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Jordan PM reshuffles cabinet to soothe anger over poor economy

Jordan’s Prime Minister Hani Mulki reshuffled his cabinet on Sunday and appointed the king’s chief of staff as his special deputy for economic affairs in an apparent bid to soothe widespread anger over rising hardship and flagging growth. Mulki’s reshuffle, his sixth since coming to power in May 2016, comes three days after hundreds of protesters in the city of ...

Egypt freezes assets of government critic Abul Fotouh

Egypt has frozen the assets of leading government critic Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh, arrested earlier this month over alleged links to exiled members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, the prosecution said Sunday. His February 14 arrest came after he joined a call for a boycott of a presidential election next month that the incumbent, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, is expected to ...

Syria: fresh fighting in eastern Ghouta despite UN-ordered ceasefire

Syrian regime forces have launched a fresh ground and air offensive against rebel positions in the besieged and battered enclave of eastern Ghouta in defiance of a nationwide ceasefire ordered by the UN security council. Witnesses said fighting erupted on several fronts on Sunday in what was seen as a possible last-ditch bid by Bashar al-Assad, Syria’s president, to eliminate ...

Iraq court sentences 16 Turkish women to death for joining Isis

An Iraqi court has sentenced 16 Turkish women to death by hanging for joining Islamic State, a judiciary spokesman said on Sunday. Iraq is conducting the trials of hundreds of foreign women who have been detained, with hundreds of their children, by Iraqi forces since August, as Isis strongholds crumbled. The central criminal court issued the sentences “after it was proven they ...

Who is Michael McCormack? The life and controversies of Australia’s new deputy PM

Michael McCormack is the new Nationals leader and deputy prime minister. Never heard of him? Never fear. We’ve compiled this handy assortment of tidbits and controversies to bring you up to speed. The McCormack basics From Wagga Wagga in New South Wales’ Riverina region, McCormack is a Nationals MP with a fairly typical history. He grew up on family farms at Marrar and ...

US surrounds North Korea fearing mass nuclear attack as Kim threatens NUCLEAR HOLOCAUST

The US, which has been threatened with mainland nuclear strikes, is preparing to pump cash into the Pentagon after the military requested a major boost for spending. Congress will be asked to approve a budget of £489billion ($686bn) – one of the largest in US history – just days after North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un declared he could bring a ...

Hillary Clinton heads to Australia and NZ

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is coming to Australia and New Zealand to talk about her experiences during the 2016 US presidential election. Hillary Clinton is coming to Australia to talk about her future plans after losing the 2016 US election to Donald Trump. The former Democratic presidential candidate is expected to give a candid account of the ...

Australian Federal Police seize 313kg of ice destined for South Australia, arrest three men

MORE than 300kg of the destructive drug ice has been stopped from making its way to South Australia — the largest haul of methamphetamine destined for Adelaide streets in state history. The investigation which led to the record bust involved the Australian Federal Police, Australian Border Force, Department of Home Affairs, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, the Australian Taxation Office ...

Egypt understands Ethiopia’s reasons behind calling off Dam’s ministerial meeting: FM

CAIRO – 18 February 2018: The Foreign Ministry is aware of the circumstances behind Ethiopia’s request to delay the ministerial meeting on Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam, the spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement on Sunday. The statement added that the ministry received a written notification on Sudan’s decision to postpone the meeting upon Ethiopia’s request. The spokesman hoped that ...

Lebanon protests Israel’s use of its airspace

JERUSALEM: Lebanon protested Israel’s use of its airspace to target Syria, saying it will complain to the U.N. Security Council. In a statement Saturday, Lebanon’s Foreign Ministry also said it supports Syria’s “legitimate” right to respond to Israel’s “aggression.” The statement said such “aggressive policy” threatens stability in the region. Lebanon urged concerned countries to “rein in” Israel. Israel said ...

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