Monday , October 15 2018



Fix it, Khamenei tells officials on crisis – Sanctions distort Iran economy DUBAI, Oct 11, (RTRS): Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has ordered officials to urgently find solutions to ease an economic crisis spurred by the re-imposition of US sanctions, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Thursday. Washington …

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Kashmiri rebel leader killed

GOPALPUR, India, Oct 11, (Agencies): A Kashmiri scholar turned rebel leader and his colleague were killed Thursday in a gun battle with Indian troops, police and residents said, sparking violent anti-India protests by residents in the disputed region. Indian troops laid siege to a village in northwestern Handwara area early …

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Hurricane devastates Florida, 2 dead – Michael leaves ‘unimaginable destruction’

PANAMA CITY, Florida, Oct 11, (AP): Search-and-rescue teams fanned out across the Florida Panhandle to reach trapped people in Michael’s wake Thursday as daylight yielded scenes of rows upon rows of houses smashed to pieces by the third-most powerful hurricane on record to hit the continental US. At least two …

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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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