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Lebanon’s $15bn blast repair bill adds to economic misery

Lebanon could face a repair bill of up to $15 billion in the aftermath of a cataclysmic chemical blast at Beirut port, according to a top government adviser. The explosion, which was felt as far away as Cyprus, killed at least 100 people, wounded thousands and left an additional 300,000 Beirut residents homeless.  It is… Continua a leggere

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Beirut wakes up to a nightmare after port explosion kills 135

Most people experience nightmares only when they sleep. On Wednesday, Beirut woke up to one. The once bustling port area of the Lebanese capital, the site of Tuesday’s massive explosions, lay in ruins. Amid the flattened remains of warehouses, one of which had been used for years to store 2,750 tonnes of confiscated, highly explosive… Continua a leggere

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Afghan prison break an ‘inside job,’ say lawmakers

Several provincial Daesh leaders were among hundreds of inmates who escaped from a prison in eastern Afghanistan two days ago after the militant group stormed the facility in a commando-style attack, officials and lawmakers said Tuesday, amid claims that the jailbreak was an inside job. “There are no precise figures for the number of the… Continua a leggere

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Dubai launches economic program for post COVID-19 recovery

Dubai launched an economic program as part of its efforts to reshape the emirate’s economy for a “sustainable” and “resilient” future post the coronavirus pandemic, the government said. The Dubai government partnered with the Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG) to launch “The Great Economic Reset Programme” as part of a “COVID Exit initiative” to… Continua a leggere

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Interpol warns of ‘alarming’ cybercrime rate during pandemic

Global police body Interpol warned Monday of an “alarming” rate of cybercrime during the coronavirus pandemic, with criminals taking advantage of people working from home to target major institutions.An assessment by the Lyon-based organization found a “significant target shift” by criminals from individuals and small businesses to major corporations, governments and critical infrastructure.“Cybercriminals are developing… Continua a leggere

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Turkish women’s anger as doubts grow over domestic violence treaty

Only days after the sixth anniversary of the Istanbul Convention — the European legal framework to combat domestic violence — Turkey’s government has postponed a crucial meeting on a threatened withdrawal from the treaty. Turkey was the first country to ratify the convention and spearheaded the drafting of the legal text, but recently threatened to… Continua a leggere

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Beirut blast: ‘It was like the apocalypse’

 Lebanon’s prime minister made a desperate plea for international help after twin explosions devastated Beirut and plunged his country deeper into crisis.  The two massive blasts killed at least 73 people, injured more than 3,700, and destroyed and damaged buildings across the capital. While the cause of the blasts remains unclear, Lebanese leader Hassan Diab… Continua a leggere

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Beirut hit by massive explosions wounding many and damaging buildings

Two massive explosions shook Beirut on Tuesday wounding many people and causing widespread damage. The afternoon blasts shook several parts of the capital and thick smoke billowed from the city center. Residents reported windows being blown out and a false ceilings dropping. Lebanon’s health minister Hamad Hasan said the explosion caused a “very high number of injuries.”… Continua a leggere

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President of Algeria secures fugitive army officer with Erdogan call

 Algeria’s president phoned his Turkish counterpart last month to secure the return of a fugitive military official who fled Algeria days after its powerful army chief died in December, a top Algerian security source said.Guermit Bounouira was handed over to Algerian security officials in Turkey on Thursday, accused of leaking military secrets, and will face… Continua a leggere

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Car bomb kills at least 17 in Afghanistan ahead of cease-fire

At least 17 people were killed in a car bomb explosion in Afghanistan on Thursday as crowds shopped ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid Al-Adha, officials and a medic said.“Seventeen bodies and 21 wounded people were brought to our hospital,” Sediqullah, a senior doctor at a hospital in the city of Puli Alam in… Continua a leggere

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Iran launches underground ballistic missiles during exercise

 Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard launched underground ballistic missiles as part of an exercise involving a fake aircraft carrier in the Strait of Hormuz, state television reported Wednesday, the latest barrage in a drill that saw two American bases temporarily go on alert over the launches.Drones separately targeted the bridge of the fake aircraft carrier, according… Continua a leggere

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Turkish philanthropist Kavala seen as threat by Erdogan

Osman Kavala, imprisoned in Turkey for nearly three years without ever being convicted of a crime, is a philanthropist and businessman who supporters say has tirelessly used his wealth to help society.He was not much known to the public before but he has been singled out by authorities under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a… Continua a leggere

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Tunisia’s travel agencies hit as coronavirus pandemic pummels tourism

Tunisia’s travel brokers took a massive hit during the first half as the coronavirus pandemic pummeled the country’s tourism industry, which accounts for up to 14 percent national output. Business in the travel brokerage sector, with about 1,300 travel agencies and nearly 20,000 travel agents, fell by up to 80 percent during the first half,… Continua a leggere

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Angry Muslims call for a ‘holy war’ after Sudan ditches sharia law

THE man pictured above is Nasredeen Abdulbari, 41, who was sworn in earlier this year as Sudan’s Justice Minister  – and  he and Prime Minister Abadalla Hamdok have infuriated Muslim hardliners by decriminalising apostasy and repealing other Islamic laws. The government’s adoption of the Fundamental Rights and Freedoms Act also allows non-Muslims to drink alcohol and abolishes public… Continua a leggere

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