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US, Europe shun Saudi conference over journalist Khashoggi’s disappearance

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and senior ministers from Europe on Thursday pulled out of an investment conference in Saudi Arabia, deepening the kingdom’s isolation amid an uproar over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.Officials from some of Saudi Arabia’s leading Western allies joined a slew of …

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WaPo slams Trump’s ‘diplomatic cleanup’ over Khashoggi death

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) The Washington Post, whose columnist Jamal Khashoggi was reported to have been killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, has accused the administration of US President Donald Trump of performing a “diplomatic cleanup operation” for Riyadh.In an editorial headlined “Why is the Trump administration cleaning up Saudi …

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US newspaper publishes ‘last piece’ by missing Saudi journalist

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) Two weeks after he disappeared, The Washington Post on Wednesday published what it said appears to be Jamal Khashoggi’s final column, in which the missing Saudi journalist writes of the importance of a free press in the Arab world.Such a forum is currently lacking, says Khashoggi, a …

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Barnier calls for more time to find Brexit deal

LUXEMBOURG (Web Desk) The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier on Tuesday (Oct 16) called for more time to reach a deal with London, as fears grow about Britain crashing out of the union with no agreement in place.Barnier said there were still several important differences between the two sides, …

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Ethiopian PM hands half of cabinet jobs to women, even defence

ADDIS ABABA (Web Desk) Ethio­pi­­an Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Tuesday unvei­led a downsized cabinet where, in a first, half the members are women, a top official said.Women occupy key positions in the 20-member cabinet that includes a newly created Ministry of Peace to oversee the federal police and intelligence …

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US slaps sanctions against key Iranian paramilitary force

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) The US Treasury Department on Tuesday slapped sanctions on an Iranian paramilitary group along with a network of businesses that were providing it financing, as part of Washington’s campaign of maximum economic pressure against Tehran.In announcing the sanctions, Treasury said a network of more than 20 businesses …

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Saudis promise nobody exempt in missing journalist probe: Pompeo

WAHINGTON (Web Desk) Saudi Arabia has promised that no one will be exempt from the enquiry into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday.Asked if a member of the Saudi royal family might conceivably be held accountable in the case, Pompeo said after …

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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies of cancer

SAN FRANCISCO (Web Desk) Billionaire Paul Allen, who founded US software giant Microsoft with Bill Gates in the 1970s, died Monday after his latest battle with cancer. He was 65.My brother was a remarkable individual on every level. While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us …

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