Monthly Archives: January 2018

Iraq, Turkey in talks for donors conference preparations

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi planning minister Salman al-Jumaili discussed Wednesday with Turkish ambassador to Turkey, Fatih Yildiz , preparations for an upcoming conference for Iraqi reconstruction donors. The ministry’s media office said in a statement that Jumaili “stressed Turkey’s pivotal role to ensuring the success of the conference”. According to the minister, “trade and economic ties between both countries have begun ...

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All Kurdish blocs slam PM Abadi, boycott Iraq parliament budget session

  Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi [centre] attends a session of the Iraqi parliament in Baghdad on September 27, 2017 when they passed a set of measures against the Kurdish independence vote held by Erbil. File photo Karim Kadim / AP BAGHDAD, Iraq – All Kurdish factions in the Iraqi parliament have decided to boycott Wednesday’s parliament session and future ...

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Australian government underwriting arms exports is ‘baffling’, expert says

The financial aspects of the Turnbull government’s plan to turn Australia into an arms exporting powerhouse are baffling, a leading defence expert says, but the decision to promote defence products overseas is welcome. Andrew Davies, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s director of defence strategy, said the Coalition’s plan to use a $3.8bn fund to underwrite an expansion of arms exports made little ...

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Egypt’s President Moves To Curb Opposition As Election Nears

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el Sisi has moved toward assuring victory in the upcoming March election with most of his potential opponents bowing out or facing arrest. The election has called into question the reforms sparked by protests during the Arab Spring in Tahrir Square seven years ago. Jane Arraf, NPR correspondent based in Cairo tells WBUR’s Here & Now that the current political climate ...

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A dinosaur discovery in Egypt has revealed an ancient link between Africa and Europe

Dinosaurs in North Africa were much more closely related to dinosaurs in Europe and Asia than those in southern part of the continent, according to a recent discovery of dinosaur fossil in the Sahara desert of Egypt. It is the first substantial dinosaur skeleton discovery from continental Africa for the time period of the last 30 million years of the ...

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India to Regain Title of Fastest Growing Economy

India has projected its economy will grow by 7 to 7.5 percent this year regaining the position of the world’s fastest growing major economy as it shrugs off the disruptive impact of a currency ban and tax reform. But the government has warned that rising international oil prices pose a risk to a country that depends heavily on energy imports. ...

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Lebanon: Two Israeli Agents Behind Car Bombing Targeting Hamas Operative

Lebanese intelligence services have identified the assailants who tried to assassinate a Hamas operative in the Lebanese port city of Sidon earlier this month, local media reported. According to al-Akhbar newspaper, two of four assailants were Israeli agents, a man holding a duel Swedish-Iraqi citizenship and a woman, who is a Georgian national. The four reportedly flew out of Lebanon ...

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Lebanon’s President Meets German Counterpart: Bearing Syrian Displacement’s Burden “Int’l Responsibility”

President Michel Aoun maintained that Germany constituted a vital economic force that Lebanon was seeking to cooperate with on all levels, in remarks made following his meeting with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier, at Baabda palace on Monday. “We dwelt on Germany’s participation in three crucial conference that Lebanon is looking forward to,” Aoun said. “We reviewed the regional situation ...

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Most Australians say cost of living rising

Voters think cost of living pressures, particularly energy prices, have increased over the past 12 months, and a majority of Australians earning below the average weekly wage believe their income is going backwards, according to the latest Guardian Essential poll. The new poll, which maintains the 2017 trend of Labor in an election-winning position on the two-party preferred measure (54% to the Coalition’s ...

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Buyer’s remorse: Australia’s sorry record on defence hardware

Malcolm Turnbull has unveiled an “ambitious, positive plan” to make Australia one of the world’s largest weapons exporters. Unveiling the new “defence export strategy” on Monday, the prime minister said Australia would raise its profile in the international arms trading game by helping private firms sell weapons in “priority markets” such as the Middle East. Military budgets are increasing around the world, ...

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