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UK bid to save for migrants, otherwise ouster from EU

London—Britain’s continued membership of the European Union is contingent upon it being allowed to stop migrants from the bloc tapping into its relatively generous welfare system, Prime Minister David Cameron will warn on Friday. In a speech designed to breathe new life into his campaign to be re-elected in May next year, Cameron will say he wants EU migrants in work to have to wait four years before they can access welfare benefits and for unemployed EU migrants not to be eligible for any help from the British state at all. ... Saturday, November 29, 2014 Details

Wife awarded $530 million in record British divorce

London—The estranged wife of a London financier was awarded £337 million ($530 million, 425 million euros) in one of the biggest divorce settlements seen in a British court. Details of the payment to US-born Jamie Cooper-Hohn, 49, emerged after a draft judgement was given to lawyers ahead of a final ruling. Cooper-Hohn’s lawyers were reported to be considering an appeal to get an ever bigger payout. ... Saturday, November 29, 2014 Details

India believes its Iraq abductee workers alive

New Delhi—The Indian government believes 39 workers abducted nearly six months ago by the Islamic State group in Iraq are alive despite claims by one who escaped that the others had been killed. ... Saturday, November 29, 2014 Details

Awakened China Shakes World, Is Now Pakistan’s Mainstay

It is my honor to be invited to attend the launching ceremony of the new book entitled “Awakened China Shakes the World and Is Now Pakistan’s Mainstay”. I also feel glad to see Amb. Khattak and other distinguished guests present here today. ... Saturday, November 29, 2014 Details

Important lessons from the Iran negotiations

THIS week’s extension of negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 is a welcomed jolt of composure and realism in a process that for years has been characterised by wild allegations, emotional retorts and intemperate actions. The decision to extend talks and keep negotiating to achieve a final agreement by next summer seems to cement the decision to deal with the accusations that Iran allegedly desires to obtain a nuclear bomb as a technical issue that has a technical solution, rather than a continuation of the tendency of the United States and Israel, primarily, to treat Iran as a hapless colonial subject. ... Saturday, November 29, 2014 Details

Obama plan to ‘Power Africa’ gets off to a dim start

Johannesburg—Barack Obama last year told a cheering crowd in Cape Town that a $7 billion plan to “Power Africa” would double electricity output on the world’s poorest continent and bring “light where currently there is darkness”. A year later, the U.S. president’s flagship project for Africa has already achieved 25 percent of its goal to deliver 10,000 megawatts of electricity and bring light to 20 million households and businesses, according to its annual report. But the five-year plan has not yet delivered the power. ... Saturday, November 29, 2014 Details

OIC SG asks IBU to face new media challenges

Jeddah—The Headquarters of the General Secretariat of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Jeddah hosted the second meeting of the Executive Council of the Islamic Broadcasting Union (IBU) on 25 November 2014, preparatory to the third meeting of the IBU General Assembly held on 26 November 2014. The Meeting was inaugurated by the Minister of Hajj and Acting Minister of Information and Culture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Dr Bandar Bin Muhammad Hajaar. He highlighted the huge role entrusted to the IBU under the Islamic joint media action in the light of the challenges facing the Muslim world. The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, Mr Iyad Ameen Madani, in his address welcoming the Minister, said that it had become undisputable in the contemporary world that the media has the upper hand in all facets of life. ... Thursday, November 27, 2014 Details

Zimbabwe vice-president ousted from office

Harare—Zimbabwe Vice President Joice Mujuru has been ousted from the ruling party’s powerful central committee after being accused of plotting to assassinate President Robert Mugabe, state media reported Wednesday. A provincial executive committee refused to accept Mujuru’s election papers ahead of a key ZANU-PF party congress next week after a campaign against her led by Mugabe’s wife Grace. ... Thursday, November 27, 2014 Details

New regional challenge

WHILE international and regional efforts are focused on fighting Islamic militants in Syria and Iraq, one country is quickly emerging as an immediate danger to its neighbours, to most of North Africa and perhaps to Europe. Libya is already a failed state; a divided country with two governments and two parliaments and hundreds of tribal factions fighting under different banners. In the chaos and break out of violence that followed the overthrow and summary execution of dictator Muammar Qadhafi in October 2011, government institutions began to collapse and factional confrontations gripped most of Libya. Attempts to keep Libya united and maintain a political process failed repeatedly and militant groups, belonging to various tribes, quickly divided the country among themselves. ... Thursday, November 27, 2014 Details

Protests spread across US, more troops deployed

Ferguson, Usa—Some 2,000 National Guard troops dispatched to the St. Louis area helped police stave off a second night of rioting and arson after a grand jury declined to indict a white policeman in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, as sympathy protests spread to several U.S. cities. President Barack Obama appealed for dialogue, and his attorney general promised that a federal probe into the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in August would be rigorous. Officer Darren Wilson, the policeman who shot him, said his conscience was clear. ... Thursday, November 27, 2014 Details

Russia’s new push for Syria dialogue not to be fruitful

Moscow/Beirut—Fresh Russian efforts to encourage Syrian peace talks are unlikely to make progress because Moscow rejects opposition and Western calls for the swift departure of President Bashar al-Assad. Moscow has long-supported Assad, including with arms supplies for Syria, but he has become a more important ally for Russia since the Arab Spring protests toppled leaders in the Middle East, some of whom had close ties with Moscow. With its influence in the Middle East weakened and relationship with the West under increasing strain over the conflict in Ukraine, Moscow is trying to restart Syria talks that collapsed in Geneva in February. ... Thursday, November 27, 2014 Details

Reconciliation is welcome

THE Egyptian people and their political leadership received the Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz’s Arab reconciliation initiative with a cautious welcome, and considered it the fruit of ongoing efforts by leaders of the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Bahrain to reunite the Arab world to face the dangers all around. ... Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Details

UAE’s 43rd National Day celebrations begin

UAE’s 43rd National Day celebrations begin Abu Dhabi—Celebrations for 43rd National Day of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have begun across the country, ahead of December 2, nonworking holi-day marking the joyful day. Abu Dhabi closes for four days while rest of the country will enjoy two days as holidays. ... Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Details

Three more Ukrainian soldiers killed

Kiev—Three Ukrainian servicemen have been killed in the past 24 hours in fighting with pro-Russian separatists in the east despite a ceasefire in place since early September, a Ukrainian military spokesman said on Monday. Ukraine lost four other serviceman on Saturday, and the death toll among Ukrainian soldiers since the ceasefire came into force now stands at about 150, according to Kiev’s military. ... Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Details

Silk Road, Marshall Plan comparisons unwise

A knowledge of history is important to understand current politics. It also often functions as an example for leaders shaping their decisions. But the main requirement for benefiting from history is its wise and prudent use. Only careful historical views can provide an antidote to present myopia. By contrast, the misuse of history leads to a distortion of information and uncomfortable misunderstandings. ... Monday, November 24, 2014 Details

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