Monthly Archives: August 2017

France pledges support to stabilize post-Islamic State Iraq

France will help reconstruction and reconciliation efforts in Iraq as it emerges from the war against Islamic State, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Saturday after talks with Iraqi officials in Baghdad. France is a main partner in the U.S.-led coalition helping Baghdad fight the militants who seized parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014. The coalition provided ...

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Qatari Ambassador Back on the Job in Iran

Tehran, Iran (AP) — Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency is reporting that the Qatari ambassador to Iran is back on the job, ignoring the demands of Arab nations who are trying to isolate the energy-rich country. ISNA reported that Ambassador Ali Hamad Alsulaiti arrived in Tehran on Friday and began working Saturday morning. Qatar pulled its ambassador to Iran in ...

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Egypt reopens cave museum after 10 years

The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities reopened the Rommel Cave Museum in the country’s seaside Matrouh province after a 10-year closure for restoration. The event on Friday was attended by Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anany, reports Xinhua news agency. Rommel Cave is a natural cave cut in a rocky cliff since the Roman times with an entrance and exit on the Mediterranean. ...

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Egypt signs 3 contracts for oil and gas exploration worth $79 million

Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Tariq Al-Mulla, signed three new agreements for oil and gas exploration in the Western Desert of Egypt with the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation and the American companies Apache and Merlon, with a minimum investment of about $79 million, a statement from the ministry said on Saturday. The first and second agreements were signed with ...

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Thousands rally for gay marriage in Australia ahead of vote

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Thousands of people rallied for marriage equality in Australia’s second-biggest city of Melbourne on Saturday ahead of a postal survey on same-sex marriage which could lead to its legalisation. Australia is one of the only developed English-speaking countries not to have legalised same-sex marriage, despite strong popular support and the backing of a majority of lawmakers. Shadow ...

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Australia-US refugee deal hasn’t worked in the past

The Australia-US refugee deal signed in September last year was not the first time both nations have tried to trade refugees — a similar deal from 2007 fizzled, with not a single transfer being made. This latest agreement could go the same way but for different reasons. A decade ago, the Howard government offered to resettle Haitian and Cuban refugees ...

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Lebanon Rugby League Federation

Lebanon Rugby League Federation will make three important announcements at a media opportunity in Sydney on Tuesday, 22 August. Lebanon Cedars Assistant Coach Luke Burt – as well as star players Robbie Farah, Tim Mannah, Michael Lichaa and Mitchell Moses – will be present at Zahli Restaurant for the following: – Unveiling of the Lebanon Cedars 2017 RLWC Playing Strip ...

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RLWC2017

Lebanon – Robbie Farah Sydney hooker Robbie Farah will be one of the biggest names to participate in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. Fifteen years after making his international debut for Lebanon, the former Australian Kangaroos representative will be looking to guide the Cedars to their first Rugby finals appearance. Born in Sydney to Lebanese parents, Farah played his ...

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Iran’s military chief in rare visit to Turkey for Syria talks

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish and Iranian military leaders held talks on Wednesday over cooperation in the Syrian conflict and counter-terrorism, officials said, during a rare visit to NATO-member Turkey by the Islamic Republic’s military chief of staff. Turkey’s ties with Washington have been strained by U.S. support for Kurdish fighters in Syria, and the visit by Iranian General Mohammad Baqeri ...

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Yarra council stripped of citizenship ceremony powers after Australia Day changes

Alex Hawke, the assistant immigration minister, announced the decision on Wednesday afternoon, after the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, declared in parliament that the council’s vote was “utterly out of step with Australian values”. “They are seeking to take a day which unites Australia and turn it into one which divides it,” Turnbull said. “To change the date of Australia Day would be to ...

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