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UK minority and ethnic groups slam attempts to silence discourse on Palestine

More than 80 prominent organisations from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities in Britain published a letter on Friday slamming attempts to silence the discourse on Palestine and suppress information on human rights abuses “here and abroad”. The letter criticises the working definition of anti-Semitism adopted in 2016 by the International …

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Erdogan, Macron vow to foster trade ties

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron agreed in a phone call on Thursday to foster trade ties, a Turkish presidential source said, after the lira’s dramatic fall in the wake of escalating tensions with the US. “Both leaders emphasised the importance of fostering economic and …

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In the Wake of the Ongoing Floods in Kerala; UAE Exchange and Unimoni waive service fee on remittances to Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund

Leading money transfer, foreign exchange and payment solutions brands, UAE Exchange and Unimoni, have waived service fee on remittances to Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund in the wake of the catastrophic floods that has ravaged the Indian state of Kerala. The initiative which enables the global Indian diaspora to …

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Canada asks for help in Saudi dispute

Canada is quietly working back channels to prod allies including Germany and Sweden to help resolve its row with Saudi Arabia, a government source confirmed Thursday. The senior official, who asked not to be identified due to the sensitivity of the diplomacy, said Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland spoke with her …

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Russia slams “unacceptable” new U.S. sanctions

Russia’s government slammed as “unacceptable” on Thursday new U.S. sanctions against Moscow. The U.S. State Department announced the new punitive measures on Wednesday for the Kremlin’s alleged involvement in a nerve agent attack in Britain, saying the U.S. had made the determination this week that Russia used the Novichok nerve agent to …

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Saudis weigh fresh measures against Canada

Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it was “considering additional measures” against Canada, adding that there was no room for mediation in the kingdom’s escalating diplomatic dispute with the country, and that Ottawa knew what it needed to do to “fix its big mistake”. “There is nothing to mediate. A mistake …

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Indonesia earthquake death toll rises to more than 345

The death toll from Sunday’s devastating earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok has risen to 347, according to the state-run Antara news agency. The majority of people died in Kayangan, on the north side of the island, Antara reported. Another 1,447 people were injured and 165,003 were displaced by …

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Europe: World must hold end of bargain with Iran

The European Union says the international community has an obligation to maintain economic relations with Iran, despite the United States’ unilateral withdrawal from a multilateral deal with the Islamic Republic that could hamper such relations. Referring to a 2015 deal between Iran and originally six world powers, EU foreign policy …

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Rusal profits surge despite US sanctions

Russian aluminium giant Rusal’s quarterly profit surged thanks to higher market prices for the metal, despite sanctions imposed by Washington. Recurring net profit of Hong Kong-listed Rusal, the world’s largest aluminium producer outside China, was up 75 per cent from a year ago in the second quarter, but 17 per …

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Kuwait plans domestic labour pact with India

Kuwait plans pacts with four Asian countries to recruit domestic labour under clear regulations, Kuwaiti Minister of Social Affairs and State for Economic Affairs Hend Al Sabeeh has said. The move comes amid a reported dispute over rules for employing domestic helpers from the Philippines. Al Sabeeh named India, Bangladesh …

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Russia to deploy military police on Golan Heights

Russia will deploy its military police on the Golan Heights frontier between Syria and Israel, its defense ministry said on Thursday, after weeks of mounting volatility in the area. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s sweeping away of rebels in southwestern Syria has worried Israel, which believes it could allow his Iranian …

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Kuwait’s oil minister expects stable oil market

Kuwait’s oil minister, Bakhit Al Rashidi, said on Wednesday that the global oil market was approaching stability based on the current oil production levels after the recent Opec and non-Opec agreement to boost output. “It is clear today based on the current level of production that we are approaching a …

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