Monthly Archives: March 2016

Sheikh Al-Sudais meets delegation of guests of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for performing Umrah

Sheikh Al-Sudais meets delegation of guests of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for performing Umrah

الجمعه 1437/6/23 هـ الموافق 2016/04/01 م واس

Makkah, Jumada II 23, 1437, April 01, 2016, SPA — General President of Grand Mosque and Prophet’s Mosque Affairs, sheik Dr. Abdul Rahman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Sudais met here on Thursday with a delegation of guests of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for performing Umrah.

The delegation consists of a number of directors of universities, Islamic centers, imams, preachers and muftis from 10 African countries.

During the meeting, the delegation thanked the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for his great attention given to the Two Holy Mosques.

–SPA
02:38 LOCAL TIME 23:38 GMT

Obama, Hollande discuss deepening counterterrorism ties

Obama, Hollande discuss deepening counterterrorism ties

الجمعه 1437/6/23 هـ الموافق 2016/04/01 م واس

WASHINGTON, Jumada II 23, 1437, April 01, 2016, SPA — U.S. President Barack Obama said he discussed with French President Francois Hollande at a meeting on Thursday efforts to deepen U.S.-French cooperation on counterterrorism.

Obama, who met with Hollande on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit, said the two leaders also discussed the possibility of a new government being formed in Libya and how to fortify the North African country against Daash terrorist organization.

–SPA
02:37 LOCAL TIME 23:37 GMT

Islamic Chamber holds session

Islamic Chamber holds session

Friday 1437/6/23 – 2016/04/01

Jeddah, Jumada II 23, 1437, April 01, 2016, SPA — The opening session of a meeting of the geneal assembly and the board of directors of the Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture was held yesterday evening in Jeddah.

The opening session of the meeting highlighted the strength of the economy in the 57 Islamic states.

A speech ceremony was held on the occasion.

–SPA
01:55 LOCAL TIME 22:55 GMT

Gabon parliament speaker resigns in new blow to president

LIBREVILLE, Jumada II 23, 1437, April 01, 2016, SPA — Gabon’s long-serving parliament speaker stepped down abruptly on Thursday in the latest sign of eroding support within the ruling party for President Ali Bongo before elections in the Central African oil producer later this year, according to Reuters.

The resignation of Guy Nzouba Ndama, who has headed the National Assembly for nearly two decades, brought to the surface an increasingly strained relationship between Bongo and a legislature dominated by his Gabonese Democratic Party (PDG).

Bongo won a disputed election in 2009 after the death of his father, longtime leader Omar Bongo, and is now nearing the end of his first seven-year term in office.

He announced his intention to seek re-election late last month, even before the PDG confirmed his candidacy at a party convention, a move that irked many long-standing party cadres.

Gabon’s election is expected to take place in August.

–SPA
01:21 LOCAL TIME 22:21 GMT

Government supporters take to streets in Brazil to back Rousseff

Government supporters take to streets in Brazil to back Rousseff

الجمعه 1437/6/23 هـ الموافق 2016/04/01 م واس

SAO PAULO, Jumada II 23, 1437, April 01, 2016, SPA — Thousands of Brazilians in 17 states and the nation’s capital took to the streets in defense of beleaguered President Dilma Rousseff on Thursday, many carrying banners that said “there will not be a coup”, local television showed, according to Reuters.

Rousseff could lose power as soon as May if the lower house of Congress approves her impeachment. She has pledged to fight the charges brought by the opposition of irregularities in the government budget designed to favor her reelection in 2014.

–SPA
00:13 LOCAL TIME 21:13 GMT

Governor of Riyadh Region to patronize Riyadh Social Forum III

Governor of Riyadh Region to patronize Riyadh Social Forum III

الجمعه 1437/6/23 هـ الموافق 2016/04/01 م واس

Riyadh, Jumada II 22, 1437, March 31, 2016, SPA — Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz, Governor of Riyadh Region, will patronize Riyadh Social Forum III which is organized by Social Awareness and Rehabilitation Association on Tuesday.

The two-day forum will discuss a number of themes about the positive and negative effects of modern technologies on society.

–SPA
00:03 LOCAL TIME 21:03 GMT

Senegalese Interior Minister Leaves Riyadh

Senegalese Interior Minister Leaves Riyadh

Thursday 1437/6/22 – 2016/03/31

Riyadh, Jumada II 22, 1437, March 31, 2016, SPA — Senegalese Minister of Interior Abdullah Daouda Gallo and his accompanying delegation left Riyadh on Thursday at the conclusion of a four-day official visit to the kingdom.

At King Khalid International Airport, he was seen off by Deputy Minister of Interior Abdul Rahman bin Ali Al-Rubaiaan and a number of officials.

–SPA
23:50 LOCAL TIME 20:50 GMT

Cyprus rescues 27 people aboard drifting fishing boat

NICOSIA, Cyprus, Jumada II 22, 1437, March 31, 2016, SPA — Cyprus authorities say they have rescued 27 people aboard a small fishing boat that was found drifting ungoverned around 16 miles (24 kilometers) off the Mediterranean island’s northwestern coast, according to AP.

A statement said Cyprus’ Joint Rescue Coordination Center was alerted late Thursday that the boat was in trouble and dispatched two patrol boats to help.

The passengers, including six women and three children, disembarked at the small fishing harbor of Latsi and are all safe and in good health.

No details were given about where the boat had set sail from or the nationalities of the passengers.

Cyprus lies around 100 miles (160 kilometers) off Syria’s Mediterranean coast and some 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Turkey.

–SPA
23:19 LOCAL TIME 20:19 GMT