Saudi American dies after dog attack near home in New Mexico – Arab News
CHICAGO/JEDDAH: Saudi-American Saad Al-Anazi, 56, died the day after he was attacked by a neighbor’s two dogs outside his home in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on Jan. 27, family members told Arab News on Tuesday.
Las Cruces is located a few miles northwest of El Paso in New Mexico, which has a small Arab-American population.
Witnesses told police that they saw father-of-three Al-Anazi lying on the street, yelling for help and bleeding from his thigh as two large dogs were barking and biting him.
According to media reports, neighbor Rudy Clark rushed out of his home and hit one of the dogs several times on the head with a cane, eventually forcing the dogs to retreat.
Clark told police that the attack seemed to go on for almost 20 minutes before he was able to get the dogs to back down.
Al-Anazi was taken to Mountain View Regional Medical Center by paramedics who were called to the scene after neighbors called the 911 emergency number.
Family members said Al-Anazi died at the hospital on Jan. 28 due to major blood loss. The two dogs, German shepherds, were taken into custody by Doña Ana County animal control.
Al-Anazi’s daughter Farah was at home preparing to go to sleep when the attack happened. She later posted a photo of herself and her father, as well as several tributes to him, on her Facebook page.
“I’ll love you forever dad,” she wrote last week. “I love you and will see you in heaven, Baba!”
Al-Anazi’s brother Saud told Al Arabiya TV that he has asked the Saudi Embassy to investigate the matter. 
He told Arab News that the family decided to bury Al-Anazi in a Muslim cemetery in the US rather than risk a transfer to Saudi Arabia taking too long. Saud said his brother had a good reputation and got on well with his neighbors.
He added that the dogs’ owner denied that she had released them, and faces the charge of possessing dogs without controlling them.
Saudi authorities have thwarted a multi-million dollar narcotics haul in a bust that saw eight expats arrested, state news agency SPA reported on Wednesday. 
During a raid on a warehouse in Riyadh, Saudi Arabian authorities found the 47 million amphetamine pills, which have a street value of approximately $470m to $1.175bln, according to figures cited in research published in the International Addiction Review journal. 
It’s the largest known smuggling attempt of its kind in the Kingdom, the report added. 
Six Syrians and two Pakistanis were arrested after authorities discovered the pills hidden in a large shipment of flour, SPA cited the spokesperson of the Saudi Narcotics Control Major Mohammed Al-Najidi as saying on Wednesday. 
An investigation has been launched by the Public Prosecution, SPA reported. 
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said Wednesday it opened an investigation after videos purportedly showed security forces beating women at an orphanage in the Kingdom’s southwest.
The governor of Saudi Arabia’s Asir region formed a committee to probe the beatings captured in the online video and “refer the case to the competent authorities,” Saudi Press Agency reported. It was not immediately clear what led to the incident or when it took place.
The Kingdom’s Public Prosecution said it had started an investigation into the incident. It added that it is proceeding with its judicial procedures to protect society and preserve public money, and continues its judicial role to take care of the guarantees that detainees are entitled to.
In the footage from an orphanage in the city of Khamis Mushayt, security officials hold down women in black abayas while uniformed security forces repeatedly lash them with leather belts and wooden sticks. One man could be seen dragging a woman by her hair across the orphanage lawn as she screamed.
Other clips showed officers chasing women through the orphanage and brutally shoving them to the ground.
The videos spread rapidly online, with (hashtag)KhamisMushaytOrphans among the most popular on Twitter in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.
DUBAI: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) concluded on Tuesday a medical program to combat blindness and other ophthalmic diseases in Bangladesh. 
Medical teams from KSRelief ‘examined 5,155 cases, distributed 1,513 glasses, and performed 544 surgeries,’ state news agency SPA reported.
The program, which was within the ‘Noor Saudi Arabia’ initiative, also ran in Eritrea from Aug. 19 to 26. 
According to SPA, 4,800 cases were examined in the process and 181 successful surgical operations were performed. 
The initiative comes as part of Saudi Arabia’s humanitarian projects implemented by KSRelief to aid low-income families in less-fortunate countries.
DUBAI: The Commission of Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) affirmed its support for Saudi Arabia’s bid to host Expo 2030 in Riyadh. 
The statement issued on Tuesday by ECCAS comes after the president of the commission, Gilberto Da Piedade Verissimo, received Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Qattan, Saudi Arabia’s Royal Court Advisor, in Gabon. 
According to the statement, which was released following the meeting, ECCAS affirmed its “strong support for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s hosting the ‘First Saudi-African Summit’ and the ‘Fifth Arab-African Summit’ in Riyadh”. 
During the meeting, Qattan and Verissimo discussed ways of cooperation between Saudi and the ECCAS, opportunities to enhance economic and investment cooperation, and joint coordination in areas of common interest. 
The Gabonese foreign minister, Michael Moussa Adamo, also attended the meeting. 
Advisor Qattan expressed Saudi Arabia’s appreciation for the support received, which reflects the distinguished relations between the Kingdom and ECCAS’s state members.
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s royal court advisor and General Supervisor of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (Ksrelief) met with the Ambassador of Kuwait to Yemen. 
Kuwaiti ambassador Falah Badah Al-Hajraf expressed his admiration for KSRelief’s ‘distinguished professional level’ in the field of humanitarian aid when he met with the general supervisor of the relief center, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Rabeeah.


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