Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Saudi helicopter crash reportedly kills high-ranking prince

The 32-year-old crown prince often known as MBS has projected himself as a liberal reformer in the ultra-conservative kingdom The 32-year-old crown prince often known as MBS has projected himself as a liberal reformer in the ultra-conservative kingdom
Andrew Cummings | 06 November, 2017, 02:05

The news channel Al-Ekhbariya announced the death of Prince Mansour bin Moqren, the deputy governor of Asir province and son of a former crown prince.

Earlier, Kingdom Holding reported it swung to a third quarter profit after restating the same year ago period to a loss.

A top security official, Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, was detained and replaced as minister of the powerful National Guard by Prince Khaled bin Ayyaf, consolidating Prince Mohammed's control of security institutions which had previously been headed by separate branches of the ruling family.

Other names listed were of businessmen, including Bakr bin Laden, chairman of Saudi Binladin Group, Alwaleed Al Ibrahim, owner of television network MBC, and Khalid Al Mulheim, former director general at Saudi Arabian Airlines. Prince Alwaleed's arrest is sure to send shockwaves both through the kingdom and the world's major financial centres. The 62-year-old is one of the largest shareholders in Citigroup and also owns stakes in News Corp and Twitter. Phone lines to the hotel have been cut off since Sunday morning.

The 32-year-old crown prince has been seeking to attract greater worldwide investments and improve the country's reputation as a place to do business.

"People will be looking at any kind of global holdings of the people who have been arrested, to see what will be the impact".

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Adams left the game in the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury, however, and wasn't involved in the Panthers' final stop. The win keeps the Panthers (6-3) a half-game behind the Saints in the NFC South after New Orleans beat Tampa Bay 30-10.

An American woman just made history at the annual NYC Marathon
Kenyan Mary Keitany , who had won in NY in each of the past three years and set a world record in April, finished second. Emmanuel Mutai from Kenya settled second in 2:03:13 followed by Ethiopian Abera Kuma in 2:05:56 and Kamworor 2:06:39.

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The commander added that Iraqi forces have also established control over the nearby Al-Qaim border crossing. The US-led coalition congratulated the Iraqi government and the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) in a statement.

Prince Alwaleed's investments, current and future, may now be in doubt after he was detained in an investigation by a new Saudi anti-corruption body.

"The homeland will not exist unless corruption is uprooted and the corrupt are held accountable", the royal decree said.

President Trump has spoken with the king of Saudi Arabia to offer a wholehearted endorsement of a drive to modernize the kingdom, as the Saudi authorities arrested scores of prominent business people and ministers in a sweeping anti-corruption crackdown.

The crash also comes after Saudi Arabia on Saturday intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile near Riyadh´s worldwide airport after it was sacked from Yemen in an escalation of the kingdom´s war against Iran-backed Huthi rebels.

Al-Arabiya said that the anti-corruption committee had the right to investigate, arrest, ban from travel or freeze the assets of anyone it deemed corrupt.

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