NATO concerned about ‘obsolete’ remark

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Reuters
Tue, 2017-01-17
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BERLIN: Germany’s Foreign Minister said on Monday that US President-elect Donald Trump’s comments that NATO was obsolete had aroused concern across the 28-member alliance.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier, speaking after a meeting with alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels, said Trump’s remarks contradicted views expressed by designated Defense Secretary James Mattis. He spoke also of “amazement.”
“I have spoken today not only with EU foreign ministers but NATO foreign ministers as well and can report that the signals are that there’s been no easing of tensions,” Steinmeier said when asked about Trump’s interview with Bild newspaper and the Times of London.
“Obviously the comments from President-elect Trump, that he views NATO as obsolete, were viewed with anxiety,” he said.
Trump said NATO was obsolete because it had not defended against terrorist attacks.
He said also he had always had “great respect” for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, but criticized her 2015 decision to allow in a wave of a million migrants as a “catastrophic mistake” that opened the door to terrorist attacks.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said it was “inappropriate” for Trump to weigh directly into the politics of another country by his remarks.
“He will have to speak to that, as of Friday he is responsible for that relationship.”
A Kremlin spokesman said he agreed with Trump that NATO, characterized by Russian officials as a hostile renmant of the Cold War, was obsolete.
Germany’s transatlantic coordinator, Juergen Hardt, told Reuters he did not expect Congress to allow Washington to give up its leadership role in NATO.
He said key US lawmakers, including Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, had told him several weeks ago they expected Washington to remain a reliable partner in the 28-nation bloc, and he did not expect Trump to reverse the deployment of 4,000 US troops to Poland.
Norbert Roettgen, head of Germany’s foreign affairs committee, said Germany should fight to restore Western unity.
“Europe is not able to replace the security role of the US so there is a lot at stake — the very foundations of liberal order internationally and European security. And for that we should fight because it is our very existential interest,” Roettgen said.
Trump repeated criticism of NATO members that fail to meet spend at least 2 percent of gross domestic product on defense.
Germany is working to gradually boost its military spending, Defense Ministry spokesman Jens Flosdorff told a news conference.
Merkel in November said she could not promise the NATO target would be met “in the near future.”

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Life-Saving Device Could Transform The Medical Market In 2017

A little-known biotech company is poised to potentially earn millions in revenue with the planned upcoming release of a breakthrough technology that could prevent massive numbers of strokes with a simple test that is affordable and accessible to the average American. A Multi-Billion-Dollar Problem with a $49,000 Answer Stroke statistics are shocking: Globally, every year 15 million people suffer a stroke. Of these, some 6 million are killed, while 5 million are rendered permanently disabled. In the U.S. alone, nearly 800,000 people suffer from…

Cabinet lauds Riyadh conference on defeating Daesh

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ARAB NEWS
Tue, 2017-01-17
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1484602644360186900

RIYADH: The Cabinet, chaired by King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace on Monday, commended the Kingdom’s hosting of a conference aimed at enhancing efforts by Islamic and friendly countries to defeat the Daesh terror group.
Representatives of the Anti-Daesh Global Coalition participated in a conference in Riyadh on Sunday, which pledged to defeat Daesh, with a focus on identifying the operational needs.
The Cabinet said the conference embodied the Kingdom’s commitment to continue with its support for global efforts to counter terror organizations.
The Cabinet commended the final communique of the conference and its pledge to continue efforts so as to stamp out Daesh, as it represents a danger and threat to peace in the region and the global community.
The Cabinet also congratulated King Salman for winning the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam this year in recognition of his care and service to the Two Holy Mosques and their visitors.
The Cabinet also listened to a number of reports on the latest developments at regional and international levels and voiced strong condemnation of terror acts in a number of Afghan cities, which led to the killing and injuring of dozens of people including the death of five citizens from the United Arab Emirates.
“These heinous terrorist acts are contrary to Islamic values,” the Cabinet asserted.
On regional issues, the Cabinet explored the outcome of the Middle East peace conference in Paris and reaffirmed the Kingdom’s long-standing policy on the Palestinian cause, saying that the two-state solution and the relevant UN Security Council resolutions are the only basis for solving the conflict, which was adopted by the Arab Peace Initiative.
On domestic affairs, the Cabinet commended the Ministry of Housing for launching the first phase of a housing program that comprises 280,000 residential and funding projects Kingdom-wide, including 120,000 housing units in partnership with the private sector.
The projects will be allocated in 2017 and delivered within three years, in addition to 75,000 plots of land and 85,000 support funds subsidized by the government in partnership with the Real Estate Development Fund, banks and financial institutions.
The Cabinet also approved a number of decisions including an agreement on air transport services with Tajikistan, and a memorandum of understanding between the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage and the Heritage Administration of the People’s Republic of China for cooperation in the area of cultural heritage.

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KSrelief: Donations to Syria aid campaign exceed SR382 million

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Arab News
Tue, 2017-01-17
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1484602644290186000

RIYADH: Donations to a Saudi campaign to raise funds for those affected by the Syrian conflict have exceeded SR382 million ($102 million), an official has said.
Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabiah, supervisor-general of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) confirmed that the popular campaign ordered by King Salman is still ongoing.
“The campaign’s donations until today (Monday) amounted to SR382,800,868,” Al-Rabiah said in a press statement, noting that the center operates and distributes relief within Syria through partners under a KSrelief supervisory team.
The Saudi National Campaign to support Syrians continues to provide relief to displaced people in northern Syria within the initiative it launched under the title “For you, O Aleppo.”
The campaign has delivered basic relief items to the Turkish-Syrian border region, specifically in the area of Bab Al-Hawa.
Khaled Al-Salama, director of the Saudi National Campaign office in Turkey, said that the initiative comes after the recently bloody events in Aleppo.
“The convoys loaded with relief materials were allowed to pass after coordination with the concerned Turkish government agencies to ensure that these aids are delivered to beneficiaries and to cover the largest possible number of displaced Syrians in the camps bordering Turkey from the Syrian side,” Al-Salama said.
Dr. Badr bin Abdulrahman Al-Samhan, regional director of the campaign, stressed that the relief effort “is a confirmation of the sincere stand with displaced Syrian brothers, who are suffering a lack of humanitarian and relief services since the outbreak of the Syrian revolution, in order to fill their needs and alleviate their suffering.”
The aid delivered to the people inside Syria include 400,000 coats, 176,000 large blankets, 188,000 blankets for children, 288,000 sets of heavy clothes, 144,000 winter shirts and 172,000 women’s shawls.

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Prince Khaled Al-Faisal calls for workshop to update development strategy

Author: 
Fouzia Khan
Tue, 2017-01-17
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JEDDAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal called for a workshop on Tuesday to update the public-private partnership in the Kingdom and Makkah region’s development strategy.
The region’s development strategy program was launched almost seven years ago under the patronage of Prince Khaled Al-Faisal and Jeddah Gov. Prince Misha’al bin Majed.
Sultan bin Arar Dossari, spokesman of the Makkah Governorate, said with participation from various agencies, they will discuss strategic planning and a road map for the development of the Kingdom’s regions and youth programs. Particular attention will focus on the integral progress of the various provinces and regions. They will also discuss a 10-year plan for the development of the region, as well as development of the people of the region.
Dossari said the development of the Makkah-area strategy has seen the launch of many different projects to develop the place and build a human development strategy for the development of the region.
He noted that the workshop falls within the efforts of the Makkah Governorate to achieve the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, believing in the importance of working as a team that includes all segments of society, and consolidates efforts under one umbrella.
Dossari indicated that since the beginning of the program, the Governorate of Makkah has 2,568 projects under way, of which, 560 are new projects. There are 739 projects in small provinces in line with the strategic plan aimed to achieve a balanced and parallel development.

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Spanish king keen on boosting Saudi trade ties

Author: 
RASHID HASSAN
Tue, 2017-01-17
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RIYADH: Spanish King Felipe VI expressed Monday his country’s desire to bolster economic, trade and investment relations with Saudi Arabia.
Speaking at the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI), the visiting king said that bilateral relations between the two countries rest on a long-standing historical and cultural base.
Saudi Arabia and Spain are already established trading partners, with Spain ranking third among the biggest European importers from the Kingdom, King Felipe VI said at the chamber.
The king said that the presence of many Spanish companies and their contribution to developmental projects in the Kingdom is proof of the technical experience of the Spanish companies.
He voiced the desire of Spanish companies to contribute to the objectives set under the Vision 2030 reform plan and the National Transformation Program.
The success achieved by the Spanish companies in implementing developmental projects in the Kingdom is considered a stimulus to implement more projects, the king underscored.
Ahmad Sulaiman Al-Rajhi, chairman of the board of directors of the RCCI, said the Spanish king’s visit will give a boost to Saudi-Spanish relations.
“Saudi (Arabia’s) business sector appreciates the level of relations between the two countries, thanks to the support of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and King Felipe VI,” he said.
The Spanish king earlier paid a visit to the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (K.A.CARE), where he was welcomed by the city’s president, Hashem Abdullah Yamani.
During the meeting they discussed various aspects of mutual cooperation in the field of the peaceful use of atomic and renewable energy.
The visiting king, accompanied by Minister of Culture and Information Adel Al-Toraifi, was briefed on K.A.CARE’s programs in the field of sustainable energy.

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Best global practices to help strengthen consumer protection: Minister

Author: 
Mohammed Rasooldeen
Tue, 2017-01-17
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RIYADH: Best global practices will be implemented in an effort to better protect consumers in Saudi Arabia, Commerce and Investment Minister Majid Al-Qassabi said recently.
The minister was chairing the first Consumer Protection Standing Committee Meeting held at his ministry headquarters in Riyadh. The meeting was attended by representatives from all government agencies.
The agenda included the preparation of a national strategy for government agencies to play a part in protecting consumers and ensuring their rights.
The minister said the committee has been tasked to implement best global practices relevant to consumer protection, and to review the current regulations and legislation in the Kingdom.
Dr. Mohammed Al-Nasser, executive director of the Local Markets Control at the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, expressed his optimism for launching the agenda of the Consumer Protection Standing Committee.
“The first meeting of the aforementioned committee was fruitful during which the participants exchanged views and experiences in the field of consumer protection,” Al-Nasser noted.

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What Vice Costs – The World’s Cheapest (& Most Expensive) Countries For Drugs, Booze, & Cigarettes

Indulging in a weekly habit of drugs, booze and cigarettes can cost you as little as $41.40 in Laos and a whopping $1,441.50 in Japan, according to the Bloomberg Vice Index.

Bloomberg compared the price of a basket of goods — tobacco, alcohol, amphetamine, cannabis, cocaine and opioids — in more than 100 countries relative to the U.S., where your fix of the vices adds up to almost $400, or about a third of the weekly income.

Here is the full basket of vice that Bloomberg is comparing: a pack of cigarettes, most popular and premium brands; a bottle of alcoholic beverages, including beer, wine and spirits; a gram of amphetamine-type stimulants, including amphetamine, methamphetamine and/or ecstasy; a gram of cannabis, including marijuana herb, hashish resin and/or cannabis oil; a gram of cocaine, regardless of salts, paste or base forms; a gram of opioids, including heroin and/or opium.

However, looking at the basket of vices relative to income unveils a few surprises.

Under that criteria, high-income nations such as Luxembourg and Switzerland offer the best value.

In Venezuela, however, rampant inflation means locals would have to spend 17 times their weekly wages for a bottle of beer, a packet of smokes and a gram of cocaine.

 

Yet another reason to leave Venezuela (if you can).

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What Vice Costs – The World’s Cheapest (& Most Expensive) Countries For Drugs, Booze, & Cigarettes

Indulging in a weekly habit of drugs, booze and cigarettes can cost you as little as $41.40 in Laos and a whopping $1,441.50 in Japan, according to the Bloomberg Vice Index.

Bloomberg compared the price of a basket of goods — tobacco, alcohol, amphetamine, cannabis, cocaine and opioids — in more than 100 countries relative to the U.S., where your fix of the vices adds up to almost $400, or about a third of the weekly income.

Here is the full basket of vice that Bloomberg is comparing: a pack of cigarettes, most popular and premium brands; a bottle of alcoholic beverages, including beer, wine and spirits; a gram of amphetamine-type stimulants, including amphetamine, methamphetamine and/or ecstasy; a gram of cannabis, including marijuana herb, hashish resin and/or cannabis oil; a gram of cocaine, regardless of salts, paste or base forms; a gram of opioids, including heroin and/or opium.

However, looking at the basket of vices relative to income unveils a few surprises.

Under that criteria, high-income nations such as Luxembourg and Switzerland offer the best value.

In Venezuela, however, rampant inflation means locals would have to spend 17 times their weekly wages for a bottle of beer, a packet of smokes and a gram of cocaine.

 

Yet another reason to leave Venezuela (if you can).

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Three People Shot Following MLK Parade In Miami

Police and fire rescue crews are on the scene after at least three people were shot at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. According to Miami-Dade Police, three people sustained gunshot wounds at the park, located at 6011 N.W. 32nd Avenue, in Northwest Miami-Dade, Monday afternoon. Two other people were hurt, but how they were injured and the extent is unknown.

MLK parade and festival in NW Miami Dade turns into shooting scene. @wsvn pic.twitter.com/eG0lznurPN

— Ann Keil (@ann_keil) January 16, 2017

All three victims have been transported to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. One of the victims was transported as a trauma alert according to WSVN Miami.

.@MiamiPD officers carry a woman that appeared to have been shot at the MLK Jr. Memorial Park. pic.twitter.com/qtwHFiaTYi

— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) January 16, 2017

7News reporter Ann Keil and photographers were about 100 feet away from the scene of the shooting, along Northwest 32nd Avenue and Northwest 62nd Street. They heard between four and six shots.

shooting at festival after Miami MLK parade. multiple shots heard 1,000 feet from us. @wsvn pic.twitter.com/bdvVmAGZ75

— Ann Keil (@ann_keil) January 16, 2017

Moments later, the news crew saw displaced children crying after losing their parents when a stampede of attendees ran away from the scene in search of safety.

first police officers on scene clearing NW 32nd Avenue after the shooting. @wsvn pic.twitter.com/rvZcSVN9dm

— Ann Keil (@ann_keil) January 16, 2017

Around 4 p.m., several law enforcement agencies and fire rescue vehicles were seen flooding the area.

They have since cleared the entire area and have ordered everyone, including vendors, to flee the area.

According to Keil, at least two women looked like they had been shot in the leg. Moments later, a man was seen on the floor in handcuffs.

It is unknown whether a suspect or suspects have been detained at this time. A number of fire rescue vehicles were seen driving throughout the neighborhood.

Footage from a live helicopter camera showed a black man being arrested and taken away inside a police cruiser.

This remains an active scene.

#BREAKING
MANY PEOPLE SHOT-MIAMI DADE AREA
PD/FIRE/SWAT/NEWS MEDIA ABOVE
WATCH(https://t.co/HBVUl4ugyw)
MLK DAY EVENT

— INLAND PURSUITS (@IEPURSUITS) January 16, 2017

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