NTP 2020: Ministry sets goals

Updated 08 August 2016
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NTP 2020: Ministry sets goals

RIYADH: The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs has set goals to meet strategic challenges stemming out of the National Transformation Program 2020.
The municipal transformation program is based on four main parameters to improve the civic services, achieve transparency and integrity and comply with regulations. Minister Abdul Lateef Al-Asheikh said the program aims to achieve a balanced and sustainable urban development and improve the quality of life in all cities and regions of the Kingdom in a way that meets the expectations of both leadership and society. (AN)


Lebanon says it foiled plots to stage attacks in May

Updated 21 min 47 sec ago
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Lebanon says it foiled plots to stage attacks in May

  • The attacks were planned from Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province and were timed to coincide with Lebanon’s general election, the interior minister said
  • Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces monitored the plot and thwarted it, he said

BEIRUT: Lebanon foiled a plot by militants based in Syria to carry out two attacks this year against places of worship and Lebanese army positions, Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk said on Monday.
The attacks were planned from Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province and were timed to coincide with Lebanon’s general election that took place in May, he said in a televised news conference.
Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces monitored the plot and thwarted it, he said. The country remains safe for both residents and visitors, he added.
Lebanese authorities say they have disrupted or foiled numerous attacks in recent years, including some linked to the conflict in neighboring Syria. From 2013-2016 militants struck Lebanon repeatedly with bomb attacks
Idlib province is part of the last remaining stronghold in Syria outside government control and much of it is held by extremist rebel groups including the country’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate.
Lebanon shares power among its religious sects and has maintained a “dissociation” policy of staying out of regional conflicts.
However, Lebanon’s Iran-backed Shiite group Hezbollah has played a key military role in Syria supporting President Bashar Assad against mostly Sunni rebels seeking to oust him.