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“ARATA Garden Residences” Launches Japanese ...

(KPL) The community housing project ARATA Garden Residences, on the back side of LAO ITECC and next to That Luang Lake of Xaysettha district, will start its construction in early 2019 and is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2021.

ARATA is Creed's first project in Laos as a joint venture with the Singaporean corporation Aanandi Group Co., Ltd.

ARATA means New in Japanese and "Mai" in Lao and it brings a new concept of properly managed community living to Laos in response to changing lifestyle in the Lao PDR, said Mr Toshihiko Muneyoshi, Director of Creed Group at the lunch vent of the ARATA Garden Residences in Vientiane on Nov 10, 2018.

ARATA Garden Residence comprises more than 108 units in total, and provides various selections of house types available from shop houses, link villas and single villas. It also offers varieties of facilities such as community swimming pool, kid pool, playground, mini mart, gym, and 24hr security services. The proposal for this project is affordable and convenient living without sacrificing quality and utility, said Mr Toshihiko Muneyoshi.

We actually share this vision and see this city being a big new city not only in Laos, but in the region and we know that city will keep growing, said Mr Toshihiko.

Cities around the world are changing and people no longer want to spend half of their day in traffic. Urban planners, as well as consumers are looking at ways around this.

ARATA is located at Ban Muangnoi, Xaysetha district, Vientiane, which is one of the fastest growing areas in terms of land price and population. It is about 4 km from Lao ITECC, and close to Bazaar-B Cash & Carry wholesale market, Lane Xang Sports Complex and other potential places.

Aanandi and Creed have started cooperating with one another for ARATA Xaysetha. Aanandi Group with its headquarter in Singapore have an ongoing project in Lao Aanandi Riverview Project which started construction in Feb of 2018 and will be completed in late 2019, Mrs Soumieng Deajpanyanan, Director of the Aanandi Group. Creed and Aanandi Group are bringing the Japanese way of managing construction quality and landscape design into Laos.

Creed Group is a Japanese real estate firm with more than 20 years of experience in mature real estate market in Japan, and has been investing in the growing real estate markets in Cambodia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Laos since 2009.

Source: Lao News Agency

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Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Kimberly Breier ...

Assistant Secretary Kimberly Breier will travel to Colombia November 13-17 to meet with President Duque and other senior Colombian officials.

While in Colombia, Assistant Secretary Breier will participate in the official arrival ceremony of the USNS Comfort in Turbo. She will visit the border town of CA�cuta, where she will meet with international and non-governmental organization leaders and volunteers from U.S.-supported programs that provide humanitarian aid to Venezuelan refugees and migrants; and she will travel to Antioquia to work on our bilateral efforts to confront narcotics production and trafficking.

During her visit, the Assistant Secretary also will meet with Colombian business leaders and civil society representatives.

Source: US Department of State

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Rewards for Justice – Reward Offer for Information on Hamas and ...

The U.S. Department of State's Rewards for Justice Program is offering rewards of up to $5 million each for information leading to the identification or location of Hamas leader Salih al-Aruri and Lebanese Hizballah leaders Khalil Yusif Mahmoud Harb and Haytham 'Ali Tabataba'i.

Salih al-Aruri is a deputy of the political bureau of the terrorist organization Hamas and one of the founders of the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas's military wing. Aruri is currently living freely in Lebanon, where he reportedly is working with Qasem Soleimani, leader of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Quds Force. Aruri funded and directed Hamas military operations in the West Bank and has been linked to several terrorist attacks, hijackings, and kidnappings. In 2014, al-Aruri announced Hamas's responsibility for the June 12, 2014 terrorist attack that kidnapped and killed three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank, including dual U.S. �Israeli citizen Naftali Fraenkel. He publicly praised the murders as a heroic operation. In September 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury designated al-Aruri as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) pursuant to Executive Order 13224.

Khalil Yusif Mahmoud Harb is a close adviser to Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Lebanese Hizballah terrorist group, and has served as the group's chief military liaison to Iran and to Palestinian terrorist organizations. Harb has commanded and supervised Lebanese Hizballah's military operations in the Palestinian territories and in several countries throughout the Middle East. In August 2013, the U.S. Department of the Treasury designated Harb as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist pursuant to Executive Order 13224. In May 2015, Saudi officials designated Harb as a terrorist and accused him of commanding Hizballah's central military unit and of being responsible for Hizballah's activities in Yemen.

Haytham 'Ali Tabataba'i is a key Hizballah military leader who has commanded Hizballah's special forces in both Syria and Yemen. Tabataba'i's actions in Syria and Yemen are part of a larger Hizballah effort to provide training, materiel, and personnel in support of its destabilizing regional activities. In October 2016, the Department of State designated Tabataba'i as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist pursuant to Executive Order 13224.

Hamas and Hizballah receive weapons, training, and funding from Iran, which the Secretary of State has designated as a state sponsor of terrorism. The Department of State designated both Hamas and Hizballah as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) in October 1997, under the Immigration and Nationality Act, and as Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) entities in October 2001 under Executive Order 13224.

More information about these reward offers is located on the Rewards for Justice website at www.rewardsforjustice.net. We encourage anyone with information on these individuals to contact the Rewards for Justice office via the website, e-mail (info@rewardsforjustice.net), phone (1-800-877-3927 in North America), or mail (Rewards for Justice, Washington, D.C., 20520-0303, USA). Individuals may also contact the Regional Security Officer at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. All information will be kept strictly confidential.

The Rewards for Justice program is administered by the U.S. Department of State's Diplomatic Security Service. Since its inception in 1984, the program has paid in excess of $145 million to more than 90 people who provided actionable information that helped bring terrorists to justice or prevented acts of international terrorism worldwide. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Rewards4Justice.

Source: US Department of State

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International Education Week Kicks Off With Record Number of Students ...

From November 12-16, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education are celebrating International Education Week (IEW) by encouraging Americans to seek opportunities to study abroad and welcoming international students to study in th...Read More

International Education Week Kicks Off With Record Number of Students ...

From November 12-16, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education are celebrating International Education Week (IEW) by encouraging Americans to seek opportunities to study abroad and welcoming international students to study in th...Read More