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OPEC struggles for deal to ease oil supply cuts as Iran resists

By   /  June 22, 2018  /  Business  /  No Comments

VIENNA: OPEC will seek agreement on Friday to raise oil production despite opposition from Iran, which has threatened to block the move as it faces export-crippling US sanctions. OPEC’s de facto leader Saudi Arabia and non-OPEC Russia have said a production increase of about 1 million barrels per day (bpd) or around 1 percent of […]

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Colombia president-elect vows to unite nation, alter peace deal

By   /  June 18, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

BOGOTA: Colombia’s President-elect Ivan Duque, who swept aside leftist Gustavo Petro in Sunday’s election, pledged to unite his South American nation after a divisive campaign but insisted he would change a landmark peace accord with leftist rebels. Duque’s decisive victory in Sunday’s poll, with 54 percent of votes to Petro’s 42 percent, is likely to […]

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Apple signs multi-year content deal with Oprah Winfrey

By   /  June 16, 2018  /  Science & Technology  /  No Comments

San Francisco, June 16 (IANS) With an aim to promote original programming amid the growing video streaming war, Apple has announced a multi-year content partnership with producer-host Oprah Winfrey. Together, Winfrey and Apple will create original programmes that “embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world”, the tech giant said in a statement […]

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Iran deal comparisons cloud Trump’s North Korea summit

By   /  June 14, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s triumphant assertions about the success of the Singapore summit are being met with skepticism and outright derision from some critics. They’re seizing on the contradiction between Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and his willingness to accept vague pledges from North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. White House officials stress that […]

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Rohingya organizations criticize recent UN-Myanmar deal

By   /  June 10, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

ANKARA: Rohingya organizations worldwide criticized on Sunday a new agreement signed between Myanmar and the UN on repatriation of Rohingya refugees, saying it did not touch the root causes of the crisis. “We are deeply concerned that the MOU [Memorandum of Understanding] did not address the root causes of the Rohingya crisis, particularly the issue of […]

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Pakistan, Russia finalise deal to study undersea pipeline project

By   /  June 8, 2018  /  Business  /  No Comments

Islamabad, June 8 (IANS) Pakistan and Russia have finalised a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for conducting a “feasibility study” of a planned undersea gas pipeline. While speaking at the weekly media briefing, Foreign Office (FO) spokesman Muhammad Faisal said on Thursday: “The ministries of energy of Pakistan and the Russian Federation have finalised a MoU for […]

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With nuclear deal under threat, Iran shows off centrifuges

By   /  June 7, 2018  /  Gulf Countries  /  No Comments

DUBAI: The star of a live television interview in Iran’s new nuclear workshop wasn’t the head of the country’s atomic agency, but three centrifuges labeled in English in the background, advanced devices Tehran is prohibited from using by the nuclear deal with world powers. The placement of the centrifuges, identified as IR-2M, IR-4 and IR-6, […]

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Ethiopia decides to accept border deal with Eritrea

By   /  June 6, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia: Ethiopia on Tuesday decided to fully implement the so-called Algiers agreement and the decisions of the Ethiopia-Eritrea Boundary Commission. This decision was made by the executive committee of the ruling party — the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front, according to the FANA broadcasting service, a government-affiliated media house. The Algiers agreement was signed […]

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France backs Iran nuclear deal during Israeli PM visit

By   /  June 5, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

PARIS – The Iranian nuclear deal should be preserved to maintain regional peace, President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday following his meeting with Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu in Paris. “My colleagues in Europe and I think that there is a need to preserve the nuclear agreement, but we are concerned about Iran’s activities in the Middle […]

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New deal struck for displaced Libyans to return home

By   /  June 5, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

TRIPOLI: A new accord has been struck for thousands of displaced Libyans to return home to a town that sided with former leader Muamar Qaddafi in the 2011 revolution, the country’s unity government said Monday. Fayez Al-Sarraj, head of the Government of National Accord, welcomed the reconciliation deal signed late Sunday by representatives of the […]

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