First spokeswoman appointed at Saudi embassy in Washington

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Fatimah Baeshen has been appointed as the first female spokesperson for the Saudi Embassy in Washington DC. Baeshan announced her new posting in a tweet on Wednesday morning. Baeshan was a director at the Washington based think tank Arabia Foundation. She joined the Arabia Foundation after having worked with the Saudi Ministry of Labor and the Saudi Ministry of Economy and Planning in Riyadh between 2014 and 2017. Her focus areas included the labor market, private sector development, and ...

Why is David Urban a top pick for US ambassador to Saudi Arabia?

Sunday, 27 August 2017

David Urban, who helped engineer President Trump's win in Pennsylvania, is the top choice to become the US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, a source familiar with the process confirmed to CBS. The report said that Urban is the president of American Continental Group, a Washington, D.C. lobbying firm. He's a longtime Washington insider who served as chief of staff to Sen. Arlen Specter. Urban is also a West Point graduate who served in Operation Desert Storm in Iraq. He was reported to be considered ...

Man in US becomes single winner of $758.7 mln jackpot, largest in history

Thursday, 24 August 2017

A winning ticket was sold in Watertown, Massachusetts, for Wednesday's $758.7 million jackpot -- the largest with a single winner in the history -- Massachusetts Lottery Powerball Product Group Chair Charlie McIntyre announced. In a statement early Thursday, McIntyre also says six other tickets won $2 million apiece, and 34 more are worth $1 million. The lucky numbers for the second largest lottery prize in U.S. history were 6, 7, 16, 23 and 26, and the Powerball number was 4. Odds of winning ...

Saudi establishes American-Gulf center for combating terror funding

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Saudi Arabia announced establishing an anti-terror center in Riyadh based on a joint effort with the United States. The center is part of the May signed agreement with US President Donald Trump. Abdulaziz Hamad Aluwaisheq, GCC assistant secretary general for political affairs and negotiations, said that the American-Gulf agreement on combatting the funding of terrorism will need to undergo a number of legal proceedings in each of the GCC countries. The official stressed that the GCC secretariat ...

Kuwait refutes ‘existence of large numbers of North Korean workers’

Friday, 11 August 2017

Kuwait's foreign ministry rejected “recent media reports” on the “existence of large North Korean expatriate workers in Kuwait.” Previously, The Associated Press said that Kuwait will continue to grant visas to North Korean laborers whose wages allegedly aid Pyongyang in evading international sanctions, quoting its government on Thursday before its president travels to Washington to meet President Donald Trump. However, late Thursday, Kuwait's state-run KUNA news agency ...

Kuwait announces measures against North Korea

Friday, 11 August 2017

Kuwaiti authorities have begun taking measures against North Korea, including stopping direct flights to and from Pyongyang, state news agency KUNA cited an official source in Kuwait's foreign ministry as saying on Thursday. The official source said the measures included stopping entrance visas for North Korean workers and stopping the issuance of commercial licenses. Kuwait's measures come as U.S. President Donald Trump ratcheted up his rhetoric toward North Korea on Thursday. Trump said North ...

US stance on Qatar crisis

Thursday, 27 July 2017

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