The new king of Saudi Arabia moved quickly Friday to assure global energy markets that the country would maintain its strategy of pushing other top exporters to maintain a high level of oil production.
Sadad al-Husseini, a former executive vice president and board member of Saudi Aramco, the national oil company said in a telephone interview: “There is no near-term reason to modify the kingdom’s position,” the New York Times reported.
NCRI – A document discovered by the French police on the computer of Cherif Kouachi, the man responsible for the January 7 killings in Paris, shows that he had called the decree by Khomeini (founder of the clerical regime in Iran) to kill a British novelist as fully justified.
The New York Times of January 17 explained that the evidence that the French police had discovered on the computer of Cherif Kouachi in 2010 included a document in which he describes the fatwa against novelist Salman Rushdie as being “fully justified”.
NCRI - Many Iranian teachers did not attend schools in cities across Iran on Tuesday and Wednesday in protest against the lack of adequate income and facing difficult living conditions.
Teachers in the cities of Islamshahr, Robat Karim, Qods City, Shahriar, Shiraz, Shahrood, Saqez, Baneh and Marivan did not attend schools, the state-run ILNA news agency reported.
The White House on Friday admitted that the chances of reaching a deal to curb Iran's nuclear program were only 50 percent, AFP reported.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said: "The likelihood of success in these diplomatic talks are at best 50/50."
Suspected murder of the Argentine prosecutors and the role of the Iranian regime in international terrorism
On January 18th 2015, Alberto Nisman, the Argentine prosecutor in charge of the investigation of the bombing of the Argentine Jewish Center in Buenos Aires, was found dead in suspicious circumstances in his apartment. The 1994 blast left 85 dead and hundreds wounded. In the early stages of the investigation into the Jewish center bombing, a number of the high Iranian regime officials were suspected.
In particular, Rafsanjani, Ali Fallahian, the regime’s Minister of Intelligence and Security at the time, Ahmad Vahidi, the former commander of the Quds Force and Ahmadinejad’s Defense Minister, Ali Akbar Velayati, the regime’s Foreign Minister at the time, and Mullah Rabbani, the Iranian regime’s cultural attaché at the Iranian embassy in Argentina, were all mentioned in the investigation.
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has passed away, the Royal Court said in a statement early on Friday.
“With great sorrow and grief His Highness Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and all members of the family and the nation mourn the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who passed away at exactly 1 a.m. this morning,” the Saudi Royal court statement said.
NCRI - Nine more prisoners hanged in Iran, including three in public as the wave of executions continues under Hassan Rouhani.
Three men were put to death in the city of Bonab in the East Azarbaijan province on Wednesday morning.
The Medical Committee of the PMOI - Camp Liberty:
Residents’ medical expenditures reached $4,754,000 for 2013 and 2014
907 residents, including 245 women, are waiting for urgent treatment with 117 of them in waiting list since 2012
NCRI - The Medical Committee of the PMOI – Camp Liberty announced in a statement that the medical expenditures of Liberty residents in 2013 and 2014 amounted to $2,168,866 and $2,585,610 respectively for a total of $4,754,476. This includes medicine, medical and dental material, and surgeries in Baghdad hospitals. Most of these expenditures have been paid up by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, the supporters of PMOI/MEK, and the families of the residents. At the end of 2014, this committee owes over $750,000.
NCRI – The Iranian regime's strict women's dress code has become a source of friction between the people and the regime, the commander of Morality Police has admitted.
Colonel Mohammad Massoud Zahedian said 'improper veiling' had now become a 'security issue that threatened’ the regime.
Since the new Congress took session this month, there has been a great deal of back and forth between the legislature and the chief executive regarding the issues of the Iran nuclear talks and Iran sanctions. Congresspersons from both parties have made it clear that a bill outlining new sanctions would be a major priority and was expected to come to the floor of the Senate by early February. Some have suggested that a veto-proof majority might be in the offing.
The Obama administration has nonetheless responded by committing to a veto of the bill, and the president has called upon Congress to “hold its fire,” even going so far as to warn that the pro-sanctions legislators would have to “own” the outcome if the bill’s passage led to a breakdown in nuclear talks, or even to a new Middle East war.