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Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations died Monday morning after suffering heart problems

Moscow (CNN)The Russian ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Ivanovich Churkin, died suddenly in New York on Monday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

He died at age 64, one day before his 65th birthday.
Churkin suffered from cardiac arrest while at the Russian Mission on East 67th Street, a law enforcement official said. He was taken to New York’s Presbyterian Hospital, where he died.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said “the outstanding Russian diplomat died while he was in his current working role.”
“We offer our condolences to the relatives of Vitaly Ivanovich Churkin,” the ministry said.
Samantha Power, former US ambassador to the UN, said she was heartbroken by Churkin’s death and credited him with trying to help Russian-US relations.
“Devastated by passing of UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin,” Power tweeted. “Diplomatic maestro & deeply caring man who did all he cld to bridge US-RUS differences.”

Kim Jong-nam assassination suspects claim they thought they were ‘taking part in a prank’

Kim Jong-nam assassination suspects claim they thought they were ‘taking part in a prank’

The two female and four male suspects in the killing of Kim Jong-nam are hired assassins who did not know each other before they were brought together for the murder plot, a Malaysian security source has told the Telegraph.

The six suspects, most of whom are thought to be sleeper agents, were all living in Kuala Lumpur and were recruited and briefed for the hit by a secret agent point man or woman, the source, who did not want to be named, said.

Siti Aisyah, the second Indonesian suspect who was arrested in the early hours of Tuesday morning, had been living in Kuala Lumpur for several months. She was working as a hostess in a nightclub in the Malaysian capital.

Both Siti and the other female suspect, a Vietnamese woman, claimed to police they were persuaded to attack Mr Kim as part of a “prank”.

Passport photo of Siti Aisyah
Passport photo of Siti Aisyah CREDIT: STIMEWA-KUMPARANCOM

Aishah had been approached by a mysterious man at the nightclub where she worked in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, and offered $100 to help with the stunt, reported Indonesian news-site Kumpuran.

The report, which could not be independently verified, suggested that Siti went ahead with the deal because she needed the money, but had no idea who Kim Jong-nam was. It claimed she did not know the other suspects in the case, and thought they were a film crew in a comedy reality television show.

According to Kumpuran, Siti, from Serang, northern Indonesia, was an uneducated divorced mother of one son, who did not live with her. She had previously worked as a domestic helper in Jakarta, Indonesia, before moving to Malaysia in 2013 with her now ex-husband.

Watch | Second arrest linked to the murder of Kim Jong-nam

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The Malaysian security source said Malaysian police also detained a 25 year old Malaysian male on Wednesday evening. The detainee is believed to be the boyfriend of Aishah, the second Indonesian suspect. He is not thought to be involved in the case, but merely used to provide information leading to the arrest of Siti Aishah.

The claims fit with similar reports from Malaysia that the second woman arrested over the murder, Vietnamese citizen, Doan Thi Huong, also told police she had been tricked into wiping poison on Kim in what she believed was a harmless prank.

Multiple reports suggest that the two women did not leave Kuala Lumpur’s international airport, the scene of the attack, with any sense of urgency, and lined up for a cab at the exit.

A woman thought to be one of the suspects in the Kim Jong-Nam murder leaves a Malaysian police station on Thursday 16th February
A woman (wearing a yellow top) thought to be one of the suspects in the Kim Jong-Nam murder leaves a Malaysian police station on Thursday 16th February CREDIT: CCTV / DENG XUEMEI

They were both arrested as police stepped up the hunt for a six-strong team of assassins believed to have been behind the death of Kim Jong-nam.

The autopsy report has been delayed, and Mr Kim’s body will remain under police protection.

A post mortem has also reportedly identified the poison used in the attack at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Monday, although the results of the autopsy have yet to be announced.

Watch | North Korean leader’s brother reported killed in Malaysia

Speculation continues to mount that Kim Jong-nam was killed on the orders of Kim Jong-un, who feared that he could become the rallying point for a coup against his regime. Mr Kim had consistently denied having designs on the North Korean leadership.

South Korea’s Yonhap News reported that North Korean diplomats had met Kim Jong-nam in January and asked him to voluntarily go to Pyongyang. The report claimed that Kim Jong-un was concerned at reports that Kim Jong-nam was considering “defecting” on a permanent basis to South Korea or the United States – a move that could have significantly damaged the regime’s legitimacy and standing with its own people.

suspectcctvCCTV footage shows suspect wearing a 'LOL' t-shirt
CCTV footage shows suspect wearing a ‘LOL’ t-shirt

Perhaps concerned at the rash of executions that his half-brother has recently ordered, Kim Jong-nam asked for time to consider the request. It is not clear whether he had delivered an answer before his death.

Siti Aishah was taken into custody by police at 2am on Thursday, joining Doan Thi Huong, who was arrested the previous day.

Suspect wore ‘LOL’ t-shirt

A  Malaysian government source has confirmed to Reuters that the first suspect detained was the same woman whose image was captured by close circuit television footage showing her wearing a white shirt with the letters “LOL” on the front.

CCTV images from South Korean media reportedly showing the alleged suspects
CCTV images from South Korean media reportedly showing the alleged suspects

Police said they were still searching for four men identified on CCTV at the airport who are believed to be North Koreans.

“One of the girls was told to hold a handkerchief on the face of the victim after he’d been sprayed by the other girl,” an unnamed senior police officer told The Telegraph. “She held it there for 10 seconds. She said she thought spraying him had been a ‘prank’.

“We have already looked through the CCTV footage, hence we managed to arrest the taxi driver who had taken the two woman who carried out the assassination,” said the senior police official, who asked not to be named.

Meanwhile Ahmad Zahid, Malaysia’s deputy prime minister, said that North Korea asked for Mr Kim’s body and that it will be released to the country in accordance to proper legal procedure once police and medical procedures are complete.

Antibody can protect brains from the ageing effects of old blood


Antibody can protect brains from the ageing effects of old blood
A drop of blood coming out of a needle
If that’s old blood, I might pass

By Jessica Hamzelou

Old blood may have a powerful effect, damaging organs and contributing to ageing. Now a compound has been developed that seems to protect against this, preventing mice’s brains from ageing.

The effects of blood on ageing were first discovered in experiments that stitched young and old mice together so that they shared circulating blood. Older mice seem to benefit from such an arrangement, developing healthier organs and becoming protected from age-related disease. But young mice aged prematurely.

Such experiments suggest that, while young blood can be restorative, there is something in old blood that is actively harmful. Now Hanadie Yousef at Stanford University in California seems to have identified a protein that is causing some of the damage, and has developed a way to block it.

Ageing brains
Yousef has found that the amount of a protein called VCAM1 in the blood increases with age. In people over the age of 65, the levels of this protein are 30 per cent higher than in under-25s.

To test the effect of VCAM1, Yousef injected young mice with blood plasma taken from older mice. Sure enough, they showed signs of ageing: more inflammation in the brain, and fewer new brain cells being generated, which happens in a process called neurogenesis.

Blood plasma from old people had the same effect on mice. When she injected plasma from people in their late 60s into the bodies of 3-month-old mice – about 20 years in human terms – the mice’s brains showed signs of ageing.

These effects were prevented when Yousef injected a compound that blocks VCAM1. When the mice were given this antibody before or at the same time as old blood, they were protected from its harmful effects.

“When we age, we all have decreased cognitive function, decreased neurogenesis, and more inflammation in the brain,” says Yousef, who presented her findings at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego in November last year. “If we can figure out the mechanisms and reverse that, then we could promote healthy ageing. That’s what I truly believe will come out of this research eventually.”

Surprising effect
“It’s a sound study and it has a lot of potential,” says Jonathan Godbout at Ohio State University in Columbus. He says he’d like to see more data, but is cautiously optimistic that the work could lead to a treatment that could protect ageing brains.

Some teams have begun giving plasma from young donors to older people, to see if it can improve their health, or even reduce the effect of Alzheimer’s disease. But for the best chances of success, we’ll also need to neutralise the damaging effects of old blood, says Yousef.

Miles Herkenham at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland, says he is impressed with Yousef’s findings. It’s very surprising that a single protein seems to have such a huge effect, he says, but the results need to be replicated by another lab. “I like the idea, but I wouldn’t want to rush into human trials yet,” he says.

Target the old
A drug that protects people from the effects of old blood would be preferable to plasma injections, says Yousef. Should transfusions from young donors turn out to be effective, it would be difficult to scale this up as a treatment for all. Drugs that block harmful proteins in our own blood would be cheaper, safer and more accessible.

“At the end of the day, nobody wants blood transfusions,” says Yousef. “We want rejuvenating proteins and antibodies to help people age in a healthy manner.” She is patenting her compound, and hopes to develop a treatment to protect people from the effects of ageing.

The fact that Yousef’s antibody protects the mouse brain is particularly promising, because most drugs aren’t able to get into the brain – they fail to pass through the protective cell barrier that separates the brain from the body’s bloodstream.

Yousef’s drug doesn’t need to pass this barrier, because the protein it targets is present in the cells of the barrier itself.

Read more: Blood from human teens rejuvenates body and brains of old mice

Michael Flynn has resigned from his position as President Trump’s national security adviser

After weeks of confusion and speculation over reports that he misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russia, Michael Flynn has resigned from his position as President Trump’s national security adviser.

“I inadvertently briefed the Vice President-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador. I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology,” Flynn wrote in his resignation letter Monday, as reported by CNN. “I am tendering my resignation, honored to have served our nation and the American people in such a distinguished way.”

Lt. Gen. Flynn’s resignation came three days after congressional Democrats called for an investigation into conversations between Flynn and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak before Mr. Trump’s inauguration, during which the two allegedly discussed US sanctions placed on Russia by the Obama administration – a serious breach of diplomatic protocol.

Such conversations are a possible violation of the Logan Act, a rarely-enforced law barring US citizens from interfering in foreign diplomacy. But Flynn’s denial that he had discussed sanctions with the ambassador, a claim that the vice president repeated in television interviews as recently as this month, was his ultimate downfall, administration officials say.

“General Flynn’s decision to step down as national security adviser was all but ordained the day he misled the country about his secret talks with the Russian ambassador,” Rep. Adam B. Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said in a statement Monday, as reported by The New York Times. He added that the situation is still under investigation by the House committee.

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The move follows weeks of mixed communications from the Trump team regarding Flynn’s conversations with the Russian envoy and his relationship with the White House. Counselor Kellyanne Conway said on Monday that Trump had “full confidence” in Flynn, while press secretary Sean Spicer said on the same day that the president was still “evaluating the situation” and consulting with Pence.

Administration officials insist that Flynn resigned and was not fired by Trump. Still, senior Russian lawmakers said on Tuesday that his resignation reflected efforts to undermine relations between Russia and the United States.

“It’s obvious that Flynn was forced to write the letter of resignation under a certain amount of pressure,” said Leonid Slutsky, the head of the lower house of parliament’s foreign affairs committee, as reported by the government-run RIA news agency. “The target was Russia-U.S. relations, undermining confidence in the new U.S. administration.”

Flynn’s tenure as national security adviser lasted less than a month, making him one of the shortest-serving senior presidential advisers in modern history. Possible replacements reportedly include former CIA Director David Petraeus and Vice Admiral Robert Harward, a retired US Navy SEAL, a senior administration official said.

News of their $1 wedding went viral on social media


Kenyan Couple who married for $1 Hold $35,000 Valentine’s Day Wedding It is a dream come true for the couple whose $1 (£0.80) wedding went viral online as Kenyans of goodwill gave them an all-expense paid wedding at a cost of $35,000 on Valentine’s Day.

The invite only ceremony has been planned by Slique Events Planner Limited and other suppliers. Wilson and Ann Mutura could not afford the costs of getting married so they postponed their wedding twice in 2016, before tying the knot last month. News of their $1 wedding went viral on social media and many Kenyans offered to help. At their first wedding, they wore casual clothes and their party took place without cakes, flowers or decorations. Photos of their $35,000 second wedding have been posted on Facebook:

A Chinese man, after 50 years in India has finally been reunited with his family

Chinese man trapped in India goes home after 50 years
A Chinese man who was trapped in India for more than 50 years has finally been reunited with his family.

The BBC had reported how Wang Qi, an army surveyor who says he accidentally crossed into India in 1963, had not been given the necessary documents to leave the country.

Following the report, he was visited by Chinese diplomats, who told him efforts were being made to take him back.

Mr Wang was met by family members when his flight landed in Beijing.

Later, in his home city of Xianyang, crowds met him with banners reading “Welcome home, soldier, it’s been a rough journey”.

Mr Wang flew out from Delhi on Friday night accompanied by his adult children.

Chinese officials took him and his family shopping in a Delhi mall before they boarded the flight.

Mr Wang had been given a document by the Indian Foreign Ministry stating that he was cleared to leave. His family were given Indian passports so that they could leave with him if they wished.

His wife, an Indian citizen, was sick and did not accompany him.

Mr Wang’s mother died in 2006 before he could go back to see her
It is not clear if Mr Wang plans to return to India. He was never granted citizenship and was given a Chinese passport in 2013.

Mr Wang says he was “tasked with building roads for the Chinese army” and was captured when he “strayed erroneously” into India’s territory in January 1963.

“I had gone out of my camp for a stroll but lost my way. I was tired and hungry. I saw a Red Cross vehicle and asked them to help me. They handed me over to the Indian army,” he said.

He spent the next seven years in a number of different jails before a court ordered his release in 1969.

Police took him to Tirodi, a far-flung village in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. He had not been allowed to leave the country since.

Instead he worked at a flour mill, eventually marrying a local woman and raising a family. Neighbours said they lived in “utter poverty”.

A fistfight broke out in the South African parliament

A fistfight broke out in the South African parliament on Tuesday as security guards ejected opposition lawmakers in an ugly fracas that underlined heightened political tensions over Jacob Zuma’s presidency.

About 20 Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party members, who were wrestled from their seats by plain-clothed guards, had refused to let Zuma speak and furiously shouted down the Speaker, Baleka Mbete.

As Zuma looked on impassively, the radical leftist lawmakers – dressed in their uniform of red workers’ overalls – fought back to try to remain in the chamber until they were physically removed through a side door.

Before the guards moved in, the EFF members, led by their firebrand “commander in chief” Julius Malema, yelled that it was the president who should be thrown out.

“He broke his oath of office. Zuma is the one who must go,” they shouted.

Outside parliament, Malema told reporters and cheering supporters: “These bouncers must know that if they give violence, we will respond with violence. We are not scared.”

The disruption was the latest in a series of showdowns in parliament as pressure mounts on Zuma to resign or be axed as president by the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

He has been urged to step down by a number of senior ANC veterans of the anti-apartheid struggle, which brought liberation icon Nelson Mandela to power in 1994.

But he retains widespread loyalty in the party, and ANC lawmakers have regularly rallied to Zuma’s defence.

In April, they easily defeated an opposition move to impeach him.

The EFF, which was also ejected from parliament two weeks ago in similar scenes, has vowed that it will not let Zuma speak in the chamber, saying that it does not recognise him as president in the wake of two recent court cases.

In March, the country’s highest court found that Zuma had violated the constitution over the spending of millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money on his private rural residence at Nkandla in the eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal.

In April another court said he should face almost 800 corruption charges relating to a multi-billion dollar arms deal, that were dropped in 2009, shortly before he became president.

A packed public gallery watched the scuffles in parliament Tuesday, scores of them wearing black T-shirts emblazoned with Zuma’s picture and the slogan: “Accused No.1”.

Zuma has been wounded by months of scandals, including the sacking of two finance ministers in four days in December which rocked the markets and saw the rand currency plummet.

After recovering some ground, the rand fell sharply again on Monday after a newspaper report that the current finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, might be arrested by the Hawks, a special police unit seen as under Zuma’s influence.

Zuma is believed to have reluctantly installed the respected Gordhan in December after intervention by senior ANC leaders concerned about the crashing economy.

Gordhan has led efforts to try to restore confidence and avoid a looming downgrade of the country’s debt to junk status by the ratings agencies.

Behind the debacle at the finance ministry are allegations of graft centred on a wealthy immigrant family from India, the Guptas, who are alleged to have such influence over Zuma that they could decide ministerial appointments.

The parliament chaos comes as the country heads towards local elections in August, and some analysts predict that if the party suffers a major drop in support, Zuma may not serve out the last three years of his final term.

A French pesant became a local hero for helping African migrants – january 10-2017


Farmer given suspended €3,000 fine for helping migrants enter France
Cédric Herrou, an organic olive farmer who has become a local hero for providing shelter for Africans, convicted in Nice court

A French farmer who became a local hero for helping African migrants cross the border from Italy and providing them with shelter has been given a suspended €3,000 fine for aiding illegal arrivals.

Cédric Herrou’s trial in a court in Nice had become a focal point in the ongoing debate about refugees and migrants in France, and the French law against helping or sheltering them. The current Socialist government amended the law against assisting migrants, but it remains illegal to help them cross borders.

Herrou’s olive farm sits in a valley on the border with Italy, near a popular route for migrants trying to slip past border controls.

The organic farmer, 37, has been unapologetic about helping people travelling through Europe after the often perilous boat journey across the Mediterranean.

“If we have to break the law to help people, let’s do it,” he told supporters outside the court during his trial.

“Our role is to help people overcome danger, and the danger is this border,” he said, accusing French police of detaining thousands of minors and dumping them back across the border. He insisted he was acting on humanitarian grounds.

In October, Herrou led a group of activists who occupied a disused holiday village belonging to the SNCF state railway company and opened it up to a group of migrants. Police intervened after three days to evacuate the makeshift camp and arrested Herrou.

Herrou was convicted for helping migrants cross from Italy but he was acquitted of other charges of helping migrants in France, including sheltering them in the disused SNCF holiday village.
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New book on the role of hope and uncertainty for African migrants
Understanding migration aspirations and practices in times of crisis
Nauja Kleist & Dorte Thorsen
Access to safe and legal migration has become one of the key axes of inequality today. While images of the good life circulate globally in the media and through social networks, the vast majority of people in Africa are excluded from legal long-distance migration, due to restrictive migration policies and border controls. This mobility paradox raises a number of questions in situations where mobile livelihood strategies constitute important ways of coping with uncertainty and precarious life circumstances and where migration is perceived as one of the few pathways to a better life. Such questions include: How do (aspiring) migrants respond to restrictive migration policies? How do they understand their life and their future? Where do they aspire to go and how? What are the new destinations when Europe is closing its doors? And, more theoretically, how can we understand the role of hope and uncertainty in their actual or desired migratory projects?

In the new book ‘Hope and Uncertainty in Contemporary African Migration’, these questions are at the center of analysis. The volume employs hope as an analytical prism through which to examine the mobility paradox in a range of case studies of primarily West African migration. The introduction, written by Nauja Kleist, senior researcher at DIIS, offers a discussion of hope theories and their relevance when analyzing migration in situations of crisis, deepening inequality, and delimited access to legal migration. The analysis of hope and uncertainty is further explored through nine cases, written by Heike Drotbohm, Ida Vammen, Jesper Bjarnesen, Stephen Lubkemann, Heidi Østbø Haugen, Maria Hernandez-Carretero, Sylvie Bredeloup, Hans Lucht and Nauja Kleist. Set within the African continent and beyond, the focus of the chapters range from migration aspirations prior to actual journeys, life in new or established destinations – ranging from neighboring countries to Europe, China and Argentina, to migrants stuck in transit zones and after deportation. The authors thereby examine the changing social imaginaries underpinning migration projects, and how migrants perceive and navigate impediments to their mobility, generate strategies to accumulate material and symbolic wealth, grasp new opportunities, but also highlight extended periods of waiting, and of suffering, shame and social death when migration projects fail and hope is postponed or lost.

‘Hope and Uncertainty in Contemporary African Migration’ is edited by Nauja Kleist, DIIS, and Dorte Thorsen, University of Sussex, and published by Routledge as part of the Studies in Anthropology series. The book is one of the outputs from the FKK-funded research program ‘New Geographies of Hope and Despair’. It is also available as e-book on amazon and itunes.

Qatar World cup 2022, spending close to $500m per week

2022 World Cup hosts Qatar spending $500 million a week – finance minister


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Qatar is spending $500 million a week on the country’s infrastructure to ensure it is prepared to host the 2022 World Cup.

The country’s finance minister Ali Shareef Al-Emadi said that over $200 billion will be spent in total on stadiums, roads, a new airport and hospitals.

“We are spending close to $500m per week on capital projects,” he told journalists.

“And this will carry on for the next three to four years to achieve our goal and objective of really getting the country ready for 2022.

Al Bayt Stadium will be a host venue at the 2022 World Cup.
“Ninety per cent of the 2022 contracts have already been awarded.

“That doesn’t mean the stadiums only, we are talking about highways, rail, ports, airports, those are really underway, even hospitals and everything.

“We are really giving ourselves a good chance of delivering things on time and we don’t want to get in a place that we start painting while people are coming to the country.”

Qatar has come under fierce criticism over living and working conditions for workers since being awarded the 2022 World Cup in a contentious vote six years ago.
World Cup 2022 labourers in Qatar are to be given “cooling” hard hats which reduce their body temperature as they build football stadiums in the fierce desert heat.

The innovative technology uses a solar-powered fan to reduce the skin temperature by up to 10 degrees, said the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the body overseeing the controversial tournament’s organisation.

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“We are confident that this technology will create more comfortable and safer working conditions,” said Saud Abdul-Aziz Abdul-Ghani, an engineering professor at Qatar University, where the hat has been developed.

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The cooling hat scheme could be rolled out by next summer, officials said.

Summertime temperatures in Qatar regularly approach 50C (122F).

“Our objective was to reduce heat stress and heat strokes for workers in Qatar and the region during the summer months,” said Abdul-Ghani.

Saudi Gazette reported on Tuesday, 39,000 Pakistani nationals deported from Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia deports 39,000 Pakistanis

Provided by Khaleej Times Saudi Arabia deports 39,000 Pakistanis
Number of Pakistanis were held in the crimes of drug trafficking, thefts, forgery and physical assault

Some 39,000 Pakistani nationals have been deported from Saudi Arabia in the past four months for visa violations even as a top security official has ordered a “thorough scrutiny” of Pakistanis allowed into the Kingdom amid concern that some of them could be Daesh sympathisers.Saudi Arabia deported about 39,000 Pakistanis from the Kingdom in the past four months for violating the rules of residence and work, Saudi Gazette reported on Tuesday, quoting informed security sources as saying.

The sources also told the paper that the involvement of a number of Pakistani nationals in some terrorist actions orchestrated by Daesh, is a cause of public and societal worry.They said a number of Pakistanis were held in the crimes of drug trafficking, thefts, forgery and physical assault. Against this backdrop, Abdullah Al-Sadoun, chairman of the security committee of the Shoura Council, called for “thoroughly scrutinising” the Pakistanis before they are recruited for work in the Kingdom.

He asked for more closer coordination with the concerned authorities in Pakistan to thoroughly check those coming to work in the Kingdom due to the involvement of a number of Pakistanis in security issues, the report said.Sadoun said the political and religious inclinations of the Pakistanis coming to work in the Kingdom should be known to both sides before they are recruited for work.”Pakistan itself is plagued with terrorism due to its close proximity with Afghanistan. The Taleban extremist movement was itself born in Pakistan,” he said.

Meanwhile, according to Nafithat Tawasul (communications window) of the Interior Ministry, they are 82 Pakistani suspects of terror and security issues who are currently held in intelligence prisons.According to the report, as many as 15 Pakistanis, including a woman, were nabbed following the recent terrorist operations in Al-Harazat and Al-Naseem districts in Jeddah.The ministry recalled that last Ramadan, Abdullah Ghulzar Khan, a Pakistani, exploded himself at the car park of Dr. Soliman Fakheeh Hospital near the US consulate in Jeddah.He lived in the Kingdom for 12 years with his wife and her parents. He had arrived in Saudi Arabia on a private driver’s visa