Friday, March 5

US MILITARY WAGES WAR ON EXTREMISM IN ITS OWN RANKS

General
Nearly two months after some active service personnel and veterans took part in the deadly attack on the US Capitol, the United States military has begun to tackle extremism within its ranks - but the fight promises to be a difficult one, by the very admission of its leaders. New Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, the first African-American to hold the position, ordered all units to hold a day of discussions on right-wing and white supremacist extremism. "It concerns me to think that anyone wearing the uniform of a soldier, or sailor, airman, Marine or guardian or Coast Guardsmen would espouse these sorts of beliefs, let alone act on it," Mr Austin said in a video recorded for the discussion days. "But they do. Some of them still do." In a country where freedom of speech is enshri...

HRC President Meets with British Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion and Belief

Politics
Riyadh, Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad, President of the Human Rights Commission, discussed today with British Prime Minister's Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion and Belief Lord Ahmed of Wimbledon a number of issues of common interest between the two countries, in particular those related to human rights. During the virtual meeting, Al-Awwad highlighted the great reforms implemented by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the fields of human rights and empowering a woman with a support of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Saudi and a direct and continuous follow-up of HRH the Crown Prince.   Source: Saudi Press Agency

CITC Launches ‘Game Mode’ Initiative to Support Video Games Market

Sports
Riyadh, The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) launched the ‘Game Mode’ initiative, with the aim of enhancing Saudi Arabia’s booming gaming sector. This comes within the framework of CITC’s work to encourage healthy competition among telecom operators to provide the best experience for gamers, raise the level of transparency in the market, and enable investors and the public with key data and indicators on the sector’s performance. The Game Mode initiative includes the launch of a quarterly award for the internet service provider with the best response time for video gaming, a key indicator of the network’s performance. In addition, the commission will start the publication of quarterly reports comparing response times among service providers across some of the mo...

375 New Confirmed Covid-19 Cases, 336 Recoveries Reported, in Saudi Arabia

Medical
Riyadh, Official Spokesman of the Ministry of Health Dr. Mohammed Al-Abdulaali said in a press conference today that 375 new confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; thus bringing the total number to 378,708 confirmed cases, including 2,581 active cases receiving necessary medical care. Of these, there are 503 critical cases, while the health condition of the rest is stable. Dr. Al-Abdulaali also said that 336 new recoveries have been recorded, bringing the total recoveries to 369,613 cases. Also, four new deaths have been reported; bringing the total deaths to 6,514. The number of people who received the COVID-19 vaccine in the Kingdom reached more than one million, Dr. Al-Abdulaali said.   Source: Saudi Press Agency

Bahrain Condemns Terrorist Houthi Militia’s Launch of Ballistic Missile, Drone towards Saudi Arabia

General
Manama, The Kingdom of Bahrain has condemned the launch of a ballistic missile by the Iran-backed terrorist Houthi militia towards the city of Jizan, and a drone towards the city of Khamis Mushait in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in a cowardly terrorist attack targeting civilians, as BNA reported. In a statement issued today by the Bahraini Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bahrain praised the readiness and vigilance of the Saudi Royal Air Defense Forces and the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen, which intercepted and destroyed the missile and the drone. The Bahraini Ministry affirms the Kingdom of Bahrain's standing and full solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the security measures it takes to deter these Houthi terrorist attacks and protect citizens and residents on its ter...

Jordanian FM denounces Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia

Politics
Al-Oyoun, Rabat, Jordanian Minister of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs Ayman Al-Safadi expressed his country's absolute denunciation of the Houthi militia attacks on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, confirming the solidarity of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan with Saudi Arabia and the support for whatever steps it takes to protect its security and stability as well as the safety of its people. In a joint press conference with his Moroccan counterpart Nasser Buraita in the Moroccan city of Al-Oyoun today, Al-Safadi stressed the pivotal role Saudi Arabia is playing in the region, citing its support for the joint Arab action and achievement of security and stability in the Arab region. He also paid tribute to his country's relations with the GCC member countries, confirming Jordan's support for...