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Riyadh, SPA 

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has stressed that it attaches great importance to the fight against financial crimes in general and the crimes of money laundering, terror financing and proliferation of arms in particular, it was reported here today.


Keen to find advanced ways and methods to provide the required capabilities to combat money laundering, terror financing and arms proliferation, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has taken the necessary measures in order to develop its legislative, institutional and professional systems, in line with the international standards and requirements of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and international best practices in this regard.


This came in a speech delivered here yesterday by the Deputy President of Anti-money Laundering Permanent Committee of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Adel bin Hamad Al-Qulaish during a workshop titled "Financial investigation in support of investigations and prosecutions related to money laundering offenses" organized by the committee in cooperation with the International Monetary Fund.


Source:-SPA

 

Hollywood 

By Heide Julz

 Jullian Moore announced that she will star in Apple’s upcoming Lisey’s Story limited series, based on King’s 2006 horror-romance novel. Much like Hulu’s Castlerock, Lisey’s Story will be produced by J.J. Abrams’s Bad Robot Productions.

Moore will play the titular role of Lisey Landon, a woman who begins to uncover the terrible, fantastical, reality-bending truth about her author husband two years following his death. After basically speaking the series into existence by, you know, mentioning out loud how he’s dying for a Lisey’s Story adaptation, King is reportedly set to write all eight hour-long episodes of the show.

Sources IMDB- Vulture 

Associated press 

BENGHAZI, Libya — The United States has temporarily withdrawn some of its forces from Libya due to "security conditions on the ground," a top military official said Sunday as a Libyan commander's forces advanced toward the capital of Tripoli and clashed with rival militias.

A small contingent of American troops has been in Libya in recent years, helping local forces combat Islamic State and al Qaeda militants, as well as protecting diplomatic facilities.


"The security realities on the ground in Libya are growing increasingly complex and unpredictable," said Marine Corps Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, the head of U.S. Africa Command. "Even with an adjustment of the force, we will continue to remain agile in support of existing U.S. strategy."

He did not provide details on the number of U.S. troops that have been withdrawn or how many remain in the country.

India also evacuated a small contingent of peacekeepers. The Indian foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, said the country's 15 Central Reserve Police Force peacekeepers were evacuated Saturday from Tripoli because the "situation in Libya has suddenly worsened" and fighting has moved into the capital city.

The self-styled Libyan National Army, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, launched a surprise offensive against the capital last week, a move that could potentially drag the country back into civil war. Libya has been gripped by unrest since the 2011 uprising that overthrew and killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. In recent years, the country has been governed by militants belonging to the brotherhood leaded by Qatar and Turkey , where the  authorities in the east and in Tripoli, in the west, each backed by various armed groups.

 

Fayez Sarraj, head of government in Tripoli, accused Hifter of "betraying" him.

"We have extended our hands towards peace, but after the aggression that has taken place on the part of forces belonging to Hifter and his declaration of war against our cities and our capital ... he will find nothing but strength and firmness," al-Sarraj said Saturday in televised comments.

Sarraj and Hifter held talks in Abu Dhabi in late February, their first confirmed meeting since November 2018, when they agreed that national elections were necessary, according to the U.N.

Hifter is seeking to capture the capital and seize military control of the whole country before U.N.-sponsored talks due to start next week that were designed to set a time frame for possible elections in the oil-rich country.

The U.N. envoy for Libya, Ghassan Salame, said the U.N. is determined to hold the planned conference.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Libyan factions to return to negotiations, saying that "there is no military solution to the Libya conflict."

"We have made clear that we oppose the military offensive by Khalifa Hifter's forces and urge the immediate halt to these military operations against the Libyan capital," Pompeo said in a statement.

Fighting was underway Sunday at the international airport, some 15 miles from central Tripoli, after Hifter claimed to have seized the area. The airport was destroyed in a previous bout of militia fighting in 2014. Hifter said his forces had launched airstrikes targeting rival militias on the outskirts of Tripoli.

The two sides reported that at least 35 people, including civilians, had been killed since Thursday.

The fighting has displaced hundreds of people, the U.N. migration agency said.

 

By Saudi Writer:Mohammad Al sheikh 

It seems that the conflict In Libya will end soon .And that the leader of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa  Hafter, has taken a green light in clearing the capital Tripoli from criminal gangs and crushing the terrorist militias that control the situation in the capital.


Fayez al-Sarraj, president of the Libyan Presidential Council, does not seem to control the situation in Tripoli. Rather, it is the brotherly and terrorist militias supported and financed by the Turkey-Qatar axis.

So when the war was declared against the army, These gangs and militias that effectively control power in the Libyan west, especially in Tripoli; Faye's Al- Sarajevo left behind Hafter to deal with them ,as there seems to be a secret agreement between Hafter and Al-Sarraj when they finally met in Abu Dhabi.

The deal is in my opinion that the army is to trim the nails of these terrorist gangs and get them out of the capital, according to the deal in Al-Wefaq treatment on 15 of April as promised by  UN envoy Ghassan Salameh. In my estimation, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, who recently visited Libya, implicitly agreed that the army would carry out the task of cleansing Tripoli of the armed militias, provided that the Field Marshal obeyed the rules of engagement, he said in his statement as he left Libya.

All these indicators confirm that an international and regional decision was taken from the international and regional capitals to end the conflict in Libya, and that Marshal HAfter  is acting on an agreed road map and that the terrorist militias have decided to liquidate it and remove them from Libya, despite the noses of Turks and Qataris.

The rapid progress of the Libyan National Army forces and the popular welcome received by the battalions of this army in the Libyan south of the population make it more likely that the papers in the hands of Marshal Hafter, both military and political, especially the international and regional ones, are stronger and with much of the paper in the hands of the militias. Which has shown that the army will be (likely) balance of interactions in the course of the situation on the Libyan arena, and it is also clear that things are going to repeat the experience of Egypt after the Muslim Brotherhood left it . So in Libya after cleansing the capital and the rest of the cities of the west of the Libyan armed militias, There, he will resign from the army leadership, enter a candidate in the elections, and because he (the hero), who has saved Libya from the wrangling of more than eight years, will be the first candidate to win, becoming the first president of the Democratic Republic of Libya.

Fayez Al-Sarraj will be the most powerful competitor of HAfter , but he certainly does not have the popularity of The Marshal . In addition, he failed to get Libya out of its crisis after the Skhirat Conference in Morocco. I do not think he will be a real candidate for Hafter.

Turkey and the State of Qatar seem to be emerging from the conflict they launched at first, without any political or economic gains, just as they lost in Egypt. In addition, Turkey today is not the swollen Turkey of yesterday, And he is now facing from within his party a sharp criticism of his regional interventions and his struggles on more than one front. Among these criticisms is his struggle with the State of Qatar in Libya; therefore, Erdogan is unlikely to show any real resistance to stabilizing his feet there. Worth it without a Turkish ally.

by :Heidi Julz

In Monday U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, announced that the actress Allison Mack is guilty upon a sex cult case .

The actress who is 36 years, was punished by the court,as she is guilty for blackmailing two women as part of an alleged New York sex cult that prosecutors called a racketeering operation that carried out sex trafficking and other crimes.

Mack admitted that she coerced the two unnamed women into performing services by threatening to release damaging information about them.

As she tried to hold back her tears she confessed that she is guilty;

“I have come to the conclusion that I must take full responsibility for my conduct and that’s why I am pleading guilty today,” said Allison Mack

Through it all, I believed that Keith Raniere's intentions were to help people," she said. "I was wrong. I now realise that I and others engaged in criminal conduct."

In other side according to Reuters, There was no mention at the plea hearing of any agreement by Mack to cooperate with prosecutors against Raniere, who is expected to go on trial later this month. Mack's lawyers declined to provide any further details about her plea deal.

Raniere, 58, was arrested on sex trafficking charges in March 2018, and is being held without bail. Mack was arrested the following month.

Prosecutors accused Raniere of running a cult-like secret society within his organisation, Nxivm , in which women were branded with his initials, put on extremely restrictive diets and forced to have sex with him.

Last month, prosecutors unsealed new charges accusing Raniere of sexually exploiting a minor and coercing her to produce child pornography.

Raniere has pleaded not guilty. Marc Agnifilo, one of his lawyers, declined to comment on the case after Monday's hearing. Agnifilo has previously said that his client's sexual encounters with women in the organisation were consensual, and denied the child pornography charges.

Sources:Reuters-vulture


WASHINGTON (Castle Journal)

By | Christian Megan 

   Egypt's president H.E Abdul Fattah AlSisi started an official visit to US ,Monday ,where he will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump in the White House tomorrow  . 

The visit of the Egyptian leader comes as an invitation of president Trump to discuss different issues belong to Egypt and the latest events the Middle East that Witness  violence recently.

Officials of the White House and from Trump's administration said that president Trump will receive the Egyptian president Abdul Fattah AlSisi in the White House at Tuesday and the leaders will discuss number of important issues such as ; their bilateral relations, the tensions in the Middle East , the war in Libya and the situation in Syria, after announcing The occupied lands in Jolan to belong to Israel, the critical condition in Yemen, as well the cold war with Iran,The cut off relations with Qatar, also the war on terrorism ,economic reform and human rights in Egypt and will discuss the editing of  the constitution in Egypt !

The U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of the visit, said the two leaders would also discuss the development of civil society in Egypt and, in a nod to concerns of Vice President Mike Pence, its treatment of religious minorities, including Christians.according to Reuters 

Observers of the visit who are interested with Egyptian and US relations said that the visit came in difficult time but the presidents are friends and will hold strong ties between the both countries, however president Trump will insist to support the file of freedom in Egypt and human rights.Also the president is interested in the changes of the last constitution in Egypt.

 The US official said to Reuters that the administration was encouraging Egypt to develop democratic institutions while being mindful of U.S. security interests.

"The president views the relationship with Egypt, as he does all of our ... relationships with foreign countries ... through the lens of America First and what serves our interest," the official said.

Military issues also may be on the agenda of discussion , as Egypt  has reportedly signed a $2 billion deal with Russia to buy more than 20 Sukhoi SU-35 fighter jets, as well as weapons for the aircraft.The matter that caused a worrisome to US.

According to Reuters too , it is Asked if the White House would discuss the purchase with the visiting Egyptian leader and whether it could possibly trigger U.S. sanctions, the official cautioned that U.S. law gives the president very little flexibility over sanctions imposed on those who do business with Russian defence sectors.

"Countries that engage in those purchases need to know that we are extremely limited in what we can do to mitigate," the official said, noting that the United States had already faced similar situations with China, India and Turkey.

In Egypt and before the summit with AlSisi and Trump,there is a worry about the discussion of the Palestinian case as well as what is known with the " century deal " where The Egyptians are afraid of any solution comes over the  Egyptian lands .

 

 

The study published in ; Micro biome.

 

 According to the Microbiome magazine published a study belong to NASA who discovered in the International Space Station (ISS) hundreds of  Germs and fingerprints returned to astronauts from 20 years , Yet even after all these years, a little part of each visitor remains, like a signature in the station's guest book.

The most extensive microbial inventory to date has now found an astonishing diversity of germs on board the ISS, and most are from humans, potentially going back to the very first visitors.

A veritable smorgasbord of bacteria and fungi, this ever-growing, ever-changing community has the microbial fingerprint of a gym, hospital or office. Just like any other communal space in which humans find themselves, it too could pose a threat to our health.

Microbes are everywhere here on Earth, and not all of them are bad, but some of those discovered on board the ISS, including Staphylococcus and Enterobacter, are known to be opportunistic, sometimes causing infections in humans.

"Whether these opportunistic bacteria could cause disease in astronauts on the ISS is unknown,' says one of the study authors, Aleksandra Checinska Sielaff, a microbiologist at Washington State University.

"This would depend on a number of factors, including the health status of each individual and how these organisms function while in the space environment."

Microbes are known to survive in extreme environments, and space is pretty challenging. Even within the sealed system of the ISS, these germs are subjected to microgravity, radiation, elevated carbon dioxide, and the recirculation of air through HEPA filters.

As humans are aspiring to venture farther out into space, it's important for us to understand what happens with our germs out there.

"This is even more important for astronauts during spaceflight, as they have altered immunity and do not have access to the sophisticated medical interventions available on Earth," says co-author Kasthuri Venkateswaran, a microbiologist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Sampling the surfaces in eight locations throughout the ISS, including the viewing window, toilet, exercise platform, dining table, and sleeping quarters, the extensive study measured the station's microbial community over the course of 14 months.

What they found was a thriving community of microbes, but while the fungal groups were relatively stable over time, the bacterial groups appeared to fluctuate along with the ever-changing crew.

At 26 percent, the most prominent bacteria was Staphylococcus, followed by Enterobacter at 23 percent and Bacillus at 11 percent. Meanwhile, the most abundant fungi were easily Rhodotorula, taking up 40 percent of the entire community.

All four microbes are associated with infections here on Earth.

But it's not just astronaut health that the authors are concerned with. They argue that the integrity of the ISS itself should also be investigated, given that some of the microbes they found are associated with corrosion.

"In addition to understanding the possible impact of microbial and fungal organisms on astronaut health," says Camilla Urbaniak, a microbiologist at NASA's JPL, "understanding their potential impact on spacecraft will be important to maintain structural stability of the crew vehicle during long term space missions when routine indoor maintenance cannot be as easily performed."

Particularly worrisome is the fact that many of the microbes detected on the ISS are known to form biofilms - a thin, slimy layer that adheres to surfaces.

The authors explain that this could cause problems for the astronauts if they become infected, because biofilms are known to promote resistance to bacteria.

"Also, biofilm formation on the ISS could decrease infrastructure stability by causing mechanical blockages, reducing heat transfer efficiency, and inducing microbial influenced corrosion," the authors add.

This study has been published in Microbiome.

 

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