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Thursday , November 15 2018


Ex-US energy head halts Saudi project

WASHINGTON, Oct 11, (RTRS): Former US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said on Wednesday he has suspended his role on the board of Saudi Arabia’s planned mega city NEOM until more is known about the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared on Oct 2 after visiting a Saudi consulate in Turkey. US …

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Bangladesh sentences ‘19’ to death – Death for drug crimes approved

DHAKA, Oct 10, (Agencies): A Bangladesh court on Wednesday sentenced Tarique Rahman, the acting chairman of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) to life in jail, and 19 more to death, over a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2004, lawyers said. The opposition is in disarray ahead …

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‘Anti-halal’ crackdown in Xinjiang – China

China revises anti-terror rules BEIJING, Oct 10, (Agencies): Anti-terror efforts in controversial “reeducation centres” in China’s Xinjiang region will be governed by new standardised rules, as international criticism mounts over the detention of as many one million in the restive far west. The revised rules, passed Tuesday, call on local …

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2 Britons among 9 dead in Mallorca floods

At least nine people including two Britons were killed as heavy rain and flash floods hit the Spanish island of Mallorca, authorities said on Wednesday. Torrents of brown water swept cars along narrow streets in the eastern town of Sant Llorenc late on Tuesday. Rivers burst their banks, and swamped …

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Kuwait’s UN ambassador part of UNSC’s delegation to DRC

NEW YORK, Oct 9, (KUNA): Kuwait’s Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi was part of a UN Security Council delegation to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that lasted five days, to oversee the December presidential parliamentary elections. In a press statement, the Kuwaiti permanent mission to the …

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US UN envoy resigns – Replacement in weeks

WASHINGTON, Oct 9, (Agencies): The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, is resigning “to take a little time off” and will leave at the end of the year, President Donald Trump said on Tuesday. Trump said he had accepted Haley’s resignation and would name her successor within two …

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Saudis allow Turkey to search its consulate in Istanbul

ANKARA, Oct 9, (RTRS): Saudi Arabian officials invited Turkish experts and related officials to visit its consulate in Istanbul, Turkey’s state-owned news agency Anadolu said on Tuesday, following the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi a week ago. Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said a search would be conducted there, while the …

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Iran hands unclean in court battle: US

U.N. COURT URGED TO TOSS OUT TEHRAN CASE ON FROZEN ASSETS THE HAGUE, Oct 8, (Agencies): The United States on Monday asked judges at the International Court of Justice to throw out a claim by Iran to recover $1.75 billion (1.5 billion euros) in national bank assets seized by US …

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Qatar to abolish exit visa ‘soon’

DOHA, Oct 8, (AFP): Qatar’s decision to abolish its controversial exit visa system will come into force by the end of October, a leading global trade union official said Monday. Sharan Burrow, head of the International Trade Union Confederation and once a prominent critic of the 2022 football World Cup …

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Turkey asks to search Saudi consulate

Turkey has sought permission to search Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul after a prominent journalist from the Kingdom went missing last week following a visit to the building, Turkish television reported on Monday. The request was made after the foreign ministry summoned the Saudi ambassador for a second time over …

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