April 24, 2014 -- Updated 4:10 pm GMT

Al-Qaeda Calls For Saudi King’s Death After Interfaith Meeting

Posted in: Saudi Arabia

A key al-Qaeda leader is calling for Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah to be killed after the King held an interfaith dialogue earlier this month in Spain.

“Hurrying to kill this wanton tyrant (King Abdullah) who has announced himself to be a leader of atheism would be among the most pious acts,” Abu Yahya al-Libi said in a video posted on Monday on Islamist websites often used by al Qaeda supporters.

The message follows the groundbreaking Saudi-sponsored interfaith conference in which King Abdullah called on followers of the world’s major faiths to turn away from extremism and seek reconciliation.

“The call for a rapprochement of religions issued by the (Saudi) tyrant … is an integral part of the overt Crusader war against Islam and Muslims,” Libi said. He likened King Abdullah to a “corrupting fountainhead” that had to be buried.

“This in fact is a call to turn one’s back on Islam and … to look for commonalities with Judaism and Christianity so whatever the three agree on would become the new modern religion which would be allowed to be propagated,” Libi said.

Abu Yahia al-Libi, who escaped from Afghanistan’s Bagram prison in 2005, says “bringing religions together…means renouncing Islam.”

The Madrid gathering aimed to draw Muslims, Jews and Christians – as well as leaders of other faiths - closer together and isolate those who use religion to justify violence or intolerance. It was the first time Saudi Arabia, where non-Muslims cannot practice their faith openly, had invited Jews to such a meeting.

Media Scrutiny Could Be Worsening Princess’ Condition

Posted in: Japan

Doctors are warning that intense media coverage of Japan’s Crown Princess Masako could be worsening her stress induced illness. capt c00d0521dee949ed84503f8d743208b4 japan royal xkk103 224x300 Media Scrutiny Could Be Worsening Princess Condition

“There is a possibility that repeated questions on matters such as the reasons why Crown Princess Masako is not accompanying the crown prince on overseas visits will aggravate (her) medical condition,” a team of doctors treating the princess said, according to Kyodo News agency.

The doctors asked the media for “consideration” in reporting on Masako’s health, according to the Asahi and Sankei newspapers.

Masako, who married Crown Prince Naruhito in 1993, has been suffering from a stress induced ailment. She has been rarely seen publically in recent years, and has not accompanied her husband on royal tours – such as most recently to Spain last week.

Before his departure to Spain, the heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne asked the public for better understanding of his wife. He says Masako is doing her best to overcome her illness.

Pressures to produce a male heir and to conform with the ancient traditions of palace life are believed to have contributed to the Crown Princess’ illness.

William & Kate Reunite

Posted in: United Kingdom

Kate Middleton has flown out of the UK to reunite with her beau, Prince William, who will be ending his stint in the Royal Navy.

These past two months has been the longest the couple of five years has been apart.

“Kate has missed him massively. She will be hoping her sailor has a little energy left in the tank for her,” a friend says.

Kate and Willd have been keeping in touch through e-mails and phone calls.

It is said that the couple will vacation for two weeks on the island of Mustique – a site they have done their R&R before. It will be their third trip together this year. The first was a skiing trip to Kolsters, then in May, to Mustique.

Mindful of the row over his use of an RAF helicopter to take him to his cousin’s stag party earlier this year, Clarence House stressed that William has paid for all his flights to and from the Caribbean.