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Palestinians in Lebanon Appeal to Unity in Face of U.S. UNRWA Onslaught

Media office of the Lebanese parliamentary speaker, Nabih Berri, said in a statement that he welcomed the Palestinian Ambassador in Beirut Ashraf Dabour. “Palestinians today face the slap of the century, not the Deal of the Century and the United States’ decision, starting with the decision to transfer its embassy to occupied Jerusalem and ending with cutting funds to the ...

Australia, Indonesia agree on stronger ties in grains sector

Singapore — Australia and Indonesia concluded negotiations for the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement or IA-CEPA on Friday, which will allow Australian farmers to export 500,000 mt/year of tariff-free feed grains to Indonesia. Under the new agreement, Australia will gain access to the Indonesian feed grain market, with the ability to export duty-free feed barley, feed wheat and sorghum. Currently, Australia’s ...

Australia reports its first case of drug-resistant superbug

CANBERRA, Australia — An Australian state on Tuesday reported its first case of a superbug in a hospital patient who likely picked up the drug-resistant fungus in Britain. Victoria deputy chief health officer Brett Sutton said health officials were taking a “search and destroy” approach to ensure the Candida auris fungus did not spread. “The man was isolated as soon ...

146 firefighters coming from Australia, New Zealand to fight blazes across U.S.

Beleaguered firefighters across the U.S. are being pushed to their limits battling wildfires that have broken out in rapid succession across the West. They’ll soon get reinforcements – from the other side of the globe. Nearly 150 specialists from Australia and New Zealand are being deployed this weekend to provide assistance to American firefighters, the National Interagency Fire Center said Tuesday. The ...

Sport Australia is on the right track by focusing on increasing grassroots participation rates

  Sport and politics mixed this week and for once the result was not a Molotov cocktail but, at least in theory, a soothing elixir. Sport Australia’s [formerly the Australian Sports Commission] national sports plan Sport 2030 is, like many such largely philosophical documents, long on rhetoric and short on detail. The headline-grabbing passages of the 71-page report carry a ...

Can the private sector salvage Egypt’s dilapidated railway system?

CAIRO — After three train cars flipped over July 13 near Al-Badrashin train station in Cairo’s Giza governorate and injured more than 55 people, the efficiency of Egypt’s railway system has been once again placed under the spotlight. The Al-Badrashin incident is not the first of its kind this year in Egypt. On Feb. 28, two trains collided in Beheira governorate in northern Egypt, killing 12 people and wounding ...

Erdoğan rebuked for claiming Israeli officials have ‘Hitler spirit’

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has said that “Hitler’s spirit” was resurgent among Israeli officials, while Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said Turkey was becoming a “dark dictatorship” as the two regional powers clashed over a new law defining Israel as a Jewish state. At a meeting with lawmakers from his Justice and Development (AK) party on Tuesday, Erdoğan condemned the nation ...

Lebanon prepares to legalise medicinal marijuana

Beirut – The Lebanese parliament will soon review legislation to legalise medicinal marijuana, its speaker announced on Wednesday, as authorities seek ways to jumpstart the country’s struggling economy. With public debt at 150% of GDP, the third highest rate in the world, Lebanon charged consulting firm McKinsey & Company with setting out a vision to revitalise growth. McKinsey’s proposal, submitted ...

Steve Nutt’s vintage bike collection could be Australia’s largest

Steve Nutt’s new bike shed is bigger than most suburban house blocks and houses his collection of more than 200 vintage bicycles. The 69-year-old Gold Coast resident believes he has accumulated the largest collection of its kind in Australia. The former bike shop owner said he buys and rebuilds bikes built between 1890 and 1990. “I mainly collect racing bikes ...

Egypt repositions itself as a ‘global investment destination’ amid reform drive

Egypt is making progress with economic reforms and is “open for business,” the country’s minister of investment and international cooperation told CNBC Thursday. “We’re repositioning Egypt as a global investment destination so we’ve moved forwards with comprehensive improvements in the business environment,” Sahar Nasr, told CNBC’s “Capital Connection.” The drive to open up the business sector to foreign investment included ...