Bodies of Saudi girls found dead in NY river laid to rest in Madinah 

These two undated photos provided by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) show sisters Rotana, left, and Tala Farea, whose fully clothed bodies, bound together with tape and facing each other, were discovered on on the banks of New York City's Hudson River waterfront on Oct. 24, 2018. (NYPD via AP)
Updated 05 November 2018
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Bodies of Saudi girls found dead in NY river laid to rest in Madinah 

  • The two sisters were found dead last week in the Hudson River in New York
  • Police say they have uncovered no credible evidence that Rotana Farea and Tala Farea were victims of foul play

JEDDAH: The bodies two Saudi sisters who were found dead last week in the Hudson River in New York have been laid to rest early Sunday in Madinah.

The bodies of Tala Farea, 16, and Rotana Farea, 22, had arrived earlier in the King Abdu Aziz Airport in Jeddah where they were received and transported to Madinah, to be buried at al-Baqi cemetery.  

New York police said that the mysterious death of the two Saudi sisters could have been a double suicide after they were found tied together with duct tape at their feet and bound at the waist near the Riverside Park in the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

The sisters had been living in Fairfax, Virginia with their mother, but Rotana had moved to live in New York. They are Saudi citizens from Jeddah.

Police have uncovered no credible evidence that Rotana Farea and Tala Farea were victims of foul play, Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea told reporters at a news conference Friday afternoon. 

“At this point in time we have no credible information that a crime took place in New York City… but it is still under investigation,” Shea said. 

 

 

 


Peace, security and economy top agenda of Saudi Shoura session

The current Shoura Council is composed of 150 members including 30 women members. (SPA)
Updated 15 November 2018
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Peace, security and economy top agenda of Saudi Shoura session

  • Al-Khunaizi said that King Salman’s speech will have “added political and economic significance, and it will lay out the agenda for the rest of the Shoura’s term”

RIYADH: King Salman on Monday will deliver his inaugural address at the Shoura Council, where he will talk about a range of local and regional issues and urge lawmakers to support the government in taking the country forward.
The king’s speech, which will serve as a guideline for Shoura members, will begin the deliberations of the new parliamentary year of the 150-member council.
“The king’s visit to the Shoura is of utmost importance, and his speech will define domestic, regional and foreign policies,” said Hoda Al-Helaissi, a member of the Shoura Council here on Wednesday.
“With the visit of King Salman to the Shoura Council to mark the beginning of the third year of the seventh term, we take a moment to reflect on the past year,” Al-Helaissi said.
She said that “the past year has been a year of challenges and opportunities both within the Kingdom and abroad.”
“Remarkably, as is in our nature, and as exemplified by our leadership, we have remained steadfast in our values and beliefs, committed as a country to the well-being of our citizens, not least as explained in what has now become known as Saudi Arabia’s road-map for the future, Vision 2030,” Al-Helaissi said.
“As the home of the Two Holy Mosques and as an important strategic player in the region, Saudi Arabia has an important role in global politics and we look forward to hearing the king’s speech this coming Monday,” Al-Helaissi said.
Guidelines for addressing local and regional challenges with a special reference to domestic and foreign policies will be spelled out by King Salman, she said.
“Elaborate preparations have been made to receive the king on this occasion,” said Mohammed Al-Khunaizi, another member of the Shoura Council. Al-Khunaizi said that King Salman’s speech will have “added political and economic significance, and it will lay out the agenda for the rest of the Shoura’s term.”
“The occasion marks the beginning of the new year for the council,” said Al-Khunaizi, while forecasting a number of proposals, decisions, draft legislation, treaties and foreign policy matters to be discussed and debated in 2019.
He said that the king’s speech may touch on subjects such as society, security, peace, stability, extremism, economy, financial reforms, regional challenges and foreign policy matters.
Al-Khunaizi noted that the role of women members of the Shoura Council had lent new dimension to the debate and deliberations of the council. He said that the current Shoura Council is composed of 150 members including 30 women members.