Friday , November 24 2017


UAE issues law to safeguard migrant workers against forced labour and sexual harassment

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates, criticised globally for its treatment of migrant workers, issued a law on Tuesday to combat abuse of domestic staff, state news agency WAM said. It includes prohibitions on sexual harassment, forced labour, and the employment of domestic workers under 18. It also stipulates that workers …

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Erdogan warns of ethnic war risk – Damascus open to Kurd autonomy

ANKARA, Sept 26, (AFP): Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned the Iraqi Kurdish leader against pushing for independence after holding a non-binding referendum, saying such a move risked sparking an “ethnic war” in the region. “If (Massud) Barzani and the Kurdish Regional Government do not go back on …

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Bangladesh seeks $250m for aid – Rohingya toll mounts

COX’s BAZAR, Bangladesh, Sept 26, (AFP):With no money even to bury his eight-year-old daughter, Ali Hossain broke down as he recounted her final moments, the latest Rohingya refugee to die in Bangladesh as fears mount over outbreaks of disease. The little girl was among some 436,000 Rohingya Muslims who fl …

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Benghazi trial opens Oct 2 – Trial could undercut Sessions’ push for tribunals

WASHINGTON, Sept 26, (AP): The trial of the suspected mastermind of the 2012 Benghazi, Libya, attacks will be one of the biggest terrorism cases yet for the US Justice Department under a leader who has said it shouldn’t be handling such cases. Since his time as a US senator, Jeff …

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IRAQI MPs DEMAND TROOPS RETAKE DISPUTED AREAS – Kurds vote in push for independence

Erdogan says Turkey to close border, warns on oil ERBIL/SULAIMANIYA, Iraq, Sept 25, (Agencies): Kurds voted in large numbers in an independence referendum in northern Iraq on Monday, ignoring pressure from Baghdad, threats from Turkey and Iran, and international warnings that the vote may ignite yet more regional conflict. The …

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Millions of medicines seized in largest INTERPOL ‘operation’ – Illicit online pharmacies targeted

LYON, France, Sept 25: In the largest action of its kind, INTERPOL’s Operation Pangea X targeting the illicit online sale of medicines and medical devices saw some 400 arrests worldwide and the seizure of more than $51 million worth of potentially dangerous medicines. Kuwait is one of the participating countries …

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Raqqa retake seen within month – ‘Russia hits US-backed militia’

RAQQA, Syria, Sept 25, (Agencies): US-backed militias expect to push all Islamic State fighters out of their former Syrian headquarters of Raqqa in less than a month, a Kurdish commander told Reuters on Monday. Under the banner of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the militias have hemmed the jihadists into …

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Tehran rejects US claims of North Korea missile link

TEHRAN, Sept 25, (AFP): Iran said Monday that suggestions by US President Donald Trump that it was working with North Korea on missile development were “nonsense”. Foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi was responding to a tweet by Trump over the weekend in which the US president wrote: “Iran just test …

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28 Hindu villagers corpses found in mass grave massacred by Rohingya Muslim militants

YANGON, Sept 25, (AFP): Myanmar troops on Monday searched for dozens of missing Hindu villagers feared dead after the discovery of a grave containing 28 corpses in Rakhine state, evidence of what the army says is a massacre by Rohingya Muslim militants. Northern Rakhine has been ravaged by communal violence …

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