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Riyadh urges 1m bpd cut; Saudi, UAE giants team up for gas push

Posted by on 12/11/2018
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Riyadh urges 1m bpd cut; Saudi, UAE giants team up for gas push

Riyadh urges 1m bpd cut; Saudi, UAE giants team up for gas push

ABU DHABI: Saudi Arabia’s energy minister called yesterday for a global output cut of one million barrels per day to re-balance the market, as Riyadh unveiled plans to cut production by 500,000 bpd from December. “The technical analysis we reviewed yesterday shows that we need a reduction approaching one million bpd to balance the market,” […]

Violence flares after botched Israeli Gaza op turns deadly

Posted by on 12/11/2018
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Violence flares after botched Israeli Gaza op turns deadly

Violence flares after botched Israeli Gaza op turns deadly

GAZA CITY: Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip killed three Palestinians yesterday after a barrage of rocket fire towards its territory from the enclave, as renewed violence threatened to derail efforts to restore calm. Israel’s military said it had so far struck more than 20 militant sites in response to some 80 launches from […]

Bahraini court sentences four Shiites to death

Posted by on 12/11/2018
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Bahraini court sentences four Shiites to death

Bahraini court sentences four Shiites to death

DUBAI: Bahrain’s top criminal court yesterday sentenced four Shiite Muslims to death for a 2017 bombing that killed a policeman in the Sunni-ruled kingdom, a judicial official and the public prosecutor said. A statement by the prosecutor’s office said the four were found guilty on charges of premeditated murder and possession of unlicensed arms “with […]

150 killed in battle for Yemen’s Hodeida

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150 killed in battle for Yemen’s Hodeida

150 killed in battle for Yemen’s Hodeida

International pressure mounts for a ceasefire HODEIDA: At least 150 people have been killed in 24 hours of clashes in Yemen’s Hodeida, medics and military sources said yesterday, as international pressure mounted for a ceasefire in the vital port city. Government loyalists supported by a Saudi-led coalition are fighting to oust the Iran-backed Houthi rebels […]

Suicide bomber blow himself up in Kabul; At least six killed

Posted by on 12/11/2018
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Suicide bomber blow himself up in Kabul; At least six killed

Suicide bomber blow himself up in Kabul; At least six killed

Latest in a wave of violence across war-torn Afghanistan KABUL: Six people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up in Kabul yesterday, close to where scores of Afghans had been protesting against Taleban attacks on the minority Hazara ethnic group. The attack is the latest in a wave of violence across war-torn Afghanistan […]

UK’s PM stares into Brexit abyss as domestic opposition mounts

Posted by on 12/11/2018
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UK’s PM stares into Brexit abyss as domestic opposition mounts

UK’s PM stares into Brexit abyss as domestic opposition mounts

Pro-Europeans line up to trash May’s Brexit plans LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit strategy came under attack from all sides yesterday, increasing the risk that her plan for leaving the EU will be voted down by parliament and thrust the United Kingdom towards a potentially chaotic “no-deal” Brexit. In a sign that Brexit talks […]

Air India pilot loses license after failing breath test

Posted by on 12/11/2018
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Air India pilot loses license after failing breath test

Air India pilot loses license after failing breath test

NEW DELHI: A veteran pilot had his flying license revoked yesterday after failing a breath test moments before captaining an Air India plane to London, India’s aviation regulator said. Arvind Kathpalia, a pilot and senior executive with the national airline, blew positive for alcohol before entering the Dreamliner jet’s cockpit for the nearly 10-hour flight […]

Netherlands resumes visa service in Pakistan after brief suspension

Posted by on 12/11/2018
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Netherlands resumes visa service in Pakistan after brief suspension

Netherlands resumes visa service in Pakistan after brief suspension

Twitter warns rights activists over government criticism ISLAMABAD: The Netherlands resumed visa and passport services in Pakistan yesterday following a brief suspension, denying that its embassy had closed over security concerns after the country gave shelter to the lawyer of a Christian woman in a blasphemy case. Hard-line Islamists in Pakistan have blocked streets and […]

India’s inflation rate drops, giving RBI a breathing space

Posted by on 12/11/2018
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India’s inflation rate drops, giving RBI a breathing space

India’s inflation rate drops, giving RBI a breathing space

NEW DELHI: India’s retail inflation rate dropped sharply in October, giving the central bank leeway to allow easier lending policies, but plunging farm prices sent a stark warning to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the challenges he faces in rural areas in next year’s general election. The rate, which includes food and energy prices, dropped […]

Riyadh to cut oil output as producers meet

Posted by on 11/11/2018
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Riyadh to cut oil output as producers meet

Riyadh to cut oil output as producers meet

ABU DHABI: Saudi Arabia, the world’s top crude exporter, said yesterday it will cut oil output from next month, as major producers held a key meeting to discuss shoring up sliding prices. Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih announced the kingdom was cutting its supplies by 500,000 barrels per day from December. But Falih said ahead […]

Qatar again hit by heavy rain

Posted by on 11/11/2018
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Qatar again hit by heavy rain

Qatar again hit by heavy rain

DOHA: Thunderstorms brought heavy rains, strong winds and fresh flooding to the desert state of Qatar yesterday for the second time in less than a month, as bad weather battered the region claiming lives. Some areas of Qatar received almost half-a-year’s worth of rainfall in just a few hours as thunderstorms struck, said the Qatar […]

US Paradise: a ghost town emerging from hell

Posted by on 11/11/2018
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US Paradise: a ghost town emerging from hell

US Paradise: a ghost town emerging from hell

California city ravaged by the most destructive fire PARADISE: Smoldering debris, skeletons of cars with melted glass, a cat with a singed, soot-covered coat: ravaged by the most destructive fire to hit California, Paradise is now a ghost town. “It’s devastation, total devastation, it’s pretty incredible something like this occurred,” said firefighter Mark Nees, who […]