RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — British Prime Minister Gordon Brown met with former Saudi inmates of Guantanamo Bay as he toured a deradicalization center on Sunday.
Saudi officials claim their efforts at rehabilitating extremists using months of reasoned argument against radical Islam have a success rate of 80 to 90 percent.
Brown told reporters after the trip that the center showed the Saudis “are committed to tackling extremists who poison young people with the evil ideology of terror.”
“I was glad to have had the opportunity to witness how they are seeking to challenge the attitude of young
people who would be vulnerable to being brought under the spell of extreme groups,” he added.
Iraq is selling Saddam’s luxury yacht after dispute
BAGHDAD — Iraq says it has decided to sell Saddam Hussein’s luxury yacht after winning a legal dispute over its ownership.
The former dictator’s 269-foot superyacht is fitted with swimming pools, salons, a secret passage and a rocket launching system.
Iraq government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh says that the government agreed to part with the superyacht.
French authorities seized the boat on Jan. 31 after it docked in Nice on the Mediterranean coast. The yacht remained there while courts settled a row over the ship’s ownership.
A yacht brokerage firm had tried to sell the boat for a reported $35 million. But Iraq said the yacht still belonged to the country.
Chinese officials destroy contaminated animal feed
SHANGHAI, China — Chinese regulators said over the weekend that they had confiscated and destroyed more than 3,600 tons of animal feed tainted with melamine, an industrial chemical that has contaminated food supplies in China and led to global recalls of Chinese dairy products.
In what appeared to be China’s biggest food safety crackdown in years, the government also said Saturday that it had closed 238 feed makers.
— Wire Reports