Saudi King Abdullah (L) visiting Prince Mohammed bin Nayef (R) who escaped an assassination attempt via alarabiya
In Saudi Arabia, the Interior Minister survived an assassination attempt in his home by a suicide bomber according to news sources.
Prince Muhammed bin Nayef is a top security official and has been involved in the kingdom’s aggressive anti-terrorism campaign.
The suicide bomber was a wanted militant and had been insisting on meeting with the Prince to announce he was giving himself up to authorities, according to the Saudi Press Agency. Prince bin Nayef was meeting well-wishers for the Islamic holiday of Ramadan which is based on the idea of giving praise to God and Thanks, and receiving His Mercy, the Saudi News Agency said reported.
Allegedly, the terrorist was approaching to greet the Prince and slightly tripped once as he was walking towards him.
And as the terrorist continued to prepare to shake the Prince’s hand an outside call to the bombers mobile phone detinated the self strapped explosives.
The Saudi Press Agency reports the bomber as remarkably the only casualty. And the Prince escaped with minor injuries.
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Capital of Saudi, Riyadh, via wayfaring
A man participating in a rally in support of Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya lies injured on the ground after being shot in the head in Tegucigalpa, Thursday, July 30, 2009. The man was shot by someone in a nearby building while police were firing in the air, according to witnesses. The man's condition is unknown. Zelaya was removed from power on June 28 in a coup. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
Honduras’ Supreme Court says oustedPresident Manuel Zelaya will face trial if he returns to his country according to the Associated Press. And that the current charges against him include treason and abuse of power.
It says the President was exiled in Costa Rica during the June 28th Military Coup after he ignored the High Court’s orders to revoke giving citizens the right to vote on whether or not they wanted a special assembly to rewrite the constitution.
However, Latin American governments have been seeking to reinstate President Zelaya.
According to theAFP, The Organization of American States(OAS) has suspended the country’s membership because of the coup.
And Argentine diplomats have bunkered themselves down and are ignoring the military backed governments deadline to leave Honduras.
The AFPsays that according to diplomatic sources the Argentine Minister of Affairs Alejandro Amura is following orders from his country which is refusing to recognize the government which gained power in the June coup.
In an constitutional order building attempt Foreign Ministers are scheduling to visit Honduras on the week of August 24th (Monday and Tuesday) under the Costa Rican President’s proposed plan.
Ministers and diplomatic chiefs from Argentina, Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and the OAS Secretary General are said to be in attendance according to the AFP.
Honduran President via yimg
Nigeria via oyiboso
Eleven Bank executives in Nigeria have been arrested and are being held by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) according to the Daily Independent.
It says the EFCC has been investigating money laundering within banks since 2008. And that the EFCC has been informed that some bank officials have fled their homes even while being watch listed.
Those in custody represent the following banks: former FinBank MD, International Capital Market MD, Intercontinental Trustees MD, International Securities MD, First Inland Securities MD, former Union Bank MD, MD Falcon Security a subsidiary of FinBank, Oceanic Trustees MD, First Inland Capital Market MD and Oceanic Securities MD.
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World Humanitarian Day Poster from UNIC in Jakarta
For the first time relief and aid workers are being honoured around the world.
August 19th, 2009 marks the initial annual World Humanitarian Day according to Reuters.
It says today coincides with the anniversary of an Iraqi truck bombing which fatally wounded twenty two people at United Nations (UN) Headquarters in Baghdad six years ago.
The United Nations told Reuters that in the past ten years seven hundred aid workers have been killed during attacks, kidnappings and robberies. And that this day pays homage to them.
Yemen via bp.blogspot.com
Yemen’s Foreign Minister says there is a war going on now in his country. And that Shite rebels are to blame for this month’s recent clashes in the northwest according to Reuters.
It says government sources are reporting that Yemeni security forces killed a Houthi leader during the recent clashes in northern Amran.
Yemen via topnes
Foreign Minister Abubark Al-Qirbi says the Houthi group was trying to attack government premises, occupy schools, blockaded roads and even govern certain territories according to Reuters. The Foreign Minister also says things exploded after the government tried to call for dialogue with the rebels in hopes of getting them to stop.
The rebels oppose the government’s alliance with the United States according to Reuters. And say they are defending their villages against government oppression. The rebels belong to the Shi’ite Zaydi sect and want Zaydi schools in their area.
Clashes between the government and Houthi rebels has been intermittent since 2004. And the country which is one of the poorest in the Arab world is also dealing with violent secessionist unrest in the south and a growing threat from al Qaeda militancy.
South Korean (left) and North Korean (right) flag via whdh.com
North Korea says it will reopen its borders with South Korea.
But the country also says it will also remain on special alert because of ongoing joint military drills conducted by South Korea and America according to the Associated Press.
South Korean Tourists Playing near Diamond Mountain Resport vit ibtimes
AP also says North Korea will reinstate South Korean run tours to its Diamond Mountain resort and northern city of Kaesong. And families seperated by the border will be allowed to reunite.
Last year South Korea and North Korea suspended all tours after a South Korean tourist was shot to death on Diamond Mountain according to AP.
Murder Victim Park Wang-ja in South Korea via fox news
It says South Korea halted all tours to the mountain resort after North Korea rejected the call for a joint investigation citing that the tourist had entered a military zone.
And that North Korea stopped all tours to Kaesong late last year over rising tensions with South Korea regarding the policies of South Korea’s leader. President Lee Myung-bak is known to take a harder political stance regarding North Korea’s alleged breach to its commitment on nuclear disarmament.