Author Archives: Doda Sam

Saudi shares tumble after journalist’s disappearance

Saudi Arabia’s stock market tumbled in early Sunday trade on concerns about relations with the international community following the disappearance of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Riyadh and a US resident, vanished on 2 October after visiting the Saudi consulate in Turkey. Ankara believes that he was murdered inside the building and his body removed. ...

Theresa May faces frantic 48 hours to save Brexit plan as talks stall

Theresa May faces a frantic 48 hours to try to save her Brexit negotiating strategy after she admitted talks had ground to a halt because of the EU’sinsistence upon a Northern Ireland-only backstop. The prime minister is expected to plead with EU leaders to drop their Irish backstop proposal at a make-or-break summit dinner on Wednesday night after seeking the ...

‘A dream come true’: refugees Deng and Mabil make Socceroos debuts together

Childhood friends whose families fled conflict in Sudan represent Australia for first time against Kuwait From their early years in Kenya, to a shared childhood in suburban Adelaide, to the A-League and then the Socceroos, Thomas Deng and Awer Mabil have plenty of history in common. And in the unlikely location of Kuwait City, the pair of South Sudanese refugees ...

Jerusalem embassy move a ‘sensible’ proposal, says Scott Morrison

Scott Morrison has flagged moving Australia’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, copying Donald Trump’s controversial proposal, in a shift that appears timed to coincide with the Wentworth byelection. Guardian Australia understands moving the embassy was discussed when Malcolm Turnbull was prime minister, and Julie Bishop was foreign affairs minister, given Trump’s position – but the shift was ...

Australia should be ‘exporting sunshine, not coal’, economist Jeffrey Sachs tells Q&A

US analyst criticises successive governments for defending coal in wake of alarming IPCC report on climate change Economist Jeffrey Sachs has criticised successive Australian governments for “defending a 19th or 20th century industry” rather than taking decisive action on climate change, saying Australia should be “exporting sunshine, not coal”. “Make a plan, make a timeline, tell the world how you’re ...

Hamas: Ismail Haniya visits Egypt ahead of US embassy move

The senior political leader of Hamas Ismail Haniyahas travelled to Cairo with a high-ranking delegation to hold talks with senior Egyptian officials about “developments” in Palestine and the region. A Hamas statement on Sunday said the delegation had accepted an invitation extended by neighbouring Egypt. Hamas governs the Gaza Strip, a densely populated coastal enclave that shares borders with Egypt andIsrael, ...

Iraq Might Purchase Russia’s Most Powerful Air Defense System Ever

Iraq is considering the purchase of Russia’s potent S-400 air and missile defense system. However, there has been to firm decision in Baghdad to proceed with a purchase just yet. “There is no delegation in Moscow now to purchase S-400,” Iraqi Ambassador to Russia Haidar Mansour Hadi told reporters according to the Russian TASS newsagency.  “When the Iraqi government decides ...

Graham returns from Israel: We must ‘stop the Iran-Assad machine’

War between Israel and Iranian proxy forces is imminent, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators warned Tuesday after a trip to the Middle East last week. “Any time you leave a meeting where the request is ammunition, ammunition, ammunition, that’s probably not good,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said of a meeting with Israeli officials. Graham is the Senate’s lead appropriator ...

Ould Sheikh: Houthis Blocked Agreement on Peace Proposal in Yemen

A roadmap for peace in Yemen exists but parties to the conflict need to build confidence among themselves and launch it, according to UN Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed. “Today, I would like to announce, for the first time, that we were about to reach agreement on a peace proposal, developed in consultation with the parties, but ...

Apple to launch ‘technology enabled’ healthcare service

Following Amazon’s lead, iPhone maker creating in-house clinics and health service for employees Apple is launching its own primary care health clinics called AC Wellness, following Amazon and Warren Buffett’s push into healthcare. Similar to Amazon’s team up with Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan, the AC Wellness Network aims to serve Apple’s roster of employees and their families providing “compassionate, ...