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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 […]

Change tack or face defeat, Brexit critics tell British PM

Posted by on 11/11/2018
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Change tack or face defeat, Brexit critics tell British PM

Change tack or face defeat, Brexit critics tell British PM

May under growing pressure to change her Brexit plan LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May was under growing pressure yesterday to change her plan for Britain to leave the European Union to avoid defeat in a parliamentary vote. With both Britain and the EU suggesting an agreement is close, eurosceptic lawmakers and a leading member of […]

World leaders mark 100 years since WWI Armistice in Paris

Posted by on 11/11/2018
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World leaders mark 100 years since WWI Armistice in Paris

World leaders mark 100 years since WWI Armistice in Paris

Macron urges leaders to ‘build hope, not fear’ PARIS: World leaders gathered under driving rain in Paris yesterday to lead global commemorations marking 100 years since the end of World War I, at a time of growing nationalism and diplomatic tensions. Around 70 leaders including US and Russian Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin marked […]

Bangladesh’s opposition parties including BNP to contest in polls

Posted by on 11/11/2018
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Bangladesh’s opposition parties including BNP to contest in polls

Bangladesh’s opposition parties including BNP to contest in polls

Alliance of 20 parties says wants to rescue democracy DHAKA: An alliance of opposition parties in Bangladesh, including the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), said yesterday it plans to contest the Dec. 23 general election, despite the ruling Awami League rejecting a series of its demands. The BNP, which has been one of the two main […]

Jordan floods kill 12, tourists flee Petra

Posted by on 10/11/2018
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Jordan floods kill 12, tourists flee Petra

Jordan floods kill 12, tourists flee Petra

AMMAN: Flash floods killed 12 people in Jordan and forced nearly 4,000 tourists to flee the famed ancient desert city of Petra, emergency services said yesterday. Search teams were scouring valleys near the historic hill town of Madaba for a young girl who was still missing after Friday’s floods, civil defense spokesman Iyad Amru told […]

110 rebels, 22 loyalists killed in Hodeida

Posted by on 10/11/2018
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110 rebels, 22 loyalists killed in Hodeida

110 rebels, 22 loyalists killed in Hodeida

Saudi coalition halts refueling deal with US HODEIDA: A total of 110 Houthi rebels have been killed in 24 hours of clashes in western Yemen’s Hodeida along with 22 pro-government troops fighting to retake the port city, medical sources said Friday. The latest deaths raised to 382 the number of fighters killed on both sides […]