Posts Tagged ‘World News’

Macau Developer Found Guilty in U.N. Bribery Case

Friday, July 28th, 2017

A federal jury in Manhattan on Thursday found billionaire Ng Lap Seng guilty of bribing Caribbean diplomats to the United Nations.

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Muslim Prayers in Jerusalem End Peacefully

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Muslims peacefully conducted Friday prayers at one of Jerusalem’s holiest sites, despite fears that Palestinians and Israeli security personnel would clash after weeks of violence over access to the compound.

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Japan Slaps 50% Tariff on Some U.S. Beef

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Japan said it would impose a temporary 50% tariff on frozen beef from the U.S. and several other countries, a move that could inflame trade tensions.

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Saudi Coalition Says Intercepted Missile Fired at Mecca by Houthi Rebels

Friday, July 28th, 2017

A Saudi Arabia-led military coalition said it shot down a ballistic missile fired at Saudi territory by Houthi rebels in Yemen.

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Russia to Kick Out Some U.S. Diplomats Over Sanctions

Friday, July 28th, 2017

The Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday it would expel U.S. diplomats and close a U.S. diplomatic retreat outside Moscow, in retaliatory moves that follow a new round of sanctions against Russia passed by Congress.

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Venezuela to Hold a Vote Many Don’t Want, Others Don’t Understand

Friday, July 28th, 2017

President Nicolás Maduro is holding an election for a new assembly, despite sanctions over the move by the U.S., censure by his Latin America neighbors, an opposition boycott and weeks of antigovernment protests that have resulted in more than 100 deaths.

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War-Torn Syria’s Battered Economy Marked by Inflation and Poverty

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Syria’s economy is in tatters after more than six years of war. The consumer-price index soared more than 500% between 2010 and 2016, and a sharp fall in economic activity has cost at least two million people their jobs. Millions of Syrians receive food aid.

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Pakistan Prime Minister Removed From Office Over Panama Papers

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Pakistan’s Supreme Court ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office after a probe into allegations of corruption, plunging Pakistan into a new phase of political turmoil.

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China’s Xi Jinping Makes His Case as Leadership Shuffle Looms

Friday, July 28th, 2017

The president offered a sweeping defense of his administration’s record, touting progress in tackling domestic corruption and economic imbalances and helping solve global problems.

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U.K. Judge Orders Charlie Gard to Be Moved to a Hospice to Die

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

A judge on Thursday ordered that terminally ill infant Charlie Gard be moved from a hospital to a hospice where the ventilator keeping the 11-month-old alive will be removed and he will die “within a short period of time.”

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Japan Defense Minister Resigns in Blow to Abe

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Tomomi Inada, a protégé of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who was once seen as having a chance to become the nation’s first female prime minister, resigned as defense minister over a dispute involving peacekeeping operations in South Sudan.

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China Detains Dozens Involved in Suspected Pyramid Scheme

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Police in Beijing have detained 67 people after members of the “Kindness Exchange” fund this week held a rare demonstration in China’s capital to protest a government probe.

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Russia Sanctions Bill Clears the Senate With Bipartisan Vote

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

The Senate approved new sanctions to punish Russia for its alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. election, gaining tentative support from the White House before its passage.

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U.K. Government Lines Up, to a Point, on Brexit Transition

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

British government ministers finally agree on an issue many businesses regard as vital, Stephen Fidler writes: that Britain seek a transitional agreement with the EU to reduce the economic uncertainty around Brexit.

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U.S. Orders Families of Embassy Employees to Leave Venezuela

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

The State Department also advised all Americans against traveling to the country due to “social unrest, violent crime and pervasive food and medicine shortages.”

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Police Say ‘Reasonable Grounds’ to Suspect Corporate Manslaughter in London Fire

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Police investigating the deadly blaze at Grenfell Tower said there were grounds to suspect the local council that oversaw the building’s management may have committed corporate manslaughter, according to a letter sent to residents.

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Japanese Opposition Leader Resigns

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

The head of Japan’s main opposition party resigned abruptly for failing to boost its election prospects despite the scandals afflicting the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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France Nationalizes Shipyard to Stop Italian-Company Takeover

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Emmanuel Macron’s government said it would temporarily nationalize the STX France shipyard to stop Italian company Fincantieri taking majority control.

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Swedish Ministers Depart Amid IT Data Scandal

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven announced a cabinet reshuffle and the resignation of two ministers following a scandal about leaked data that had many analysts suggesting Mr. Löfven might step down or call a snap election.

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Iran Test-Launches Rocket Designed to Carry Satellites

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Iran successfully test-launched a rocket designed to carry satellites into space on Thursday, official media reported, a move that could further inflame tensions with the U.S. as Congress passes new sanctions on the country.

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Tensions Escalate Between Germany and Turkey

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

After a year of slights, barbs, and misunderstandings, Germany and Turkey are girding for a showdown that could rattle the European Union, alter the fight on terrorism, and escalate the refugee crisis.

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Qatar, Prepared for Saudi-Led Embargo, Weathers Standoff

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

The tiny emirate of Qatar is withstanding a far-reaching embargo by Saudi-led Arab nations because it has drawn the right lessons from its previous neighborhood squabble.

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Israel Removes Remaining Security Measures at Jerusalem Holy Site

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Israel removed the remaining security measures at the entrance to one of Jerusalem’s holiest sites, acceding to Palestinian demands in a move that appeared aimed at ending a standoff that has piled pressure on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Charlie Gard’s Parents Agree to Take Him to Hospice Care

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Charlie Gard’s parents agreed to take their gravely ill baby to a hospice to die, as a judge granted them a chance to try to find a medical team who would give them more time to spend with him there in his final days.

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U.S. to Put More Venezuelan Officials Under Sanctions

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

The U.S. plans to put sanctions on 13 high-ranking Venezuelan officials for alleged corruption, human-rights violations and undermining the country’s democracy, a congressional aide briefed on the White House’s plans said on Wednesday.

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U.K. Economy Posts Lackluster Growth

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

U.K. economic growth remained subdued in the second quarter, as a modest revival in consumer spending offset shrinking industrial production, a sign that a hoped-for shift toward export-led growth remains elusive.

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China Overhaul of State Companies Nears Modernization Milestone

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Beijing is close to completing a long-targeted overhaul of operations at its state-owned enterprises, known as SOEs, saying that a modernization of their corporate structures will be finished by year’s end.

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Trump Tower Mumbai Plays Up Connection to President

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Promotional materials for the Trump Tower in Mumbai improperly featured a reference to President Donald Trump, showing how difficult it is to separate the president from a brand whose value is based on his name.

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Hamas Must Remain on Terror List, Says EU’s Top Court

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

The European Union’s top court ruled that Palestinian group Hamas should be kept on the bloc’s terror list, reversing a lower court decision, but said the striking down of a Sri Lankan terror group listing was appropriate.

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EU Threatens Poland With Sanctions Over Court Overhaul

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

The European Union threatened to pursue unprecedented sanctions against Poland and said it would trigger legal proceedings against Warsaw’s legal reforms for breaching the bloc’s rules and eroding the rule of law.

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