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Candidate for PM withdraws during Lebanon crisis

Former Lebanese finance minister Mohammad Safadi withdrew his candidacy to be the next prime minister on Saturday, saying that he saw that it would have been difficult to form a “harmonious” cabinet supported by all parties. Safadi, 75, emerged as a candidate on Thursday when political sources and Lebanese media …

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Gas rationing sparks riots in Iran

The timing of the announcement suggested an urgent scramble to fill a budget gap caused partly by severe American sanctions. Angry protests over the price increases soon followed. Filling a car at a gas station in Tehran on Friday after the government abruptly raised prices on fuel.Credit…Vahid Iran abruptly raised …

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Erdogan Visits the White House

Erdogan’s Turkey could best be described as America’s worst friend or best enemy.  Even though they are allies by treaty, the US and Turkey have tended to go separate ways over the last few years.  While the US has sanctioned Iran, Turkey has abetted the sanctions.  Although a NATO partner, …

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Iraqi protests capture key bridge in Baghdad

Iraqi protesters occupied part of a main bridge in Baghdad on Saturday that security forces had pushed them away from a week before, a Reuters photographer said. Demonstrators also occupied a tall building overlooking the bridge, taking new ground in the center of the Iraqi capital after protests had appeared …

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French to build missiles with UAE

France’s MBDA and Dassault Aviation (AVMD.PA) plan to open a missile engineering facility and a flight testing center in the United Arab Emirates, the UAE’s defense and security industry enabler Tawazun Economic Council said on Saturday. The announcement comes on the eve of the biennial Dubai Air Show which begins …

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Turkey says it intends to use Russian S-400s

Turkey bought S-400 missile defense systems from Russia to use them, not put them aside, the head of the Turkish Defense Industry Directorate said on Saturday, days after talks between President Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump. Erdogan and Trump held talks in Washington on Wednesday to overcome increasing …

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Gaza-Israel border flares up during truce

Palestinian militants fired two rockets deep into southern Israel from Gaza on Saturday, and the Israeli military responded with a number of air strikes on militant targets, shaking an already tenuous truce. Sirens sounded in the middle of the night in Beersheba, the largest city in southern Israel, some 35 …

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US tells Hafter to stop

The United States on Friday called on eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar to stop his offensive on the capital held by the internationally recognized government and warned against Russian interference. Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) has been trying since April to take Tripoli, part of a power struggle in the …

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MONEY AND MAGIC

By Russell Morris   “ It has been three days Since the full moon.” Everything is calm and still At the headquarters Of Operation ShiBboLeTh. Angel points to her temple. “Now there will be discussion About money with Demurrage At the November 25 meeting.” She is looking right into The …

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Iran wants Israel for all religions

Iran is not calling for the elimination of Jewish people, but it thinks people of all religions should decide Israel’s future, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday in a speech posted on his official website. “Calling for the elimination of the state of Israel does not mean …

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Putin backs Saudi over OPEC decision

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Saudi Arabia was taking a tough stance on the output deal between OPEC and its allies because of Saudi Aramco’s initial public offering, but that Moscow respected Riyadh’s interests. Speaking to reporters in Brazil at a summit for BRICS countries, Putin said …

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Lebanon on brink of civil war, warns defence minister

Lebanon’s Defence Minister said on Thursday the country was in a “very dangerous situation” and compared street unrest of recent days to the start of 1975-90 civil war. One month after the start of nationwide protests, Lebanon is in serious political and economic trouble with no indication of its leaders …

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Iraqi protestors won’t retreat

Wearing surgical masks, motorcycle helmets and clothes stained with blood and grime, they populate the protest barricades of Baghdad, chanting for the government to fall. Young Iraqis have been out in their thousands since mass anti-government protests kicked off on Oct. 1 in the capital and then quickly spread to …

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Truce with Gaza reached

Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad said it was holding fire from the Gaza Strip on Thursday after Israel agreed to an Egyptian-mediated truce, calming the worst surge in fighting in months. The truce was declared from 0330 GMT, the group’s spokesman, Musab Al-Braim, said, marking about 48 hours since Israel …

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Trump and Erdogan meeting comes to nothing

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday pushed Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to walk away from the purchase of a Russian missile defense system, calling it a “very serious challenge” to bilateral ties, even though he described a meeting between the two leaders as “wonderful.” After the much anticipated meeting at …

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More Gaza-Israel violence

An Israeli air-strike killed a Palestinian gunman on Wednesday and Gaza militants fired rockets into Israel as a spike in violence edged into a second day. As dawn broke, air raid sirens sent Israelis rushing to shelters in towns near the Gaza border and deeper in the country. The Israeli …

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Marwa al-Khuzaim to head Aramco Asia Singapor

Saudi Aramco, the world’s top oil exporter, has appointed its first woman head of an overseas office, two sources with knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday. Marwa al-Khuzaim will helm Aramco Asia Singapore from December, taking over from Nader al-Arfaj, they said. Al-Khuzaim is currently a supply chain director …

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Saudi in defence talks with Oman

Saudi Arabia’s vice minister of defense visited Oman on Monday and met with ruler Sultan Qaboos, Omani state news agency ONA reported, following a deal to end a power struggle in the south of Yemen. The Saudi defense ministry said Prince Khalid bin Salman, a son of the king, would …

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WHAT THE BEAST THINKS

By Russell Morris   Considering that The Peoples’ efforts and organization have not collapsed despite their very low financial support imagine what could would happen if the hidden hoards of cash paper money were flushed out of hiding and brought back into circulation as money with demurrage; By far, most …

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COMING TO THE DEAD OF WINTER

By Russell Morris   “Everything is so quiet”, Angel says to herself, smiling. Lots of beautiful fluffy pure white snow Covers everything, Including the huge Castle. There is just the sound Of the fire. Angel is being with her breathing. The other 12 at the meeting Have read The Dossier …

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US now calling for early elections in Iraq

The United States has called on Iraq’s government to stop using violence against protesters, reform its electoral system and hold early elections, after weeks of unrest in which security forces have killed nearly 300 protesters. The protests that began on Oct. 1 were initially focused on a lack of jobs …

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Turkish army in talks to take over British Steel

Turkish army pension fund Oyak said on Monday that its subsidiary Ataer Holding had ended talks to buy British Steel after deciding the acquisition was not commercially viable. Turkey’s military pension fund OYAK had reached a provisional agreement to take over British Steel. But the deal was in jeopardy as …

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Italian forces targeted in blast in Iraq

An explosive device was detonated in northern Iraq on Sunday as a vehicle carrying Italian special forces drove nearby, injuring five soldiers, three of them seriously, the Italian military said on Sunday. The attack happened near the city of Kirkuk. The wounded men were evacuated by U.S. helicopters to a …

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THE RETURN OF MONEY

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10 Best Tips for Success in Human Resource Management

By Sandra Azura   Internalize the company’s strategy The HR department must appropriate the company’s organizational strategy to support the other areas of the organization in achieving its objectives. You should be perfectly clear about issues such as business area, objectives, goals and growth expectations, to include them in your …

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Iran discovers new 53 billion barrel oilfield

Iran has discovered a new oilfield in the southwest of the country that has the potential to boost its reserves by about a third, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday. “Workers and the exploration arm of the National Iranian Oil Company …have found an oilfield with 53 billion barrels of …

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End of Jordan land deal hurts Israeli farmers

It has been a bitter harvest for some Israeli farmers on the border with Jordan. On Sunday, a 25-year-old deal between the two countries that has allowed them to cultivate land there formally expires. Under the deal, part of the 1994 Jordan-Israel peace treaty, two territories straddling the border were …

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Erdogan and Putin hold talks on Syria’s fate

President Tayyip Erdogan and Russia’s Vladimir Putin discussed Turkey’s military offensive in Syria in a phone call on Saturday, Turkey’s presidency said. Turkey launched its cross-border offensive one month ago, saying it aimed to drive Kurdish-led forces from the border region and create a “safe zone” to settle Syrian refugees. …

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