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Trump expresses ‘great confidence’ in Saudi anti-corruption push

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ZEKE MILLER | AP
Mon, 2017-11-06 06:00
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WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump is expressing “great confidence” in Saudi leaders amid an anti-corruption push, saying in a tweet, “They know exactly what they are doing.”
Trump is addressing the arrests of prominent Saudi royals and business leaders ordered by a committee headed by Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman.
Trump said he has great confidence in King Salman and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. He said some of the arrested people “have been ‘milking’ their country for years!“
“They know exactly what they are doing,” Trump also tweeted that

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Condolences pour in over deputy governor of Asir Prince Mansour bin Muqrin’s death in air crash

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Tue, 2017-11-07 03:00
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JEDDAH: Prince Mansour bin Muqrin, deputy governor of Asir region, has been killed in a air crash, the Royal Court announced on Monday.
The prince, accompanied by officials, boarded a helicopter to tour a number of coastal projects west of Abha city on Sunday morning, the Interior Ministry’s security spokesman said.
While he was returning in the evening, contact with the helicopter was lost in the vicinity of the Reda reserve.
The funeral prayer will be performed at Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque in Riyadh after Asr prayer on Tuesday.
King Salman paid a visit to the palace of his brother Prince Muqrin bin Abdul Aziz and offered condolences on the death of the son of Prince Muqrin.
For his part, Prince Muqrin consoled the king on the death of Prince Mansur and his accompanying delegation.
Later, King Salman received messages of condolences and sympathy from Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa; Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah; Kuwaiti Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah; Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah; and Omani Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said.

 

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US extremists fail to build significant networks, act alone

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Author: AFPSun, 2017-11-05 05:12ID: 1509858526401158000WASHINGTON: Sayfullo Saipov, the radicalized Uzbek who mowed down eight people on a New York bike path, apparently developed his plot in relative isolation, like most other extremist atta…

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US extremists fail to build significant networks, act alone

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Sun, 2017-11-05 05:12
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WASHINGTON: Sayfullo Saipov, the radicalized Uzbek who mowed down eight people on a New York bike path, apparently developed his plot in relative isolation, like most other extremist attackers in the United States.
But in Europe many have had community support, an underground network, or even a hard-line Islamist to guide them, as in the twin attacks in Spain in August.
What makes the difference?
Experts say that in part, a better rooted, more affluent US Muslim community shows no tolerance for anyone exhibiting sympathy for causes like the Daesh group or Al-Qaeda.
And tougher and expansive US laws and more aggressive law enforcement than Europe have also made a difference.
Together, they leave aspiring extremists in the United States isolated with their social media links and, at times, just a few friends in the know.
Saipov, who crashed a rented truck down a busy New York bike path Tuesday, is so far believed by investigators to have been “self-radicalized” online without any apparent support inside the United States.
Analysts say that’s because it is much harder to safely find support.
“We tend not to have large clusters in the US…. For the most part you are talking about ones and twos,” said Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University.
Hughes said one fundamental reason is distance: the country is much farther away from extremist networks and it is much harder to travel to the Middle East because of official no-fly lists.
European Muslims find it much easier to travel to areas where radical groups like Daesh operate.
As a consequence, he said, “We don’t have the kind of in-person recruitment done in Europe.”
Another factor is the expansive use of the charge of “material support of terrorism,” a catch-all that “allows the FBI to interject themselves at an earlier stage than our European partners,” Hughes said.
For critics, the FBI is too aggressive and stretches the law with undercover schemes that entrap people who are not really threats. But the net effect is to prevent them from establishing connections and frightening others thinking of trying to build networks.
According to Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank, heavier prison sentences in terror cases in the US makes a difference.
US sentences are 15-20 years, compared to four to seven years in Europe, which releases terror convicts back into the community much more quickly. That helps sustain dangerous cells, he said.
That is not to say the United States has not had its own cells or ringleaders, Gartenstein-Ross notes.
Anwar Al-Awlaki, one of the most influential extremist thinkers and propagandists, was born and raised in the United States before he joined Al-Qaeda in Yemen and was killed in a 2011 drone strike.
And in the late 2000s a cell that involved maybe 20 people developed around the Somali community in Minneapolis that became an effective body to recruit people to join Daesh.
“That was clearly a network,” like those in Europe, he said. “They have not been prevented, they still exist.”
The Somali cell more resembled those in Europe, rooted in a more recent, less wealthy, poorly educated immigrant community.
For the most part American Muslim communities are wealthier, and better educated on average than European communities.
That makes them less alienated and better-integrated, according to Corey Saylor, an expert on Islamophobia at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
US Muslim groups will more readily chase out of the community and the mosque someone who espouses radical ideas.
“If somebody in the congregation is talking about it, they get pushed out fairly quickly. There is no hospitality” for it, he said.
While neither side talks about it much, US Muslim communities have been more willing to report possible threats to law enforcement than in Europe. That was helped by outreach programs under president Barack Obama, according to Gartenstein-Ross.
That may have ebbed under President Donald Trump, however, given his open mistrust of Muslims. “The lack of trust has impeded cooperation; suspicion has likely increased,” he said.

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3 hours wait to enter Bahrain on payday weekend

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Sat, 2017-11-04 21:43
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DAMMAM: A traffic jam at the King Fahd Causeway Bridge connecting Saudi Arabia and Bahrain stretched to an unprecedented distance on Thursday and Friday, but passport and customs teams in the Eastern Province provided no explanation.

Sources told Al-Hayat newspaper that the jam started at 11 a.m. on Thursday and gradually increased until the early hours of the night. Completing travelers’ procedures took more than three hours.

“Many travelers were unable to return because they got trapped by the large number of vehicles and were thus forced to wait for long hours,” Al-Hayat’s sources added. “The King Fahd Causeway Bridge customs mobilized all their staff when the jam started last Thursday, but their measures failed in the face of the extreme two-day traffic congestion.”

The sources speculated that three reasons were behind this incident: The private sector’s payday coincided with the weekend; the first phase of the largest shopping mall in Bahrain was recently launched; and Bahrain’s customs started using a new system for completing travelers’ procedures.

Twitter users shared photos and video footage of travelers and the traffic congestion that spanned over several kilometers.

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Cabinet reshuffle, crackdown on corruption in Saudi Arabia

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Author: Arab NewsSun, 2017-11-05 05:09ID: 1509837502897565200JEDDAH: King Salman announced two key changes in the Saudi Cabinet and ordered the formation of a super committee to combat corruption. The committee is to be headed by Crown Prince…

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Two Saudi ministers and navy chief replaced, crown prince leads new anti-graft committee

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Author: ARAB NEWSSun, 2017-11-05 03:00ID: 1509836786517536500JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia launched a crackdown on public corruption on Saturday and apppointed new ministers for the National Guard and for economy and planning.
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15-year sentence and SR7 million fine for money laundering under new law in Saudi Arabia

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Author: ARAB NEWSSun, 2017-11-05 03:00ID: 1509836786537536800RIYADH: Saudi Arabia introduced a new Anti-Money Laundering Law on Saturday. Under the new law, the penalty for money laundering will be between three and 15 years imprisonment or a…

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French giant Thales lends support for Saudi military industry

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Author: GHAZANFAR ALI KHANSun, 2017-11-05 03:00ID: 1509836786687538000RIYADH: French multinational giant Thales Group has voiced its support for Saudi Arabia’s national defense production. Thales serves the defense, aerospace, transport and s…

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Saudi food aid distribution project launched in Yemen

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Author: RODOLFO C. ESTIMO JR.Sun, 2017-11-05 03:00ID: 1509836786657537700RIYADH: A new food aid distribution project for Yemen has been launched by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) in Marib, local media reported.T…

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