Monthly Archives: July 2018

Can the private sector salvage Egypt’s dilapidated railway system?

CAIRO — After three train cars flipped over July 13 near Al-Badrashin train station in Cairo’s Giza governorate and injured more than 55 people, the efficiency of Egypt’s railway system has been once again placed under the spotlight. The Al-Badrashin incident is not the first of its kind this year in Egypt. On Feb. 28, two trains collided in Beheira governorate in northern Egypt, killing 12 people and wounding ...

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Erdoğan rebuked for claiming Israeli officials have ‘Hitler spirit’

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has said that “Hitler’s spirit” was resurgent among Israeli officials, while Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said Turkey was becoming a “dark dictatorship” as the two regional powers clashed over a new law defining Israel as a Jewish state. At a meeting with lawmakers from his Justice and Development (AK) party on Tuesday, Erdoğan condemned the nation ...

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There are 14,500 nuclear weapons in the world: Here are the countries that have them

It has been a little over a week since the two leaders of the world’s nuclear club met behind closed doors in the Finnish capital of Helsinki. Both U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who own the lion’s share of the world’s nukes, said ahead of their first formal discussion that they would address the proliferation of nuclear weapons. “If we can ...

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Wildfires around the world: The photos that explain the flames

Wildfires have been sweeping through coastal towns east of the Greek capital, Athens. Dozens of people – including families with children – have died as they tried to escape the flames. But fires are also raging in Sweden, as far north as the Arctic Circle, and have caused huge damage in countries including Portugal, the UK and the US in ...

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Australia imports $12bn worth of goods at risk of being made by slaves – report

Australia imports nearly US$12bn worth of goods “at risk” of being made using slavery each year, including more than $6bn in computer products and $4bn in garments from China, as well as fish, cocoa and even human organs from around the world, the latest Global Slavery Index reports. The estimated number of slaves in Australia has more than trebled – from 4,300 ...

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Bad neighbours? Australia and New Zealand ‘not friends’ after deportation row

Adeepening row over the deportation of New Zealand citizens from Australia has pushed relations between the neighbours to new lows, with politicians in Wellington branding their counterparts in Canberra “venal” and calling into question the long-standing friendship between the two nations. Australia has deported more than 1,000 New Zealand citizens in the past two years but the recent detention of a 17-year-old ...

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Burr Ridge Doctors Return From Mission Trip In Jordan

BURR RIDGE, IL — Two Burr Ridge doctors and members of the Syrian American Council have returned from Jordan after a week-long mission. According to the council, Dr. Talal Sunbulli, founder of the council, and co-founder Dr. Zaher Sahloul, were able to help the mission provide support to the Syrian people in Jordan and at the Jordanian border. The Syrian ...

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SUICIDE WISH Jordanian MP says her dead mum’s ‘only unfulfilled desire was to blow herself up among the Jews’

AN MP in Jordan said her dead mum’s last wish was to “don an explosives belt and blow herself up among the Jews”. Huda Etoom made the revelation in parliament on Tuesday in an impassioned speech since branded “outrageous” on Twitter. It comes as Britain prepares to send military trainers to Jordan fight against ISIS. The outspoken politician, who represents Jerash in ...

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Lebanon prepares to legalise medicinal marijuana

Beirut – The Lebanese parliament will soon review legislation to legalise medicinal marijuana, its speaker announced on Wednesday, as authorities seek ways to jumpstart the country’s struggling economy. With public debt at 150% of GDP, the third highest rate in the world, Lebanon charged consulting firm McKinsey & Company with setting out a vision to revitalise growth. McKinsey’s proposal, submitted ...

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Lebanon’s Leadership Vacuum Has Banks Battling for Deposits

Lebanon’s banks are paying the highest interest rates on deposits in almost nine years as lenders seek to shore up their capital to cope with political uncertainty and the high borrowing needs of the government. The weighted average rate on customer deposits in Lebanese pounds climbed to 6.71 percent at the end of May, the highest since December 2009, according ...

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