Saudi King Salman Meets with Presidents of Nigeria, Kenya and UAE’s FM

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Saudi King Salman Meets with Presidents of Nigeria, Kenya and UAE’s FM

Wednesday, 30 October, 2019 – 12:30
Saudi King Salman receives the Nigerian president. SPA photo
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The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, has held separate talks with the Nigerian and Kenyan presidents and UAE’s foreign minister.

In the meeting with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, King Salman discussed ways of developing and enhancing bilateral relations between the two countries in all fields.

He also discussed with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta bilateral ties and aspects of cooperation between the two states.

At the outset of his meeting with the King, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan conveyed the greetings of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, while the King sent his greetings to the President.

King Salman and UAE’s foreign minister reviewed deep-rooted fraternal relations between the two countries and issues of mutual interest.

Brazil: Folha warns of Bolsonaro’s dictatorial intention

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In editorial, Folha warns of Bolsonaro’s dictatorial intention

The newspaper Folha de S.Paulo publishes this Wednesday editorial warning that Jair Bolsonaro, when broadcasting a video in which appears with king lion, ‘perhaps glimpse power incompatible with the Charter of 88’ and ‘the latitude of absolute monarchs’

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247 – The editorial of Folha de São Paulo on Wednesday (30) highlights that the publication by Jair Bolsonaro, in a social network, allegory based on the siege of a group of hyenas to a lion has its peculiarities. 

“Allegory is, by the way, too subtle a word to qualify the video, which makes it very clear, through rough tricks, who these hyenas are: the Federal Supreme Court, the Brazilian Bar, press vehicles (including this Folha ), the PT and even the PSL, which the agent fights to control with the heavy hand of the Executive ‘- states the editorial.  

“Nor is there any doubt about the identity of the cat surrounded by the butchers: President Bolsonaro, print the caption.” “With the lion king costume, Bolsonaro perhaps glimpses the latitude of the absolute monarchs. The costume matches the veiled and explicit compliments he has been making to dark aspects of the military dictatorship (1964-1985), whether throughout his long career as a deputy, more recently as a candidate and president. ”  

“Where the pockets of fables see hyenas, there are actually civil and state organizations tasked with avoiding abuse in the exercise of state power. Where they see the lion, there is the elected chief executive, submitted not to his wishes for supremacy but to the empire. like all other citizens. ”  

“The message of the threatened lion is joined by another, from early September, when Bolsonaro said that if he” raised his raft “they would all come after him. They are calls of call to extra-constitutional forces that fortunately do not thrive in Brazil. today”.

King Salman to Putin: We Look Forward to Working with Russia to Achieve Stability, Combat Terror

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King Salman to Putin: We Look Forward to Working with Russia to Achieve Stability, Combat Terror

Monday, 14 October, 2019 – 11:00
King Salman receives Russian President Putin in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz voiced on Monday Saudi Arabia’s appreciation of the role Russia is playing in the region and the world.

During official talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Riyadh, he said: “We look forward to working with Your Excellency on everything that will bring security, stability and peace, confront extremism and terrorism and promote economic growth.”

Putin’s visit, he said, presents a major opportunity to strengthen bonds of friendship.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, attended the Riyadh talks.

Putin, for his part, hailed King Salman’s role in boosting Russian-Saudi cooperation in all fields.

He stressed that his visit to Russia in 2017 bolstered these relations.

“Russia attaches particular importance to the development of friendly, and mutually beneficial ties with Saudi Arabia,” he added.

Putin had arrived in Saudi Arabia earlier on Monday on his first official visit to the Kingdom in 12 years.

He heads a delegation that includes Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and several ministers.

He will visit the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday.

Trump: King Of Israel?

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WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday thanked a conspiracy theorist for saying Jews in Israel love the president “like he’s the King of Israel” and doubled down on his efforts to pit American Jews against one another, accusing Jewish voters of disloyalty if they voted for Democrats.

It was the second day in a row that Mr. Trump addressed Jews and loyalty, a theme evoking an anti-Semitic trope that Jews have a “dual loyalty” and are often more loyal to Israel than to their own countries.

“If you want to vote Democrat, you are being very disloyal to Jewish people and very disloyal to Israel,” Mr. Trump said Wednesday at the White House.

Speaking to reporters as he left the White House on his way to Louisville, Ky., to address a veterans group, Mr. Trump said his remarks were not anti-Semitic.

Earlier on Wednesday, Mr. Trump thanked the conservative radio host Wayne Allyn Root for lavishing praise on Mr. Trump for his successful diplomacy with Israel. Mr. Root is a one-time vice-presidential nominee for the Libertarian Party who now hosts a radio show on Newsmax TV and often promotes conspiracy theories.

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“Thank you to Wayne Allyn Root for the very nice words. “President Trump is the greatest President for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world, not just America, he is the best President for Israel in the history of the world…and the Jewish people in Israel love him….

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….like he’s the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God…But American Jews don’t know him or like him. They don’t even know what they’re doing or saying anymore. It makes no sense! But that’s OK, if he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’s good for…..

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Broadcasting Mr. Root’s words to the president’s more than 63 million Twitter followers and repeating his provocative message to American Jews, Mr. Trump drew immediate accusations that he was fanning anti-Semitic views.

“It is the height of hypocrisy to use Christian theology to bully Jews and to push out some messianic complex — literally, it’s hard to think of something less kosher than telling the Jewish people you’re the king of Israel, and therefore, we should have some fidelity to you for that reason,” Jonathan Greenblatt, the head of the Anti-Defamation League, said Wednesday on CNN. “I don’t know if he’s read the Bible, but in the Old Testament, that’s not what we believe.”

Last week, lawmakers were outraged that Israel, with Mr. Trump’s approval, barred two Muslim members of Congress from making an official visit because of their support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which pressures Israel on Palestinian issues.

Mr. Trump has tried to make the two Democratic lawmakers, Representatives Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, the face of the Democratic Party after they made comments this year that were critical of American support of Israel. Though their views on Israel are far from representing the majority of the Democratic Party, Mr. Trump has seized on the divide and is trying to sell it to Jewish voters as a reason to support him.

Winning over Jewish voters would be a significant shift for Mr. Trump, as nearly 80 percent of Jewish Americans voted for Democrats during the 2018 midterm elections, according to the Pew Research Center.

Some of the president’s Jewish supporters defended Mr. Trump for the second day in a row.

The Republican Jewish Coalition said the organization takes Mr. Trump “seriously, not literally.”

In a Twitter post on Wednesday after Mr. Trump repeated his “loyalty” charge, the Republican Jewish Coalition wrote, “President Trump is pointing out the obvious: for those who care about Israel, the position of many elected Democrats has become anti-Israel.”

Representative Lee Zeldin of New York, a Republican who is Jewish, praised Mr. Trump for his support of the Jewish community and Israel. Mr. Zeldin said the president was right to push back on the “Omar/Tlaib wing of the Dem party.”

“He’s a fighter & wont back down. On these policy priorities, he’s correct,” Mr. Zeldin wrote in a tweet.

Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, also addressed Jewish Republicans on Wednesday, with a different message.

“To my fellow American Jews, particularly those who support @realDonaldTrump: When he uses a trope that’s been used against the Jewish people for centuries with dire consequences, he is encouraging — wittingly or unwittingly — anti-Semites throughout the country and world,” Mr. Schumer wrote Wednesday on Twitter. “Enough.”

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Which countries have the largest royal families?

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Which countries have the largest royal families?

Before getting into the countries with the largest royal families, let’s take a moment to discuss what constitutes a royal family.

A royal family is simply defined as the relatives of the ruling king or queen. However, the family members included under the umbrella term “royal family” vary from country to country. In some instances, the royal family includes only the immediate relatives of the person in power. In other cases, the royal family includes a multitude of aunts, uncles, and cousins. Being a member of a royal family is a coveted position and title in most countries, regardless of how much power the actual monarch has. Often, family members fill critical roles in government, politics, and the military.

In total, there are 26 royal families, also known as monarchies, across the globe. Two important differences between all of these royal families are size and power. The monarch of the royal family rules with either absolute (direct) or constitutional (indirect) power. Those ruling with absolute power have the greatest political power and impact on the day-to-day lives of everyday citizens. Monarchs who operate under constitutional power have less political power and serve as more of a figurehead than an actual leader.

The country with the largest royal family is Saudi Arabia

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The royal family of Saudi Arabia, the Salmans, is estimated to be comprised of nearly 15,000 family members. This royal family’s size is due to the commonplace practice of polygamy. Due to the family’s large size, they have an enormous amount of power and wealth. As a result, there have been numerous intense battles over the years to either become king or protect the family name. For example, it is not uncommon for kings to be ousted from power due to moral or religious transgressions. In addition, female members of the family have been beheaded for adultery or violating religious customs. There have been multiple inside and outside assassination attempts as well.

The current king also holds the title of prime minister. He is estimated to have a net worth of upwards of $17 billion. In present-day Saudi Arabia, it is common for royal family members to hold governmental cabinet positions. While the current king was put into power based on family lineage, all future kings of the country will follow a different route to the throne. A 2006 decree altered the line of succession into a more formal process. The next king will be selected by a panel of princes rather than by birthright.

Which other families are at the top?

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Because the size of royal families in other countries dwarfs in comparison, there are no official statistics on their size.

Nonetheless, there are still plenty of interesting facts about the remaining 25 royal families that span 43 countries around the world. One oft forgotten fact is that, in the past, there were many more monarchies than there are today. While some were deposed or overthrown from power, there are a few who volunteered to bring an end to their own power. Both Russia and France did away with royalty and monarchies altogether in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Perhaps the most shocking fact of all regarding royal families is that the Vatican is considered a monarchy. As a result, Pope Francis has the title of Head Monarch. He rules over the Vatican itself as well as Vatican City. Like the Saudi Arabian monarchy, future popes are chosen and put into power by a group of cardinals from the Vatican. Finally, one of the oldest royal families in the world is the Danish monarchy. This monarchy can be traced back over 1,000 years.

Israel: Palestinians act like demonic dogs toward Saudi Arabia/Royal Family and Israel

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Bitter arguments in Gulf media over harassment of Saudi blogger in Jerusalem

Editor-in-chief of Qatari daily accuses Mohammed Saud of sullying the Al-Aqsa Mosque, but others fault protesters for using foul language and cursing Saudi royals

Likud MK Avi Dichter meeting Saudi blogger Mohammed Saud on July 22, 2019. (Credit: Knesset Spokesperson's Office)

Likud MK Avi Dichter meeting Saudi blogger Mohammed Saud on July 22, 2019. (Credit: Knesset Spokesperson’s Office)

Several prominent Gulf media personalities backed criticism of Israel-friendly Saudi blogger Mohammed Saud, who was heckled and attacked by Palestinians during a visit to Jerusalem’s Old City on Monday.

Others however, pushed back against the tone of the bitter harassment the Saudi social media personality was subjected to during a tour of the Temple Mount, specifically the criticism against the Saudi royal family.

Saud, an outspoken supporter of Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, arrived in Israel earlier this week at the invitation of the Foreign Ministry along with five other media personalities from the Arab world.

The Saudi blogger was harassed and attacked by a group of Palestinians on Monday as he was touring Jerusalem’s the Old City, including the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Video of the incident showed people throwing chairs and bottles at him, spitting at him and calling him an “animal,” “trash” and “cheap.”

Jaber al-Harmi, the editor-in-chief of Al-Sharq, a Qatari daily, accused Saud of sullying the Al-Aqsa Mosque, a site also known as the Temple Mount.

“The Arabs went to Jerusalem–not as conquerors but rather as normalizers. A media delegation, including [from] Saudi Arabia, the country of the two holy mosques, arrived at the invitation of the Israeli entity,” Harmi tweeted on Tuesday beside a video featuring Saud’s visit to Al-Aqsa. “A Saudi tried to defile the Al-Aqsa Mosque, but the protectors and youth of Palestine were on the lookout.”

Ali al-Ghofaily, a Saudi journalist who works as a presenter and producer for the major television broadcaster in the Arab world MBC, attempted to cast doubt on Saud’s national identity and accused him of breaking Saudi laws.

“This [man] is not Saudi. If he is Saudi, he only represents himself because he violated state laws. If he returns to the kingdom, he deserves to be punished,” Ghofaily tweeted on Monday beside an attached photo of the Saudi blogger in Israel. “The wave of Saudi condemnations [of Saud] proves that the Palestinian cause is our cause and that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is the solely the right of Muslims. There is always an exception to the rule!”

Israeli officials have condemned the attack on Saud and fervently supported his visit to the Jewish state.

“We strongly condemn the cruel and immoral behavior of some Palestinians near the Al-Aqsa Mosque toward a Saudi media personality who came to Jerusalem to be a bridge to peace and understanding between peoples,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Nizar Amer wrote on Twitter on Monday.

Saud, who speaks some Hebrew, has said he hopes for normalization between Israel and Saudi Arabia. The username on his Twitter feed is written in Hebrew as well as in Arabic, and his description includes an Israeli flag emoji and the words “Only Bibi!” using Netanyahu’s nickname.

Some Gulf personalities lashed out at the Palestinians at Al-Aqsa who made disparaging comments of Saudi Arabia’s rulers while harassing Saud.

In this photo from November 27, 2018, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is pictured while meeting with the Tunisian president at the presidential palace in Carthage, on the eastern outskirts of the capital Tunis. (Fethi Belaid/AFP)

“It is shameful to shove Saudi Arabia into this theater. It is shameful to hear the variety of curses and insults against our leaders. Are you not embarrassed? Are you not ashamed of yourselves,” Mohammed Nafaa, a widely followed Saudi commentator, tweeted on Monday, adding that “even if a Saudi individual prayed in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, does that amount to normalization[?]”

In the video of Saud at Al-Aqsa, a man is heard calling Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman a “collaborator.” Another person is heard telling Saud “to go normalize” with Israel alongside the Saudi royal family.

Saudi Arabia and Israel do not have diplomatic ties. However, they have found common cause in their opposition to Iran, including its support for armed groups in the Middle East.

Abdel Rahman al-Lahem, a Saudi commentator who has appeared on talks shows, suggested he could not understand how Palestinians would insult Saudi Arabia, which has long provided them with substantial financial aid.

“I am amazed. It is my right to be amazed: How do those people raise their children with this foulness of language? How have the planted in their minds such black hatred and despise of a country that has dealt with their hunger, spent money on their institutions and supported their cause,” he tweeted on Tuesday.

Abdelatif Al Shakih, a Saudi poet, claimed the footage demonstrates that Palestinians bear greater abhorrence for Saudis than Israelis.

He tweeted on Monday: “Regardless of whether he is Saudi or not..The video shows how much some Palestinians despise Saudis..This video does not bring us shame but rather brings them shame because it is an admission that their hate and rejection of us is greater than that of the Israelis.”

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The youngest rulers throughout history

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The youngest rulers throughout history

There are few more terrifying pairings than power and incompetence. It is in light of this terror that we may try to sympathize with countless royal hands across the ages that answered to young men in the throes of puberty wielding the power to end innumerable lives (along with their own empires).

The brat king is perhaps a timeless literary trope, but the lives of these young rulers were themselves far from fortunate. Many kings saw their crown far before even adolescence, standing little chance to navigate the intricacies of royal politics or rise against the forces they were pitted against. It rarely ended well for young kings thrust into positions of power for which they were not prepared.

Emperor Puyi

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Emperor Puyi of China was crowned at the age of 2 as the last monarch of the Qing Dynasty, following the death of Guangxu. Puyi thrashed in fear on the Dragon Throne during his coronation, which marked the end of any semblance of a normal upbringing. The young emperor was separated from his family and raised by the eunuchs of the Forbidden City, which he routinely abused out of boredom and sadism. Throughout his early years, his wet nurse, Wang Wen-Chao, served as his only maternal figure and was occasionally able to calm him during his more cruel moods.

Puyi was abdicated in 1911 following a mutiny at an army garrison in nearby Wuhan. This marked the beginning of Puyi’s lifetime as a Chinese figurehead fraught by political intrigue from every direction that he was ill-equipped to manage. Puyi maintained his residence in the Forbidden City for years after and was heavily shaped by the tutelage of Sir Reginald Johnston, a Scottish diplomat.

A 1924 coup saw Puyi’s expulsion from the Forbidden City, after which he lived as a private citizen, a “war criminal,” a puppet monarch, and finally a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC)  in communist China. Puyi’s life became the subject of countless writings and revisions from various political and national perspectives—including his own, as his life served as a symbol for the transformation of Chinese government during a period of heavy outside influence leading up to the establishment of the CPPCC.

Henry VI

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Henry VI inherited the English throne from his deceased father at the age of nine months, along with the Hundred Years War. During the early years of Henry’s life, England was ruled by the Regency government, composed of powerful English nobles and heavily influenced by his uncle Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester. Henry took the responsibilities of the crown of both England and France at the age of 16 to the effect of a loss of English lands to Joan of Arc and Charles VII.

Henry displayed a significant lapse in his mental state after his loss of Bordeaux in 1453. He was rendered nearly catatonic, even to the birth of his own heir, for over a year. He eventually recovered from his episode, but his failures in the Hundred Years War stirred political turmoil at home, which eventually broke out into civil war during the War of the Roses. Henry was imprisoned by King Edward before being briefly reinstated through the political efforts of Queen Margaret.

In historic memory, Henry has been recalled as timid, pious, and mentally unstable. His extended legacy of political and military defeats eventually broke the young king’s mind before he died alone and insane, imprisoned at the Tower of London.

John I

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John the First, “the posthumous,” was crowned as King of France on the day of his birth following the death of Louis X four months prior. His reign lasted all of five days with the circumstances of his death still remaining unclear.

5 things you didn’t know about Queen Elizabeth

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5 things you didn’t know about Queen Elizabeth

The Queen is alive and well. Queen Elizabeth II is 93 years old and has been the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom since 1952, but she shows no sign of slowing down—even after living one of the most eventful lives in modern history. Much of her life has been heavily documented, but here are the five things you did not know about the longest-ruling monarch in British history.

She has 30 godchildren

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The Queen has 30 godchildren, and honestly, who wouldn’t want the Queen as a godmother? It is a sweet deal. Her first Godchild, Guy Rupert Gerard Nevill, was born on March 29, 1945; the Queen was just 19 years old when she became his godmother. Guy is the son of Lord Rupert Nevill and Lady Anne Camilla Wallop. He held office as a patron of honor to Queen Elizabeth from 1958-1961. Unfortunately, Guy died in 1992. The Queen’s last godchild is Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark, born in 1983. Princess Theodora is the daughter of Greek King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie.

She’s on Facebook

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Yes, like billions of us commoners, the Queen joined Facebook. Back in November of 2010, she created a page called “The British Monarchy” that features photos, videos, and speeches—however, it is not possible to private message the Queen or send her a post through the website. Queen Elizabeth joined other social media sites as well—she was on Twitter before Facebook back in 2009. As would be expected, none of the royals tweets themselves. They have their public relations staff do social media, and a team at Buckingham Palace tweets daily updates on the Queen’s Twitter page.

She’s received some weird gifts

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During the Queen’s reign, she has received countless gifts. However, some weird gifts have caught her by surprise. She has received quite a lot of live animals as gifts; among the more unusual ones were a jaguar and sloth from Brazil, and black beavers from Canada. These animals have been placed in the London Zoo. The Queen also accepted pineapples, eggs, a box of snail shells, maple trees, and 15 pounds of prawns. Maybe people should stick to flowers instead of sending weird gifts.

She gives her staff Christmas pudding

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Even though the Queen completes her daily royal duties, she always shows her staff appreciation. Every Christmas she gives them Christmas pudding. Over the years, it is estimated that she has given out 90,000 Christmas puddings. The Queen does this to continue the tradition of King George V and King George VI. Furthermore, the Queen also gives her entire staff Christmas gifts. She is a patron to over 600 charities and sends out presents to schools and cathedrals. On top of that, she also does a Christmas broadcast to the Commonwealth every single year, except in 1969. In that year, a repeat of the royal family was shown, and a written message from the Queen was issued.

She owns a lot of swans and dolphins

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The queen owns all the swans and dolphins in the U.K. waters. As early as the 12th century, the British monarch laid claim to all the mute swans in the country. Back then, the birds were considered a delicacy. Today, the Queen does not eat the swans, but she technically still owns them. The Swan Upping is an annual swan-counting event—yes, over the course of several days the Queen’s swan squad counts the birds and make sure they are healthy.

According to the Montreal Gazette, if she wanted to, the Queen could claim ownership of all royal fishes. These include dolphins, whales, and anything that resides in the waters around the United Kingdom.

As we have seen throughout her reign, the Queen takes her responsibilities seriously. However, it is lovely to know that she has a sense of humor. She enjoys flipping a coin to “me or tails,” plays “Great Balls of Fire” on the piano, and gets laughter from dinner guests for her mental arithmetic. Being the Queen is great!

England: Trump’s children make play for royal treatment

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Trump’s children make play for royal treatment

(CNN)At a grand banquet table in a red-carpeted Buckingham Palace ballroom, the Queen, a couple of princes, dukes and duchesses, and lords and ladies were intermixed with the Trump family: a President, a first lady, four of his five children, and two of their spouses.

Queen Elizabeth II formally invited just President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump to travel to London for an official State Banquet at Buckingham Palace. But the event became more of an extended family affair, with Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and his wife Lara, and Tiffany Trump all joining the exclusive party.
The President’s eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, was already set to attend in her capacity as a formal adviser to the President, and a senior member of his administration. Her husband, Jared Kushner, is also part of the United States delegation attending the ceremonial events.
For the President, bringing his adult children, in his view, is akin to showcasing his version of royalty. In an interview ahead of the trip with the British tabloid newspaper The Sun, Trump said he wanted Ivanka, Donald Jr., Eric and Tiffany to hold a “next generation” meeting with the Prince William and his wife, Kate, and Prince Harry.
“I think my children will be meeting them,” said Trump. “It would be nice.”
Though they mingled at the State Banquet, there were no plans for a sit-down meeting, a royal source told CNN International correspondent Max Foster. They did, however, join their father for his joint news conference with Prime Minister Theresa May, and later toured the Churchill War Rooms, according to their social media posts.

A family affair

Trump’s business has always been a family affair: He became a New York real estate magnate with the help of a loan from his father, Fred Trump, his then-wife Ivana Trump worked with him while they were married, and Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric all joined the Trump Organization when they came of age. But the family Trump is a far cry from the American political dynasties of the past — the Kennedys, the Bushes. Further, a vision of the President’s children as America’s equivalence to the Royal Family is at odds with everything Trump’s brand as a status quo disruptor.
Trump ran in the 2016 presidential race promising to “drain the swamp” and railing against political establishment at every turn, particularly his GOP primary rival Jeb Bush, the brother of one American president and son of another.
But since taking office, he elevated his daughter and son-in-law to two of the highest-ranking appointments inside the West Wing. He even suggested that she could hold public office herself after he leaves office.
“If she ever wanted to run for president,” the President said this year, “I think she’d be very, very hard to beat.”
But that his daughter hasn’t expressed any interest in running to him. For now, she continues her work on largely noncontroversial West Wing portfolio and style herself as a diplomat on the world stage. On Tuesday, she appeared alongside her father at a business roundtable and bilateral meetings with May as part of the official US delegation.

Separate lives

The full complement of Trump’s adult children, while present at the odd family event or holiday at Trump’s homes in Palm Beach and Bedminster, are a relatively scarce presence at the White House.
Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump live in New York City, where they assumed control of the family real estate business, though Don Jr. now spends a significant amount of time traveling the country to attend events, rallying and fundraising for the 2020 campaign season alongside girlfriend and campaign senior adviser Kimberly Guilfoyle.
Tiffany Trump, the only child of Trump’s marriage to second wife, Marla Maples, is about to begin her third year at Georgetown University Law School in Washington where she lives off-campus in a downtown apartment. Tiffany has spent part of her summer break in Europe, attending swanky events in Cannes, France, during the fabled film festival, posting photos from a yacht anchored in the Mediterranean, and this week back in London, where her boyfriend is said to live.
Ivanka Trump was in town ahead of her father’s arrival, too, posting on her Instagram account a visit to the Albert & Victoria museum to see the sold-out Christian Dior exhibition. As a member of the delegation, she joined other high-level staffers on a Buckingham Palace balcony for the formal arrival ceremony as her father inspected British troops.

Brunei Sultan backtracks on death penalty for gay sex

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Brunei sultan backtracks on death penalty for gay sex

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 In this file photo taken on April 3, 2019, Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah delivers a speech during an event in Bandar Seri Begawan.

Brunei’s sultan has announced death by stoning for gay sex and adultery will not be enforced after a global backlash, but critics yesterday called for harsh sharia laws to be abandoned entirely.

In a speech late on Sunday, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said a moratorium on capital punishment that already applies to Brunei’s regular criminal code would also extend to its new sharia code, which includes death by stoning for various crimes.

The code, which also punishes theft with the amputation of hands and feet, fully came into force last month in the small sultanate on Borneo island, making it the only country in East or Southeast Asia with sharia law at the national level.

The move sparked anger from governments and rights groups, the United Nations slammed it as a “clear violation” of human rights while celebrities led by actor George Clooney called for Brunei-owned hotels to be boycotted. In a televised address, the all-powerful sultan made his first public comments about the furore and took the rare step of addressing criticism, saying there had been “many questions and misperceptions” regarding the sharia laws.

“Both the common law and the sharia law aim to ensure peace and harmony of the country,” he insisted, according to an official translation of his speech.

Some crimes in Muslim-majority Brunei including murder and drug-trafficking were already punishable with death by hanging under the regular criminal code, which is enforced alongside the sharia code, but no one has been executed for decades.

Scope for remission

Hassanal said that “we have practiced a de facto moratorium on the execution of death penalty for cases under the common law. This will also be applied to cases under the (sharia penal code), which provides a wider scope for remission.”

But rights groups said the announcement did not go far enough.

“It really doesn’t change anything,” Matthew Woolfe, founder of rights group The Brunei Project, said. “This announcement does nothing to address the many other human rights concerns about the (sharia code).”

The maximum punishment for gay sex between men under the sharia code is death by stoning, but perpetrators can also be sentenced to lengthy jail terms or caning. Women convicted of having sexual relations with other women face up to 40 strokes of the cane or a maximum 10-year jail term.

Whipping and jail terms, as well as severing of limbs for theft, under the new code were not affected by the sultan’s announcement.

It was not clear how far other sharia punishments would be enforced.

The sultan also vowed in his speech that Brunei would ratify the United Nations convention against torture which it signed several years ago.