Blasts rock Khartoum as warring sides affirm humanitarian pledge

  • KHARTOUM: Airstrikes pummeled Khartoum on Saturday, with representatives of Sudan’s warring factions meeting in Saudi Arabia for talks to prevent a “humanitarian catastrophe” as the fighting entered a fifth week. A witness in west Khartoum reported army airstrikes on paramilitary forces, as b...
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Concern grows over traffickers targeting Ukrainian refugees

  • SIRET: One man was detained in Poland suspected of raping a 19-year-old refugee he’d lured with offers of shelter after she fled war-torn Ukraine. Another was overheard promising work and a room to a 16-year-old girl before authorities intervened. Another case inside a refugee camp at Poland’s...
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Djokovic falls while Federer pulls great escape

  • TORONTO: Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga handed world No. 1 Novak Djokovic a 6-2, 6-2 third round defeat on Thursday as the Rogers Cup was rocked by upsets.A day of high-drama began under a bright morning sun with South African Kevin Anderson startling third seeded Australian Open champion Stan...
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England’s northern ports look to prosper from Brexit

  • IMMINGHAM, United Kingdom: Brexit has brought hope to the windswept docks of the Humber River, a key goods gateway in northeast England where tens of millions of pounds are being invested to prepare for a potential increase in shipping. In Immingham, a gritty town of around 11,000 inhabitants ...
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Greek renaissance could benefit the Arab world

  • Shortly before Greece’s recent election, the gifted orator and then-Prime Minister Alexei Tsipras delivered a rousing speech to a cheering throng of supporters, at one point declaring that his main opponent could not achieve what he was experiencing at that moment: An adoring crowd. “They can’t...
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How political dysfunction precipitated Lebanon’s healthcare collapse

  • LONDON: Lebanon’s health system is in a precarious state following wave upon wave of political and economic crisis. As the country reels from medical supply shortages, COVID-19 case surges and an exodus of skilled medical professionals, the urgency of the sector’s need for outside help is no lo...
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Is Britain negotiating itself into a corner over Brexit?

  • Even during the bitterest of negotiations, it is usually expected that the opposing parties should incrementally move closer together. Yet in the Brexit talks, Britain and the EU seem to be edging further apart. ...
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Is hot money heading the wrong way?

  • CHICAGO: Troubles may dog the euro zone, but in the US, stocks are on an ascent, with the S&P 500 up about 12 percent in the first quarter. Apart from employment and housing, there’s plenty of evidence that the US is in a meek recovery, which means that most of the hot money for short-term,...
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It is not about money, but PR power

  • A donation of $25,000 to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which helps Palestinian refugees abandoned and abused by Israel, may not sound like much, but it is. The donation came from Kal Penn, an actor starring in the hit TV series “Designated Survivor” as a White House spokesman.Penn, who...
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London fears exodus of bankers, investment

  • LONDON: Will Brexit threaten London’s long-booming economy? The British capital fears investors and bankers could flee the city after the shock nationwide vote, threatening its coveted reputation as a global financial hub.Some 60 percent of Londoners voted to stay in the EU in Thursday’s historic...
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