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Gulf braces for tough times over oil plunge – Belt-tightening has already begun

Posted by on 19/12/2014
Filed under Kuwait, Other News, Top Stories, World

Gulf braces for tough times over oil plunge – Belt-tightening has already begun

Gulf braces for tough times over oil plunge – Belt-tightening has already begun

KUWAIT: Gulf countries are bracing for tough times as vital oil revenues fall and after they missed a golden opportunity to diversify their economies in a decade of unprecedented windfalls, analysts say. The six nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – could […]

Top jihadist slain as Iraq Kurds press fightback

Posted by on 19/12/2014
Filed under Middle East, World

Top jihadist slain as Iraq Kurds press fightback

Top jihadist slain as Iraq Kurds press fightback

NAHYAT AL-AYADHIYA, Iraq: Kurdish forces pressed their biggest offensive against the Islamic State group so far yesterday, buoyed by US reports that jihadist supremo Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s top aide in Iraq has been killed. Kurdish peshmerga forces were securing the surroundings of Mount Sinjar after breaking a months-old jihadist siege of the northwestern region while […]

Man rams car into Spain ruling party headquarters – Gas-laden car fails to explode

Posted by on 19/12/2014
Filed under Europe, Top Stories, World

Man rams car into Spain ruling party headquarters – Gas-laden car fails to explode

Man rams car into Spain ruling party headquarters – Gas-laden car fails to explode

MADRID: A man rammed a car loaded with gas cylinders into the Madrid headquarters of Spain’s conservative ruling party yesterday, police said. The canisters did not explode and there were no injuries, a police spokeswoman told AFP. Some reports and officials said the car also contained explosives. Details of the suspect’s possible motives remained unclear […]

Umbrellas banned as Xi arrives in Macau – Pro-democracy protesters plan march today

Posted by on 19/12/2014
Filed under Asia, World

Umbrellas banned as Xi arrives in Macau – Pro-democracy protesters plan march today

Umbrellas banned as Xi arrives in Macau – Pro-democracy protesters plan march today

MACAU: President Xi Jinping visited a drizzly Macau yesterday for the 15th anniversary of the gambling hub’s return to Chinese rule, with onlookers barred from using umbrellas-the emblem of democracy protests in nearby Hong Kong. The two-day trip to the former Portuguese enclave comes just days after Hong Kong police cleared the last of three […]

8 children found dead at Australian property – Gruesome mass stabbings just days after Sydney siege

Posted by on 19/12/2014
Filed under Asia, Top Stories, World

8 children found dead at Australian property – Gruesome mass stabbings just days after Sydney siege

8 children found dead at Australian property – Gruesome mass stabbings just days after Sydney siege

CAIRNS, Australia: Eight children ranging from babies to teenagers were found dead at a home in the Australian city of Cairns yesterday, police said, reportedly in a gruesome mass stabbing just days after a deadly siege in Sydney. Prime Minister Tony Abbott called the Cairns tragedy heartbreaking, with Australia already in an outpouring of national […]

With Cuba decision, Obama hands Hillary Clinton a gift

Posted by on 19/12/2014
Filed under America, Top Stories, World

With Cuba decision, Obama hands Hillary Clinton a gift

With Cuba decision, Obama hands Hillary Clinton a gift

WASHINGTON: Potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton knows a political gift when she sees one. She was quick to embrace the step this week when President Barack Obama, a fellow Democrat no longer having to face an electorate, relaxed US policy toward Cuba. While assailed by Republicans opposed to restoring ties with the communist-led […]

Gulf of Guinea: New Africa pirate paradise – Nigeria the weakest link

Posted by on 19/12/2014
Filed under Africa, Top Stories

Gulf of Guinea: New Africa pirate paradise – Nigeria the weakest link

Gulf of Guinea: New Africa pirate paradise – Nigeria the weakest link

DAKAR: A year after vowing to banish buccaneers from their waters, countries in the Gulf of Guinea – the new epicentre of piracy in Africa – are struggling to get their act together. The coastal area extending from Senegal to Angola has stolen the limelight from the Gulf of Aden on the piracy front. From […]

EU leaders seek long-term strategy to deal with Russia

Posted by on 18/12/2014
Filed under Europe, World

EU leaders seek long-term strategy to deal with Russia

EU leaders seek long-term strategy to deal with Russia

BRUSSELS: European Union leaders gathered in Brussels yesterday seeking common ground on a long-term strategy to deal with an unfriendly but economically wounded Russia. Summit host Donald Tusk, the new president of the leaders’ European Council, said it was vital for stability on the bloc’s eastern borders to start a discussion about how to handle […]

Palestinian leader supports more talks on UN bid

Posted by on 18/12/2014
Filed under Middle East, Top Stories, World

Palestinian leader supports more talks on UN bid

Palestinian leader supports more talks on UN bid

RAMALLAH: Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said yesterday he supports further negotiations over a draft resolution on ending Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands that was submitted to the UN Security Council for a possible vote. The Palestinians have been pressing for some sort of action in the UN’s most powerful body. Council member Jordan sponsored the […]

Kurds press northern Iraq offensive against jihadists

Posted by on 18/12/2014
Filed under Middle East, Top Stories, World

Kurds press northern Iraq offensive against jihadists

Kurds press northern Iraq offensive against jihadists

ARBIL: Kurdish forces backed by foreign jets pressed an ambitious operation against the Islamic State group in northern Iraq yesterday, taking on the jihadists in the heart of their “caliphate”. After mass bombing by aircraft of the US-led coalition paved the way for ground troops Wednesday, Iraq’s Kurdish peshmerga retook several villages and closed in […]

Heavy snow in Japan kills 5, disrupts travel

Posted by on 18/12/2014
Filed under Asia, Top Stories, World

Heavy snow in Japan kills 5, disrupts travel

Heavy snow in Japan kills 5, disrupts travel

TOKYO: At least five people have died in heavy snow that has blanketed swathes of Japan, reports said yesterday, with more than two metres (6ft 7ins) lying in some places and more forecast. Two elderly women were killed on the northernmost island of Hokkaido, Kyodo News reported, with one hit by a snow-plough and another […]

Militants kill 32 after mass abduction – ‘Boko Haram’ kidnaps 185 people in Nigeria

Posted by on 18/12/2014
Filed under Africa, Top Stories, World

Militants kill 32 after mass abduction – ‘Boko Haram’ kidnaps 185 people in Nigeria

Militants kill 32 after mass abduction – ‘Boko Haram’ kidnaps 185 people in Nigeria

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: Boko Haram has kidnapped at least 185 people, including women and children, in northeast Nigeria, the latest mass abduction in a region where the military has repeatedly struggled to protect civilians, officials and witnesses said yesterday. The attack, conducted on Sunday by well-armed Islamist extremists in the town of Gumsuri, also killed 32 […]

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