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Pompeo blocks inclusion of Saudis on U.S. child soldiers list – sources

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blocked the inclusion of Saudi Arabia on a U.S. list of countries that recruit child soldiers, dismissing his experts’ findings that a Saudi-led coalition has been using under-age fighters in Yemen’s civil war, according to four people familiar with the matter. The decision, which… Read More

Trump administration reviewing foreign money to US colleges

AP — The U.S. Education Department has opened investigations into foreign funding at Georgetown University and Texas A&M University as part of a broader push to monitor international money flowing to American colleges. Both universities are being ordered to disclose years of financial records amid concerns they have not fully… Read More

Qatar sues Luxembourg, UAE, Saudi banks in FX manipulation case

Qatar said on Monday it had filed lawsuits against three banks, accusing them of using what it called overseas currency manipulation to sabotage its economy in the wake of an Arab boycott against the country in 2017. The cases, filed in London and New York, name Luxembourg-based Banque Havilland, the… Read More
7th March 2019
The 28 member states of the European Union all backed a decision on Thursday to reject a proposal from the EU executive to add Saudi Arabia to a blacklist of countries suspected of being lax on terrorist financing and money laundering. The decision comes after pressure from Riyadh and other… Read More
4th March 2019
European Union member states unanimously rejected on Friday a proposal to blacklist Saudi Arabia and four U.S. territories for lax controls on terrorism financing and money laundering, sources told Reuters. Saudi Arabia, a major importer of EU weapons and goods, had lobbied against being branded a “high-risk” country, as had… Read More
28th February 2019
The adoption of a European Union money-laundering blacklist, which includes Saudi Arabia as well as Puerto Rico and three other U.S. territories, could be blocked by EU governments under a procedure launched on Thursday, two EU diplomats told Reuters. Some governments opposed adopting the provisional list on Thursday, triggering a… Read More
21st February 2019
AP — Britain’s top diplomat has urged Germany to relax its ban on arms sales to Saudi Arabia because they are affecting U.K. sales of weapons to — and by extension its influence with — the oil-rich kingdom. The German weekly Der Spiegel reported Wednesday that British Foreign Minister Jeremy… Read More
15th February 2019
The European Commission on Tuesday adopted a list of countries it says has weak anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regimes, and urged banks to increase customer due diligence (CDD) checks on customers and firms from the blacklisted states. The list was established after an ‘in-depth’ analysis, the Commission explained, and… Read More
11th February 2019
A former sales boss at a London firm has pleaded guilty over allegations he made corrupt offers to influence officials in Saudi Arabia to award the company contracts worth billions. British national David Lufkin, who worked as Global Head of Sales for Petrofac International Limited, is now awaiting sentencing… Read More
8th February 2019
A year before Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told an aide he would use “a bullet” on the journalist if he did not return home and end his criticism of the government, the New York Times reported on Thursday. The crown prince’s comments to… Read More
1st February 2019
The European Commission has added Saudi Arabia to an EU draft list of countries that pose a threat to the bloc because of lax controls against terrorism financing and money laundering, two sources told Reuters on Friday. The move comes amid heightened international pressure on Saudi Arabia after the murder… Read More
1st February 2019
An MP on a parliamentary media committee has reportedly called for transparency about the ownership of the London Evening Standard following a report that the newspaper’s main owners are refusing to reveal the identity of a new stakeholder. According to the Financial Times, the paper’s Russian owner Evgeny Lebedev… Read More
31st January 2019
Saudi Arabia has ended a sprawling crackdown on corruption ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that it said had recovered more than $106 billion through settlements with scores of senior princes, ministers and top businessmen. Under the surprise campaign launched in November 2017, the government summoned 381 people, some… Read More