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OPEC agenda points to short meeting to set oil policy

LONDON - A draft agenda for OPEC's meeting on Nov. 30 in Vienna pencils in three hours for the group's oil ministers to decide whether to extend their oil supply curbs, indicating that decision-making is expected to run smoothly. The members of Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, ...

Only 'met, discussed': Brahumdagh Bugti denies filing asylum papers for India in 2016

, Nov 23 : The exiled leader of the Baloch Republican Party , Brahumdagh Bugti, on Thursday refuted reports that said he had applied for a political asylum in India in 2016."I only met and discussed, all verbal," Bugti told ANI, when asked if he actually filed any papers as reported or if it was ...

Bangladesh, Myanmar sign deal on Rohingya repatriation

, November 23 : Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a deal on Rohingya repatriation after both the countries came to a consensus following a meeting between Foreign Minister A H Mahmood Ali and Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday morning.The long pending talks started on Wednesday with ...

China wrong to be secretive about Yuan use in Gwadar only, says Pak journalist

, Nov 23 : A Pakistan media report has raised concern over one of the provisions of the Long-Term Plan of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project, finalised by the seventh Joint Cooperation Committee meeting - Beijing's demand to allow its currency, the Yuan, to be used in the Gwadar Free Zone ...

India lambasts Pakistan for releasing Hafiz Saeed

, Nov. 23 : The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday lashed out at Pakistan for allowing a judicial body to release Hafiz Saeed, whom New Delhi acknowledges as the mastermind behind the terror strikes that took place in Mumbai in November 2008, claiming the lives of 166 people and maiming over ...

PM Modi meets Sri Lankan PM Wickremesinghe

, November 23 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday.The Sri Lankan Prime Minister, who arrived here on Tuesday on a four-day visit, will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Modi and will also call upon President Ram Nath Kovind.Earlier in ...

How 'princess' of Angola lost her oil crown

Luanda/London: On October 6, with the dust still settling on Angola's first change of power in 38 years, new President João Lourenço sat down with international oil majors at the presidential palace in Luanda. The top executives in Angola of Chevron, Total, BP, Eni and Exxon said the oil ...

S.E. Asia, S.Asia beginning to emerge as regional powers: Australia FM

/New Delhi, Nov.23 : Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has said that countries in South East Asia and South Asia are beginning to rise and emerge as powers to be contended with, and cautioned the West to be aware of this development and not to take these regions lightly.In an op-ed piece ...

Jadhav's wife to accompany mother-in-law to meet him: MEA

, November 23 : The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday said it had conveyed to Pakistan that former Indian Naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav's wife would travel with her mother-in-law to meet him.India has also sought the guarantee of their safety and security from the Pakistan Government."In ...

China grants economic aid to Djibouti, site of overseas military base

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING - China on Thursday offered loans to Djibouti, the site of its first overseas military base, as the Horn of Africa state's leader told President Xi Jinping he considered himself a great friend of the Asian giant. With a population of less than one million, Djibouti has long ...

Hafiz Saeed set to walk free

Islamabad, Nov 23 Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed, accused of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai massacre, is all set to walk free after about 10 months of house arrest.A Lahore High Court review board on Wednesday rejected an appeal of the Punjab government seeking to extend the Jamaat-ud-Dawa ...

India sets curbs on onion exports as prices surge

MUMBAI, Nov 23 - India set a minimum price of $850per tonne for overseas sale of onions, a government order saidon Thursday, as the price of the politically-sensitive vegetablesurged to its highest in two years in the local market. Traders cannot export onions below $850 per tonne until ...

Pakistan Finance Minister relieved of duties

Islamabad, Nov 23 Pakistan's Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has been relieved of his duties after his "leave of absence" was approved by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.Dar was relieved on Wednesday of his three roles, including his portfolio in the Finance Ministry and has been informed of the ...

Detained Venezuelan-U.S. Citgo executives to be tried as 'traitors': Maduro

By Steve Holland and Alexandra Ulmer WASHINGTON/CARACAS - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday that Venezuelan-American executives at refiner Citgo who were arrested in a corruption sweep this week would be tried as "corrupt, thieving traitors" despite a request by the United States ...

Bangladesh FM meets Suu Kyi, likely to sign MoU on Rohingya repatriation

, Nov. 23 : Bangladesh Foreign Minister A H Mahmood Ali met Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and reportedly discussed the Rohingya repatriation issue.The long pending talks started yesterday, with an expectation of signing a Memorandum of Understanding toenable both countries to start the ...

Chinese companies sacking Kashmiris in PoK

-occupied Kashmir) , Nov.23 : Over a hundred Kashmiri workers engaged at Neelum Jhelum Hydro Electric Project in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir have been sacked by CGG-CMEC, a Chinese consortium.Sacked employees have been protesting against the consortium, demanding their jobs back or compensation in ...

Russia congratulates India on ICJ victory

, November 23 : Russia has congratulated India on the victory at the International Court of Justice .India's nominee Dalveer Bhandari was re-elected as the fifth judge to the ICJ after the United Kingdom withdrew the nomination of Christopher Greenwood."My congratulation and satisfaction, it ...

Zimbabwe's economic situation 'very difficult': IMF mission chief

JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwe's economic situation remains "very difficult" as sustainable growth is threatened by high government spending, an untenable foreign exchange regime and inadequate reforms, a senior International Monetary Fund official said. "Immediate action is critical to reduce the ...

Indians' enthusiasm attracts us the most, says Pakistani actor

Islamabad, Nov 23 Pakistani actress Humaima Malick, who ventured into Bollywood with the 2014 film "Raja Natwarlal", says the enthusiasm with which the Indian film fraternity works attracts artistes from her country to Indian cinema.Humaima is currently gearing up for the release of "Arth 2" - a ...

China's trade with North Korea sinks in October after U.N. sanctions

BEIJING: China's trade with North Korea fell in October to $334.9 million, its lowest since February, as imports shrank to their weakest in years, data showed on Thursday, the latest sign that sanctions have crimped business with its isolated neighbour. The total is down almost 20 percent from ...

Canada's peas acreage set to fall as top buyer India imposes tariff

By Rod Nickel and Rajendra Jadhav WINNIPEG/MUMBAI, Nov 23 - India's decision toimpose a steep tariff on pea imports could jeopardize $1 billionworth of pulse trading with Canada, which may cause farmersthere to trim their pea acreage by nearly one-third. Earlier this month, India imposed a 50 ...

China's pig farmers go north, upending world's top meat, grain market

BEIJING: China's largest pig farming companies and new entrants are racing to build vast, modern hog farms in the north-eastern cornbelt, expanding the world's biggest pork market and upending traditional trade flows in meat and grain. At least eight listed companies have announced or confirmed ...

Chinese internet giant Baidu starts mining for bitcoins

Singapore: Baidu, the Beijing headquartered Chinese Internet Giant, has launched a web service called Baidu Jinkuang which taps into unused hard disk space and extra bandwidth space of users to mine Bitcoins in exchange for real money.Baidu in a statement put out some caveats to it's users for this ...

Dining goes digital for Thailand's street food vendors

BANGKOK: Bangkok’s famous street-food vendors have joined the digital revolution, embracing payment via Quick Response barcodes that can be read using smartphones. Thailand is famous for its traditional street stalls that offer everything from stir-fried noodles to clothes and for many Thais ...

Chinese Internet Giant starts mining for Bitcoins

Singapore: Baidu, the Beijing headquartered Chinese Internet Giant, has launched a web service called Baidu Jinkuang which taps into unused hard disk space and extra bandwidth space of users to mine Bitcoins in exchange for real money.Baidu in a statement put out some caveats to it's users for this ...

Sessions orders review of gun background check records

, November 23 : United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered a comprehensive review of the national database in order to beef up the background checks on gun buyers."The recent shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas revealed that relevant information may not be getting reported to the ...

Trump assures aid to Argentina over missing submarine

, November 23 : United States President Donald Trump has assured Argentina of all cooperation in locating their missing submarine, the ARA San Juan, which disappeared last week off the country's Atlantic coast."I have long given the order to help Argentina with the Search and Rescue mission of their ...

Palestinian factions agree to hold general elections by end of 2018

, November 23 : Following the talks in Cairo, the Palestinian factions, including rival groups Hamas and Fatah, have agreed to hold a general election by the end of 2018.The call for elections was made in a joint statement at the end of two days of closed-door talks in Cairo attended by ...

Russia, Iran, Turkey agree to hold Syrian 'congress'

, November 23 : Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that his Iranian and Turkish counterparts have agreed to hold a "congress" in Russia in a bid to end the six-year civil war in Syria.Putin made the announcement after talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkish President Recep ...

Melania Trump dons Stella McCartney coat to pardon Thanksgiving turkey

, November 23 : Donning a luxurious-yet-environment-friendly Stella McCartney Coat to the long-standing tradition of pardoning turkeys for Thanksgiving, United States first lady Melania Trump didn't play it small as she stepped on the White House lawn.According to the Hollywood Reporter, Melania's ...

Saudi Arabia agrees to buy $7 billion in precision munitions from U.S. firms - sources

By Yara Bayoumy and Mike Stone - Saudi Arabia has agreed to buy about $7 billion worth of precision guided munitions from U.S. defense contractors, sources familiar with the matter said, a deal that some lawmakers may object to over American weapons having contributed to civilian deaths in the ...

Lebanese PM Hariri 'puts resignation on hold'

, November 23 : Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has said that he is suspending his resignation which he announced two weeks ago from Saudi capital, Riyadh, citing threat to his life.Hariri said that President Michel Aoun had asked him to "put it on hold ahead of further consultations."Aoun had ...

Trump offers prayers for Navy plane crash victims

, November 23 : United States President Donald Trump has offered "prayers for all involved" in Wednesday's Navy plane crash in the Philippine Sea south of Japan, saying that search and rescue operations were underway and that the U.S. is "monitoring the situation.""The @USNavy is conducting search ...

Zimbabwe's ex-VP Mnangagwa to be sworn in as President

, November 23 : Zimbabwe's former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa will be sworn in as President on Friday."Today we are witnessing the beginning of a new and unfolding democracy," said Mnangagwa in his first public remarks, who returned from Johannesburg at a military airbase in Harare on ...

U.S. blocks work on WTO ministerial statement ahead of meeting

By Tom Miles GENEVA - The United States on Wednesday blocked efforts by the World Trade Organization to draft a declaration for ministers to agree on next month, a move that reflects President Donald Trump's view that the WTO does not give his country a fair deal. Trump has been highly critical of ...

Switzerland rejects Baloch leader Brahumdagh Bugti's application for political asylum

, November 22 : Switzerland on Wednesday rejected the request of the exiled leader of the banned Baloch Republican Party , Brahumdagh Bugti, to seek a political asylum after more than seven years.Bugti took to Twitter to inform of the development."After more than seven years of waiting Switzerland ...

Trump attacks UCLA player's father yet again

, November 22 : United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday once again attacked LaVar Ball, the father of one of the UCLA basketball players, in a series of tweets referring him to a "poor man's version of Don King" and an "ungrateful fool!""It wasn't the White House, it wasn't the State ...

Qatar row moves to WTO litigation phase, dismaying many

By Tom Miles GENEVA - Qatar took the final step on Wednesday to start litigation at the World Trade Organization in its row with the United Arab Emirates, but no other WTO members spoke up in support of the move, which many trade experts see as a dangerous precedent. The UAE was one of four ...

Trump resumes attack on NFL

, Nov. 22 : United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday resumed his tirade against the National Football League players saying that keeping teams in the locker room during the national anthem would be "almost as bad as kneeling.""The NFL is now thinking about a new idea - keeping teams in the ...

Humiliating blow, says British media on India's ICJ win

India's Dalveer Bhandari, 70, has been re-elected to the Hague-based International Court of Justice , winning the last of five seats for which elections were held, after Britain pulled out its candidate Christopher Greenwood before the 12th round of voting.For 11 rounds, the two were locked in a ...

Saudis push for nine-month extension of OPEC-led oil cut - sources

By Rania El Gamal and Alex Lawler DUBAI/LONDON - Top crude exporter Saudi Arabia is lobbying oil ministers to agree next week on a nine-month extension to OPEC-led supply cuts, sources familiar with the matter said, as Riyadh seeks to ensure a price-sapping glut is eradicated. The Organization of ...

Pakistan accountability court resumes hearing against Sharifs

Islamabad, Nov 22 Ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain Muhammad Safdar appeared before an accountability court here on Wednesday as the trial resumed into the corruption references filed against them by the National Accountability Bureau .Several ...

CPEC posing a regional threat, says Baloch activist

, Nov.22 : The multi-billion dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor not only poses a threat to any community, but to the entire region, says Ali Akbar Mengal, a Baloch activist.Beijing believes this economic corridor is important link to its larger Silk Road Initiative to enhance economic ...

Sharif family appears before accountability court

, Nov. 22 : Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain Muhammad Safdar appeared before an accountability court here on Wednesday in connection with corruption references filed against them by the National Accountability Bureau .According to the ...

Pakistan court orders release of 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed

Islamabad: A Pakistan court on Wednesday ordered the release from house arrest of terrorist leader Hafiz Saeed, blamed for the 2008 Mumbai terror attack.A Judicial Review Board consisting of judges from the Lahore High Court rejected a plea from the government of Pakistan's Punjab province to extend ...

LeT chief Hafeez Saeed to be released from house arrest

, November 22 : A judicial body of Pakistan on Wednesday ordered the release of Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed from house arrest, rejecting a request from the government of Punjab to extend his detention by three months.The decision by the Punjab Judicial Review Board of Pakistan has come a day ...

Kazakhstan exhibiting strong commitment to combatting corruption

, Nov.22 : Following in th footsteps of several countries, Kazakhstan is exhibiting a strong commitment and an uncompromising stance when it comes to combatting corruption.Its government recently launched a third modernisation plan, and part of that initiative is to establish an open and accountable ...

US Navy aircraft with 11 onboard crashes into sea near Japan

, November 22 : A United States Navy plane carrying 11 people crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan on Wednesday.The Washington Post quoted the US Navy's 7th Fleet, as saying, that eight people were found and the search for remaining three was underway.However, it was not clear whether the people ...

Pakistan court orders release of Hafiz Saeed

Islamabad, Nov 22 A Pakistan court on Wednesday ordered the release from house arrest of terrorist leader Hafiz Saeed, blamed for the 2008 Mumbai terror attack.A Judicial Review Board consisting of judges from the Lahore High Court rejected a plea from the government of Pakistan's Punjab province to ...

Bangladesh, Myanmar begin talks on Rohingya crisis

, Nov 22 : Bangladesh and Myanmar on Wednesday began talks on starting the repatriation process of the Rohingya refugees.According to The Daily Star, the long pending talks began with an expectation of signing a Memorandum of Understanding enabling both countries to start the repatriation process of ...