Saudi Arabia hosts ulema conference on Afghanistan

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Sarah Zaman in “View 360” covered these topics:
• The International Ulema Conference on Afghanistan Peace and Security got underway on Tuesday morning in Saudi Arabia – with a 35-member Ulema delegation from Afghanistan led by head of the Ulema Council, Mawlawi Qayamuddin Kashaf, in attendance.
More than 200 representatives from 57 countries and 108 Ulema members from 32 countries are attending.
• Donald Trump is set to make one of the most consequential decisions of his presidency on Monday when he names a new justice to sit on the US supreme court.
• The president’s announcement, which with his usual taste for suspense is to be televised live at 9pm from the east room of the White House, could set the direction of the court for decades and light the fuse of an acrimonious political battle.
Turkish assets slipped Tuesday after re-elected President Recep Erdogan appointed new cabinet ministers amid the adoption of sweeping executive powers.
The country’s benchmark BIST 100 index was down 1.25 percent at noon Istanbul time, and the prices of Turkish dollar-denominated bonds fell across the board.
Erdogan named his son-in-law Berat Albayrak as finance minister Monday, removing some incumbent officials considered friendlier to foreign investors.