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Egypt businesses battle inflation after currency devaluation

Egyptian entrepreneurs, like Ibrahim Soudan, were forced to scour the black market for dollars a year ago to pay for imports as they battled a crippling foreign currency shortage. But today the country’s banks are flush with greenbacks and the black market for dollars has been wiped out — the result of Cairo’s decision to float the pound eight months ...

US sanctions 18 Iranian entities day after certifying nuclear deal compliance

The Trump administration announced on Tuesday new sanctions on 18 Iranian individuals, groups and networks over non-nuclear behavior, such as support for ballistic missiles development. The move came a day after the administration certified to Congress that Iran is technically complying with the nuclear deal and can continue enjoying nuclear sanctions relief. The treasury department is targeting seven groups and five people that aided ...

Second Australian senator quits because of dual citizenship

CANBERRA, Australia — A second Australian senator in less than a week said Tuesday she was quitting Parliament after discovering she was a dual national and had therefore never really been elected. The controversy has raised questions about how many other lawmakers might also have no right to be there. Larissa Waters, co-deputy leader of the minor Greens party, said ...

Egypt faces water insecurity as Ethiopian mega-dam starts filling

“The land has become very dry,” observes Mahmoud Abo Khokha, a farmer from Al Monofeyya governorate, in Egypt’s Nile delta. “Drought is no longer predictable; it used to hit a certain 15 winter days. The whole year’s crops could be destroyed because of one week’s drought.” Like most farmers round here, he blames Ethiopia. They are under the impression that a ...

U.S. Hands Off Iran

I just travelled to Iran where was I was invited to speak at the University of Tehran about human rights and “humanitarian intervention.” I put this term in quotes because I’ve rarely ever seen any intervention that was truly humanitarian or that produced humane results, but more on that later. Before I traveled to Iran, a number of friends and ...

Sponsors dragged into pay dispute as Australian players pursue rival deals

Cricket Australia’s corporate partners have joined the ranks of aggrieved parties as a result of the cricket pay dispute. Key sponsors KFC and Toyota are among a number of commercial backers left exposed by the failure of administrators and players to come to a speedy resolution, while financial asset manager Magellan has baulked at signing on as naming rights sponsor for ...

Egypt: Cops kill 6 IS sympathizers in shootout

CAIRO — Egyptian police killed six people who allegedly adhered to the Islamic State terror group’s beliefs when a gunfight erupted Monday during a raid on their Nile valley hideout, the government said. The militants opened fire on the police as they approached the hideout in Dairut, a town in the southern province of Assiut, the interior ministry said in ...

How Australia bungled climate policy to create a decade of disappointment

in the lead-up to the 2015 general election in the United Kingdom, the leaders of the three major parties sat down together and signed a statement on climate change policy that would seem unimaginable to Australians. They agreed that “climate change is one of the most serious threats facing the world today” and undertook to “to work together across party ...

After Backing Trump, Christians Who Fled Iraq Fall Into His Dragnet

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. — A few Sundays ago, federal immigration agents walked through the doors of handsome houses here in the Detroit suburbs, brushing past tearful children, stunned wives and statuettes of the Virgin Mary in search of men whose time was up. If the Trump administration prevails, more than 100 of these men may soon be deported, like the ...

For Iran, Qatar Crisis Is a Welcome Distraction

TEHRAN — Iran’s leaders have been noticeably restrained in their response to the Qatar crisis, and for good reason, analysts say. Not only have they welcomed it, they would be happy to see it quietly drag on. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic and commercial ties with Qatar last month for what they said was its financing of ...

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