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BRICS slam protectionism amid China-US spat

Posted by on 01/12/2018
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BRICS slam protectionism amid China-US spat

BRICS slam protectionism amid China-US spat

Trump threat to escalate tariffs on China overshadow G20 BUENOS AIRES: Chinese President Xi Jinping and the leaders of major developing economies condemned protectionism at a G20 summit in Argentina on Friday overshadowed by US President Donald Trump’s threat to escalate tariffs on China. This year’s two-day gathering is a major test for the Group […]

Italy adopts tough anti-migrant law

Posted by on 29/11/2018
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Italy adopts tough anti-migrant law

Italy adopts tough anti-migrant law

ROME: Italy has adopted far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s tough anti-migrant and security decree, despite fierce criticism from the left. The bill, which makes it easier to expel migrants and limits residency permits, was passed in the lower house of parliament with 396 in favor to 99 against. “I’m happy, it’s a memorable day,” Salvini […]

UK security firm G4S says 5 staff killed in Kabul attack

Posted by on 29/11/2018
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UK security firm G4S says 5 staff killed in Kabul attack

UK security firm G4S says 5 staff killed in Kabul attack

Taleban claims responsibility; At least 10 people die KABUL: British security firm G4S said yesterday that five of its employees were killed and 32 wounded in a Taleban-claimed attack on one of its compounds in Kabul. A massive crater marked the spot where the militants detonated a vehicle bomb outside the compound late Wednesday before […]

Germany urges France to turn UN seat into EU one

Posted by on 28/11/2018
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Germany urges France to turn UN seat into EU one

Germany urges France to turn UN seat into EU one

Comment attracts a stinging French rebuke   BERLIN: German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz yesterday proposed that France give up its permanent seat on the UN Security Council and turn it into an EU seat, attracting a stinging French rebuke. In a wide-ranging speech on the future of Europe, Scholz said that giving the European Union […]

Ukraine declares martial law

Posted by on 27/11/2018
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Ukraine declares martial law

Ukraine declares martial law

Putin warns against ‘reckless’ moves MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Ukraine against any “reckless acts” yesterday after Kiev declared martial law in response to Moscow’s seizure of three of its navy vessels. The Ukrainian parliament late on Monday voted in favor of President Petro Poroshenko’s request for the introduction of martial law in parts […]

Dortmund football team bus bomber faces verdict

Posted by on 27/11/2018
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Dortmund football team bus bomber faces verdict

Dortmund football team bus bomber faces verdict

DORTMUND: A Russian-born German man who launched a shrapnel bomb attack on the team bus of football club Borussia Dortmund last year, wounding two people, faces his verdict and sentence yesterday. Sergej Wenergold, 29, had hoped to profit financially from the attack by betting on an anticipated plunge in the club’s stock market value, say […]

UAE pardons Briton sentenced to life for spying

Posted by on 26/11/2018
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UAE pardons Briton sentenced to life for spying

UAE pardons Briton sentenced to life for spying

ABU DHABI: The United Arab Emirates yesterday pardoned British academic Matthew Hedges just days after sentencing him to life in prison for spying in a case that stunned Britain and his family. The UK thanked its Gulf ally and Hedges’ wife expressed her joy after he was among more than 700 prisoners pardoned by UAE […]

In sadness, EU leaders approve key Brexit deal

Posted by on 25/11/2018
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In sadness, EU leaders approve key Brexit deal

In sadness, EU leaders approve key Brexit deal

BRUSSELS: European Union leaders yesterday approved a historic Brexit deal, handing the baton to British Prime Minister Theresa May who must now convince her skeptical party and country to support it. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Brexit was a “tragedy”, but he and other leaders meeting in Brussels warned the withdrawal terms were now […]

How Ireland beat Britain in Brexit divorce battle

Posted by on 25/11/2018
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How Ireland beat Britain in Brexit divorce battle

How Ireland beat Britain in Brexit divorce battle

DUBLIN: The Brexit deal marks a clear victory for Ireland-one no-one in Britain saw coming and one which has raised the Irish government’s standing at home and abroad. Ireland is tethered to Britain through a common history, enmeshed economies and a border with the British province of Northern Ireland that held up negotiations for months. […]

French police fire tear gas at protesters on Champs Elysees

Posted by on 24/11/2018
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French police fire tear gas at protesters on Champs Elysees

French police fire tear gas at protesters on Champs Elysees

Thousands of ‘yellow vests’ take to streets – Kuwait urges citizens to avoid demos PARIS: Police fired tear gas and water cannon yesterday in central Paris against “yellow vest” protesters demanding French President Emmanuel Macron roll back tax hikes on motor fuel. Some 3,000 police were deployed in the capital as demonstrators who have blocked […]

Europe urged to scrap ‘outdated, harmful’ rape laws

Posted by on 24/11/2018
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Europe urged to scrap ‘outdated, harmful’ rape laws

Europe urged to scrap ‘outdated, harmful’ rape laws

LONDON: European countries must overhaul “outdated” laws that let rapists off the hook and perpetuate a culture of victim-blaming, rights groups said yesterday. Only eight out of 31 countries surveyed by Amnesty International define rape as sex without consent, according to research published on the eve of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against […]

UAE sentences British student to life for spying

Posted by on 21/11/2018
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UAE sentences British student to life for spying

UAE sentences British student to life for spying

DUBAI: A United Arab Emirates court sentenced British student Matthew Hedges to life in jail on spying charges yesterday, prompting a “shocked” Britain to warn of repercussions for relations with its longstanding Gulf ally. Hedges, a 31-year-old PhD student, had protested his innocence ever since his arrest at Dubai airport on May 5 and British […]