Egypt Cancels Kushner Meeting with Minister After Denial of Aid

CAIRO, Aug 23 – Egypt called off a scheduled meeting between its foreign minister and top U.S. presidential adviser Jared Kushner on Wednesday after the United States decided to withhold millions of dollars in aid. But President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi would meet the U.S. delegation led by Kushner later in the day as scheduled, Sisi’s

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UAE Victims of Domestic Abuse, Trafficking to Host Art Exhibition

“With all the glitz and glamour that seems to always be promoted about Dubai, it is organizations like the foundation that are weaving the moral fabric of this diverse expatriate and growing community and tackling what are the taboo issues that exist not only here but all over the world,” says Fiona Petrocelli. The Dubai

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Resignation of Moroccan Opposition Figures Sends Shockwaves

By Joseph Hammond The resignation of one the Arab world’s leading secular politicians has surprised politicians and analysts across North Africa.  The sudden resignation of Ilyas El-Omari the head as the head of Morocco’s main opposition party the Party of Authenticity and Modernity (PAM) was announced at press conference on August 7th. Ilyas El-Omari will

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Iran Says Can Produce Highly Enriched Uranium in Days if U.S. Quits Deal

LONDON, Aug 22 – Iran can resume production of highly enriched uranium within five days if the nuclear deal it struck with world powers in 2015 is revoked, Iran’s atomic chief was quoted by state media as saying on Tuesday. The deal that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani championed with the United States, Russia, China and

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Coca-Cola, PespiCo and Others Agree to Cap Sugar in Drinks

By Aradhana Aravindan SINGAPORE, Aug 22 – Seven major drinks companies including Coca-Cola and PepsiCo will limit the sugar content of drinks they sell in Singapore, as part of the city-state’s campaign to fight diabetes. Singapore is one of the first countries in Asia to target sugary drinks, bringing it in line with many Western

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Moroccan Teenager Admits Killing Two in Finland Knife Rampage

HELSINKI, Aug 22 (Reuters) – A teenage Moroccan asylum seeker admitted on Tuesday killing two people and wounding eight in a knife attack in the Finnish city of Turku, his lawyer said. In a closed-door court hearing, 18-year-old Abderrahman Mechkah confessed to carrying out Friday’s attack but did not admit to having terrorist motive, lawyer

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A Quarter of India’s Energy Demand Can Be Met with Renewable Energy

Increasing India’s renewables would save 12 times more than it costs Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., 22 August 2017 — India can raise its renewable energy use to meet a quarter of the country’s total final energy demand by 2030, according to the findings of a report presented today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Renewable energy

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More Talks Likely on Kurdish Independence Vote, Negotiator Says

By Ahmed Rasheed and Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq, Aug 22 – A delegation representing Iraq’s ruling Shi’ite coalition may meet Kurdish politicians again next week to try to convince them to delay or cancel a plan to hold an independence referendum, a negotiator said. A first round of talks, held last week in Baghdad, brought

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Muslim Divorce Law “Unconstitutional”, Rules India’s Top Court

By Suchitra Mohanty and Rupam Jain NEW DELHI, Aug 22 – India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled a controversial Muslim instant divorce law unconstitutional, a landmark victory for Muslim women who had long argued that it violated their right to equality. The law allows Muslim men to divorce their wives simply by uttering the word

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Trump Reverses Course, Commits U.S. to Open-Ended Afghanistan War

By Steve Holland and Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON, Aug 22 – President Donald Trump has committed the United States to an open-ended conflict in Afghanistan, reversing course from his campaign pledges and signaling he will send troops to America’s longest war in “a fight to win.” Trump offered few specifics in a speech on Monday but

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