Monthly Archives: December 2016

Iraq resumes Mosul operation after a two-week lull

Iraqi troops backed by US-led air strikes have pushed deeper into eastern Mosul after a two-week lull in the operation to retake the city held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group. Staff Lieutenant-General Abdulghani al-Assadi, a senior officer in Iraq’s counterterrorism service, said the second phase of the  operation, now in ...

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Pictures of homeless sleeping in empty graves shock Iran

TEHRAN, Iran – Photographs of homeless people sleeping in empty graves outside Iran’s capital shocked even the country’s president on Wednesday, and pointed to the continuing economic struggles gripping the nation. The images by Saeed Gholamhoseini were shot in Shahriar, some 12 miles west of Tehran, and published in the Shahrvand daily, a Persian-language newspaper, which said some 50 men, ...

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Russian Flights to Egypt Will Resume Soon, Putin Tells Sissi

CAIRO —  Russian flights to Egypt will resume soon, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi in a phone call, Sissi’s office said on Thursday. Flights to Egypt from Russia were suspended after a Russian plane crashed into the Sinai desert in October 2015. Islamic State said it brought down the plane with a bomb smuggled inside ...

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Online New Year’s Threats Prompt Australian Arrest

SYDNEY —  Australian counter-terror officers arrested a 40-year-old man at Sydney Airport, after he disembarked from a flight from London, and charged him with making online threats “relating to New Year’s Eve” festivities in Sydney, police said Friday. The arrest follows police raids across the southern city of Melbourne a week ago, which authorities said foiled an Islamic State-inspired plot ...

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Man filmed ‘fishing’ in floods amuses Australia

An Australian man has found instant fame after being filmed pretending to fish during flash floods in Melbourne. Video of Paris Diaz Jordanou hamming it up for news crews has been viewed more than five million times since Thursday. In the footage, Mr Jordanou is heard yelling “I’ll catch him” as a car begins to float in floodwaters. Social media ...

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Egypt, Djibouti should enhance economic cooperation: President Sisi

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and his Djiboutian counterpart Ismail Omar Guelleh stressed the importance of enhancing economic and trade cooperation at a Monday press conference in Cairo that preceded the signing of memorandums of understanding between the two countries El-Sisi said that his meeting with Guelleh saw fruitful talks on ways of boosting the special ties between the two countries. ...

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Iran says it got half price deal for Boeing jets

Iran said on Sunday it had negotiated to pay only about half the announced price for 80 new Boeing airliners in an order that the American planemaker had said was worth $16.6 billion US. Boeing and its European rival Airbus have both signed huge contracts this month to supply airliners to Iran, the first such deals since international sanctions were ...

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Iran’s currency hits record low as Trump worries deter fund inflows

Iran’s rial hit a record low against the U.S. dollar on Monday in a sign of concern about the country’s ability to attract foreign money after U.S. president-elect Donald Trump takes office. The rial was quoted in the free market at 41,500 to the dollar, weakening from around 41,250 on Sunday and 35,570 in mid-September. Before this month, the record ...

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South China Sea tensions drive fishermen to Australia

The South China Sea dispute ripping Asia apart has landed in Australian waters, with authorities facing a surge in illegal Vietnamese fishing off northern Australia – a problem experts say is costing the country “millions”. About 150 illegal Vietnamese fishermen in 10 vessels have been arrested in Australian waters since March compared to none in 2015. With the Chinese coast guard excluding fisherman from the waters it claims around ...

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Anger at death of Manus refugee in Australia

The Australian based Refugee Action Coalition says the death of a man medivacced from Papua New Guinea to Australia is yet another casualty of the systematic neglect that characterises Manus Island, and offshore detention. Sudanese refugee Faysal Ishak Ahmed collapsed at the Australian run detention centre on Manus Island and was evacuated to hospital in Australia last week. Australia’s Department ...

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