News – 2010.09.18

Published: September 18, 2010

SUSRIS Daily News – Excerpts from International Media Reports
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Abdullah Foundation For Charity Launched [Sep 18]
“The Kingdom has launched Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah International Foundation for Charity and Humanitarian Activities to serve Islam, the nation, people and humanity at large as well as spread tolerance and peace in the world. “The foundation has been instituted on the Islamic values of mutual support, cooperation and charitable deeds. It also aims at achieving welfare of the people and promotion of education,” Prince Khaled bin Abdullah, deputy chairman of the board of trustees of the foundation, said in a statement quoted by the Saudi Press Agency on Friday. The foundation aims to offer assistance to Muslims across the world by building mosques, Islamic centers and promoting interfaith dialogues in line with the aspirations of King Abdullah, Prince Khaled said..”
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PM Abhisit Explains Police General’s Promotion to Saudi Envoy [Sep 18]
“Saudi Arabia and Thailand on Saturday pledged to “work and resolve problems together” to mend their bilateral relations which further deteriorated following the recent appointment of a ranking police officer who had been under suspicion of involvement in the case, according to Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. Mr Abhisit’s remarks followed his meeting with Saudi Charge d’Affaires in Thailand Nabil Hussein Ashri earlier in the day. The meeting was also attended by Thai Foreign Affairs Minister Kasit Piromya. “Using documents to clarify the recent appointment of Provincial Police Region 5 Commander Pol Lt-Gen Somkid Boonthanom as Thailand’s new assistant national police chief to Saudi Arabia was insufficient and that was why I invited him for personal talks,”.. .. Gen Somkid has been the prime suspect in the premeditated murder of Mr al-Ruwaili, who was believed to have held vital information on the murder of four Saudi diplomats in Bangkok..”
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Saudi Shares Little Changed as Saudi Fransi, SABB Decline, Al Rajhi Climbs [Sep 18]
“Saudi Arabian shares were little changed on the first day of the week as investors came back from holidays and geared up for third-quarter earnings. Banque Saudi Fransi and Saudi British Bank, known as SABB, led losses while Al Rajhi Bank, the kingdom’s biggest publicly traded lender by market value, gained. The Tadawul All Share Index declined 0.3 percent at 1:12 p.m. in Riyadh to 6337.54. “The drop in oil yesterday is causing the market to stay relatively flat today,” said Anas Kassem, an investment analyst at Ajeej Capital in Riyadh. “Investors continue to come back from their Eid holidays and start positioning themselves for third quarter numbers.” The Muslim holiday of Eid-al-Fitr ended Sept. 13. Oil dropped to a two-week low yesterday on speculation that the U.S. economic recovery is slowing..”  [Complete Report]

30 Saudi Doctors Arrive to Assist Flood Victims [Sep 18]
“ In continuation of the arrival of medical and relief teams from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to help their brothers in Pakistan affected by the floods and provide them medical services and relief assistance, another Saudi medical team consisting of 30 Saudi doctors arrived on Wednesday. The team proceeded to the flood affected area of Muzaffargarh in Punjab on Friday and was received by HE the Ambassador of Khadim Al Haramain Al Sharifain in Pakistan Abdul Aziz Bin Ibrahim Al Ghadeer along with a number of officials from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. The arrival of the Saudi medical team comes under the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud to provide humanitarian aid to flood victims in Pakistan..”
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