captured incredible footage of contrails billowing from the engines of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner at an altitude of 33,000ft.
Lou Boyer was piloting a Boeing 747 flight from Tokyo to Alaska when he saw the contrails – or ‘chemtrails’ depending on your appetite for conspiracy theories – over eastern Russia.

Hemze Hamza‏ @Sergermed_ 23:16 - 2017年6月27日
Sniper battle inside Raqqa city. Thank god the ISIS terrorist missed

Hemze Hamza‏ @Sergermed_ 18 時間18 時間前
Kurdish women know no fear. Your average human being would be scared for life after being so close to death but she kept laughing.

次は英国 英国は事故が多いですね。

Dramatic images show devastating London tower block blaze (PHOTOS)


英国で "Liar Liar GE2017" 大ヒット中
嘘つきでは、日本はイギリスに負けないぞ! 彼を信じちゃいけないよ!
[ロンドン 30日 ロイター] - メイ英首相を「うそつき」呼ばわりする歌が、総選挙を来月8日に控えた英国で大ヒットしている。
「Liar liar GE2017」と題したこの曲を歌っているのはロンドンに拠点をおくバンド「キャプテンSKA」。メイ首相の政策モットーを揶揄(やゆ)し、売上チャートの上位に躍り出ている。

Highway horror: CCTV shows utter chaos from runaway truck smash (VIDEO)





CCTV: Truck slams into residential building in NW China, 5 dead



World’s best young photojournalists vie for Andrei Stenin prize (PHOTOS)
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US Has No Plans to Unleash War against North Korea

Expert: US Has No Plans to Unleash War against North Korea

TEHRAN (FNA)- Director of the Russian Strategy in Asia Center at the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Economics, Georgy Toloraya, said Washington has no intention of unleashing a war against Pyongyang using its regional allies.

"The Americans have no such conspiracy plans to unleash a war using other countries and gain some benefits from that," he said commenting on the potential US desire to use arms supplies to its allies in the region to draw them into its schemes to unleash an armed conflict with North Korea, TASS reported.

"Negotiations are still in progress on US arms supplies to its allies in the region, there are no contracts yet, everything can change many times." According to the expert, "plans to sell weapons to Washington’s regional allies should be regarded as the desire to bring its allies closer to itself and make them pay for Americans’ security, friendship and protection."

Toloraya noted that the war threat in the region is exaggerated. "I do not think the Americans are gearing up for war," he said. "The real threat from North Korea is likewise insignificant, because starting a war with the total elimination of North Korea and a sizeable part of South Korea and Japan is just irrational."

On the other hand, the probability of hostilities between the US and North Korea breaking out accidentally has grown, the expert stressed. "The risk of an accidental start of a war has certainly increased and is about three to four percent, while it was only tiny factions of one percent before tensions mounted," Toloraya said.

"Alarmist forecasts do exist, while the US already has something like betting shops regarding the likelihood of the outbreak of hostilities."

On November 6, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a joint news conference with US President Donald Trump that Japan plans to purchase more different types of weapons from the US amid the worsening situation in the region because of North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests.
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Syria to Join UN Climate Accord in Another Blow to US

Syria to Join UN Climate Accord in Another Blow to US
TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian authorities announced plans to join the 2015 United Nations climate agreement in another blow to the United States as the only country that has shunned the deal.

Syria’s delegate at UN climate negotiations in Germany said on Tuesday that the country planned to sign up to the Paris Agreement reached two years ago in the French capital with the aim of curbing the rising global temperatures, World News reported.

Other delegates attending the meeting of almost 200 nations in Bonn said that Syria representatives told the annual UN conference that Damascus would join the global efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions despite the civil war that has gripped the Arab country.

Other countries welcomed Syria’s plans, saying it showed how much UN efforts to counter global warming had drawn global attention.

“We need everybody on board,” Ronald Jumeau, of the Seychelles, an islands nation in the Indian Ocean, said.

Syria and Nicaragua were the only two nations that had not signed up to the 2015 deal. The US, a major proponent of the agreement at the time, has vowed to pull out of the deal under President Donald Trump. The American president has called the agreement a Chinese hoax, saying it is too protective of emerging powers like China.

Nicaragua has also promised to join the agreement which many say would seriously reduce the use of pollutants like coal as a source of energy. Trump insists that the US cannot curb its coal usage while countries like China can have it for a longer time.

Jumeau said the world was not happy about Trump’s pledges for withdrawal from Paris climate agreement.

“We want the United States in too. We take no pleasure in the United States being out,” he said.

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Leader's Top Military Aide: 130,000 Terrorists Sent to Region by US in 80 Months
TEHRAN (FNA)- Top Military Aide to the Iranian Supreme Leader Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi said Washington has dispatched nearly 130,000 terrorists to Iraq and Syria since 2011.

"The Americans have sent between 90,000 to 130,000 terrorists to Syria and Iraq in 80 months as countries such as the US, Israel, Turkey and Jordan wanted to overthrow Bashar al-Assad but Iran, the Lebanese Hezbollah, somehow Iraq, and the Syrian people and army didn’t allow them," Rahim Safavi said, addressing a forum in Tehran on Wednesday.

Noting that US President Donald Trump and his rival Hillary Clinton have themselves admitted creation of the ISIL terrorist group by Washington, he blamed the US and Israel for coaxing officials of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region into holding an independence referendum to seccede from mainland Iraq.

Rahim Safavi also reminded that when the ISIL occupied Mosul in Iraq in 2014, KRG President Massoud Barzani was fooled by the US and Israelis and his friends helped the terrorists disarm the Iraqi army forces but the ISIL didn’t show mercy to the Kurds and advanced to areas near Erbil.

"But Iran prevented the collapse of Erbil," he said.

Iran is providing Iraq and Syria with military advisory and humanitarian aid in their fight against terrorist groups.

Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani said in March 2016 that Takfiri terrorism threatens all Muslims, and Iran has waged war on those terrorists that trade enslaved women and children.

"The fire of Takfiri and Takfirism has engulfed in homes of our Sunni brothers. Those behind this are under the illusion that they can bring Shiism and the Islamic Republic to their knees. More than anywhere else, Takfiri groups have targeted the sanctity of humanity and the Sunni world," General Soleimani said.

He then asked those behind the smear campaign to question Iran's policy in its ongoing war on terror, "Is it adventurism if the Islamic Republic makes sacrifices to defend Muslims? Is it wrong for the Islamic Republic to battle a group that in just one region is buying and selling some 20,000 unfortunate enslaved young women? Is it wrong for the Islamic Republic to stand against the anti-Muslim current and stop the demolition of Mosques and Muslim holy sites?"

Over 54,000 Militants Killed in Syria over Past Two Years
TEHRAN (FNA)- More than 54,000 militants were killed in Syria over the past two years, including about 4,200 natives of Russia and the former Soviet republics, Chief of Russia’s General Staff Valery Gerasimov said.

"More than 1,000 inhabited communities have been liberated, over 54,000 members of militant groups were killed, including more than 2,800 natives of Russia and 1,400 of the former Soviet republics," he said at a meeting of the Russian Defense Ministry board, TASS reported.

Gerasimov noted that the Russian military servicemen in Syria encountered a well-trained enemy. Terrorists had about 1,500 tanks and armored vehicles, over 1,200 guns and mortars seized from Syrian and Iraqi government troops. "There was no shortage of ammunition and materiel, which were constantly replenished from abroad," he stressed.

"Their commanders were trained in special camps under the watchful eye of Western instructors and military advisers from some countries of the Middle East, Western Europe and America. In some cases, special forces officers from these countries led illegal armed units," the chief of Russia’s General Staff said.

Gerasimov added that, in terms of the level of cohesion and training, militant units were equal to the Syrian government troops. "Actually, every settlement was a fortified area with a well thought out fire system, concrete structures, a ramified system of artificial obstacles and underground communications," he emphasized.

He recalled that, by the beginning of the operation, terrorist groups controlled more than 70% of Syria’s territory and continued to advance in all directions. "During the two years of our armed forces’ participation in the fighting, it was possible not only to turn the tide of the hostilities in favor of government troops but also rout big militant groups in the most important areas, liberate the key cities and recapture major communication lines," Gerasimov concluded.

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※  Rania Khalek‏認証済みアカウント @RaniaKhalek氏の2017/11/7のツイート
Saudi Arabia has lost its mind



Staff writer, Al Arabiya English Tuesday, 7 November 2017
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Saudi minister of Gulf affairs, Thamer al-Sabhan, said on Monday that Lebanon had declared war against Saudi Arabia because of what he described as aggression against the Kingdom by the Iran-backed group Hezbollah.

“We will treat the government of Lebanon as a government declaring war on Saudi Arabia due to the aggression of Hezbollah,” he said in response to the recent decisions taken by the Lebanese government.

Al Arabiya reported that Saudi King Salman had informed the outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri of the details of Hezbollah’s aggression against Saudi Arabia, adding that the Lebanese government should be aware of the dangers imposed by these militias.

Sabhan added that Hezbollah militias are involved in terrorist acts that threatens the Kingdom, stressing that Saudi Arabia will use all political and other means to confront what he called the “Party of Satan.”

“We expect the Lebanese government to act to deter Hezbollah,” he said in an interview with Al Arabiya.

Sabhan also accused Hezbollah of smuggling drugs to Saudi Arabia and training Saudi youths on terrorism.

The Saudi minister said that Hariri and the Lebanese government would not accept the positions of Hezbollah militia, stressing that talk about forcing Hariri to resign lies to disperse Lebanon.

“Lebanon is kidnapped by the militias of Hezbollah and behind it is Iran,” he said.
Last Update: Tuesday, 7 November 2017 KSA 02:06 - GMT 23:06

Saudi Arabia accuses Lebanon of being ‘kidnapped’ by Hezbollah & ‘declaring war’ on Riyadh

Riyadh has accused Lebanon of “declaring war” on Saudi Arabia by allowing Hezbollah “aggression” against the Gulf Kingdom. Earlier, the Lebanese militant group accused the Saudis of forcing Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri out of office.

Hariri unexpectedly announced his resignation on Saturday in a televised statement recorded in Saudi Arabia. In his resignation speech, Hariri accused Iran and Hezbollah of a “desire to destroy the Arab world.” The next day, the leader of the Lebanese Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, accused Saudi Arabia of forcing the premier out of office and writing his resignation statement for him. Tehran meanwhile firmly rejected Hariri’s accusations, saying that Iran only seeks “peace and stability” and pointing out its “excellent” relationship with Beirut.

Amid the political uncertainty, on Monday the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya news network reported that King Salman had met with Hariri in Riyadh, where the monarch shared the details of Hezbollah’s alleged aggression against Saudi Arabia.

According to the Saudi Minister of State for Gulf Affairs, Thamer al-Sabhan, Hezbollah is accused of smuggling drugs and providing terrorist training to Saudi youngsters. During the meeting, King Salman allegedly accused the Lebanese militant group of being involved in “every terrorist act that threatens Saudi Arabia,” Al-Arabiya reported. The ruler of the kingdom also allegedly vowed to use “all political and other means” to confront Hezbollah, which he called the “Party of Satan.”

“We will treat the government of Lebanon as a government declaring war because of Hezbollah militias,” Al-Sabhan told al-Arabiya. “Lebanon is kidnapped by the militias of Hezbollah and behind it is Iran.”

“We expect the Lebanese government to act to deter Hezbollah,” the minister said. “The Lebanese must all know these risks and work to fix matters before they reach the point of no return.”

Al-Sabhan did not clarify what actions Saudi Arabia might take against Lebanon. There was also no immediate reaction from Beirut, where Lebanese President Michel Aoun is yet to accept the prime minister's resignation. Aoun plans to decide on the issue after Hariri returns to Lebanon from Saudi Arabia, presidential spokesman Nabih Berri told reporters Monday.

Arab Media: Hariri Hostage in Riyadh to Settle $7bln Overdue Debts
TEHRAN (FNA)- Arab media outlets reported on Wednesday that Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has been kept in Riyadh to pay his $7bln debts to the Saudi banks.

The Arabic-language al-Akhbar newspaper said in a report that Riyadh had given Hariri the options of either going back to Beirut to resign and immediately come back to Riyadh while his family members were kept in Saudi Arabia or attack President Michael Aoun and Hezbollah in his resignation from Riyadh and meantime settle his debts to the Saudi media and political bodies.

The information gained from Abu Dhabi last night showed that Riyadh will take the overdue debts of Saudi Oger company from Saad al-Hariri. The company was established by his father in 1978 and certain reports since 2015 raised the possibility of its bankruptcy.

Based on an agreement between Saad Hariri and the Saudi officials, he will own two houses in Riyadh and Jeddah, one of them earlier owned by his late father.

They also agreed on non-prosecution of the Saudi Oger company by the Saudi banks which have paid loans to it.

Meantime, the Lebanon-based al-Mayadeen news channel quoted an informed source at the parliament as saying that Hariri will return to Lebanon later this week.

The Hariri family's major interests in Saudi Arabia date back to 1978 when the Saudi Oger construction company was founded by Saad's father Rafik, the former Lebanese prime minister who was assassinated in 2005.

Saudi Oger was responsible for building vast swathes of Saudi Arabia and helping develop the cities of the desert kingdom into some of the world's leading metropolises.

It also made the Hariri family multi-billionaires - Saad Hariri was estimated to worth around $4.1bn in 2005 shortly after his father's death. The Hariris were also granted Saudi citizenship as a result of their contributions.

In recent years, however, a tanking Saudi economy combined with allegations of corruption have damaged the fortunes of the company and Hariri, who as of December 2016 was worth just $1.3bn, according to Forbes.
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Corbyn: UK Queen Should Apologize for Offshore Investments

※ FARSNEWS2017/11/7
Corbyn: UK Queen Should Apologize for Offshore Investments
TEHRAN (FNA)- The UK Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn said Queen Elizabeth should apologize after her name appeared in the so-called Paradise Papers, a collection of leaked documents linking businesses and individuals to offshore investments and tax avoidance.
Speaking at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) annual conference, Corbyn said the revelations contained in the leak were “shocking,” and added that “widespread tax avoidance and evasion on an industrial scale must lead to decisive action and real change,” Politico reported.
Asked if he thought the queen should apologize, Corbyn said according to City A.M., “Anyone who is putting money into a tax haven … should do two things, they should apologize and recognize what it does for society.”
“Who loses out? Schools, hospitals, housing,” he added.
According to the leaked documents, some £10 million of the queen’s private money was invested in funds in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda by the Duchy of Lancaster, which provides the queen with an income.
A spokesperson for the Duchy of Lancaster told the BBC that the all of the investments “are fully audited and legitimate.”
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Russia agrees to restructure Venezuela's $3bn debt
Russia’s Finance Ministry said on Wednesday that Venezuela's $2.8 billion debt to Moscow will be restructured to meet a previously agreed extension of payment terms.

“We have an agreement on (debt) restructuring with Venezuela,” Finance Minister Anton Siluanov told reporters, adding the process is nearing its final phase. Earlier he said the sides were discussing acceptable solutions with a possible two-stage postponement.

“The first part includes pretty favorable terms with a small sum due for repayment so that it's manageable for our Venezuelan colleagues,” Siluanov said.

Russia is one of the critical lenders to the South American country, the total foreign debt of which exceeds $100 billion. According to Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, almost three-quarters of the country’s bondholders are from the US and Canada.

In 2011, Moscow provided Venezuela with a credit line of up to $4 billion to finance the supply of Russian industrial products. Three years later Venezuela asked for restructuring. Last year, Moscow amended the agreement consolidating the debt of $2.84 billion to be repaid in equal tranches over three years, starting from March 2019.

Russia’s Rosneft has also extended $1 billion in additional credit to Venezuela’s state-owned oil giant PDVSA in the form of prepayments for oil supplies, bringing total lending to its Venezuelan counterpart to $6.5 billion. Last month Rosneft said PDVSA had repaid around $750 million of that in oil shipments and $500 million in interest payments. All outstanding obligations are scheduled to be settled by the end of 2019, Rosneft said.
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Japan can shoot N. Korean missiles ‘out of the sky’ if it buys enough arms from US – Trump
Donald Trump promised that Japan will be able to shoot North Korea’s missiles “out of the sky” if it purchases enough arms from Washington. The Japanese prime minister is considering buying fighter jets, missiles, and warships from the US.

Speaking at a joint press conference on Monday, US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe acknowledged that Pyongyang is high on their meeting’s agenda. The American leader yet again blasted Pyongyang for the continued development of its “unlawful weapons programs, including its illegal nuclear tests and outrageous launches of ballistic missiles” over Japanese territory.

“We will not stand for that,” he said, reiterating once again that “the era of strategic patience is over.” Abe echoed the message, but stopped short of threatening North Korea, saying that it is “time for dialogue,” while also promising more sanctions on the reclusive state.

Trump on his part also did not hesitate to advertise US weapons to Japan.“He [Abe] will shoot them [North Korean missiles] out of the sky when he completes the purchase of lots of additional military equipment from the United States,” the president said. “The prime minister is going to be purchasing massive amounts of military equipment, as he should. And we make the best military equipment by far.”

Japan is already buying defense equipment from Washington, but there are further plans to modernize the Japanese military in light of heightened tensions with North Korea. “The situation in Asia-Pacific is getting very tough, and we have to qualitatively and quantitatively enhance our capabilities,” Abe said.

He mentioned the purchase of F-35 fifth-generation fighter jets, SM-3 Block III anti-aircraft missiles, and Aegis-capable warships. “The quality and quantity must be enhanced by buying more from the United States, that’s what I’m thinking of,” Prime Minister Abe stated.

Donald Trump kicked off his first Asian tour by visiting Japan, a close American ally and long-time trading partner, last week. Shortly after arriving, he issued a thinly veiled warning to North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un, saying that “no dictator” should underestimate the US.

North Korea marked Trump’s visit to Japan by firing off a verbal attack on the “spiritually unstable” US president. “Nobody can predict when Trump does a reckless act… The only and one way for checking his rash act is to tame him with absolute physical power,” according to a commentary on Sunday in The Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the ruling Workers’ Party. The state newspaper also warned “Trump’s coteries” not to make “reckless remarks” again.

Many Japanese people also do not seem to be keen on the potential closer military cooperation between Tokyo and Washington. On Sunday, thousands of people protested in the Japanese capital ahead of Trump’s visit.

The US military presence has long been a source of controversy in Japan. The relocation of a US air base in the Okinawa prefecture is a particularly pressing problem. Locals have engaged in a months-long campaign to protest the move, which received the backing of the Okinawa governor, Takeshi Onaga.

In July, the Okinawa prefecture filed yet another lawsuit against the government in Tokyo demanding a halt to the relocation process. Apart from taking legal action, those protesting the move also used more radical ways to express their discontent, including sit-ins outside the neighboring US Marines base and using rocks intended for construction of the base to block construction machinery.

※  シュナムル‏ @chounamoul 氏の2017/11/7のツイート


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Whistle-Blower: Trump Bribed by Saudi Crown Prince
TEHRAN (FNA)- Saudi whistle-blower Mujtahid, who is believed to be a member of or have a well-connected source in the royal family, revealed that the country's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has personally bribed US President Donald Trump with a sum of $1bln during the latter's visit to Riyadh in May.

Mujtahid wrote on his twitter page that Bin Salman, then-deputy crown prince, was able to win the US administration's favor in his power struggle with his cousin Mohammed bin Nayef, who was heir to the throne until he was deposed in June.

He added that Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia changed Washington’s stance on the competition between bin Salman and bin Nayef, forcing the US to take the 32-year-old’s side.

Arab media reported late last month that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has ordered triple security checks and body search on visitors as he is deeply afraid of assassination attempts on his life by not just visitors, but even close relatives and aides.

"Bin Salman is living in horror. All those who want to meet him (even the closest ones) should go through three inspection rooms and all their belongings and whatever they carry are taken away from them, even a small pen in the second room," al-Ahd al-Jadid wrote on its twitter page.

Anyone who wants to meet bin Salman is thoroughly checked from top to toe and this is done on everyone even close relatives and family members.

Other Arab media outlets also reported in August that bin Salman has escaped an assassination attempt at one of the royal family palaces in Jeddah.

Arabic language Mer'at al-Jazeera quoted sources close to the royal family as saying that bin Salman was targeted by an assassination attempt in Jeddah by one of the Saudi princes.

Also, a western diplomat in Riyadh said that the Saudi crown prince wasn’t harmed in the failed attempt and the prince who made the move was arrested.

Bin Salman's ambitious acts in recent months and his attempts to dethrone the rivals have created wroth among other Saudi princes.

The Arab media have been reporting recently that Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud is much likely to step down in favor of his son Mohammed, the new crown prince, within the next few months.

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Leaked German military doc predicts EU collapse & rise of pro-Russian ‘Eastern bloc’ by 2040
The German military has outlined six “worst-case” scenarios for the future of Europe by 2040. The leaked secret document predicts that more states will leave a disordered, chaotic and conflict-prone EU – to join a Russian-led “Eastern bloc.”

A secret Defense Ministry paper leaked to Spiegel magazine has shed light on Berlin’s main concerns about the breakup of the European community, a scenario apparently feared in most Western capitals. Entitled ‘Strategic Perspective 2040’ (Strategische Vorausschau 2040), the 102-page policy paper imagines six scenarios that strategists in Berlin deem plausible.

They range from an East-West conflict in which some EU states side with Russia, to a “multipolar Europe,” where some states adopt a Russian political or economic model in defiance of EU agreements.

One such scenario, titled ‘The EU in Disintegration and Germany in Reactive Position,’ sees a world suffering from “decades of instability.” It also describes the departure of other states from the EU as well as Britain, and an end to the bloc’s expansion, stating: “The EU enlargement has largely been abandoned, [while] more states have left the European community that lost its global competitiveness.”

“An increasingly disordered, sometimes chaotic and conflict-prone world has dramatically changed the security environment of Germany and Europe,” the military strategists write. Another scenario, dubbed ‘West against East,’ envisages the demise of European integration due to the transition by some EU countries to an “Eastern bloc,” an apparent allusion to the group of Moscow-allied states during Soviet times.

A scenario called ‘Multipolar competition’ predicts extremism on the rise in Europe as some EU members appear to move closer to Russia’s “state capitalism model.” All scenarios, drawn by the German military’s Planning Department, are viewed as conceivable by 2040.

Europe’s integrity has been pushed to its limits since 2016, when the UK opted to leave the EU during a nationwide referendum. Britain, one of Europe’s financial hubs, is set to depart the bloc in 2019. The simmering Brexit talks are currently focused on the cost of the departure as well as the status of UK citizens living elsewhere in the EU and vice versa. Far-right parties in France, the Netherlands and Austria have in the past called for ‘Frexit,’ ‘Nexit’ and ‘Oexit’ votes respectively.

Germany, the EU’s economic powerhouse, has a long tradition of in-depth strategic planning for every eventuality in the continent. It all began with the decorated Prussian field marshal Helmuth von Moltke in the 1850s, and was applied in at least three major conflicts, namely in 1871 during the war against France, as well as during World War I and World War II.
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Russian Commander: Syria May Use Force against Kurds
TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Russian commander stationed in Syria raised the possibility that the Syrian army would use the military option to regain the regions controlled by the US-backed Kurds in the Northern parts of the country.

"It is possible that the military options will be the only way facing Damascus to reach regions beyond its control in the North which are under the Kurds' control illegally and with the US support," Alexander Ivanov, the spokesman of Russia's airbase in Hmeimim, was quoted as saying by Soumeriyeh News on Monday.

In a relevant development on Monday, Jamal al Zuubi, a deputy of the Syrian parliament, refuted the report of the Turkish Anadolu news agency that the Syrian government is negotiating with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) the possibility of their self-governance in the Northern part of the country and the possible exit of the Arab population from those territories.

"There are absolutely no grounds for such reports. Kurdish self-governance in Northern Syria is only a mere desire of some terrorist groups, Syria and its neighboring countries have an open and clear position on this issue which has not changed," Jamal al Zuubi told Sputnik.

He also refuted any possibility that these territories could put under the control of these groups by any representative of the Syrian government, adding that the terrorist organizations have occupied Syrian lands with the help of terror and arms.

"The Syrian government won't endure the presence of any illegal armed groups on its land," the parliamentarian assured.

He further pointed out that there are very few lands where Kurds comprise the majority of the population. They peacefully coexist with Arabs and are part of the Syrian people.

Syria: US Sends 120 Trucks with Arms to SDF for Deir Ezzur Operation
TEHRAN (FNA)- A high-ranking Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) official said on Monday that the US continues to supply them with arms and has recently delivered 120 trucks loaded with heavy armament and armored vehicles for the Deir Ezzur operation.

"The US has supplied us with Hummer armored vehicles and heavy armament for the Deir Ezzur operation, including missiles, infra-red guidance missiles, machine guns, mine throwers, Kalashnikov assault rifles and other ammunition," the SDF source told Sputnik Turkiye on condition of anonymity.

According to the high-ranking official, the armaments and vehicles have been brought from the territory of Northern Iraq through the Semelka checkpoint into Rojava, the territory where the Syrian Kurds live. From there, the trucks with weaponry left for the territories which have been cleaned from ISIL to the North of Deir Ezzur.

The total number of trucks amounted to 120; the source, however said that they need more.

"We are advancing, our forces need to operate in the areas of combat and we do need armored vehicles. We have lost many fighters who were killed in mortar shelling by ISIL terrorists because they did not have armor protection," he explained.

He further elaborated that ISIL terrorists use sniper rifles and mine throwers. If SDF fighters had enough of armored vehicles and heavy weaponry, there would have been a lot less victims. However the US officers are there on the ground and have a chance to assess the situation themselves. They promised to meet the demands of SDF in additional armaments, he concluded.

Rudaw.net 2017/11/8
Assad: War continues until all Syrian lands under control
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The war being waged by Syria’s army is not only against terrorism but also against efforts to divide and weaken states, Syria’s president told a visiting senior Iranian official.

Bashar al-Assad said victories against terrorism will not end in Deir ez-Zor, where the Syrian army and international allies are currently battling ISIS, according to a statement on Tuesday from his office where he hosted Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor to Iran’s Supreme Leader.

The two stressed their commitment to regional stability and security in the face of Western attempts to divide and weaken states in another hint at a possible offensive against the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) who are waging a parallel battle against ISIS in the eastern province of Deir ez-Zor.

Assad’s government considers all groups fighting against them as terrorists. The country is in the seventh year of a civil war.

Last week, Velayati said that regime forces and Iranian-backed militias would soon march on Raqqa, recently liberated from ISIS by the SDF.

The SDF are dominated by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) – the military force of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) which has established a semi-autonomous region in northern Syria, which Damascus deems “illegal.”

Assad told Velayati that the war will continue until they have recovered and secured “all Syrian lands.”

In their meeting, Velayati offered his congratulations to the Syrian leader, saying that years of resistance against terrorists “has been fruitful in terms of restoring security and political stability to Syria,” according to Iran’s Tasnim news.

Iran is a key ally of Assad’s regime. The influential Iranian advisor said that the fates of the alliance of countries opposed to American and Israeli influence, dubbed the Resistance Front by Iran, are now tied together and their enemies are at their weakest.

Velayati also met with Syrian Prime Minister Imad Khamis while in Damascus. They discussed boosting economic and trade cooperation, according to Syria’s state-run media SANA.

Moscow, another key Damascus ally, is stressing the need for a political process to resolve the Syrian conflict.

“The fight against terror in Syria is coming to an end,” Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday, explaining that “the political process is becoming ever more important.”

Russia has led diplomatic discussions over Syria through the Astana process with Iran and Turkey, and has also coordinated with the United States and the United Nations. Lavrov denied reports that a planned peace congress in Sochi on November 18 had been postponed, stating that no date had yet been set and discussions over the agenda were still ongoing.

Turkey had claimed that the meeting was postponed at Ankara’s request over objections to the inclusion of a Kurdish delegation.
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これはびっくり サウジの皇太子がイランに政治亡命


※  Soraya Tebbani‏ @2flamesburning1 氏の2017/11/7のツイート
#Breaking Prince Turki bin Mohamed bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz arrived in #Iran sought political asylum His father was arrested few hours ago

#Breakingプリンス Turki 箱モハメド ビン ファハド ・ ビン ・ アブドゥルアズィーズは、#Iranに到着したが彼の父が逮捕された数時間前政治亡命を求めた


| Edited by Dev Goswami
New Delhi, November 7, 2017 | UPDATED 19:02 IST

With Saudi princes dead, arrested, King Fahd's grandson flees kingdom to... Iran
Prince Turki bin Mohamed bin Fahd is reported to have fled Saudi Arabia and sought asylum in Iran, Riyadh's arch nemesis.

The Saudi royal family - the House of Saud - is throwing up one intrigue after another.

Hours after the reported death of Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd, his nephew and son of late King Fahd's eldest surviving son, Prince Turki bin Mohamed bin Fahd has fled the country. His destination, according to speculation among those who are watching the situation closely, is, wait for it, Iran.

If this is true, this may put new strain on Tehran and Riyadh, already at loggerheads for dominance in the restive Middle East region, where Saudi Arabia and Iran are fighting, what analysts term, a proxy war in Yemen.

What makes Prince Turki bin Mohamed bin Fahd's reported flight to Iran, where he is said to have sought asylum, interesting, apart from his destination, is that it comes at a time when Saudi aviation authorities are said to have been told not to let any of the oil-rich kingdom's many royals fly out of the country.

Of course,with the outflow of information from Saudi Arabia particularly restricted right now, all reports of developments on the region must be taken with a pinch of salt.

Turki bin Mohamed, is the son of Muhammad bin Fahd Al Saud, the second-oldest son of late Saudi King Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and is also the grandnephew of the current King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

This is the same King Salman whose son Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman (known informally as MBS) is believed to be have orchestrated what many are seeing as a coup by sideling prominent Saudi royals and taking decisions that could win over the country's liberal quarters.


Turki bin Mohamed's reported escape to Iran, where he has reportedly sought asylum, comes just a day after two Saudi princes reportedly died in mysterious conditions.

Yesterday, there were strong rumours and reports that Prince Abdulaziz bin Fahd, the youngest son of late King Fahd, died in a gunbattle with Saudi security forces while resisting arrest.

The Arabic website AlIthad News carried a report quoting a Saudi Royal Court notification to say that the Saudi royal family mourned the death of Prince Abdul Aziz but did not mention a reason for his reported death.

Abdul Aziz's death itself came merely hours after Prince Mansour Bin Muqrin, the son of former Crown Prince Muqrin al-Saud, died in a helicopter crash. According to an Al Jazeera report, the cause of the crash, which took place near the Yemen border, wasn't immediately known.

The Saudi-run Al Arabiya even posted a video of Mansour Bin Muqrin boarding the ill-fated chopper.


Just the deaths of two princes on their own may not have caused Prince Turki bin Mohamed bin Fahd to consider fleeing Saudi Arabia had what happened Saturday night not happened.

Just as the Middle East was coming to terms with the Lebanon prime minister's surprise resignation, the Saudi-run Al Arabiya reported that authorities had placed under arrest 11 princes and dozens of former ministers as part of a supposed anti-corruption drive.

Among those arrested were Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, a leading investor and one of the world's richest businessmen, and Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, who was the head of the influential National Guard.

The arrests came just after Saudi Arabia constituted a new anti-corruption committee headed by none other than Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. Prince Salaman, notably, is also the authority credited for the kingdom's recent decision to (finally) let women drive cars.

Oh and by the way, on the same day, Saudi Arbia also managed to intercept a ballistic missile targeting Riyadh's international airport. The missile was reportedly fired from Yemen and Saudi Arabia laid the blame at its rival Iran's feet.

According to a New York Times report citing a CNN interview, the Saudi foreign minister Adel Jubair said his kingdom sees the missile firing as an "act of war". "Iran cannot lob missiles at Saudi cities and towns and expect us not to take steps," Jubair was quoted as saying.

Remember, this is the same Iran that Prince Turki bin Mohamed bin Fahd is reported to have fled to. The Iran whose relations with Saudi Arabia have always been marked with hostility, hostility that Riyadh and Tehran seem ready to resume as the fight against the Islamic State enters its fag end and geopolitical tensions in the volatile Middle East rise again.




※  maytham‏ @maytham956 氏の2017/11/7のツイート
Breaking - A senior Saudi Prince arrived in the Yemeni capital Sana'a.

※  Abhijit Iyer-Mitra‏ @Iyervval 氏の2017/11/7のツイート
So why choose Iran? Iran which is political & religious enemy no 1? Cuz Turki, better than anyone, understands how far the Saudi grip goes

※  SURA‏ @AlSuraEnglish 氏の2017/11/6のツイート
#BREAKING - #Saudi Prince Abdul Aziz, youngest son of King Fahd dead after injuries sustained from arrest recently by order of the new king

※  SURA‏ @AlSuraEnglish 氏の2017/11/6のツイート
#BREAKING - #Saudi Prince Mansour bin Muqrin, Deputy Governor of Asir region dead after Helicopter crash near #Yemeni border

※  SURA‏ @AlSuraEnglish氏の2017/11/7のツイート
#BREAKING - #Yemen's de facto president Hadi, propped up by the #Saudi coalition is now under house arrest in Saudi Arabia

※  ali ornek‏ @ornekali 氏の2017/11/5のツイート
Shops were closed during general strike against forced conscription policy of #SDF #YPG in #Syria's #Manbij town.

※ PRESSTV2017/11/7
Lebanon’s Hariri travels to UAE after resigning as PM in Riyadh
Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri has reportedly left Saudi Arabia, where he announced his surprise resignation last week, for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to hold talks with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Hariri left Riyadh for Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, according to a report by Future TV, which is owned by the senior Lebanese politician.
Saudi Arabia’s Al-Arabiya television also confirmed the report, saying that Hariri had met with the Emirati crown prince, without further elaboration.

※ FARSNEWS2017/11/7
Corbyn: UK Queen Should Apologize for Offshore Investments
TEHRAN (FNA)- The UK Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn said Queen Elizabeth should apologize after her name appeared in the so-called Paradise Papers, a collection of leaked documents linking businesses and individuals to offshore investments and tax avoidance.
Speaking at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) annual conference, Corbyn said the revelations contained in the leak were “shocking,” and added that “widespread tax avoidance and evasion on an industrial scale must lead to decisive action and real change,” Politico reported.
Asked if he thought the queen should apologize, Corbyn said according to City A.M., “Anyone who is putting money into a tax haven … should do two things, they should apologize and recognize what it does for society.”
“Who loses out? Schools, hospitals, housing,” he added.
According to the leaked documents, some £10 million of the queen’s private money was invested in funds in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda by the Duchy of Lancaster, which provides the queen with an income.
A spokesperson for the Duchy of Lancaster told the BBC that the all of the investments “are fully audited and legitimate.”

※  Al Jazeera News‏認証済みアカウント @AJENews の2017/11/8のツイート
Houthis offer Saudi princes political asylum in Yemen

※  Bassem‏ @BBassem7 氏の2017/11/8のツイート
Former Saudi Crown Prince Muqrin today during the funeral of his son Mansour who was liquidated by current Saudi crown prince in helicopter “crash”

※  Bassem‏ @BBassem7 氏の2017/11/8のツイート
Sacked the father and killed the son.
Perfect textbook Saudi version of #GameofThrones
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Japan: Protests in Tokyo as Trump Golfs with Abe

TEHRAN (FNA)- Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Tokyo on Sunday on the occasion of the 20th National Worker’s Meeting, to protest against the policies of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the visit of US President Donald Trump. [VIDEO]

'No Trump, No War': 1,000s of South Koreans Rally for Peace
Ahead of US President's Visit  
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Russia May Keep Bases in Syria after Terrorists Defeated
TEHRAN (FNA)- The scale of withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria after the defeat of ISIL terrorists will depend on the situation, but both Russian military bases will most likely stay in the country, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov said.

Syromolotov said that ISIL still controls some 10 percent of the territory it used to control, while the Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board) is still active, and the fight against it continues, Sputnik reported.

Apart from that, there are numerous separate groups in Syria that sometimes fight under the flags of larger organizations, and sometimes act on their own, the deputy foreign minister added.

"Sometimes, very unexpected actors join the fight, ones that were not represented on the field, and then they appeared and the situation changes drastically," Syromolotov explained.

He added that the elections in Iraqi Kurdistan, both presidential and parliamentary, set for July 2018, could also affect further development of the situation in the region.

"Therefore it is pointless right now to guarantee (something) and set time frames," Syromolotov concluded.

Russia has two bases in Syria, namely the Humeimim airbase and the naval facility in Tartus. Apart from them, the Reconciliation Center of the Russian Defense Ministry is also working in Syria.
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FBI当初案は クリントンの機密情報の扱いで重大な過失があったと

Early Comey memo accuses Clinton of ‘gross negligence,’ a federal felony – report
New memos presented to Congress show former FBI director James Comey initially accused ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of “gross negligence” in her handling of classified information, a crime punishable by imprisonment, according to a new report.

In an early draft statement on the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server, the FBI reportedly said there was evidence that she and her team were “grossly negligent” in handling classified information, The Hill reported Monday.

“There is evidence to support a conclusion that Secretary Clinton, and others, used the email server in a manner that was grossly negligent with respect to the handling of classified information,” the early statement said, according to multiple anonymous sources.

The statement was reportedly edited. The phrase “grossly negligent” was replaced with a less incriminating phrase, accusing Clinton and her team of being “extremely careless” in their handling of classified information.

The small edit has big implications, since gross negligence in handling the nation’s intelligence is a felony under federal law. Section 793 of federal states that anyone found guilty of “gross negligence” in handling the nation’s intelligence can be imprisoned for up to 10 years.

“Apparently, as of May 2016, then-Director Comey and other FBI officials believed the facts fit that gross negligence standard until later edits were made,” said Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to The Hill.

The documents were reportedly provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee over the weekend. The committee has been in charge of looking into the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email probe.

The sources told The Hill that three top FBI officials helped Comey write and edit the statement, including Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, General Counsel James Baker and chief of staff Jim Rybicki. However, the sources also said there was no indication of who made the changes to the gross negligence phrase.

The Senate Judiciary Committee reportedly sent a letter to current FBI Director Christopher Wray on Monday, demanding the FBI to reveal who was behind the changes.

At a press conference in July 2016, Comey announced that the FBI was not supporting charges against Clinton because they did not find “clear evidence” that she had “intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information” by using a private server to transmit classified information.

Comey specifically mentioned the FBI looked into whether Clinton and her team violated federal law “either intentionally or in a grossly negligent way,” but said they only found evidence that they were “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”

“Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case,” Comey said.

Days after making his statement, Comey testified before Congress that he did not think Clinton should be prosecuted under the law, since the FBI “did not find evidence sufficient to establish that she knew she was sending classified information beyond a reasonable doubt to meet the intent standard.”

“We don't want to put people in jail unless we prove that they knew they were doing something they shouldn't do. That is the characteristic of all the prosecutions involving mishandling of classified information,” Comey said.

Comey also said that the Justice Department had “grave concerns about whether it's appropriate to prosecute somebody for gross negligence,” adding that he only knew of one case involving gross negligence in the 99 years since the bill was passed.

One source told The Hill that the draft will reignite Republicans’ interest in the investigation.

“The red-line history clearly shows the original statement was designed to allege Clinton committed gross negligence and then someone changed it to extreme carelessness,” a source told The Hill. “Clearly there was a difference of opinion on the term derived right from the statute.”
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Trump stepped ‘over the line,’ gave N. Korea justification to pursue nuclear deterrent – John Kerry
Donald Trump’s belligerent rhetoric towards Pyongyang has given North Korean leader Kim Jong-un every reason and justification to arm his country with nuclear weapons, citing the need to protect itself from the US, former Secretary of State John Kerry has warned.

Amid the rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula, President Donald Trump arrived in Seoul on Tuesday. Ahead of his visit to South Korea, Trump branded North Korea a “menace” and “a threat to the civilized world and international peace and stability.”

“The era of strategic patience is over. Some people say my rhetoric is very strong, but look what has happened with very weak rhetoric in the last 25 years,” Trump said Monday after holding talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Trump has previously threatened that the US is ready to pursue a military option to achieve denuclearization of the peninsula if diplomatic and economic pressure fails. Trump specifically warned Pyongyang that Washington was ready to unleash “fire and fury,” and if necessary to “destroy” the North and its leader, whom he has dubbed “Little Rocket Man.”

On Monday, former US Secretary of State John Kerry accused Trump of stepping “over the line” with his threats to annihilate North Korea. Kerry specifically noted that Trump’s rhetoric might lead to “the risk of tweeting yourself or insulting yourself into a position where something happens.”

“It’s given North Korea a reason to say, ‘Hey, we need a bomb, because if we don’t have a bomb, we’re going to not be able to protect ourselves and they’ll come after us,’” Kerry said in an interview with CNN’s chief international correspondent, Christiane Amanpour.

Kerry advised Trump to “make sure that he’s not feeding into North Korea’s fear of regime change or a unilateral attack or otherwise.” Noting the global trend of shifting away from nuclear weapons, Kerry called on the US administration to engage in more dialogue with North Korea.

Donald Trump kicked off his first Asian tour by visiting Japan, a close American ally and longtime trading partner, last week. North Korea marked Trump’s visit to Japan by firing off a verbal attack on the “spiritually unstable” US president.

The official North Korean news outlet (KCNA) criticized the “bellicose and irresponsible rhetoric” by the “master of the invective,” stating that Trump “needs medicine for curing his psychological disorder.”

As tensions over the fate of the Korean peninsula mount, Moscow has repeatedly called on both sides to tone down the rhetoric and avoid saber-rattling that could end up leading to a global war.
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