Thursday, 17 October 2019

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Ukraine new PM announces controversial land sale reform

KIEV: Ukraine’s new prime minister said the government would allow the sale of farmland from next year to boost investment, as critics warned this could lead to a foreign land grab. The former Soviet country, whose stalling economy has been propped up by Western aid in recent years, is home ...

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Four died after a boat carrying dozens of tourists capsized

DAKAR: Four people died after a boat carrying dozens of tourists capsized during heavy storms in Senegal, authorities and emergency services said Tuesday. The death toll could rise as three passengers were said to be missing after the accident. The boat was carrying several Senegalese nationals, six French people, two ...

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Gantz rejects Netanyahu’s call for unity government

WEST BANK: Benny Gantz, leader of the center-left Blue and White party, rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s offer to form a government. In the first party meeting since Tuesday’s parliamentary elections, Gantz said he is now the leader of the largest party in Israel. “I want to establish a ...

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Kuwait army prepares as regional tensions soar

KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait s army said it was raising its readiness levels and carrying out military exercises, amid soaring regional tensions after neighbouring Iran was accused of attacking Saudi oil infrastructure. Kuwait also said it was investigating accounts that a drone intruded into its airspace and flew over the royal ...

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Fire at school outside Liberia’s capital kills at least 27

PAYNESVILLE: A fire at a Quranic school outside Liberia’s capital has killed at least 27 people and many are thought to be children, police said Wednesday. The fire around midnight gutted a dormitory and school building where students slept about 7 miles (11 kilometers) east of Monrovia, police spokesman Moses ...

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Sri Lankan doctors strike over salary ‘injustice’

COLOMBO: Doctors at start-run hospitals across Sri Lanka began a 24-hour strike, demanding that the government resolve what they say is a salary “injustice.” Two years ago, the government gave an unusually high salary increase to legal officers in the government sector, creating what Dr. Haritha Aluthge, secretary of the ...

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Yemen’s rebels threaten to attack UAE

Yemen’s Houthi rebels are threatening to attack the United Arab Emirates, days after they claimed attacks on key oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. Yahia Sarie, a spokesman for the Houthi forces, told a press conference Wednesday that they have “dozens of targets” in the UAE that “could be targeted at ...

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Norway mosque shooter who killed step-sister had racist motive

OSLO: A Norwegian man accused of killing his step-sister before opening fire in a mosque near Oslo in August had racist motives, police said, confirming he shot her because of her Chinese origin. Philip Manshaus, 22, was arrested after opening fire in the Al-Noor mosque in an affluent Oslo suburb ...

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EU urges India, Pakistan to seek peaceful solution of Kashmir issue

BRUSSELS: The European Union has urged India and Pakistan to engage in a direct dialogue with a view to a peaceful solution of Kashmir dispute in full respect of the international human rights obligations. Opening the debate on behalf of the High Representative of European Union for Foreign Affairs and ...

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Police test ‘Spider-Man’ device as alternative to Taser

LOS ANGELES: With 49 people killed last year after being shocked by Tasers, police departments across the United States are trying out a “Spider-Man”-like device that fires a tether that entangles and restrains the suspect. Called Bolawrap, the device fires an eight-foot (2.4 meters) bola-style tether at a suspect to ...

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