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Australia risks humanitarian crisis over asylum, UNHCR says

Australia holds refugees and asylum seekers arriving by boat on PNG’s Manus Island and the Pacific nation of Nauru. Canberra plans to shut the Manus centre by 31 October, but uncertainty remains over where its 900 detainees will go. The UNHCR said it was “profoundly troubled” by the “mounting risks” associated with Australia’s withdrawal. “Having created the present crisis, to ...

Why the world is watching Xi Jinping and China’s party congress

By the time you read this, one of the most important global political events of the next five years — if not longer — will have begun: the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. The event may sound obscure to those uninterested in Sinology. It’s not. Beginning on Wednesday and expected to last for about a week, the event ...

Egypt growth seen below government forecasts

Egypt’s economy will grow 4.4% in the fiscal year that began in July, well below government projections of 5.0%-5.25%, a Reuters poll showed on Tuesday. The figure is also below the 4.5% prediction from the International Monetary Fund which agreed a $12bn deal with Egypt in November last year in a bid to help the north African country revive its ...

Australian students at richer schools have unfair advantage in science – report

Australian students who attend wealthy schools have an unfair advantage in science education, an OECD report has found. The report, released in September, used the latest Program for International Student Assessment – or Pisa – results to examine the factors that impact on science education in 69 countries. When it came to access to resources, exposure to science and instructional practices, only ...

Egypt Expands Buffer Zone Along Gaza Border

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s military has bulldozed at least 140 homes and more than 200 acres along the Gaza Strip border, expanding a buffer zone in an effort to cut off the flow of weapons and militants. The governor of Northern Sinai province, Maj. Gen. Abdel-Fatah Harhour, told The Associated Press late Monday that the military began a new phase ...

Diego Costa completes Atletico Madrid move from Chelsea

Chelsea have confirmed Diego Costa has completed his move to Atletico Madrid. The transfer will take effect on January 1, 2018 due to Atletico’s transfer ban and the player will wear the No 18 shirt. Sky sources understand Atletico will pay more than £50m for the Spain international striker.

British trade delegation explores business opportunities in Egypt

The UK Trade Envoy to Egypt, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, arrived in Cairo on Saturday with a delegation of UK companies seeking to explore various business opportunities in Egypt, the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) announced yesterday. The delegation consists of 14 multi-sector British companies, including infrastructure, defence, healthcare and agriculture. The companies include London International Patient Services, Rolls Royce ...

Egypt’s central bank seen holding interest rates as inflation cools

CAIRO, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Egypt’s central bank is likely to keep key interest rates unchanged in its monetary policy meeting this Thursday, a Reuters poll showed, after a slide in inflation that is expected to continue in the last quarter of 2017. The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) has raised interest rates by 700 basis points since it floated ...

Flag retirement ceremony in Lebanon sparks discussion about NFL debate

LEBANON, Pa. (WHTM) – Cub Scout Pack 439 in Lebanon held its annual flag retirement ceremony at Kochenderfer United Methodist Church on Monday night. Cubmaster Scott Miller says it has become an important tradition. “We started the ceremony after the September 11th attacks,” said Miller. “We think it helps the scouts understand the importance of what the flag means for ...

Syrian children in Lebanon find music school away from home

Hassan Youssef was 10 years old when a local Syrian composer discovered his talent: a deep powerful voice that was particularly resonant for traditional songs. It wasn’t long, however, before Syria’s grinding civil war nearly shattered Youssef’s hope of polishing his natural gift. He and his family left their home in a suburb of Damascus and traveled to Lebanon’s Bekaa ...

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