WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House expressed confidence on Monday that Saudi Arabia would not follow through on a reported threat to sell U.S. assets if Congress passed a bill that could hold the kingdom responsible for any role in al Qaeda’s Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
The New York Times reported on Friday that Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told U.S. lawmakers that the country would be forced to sell up to $750 billion in Treasury securities and other U.S. assets in response to the bill if it passed.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said President Barack Obama did not support the legislation and would not sign it. The bill would allow the Saudi government to be sued in a U.S. court for any role in the Sept. 11 attacks.
Twenty years ago, no tourists came to Valencia, according to city tourism official, Miguel Angel Perez.
But, over the past 10 years, Valencia apparently realized that leisure business is good business and turned itself into a bustling arts and sciences destination in the middle of Spain’s Mediterranean coast.
The city has welcomed around two million foreigners this year, said Perez, with the largest groups coming from Italy, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, France, the US, Russia, Japan and China. Approximately half of those visitors come on business and the other half for leisure.
Whatever takes you there, consider some of the following activities when you happen to be in town:
Celebrated Indian chef Gaggan Anand’s fertile imagination and culinary wit are played out in a lengthy but always fun tasting menu, which balances the soulfulness of Indian street food with hyper-modern cooking techniques to unrivalled effect in this progressive Indian restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand. Despite still being in his 30s, Kolkata-born Anand is already something of a superstar in the food world, as much for his effervescent personality as his boundary-pushing dishes. After a life-changing stint in the kitchen at El Bulli, the chef opened his eponymous Bangkok restaurant in 2010.
Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
Chef Yoshihiro Narisawa is a trail-blazer in the world of Japanese cooking, taking a cuisine baked in tradition and applying new techniques learned through experience and years working with top chefs across Europe. With an acute interest in epicurean ecology, Narisawa approaches his kitchen with the theme of ‘harmony of sustainability and gastronomy’. His dedication to sourcing produce from organic farmers has been recognised in the industry with multiple awards.
MOSCOW/GENEVA (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin announced out of the blue on Monday that “the main part” of Russian armed forces in Syria would start to withdraw, telling his diplomats to step up the push for peace as U.N.-mediated talks resumed on ending the five-year-old war.
Damascus rejected any suggestion of a rift with Moscow, saying President Bashar al-Assad had agreed on the “reduction” of Russian forces in a telephone call with Putin.
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Round three matches of the FA Cup that were played on Saturday produced several surprising results. Top Super League (MSL) sides Selangor and FELDA United were knocked out by underdogs PDRM and PKNS respectively, whereas Sabah continued their cup run with a win over another bottom-placed Premier League (MPL) outfit ATM.