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Foreign Minister off to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

COLOMBO (News 1st) – Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Sabry, PC is scheduled to make an official visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 23-27 January 2023.The visit will take place on an invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud.The Minister is scheduled to meet with Foreign Minister Farhan Al Saud and discuss further enhancement of the cordial bilateral relations. The Minister will also meet with the senior officials of the Islamic Development Bank, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Governors of Mecca and Medina.

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Sri Lankans - Sri Lanka to stop sending workers as housemaids; Over 300,000 registered as expats in 2022 - newsfirst.lk - Japan - Sri Lanka - Kuwait - Qatar - Saudi Arabia
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Sri Lanka to stop sending workers as housemaids; Over 300,000 registered as expats in 2022
COLOMBO (News 1st) – Sri Lanka will stop sending workers overseas to serve as housemaids from March 2023, said the country's Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment Manusha Nanayakkara on Monday (19).He said that a program will be introduced to send Sri Lankans as domestic aides overseas by adopting an international standard.The Minister said that measures will be taken to ensure that Sri Lankans leave for overseas employment via legal channels, and for their earnings to be remitted to the country legally.The Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment said multiple programs will be introduced for the benefit of Sri Lankan expatriates, including the provision of a vehicle import permit, and a pension scheme.Sri Lanka recently opened a special gate named the ‘HOPE GATE’ at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake, for workers leaving and returning from foreign countries, where all necessary facilities are provided to expatriate workers at the airport.The Minister said that for the first time in the history of the country, the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau registered and facilitated over 300,000 expatriate workers in 2022.A majority of these workers have travelled to Kuwait, and that figure is 76,579.In addition, a total of 69,992 people left for Qatar, and another 51,421 people left for Saudi Arabia for employment.A further 4,410 Sri Lankans left for Japan for employment as well.
Video: Rome’s historic Spanish Steps damaged after driver takes wrong turn down staircase - fox29.com - Italy - Spain - Saudi Arabia
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Video: Rome’s historic Spanish Steps damaged after driver takes wrong turn down staircase
visiting Rome, Italy, told authorities he took a wrong turn and drove his car onto the country’s historic Spanish Steps, damaging them. Surveillance video captured the moments a Maserati SUV drove straight onto the staircase and can be seen bumping its way down the stairs as it disappears from view. From the base of the staircase, another surveillance camera captures what appear to be headlights shining down the right side of the steps and the front of a vehicle can be seen. A zoomed-in angle of the video footage shows a person with what appears to be a flashlight inspecting the front of the car. Freeze frame of surveillance video showing a car driving onto the Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy. (Polizia Roma Capitale via Storyful)Italian police were able to determine the car was a rental and managed to identify the driver as a 37-year-old man from Saudi Arabia. The driver was detained after he dropped off the rental car at Milan’s Malpensa Airport. The man had allegedly told authorities that he had gotten confused by his navigation system which led him to take the wrong turn onto the iconic staircase, according to local news media. A complaint has been filed against the man which includes aggravated damage to cultural and monumental assets, according to Italian police. The Spanish Steps were built at the beginning of the 18th century and connect the Piazza di Spagna (Square of Spain) to the Church of Trinità dei Monti. There are 135 steps that make up the staircase and are a popular tourist attraction.
Saudi Arabia kills 81 men in kingdom’s biggest mass execution in decades - globalnews.ca - Russia - Saudi Arabia - Ukraine - Isil
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Saudi Arabia kills 81 men in kingdom’s biggest mass execution in decades
Jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi freed, but hurdles remain to join family in Quebec “These individuals, totalling 81, were convicted of various crimes including murdering innocent men, women and children,” the statement read.“Crimes committed by these individuals also include pledging allegiance to foreign terrorist organizations, such as ISIS (Islamic State), al-Qaeda and the Houthis,” it added.The ministry did not say how the executions were carried out.The men included 37 Saudi nationals who were found guilty in a single case for attempting to assassinate security officers and targeting police stations and convoys, the statement added.The mass execution is likely to bring back attention to Saudi Arabia’s human rights record at a time when world powers have been focused on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.Rights groups have accused Saudi Arabia of enforcing restrictive laws on political and religious expression, and criticized it for using the death penalty, including for defendants arrested when they were minors.Read full story“There are prisoners of conscience on Saudi death row, and others arrested as children or charged with non-violent crimes,” Soraya Bauwens, deputy director of anti-death penalty charity Reprieve, said in a statement.Saudi women can now get a passport without male consent“We fear for every one of them following this brutal display of impunity,” she added.Saudi Arabia denies accusations of human rights abuses and says it protects its national security through its laws.The state SPA news agency said the accused were provided with the right to an attorney and were guaranteed their full rights under Saudi law during the judicial process.The kingdom executed 63 people in one day in 1980, a year after
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