France says ‘no punishment’ over Brexit

News Room : January 20, 2017 9:29 am

PARIS: France has no intention of “punishing” Britain over Brexit, the French foreign minister said Thursday in response to comments from his British counterpart Boris Johnson. Johnson said Wednesday he feared French President Francois Hollande wanted to inflict “punishment beatings” on Britain, comparing proposed trade tariffs to punishments meted out to prisoners who tried to more »
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British ex-war correspondent on trial in Bali for drugs

News Room : January 20, 2017 9:28 am

DENPASAR, Indonesia: A British former war correspondent and an Australian businessman went on trial Thursday on the Indonesian resort island of Bali accused of using hashish. David Fox, 55, and Giuseppe Serafino, 48, appeared separately in court in the Balinese capital Denpasar after allegedly being caught in possession of small amounts of the drug in more »
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Malaysia to offer reward for missing Flight MH370

News Room : January 20, 2017 9:27 am

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia said it would pay a reward to any private company that found the fuselage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, days after a fruitless, three-year hunt was suspended. Australia, Malaysia and China ended the search for the aircraft on Tuesday, leaving one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries unanswered. The Boeing 777 more »
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Brazilian states struggle to pay employees

News Room : January 20, 2017 9:26 am

BRASILIA: Three Brazilian states are struggling to pay their employees, as the country contends with the ongoing economic downturn. Minas Gerais, Rio Grande do Sul and Rio de Janeiro have all been unable to pay state workers on time, delaying salaries for months at a time, and having to pay an annual bonus, called the more »
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Russia-friendly Radev sworn in as Bulgaria’s president

News Room : January 20, 2017 9:25 am

SOFIA: Former air force commander Rumen Radev was sworn in as Bulgaria’s new president on Thursday and said he would dissolve the parliament in a week’s time following the collapse of the center-right government. Radev, a political newcomer who ran as an independent with the backing of the opposition Socialists, takes up his largely ceremonial more »
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Davos 2017: New UN chief to focus more on conflict prevention

News Room : January 20, 2017 9:24 am

DAVOS, Switzerland: The new head of the UN has said the organization will become more efficient and have a greater focus on conflict and crisis prevention. In a session at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, Antonio Guterres, secretary-general of the UN, said his priority would be reform of the organization’s peace strategy and architecture more »
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What does President Trump mean for the Mideast?

News Room : January 20, 2017 9:23 am

WASHINGTON: For many in the Middle East, US President-elect Donald Trump is someone the region has gotten to know through investments and real estate deals, but who remains more of an enigma in terms of steering the US foreign policy. As Trump today prepares to become the commander in chief of a power whose role more »
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Duterte taunts bishops to take drugs

News Room : January 19, 2017 10:16 am

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday taunted the country’s Catholic priests and bishops to take highly addictive crystal methamphetamine, as he accused them of “hypocrisy” for criticizing his deadly drug war. Duterte launched his broadside in response to the powerful Catholic Church mounting a campaign to stop the killings in his anti-drugs drive, which more »
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