Monthly Archives: March 2015

Over 70 organisations have written to Tony Abbott to maintain annual funding for mental health services

Over 70 mental health organisations have written to prime minister Tony Abbott imploring him to maintain $300m in annual funding to mental health services that are preparing to sack staff as they face an end to commonwealth grants on 30 June. Groups including Headspace, Suicide Prevention Australia, the Black Dog Institute and Sane Australia wrote that “the continued uncertainty is now resulting ...

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Ebola outbreak in West Africa will be over by August

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa will be over by August, the head of the UN Ebola mission said. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed admitted the UN had made mistakes in handling the crisis early on, sometimes acting “arrogantly”. A year after the outbreak was officially declared, the virus has killed more than 10,000 people. The medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres ...

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Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan signed an agreement on sharing the Nile River water

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan on Monday signed an initial agreement on sharing water from the Nile River that runs through the three countries, as Addis Ababa presses ahead with its construction of a massive new dam it hopes will help alleviate the country’s power shortages. The dam had been an issue of contention among the three countries, with Egypt concerned it would reduce its ...

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Dubai builder Arabtec lifted the mood of investors in UAE stock markets

A rebound by Dubai builder Arabtec lifted the mood of investors in United Arab Emirates stock markets Monday, while other bourses in the Middle East moved very little as oil once again halted its advance. Brent oil slipped 0.2 percent and traded near $55 per barrel after Saudi Arabia indicated it was pumping near a record high of 10 million barrels per day, adding to concerns about global ...

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Infant died at a Mount Lebanon daycare

Health Minister Wael Abu Faour launched Monday an investigation into the case of an infant who died at a Mount Lebanon daycare. Health Ministry inspectors opened a probe into the Clarinette et Zoe nursery in the town of Ajaltoun Monday, where four-month-old Elie Salloum died Monday in an “accident,” according to a statement released by Abu Faour’s media office. The statement said the baby was already dead when ...

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Jordan will help train Syrian rebels to fight against ISIS

Jordan says it will help train Syrian rebels as part of its fight against the extremist ISIS, which controls parts of neighboring Syria and Iraq. The training is part of a regional effort also involving Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar as hosts of training sites. The U.S. Congress has passed legislation providing $500 million for training about 5,000 rebels over the next year. Jordanian government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani said ...

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White House warned Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories must end

The White House Monday bluntly warned Israel that its occupation of Palestinian territories must end, dismissing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s efforts to take back controversial campaign pledges. In unusually tough language that underscores the fracture in relations between Washington and Tel Aviv, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said “an occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end.” McDonough criticized Netanyahu’s pre-election pledge ...

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Lebanon will ask for support against terrorism and financial aid for the Syrian refugee crisis

Lebanon will ask the forthcoming Arab summit for support in its open battle against terrorism as well as financial aid to cope with the Syrian refugee crisis, Prime Minister Tammam Salam said Monday. In the absence of a president, Salam will head Lebanon’s delegation to the annual Arab League summit, scheduled to be held on March 28-29 in Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, ...

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Syrian rebels fired bombs in Aleppo killing at least 13

Syrian rebels fired mortar bombs into government-held parts of the northern city of Aleppo during rush hour Monday, killing 13 people and wounding dozens, state-run TV and a monitoring group said. The violence was the latest in the flare-up in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and once its commercial hub. Last month, Syrian troops and pro-government militias launched an offensive in an attempt ...

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Suicide bombings at two mosques in Yemen killed more than 100

Suicide bombings at two mosques in Yemen’s capital killed more than 100 people Friday, the deadliest terror attacks in the country’s history and a sign, just days after an attack in Tunisia, of the spreading jihadist threat across the Middle East. A group that said it was affiliated with Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks on the two mosques ...

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