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Still acting Lebanese PM warns about slashing subsidies

Lebanon‚Äôs caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab said on Friday any step to lift subsidies now on vital goods would be unacceptable and would cause a ‚Äúsocial explosion‚ÄĚ. In a televised address, Diab, who resigned two months ago after a huge explosion damaged much of Beirut and worsened the country‚Äôs economic …

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Hezbollah decries imperialist Macron

Hezbollah‚Äôs leader said on Tuesday his Shi‚Äôite movement welcomed French efforts to help Lebanon out of crisis but that did not mean French President Emmanuel Macron could act like the country‚Äôs ruler. In a televised address, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said the heavily armed, Iran-backed Hezbollah remained ready for dialogue under …

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Italy also wants to overturn power in Lebanon

Italy‚Äôs prime minister said it was time for Lebanon to rebuild trust between the people and its institutions, joining France‚Äôs call for change in a nation devastated by a year-long economic crisis and last month‚Äôs massive explosion at Beirut port. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte was visiting Beirut a week after …

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Uzbekistan: open for business

By Sher Karimov   Uzbekistan will implement a national strategy to improve the independence of the country statistics system. The document signed by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev prioritizes the measures to implement the strategy between 2020 and 2025, which was developed jointly with the World Bank. The country’s statistical bodies will …

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France promises to extricate Lebanon through reforms

France‚Äôs foreign minister said on Thursday that Lebanon risked disappearing due to the inaction of its political elite who needed to quickly implement a new government to implement crucial reforms for the country. ‚ÄúThe international community will not sign a blank cheque if the they (Lebanese authorities) don‚Äôt put in …

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Indonesia: A Major Prize in the Battle for the Soul of Islam

by¬†James M. Dorsey¬†|¬†Jul 30, 2020 Saudi support of religious ultra-conservatism in Indonesia contradicts Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman‚Äôs promotion of an undefined form of moderate Islam intended to project his kingdom as tolerant, innovative, and forward-looking. It also suggests that Saudi Arabia is willing to work with the Muslim Brotherhood …

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Sudan okays alcohol, and bans FMG

Sudan will permit non-Muslims to consume alcohol and strengthen women‚Äôs rights, including banning female genital mutilation (FGM), its justice minister said late on Saturday, in a reversal of almost four decades of hardline Islamist policies. About 3% of Sudan‚Äôs population is non-Muslim, according to the United Nations. Alcoholic drinks have …

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Coronavirus used as excuse to ban Algeria protests

Algeria‚Äôs government has canceled political gatherings because of the coronavirus, it said on Tuesday, though it was not immediately clear if this would entail a ban on the mass protests that have convulsed the state for more than a year. Health Minister Abderrahmane Benbouzid said in comments broadcast on state …

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Conservatives set to win in Iran elections

Anti-Western hardliners are set to sweep Iran‚Äôs parliamentary elections and appear favorites to clinch the presidency next year, but an economic crisis could force them to engage with the United States despite their tightening grip on power. Tehran has ruled out any talks with Washington unless it lifts crippling sanctions …

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Are Lebanon protests spontaneous or planned?

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem   On October 17, 2019, protests erupted in most Lebanese cities, particularly in the center of Beirut, rejecting a $ 6-a-month WhatsApp tariff plus new taxes on gasoline and a 15% VAT increase. Soon, most of the Lebanese people from different classes, regions and sects reacted …

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Lebanon bans dollars from leaving country

A Lebanese state prosecutor on Sunday banned traders and money exchangers from taking significant amounts of physical dollar currency out of the country at air and land borders, state news agency NNA said. The order, which it said was issued by Public Prosecutor Ghassan Oueidat, imposed the ban until the …

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Saudi airline Flynas to recruit female co-pilots

Riyadh-based carrier Flynas has announced plans to recruit Saudi women to work as co-pilots and flight attendants for the first time, just months after the kingdom lifted a decades-long ban on female motorists. Saudi Arabia in June ended a longstanding ban on women driving cars as Crown Prince Mohammad Bin …

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Lack of speciality hospitals forcing Emiratis to travel abroad

Members of the Federal National Council expressed concern at the lack of specialised and accredited hospitals which forces Emiratis to travel abroad for treatment. They also blamed ineffective health awareness campaigns for the 19.3 per cent increase in the prevalence of diabetes, obesity, heart and brain strokes in 2015. The …

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Shaikh Mohammad approves bylaws of VAT

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has approved the executive regulations of Federal Law No.8 of 2017 on Value Added Tax (VAT). The bylaws govern the implementation of VAT, which will come into effect from January 2018. …

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First football tournament for Saudi women

Jeddah is once more leading the way in empowering Saudi women through sports by holding the first formal football tournament for women on Wednesday. The competition will feature six teams and will be held in a private school four days after the Red Sea city hosted the first basketball tournament …

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Tokyo Governor Sees Boost as Abe Dissolves Japan Parliament

Japan‚Äôs opposition forces appeared set to consolidate around Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, whose new political group narrowed a gap in opinion polls with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe‚Äôs ruling party weeks ahead of a general election. Abe dissolved parliament on Thursday for an election expected on Oct. 22. The Democratic Party, …

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