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More than a year before the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS, approved a secret campaign to silence dissenters, the New York Times has reported. The campaign included surveillance, kidnapping, detention and torture of Saudis, said the report published on Sunday citing the US officials who have read classified intelligence reports about the effort. American officials referred to it as the Saudi Rapid Intervention Group, the Times said. One of the victims of this group was a university lecturer who reported on the situation of women and was tortured last year, prompting her to attempt suicide. Saudi Arabia has a longAl Jazeera
Kerala, India - Since the 1970s, the southern Indian state of Kerala has enjoyed opportunities stemming from its proximity to wealthy countries in the Gulf, around 2,500km away. About two million Kerala natives, predominantly Muslim working-age men, currently work in the region, mainly in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. "The financial contribution of migration to Kerala is unimaginable," said Irudaya Rajan, author and expert in Kerala's Gulf migration. The men's wives, locally known as "Gulf wives", number around one million. Left behind, they struggle with loneliness. Their husbands might visit once every three years. According to Rajan, 80 percent of women do not travel to visit their partnersEmirates24|7
Kim Kardashian West and Paris Hilton reunited for a belated birthday party. Photo: Instagram The 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' star partied with the heiress and socialite over the weekend and they documented the whole thing on social media. Photo: Instagram Speaking in a video clip, she said: "Happy birthday, Paris ... even though your birthday was ... months ago, this is how she celebrates. Months ... months and months. But she deserves it." Photo: Instagram And Paris captioned a video: "Love you @KimKardashian ... So much fun celebrating my birthday with you at #ClubParis" Photo: Instagram Paris previously insisted she is "incredibly proud" of Kim and she is "happy" for her reality TV starEmirates24|7
Anguished relatives were anxiously waiting Sunday for authorities to release the remains of those who were killed in massacres at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, while police announced the death toll from the racist attacks had risen to 50. Police Commissioner Mike Bush said police were working with pathologists and coroners to release the bodies as soon as they could. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said a small number of bodies would start being released to families Sunday evening, and authorities hoped to release all the bodies by Wednesday. Witnesses inside the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch describe the horrific scene when a gunman opened fire during Friday afternoon prayers.Egypt Independent
ADEN (Reuters) - Yemen's Huthi group said they were building their ballistic capabilities and their forces stand ready to strike Riyadh and Abu Dhabi if implementation of a UN peace deal in the port city of Hodeidah is breached. A spokesman of the Houthi forces said the group has a “stockpile of missiles” and the group can hit Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the two Gulf states leading the coalition backing the government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, whenever the military command decides on the timing. “We have intelligence asserting that the enemy is preparing for an escalation in Hodeidah and we are following their movements closely. Our forces stand ready for any requested andEmirates24|7
President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a cable of condolences to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, on the death of Princes Al-Bandari bint Abdulrahman bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Sheikh Khalifa expressed his heartfelt grief and sympathy with King Salman and prayed to Allah Almighty to rest the soul of the deceased in peace and to grant her an abode in Paradise. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai; and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, also dispatchedAl Jazeera
The Australian man allegedly responsible for livestreaming a massacre of Muslims as they prayed in New Zealand mosques was previously not known to security agencies in Australia or New Zealand, authorities have said. Brenton Tarrant, 28, accused of carrying out attacks on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday that resulted in the deaths of at least 50 people, including children, was charged with murder as he appeared in a district court on Saturday. Tarrant, described by Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison as an "extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist", expressed admiration for other violent white nationalists and his intention to "create an atmosphere of fear" and to "incite violence" against Muslims.