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US 'welcomes' Yemen's new government following crisis WASHINGTON: The White House on Friday welcomed the formation of Yemen's new government, and encouraged the impoverished Arab nation to overcome partisan politics following weeks of turmoil. Yemen announced a new 36-member government aimed at ending the political crisis, in line with a peace deal agreed on September 21, the day Shiite Huthi rebels seized the capital. Washington said it "welcomes the formation of a new cabinet in Yemen," National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said in a statement. The NSC "commends the efforts of President (Abdrabuh Mansur) Hadi, Prime Minister (Khalid Mahfoudh) Bahah, the country's political leadership, and Yemen's diverse communities to come together to form an inclusive government."It called on all political actors to continue to cooperate in the new government. "All of Yemen's communities have important roles to play in Yemen's peaceful political transition. "This multi-party cabinet must represent the strength of Yemeni unity over individual and ...

All Haj pilgrims must leave by Nov 8 ISLAMABAD: The Saudi Ministry of Hajj has warned that foreign pilgrims face stiff fines, deportation at their own expense, and a year ban from the Kingdom if they fail to leave Saudi Arabia by Nov. 8.Hatem Qadi, spokesman of the ministry, said recently that there would also be heavy penalties for those who harbor overstayers.He said there are currently 40,000 Indian and Malaysian Hajis still in Makkah and Madinah, while 1.3 million have left, Arab ...
Israeli hurt in Jerusalem car attacks dies of wounds JERUSALEM: An Israeli who was critically wounded in a deadly Palestinian car attack in Jerusalem died of his injuries early Friday, raising the death toll to two, the hospital said."The person who was critically wounded in the hit-and-run attack in Jerusalem passed away this morning," said a statement from Hadassa hospital in Ein Kerem.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Qaeda group takes Syria town from US-backed rebels: monitor BEIRUT: Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front seized a town and several villages in Syria's Idlib province overnight, in another blow to Western-backed rebel fighters in the northwestern region, a monitor said Sunday.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Al-Nusra fighters captured the town of Khan al-Subul after the withdrawal of the Hazm movement, a moderate opposition group.The Al-Qaeda affiliate also seized another five villages in the province held by Islamist and moderate rebel groups, the Observatory ...
Clashes in West Bank as flashpoint mosque reopens JERUSALEM: Clashes erupted in the West Bank on Friday after weekly Muslim prayers while security forces deployed heavily around Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque which reopened following the killing of a Palestinian by police.A rocket was also fired from Gaza and hit southern Israel on Friday, the Israeli army said, although there were no reports of casualties or damage. It was the first rocket to hit Israel since September 16. Al-Aqsa, in Jerusalem's Old City, and ...
Umrah season begins on Nov 23 ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Hajj in Saudi Arabia has unveiled plans to further strengthen the electronic regulations to improve the services as well as streamline the arrival and departure of pilgrims with the beginning of the Umrah season on Nov. 23 (Safar 1).Minister of Haj Bandar Hajjar and heads of Umrah service providers to discuss the updated electronic services, the Saudi Press Agency reported.This meeting aimed at developing the international electronic network for Umrah and ...
87.2pc of Saudi families have drivers ISLAMABAD: A recent survey conducted by the Public Opinion Survey Unit in King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue found that 66.7 percent of the 1,000 participants from the Kingdom had house-maids.The survey also found that 87.2 percent of the Saudi families participating in the polls said that they had private chauffeurs, Arab news reported.In another focus issue of the survey, it was revealed that Sudanese labor ranked last on the list of foreign workers preferred ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
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WeeklyDecember 18, 2014
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