Tuesday , October 16 2018


Trump, Merkel clash; US prez says Berlin captive to Russia

BRUSSELS, July 11, (AFP): US President Donald Trump traded barbs with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a tense NATO summit Wednesday after he accused Berlin of being “captive” to Russia and demanded it immediately step up defence spending. The two-day meet in Brussels is shaping up as the alliance’s most …

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US labels Iran-backed group terrorist

KHAMENEI AIDE GROOMS STRATEGIC TIES WITH MOSCOW WASHINGTON, July 11, (Agencies): The US designated Tuesday Al-Ashtar Brigades (AAB), “an Iran-backed group in Bahrain”, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT). The Department of State said in a statement that it also designated two AAB-affiliated …

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Suicides of poor wipe the shine off India’s gem trade – Death by diamonds

SURAT, July 10, (RTRS): After polishing diamonds destined for luxury stores from New York to Hong Kong for nearly 10 hours in a cramped workshop in western India, Vikram Raujibhai went home, waited for his family to leave, and locked the front door. Raujibhai doused himself in kerosene and lit …

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Pakistan to deploy 371,388 troops – ‘Hope’ for Afghan peace talks — US

KABUL, July 10, (Agencies): US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday there was “now hope” for peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taleban, during an unannounced visit to Kabul. Pompeo’s first visit to Afghanistan since he was sworn in as America’s top diplomat in April came amid …

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Duterte wants term cut

The Philippine president wants a draft of a new constitution shifting the country into a federal system to require the election of a new leader before that change to cut short his presidency, his spokesman said Monday. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said a committee, which submitted the 114- page draft …

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India death sentences upheld over 2012 rape

NEW DELHI, July 9, (Agencies): India’s top court on Monday upheld death sentences for three men convicted over the notorious 2012 gang-rape and murder of a woman that sparked national protests and soul-searching. Jyoti Singh, a physiotherapy student, was raped and left for dead by a gang of five men …

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Rescuers race to find survivors, toll hits 114

KURASHIKI, Japan, July 9, (Agencies): Rescuers in Japan dug through mud and rubble on Monday, racing to find survivors after torrential rain unleashed floods and landslides that killed at least 114 people, with dozens missing. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cancelled an overseas trip to deal with Japan’s worst flood disaster …

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Johnson quits UK govt in mounting Brexit crisis

Davis says couldn’t support May’s plan LONDON, July 9, (AP): British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigned Monday, adding to divisions over Brexit that threaten to tear apart Prime Minister Theresa May’s government. May’s office said in a terse statement that the prime minister had accepted Johnson’s resignation and would name …

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China could help us set up high-tech, industrial parks

WIN-WIN FOR CHINA-KUWAIT TIES KUWAIT CITY, July 8, (KUNA): His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah said China could help set up industrial and high-tech parks in northern Kuwait, part of the country’s strategic plans to diversify its economy and be a global trade and financial …

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KLM exits Iran

DUBAI, UAE, July 8, (Agencies): Dutch airline KLM says it will halt flights to Tehran “as a result of the negative results and financial outlook” following the US withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear accord. The airline, part of the Air France KLM group, made the announcement in a short statement …

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