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Tunisian parliament approves $14 biliion budget for 2017 | Reuters

Updated : Dec 11, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Tunisian parliament approves $14 biliion budget for 2017 | Reuters

TUNIS Tunisia's parliament approved on Saturday a 32.7 billion dinar ($14.1 billion) budget for next year, including deficit cutting measures that had been watered down under pressure from unions. From a total of 217 lawmakers in parliament, 122 voted in favour of the finance bill #India #Middle East #Government #Argentina #Budget
Italy politicians thrash out plans for post-crisis leader | Reuters

Updated : Dec 10, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Italy politicians thrash out plans for post-crisis leader | Reuters

By Antonella Cinelli and Isla Binnie | ROME ROME Political parties made their cases to Italy's president on Saturday for ways out of a government crisis prompted by Matteo Renzi's resignation as prime minister following his defeat in a referendum on constitutional reform.Renzi's Democratic Party (PD) was planning to use a meeting with President Sergio Mattarella later in the day to argue that Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, 62, should lead the new government, four party sources told Reuters.If he gets the nod, Gentiloni could take office next week and would face an immediate crisis in the banking sector, with the country's third-largest lender, Monte dei Paschi di Siena, likely to need state intervention to avoid collapse.Mattarella, a 75-year-old former constitutional court judge, must decide if someone can lead the country to national elections scheduled for 2018, or whether the next government will serve only until early elections in spring.Italians rejected Renzi's constitutional reform in a popular vote on Dec. 4, leading the 41 year-old to fulfil a pledge to resign as premier. #Politics #United States #Economy #Business #Middle East #markets #Italy
Colombian Nobel Prize winner says a ray of hope for Syria, Sudan | Reuters

Updated : Dec 10, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Colombian Nobel Prize winner says a ray of hope for Syria, Sudan | Reuters

By Alister Doyle | OSLO OSLO Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said an accord to end a 52-year civil war with Marxist rebels was a "ray of hope" for solving conflicts from Syria to South Sudan as he collected the Nobel Peace Prize on Saturday. #Middle East #Music #Sweden #Entertainment #Colombia #city
Iraq says army makes gains in gruelling Mosul battle | Reuters

Updated : Dec 10, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Iraq says army makes gains in gruelling Mosul battle | Reuters

By Dominic Evans and Stephanie Nebehay | BAGHDAD/GENEVA BAGHDAD/GENEVA The Iraqi army said it took full control of two more districts of east Mosul on Saturday, pushing back Islamic State militants in a slow and hard-fought advance into the city whose 1 million residents face growing shortages of fuel, water and food.A military statement said elite Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) troops took over the neighbourhoods of al-Murour and al-Qadisiya al-Oula, expanding their area of control in the east of the city.Despite the reported advance, the army's progress in Mosul remains painstakingly slow, facing brutal counter attacks from the hugely outnumbered but well prepared and heavily armed jihadists who have controlled the city since mid-2104.In an attempt to change the dynamics of the grinding seven-week campaign, troops from an armoured division punched their way deeper into the city on Tuesday in an attack on a hospital believed to be used as a military base by Islamic State.They were forced to withdraw from the complex after a ferocious counter-attack by Islamic State fighters, who deployed at least six suicide car bombs, although residents said the army was able to hold some territory nearby.The CTS, which has spearheaded the fighting in Mosul since it broke through Islamic State defences in the eastern outskirts in late October, controls half of the eastern bank of the city which is split by the Tigris running through its centre.Sabah al-Numani, spokesman for the CTS forces, told Iraqi television they had reached within 3 or 4 km (2 miles) of the Tigris, and hoped to take the remaining districts of the east bank "with the same speed" they had achieved so far. That would imply full control of the eastern half of the city would not be accomplished before late January, missing Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's target of recapturing the whole city by the end of the year #United States #Middle East #markets #United Kingdom #crisis #Entertainment
U.S.' Kerry urges Russia to show grace in Geneva Aleppo talks | Reuters

Updated : Dec 10, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

U.S.' Kerry urges Russia to show grace in Geneva Aleppo talks | Reuters

By John Irish | PARIS PARIS Backers of the Syrian opposition appeared resigned to the fall of eastern Aleppo on Saturday, with the United States urging Russia to show "grace" when officials meet in Geneva to try to reach a deal for civilians and fighters to leave the city.Syrian government and allied forces have in the last two weeks driven rebels from most of their territory in what was once Syria's most populous city.The rebels have controlled the eastern section since 2012, and President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview published on Thursday that retaking Aleppo would change the course of the civil war across the whole country.Critics of the operation have warned that thousands of civilians risk being caught in the crossfire and have repeatedly called on Syrian government forces backed by Russian air power to accept a ceasefire to allow civilians and rebel fighters to leave to safer areas.Speaking in Paris after a meeting of countries that oppose Assad, including France, Britain, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry showed little optimism for U.S. and Russian talks in Geneva later on Saturday #United States #India #Syria #Middle East #Turkey #Pollution
Lebanese government must be formed as soon as possible - Hezbollah | Reuters

Updated : Dec 10, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Lebanese government must be formed as soon as possible - Hezbollah | Reuters

BEIRUT Hezbollah called on Friday for a Lebanese government to be formed as quickly as possible, weeks after the country elected a president and named a prime minister.Prime minister-designate Saad al-Hariri said last month his efforts to form the government faced "stumbling blocks", testing hopes he could quickly steer the country out of political crisis."Everyone is responsible for looking for ways out, for solutions, and to cooperate for us to reach the necessary conclusion on the government," Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said, referring to Lebanon's political factions. The "government ... #United States #Middle East #Government #President #Entertainment #lifestyle #article
Kerry says U.S., Russians to meet on Aleppo in Geneva Saturday | Reuters

Updated : Dec 10, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Kerry says U.S., Russians to meet on Aleppo in Geneva Saturday | Reuters

WASHINGTON U.S. and Russian officials will meet in Geneva on Saturday to discuss the situation in Aleppo, Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday."We are working hard with people that we even have disagreements with in order to see if we can find a way in the name of humanity and decency to be able to protect those lives and try to separate combatants and move the process forward," Kerry said at an event with the staff and families of the U.S #Obama #India #Middle East #Russia #Europe #crisis
Schoolgirl suicide bombers kill 30 in Nigerian market - army | Reuters

Updated : Dec 09, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Schoolgirl suicide bombers kill 30 in Nigerian market - army | Reuters

By Emmanuel Ande | YOLA, Nigeria YOLA, Nigeria Two schoolgirl suicide bombers killed 30 people and wounded dozens more in a coordinated attack on a crowded market in the northeastern Nigerian town of Madagali on Friday, an army spokesman said. The bombings bore the hallmark of Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which has been waging an insurgency to set up a state adhering to a strict interpretation of Muslim laws in the northeast. #United States #India #Middle East #markets #Security #Nigeria #article
Islamic State looks to regroup in Libya after losing Sirte | Reuters

Updated : Dec 09, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Islamic State looks to regroup in Libya after losing Sirte | Reuters

By Aidan Lewis | TUNIS TUNIS Islamic State has lost senior figures in an unsuccessful seven-month battle to defend its coastal stronghold in Libya, but there are already signs it will try to fight back through sleeper cells and desert brigades.Libyan officials say hundreds of Islamic State militants may have escaped before the start of the battle for Sirte in May or during its early stages. #United States #India #Middle East #United Kingdom #Entertainment
South Koreans celebrate impeachment of President Park | Reuters

Updated : Dec 09, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

South Koreans celebrate impeachment of President Park | Reuters

By Ju-min Park | SEOUL SEOUL Jubilant South Koreans celebrated with cheers, hugs and selfies on Friday, after lawmakers voted to impeach embattled President Park Geun-hye over an influence-pedalling scandal that had drawn huge crowds to weekly protests demanding she step down.The impeachment motion, passed by 234 lawmakers with 56 opposed, suspends Park's powers and leaves the Constitutional Court to decide whether to uphold the motion and remove Park from office or reject it and reinstate her.A large crowd of demonstrators gathered outside parliament in anticipation of the outcome greeted the news with cheers."I feel great!" said 54-year-old rice farmer Im Chae-jum. #Politics #United States #India #Middle East #markets