Saudi Arabia 'arrests Kuwaiti woman for driving diabetic father to hospital'

Kuwait Times reports that woman had been driving just over the border in Saudi Arabia when she was stopped by police.

The arrest comes a week after Saudi women got behind the wheel to protests against the kingdom's ban on female drivers.

A Kuwaiti woman was arrested in Saudi Arabia for trying to drive her father to hospital, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported, a week after Saudi women protested against a ban on female drivers.

Kuwaiti women are free to drive in their country and enjoy far more rights than those in Saudi Arabia, who are not allowed to travel abroad, open a bank account or work without permission from a male relative.

The English-language Kuwait Times said that the woman had been driving in an area just over the border, with her father in the passenger seat, when she was stopped by police. The woman, who said that her diabetic father could not drive and needed to be taken to hospital for treatment, was being held in custody pending an investigation, the paper said, citing police,the Guardian reported.


Boroujerdi: West’s Meddling in Syria Exacerbating Regional Terrorism

TEHRAN (FNA)- Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said the western countries' meddling in Syria has caused a spread of terrorism and deteriorated the security conditions in the region.

“The spread of terrorism and security threats to the countries of the region and the world has been the dire outcome of the meddling of the western powers and their regional allies in Syria,” Boroujerdi said in a meeting with Head of Kazakh Parliament’s International, Defense and Security Affairs Committee Suolen Ashymbayev.

Boroujerdi pointed to the dispatch of weapons, military training of terrorists and sending extremist forces to Syria as among the cases of foreign meddling in Syria, and said, “Miscalculations of some regional countries, meddling of foreign countries and insistence on a military solution to the crisis in Syria has resulted in severe human tragedies in Syria.”

Ashymbayev, for his part, pointed to the crisis in Syria, and said that the crisis in Syria does not have a military solution and the bloodshed in Syria can only be resolved through diplomatic and political methods, including continuation of national dialogue.

Last month, Iranian Parliament Speaker’s top advisor for international affairs Hossein Sheikholeslam said the western states’ meddling in Syria is exacerbating the situation, stressing that the only way to stop bloodshed in the country is the start of national dialogue among all Syrian groups through cooperation and contribution of the regional actors.

 “If foreign countries had not meddled in Syria, the country’s future would been very different. We seek the resolution of the Syrian issue within the region, since outsiders are pursuing their own interests,” Sheikholeslam pointed out.


Supreme Leader: US Politician Threatening to Nuke Iran Should Receive Slap in Mouth

TEHRAN -Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei deplored the recent threat to Iran by Sheldon Adelson, the main donor of the US Republican Party, saying he should receive a slap in the mouth for calling on Washington to use nuclear weapons against Iran,according to FNA.

“If Americans are telling the truth that they are serious about negotiation, they should slap these prating people in the mouth and crush their mouths,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing a large number of Iranian school and university students in Tehran on Sunday on the threshold of November 4, the anniversary of the US embassy takeover in Tehran back in 1979.

“A government (the US) which is under the illusion that it is responsible for world and nuclear issues doesn’t have a damn right to pose nuclear threat to another country,” he underlined.

"Today, Americans care the most for the decadent Zionist regime and circles because the (US) administration and Congress are dominated by powerful capitalists and Zionist companies..., but we are not forced to treat them with care,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

“We have said since the very first day (of the Islamic Revolution), and we do say it now and we will say it in future as well that that we believe the Zionist regime is an illegitimate and bastard regime,” he added.

The Iranian Supreme Leader's remarks came after Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson told a crowd at Yeshiva University in New York late in October that the only proper negotiating tactic with Iran would be fire a nuclear missile at the country and threaten to wipe out the entire population of Tehran, the nation's capital.

Adelson, the largest donor to the Republican Party and its affiliated groups, made the comments during a panel discussion hosted by Rabbi ShmuleyBoteach, Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens and Yeshiva University President Richard Joel. Adelson's remarks were videotaped by Philip Weiss of the news site Mondoweiss:

What are we going to negotiate about? I would say "Listen, you see that desert out there, I want to show you something." … You pick up your cell phone and you call somewhere in Nebraska and you say, "OK let it go." And so there’s an atomic weapon, goes over ballistic missiles, the middle of the desert, that doesn’t hurt a soul. Maybe a couple of rattlesnakes, and scorpions, or whatever. Then you say, "See! The next one is in the middle of Tehran. So, we mean business. You want to be wiped out? Go ahead and take a tough position and continue with your nuclear development. You want to be peaceful? Just reverse it all, and we will guarantee you that you can have a nuclear power plant for electricity purposes, energy purposes."

The comments came in response to questions about the recent diplomatic detente between the United States and Iran as the two sides seek an agreement over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program and an end to the economic sanctions imposed on the country.

An overly aggressive US foreign policy stance against Iran has been a driving force behind Adelson's political giving. In the 2012 election Adelson and his family gave more than $100 million to super PACs and other groups supporting Republican candidates. He held high-dollar fundraisers for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and even accompanied Romney when he travelled to Israel during the campaign.

Adelson is also a staunch supporter and major funder of right-wing political parties in Israel, where campaign finance laws allow parties and candidates to accept campaign contributions from foreigners. He has funded the largest circulation newspaper in his effort to provide editorial support for right-wing political efforts.


Turkish MP Calls on Erdogan Gov’t to Change Policy on Syria

TEHRAN - Most of the advocates of military aggression against Syria have accepted the necessity for the political settlement of the crisis in Syria, a Turkish legislator said, urging the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to change its hostile policies towards Syria.

“I have seen some documents showing that the government of Erdogan and the Turkish spy agency are cooperating with the terrorist groups in the Syrian territory,” RafiqArYilmaz told FNA in Ankara on Sunday.

Noting that most of the supporters of war on Syria have now resorted to peaceful solutions to the crisis in the country, he said, “The Qatari government has accepted to pay $20bln for the reconstruction of the Syrian state since it seeks to take its feet out of the Syrian issue and this has also been raised in a meeting in Iran too.”

The Arab countries have followed the US and revised their policies on Syria after all their betrayals of the country, Yilmaz said, adding, “The Ankara government has many times received warnings to revise its policy on Syria because Turkey has been left alone in the Syrian issue.”

Turkey has widely been criticized for its interference in the internal affairs of neighboring Syria.

In relevant remarks in July, a senior Turkish politician lambasted Erdogan for his interfering policies in Syria, saying his approach encourages civil war in Syria.

“Prime Minister Erdogan's policy for changing the Syrian government will yield no result but exacerbating the bloody civil war in the country,” Deputy Head of Turkey's National Movement OctayUzturk told FNA at the time.

“Turkey alone is never able to infiltrate in Syria or change the country’s ruling system,” he added.

Turkey is among the countries that support "militants" inside Syria. Ankara provides military training for anti-Damascus "militants" along its borders with Syria.

In recent months, thousands of the Turkish people took to the streets in different cities to protest against their government's interference in Syria.


Palestine's Fatah Adherent to Preserving Ties with Syria

RAMALLAH-The Central Committee of the Palestinian Movement "Fatah" has reiterated its adherence to maintaining ties with Syria and not interfering in Syria's internal affairs. It urged all Palestinian parties to respect this stance.

The Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported on Sunday that during a meeting yesterday, chaired by the Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, the Committee discussed the results of a visit by the Committee's member Abbas Zaki to Syria and called on all Palestinian parties to be adherent to the Palestinian national consensus and to bilateral relations with Syria.

The Committee also affirmed that the incessant Israeli settlement building activities in the Palestinian territories undermine the peace process.

"Settlement building is entirely illegal and void," stressed members of the committee.

Nabil Abou Rudain, Fatah spokesman pointed out that the committee is keen to liberate all the Palestinian prisoners and detainees from the Israeli jails.

H. Mustafa