Thursday , December 13 2018

International

TEHRAN WARNS OIL CUSTOMERS FACE PAINFUL TIME AHEAD

Oil to zero without price hike US aim – US issues warning on shipping WASHINGTON, Nov 8, (Agencies): The United States is determined to push Iranian oil exports to zero, US Special Representative Brian Hook said on Wednesday, through a ‘calibrated’ approach using maximum economic pressure without lifting oil prices. …

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Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi freed from jail

Islamabad, Nov 7, 2018 (AFP) – A Pakistani Christian woman who spent eight years on death row for blasphemy has been freed from jail a week after her acquittal in a landmark case triggered angry Islamist protests, her lawyer said Thursday. Asia Bibi’s conviction was overturned by the country’s highest …

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Samsung folding screen lets smartphone open into tablet

San Francisco, Nov 7, 2018 (AFP) – Samsung on Wednesday showed off a folding screen that lets a smartphone open into a tablet, heralding it as the future for portable devices. Senior vice president of mobile product marketing Justin Denison pulled a prototype foldable smartphone from a suit jacket inner …

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Asia Bibi still in Pakistan jail

One week after the country’s highest court ordered her release, a Pakistani Christian who has spent eight years on death row for blasphemy was still in prison Wednesday, with no immediate prospect of freedom. Thousands of Islamists poured onto the streets in protest after Supreme Court judges overturned Asia Bibi’s …

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Omar, Tlaib 1st Muslim women in Congress

More diverse as elections break barriers of race and gender CHICAGO, Nov 7, (Agencies): A onetime Somali refugee and the daughter of Palestinian immigrants shared the historic distinction Tuesday of becoming the first two Muslim women elected to the US Congress. Both women – Ilhan Omar, 37, and Rashida Tlaib, …

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Fear builds for civilians as forces close on Yemen port

ADEN, Nov 7, (Agencies): Yemeni pro-government forces advanced closer to rebel-held Hodeida overnight, a military source said on Wednesday, raising fears over humanitarian aid deliveries through the lifeline port city. Concern was also growing for civilians in Hodeida, as the fighting drew near and after reports that snipers had positioned …

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Dems own House, Senate for Trump

HOUSE TURN COULD ECHO IN MOSCOW, BEIJING, RIYADH WASHINGTON, Nov 7, (AP): Democrats seized the House majority from President Donald Trump’s Republican Party on Tuesday in a suburban revolt that threatened what’s left of the president’s governing agenda. But the GOP gained ground in the Senate and preserved key governorships, …

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Bangladesh top extremist shot dead

Bangladesh police said Tuesday they had killed the chief of Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), an extremist group accused of murdering secular activists and inspiring a cafe siege that killed 22 people. Khorshed Alam, described as the “emir” of Bangladesh’s deadliest Islamist outfit, was gunned down early Tuesday morning in the …

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Up to eight feared dead in Marseille building collapse

As many as eight people were feared dead Tuesday after two dilapidated apartment blocks collapsed in the southern French city of Marseille, where a first body was pulled out of the wreckage. Rescuers worked throughout the night looking for victims in the rubble of two buildings which collapsed suddenly on …

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At least 200 mass graves in Iraq

GENEVA, Nov 6, (Agencies): More than 200 mass graves containing the remains of thousands of victims have been discovered in areas formerly controlled by the so-called Islamic State (IS) or ISIL in Iraq, according to a UN report released Tuesday. The report highlights the legacy of ISIL’s relentless campaign of …

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