Wednesday, 16 October 2019

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Britain, South Korea sign Brexit trade deal

LONDON: Britain and South Korea on Thursday signed a deal that will allow the two countries to keep trading freely after Brexit. The deal rolls over existing provisions under an EU trade deal and protects annual bilateral trade flows worth £14.6 billion (16 billion euros, $17.7 billion) in 2018. The ...

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Saudi Arabia allows women to travel without guardian approval

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will allow women to travel abroad without approval from a male “guardian”, the government said Thursday, ending a restriction that drew international censure and prompted extreme attempts to flee the kingdom. The landmark reform erodes the longstanding guardianship system that renders adult women as legal minors and ...

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Hong Kong protesters march again

Thousands of protesters marched to a railway station in Hong Kong that links the territory to China on Sunday, the latest in a series of rallies over a planned extradition bill that have rocked the former British colony. It was the first major protest in the territory since young, masked ...

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Taiwan separatist attempts doomed to fail: spokesman

Any attempts to provoke and create confrontation between compatriots across the Taiwan Strait is doomed to failure, a Chinese mainland spokesperson said. An Fengshan, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, made the remarks in response to questions related to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration’s attempts ...

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Six dead in IS-claimed blast at Kabul military academy

KABUL: At least six people were killed and 16 more wounded in a suicide blast outside a military academy in the Afghan capital, an official said. The attack, which was claimed by the Islamic State group, targeted students leaving the Marshal Fahim National Defense University in western Kabul. Kabul police ...

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Former Brexit secretary Domic Raab joing UK leadership race

LONDON: Britain’s eurosceptic former Brexit  secretary Dominic Raab on Saturday entered the race to succeed Theresa May as prime minister, vowing to leave the EU with or without a divorce deal. Raab became the sixth declared candidate, joining a crowded field that is expected to expand further in the days ...

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Indonesia post-election protests leave six dead in Jakarta

JAKARTA: Six people have been killed and 200 injured during mass rallies in Jakarta against the re-election of Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Indonesian police confirmed the death toll based on reports from hospitals. They said the cause of the deaths was being investigated. The national police chief has denied his ...

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UK starts issuing passports without ‘European Union’ on cover

LONDON: Britain has begun issuing passports with the words “European Union” removed from the front cover – despite Brexit being delayed and uncertainty over when the country will leave the bloc. The interior ministry confirmed that some passports introduced from March 30, the day after Britain was originally due to ...

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China orders 300 Airbus planes as Xi visits France

PARIS: China has ordered 300 Airbus planes in a €30 billion deal hailed as an “excellent sign” for Chinese-French relations, it was confirmed during President Xi Jinping’s visit to France this week. The agreement was signed on Monday March 25, during the Chinese President’s visit with French President Emmanuel Macron ...

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