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15/09/2019

US bases and aircraft within in range of Iranian missiles

DUBAI, Sept 15, (RTRS): An Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said on Sunday that US bases and aircraft carriers in the region were within range of Iranian missiles after the US accused Iran of leading attacks on Saudi oil plants, raising tensions in the Middle East. Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group said it attacked two Saudi Aramco oil plants on Saturday at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry, knocking out more than half the Kingdom’s output. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Iran of being behind the attacks, ruling out Yemeni involvement and denouncing Tehran for engaging in false diplomacy....
15/09/2019

Pakistan summons Afghan and Indian diplomats – 4 soldiers,1 civilian killed

ISLAMABAD, Sept 15, (RTRS): Pakistan has summoned diplomats from Afghanistan and India after several shooting incidents along two different borders killed four Pakistani soldiers and a civilian woman. Accusations of firing by both sides across the Afghan- Pakistani border, and by both Indian and Pakistani forces across an old ceasefire line dividing their areas in the Muslim-majority region of Kashmir are common. The latest incidents come at an especially tense time between Pakistan and India, and as talks between the United States and the Afghan Taleban have broken down. Pakistan’s Foreign Office summoned an Afghan diplomat on Saturday to account...

Hong Kong returns to violence with tear gas and Molotovs

Hong Kong: Hong Kong riot police fired tear gas and water cannons at hardcore pro-democracy protesters hurling rocks and petrol bombs on Sunday, tipping the violence-plagued city back into chaos after a brief lull in clashes. Tens of thousands of people defied authorities to march through the streets of the city in an unsanctioned rally on Sunday, the latest expression of a popular revolt that has raged for the last 99 days. But the rally descended into violence when small groups of hardcore activists -- known within the movement as “braves” -- tried to attack the city's main government complex....

15/09/2019

New Zealand: Man brings clown to redundancy meeting

When copy writer Josh Thompson received an ominous email from his bosses asking to discuss his role at the company, he knew he was facing redundancy. The human resources department at FCB New Zealand encouraged him to bring a "support person" to help cushion the blow, an option that is legally required in New Zealand. But rather than bring a family member, a friend or even a pet, the part-time stand-up comedian decided to splash out NZ$200 (£100) on a clown called "Joe"."I was working - because I had a job back then - and I got an email and...
15/09/2019

Algeria's interim leader sets Dec. 12 date for presidential election, following army chief's demand

Algeria's interim leader sets Dec. 12 date for presidential election, following army chief's demand.
15/09/2019

Algeria announces Dec. 12 date for presidential vote

Algeria's interim leader has announced Dec. 12 as the date for the presidential election, in line with the army chief's demand to fill the vacancy left when Abdelaziz Bouteflika was pushed out more than five months ago. Abdelkader Bensallah announced plans for elections during an address to the nation Sunday night. The powerful army chief, Ahmed Gaid Salah, has been pushing for elections as quickly as possible. A pro-democracy movement holding weekly protests since February wants time to organize elections that ensure all traces of the old system are gone.

15/09/2019

Polling firm: Outsider ahead in Tunisia presidential vote

A polling firm has projected an independent outsider, Kais Saied, as the winner in the first round of Tunisia's presidential election, with jailed media magnate Nabil Karoui in second place. Projections by Sigma Conseil do not show Prime Minister Youssef Chahed among the top four candidates in Sunday's vote, which featured 26 contenders. Official preliminary results are expected by Tuesday. The projection gives Saied, a constitutional law professor without a party, 19.5% of the vote and Karoui 15.5%. Ranking third is the candidate for the moderate Islamist party Ennahdha, Abdelfattah Mourou, with 11%.
15/09/2019

Brett Kavanaugh: Trump defends judge amid new misconduct claims

US President Donald Trump has angrily defended Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who is facing fresh allegations of sexual misconduct.A former university classmate of Justice Kavanaugh's has said he exposed himself at a student party and engaged in other inappropriate behaviour there.Mr Trump condemned the media and opposition Democrats.He suggested Justice Kavanaugh should sue for libel - or that the US justice department should "rescue" him.Justice Kavanaugh denied sexual misconduct accusations that were made against him by two women during his confirmation to the Supreme Court a year ago. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEmotional testimonies by...
15/09/2019

Opinion: EU must react to pressure from Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is most dangerous when his back is against the wall. In the face of an economic downturn and signs of the political demise of his Justice and Development Party (AKP), he has fallen back on his default position for governing: threaten and extort. In everyday life this is known as bullying, and the EU has consistently backed down each time he has used the tactic. Things are not well in Ankara At the moment, a number of contradictory reports are coming out of Turkey. The Supreme Court of Appeals recently ordered the release of journalists...

15/09/2019

Thousands return to government-seized areas in northwest Syria: state media

DAMASCUS: Thousands have returned to their hometowns in northwest Syria after military advances by government loyalist against militants and allied rebels, state media said Sunday.“Thousands of citizens return to their villages and towns of the northern Hama countryside and the southern Idlib countryside,” state news agency SANA said.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, reported “around 3,000 people” going home from other areas under regime control.Since August 31, a cease-fire announced by regime backer Russia has largely held in northwestern Syria, though the Observatory has reported sporadic bombardment.SANA said the returns came amid “government efforts to return the...
15/09/2019

Ethiopia releases Lebanese businessman held since last week

BEIRUT: The Lebanese Foreign Ministry says Ethiopia has released a Lebanese businessman who had been detained in the African nation since last week.The ministry said Sunday that Hassan Jaber will head from Ethiopia to the African nation of Gabon and later will return to Lebanon.On Friday, the ministry had summoned Ethiopia's charge d'affaires demanding information about Jaber, whom it said was detained in Addis Ababa on Sept. 7.It informed the Ethiopian diplomat that Beirut wants "clear answers" by Monday, otherwise Lebanon would take countermeasures.Some Lebanese media outlets have speculated that Israel or the United States might have been behind Jaber's...
15/09/2019

UAE to invest $10 billion in Bangladesh

A number of UAE business groups are set to invest US$10 billion (D36.7 billion) into Bangladesh, according to data compiled by Bangladesh Economic Forum. The Forum will kick-off in Dubai on 15th September 2019, with more than 300 government officials, business leaders, investors and entrepreneurs participating. The one-day conference aims to strengthen the flow of trade and investment between the UAE and Bangladesh. Bangladeshis are major investors in the UAE economy where more than 50,000 businesses are owned and successfully run by Bangladeshi expatriates who employ more than 150,000 people collectively. Salman Fazlur Rahman, Advisor to Bangladesh Prime Minister for...