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Saudi Crown Prince

Saudi Crown Prince calls Irani leader “New Hitler”

Saudi Crown Prince calls Irani leader “New Hitler” Pakistan Press  Club  DUBAI:  Saudi Arabia´s powerful Crown Prince called the Supreme Leader of Iran “the new Hitler of the Middle East” in an interview with the New York Times published on Thursday, sharply escalating the war of words between the arch-rivals. The  kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Iran back rival sides in wars and political crises throughout the region. Mohammed bin Salman, who is also Saudi defence minister in the U.S. – allied oil giant kingdom, suggested the Islamic Republic´s alleged expansion under Ayatollah Ali Khamenei needed to be confronted.“But we learned from Europe that appeasement doesn´t work. We don´t want the new Hitler in Iran to repeat what happened in Europe in the Middle East,” the paper quoted him as saying. Tensions soared this month when Lebanon´s Saudi-allied Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned in a television broadcast from  Riyadh, citing the influence of Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon and risks to his life. Hezbollah called the move an act of war engineered by Saudi authorities, an accusation they denied. Hariri has since suspended his resignation. Saudi Arabia has launched thousands of air strikes in a 2-1/2-year-old war in neighbouring Yemen to defeat the Iranian-aligned Houthi movement that seized broad swaths of the country. Salman told the Times that the war was going in its favor and that its allies controlled 85 percent of Yemen´s territory. The Houthis, however, still retain the main population centres despite the war effort [...]
Egypt: at least 155 killed in mosque attack

Egypt: at least 155 killed in mosque attack

Egypt: at least 155 killed in mosque attack Pakistan Press Club – Egypt. At least 85 people have been killed in a mosque attack in Egypt’s northern Sinai province, according to Mena State news agency. Suspected militants set off a bomb and opened fire, targeting supporters of the security forces attending prayers there, Reuters reports. You can follow live updates on this story, below. In summary– Bomb and gun attack at a mosque in Egypt.At least 155 people killed and more than 120 injured.Witnesses have said gunmen were shooting at ambulancesThree days of mourning announced by Egyptian government.It happened in the northern Sinai region where Egypt’s security forces are fighting an ISIL insurgency.  Egypt’s bloody year Militants have mostly targeted security forces in their attacks since bloodshed in the Sinai worsened after 2013 when Sisi, then an armed forces commander, led the overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood. But jihadists have also targeted local Sinai tribes that are working with the armed forces, branding them traitors for cooperating with the army and police. In July this year, at least 23 soldiers were killed when suicide car bombs hit two military checkpoints in the Sinai, an attack claimed by Islamic State. Militants have tried to expand beyond the largely barren, desert Sinai Peninsula into Egypt’s heavily populated mainland, hitting Coptic Christian churches and pilgrims. In May, gunmen attacked a Coptic group traveling to a monastery in southern Egypt, killing 29.    
Britain, economy

Britain economy: moderate growth but inflation remains high

Britain economy: moderate growth but inflation remains high Pakistan Press Club – London UK economy: Britain is on course for its longest fall in living standards since records began, with wages not returning to their pre-financial crisis levels until at least 2025. UK economic growth sped up moderately in the July-September period to 0.4 percent from 0.3 percent in the second quarter, according to the Office for National Statistics. This translates into an annual 1.5 percent growth in the third quarter, the joint weakest growth in more than five years.Britain’s economy again relied heavily on spending by squeezed households for growth in the three months to September, as businesses invested only cautiously while they await clarity on Brexit, official data showed. Spending though is getting harder, given the inflation was at its highest in over 5 years in October. “Right now, the British people are already paying money. Every time they go shopping, because prices have gone up, they actually can buy less with their money.” said Dennis Novy, research fellow at the Center for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science. “And that is the cost. It’s very evenly distributed, it affects pretty much every single person in the entire country.” “But it actually adds up to a lot of money, so the British people are already paying for Brexit, even though Brexit hasn’t even happened yet.” The UK is on course for its longest fall in living standards since records began over 60 years ago, the Resolution Foundation think tank said. It also [...]
UNITED NATIONS

UN Secretary General urges global action to end violence against women

UN chief urges global action to end violence against women UNITED NATIONS, Nov 23 (PAKISTAN PRESS): Achieving gender equality and the full empowerment of women is the answer to ending violence against women, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday, calling for collective global action on this cause. “Violence against women is fundamentally about power,” Guterres said in his remarks alongside UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at a special event held at UN Headquarters in New York to commemorate International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which is annually observed on Nov. 25. “It will only end when gender equality and the full empowerment of women will be a reality,” he stressed, adding that his policy on gender parity in the United Nations is one step towards achieving this goal. The secretary-general noted that every woman and every girl have the right to a life free of violence, but this right is violated in a variety of ways in every community, with more than one in three women worldwide face violence throughout their lifetime.This violence, the most visible sign of pervasive patriarchy and chauvinism, directly impacts women’s physical and psychological health. It affects whole families, communities and societies. While it continues, States will not achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a master plan to end poverty and save the planet, adopted by them in 2015. “There is increasing recognition that violence against women is a major barrier to the fulfilment of human rights, and a [...]
Lebanon Prime Minister ,Saad Hariri

Lebanon PM Saad Hariri puts resignation on hold

Lebanon Prime Minister Saad Hariri puts resignation on hold Beirut (Pakistan Press  Club) Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced Wednesday he was putting his resignation on hold, more than two weeks after he shocked the country by saying he was stepping down. Speaking hours after he returned to Beirut, Hariri said he had accepted President Michel Aoun’s wish for him to suspend his resignation to allow for more consultations on the reasons behind the move. Hariri announced he was standing down on November 4 while in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, saying he feared his life was in danger. Lebanon said it could not accept his resignation until he returned to the country. Aoun said at the time Hariri was being held against his will in Riyadh — a claim Hariri denied — and speculation swirled in Lebanon that he was being held hostage.Hariri arrives at the airport in Beirut late Tuesday. Hariri finally returned to Beirut late Tuesday, where his first stop was the grave of his slain father, former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. On Wednesday he attended an Independence Day military parade in Beirut alongside the President before meeting with Aoun at the presidential palace. Hariri later tweeted: “Our beloved nation requires at this precise moment in its life exceptional effort from everyone, in order to protect it as it faces danger and challenges. These efforts start with an adherence to a policy of neutrality with regards to everything that hurts internal stability and our brotherly relations with the Arabs.” Hariri, a Sunni politician, said he looked [...]