Oil drops 1.4% to 5-week low, settling at $61.40, as US-China trade war intensifies

Oil prices tumbled on Tuesday as renewed doubts over U.S.-China trade talks stoked concerns over global growth, but U.S. sanctions on Iran and Venezuela tightened supply and helped to stem losses. U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday said he would raise tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods from 10-25% by Friday. The comments

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Syria’s Assad silenced dissent in secret torture prisons: Report

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government has been running a network of secret torture facilities across Syria while the country’s civil war unfolded, a new report has found. In a lengthy report, the New York Times found that the rate at which people are being detained in the country is still increasing, despite Assad’s military win

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Houthis start withdrawal from Hodeidah port, Yemeni minister dismisses pullout as a ‘show’

HODEIDAH: Houthi militia on Saturday started withdrawing forces from Saleef port in Hodeidah under a UN-sponsored deal stalled for months, a Reuters witness said, reviving hopes for peace efforts to end the four-year war. But a minister in the Yemeni government backed by Saudi Arabia dismissed the Iranian-backed Houthis’ pullout as a “show” meant to

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US Navy fleet sent to Middle East to ward off threats represents a target, Iranian commander says

A U.S. Navy fleet sent to the Persian Gulf to ward off a potential threat to American commercial interests represents a target instead of a serious threat, a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said Sunday. The Pentagon on Friday announced plans to send the USS Arlington and the Patriot missile battery to the Middle East

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World Economy Beset by Trade War Gets Data Insight: Economy Week

The trade war between the U.S. and China continues to loom large over the world economy. The two negotiating teams are on a break this week after talks ended Friday in Washington, without a deal yet still alive. President Donald Trump last week boosted duties on more Chinese sales to the U.S. and is paving

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Organised Crime ‘Chronic and Corrosive’ to the UK – National Crime Agency

The threat of organised crime is “chronic and corrosive” to the UK and more money is needed to tackle it, according to the National Crime Agency. Head of the agency, Lynne Owens, said organised criminals were killing more citizens per year than terrorism, war and natural disasters combined. She added the perpetrators were using technological

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S. Africa Election: ANC Wins with Reduced Majority

South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) has been returned to office after winning parliamentary election, but with a reduced majority. The ANC secured 58% of the vote, ahead of the Democratic Alliance (DA) on 21%. The radical Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), came third with 11%. A struggling economy and corruption have eroded the ANC’s popularity.

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Sudan vision View: Youth Role in Making the Community Revolution

The Sudanese youth managed last December to make an unprecedented uprising in the history of the region. The question that poses itself is what are the factors provided to those youth to enable them dismantle an iron-fist repressive regime which ruled for three decades? The first merit is that the youth believed strongly in their

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Conducive Environment for Peaceful Democratic Transformation (1)

The RCDCS (Regional Centre for Training and Development of Civil Society) organized for three days (29 April-1 May, 2019) a very important workshop on “Institutional and Legislative Reforms for Democratic Transformation in Sudan”. There is no dispute that this is a critical issue and challenge for the coming transitional period. The importance of the issues

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Libya calls for help against rebel offensive

Libya’s internationally recognised government has called on the United States to halt the military offensive on Tripoli that is being led by rebel forces in the East. Prime Minister Fayez Serraj told the Wall Street Journal that Libya did not want to return to a Gaddafi style regime and that Khalifa Haftar is an aspiring

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