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Obama Hails New Saudi Prince: USA TODAY
David Jackson | 10/31/11
President Obama sends salutations to Saudi Arabia on the selection of a new Crown Prince: “I congratulate King Abdullah and the Saudi people on the selection of Prince Nayif bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud as Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Crown Prince Nayif has served his nation with dedication and distinction for more than 35 years as Minister of Interior, and as Second Deputy Prime Minister since 2009. We in the United States know and respect him for his strong commitment to combating terrorism and supporting regional peace and security.
Speaking at the Annual Arab-US Policymakers Conference in Washington, DC, HRH Prince Turki Al-Faisal, former Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United States of America and Director General of the General Intelligence Directorate, discussed the naming of Saudi Arabia’s new Crown Prince and also addressed a number of regional issues including Syria, Iraq, Bahrain and Palestine.
Saudi Arabia Second in the World in Consumer Confidence: ARABIANOMICS
Saudi Arabia made the top 10 countries in the world in terms of consumer confidence in the 3rd quarter of 2011, according to Nielsen ratings. Saudi Arabia was second in the world, only behind India. BUSINESS ACTIVITY REBOUNDS: Growth in business activity in Saudi Arabia’s non-oil private sector rebounded slightly in October from a series low in the previous month, boosted by a rise in new orders, Trade Arabia reports.
Saudi Police Arrest Canadian Imam at Hajj: AL JAZEERA
A renowned Canadian imam who travelled to Saudi Arabia to perform the annual Muslim Hajj pilgrimage has been arrested in Medina after allegedly being beaten, witnesses say. The Canadian government confirmed the arrest on Sunday and a spokesman with the foreign affairs department said its embassy in Riyadh was prepared to provide diplomatic assistance. The Canadian foreign office gave no further information, citing privacy concerns.
Saudi Court Sends ‘First Lady of Al-Qaeda’ To Jail for 15 Years: CALGARY HERALD
A Saudi Arabian terrorist fundraiser and weapons supplier known as “The First Lady of al-Qaeda” has been jailed for 15 years after an unprecedented trial of a female militant in the kingdom.
A member of Saudi Arabia’s royal family increased to $1 million a reward offered by a Saudi cleric to anyone who captures an Israeli soldier to swap him for Palestinian prisoners.
Saudi in $10.6bn Desalination Plant Spend: ARABIAN BUSINESS
Andy Sambidge | 10/30/11
Saudi Arabia is planning to spend SR40bn ($10.6bn) on building a number of desalination plants in the kingdom, a senior official said on Sunday.
Saudi Electricity Signs $317m in Power Deals: TRADE ARABIA
Saudi Electricity (SEC) has signed contracts worth 1.18 billion riyals ($316.53 million) for unnamed companies to build two electricity substations to help meet rising demand in the kingdom, the state-controlled utility said on Monday.
The Dow Chemical Company has announced the appointment of Zuhair Allawi as general manager for the Dow Saudi Arabia Company.
Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Prince Mansour Bin Miteb will be among the speakers confirmed for the upcoming Saudi Infrastructure 2011, Forum & Exhibition.
Princess Tweets for Saudi Women: Ameerah Al-Taweel: DAILY BEAST
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon | 10/30/11
Perched between the camps is the 27-year-old fourth wife of Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal (the king’s nephew), Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel. Part of a ruling family focused on maintaining the existing order, Ameerah is also an eloquent member of the Twitter generation who has begun to use her social prominence to advocate for women. “We want equal rights, we want what God has given us, the respect and the dignity to live as an equal citizen,” she says.
PALESTINE: UNESCO APPROVES FULL MEMBERSHIP FOR PALESTINIANS
Unesco defied a legally mandated cutoff of American funding and approved a Palestinian bid for full membership by a vote on Monday of 107 to 14, with 52 abstentions, the New York Times reports. Legislation dating back more than 15 years stipulates a complete cutoff of American financing to any United Nations agency that accepts the Palestinians as a full member. UNESCO — the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization — depends on the United States for 22 percent of its budget, about $70 million a year.
LIBYA: NATO CONCLUDES MISSION IN LIBYA
YEMEN: AIRPORT REOPENED AFTER BLASTS AT MILITARY BASE
EGYPT: MUBARAK TRIAL POSTPONED UNTIL DEC 28
IRAN: PARLIAMENT MAY QUESTION AHMADINEJAD ON BANK SCANDAL
Iranian lawmakers said Sunday that they were preparing to summon President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for questioning over an economic scandal and his policies, in the latest salvo in a deepening political battle, NYT reports.
AFGHANISTAN: ATTACK NEAR UN OFFICES KILLS 5
The United Nations’ refugee agency says three of its employees are among the five people killed in a suicide bombing in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, VOA reports.
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