Egypt Stands to Lose $280m per Month From Flight Suspensions

CAIRO, Nov 11 Egypt stands to lose 2.2 billion Egyptian pounds ($280 million) a month from Britain and Russia’s decision to suspend flights after the Russian plane crash in the Sinai Peninsula, Tourism Minister Hesham Zaazou said on Wednesday. Britain stopped flights to Sharm Al Sheikh four days after the passenger plane crashed shortly after

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What’s In a Label: EU Agrees Identifying of Israel ‘Settlement’ Goods

The EU executive approved on Wednesday new guidelines for labelling products from Israeli settlements on occupied land, a move Brussels says is technical but which an Israeli diplomat said might affect peace talks with the Palestinians. Drawn up over three years by the European Commission, the guidelines mean Israeli producers must explicitly label farm goods

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Kenyan Forces Drive Out Alleged Al Shabaab Group From Forest

By Joseph Akwiri MOMBASA, Kenya, Nov 11 Kenyan security forces have destroyed five camps used by suspected militants linked to the Somali Islamist group Al Shabaab in a sweep of a forest on the north coast, a commander in charge of the operation said. The army and police launched the operation two months ago in

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Modi Visits Britain; Seeks to Bounce Back from Election Blow

NEW DELHI (Nov. 11) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a mass rally on a visit to Britain this week that supporters hope will help him spring back from a humiliating election loss and reassert his authority on the global stage. India and Britain could announce deals worth 8-12 billion pounds ($12-$18 billion) during

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Netanyahu says Time for U.S. Jews to ‘Stick Together’ over Iran Deal

By Jeffrey Heller and David Alexander WASHINGTON, Nov 11: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged U.S. Jews on Tuesday to unite behind Israel after rifts caused by the Iran nuclear talks and later pressed for bipartisan support for the country at a liberal think tank. A day after a fence-mending White House meeting with U.S. President Barack

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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi Reaches Out to Military with Landslide in Sight

YANGON (Nov. 11) Myanmar‘s democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi, moving closer to an absolute majority in parliament on Wednesday, requested a meeting with the president and the powerful military chief to discuss national reconciliation. Suu Kyi’s opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) has won over 90 percent of the seats declared so far in the

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Afghan Hazara Step Up Protest after Beheadings

KABUL (NOV. 11) Thousands of members of Afghanistan’s Hazara ethnic minority demonstrated on Wednesday against government inaction over the killing of seven members of their community by Islamist militants who dumped their partially beheaded bodies. The mainly Shia Hazara have long faced persecution in Afghanistan, with thousands massacred by the Taliban and al Qaeda in

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It’s the Economy, Stupid: Fox Focuses on Business Issues in Republican Debate

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON, Nov 11: The answers were longer in Tuesday’s Republican presidential debate on Fox Business Network, the fireworks fewer, and the topics–the Fed, big banks, tax policy–far wonkier. But the upstart U.S. cable channel accomplished what it set out to do by keeping the debate focused on business issues and differentiating itself from the more combative

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Former West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt Dies at 96

BERLIN (Nov. 10) Former West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt died on Tuesday aged 96 and leaders from Europe and the United States praised him as an architect of international cooperation and post-war European integration. Schmidt was then-West Germany’s second centre-left government leader from 1974 to 1982, taking office at the height of the Cold War

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Tensions Rise in Turkey as Five Killed in Kurdish Militant Attacks

ANKARA (Nov 11)  A street cleaner in southeastern Turkey was killed on Wednesday by flying shrapnel and a police officer was wounded after his armoured vehicle drove over an explosive device thought to have been laid by Kurdish militants, security sources said. The blast in the town of Dargecit in Mardin province came after three

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