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Yemen’s central bank raises interest rates to shore up riyal

Yemen’s central bank raises interest rates to shore up riyal

The central bank of war-torn Yemen has raised interest rates on deposits to an all-time high of 27 percent in a bid to stabilize the plunging riyal that caused food prices to soar. The bank also raised interest rates on government bonds to 17 percent from 12 percent and banned taking out of...

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New York Review of Books editor departs after outrage over #MeToo essay

New York Review of Books editor departs after outrage over #MeToo essay

Ian Buruma, the editor of the prestigious New York Review of Books, has left his position after being roundly criticized for publishing an essay condemned as insulting toward the #MeToo movement and victims of sexual abuse. Nicolas During, a spokesman for the literary magazine, told AFP...

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Progress elusive as May appeals to EU to soften Brexit stance

Progress elusive as May appeals to EU to soften Brexit stance

British Prime Minister Theresa May urged fellow European Union leaders at an informal summit on Wednesday to follow her lead and adapt their Brexit negotiating stance to secure a good deal. However, before a dinner in the Austrian city of Salzburg, some of those leaders said key...

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Toll from Ethiopia bloodshed at least 58: rights group, source

Toll from Ethiopia bloodshed at least 58: rights group, source

At least 58 people were killed during a weekend of ethnic violence in Ethiopia's capital, an Amnesty International researcher told AFP on Wednesday, citing a figure more than double the government estimate of 23 dead. Another source involved in the investigation, who saw and counted the...

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Russia rejects U.S. accusation it helped N.Korea illegally obtain fuel

Russia rejects U.S. accusation it helped N.Korea illegally obtain fuel

Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday that U.S. accusations that Russia helped North Korea illegally obtain fuel through transfers at sea were not backed up by evidence. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused Russia on Monday of "cheating" on U.N....

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Merkel govt draws scorn for deal on under-fire spy chief

Merkel govt draws scorn for deal on under-fire spy chief

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government drew widespread criticism Wednesday for a compromise deal that defused a blistering coalition row centred on the head of the domestic intelligence service. Merkel and the two other party chiefs decided Tuesday to relieve Hans-Georg Maassen,...

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Yemenis struggle with fuel shortages, skyrocketing prices

Yemenis struggle with fuel shortages, skyrocketing prices

Taxi driver Fahed Othman has been waiting to fill up at a petrol station in the Yemeni capital for two days, but when his turn finally comes the fuel has run out. "I don't have any other choice but to wait," the 35-year-old told AFP wearily. Hundreds of Yemenis queue up at...

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Portugal and former colony Angola seek to repair ties

Portugal and former colony Angola seek to repair ties

led the country with an iron fist from 1979 to 2017, stepped down and was replaced by Lourenco. "Angola and Portugal are emerging from a difficult phase. What's important is that both sides are able to identify the obstacles and troublesome elements in order to overcome them," Angola's...

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Turkey keeps 24 workers in jail over Istanbul airport protests

Turkey keeps 24 workers in jail over Istanbul airport protests

A Turkish court on Wednesday ordered 24 workers and union activists to stay in jail after they were detained in a mass crackdown over protests on working conditions at Istanbul's giant new airport. Hundreds of workers from the airport had been rounded up at the weekend after reportedly...

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North and South Korea to bid for 2032 Summer Olympics

North and South Korea to bid for 2032 Summer Olympics

North and South Korea will bid jointly for the 2032 Olympics, they announced Wednesday, in an ambitious plan built on hopes of deepening a diplomatic thaw catalysed by this year's Winter Games in the South. The idea, which would require an unprecedented level of cooperation and mutual trust...

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Turkey opposition daily Cumhuriyet shaken by internal strife

Turkey opposition daily Cumhuriyet shaken by internal strife

The Istanbul headquarters of Turkish opposition daily Cumhuriyet hums with the daily excitement of a busy newsroom as reporters work the phones chasing their next story. On the wall, an old front page is proudly displayed, challenging the government. "You will not be able to take us down,"...

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Italian youths rally to free screenings of police violence film

Italian youths rally to free screenings of police violence film

Thousands of Italians are flocking to illegal free public screenings of a new film about a young man's 2009 death in custody, a potent symbol of police violence and a merciless penal system. In city piazzas and lecture theatres around the country, community groups and student...

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5.2 million children at famine risk in Yemen: charity

5.2 million children at famine risk in Yemen: charity

More than five million children are at risk of famine in Yemen as the ongoing war causes food and fuel prices to soar across the country, charity Save the Children warned Wednesday. Disruption to supplies coming through the embattled Red Sea port of Hodeida could "cause starvation on an...

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Friend 'never saw' Kavanaugh act like woman says

Friend 'never saw' Kavanaugh act like woman says

A longtime friend of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh says he has "no memory" of a decades-old sexual assault that a woman is accusing Kavanaugh of committing. In a statement given through his lawyer, Kavanaugh friend Mark Judge also says he "never saw" the federal judge "act in...

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Venezuelans fume as Maduro filmed munching on meat in Turkey

Venezuelans fume as Maduro filmed munching on meat in Turkey

Impoverished Venezuelans have reacted with fury after videos of President Nicolas Maduro gorging on succulent pieces of meat in a restaurant owned by a celebrity Turkish chef went viral. "This is once in a lifetime," enthuses Maduro with his wife Cilia Flores as Nusret Gokce, a social...

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Israel's Netanyahu to speak to Russia's Putin -Israeli diplomatic source

Israel's Netanyahu to speak to Russia's Putin -Israeli diplomatic source

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was expected to speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin, an Israeli diplomatic source said Tuesday, following the downing of a Russian plane over Syria. The official, who declined to be named, said the conversation would take place "shortly"...

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Amnesty calls Egypt an 'open-air prison' for critics

Amnesty calls Egypt an 'open-air prison' for critics

Amnesty International says Egypt's crackdown on freedom of expression has reached "alarming" levels, calling for the unconditional release of Egyptians jailed for peacefully expressing their views. The rights group launched a campaign called "Egypt, an Open-Air Prison for Critics" on...

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Philippine miners dig for their own in typhoon landslide

Philippine miners dig for their own in typhoon landslide

The miners in the mountains of the northern Philippines usually dig for gold. But on Tuesday they were digging for their colleagues and relatives buried under a vast landslide unleashed by Typhoon Mangkhut. Searchers have already pulled over a dozen corpses from the mud and debris in...

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