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U.N. Syria mediator says he plans to meet Trump team members | Reuters

Updated : Dec 09, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

U.N. Syria mediator says he plans to meet Trump team members | Reuters

By Michelle Nichols | UNITED NATIONS UNITED NATIONS United Nations Syria mediator Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday he planned to meet "people around the team" of U.S. #Business #Argentina #United Kingdom #President #Turkey
U.S., Russia to extend talks on ceasefire for Aleppo - State Department | Reuters

Updated : Dec 09, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

U.S., Russia to extend talks on ceasefire for Aleppo - State Department | Reuters

WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke by phone on Thursday about the situation in Aleppo and agreed to keep discussing a ceasefire to allow aid delivery and the departure of anyone who wants to leave the embattled city, the State Department said.The phone call was in addition to a brief meeting the two men had on Thursday on the sidelines of an Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe conference in Hamburg, Germany, and a meeting on Wednesday evening also in Hamburg."They agreed to continue discussions about establishing a framework for a ceasefire that will allow the delivery of aid, desperately needed humanitarian aid, as well as the safe departure of those who wish to leave the city," State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau told a briefing. She said Lavrov had announced technical discussions in Geneva on Saturday, but the specific nature of those talks was still being worked out #United States #India #Business #Syria #Middle East #crisis #lifestyle
U.S. senators urge Trump to take tough line on Russia over Ukraine | Reuters

Updated : Dec 09, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

U.S. senators urge Trump to take tough line on Russia over Ukraine | Reuters

WASHINGTON A bipartisan group of 37 U.S. senators sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday urging him to take a tough line against Russia over what they termed its "military land grab" in Ukraine.The letter, whose 12 Republican and 15 Democratic signatories included some of the leading foreign policy voices in Trump's Republican party, was an early sign that lawmakers may assert themselves on some international matters where they disagree with his White House.Trump signalled during his campaign that he might take a softer line in dealings with Moscow, repeatedly praising Russian President Vladimir Putin's leadership."In light of Russia's continued aggression and repeated refusal to respect Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereign right to choose its own destiny, we also renew our call for the United States to increase political, economic and military support for Ukraine," said the letter, led by Senators Richard Durbin, a Democrat, and Rob Portman, a Republican, who are co-chairmen of the Senate Ukraine caucus. In the letter, which was seen by Reuters, the senators also said they believe Russia's annexation of Crimea should not be accepted and that the United States should not lift sanctions imposed on Russia for its behaviour in eastern Ukraine #Business #Middle East #United Kingdom #Ukraine #lifestyle
Trump's Labor Department pick sends early warning sign to worker advocates | Reuters

Updated : Dec 09, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Trump's Labor Department pick sends early warning sign to worker advocates | Reuters

By Amanda Becker and Robert Iafolla | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON President-elect Donald Trump will name fast-food executive Andy Puzder to head the U.S. #Business #Middle East #United Kingdom #Mitt Romney #Entertainment #Mexico #graphics
Syrian army's Aleppo advance slows but victory in sight | Reuters

Updated : Dec 08, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Syrian army's Aleppo advance slows but victory in sight | Reuters

By Laila Bassam and John Davison | ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT The Syrian army's advance in Aleppo slowed on Thursday but a victory was still firmly in sight after President Bashar al-Assad vowed that retaking the nation's second city would change the course of the six-year civil war in his favour.Lightning gains in recent days in which government forces and their allies recaptured Aleppo's historic Old City lost some momentum in the face of stiff rebel resistance but the Syrian leadership was confident.Assad has long sought to seize divided Aleppo which would put him in control of Syria's major cities, the south, central spine and western flank bordering the Mediterranean, dealing a devastating blow to rebels who have fought to unseat him.Outside of Aleppo, the government and its allies are also putting severe pressure on remaining rebel redoubts. Assad said in an interview with a Syrian newspaper that victory in Aleppo would be a landmark, but not the end of the war.The rebels on Wednesday called for an immediate five-day ceasefire and the evacuation of civilians and wounded, but gave no indication they were ready to withdraw, as demanded by Damascus and its ally Moscow."In the past several days an intensive document exchange on the situation in Aleppo has taken place," the Interfax news agency quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying."We are close to reaching an understanding, but I want to warn against high expectations," he said.U.S. #India #Business #Syria #Europe #markets #Argentina
RBI says there is no notes shortage, but hundreds face job loss outside Delhi

Updated : Dec 08, 2016

By : IndiaSpend

Category : Business

RBI says there is no notes shortage, but hundreds face job loss outside Delhi

Demonetisation has created a cash crunch that has sent the small-scale units, which form 78% of the readymade garments sector, into disarray. #Economy #India #Business #RBI #Reserve Bank of India #NewsTracker #Noida #Unemployment #Cash crunch #Demonetisation #note ban #currency ban
Media uninvited to RBI Governor Urjit Patel's press meet cries foul

Updated : Dec 08, 2016

By : IANS

Category : Business

Media uninvited to RBI Governor Urjit Patel's press meet cries foul

RBI Governor Urjit Patel's press meet created a controversy with a section of the Mumbai media corps complaining they were either not invited or deliberately kept out of the briefing. #India #Business #Media #NewsTracker #Journalism #RBI Governor #Urjit Patel
Trump fills homeland security, environment, China ambassador jobs | Reuters

Updated : Dec 08, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Trump fills homeland security, environment, China ambassador jobs | Reuters

By Richard Cowan | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday picked a fossil fuel industry defender as his top environmental official, another retired general as homeland security chief and Iowa's governor as U.S. ambassador to China in choices at odds with some of his recent pronouncements.Trump, continuing to build his Cabinet as he prepares to take office on Jan. 20, said Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, 48, would be nominated to head the Environmental Protection Agency. #United States #India #Business #Environment #science #Crime #Taiwan
Dozens killed in west Iraq air strike, MPs and medics say | Reuters

Updated : Dec 08, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Dozens killed in west Iraq air strike, MPs and medics say | Reuters

BAGHDAD Air strikes killed dozens of people, including many women and children, in an Islamic State-held town near Iraq's western border with Syria on Wednesday, two parliamentarians and local hospital sources said.They said the air strikes hit a busy market in the town of Qaim, in Iraq's Anbar province, describing the incident as a massacre. The hospital sources said 55 civilians were killed, including 12 women and 19 children, in three air strikes.The bodies of eight militants were delivered to Qaim hospital morgue, the hospital sources said.Anbar lawmaker Ahmed al-Salmani also said 55 civilians were killed. #Business #markets #military #crisis #Entertainment #lifestyle #city