Tuesday , October 23 2018


Barzani makes Iraq comeback

SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq, Oct 22, (AFP): A year after a disastrous independence vote he had championed in Iraqi Kurdistan, veteran leader Massud Barzani has made a strong comeback both on the home front and in Baghdad. While Iraq’s presidency, a ceremonial post, has gone to Barham Saleh of the rival Patriotic …

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Europeans want Iran bank tied to world

TEHRAN, Oct 22, (AFP): European nations are seeking to ensure at least one Iranian bank stays connected to the world after the US imposed new sanctions against the country, a French senator said in Tehran on Sunday. The United States pulled out of a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran …

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Turkish police find abandoned Saudi consulate car, allege body double CAIRO, Oct 22, (Agencies): Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s son, Salah, to express their condolences, the Saudi Press Agency said late on Sunday. Saudi Arabia has said that Khashoggi, a …

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Key investment summit to go ahead – Erdogan speaks Tuesday RIYADH, Oct 21, (Agencies): Saudi Arabia will host a key investment summit on Tuesday, overshadowed by the killing of critic Jamal Khashoggi that has prompted a wave of policymakers and corporate giants to withdraw. Just ahead of the three-day Future …

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Qatar may put ‘fans’ on ships

DOHA, Oct 21, (AFP): Qatar could accommodate thousands more football fans on cruise ships during the 2022 World Cup than previously estimated, leading organisers in the emirate have revealed. An official with the country’s largest hotel owner, Katara Hospitality, confirmed on Sunday that up to 20,000 rooms on ships would …

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Gunmen kill 9 in Philippines

Gunmen killed nine members of a farmers’ group who occupied part of a privately owned sugarcane plantation in a central Philippine province, police said Sunday. The victims were resting in a hut Saturday night when about 10 gunmen opened fire, police said. At least four farmers survived the attack at …

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‘Problems’ plague Afghan polls, casualties near 300

KABUL, Oct 21, (Agencies): Problems plagued hundreds of Afghan polling centres Sunday in the shambolic legislative election’s second day of voting, fuelling criticism of organizers and eroding hopes for credible results after a ballot marred by deadly violence. As voting restarted in more than 20 provinces, an AFP tally of …

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Taiwan train derails, killing 22

Accident major tragedy – Tsai TAIPEI, Taiwan, Oct 21, (Agencies): Twenty-two people were killed and 171 others injured on Sunday when one of Taiwan’s newer, faster trains derailed on a curve along a popular weekend route, officials said. The Puyuma express train was carrying more than 366 passengers from a …

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Kuwait deplores Israeli decision to build new Jewish settlement

Settlements constitute violation of int’l law NEW YORK, Oct 20, (KUNA): Kuwait strongly condemned the Israeli government’s recent decision to build a new Jewish settlement in the southern city of Hebron (Al-Khalil), home to 200,000 Palestinians, the first since 2002. This came during a speech by Kuwait’s Permanent Representative to …

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Protesters demand new vote on Brexit – Radical cleric freed

LONDON, Oct 20, (Agencies): Tens of thousands of protesters marched through central London on Saturday to demand a new referendum on Britain’s departure from the European Union. Organizers want the public to have a final say on the government’s Brexit deal with the EU, arguing that new facts have come …

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