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Investment top on agendas of King’s Davos meetings

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Wednesday continued a series of planned meetings on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, a Royal Court statement said. Her Majesty Queen Rania attended some of these meetings, according to the statement.  His Majesty met separately with Spanish King Felipe VI, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emanuel ...

Australian mother accused of murdering adult children

An Australian woman has been accused of murdering two of her children and torturing a third, in alleged crimes that spanned at least five years. Maree Crabtree, 51, was arrested on Queensland’s Gold Coast on Wednesday. Police allege she killed her daughter, 18, in 2012, and her son, 26, last year. Both had disabilities. Authorities alleged Ms Crabtree was motivated ...

Australia’s $46 million 2022 World Cup bid ‘never had a chance’, says former FIFA boss Sepp Blatter

These words were uttered by disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter late last year as he had lunch with former Football Federation Australia (FFA) executive Bonita Mersiades in Zurich. He was talking of course about Australia’s bid for the 2022 Football World Cup. The revelations are contained in Ms Mersiades’ new book, Whatever It Takes: The Inside Story of the ...

Khaled Ali withdraws from Egyptian presidential race

The Egyptian presidential hopeful and rights lawyer Khaled Ali has quit the race, becoming the latest would-be candidate who either has bowed out or been forced to abandon a challenge to the president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, before the March election. Ali, a prominent socialist, had entered the race as a symbol of Egypt’s leftist revolutionary politics, but on Wednesday he told ...

Anger that drove the Arab spring is flaring again

When the people of Balta wanted to protest, they had to leave town. “This place is so small that blocking the road is like sitting in your own hall – no one notices,” said Wathik Balti, a 19-year-old student. So in December, they headed to the nearest motorway, where dozens of them blocked an important junction for hours and called ...

Iraq, Turkey mountains need to be cleared of terrorists

Turkish and Iraqi mountains need to be cleared of terrorists, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Sunday. Speaking at a joint news conference with his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari in capital Baghdad, Çavuşoğlu said it was important that Iraq clears Daesh terrorist group. “But it is equally important to wipe out all terrorist groups from Iraq,” he said. “Daesh, ...

German woman to become first European female executed in Iraq for belonging to Isil

an Iraqi court condemned to death by hanging a German woman after finding her guilty of belonging to the Islamic State jihadist group. She is one of hundreds of foreign jihadists held by Iraqi authorities, who in December announced the defeat of Isil after a gruelling three-year battle. She is believed to be the first European woman to be sentenced ...

Ethiopia rejects Egypt’s request to include WB in GERD talks

CAIRO – 21 January 2018: Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn asserted on Sunday, a day after finishing his official visit to Cairo, that Ethiopia will not accept Egypt’s request to include the World Bank in the tripartite technical committee’s talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), according to the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA). Desalegn said that Ethiopia will not ...

Erdoğan accuses US of planning to form ‘terror army’ in Syria

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has accused the US of forming a “terror army”, after Washington announced plans for a 30,000-strong force inside Syria to protect territory held by its mainly Kurdish allies. On Sunday, the US-led coalition said it was working with its Syrian militia allies, the mainly Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), to set up the new border force. The ...

Pope Francis warns the world is at the brink of nuclear war

Getty Images Pope Francis attends Midday Prayer of the Divine with more than 300 U.S. Bishops at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle on September 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. Pope Francis said on Monday he was really afraid about the danger of nuclear war and that the world now stood at “the very limit.” His comment, made as he ...

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