DOHA: Qatar’s Finance Minister Ali Shareef al-Emadi has been arrested over alleged abuse of power and misuse of public funds, state media said. The official Qatar News Agency later reported that the country’s ruler, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, had issued a decree “relieving” Emadi of his post. Sheikh Tamim also asked Trade and Industry Minister Ali bin Ahmed al-Kuwari to “carry out the duties of minister of finance,” it added on its Twitter page. While there have been previous high-level arrests in corruption cases in Qatar, official sources said Emadi is the highest-profile figure to face such allegations under Sheikh Tamim. “The attorney general ordered the arrest of Minister of Finance Ali Shareef al-Emadi (to) question him on what was mentioned in reports regarding crimes related to civil service that involved damage to public money, abuse of function and abuse of power,” state media said. The Qatar News Agency said an investigation had been launched, but … [Read more...] about Qatar finance boss arrested
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The European Union, Britain, Canada and the United States on Monday launched co-ordinated sanctions against officials in China over human rights abuses in the far western Xinjiang region, provoking swift retaliation from Beijing. The EU targeted four senior officials in Xinjiang. The sanctions involve a freeze on the officials’ assets and a ban on them travelling in the bloc. European citizens and companies are not permitted to provide them with financial assistance. The 27-nation bloc also froze the assets of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps Public Security Bureau, which it describes as a “state-owned economic and paramilitary organisation” that runs Xinjiang and controls its economy. British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the measures were part of “intensive diplomacy” by the UK, the United States, Canada and the 27-nation EU to force action amid mounting evidence about serious rights abuses against the Uyghur Muslim people. READ MORE: Call for New … [Read more...] about EU, US, UK, Canada target China officials over Uyghur abuses
Fortunately – just like with thoroughbred horse racing’s standing as the ‘sport of kings’ – the prestige and status of F1 attracts some of the wealthiest people on the planet. So let’s take a look at them... As an entrée, just think about that Claro sticker on the rear wing of the Red Bull Racing car. Claro is the South American part of America Movil, a Forbes Global 2000 telecoms group that employs almost 200,000 staff and is headquartered in Mexico City – its reported revenues are north of $50billion. Its chairman, Carlos Slim Helu, has a current net worth of $62.8billion, according to Forbes – at the time of writing, he’s the world’s 16th richest man. Red Bull Racing RB16B rear wing endplate Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images He – along with son Carlos Slim Domit – has been the financial force behind driver Sergio Perez, who joined the team in 2021. His career has been intrinsically linked to the Slim family via their Telmex telecoms company, which … [Read more...] about Who are the richest people in Formula 1?
Because of the surge in COVID-19 infections in India , the United Arab Emirates has extended its suspension of incoming flights from India until May 15. In a phone call earlier this week, UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan told his counterpart in India, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, that his government offered its full support and solidarity. The UAE has shipped oxygen concentrators to India. The Indian expatriate community is the UAE's largest foreign-born population, making up about 3.42 million people, or about 30% of the country's total population, according to the International Migrant Stock 2019 report released by the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. According to the World Bank, only about 10% of the 10 million people in the UAE are Emirati citizens. Citizens are excluded from the flight ban from India, just like owners of private jets, diplomatic passport holders and official delegations. Migrant workers … [Read more...] about Bonds deepen between UAE and India as pandemic continues
Video Player Close TRIPOLI, May 4 (Xinhua) -- Special envoy of the United Nations (UN) secretary-general for Libya Jan Kubis stressed the importance of implementing the recently-adopted Security Council Resolutions 2570 (2021) and 2571 (2021) in meetings with senior Libyan officials, the UN Support Mission in Libya said Monday. Kubis held talks here on Sunday with Chairman of the High National Election Commission (HNEC) Emad Sayyeh on "preparations and steps needed for the holding of national elections" scheduled for Dec. 24, in accordance with the resolutions, the mission said in a statement. "Special Envoy Kubis renewed the UN and the international community's readiness to continue to provide the necessary support to HNEC," the statement said. According to the statement, Kubis also met with the country's Central Bank Governor Siddiq Al-Kaber to discuss the economic and financial situation in the country and the need to support the government and the institutions of … [Read more...] about UN envoy stresses implementing Security Council resolutions in talks with Libyan officials
Vandoorne has endured a difficult second season paired alongside Fernando Alonso, and McLaren has now decided to part ways with the Belgian after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. “We’re immensely thankful for Stoffel’s dedication, hard work and commitment during his time at McLaren,” said McLaren CEO Zak Brown. “He’s a talented racing driver with an incredible list of accolades in his junior career. We’re proud to have played a part in his break into Formula 1, from his role as test driver to his fantastic points-scoring debut in Bahrain in 2016. “It’s clear we haven’t provided Stoffel with the tools to show his true talent, but throughout our relationship he’s proved to be a fantastic team player. His work ethic is impressive, he has a great reputation within the team and we’ve really enjoyed working with him. “Of course, we would have loved to achieve more success during our time together, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that he will always be a part of the McLaren … [Read more...] about Vandoorne to leave McLaren after 2018 F1 season