WORLD NEWS | U.S. House Panel Announces Contempt Proceedings Against Pompeo

Washington – The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee announced contempt proceedings against Secretary of State Mike Pomepo on Friday, citing his refusal to comply with a subpoena for records his ‘transparently political misuse’ of department resources.

The Democratic chairman of the House of Representatives committee, Eliot Engel, also cited a speech Pompeo recorded in Jerusalem for this week’s Republican National Convention. Engel said Pompeo had ‘demonstrated alarming disregard for the laws and rules governing his own conduct and for the tools the Constitution provides to prevent government corruption’.

‘He seems to think the office he holds, the department he runs, the personnel he oversees, and the taxpayer dollars that pay for all of it are there for his personal and political benefit’, Engel said in a statement.

A State Department representative Engel’s statement was ‘political theatrics’ and the department had offered to provide the documents to Engel on condition that he send a letter explaining the foreign policy issue he is investigating that requires them.

‘Once this letter is received, the Department will produce the documents’ the representative said.

The committee last month issued a subpoena to Pompeo demanding documents he provided to Republicans investigating Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

A Republican – led U.S. Senate committee has been gathering information related to Hunter Biden, son of the former U.S. vice president, Republican President Donald Trump’s opponent in the November election.

Engel said Pompeo had told the House committee the documents would  be provided if it pursued the same investigation as the Republican – led Senate committee.

‘In other words, Pompeo will give the committee what we were seeking if we join in a smear of the president’s political rival’, Engel said.

The State Department representative said the documents had already been provided to Democrats in the Senate.

Hunter Bidedn is a former board member of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma. The company was thrust into the global spotlight last year in an impeachment inquiry into whether Trump improperly pressured the government in Kiev into opening a case involving his election rival.

In his speech shown to the Republican convention on Tuesday, Pompeo praised Trump’s foreign policy record. Critics said he broke with decades of protocol in using his appointed office for partisan purposes. Joaquin Castro, head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s oversight subcommittee, said his move may have been illegal.

TRAVEL | Saudi Arabia Is Among 6 Safest Travel Destinations In World, In Light Of Covid-19 Pandemic

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has ranked 6th among the world safest travel destinations, in light of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, and the only one in the Middle East. This come according to an article published on the Wego Travel Blog website, entitled ‘Safe Placed to Travel During Covid -19 Pandemic”. The classification was … Continue reading TRAVEL | Saudi Arabia Is Among 6 Safest Travel Destinations In World, In Light Of Covid-19 Pandemic

NEWS ALERT | Jordan’s King Abdullah And Palestinian Leader Abbas Meet, Hope Biden Revives Peace Process

Jordan’s King Abdullah on Sunday met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and both leaders et high hopes the U.S. President – elect Joe Biden will revive peace talks over a two-state solutions to the decades – old Arab – Israeli conflict, officials said. In a palace statement after meeting with Abbas in the Red Sea … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Jordan’s King Abdullah And Palestinian Leader Abbas Meet, Hope Biden Revives Peace Process

NEWS ALERT | Trump Senior Aide Kushner And Team Heading To Saudi Arabia, Qatar

White House senior advise Jared Kushner and his team are headed to Saudi Arabia and Qatar this week for talks in a region simmering with tension after the killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist. A senior administration official said on Sunday that Kushner is to meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Saudi … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Trump Senior Aide Kushner And Team Heading To Saudi Arabia, Qatar

NEWS ALERT | France Must Review COVID-19 Crowd Limits On Church Attendance

France’s State Council, the country’s highest court, on Sunday ordered the government to review a law limiting the number of people in churches during religious services to 30. The Council said in a statement that the measure was not proportionate to coronavirus infection risk. Last week, the government announced that a nationwide lockdown in place … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | France Must Review COVID-19 Crowd Limits On Church Attendance

LIFESTYLE | Moscow Opens Its Biggest Outdoor Ice Rink For Winter Amid Pandemic

RIYADH – – Across town one ice rink has been converted into a COVID-19 hospital, but some Moscow residents took to the ice late on Friday as the city’s biggest outdoor rink opened for winter during the pandemic. The rink in the Soviet – era VDNKh amusement park in northern Moscow opened its doors despite … Continue reading LIFESTYLE | Moscow Opens Its Biggest Outdoor Ice Rink For Winter Amid Pandemic

NEWS ALERT | Qatar Condemns Killing Of Iranian Nuclear Scientist – Statement

MILAN – Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani condemned the killing of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in a phone call on Saturday with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Jawad Zarif, a ministry statement said. Al-Thani extended Qatar’s condolences to the government and the people of Iran and called for self-restraint following Friday’s killing which … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Qatar Condemns Killing Of Iranian Nuclear Scientist – Statement

SPORTS | Hamilton Puts In Record Lap To Take Bahrain Pole

Seven – times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton stormed to pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix with a record lap in Saturday’s qualifying session, ahead of team mate Valtteri Bottas who completed a front – row lockout for Mercedes. The Briton lapped the 5.4 – kilometre floodlit Sakhir desert track in one minute 27, 264 seconds, … Continue reading SPORTS | Hamilton Puts In Record Lap To Take Bahrain Pole

NEWS ALERT | Montenegor Declares Serbia’s Ambassador Persona Non Grata

BELGRADE – Montenegro on Saturday declared Serbia’s ambassador persona non grata for interfering with the country’s internal affairs, the ministry of interior said in a statement. Following the announcement, Serbia declared non grata the Montenegrin ambassador to Serbia and gave him 72 hours to leave the country. In the statement, Montenegro’s ministry said that despite … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Montenegor Declares Serbia’s Ambassador Persona Non Grata

NEWS ALERT | Russia Scrambles Fighter Jet To Escort U.S. Spy Plane Over Black Sea: RIA

Milan – – Russia scrambled an SU-27 fighter jet to intercept a U.S.RC-135 reconnaissance plane flying over neutral waters in the Black Sea, the RIA news agency cited Russia’s defence ministry as saying on Saturday. Russia said its warplane returned to its base after the U.S. reconnaissance aircraft turned away from Russia’s border. Similar incidents … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Russia Scrambles Fighter Jet To Escort U.S. Spy Plane Over Black Sea: RIA

BUSINESS | Volkswagen Plans Small Electric Car For The Masses

MILAN – – Volkswagen is bringing forward the development of a small electric car for the mass market in anticipation of tougher climate regulations, according to plans seen by Reuters, as it seeks to boost sales in a new green era. Under the project dubbed ‘Small BEV’ (Battery Electric Vehicle)’, engineers are racing to develop … Continue reading BUSINESS | Volkswagen Plans Small Electric Car For The Masses

NEWS ALERT | Iran’s Leader Promises Retaliation For Nuclear Scientist’s Killing

MILAN – – Iran’s supreme leader promised on Saturday to retaliate for killing of the Islamic Republic’s top nuclear scientist, raising the threat of a new confrontation with the West and Israel in the remaining weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei pledged to continue the work of Moshen Fakhrizadeh, who Western and Israeli … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Iran’s Leader Promises Retaliation For Nuclear Scientist’s Killing

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