Trump set to call King Salman — White House

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Agence France Presse
Sun, 2017-01-29
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1485689985285740000

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump will speak by phone with King Salman and United Arab Emirates on Sunday, amid an uproar over his travel ban for some Muslim majority countries.
The new Republican president, who took office on January 20, first will speak with King Salman, followed by the crown prince of the UAE, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the White House said in a brief statement.
Neither Saudi Arabia nor the UAE are among the seven Muslim-majority countries affected by Trump’s sweeping executive order Friday barring visas for 90 days to migrants or visitors from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The migrant crackdown, which also included a 120-day suspension of the US refugee resettlement program, sparked protests across the United States on Saturday.
A federal judge late Saturday blocked part of the temporary immigration ban, ordering authorities to stop deporting refugees and other travelers stuck at US airports.
Trump also will talk to the acting president of South Korea, Hwang Kyo-Ahn, the White House said.
Trump’s planned phone call with South Korea’s acting president comes as North Korea steps up its nuclear and missile capabilities. Pyongyang’s missile program and its pursuit of nuclear arms have drawn repeated sanctions from the UN Security Council.
Regime leader Kim Jong-Un said in a New Year speech that the country was in the “final stages” of developing an intercontinental ballistic missile.
Such an ICBM could theoretically target the United States.

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IDB ‘leading development partner’ for Senegal

Author: 
Rodolfo C. Estimo Jr.
Sun, 2017-01-29
ID: 
1485635614620681100

RIYADH: The Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has said Senegal is an important partner and expressed satisfaction with the leadership of the country’s president, Macky Sall.
During a visit to the African country this week, IDB vice president Mansour Mukhtar expressed satisfaction with the efforts of Senegal’s government to ensure speedy implementation of projects, according to the IDB website.
Mukhtar made the announcement when he paid a courtesy call to President Sall, who “stated that the Islamic Development Bank is the leading development partner for Senegal.”
Mukhtar, who represented IDB president Bandar Hajjar in a tour of West Africa, was in Senegal with a delegation.
Sall reportedly told Mukhtar that IDB had been supportive of Senegal by providing financing for several development projects which have had a direct impact on people’s lives.
He cited the example of the Dakar regional express railway project, for which IDB is providing 42 percent of the financing by allocating 300 million euro.
Mukhtar elaborated on the series of agreements signed with Senegal’s Finance Minister Amadou Ba. The projects, worth $92 million, focus on malaria control and eradication, Islamic microfinance and charitable endowments.

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IDB ‘leading development partner’ for Senegal

Author: 
Rodolfo C. Estimo Jr.
Sun, 2017-01-29
ID: 
1485635614620681100

RIYADH: The Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has said Senegal is an important partner and expressed satisfaction with the leadership of the country’s president, Macky Sall.
During a visit to the African country this week, IDB vice president Mansour Mukhtar expressed satisfaction with the efforts of Senegal’s government to ensure speedy implementation of projects, according to the IDB website.
Mukhtar made the announcement when he paid a courtesy call to President Sall, who “stated that the Islamic Development Bank is the leading development partner for Senegal.”
Mukhtar, who represented IDB president Bandar Hajjar in a tour of West Africa, was in Senegal with a delegation.
Sall reportedly told Mukhtar that IDB had been supportive of Senegal by providing financing for several development projects which have had a direct impact on people’s lives.
He cited the example of the Dakar regional express railway project, for which IDB is providing 42 percent of the financing by allocating 300 million euro.
Mukhtar elaborated on the series of agreements signed with Senegal’s Finance Minister Amadou Ba. The projects, worth $92 million, focus on malaria control and eradication, Islamic microfinance and charitable endowments.

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Bosnian-Serbian economic delegation due in KSA today

Author: 
ARAB NEWS
Sun, 2017-01-29
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1485635614590680500

RIYADH: A joint economic delegation from Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia is to start a first unified visit to the Kingdom on Sunday.
The delegation, which includes officials from the ministries of commerce, economy and tourism, as well as a number of businessmen, is expected to discuss ways to develop cooperation between their countries and the Kingdom in investment, heritage, tourism, economy and commerce.
The Bosnian delegation is led by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Mirko Sarovic; the Serbian delegation is chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications Rasim Ljajic.
The delegation includes officials from the ministries of commerce and tourism, the chairman of Serbia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a number of businessmen.
In its two-day visit, the delegation will hold meetings with President of the General Commission for Tourism and National Heritage Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, as well as with the minister of environment, water and agriculture, the minister of trade and investment and the minister of housing.
The joint delegation will also meet with the businessmen of the Saudi Chambers Council and will visit a number of landmarks in Riyadh.
The visit is the result of Prince Sultan’s keenness to initiate ties with Bosnia, and follows an official visit the prince conducted to Serbia in November 2015 at the invitation of Ljajic.

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Bosnian-Serbian economic delegation due in KSA today

Author: 
ARAB NEWS
Sun, 2017-01-29
ID: 
1485635614590680500

RIYADH: A joint economic delegation from Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia is to start a first unified visit to the Kingdom on Sunday.
The delegation, which includes officials from the ministries of commerce, economy and tourism, as well as a number of businessmen, is expected to discuss ways to develop cooperation between their countries and the Kingdom in investment, heritage, tourism, economy and commerce.
The Bosnian delegation is led by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Mirko Sarovic; the Serbian delegation is chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications Rasim Ljajic.
The delegation includes officials from the ministries of commerce and tourism, the chairman of Serbia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a number of businessmen.
In its two-day visit, the delegation will hold meetings with President of the General Commission for Tourism and National Heritage Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, as well as with the minister of environment, water and agriculture, the minister of trade and investment and the minister of housing.
The joint delegation will also meet with the businessmen of the Saudi Chambers Council and will visit a number of landmarks in Riyadh.
The visit is the result of Prince Sultan’s keenness to initiate ties with Bosnia, and follows an official visit the prince conducted to Serbia in November 2015 at the invitation of Ljajic.

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Backup information center to ensure MoJ’s e-service continuity

Author: 
SHARIF M. TAHA
Sun, 2017-01-29
ID: 
1485635614610680800

RIYADH: The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has established a backup information center to ensure the continuity of its electronic services to all sectors of the ministry in case the central information center fails to operate, the ministry said.
The ministry stressed the importance of a backup information center in providing e-services to the judiciary sectors and other government agencies.
For his part, Salih Al-Miqrin, the ministry’s assistant undersecretary for information technology, said users of the MoJ’s website and other electronic services will not feel any disruption in this regard as the backup information center will automatically replace the central information center in a few minutes, if it fails to function properly. This will ensure continuity of services and meet the requirements of information seekers, he said.
Al-Miqrin said the backup center operates in a separate building containing a series of sections, including the network section which connects the two centers, a series of servers, as well as firewalls which protect the center from potential computer viruses.
Additionally, the center contains a mega storage unit of 20 terabytes, two standby generators, and coolers working in tandem to ensure cooling of the electric equipment, he said.
He said the backup center also contains a control room to monitor the performance of the center to ensure smooth running of the operations.

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Backup information center to ensure MoJ’s e-service continuity

Author: 
SHARIF M. TAHA
Sun, 2017-01-29
ID: 
1485635614610680800

RIYADH: The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has established a backup information center to ensure the continuity of its electronic services to all sectors of the ministry in case the central information center fails to operate, the ministry said.
The ministry stressed the importance of a backup information center in providing e-services to the judiciary sectors and other government agencies.
For his part, Salih Al-Miqrin, the ministry’s assistant undersecretary for information technology, said users of the MoJ’s website and other electronic services will not feel any disruption in this regard as the backup information center will automatically replace the central information center in a few minutes, if it fails to function properly. This will ensure continuity of services and meet the requirements of information seekers, he said.
Al-Miqrin said the backup center operates in a separate building containing a series of sections, including the network section which connects the two centers, a series of servers, as well as firewalls which protect the center from potential computer viruses.
Additionally, the center contains a mega storage unit of 20 terabytes, two standby generators, and coolers working in tandem to ensure cooling of the electric equipment, he said.
He said the backup center also contains a control room to monitor the performance of the center to ensure smooth running of the operations.

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Hafr Al-Batin festival kicks off

Author: 
ARAB NEWS
Sun, 2017-01-29
ID: 
1485634589040577400

HAFR Al-BATIN: Hafr Al-Batin Spring and Heritage Festival kicked off on Saturday.
The event is held on an area of 33,000 square meters, of which 7,000 square meters will be allocated for livestock and sheep shows at the King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Park of city.
As part of the festival, the museum will display more than 400 rare historical pieces, including antique weapons, male and female costumes, rare utensils and materials from the old heritage house.
The Falcon Wing includes an introductory exhibition about falconry. Falcon shows will take place on daily basis at the festival. The Equestrian Wing also has an introductory exhibition about equestrianism. Live horse shows with more than 14 jockeys will also be organized on daily basis.
The Camel Wing will display more than 10 camels that will take part in a daily parade.
More than 14 government, community and charity organizations are participating in the Government Wing, offering different educational exhibitions. Special exhibitions about the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program will also be organzied. 30 documentaries will be shown to visitors in this regard.
The festival’s main hall has a huge theater that has the capacity to hold more than 2,000 visitors, and offers daily programs during the event.
Poetry sessions, discussion forums, lectures, training workshops and children-related activities will also be held at the event. The festival’s administration has allocated a popular market in Hafr Al-Batin for productive families. An entertainment complex of 2,000 square meters has been set up, where the Saudi Hawks aerobatic planes will fly during the festival.

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