Friday , February 23 2018


Iran, Iraq pressure Kurds – Oil embargo … border posts

ERBIL, Iraq, Sept 30, (AFP): International pressure mounted on Iraqi Kurdistan Saturday after its controversial independence “yes” vote, with neighbouring Iran announcing joint border drills with Iraq and banning fuel trade with the autonomous region. A day after a cut in foreign air links with the region, Iran’s state broadcaster …

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Syria strikes kill 28 civilians – Surge in raids leads to hospital closures

BEIRUT, Sept 30, (AFP): At least 28 civilians were killed in air strikes on northwestern Syria where a planned safe zone has been overshadowed by a bombing campaign against jihadists, a monitor said Saturday. Four children were among the dead in the overnight strikes on the town of Armanaz, in …

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Futuristic skyline: Dubai dreams of ‘flying taxis’

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Sept 30, (Agencies): With a whirling buzz from 18 rotors, the pilotless helicopter gently lifted off the ground and soared up into the afternoon sky, the spire of the world’s tallest building visible behind it. The recent unmanned flight by the German-made electric Volocopter represents the …

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Immigrants line up to renew work permits as program ends

The line stretches down the block before the sun rises in Los Angeles, made up of immigrants seeking help to renew their work permits under a program that has shielded them from deportation but is now nearing its end. Ivan Vizueta, a 25-year-old from Long Beach, California, brought a folding …

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Contradictory crackdown on mosque ‘extremism’

ISLAMABAD, Sept 28, (Agencies): Despite public humiliation and periods of house arrest, the former leader of Pakistan’s notorious Red Mosque is inspiring a new generation of extremists with his old rhetoric — highlighting Islamabad’s ambivalent attempts to bring religious hardliners to heel. Ten years after the military raid on his …

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Rakhine magnet for Chinese cash – Myanmar to verify returnees

YANGON, Sept 28, (AFP): Myanmar is poised to begin “verifying” how many of the near half a million Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh it will take back, the Ministry of Information said Thursday, naming land and sea points in restive Rakhine state for their return. Some 480,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled …

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Flight ban on Kurds … threat to oil – Nine to one for secession

ERBIL, Iraq, Sept 28, (Agencies): Hundreds of passengers waited to board flights out of the Kurdish region at Erbil International Airport on Thursday after Baghdad threatened to ban flights following an independence referendum held by Iraq’s Kurds earlier this week. Most international carriers who fly to and from airports in …

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End to driving ban saves billions

RIYADH/DUBAI, Sept 27, (RTRS): Saudi Arabia’s decision to end a driving ban for women is likely to save families billions of dollars, boost industries from car sales to insurance, and reassure investors that the kingdom’s push to diversify its economy beyond oil is on track. It should also encourage more …

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British editor in UAE pleads not guilty in wife’s killing

DUBAI, UAE, Sept 27, (AP): The British editor-at-large of a prominent English-language newspaper in Dubai pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a premeditated murder charge over his wife’s killing, as prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty. Police allege Gulf News editor Francis Matthew beat his 62-year-old wife Jane to …

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