Archive for December, 2016

Saturday, December 31st, 2016 at 6:23pm

Ban Ki-moon leaves UN, regrets not ending conflicts

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Ban Ki-moon, the outgoing UN secretary-general, says he laments not ending conflicts and doing more to promote peace as he ended 10 years at the UN. Thronged by UN staff as he made his way out of UN headquarters on Friday, the South Korean diplomat thanked his colleagues, saying it was an honour to have worked with them. “You […]

Saturday, December 31st, 2016 at 6:23pm

Global leaders warn Aung San Suu Kyi over Rohingya

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More than a dozen Nobel laureates have criticised Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi for failing to uphold the human rights of Rohingya Muslims in the country’s Rakhine State, urging for immediate action to avoid “ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity”. In an open letter to the United Nations Security Council late Thursday, 23 global […]

Saturday, December 31st, 2016 at 6:23pm

Modi defends move to demonetize high-value currency

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India’s prime minister has defended his government’s decision to demonetise the country’s highest-value currency bills in an unusual New Year’s Eve message to the nation. Narendra Modi has called India’s demonetisation drive, which withdrew 86 percent of the country’s currency bills from the system, “a historic purification ritual” to cleanse the system of tax evasion and corruption. […]

Saturday, December 31st, 2016 at 6:02am

Rio: Greek ambassador ‘murdered by wife and her lover’

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Greece’s ambassador to Brazil was murdered in a plot hatched by his Brazilian wife and her police officer lover, who confessed to the crime, officials said. The envoy, Kyriakos Amiridis, 59, was killed on Monday by the officer, Sergio Gomez Moreira, Rio homicide division chief Evaristo Pontes told a news conference on Friday. Amiridis’s charred […]

Saturday, December 31st, 2016 at 6:02am

Revellers gather early for New Year’s Eve celebrations

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Thousands of revellers gathered at first light along Sydney’s harbour foreshore ahead of the city’s New Year’s Eve fireworks, while countries across the Asia Pacific region are planning some very different celebrations for the start of 2017. The most sought-after vistas from peninsulas around Sydney’s iconic Opera House are now ticketed, and hundreds slept out […]

Saturday, December 31st, 2016 at 6:02am

Global leaders warn Aung Sun Suu Kyi over Rohingya

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More than a dozen Nobel laureates have criticised Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi for failing to uphold the human rights of Rohingya Muslims in the country’s Rakhine State, urging for immediate action to avoid “ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity”. In an open letter to the United Nations Security Council late Thursday, 23 global […]

Friday, December 30th, 2016 at 5:32am

Agreement to hand over Red Sea islands approved

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Egypt’s government has approved a controversial deal to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, according to state television. The agreement has been sent to parliament for ratification, according to reports on Thursday, despite a legal dispute in Egyptian courts over the plan. In June, the Higher Administrative Court ruled that the deal […]

Friday, December 30th, 2016 at 5:32am

Agreement to hand over Red Sea islands approved

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Egypt’s government has approved a controversial deal to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, according to state television. The agreement has been sent to parliament for ratification, according to reports on Thursday, despite a legal dispute in Egyptian courts over the plan. In June, the Higher Administrative Court ruled that the deal […]

Friday, December 30th, 2016 at 5:32am

Russia vows ‘reprisals’ over US sanctions

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Russia has pledged “adequate reprisals” over US sanctions and accused Washington of trying to destroy ties by making “unfounded” allegations of interference in the US election. The United States wants to “definitively destroy US-Russia relations which have already reached a low,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday, adding that Russia will “react in an […]

Friday, December 30th, 2016 at 5:32am

Russia vows ‘reprisals’ over US sanctions

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Russia has pledged “adequate reprisals” over US sanctions and accused Washington of trying to destroy ties by making “unfounded” allegations of interference in the US election. The United States wants to “definitively destroy US-Russia relations which have already reached a low,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday, adding that Russia will “react in an […]

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