Washington, Jumada II 28, 1435, Apr 28, 2014, SPA — A fierce line of severe weather hit the central and south-central United States late Sunday, killing at least 16 people in Arkansas, one in Oklahoma, and one in Iowa.
Some of the worst damage was north of Little Rock, Arkansas, where reported tornadoes devastated the towns of Mayflower and Vilonia. “It’s chaos here,” said Vilonia Mayor James Firestone. “Our downtown area seems like it’s completely leveled.”
In Mayflower, about 30 kilometers to the southwest, authorities closed a section of a highway after a tornado “as much as a half-mile wide” roared through the area, the National Weather Service (NWS) said. CNN estimated the winds from the storm at 210 to 240 kilometers per hour (kph) in Mayflower.
Ten deaths were reported in Faulkner County, where Vilonia and Mayflower are located, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management said, also confirming five deaths in Pulaski County and one in White County. More than 100 people were treated at hospitals in the state, the agency said.
NWS meteorologist Jeff Hood said that at least one long-tracked tornado began in Pulaski County, northwest of Little Rock, and moved northeast from there. The agency will survey damage in coming days to determine the rating of the tornado and if any other tornadoes hit in the region, he said.
President Barack Obama offered his condolences to storm victims while on a four-country tour of Asia, pledging that federal assistance would arrive shortly.
“I want you all to know FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) is on the ground and will help Americans in need, and your country will be there to help and rebuild as long as it takes,” Obama said from the Philippines.
Rabat, Jumada II 26, 1435, Apr 26, 2014, SPA — On behalf of Moroccan King Mohammed VI, Prince Rashid Al-Hussain II opened here yesterday 9th International Forum for Agriculture.
During the opening ceremony, Prince Rashid visited the Kingdom of Saudi A…
Jeddah, Jumada II 26, 1435, Apr 26, 2014, SPA — The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, welcomed the agreement signed by the delegations of the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Hamas Movement on Palestinian resolution, based on agreements done in Makkah, Cairo and the Doha Declaration. This is a key pillar of and an important step towards restoration of unity and cohesion among the Palestinian people, which enables them confront the grave challenges imposed by the Israeli occupation and Israel’s disregard for the peace process through the settlement and blockade policy and systematic assault on the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The Secretary General stressed the need to quickly translate the agreement to political reality, stressing at the same time the continuous readiness of the OIC to contribute to steps which could strengthen Palestinian national unity.
The Secretary General added that the Palestinian reconciliation is an urgent need for the protection of the higher Palestinian interests and towers above all other interests and relations. He also said that all efforts being made to reclaim legitimate Palestinian rights and establish the Palestinian state on the 1967 border with Al-Quds as its capital must emanate from a Palestinian entity united in its positions, decision, policies and objectives.
Iyad Madani called on the international community to support the Palestinian national reconciliation efforts and provide the means for their success considering the role of such efforts in promoting peace and stability in the region.
Riyadh, Jumada II 26, 1435, Apr 26, 2014, SPA — Prince Ahmad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Prince Khalid bin Badar bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Region, performed here today after Asr prayer at Imam Turki bin Abdulaziz Mosque a funeral prayer for the …
Riyadh, Jumada II 26, 1435, Apr 26, 2014, SPA — The Saudi newspapers highlighted today manifestations of love and loyalty between the leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Saudi people.
The Saudi newspapers highlighted achievements during …