Daily Archives: March 21, 2016

Guinea says monitoring 816 Ebola contacts following flare-up

Guinea says monitoring 816 Ebola contacts following flare-up

الثلاثاء 1437/6/13 هـ الموافق 2016/03/22 م واس

CONAKRY, Jumada II 13, 1437, March 22, 2016, SPA — Guinea’s Ebola coordination unit has traced an estimated 816 people who may have come into contact with victims of the disease or their corpses amid a recent flare-up in a village in the West African country’s southeast, a health official said on Monday, according to Reuters.

“Since the start of the tracing on Saturday, we have traced 816 contacts in 107 families,” Fode Tass Sylla, spokesman for the coordination unit, said on state television.

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02:37 LOCAL TIME 23:37 GMT

U.N. North Korea sanctions lifted on four ships -U.S. official

UNITED NATIONS/SEOUL, Jumada II 13, 1437, March 22, 2016, SPA — The U.N. Security Council agreed on Monday to a Chinese request to remove sanctions on four ships that had been blacklisted for ties to Pyongyang after China secured assurances the vessels would not use North Korean crews, a U.S. official said, according to Reuters.

The ships were among 31 vessels sanctioned by the 15-member council on March 2 because they were owned by North Korean shipping firm Ocean Maritime Management Company (OMM).

“We discovered that they are not OMM ships,” Chinese U.N. Ambassador Liu Jieyi told Reuters on Monday. “The basis for the listing of the ships is basically that they belong to OMM, so if you make a mistake then you correct the mistake.”

The U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Security Council committee on North Korea sanctions agreed to the request after China secured written commitments that the four ships would no longer use North Korean crews. He added that an official announcement was expected shortly.

The four ships include the Jin Teng, a cargo ship detained by the Philippines days after the sanctions took effect.

The United States expressed a willingness to support the Chinese request after Beijing said it would ensure the ships were in compliance with the U.N. sanctions regime, the U.S. official said.

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01:33 LOCAL TIME 22:33 GMT

Saudi Red Crescent Authority launches 29th stage of video communication with detainees in Guantanamo

Saudi Red Crescent Authority launches 29th stage of video communication with detainees in Guantanamo

الثلاثاء 1437/6/13 هـ الموافق 2016/03/22 م واس

Riyadh, Jumada II 13, 1437, March 22, 2016, SPA — Saudi Red Crescent Authority (SRCA) launched here on Monday the 29th stage of the video communication between the detainees in Guantanamo and their relatives, under the directives of Prince Faisal Bin Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, the Chairman of SRCA.

The SRCA launched the 29th stage by conducting two video calls at its General Administration for International Affairs and Relief. More than 50 people, including men and women, benefited from these two visual calls which lasted for about 4 hours.

This stage of video communication took place under the direct supervision of Prince Bandar bin Faisal, General Supervisor of Restoring Family Links Program, and in presence of International Committee of the Red Cross representative Rabab Suleiman.

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01:04 LOCAL TIME 22:04 GMT

Governor of Qassim Region hails the electronic services provided by Ministry of Interior

Governor of Qassim Region hails the electronic services provided by Ministry of Interior

الثلاثاء 1437/6/13 هـ الموافق 2016/03/22 م واس

Buraidah, Jumada II 12, 1437, March 21, 2016, SPA — Prince Dr. Faisal bin Mishaal bin Saud bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Qassim Region, hailed the electronic services provided by the Ministry of Interior to the public.

He described these electronic services as a source of pride for the country, saying that they confirm that the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz is seeking to provide all services to citizens.

These remarks made by the Governor of Qassim Region on Monday at his weekly session with citizens of the region, which was held at Al-Tawheed Palace in Buraidah and dedicated to discussing the electronic services provided by the Ministry of Interior.

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00:27 LOCAL TIME 21:27 GMT

Number of U.S. government 'cyber incidents' jumps in 2015

WASHINGTON, Jumada II 13, 1437, March 22, 2016, SPA — The U.S. government was hit by more than 77,000 “cyber incidents” like data thefts or other security breaches in fiscal year 2015, a 10 percent increase over the previous year, according to a White House audit, Reuters reported.

Part of the uptick stems from federal agencies improving their ability to identify and detect incidents, the annual performance review from the Office and Management and Budget said.

The report, released on Friday, defines cyber incidents broadly as “a violation or imminent threat of violation of computer security policies, acceptable use policies, or standard computer security practices.” Only a small number of the incidents would be considered as significant data breaches.

National security and intelligence officials have long warned that cyber attacks are among the most serious threats facing the United States. President Barack Obama asked Congress last month for $19 billion for cyber security funding across the government in his annual budget request, an increase of $5 billion over the previous year.

The government’s Office of Personnel Management was victim of a massive hack that began in 2014 and was detected last year. Some 22 million current and former federal employees and contractors in addition to family members had their Social Security numbers, birthdays, addresses and other personal data pilfered in the breach.

That event prompted the government to launch a 30-day “cyber security sprint” to boost cyber security within each federal agency by encouraging adoption of multiple-factor authentication and addressing other vulnerabilities.

“Despite unprecedented improvements in securing federal information resources malicious actors continue to gain unauthorized access to, and compromise, federal networks, information systems, and data,” the report said.

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00:26 LOCAL TIME 21:26 GMT

Governor of Riyadh Region patronizes opening ceremony of cultural festival for persons with disabilities

Governor of Riyadh Region patronizes opening ceremony of cultural festival for persons with disabilities

الاثنين 1437/6/12 هـ الموافق 2016/03/21 م واس

Riyadh, Jumada II 12, 1437, March 21, 2016, SPA — Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Region, on Monday evening, patronized the opening ceremony of a cultural festival for persons with disabilities at King Fahd Cultural Center in Riyadh.

In a press statement following the ceremony, the Governor of Riyadh Region highlighted the great efforts exerted by the kingdom’s government to take care of all segments of society, especially persons with disabilities.

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23:52 LOCAL TIME 20:52 GMT

Governor of Khartoum State arrives in Riyadh

Governor of Khartoum State arrives in Riyadh

الاثنين 1437/6/12 هـ الموافق 2016/03/21 م واس

Riyadh, Jumada II 12, 1437, March 21, 2016, SPA — Governor of Khartoum state, in Sudan, Lt. General Engineer Abdul Rahim Mohamed Hussein arrived in Riyadh on Monday.

Upon arrival at King Khalid International Airport, he was received by Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Region, and a number of officials.

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23:36 LOCAL TIME 20:36 GMT

Pakistan appreciates Kingdom's leading role in support of security and regional stability

Islamabad, Jumada II 12, 1437, March 21, 2016, SPA — Speaker of Pakistani National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq appreciated the leading role played by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, in support of security and regional stability.

This came during a meeting at the headquarters of Pakistan’s National Assembly in Islamabad with Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Abdullah bin Marzouq Al-Zahrani.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan gives great importance to its relations with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and it is keen to strengthen and develop these relations in various fields, noting that the brotherly Saudi-Pakistani relations are based on religious and historic cultural grounds.

He called for the need to strengthen the exchange of parliamentary delegations between the two countries to consolidate ties and friendly relations between the two brotherly countries.

For his part, Ambassador Al-Zahrani expressed his confidence that the fraternal relations between the kingdom and Pakistan is witnessing more prosperity and progress.

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23:30 LOCAL TIME 20:30 GMT