UAE’s Ahmed Al-Raisi wins Interpol presidency for 4-year term

UAE’s Ahmed Al-Raisi wins Interpol presidency for 4-year term
Major General Ahmed Nasser Al-Raisi, Inspector General of the Ministry of Interior, won the Interpol presidency for a four-year term. (WAM)
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Updated 25 November 2021

UAE’s Ahmed Al-Raisi wins Interpol presidency for 4-year term

UAE’s Ahmed Al-Raisi wins Interpol presidency for 4-year term
  • Announcement was made in a tweet via the Interpol’s official Twitter account

LYON, France: The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) announced that UAE candidate, Major General Ahmed Nasser Al-Raisi, Inspector General of the Ministry of Interior, won its presidency for a four-year term on Thursday.

The announcement was made in a tweet via the Interpol’s official Twitter account, UAE state news agency WAM reported.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the General Assembly in Istanbul, outgoing President Kim Jong Yang welcomed the newly elected Interpol officials, saying they could “count on the continued support of the General Assembly.”

He went on: “I wish you the very best in guiding the organisation in this essential supervisory function.”

Al-Raisi's received congratulations on his appointment from around the region, including from Dr. Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), who said it was a “source of pride for all the people of the GCC.”

 


Iraq summons Iranian ambassador after drone bombing campaign

Iraq summons Iranian ambassador after drone bombing campaign
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Iraq summons Iranian ambassador after drone bombing campaign

Iraq summons Iranian ambassador after drone bombing campaign
BAGHDAD: Iraq summoned the Iranian ambassador on Thursday to deliver a diplomatic complaint following a deadly drone bombing campaign, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The Iranian drones targeted an Iranian-Kurdish opposition group in northern Iraq on Wednesday, killing at least nine people and wounding 32 others. The strikes took place as demonstrations continued to engulf the Islamic Republic after the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman who died while in the custody of the Iranian morality police.
Iran’s attacks targeted positions of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan in the town of Koya, some 65 kilometers (35 miles) east of Irbil, the main city and capital of Iraq’s northern semi-autonomous Kurdish region. The group, known by the acronym KDPI, is a leftist armed opposition force banned in Iran.
The Foreign Ministry said in its statement that civilians were among those killed. It added that the Iraqi government condemned “this crime, which represented the continuation of Iranian forces’ encroachment on Iraq’s sovereignty.”
The ministry also warned of repercussions on “the societal peace of both countries and on regional security and stability.”
Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency and broadcaster on Wednesday said the Islamic Republic’s Revolutionary Guard targeted bases of a separatist group in the north of Iraq with “precision missiles” and “suicide drones.”
Gen. Hasan Hasanzadeh of the Revolutionary Guard said 185 members of the Basij, a volunteer force, were injured by “machete and knife” in the unrest in Iran. Hasanzadeh also said rioters broke the skull of one Basij member. He added that five Basij members were hospitalized in intensive care.
United Nations’ agencies, the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom all condemned the attacks on northern Iraq.
The UN mission in Iraq said in a tweet that the Mideast country cannot be treated as “the region’s ‘backyard,’ where neighbors routinely, and with impunity, violate its sovereignty.”
“Rocket diplomacy is a reckless act with devastating consequences,” the UN mission said.
In Washington, US State Department deputy spokesman Vedant Patel confirmed to reporters that an American citizen was killed in the rocket attacks in the Iraqi Kurdish region. He offered no additional information, citing privacy concerns, and also reiterated the US condemnation of Iran for the attacks.
Protests in Iran have raged following Amini’s death in custody in Tehran, and spread across at least 46 cities, towns and villages across Iran. State TV reported that at least 41 protesters and police have been killed since the demonstrations began Sept. 17. An Associated Press count of official statements by authorities tallied at least 14 dead, with more than 1,500 demonstrators arrested.
Meanwhile, Turkey’s defense minister said Turkish military jets carried out a new aerial offensive against suspected hideouts of Kurdish separatists from Turkey in northern Iraq, striking as deep as 149 kilometers (87 miles) deep into Iraqi territory.
The jets targeted 16 caves, shelters and command centers allegedly used by Turkey’s outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, in northern Iraq’s Asos region on Sept. 27, Hulusi Akar told journalists. He did not provide further details.
The PKK maintains bases across the border in Iraq and has led an armed insurgency inside Turkey since 1984 in a conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people.
Turkey’s military has over the years launched numerous cross-border offensives in Iraq in pursuit of PKK militants.

Palestinians protest against violent crackdown by Israeli forces in West Bank

Palestinians protest against violent crackdown by Israeli forces in West Bank
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Palestinians protest against violent crackdown by Israeli forces in West Bank

Palestinians protest against violent crackdown by Israeli forces in West Bank
  • The demonstrations took place the day after army incursions into Jenin that left four Palestinians, including a 7-year-old boy, dead and more than 50 injured
  • Ibrahim Melhem, a spokesperson for the Palestinian government, said Palestinians from all sections of society are paying the price for the unjustified Israeli violence

RAMALLAH: Dozens of Palestinians demonstrated in the center of Ramallah on Thursday in response to a violent crackdown by Israeli authorities in the West Bank this week.
A strike was organized in protest against the Israeli army’s incursion into Jenin on Wednesday that left four Palestinians dead and more than 50 injured.
Palestinian medical sources at the Beit Jala Hospital said on Thursday that a 7-year-old boy was among the dead. Witnesses said Rayan Suleiman was with a group of Palestinian youths who were chased by Israeli soldiers on Wednesday during a confrontation in Taqua village in southeastern Bethlehem. He reportedly collapsed after his heart stopped. He was taken to the hospital but declared dead.
Ibrahim Melhem, a spokesperson for the Palestinian government, described the situation in the West Bank as intimidating and said Palestinians from all sections of society are paying the price for the unjustified Israeli violence.
He criticized Israeli soldiers for terrorizing students by carrying out raids on schools, resulting in incidents such as the one that caused the death of Rayan.
“The mere presence of soldiers in schools is a terrifying sight, so what about when they arrest students?” Melhem said.
The Palestinian Foreign Ministry described Rayan’s death as a “heinous crime committed by the occupation forces.”
It said it holds the Israeli government directly responsible for the escalation in violence and condemned the aggression of the occupation forces in their violent incursions into Palestinian areas, measures that restrict the movement of Palestinians in their own land, the demolitions of Palestinian homes carried out by Israeli forces, and attacks by settler militias that take place under the supervision, protection and support of the Israeli government and its various military and security arms.
Wasel Abu Yousef, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s executive committee, told Arab News that Israel is waging an open and comprehensive war against Palestinian citizens, targeting their land and holy sites in an attempt to break the will of the people and using Palestinian blood to secure votes from the extremist right in elections scheduled for Nov. 1.
A Palestinian citizen from Jenin told Arab news: “We struggled for 54 years to have an independent Palestinian state, not to get a work permit in construction or agriculture in Israel.”
Suhair Freitech, a Palestinian political activist from Nablus, told Arab News that the Israeli actions are designed to give the impression that there is no Palestinian political partner, in the leadership or among communities, that wants peace. In this way, he added, Israeli authorities can justify their violence against Palestinians.
The Israeli soldiers who protect settlers who storm Al-Aqsa Mosque portray the Palestinians who resist such incursions as terrorists, Freitech said, adding: “The real terrorists are the settlers who steal Palestinian land.”
Meanwhile, Israeli Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked has ordered the deportation of several relatives of a Palestinian man who carried out a deadly attack five years ago in East Jerusalem.
In a message posted on Twitter, Shaked said she sent a notice to seven people related to Fadi Al-Qanbar, who killed four Israeli soldiers in a truck-ramming attack in Abu Tor neighborhood in 2017, telling them to “leave the country within a week or be forcefully deported.”
Jessica Montel, director of the Israel-based human rights organization HaMoked, told Arab News: “This is a political stunt, trying to win votes from the ultranationalists at the expense of East Jerusalem Palestinians.
“HaMoked is preparing an appeal to the Jerusalem District Court, challenging it. This is collective punishment and we hope the court will agree that this is unacceptable and prevent these deportations.”


Qatar joins IAEA board of governors

Qatar joins IAEA board of governors
Updated 42 min 39 sec ago

Qatar joins IAEA board of governors

Qatar joins IAEA board of governors
  • Country previously served on the board twice, from 2013 to 2015 and from 2016 to 2018

VIENNA: Qatar has been elected for membership of the board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency for 2022-2024, the Qatar News Agency reported. 

The election took place during the 66th IAEA general conference, which started on Monday and will run until Friday in Vienna.

Qatar has previously served on the board of governors twice, from 2013 to 2015 and from 2016 to 2018. 

The 35-member board, which is in charge of the IAEA’s main policy-making bodies, reviews and approves budgeting, operational programs, safeguards agreements and safety standards.

It also has the authority, with the approval of the general conference, to appoint the agency’s director general. 

Foreign Ministry Secretary-General Dr. Ahmed bin Hassan Al-Hammadi said Qatar’s election affirms the global appreciation for its responsible approach to the development of a peaceful nuclear energy program. 

He emphasized Qatar’s commitment to continuing to support the IAEA’s activities promoting the peaceful use of nuclear power, preventing the spread of nuclear weapons, and facilitating member states’ access to peaceful nuclear technology. 

Qatar is a signatory to the majority of nuclear safety, security and safeguards conventions. Since its accession in 1976, it has been an active member of the IAEA.

 


Details of ‘Great Arab Minds’ initiative announced in Dubai

Details of ‘Great Arab Minds’ initiative announced in Dubai
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Details of ‘Great Arab Minds’ initiative announced in Dubai

Details of ‘Great Arab Minds’ initiative announced in Dubai
  • ‘Great Arab Minds’ aims to identify, support and acknowledge leading thinkers in the region, amplify their impact and inspire future generations
  • Sheikh Mohammed believes in the importance of movement, change and development, and in the capabilities of Arab talents and their ambitions, said Al-Gergawi

DUBAI: A main purpose of the UAE’s ‘Great Arab Minds’ initiative is to reduce the emigration of Arab scientists, specialists, intellectuals, doctors, and engineers.
The UAE’s Minister of Cabinet Affairs and Chairman of the Committee leading ‘Great Arab Minds’ Mohammed Al-Gergawi on Thursday highlighted the details of ‘The Great Arab Minds’ initiative, reported the Emirates News Agency (WAM).
In January 2022, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, the UAE’s Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, launched the Arab world’s largest movement designed to search for exceptional talents among Arab scientists, thinkers, and innovators across key fields.
Al-Gergawi, also the Secretary-General of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI), said the ‘Great Arab Minds’, under the MBRGI, aims to identify, support and acknowledge leading thinkers in the region, amplify their impact and inspire future generations.
Sheikh Mohammed believes in the importance of movement, change and development, and in the capabilities of Arab talents and their ambitions, said Al-Gergawi.
He affirmed that the initiative reflects Sheikh Mohammed’s vision in reigniting the Arab World’s Civilization Drive, support great Arab minds and acknowledge their work and achievements, in service of humanity.
A study conducted by KPMG, showed that ignorance costs the Arab world more than $2 trillion. The Great Arab Minds initiative aims, according to WAM, to change this reality and contribute to shaping a brighter future for Arab generations.
During an event organized in the Museum of the Future to announce the details of the initiative, Al-Gergawi witnessed the signing of four partnerships between “The Great Arab Minds” initiative and KPMG, LinkedIn, Meta, and Majarra.
The initiative’s mission is to search for exceptional talents among Arab scientists, thinkers, and innovators across key fields, aiming to identify, support and acknowledge leading thinkers in the region, amplify their impact and inspire future generations.
Over a 5-year period, “The Great Arab Minds” will reward scientists, thought leaders, scholars, and innovators across 6 categories: Natural Sciences (Physics and Chemistry), Medicine, Literature and Arts, Economics, Technology and Engineering, and Architecture & Design.
The initiative includes the “Mohammed bin Rashid Medal for Great Arab Minds,” which will be awarded to 6 winners of six categories each year.
The Great Arab Minds initiative aims to facilitate the recognition of Arab thought leaders, scholars, scientists, geniuses, and transforming their ideas to real-life breakthroughs and solutions.
It also aims at empowering cluster of Arab scientists and thinkers and building a network of Arab thinkers, scientists, and exceptional talents in various fields to work as one team to drive the Arab world’s intellectual renaissance.


US imposes new sanctions on Iran oil exports

US imposes new sanctions on Iran oil exports
Updated 27 min 52 sec ago

US imposes new sanctions on Iran oil exports

US imposes new sanctions on Iran oil exports
  • The US Treasury Department also slapped sanctions on a network of companies

WASHINGTON: The US on Thursday imposed sanctions on companies it suspects of involvement in Iran’s petrochemical and petroleum trade, including some based in China, as Washington warned of further actions to enforce its economic curbs on Tehran.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement Washington placed sanctions on two China-based companies, Zhonggu Storage and Transportation Co. Ltd, and WS Shipping Co. Ltd, part of attempts to thwart sanctions evasion on the sale of Iranian petroleum and petrochemical products.
The US Treasury Department also slapped sanctions on a network of companies involved in what it said was the sale of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of Iranian petrochemical and petroleum products to users in South and East Asia.
The action targeted Iranian brokers and front companies in countries including Hong Kong and India, the Treasury said in a statement.
Washington and Tehran’s indirect talks to revive a 2015 nuclear pact, the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), have broken down.
“As Iran continues to accelerate its nuclear program in violation of the JCPOA, we will continue to accelerate our enforcement of sanctions on Iran’s petroleum and petrochemical sales under authorities that would be removed under the JCPOA,” Blinken said in the statement.
“These enforcement actions will continue on a regular basis, with an aim to severely restrict Iran’s oil and petrochemical exports.”
Blinken warned anyone involved in such sales and transactions should stop immediately if they wish to avoid being subjected to US sanctions.