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Brexit deal 'proves the doubters wrong' - May

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER Theresa May has hit back at critics of her handling of Brexit, writing in the Sunday Telegraph that she had “proven the doubters wrong” after securing an interim deal. Pressure lifted on the embattled leader after she struck a deal with the European Union over Britain’s....

Rural pub gets award for giving punters a lift home to avoid drink-driving

A PORTLAOISE BAR and restaurant has gotten an award from the Road Safety Authority for its commitment to stopping drink-driving. Treacy’s Bar & Restaurant, which is located approximately 5kms from Portlaoise, is in an area with no public transport. Its owner, Thomas Treacy – eight generations of the family have run the pub – told TheJournal.

This video game helps doctors perform better in severe trauma situations

PLAYING VIDEO GAMES is better than text-based learning for priming real doctors to quickly recognise and treat severe trauma in patients, new research has found. Researchers have found that doctors who played an adventure video game featuring a fictitious, young emergency physician treating severe....

Indonesian Ulema Council Protest US Trump's Jerusalem decision

A number of protester gather near the stage to listen a group of Ulema in the demonstration to support Palestine at National Monument in Jakarta, Indonesia on December 17, 2017. The action protest US President, Donald Trump statement to move the capital of Israel and US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Seven Years after Tunisia Revolt, Sidi Bouzid Left Disappointed

Seven years after the Tunisian “revolution”, the residents of Sidi Bouzid where the uprising started remains bitter and increasingly frustrated with the situation in the country. Asharq Al-Awsat toured the city, whose residents complain of lingering poverty, unemployment and government neglect.

Two rookie astronauts, cosmonaut blast off to ISS

Baikonur (Kazakhstan) (AFP) - 12/17/2017 - 08:28. Two rookie astronauts, cosmonaut blast off to ISS Libreville (AFP) - 12/16/2017 - 21:29. Two Danish nationals wounded in Gabon knife attack: minister; United Nations (United States) (AFP) - 12/16/2017 - 20:47.

Yemen air strikes, clashes kill 51

By AFP Dec 15, 2017 in World Saudi-led air strikes have killed 28 Huthi rebels around Yemen's west coast, medics and security sources close to the insurgents said Friday, as government forces reported deadly clashes in the south. The security sources said air strikes on Thursday and Friday hit five....

Panama signs off on extradition of ex-Mexican governor

By AFP Dec 15, 2017 in World Panama's government on Friday signed approval for the extradition of a former Mexican governor wanted in his home country on corruption charges, according to the foreign ministry. Roberto Borge, who used to be governor of Mexico's southern Quintana Roo state, will be sent back to Mexico within a month, it said.

Tens of thousands rally in Indonesia to support Palestine

By AFP 46 mins ago in World Tens of thousands of Indonesians protested Sunday against the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the latest show of support for the Palestinians in the country with the world's largest Muslim population.

Macron criticised for celebrating 40th birthday in royal style

Macron, who turns 40 on Thursday, is spending the weekend with his wife Brigitte and extended family at the chateau of Chambord in France's Loire Valley, local French newspaper La Nouvelle Republique reported. With its fairy tale facade, elaborately turreted roofline and vast grounds, Chambord is....

Catholics detained singing Xmas carols in Indian state

By AFP Dec 15, 2017 in World Indian police detained dozens of Catholics singing Christmas carols for allegedly trying to convert people, officials said Friday, as fears grow over religious freedom in the South Asian nation. Police said 32 people were detained for trying to convert people to....

Rohingya crisis: Memories scarred for life following violence and mass exodus, say survivors

Aisha, a 20-year-old Rohingya woman who arrived in Bangladesh a month ago, gave birth to her first child in a health clinic run by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Bangladesh's Leda village. As the yet-to-be-named baby girl slept next to her, the young mother recalled the....

Austrian gov't refers to Israel as a 'Jewish state'

The new Austrian government headed by Sebastian Kurtz has included in its manifesto a specific reference to the Jewish character of Israel, according to a Yisrael Hayom report. This is the first time that the Austrian government has explicitly recognized Israel as a Jewish state.

Crime’s climbing cost hurting businesses

The levels of crime in T&T got worse in 2017 and so did the daredevil antics of criminals. Some of these are reminiscent of the “Wild West” in the United States in the 1800s. In September, burglars using a blow torch, cut a hole on the eastern side of the Montrose branch of First Citizens bank, then cut open a vault and escaped with over $3.

Good food, good wine, good times

British wine critic, writer and auctioneer John Michael Broadbent who is a Master of Wine (MW) once said, “Drinking good wine, with good food, in good company, is one of life’s most civilised pleasures. Claiming to have “stumbled” upon her passion in the culinary field 20 years ago as she interned....

Walcott spreads Christmas cheer with St Dominic’s Children’s Home

Double Olympic medallist, Keshorn Walcott, warmly opened the doors of his Valsayn residence, to children from the St. Dominic’s Children’s Home Arima and Belmont as he, alongside long-time partner bmobile, hosted a special Christmas Treat on Saturday December 9.

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China, Britain pledge cooperation as UK leaves EU

By JOE McDONALD AP Business Writer. BEIJING (AP) - Britain and China pledged Saturday to promote London as a center for offshore use of Beijing's currency and cooperate in clean energy research and promoting trade as the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union.

Disney-Fox deal may create a new nerdy nirvana

The coming union of the Disney and Fox media empires is set to create a new nirvana for fanboys and -girls, one that reunites superheroes and sci-fi characters long separated by an energy barrier of corporate legalism. Take, for instance, the fractured world of Marvel superheroes.

HCM City welcomes six millionth int’l visitor in 2017

Ho Chi Minh City welcomed the six millionth international visitor to the southern economic hub during the year at Tan Son Nhat International Airport on December 15. The six-millionth foreign visitor is welcomed by Bui Ta Hoang Vu, director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism, on December 15, 2017.

Vietnam to sell 900,000 tonnes of alumina to UAE

The Vietnam National Coal and Mineral Industries Corporation (Vinacomin) has signed a contract to supply alumina to Emirates Global Aluminum (EGA) from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for three years from 2018-2020. Vietnam to sell 900,000 tonnes of alumina to UAE.

07:41 Russia probe obtains thousands of Trump transition emails

Special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian contacts with US President Donald Trump's campaign has gained access to thousands of emails sent and received by Trump officials before the start of his administration, according to people familiar with Mr Trump's transition organisation.

Korea to be 1st Asian country producing HEETS

By Park Jae-hyuk Korea will have Asia's first manufacturing facility for HEETS, Philip Morris International's specially designed heated tobacco unit that is intended for exclusive use with the IQOS holder. According to Philip Morris Korea, Sunday, the company will invest 470 billion won ($420....

LKP personnel reshuffle to consolidate Hong's leadership

By Choi Ha-young The largest conservative Liberty Korea Party (LKP) Chairman Hong Joon-pyo has tightened his grip on the party by removing those loyal to former President Park Geun-hye from top party positions. Four lawmakers ― Suh Chung-won, Yoo Ki-june, Bae Duk-kwang and Um Yong-soo ― lost their....

Brexit deal proves critics wrong: British PM Theresa May

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May has hit back at critics of her handling of Brexit, writing in the Sunday Telegraph that she had "proven the doubters wrong" after securing an interim deal. Pressure lifted on the embattled leader after she struck a deal with the European Union over....

Mueller accused of unlawfully obtaining Trump's transition documents

WASHINGTON: A lawyer for US President Donald Trump's transition team has accused Special Counsel Robert Mueller of unlawfully obtaining documents including thousands of emails without their knowledge, for its ongoing probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Qatar committed to achieving all goals, says PM

Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani has said that the National Day’s celebrations this year coincide with extraordinary circumstances being experienced by the State of Qatar because of the siege imposed on it.

Celebrate National Day with ‘Embrace Doha’

As the country makes strides towards self-sufficiency, ‘Embrace Doha’ is celebrating National Day with focus on inspiring entrepreneurial spirit among young Qatari nationals to discover opportunities available in the local market. Aptly titled “Labaih Ya Amir” (Here I am at your service, O Emir),....

'Be Lucky' at the Dubai Mall This Festive Season With a Chance to Win a Dh500,000 Gift Card

The Dubai Mall’s contemporary take on the Nutcracker will delight young and old alike. Activities and entertainment include a festive photo booth, a digital graffiti wall where you can create your own nutcracker soldier, festive greeting booth, photo opportunity spaces and live ballet Nutcracker mini-shows.

Spotlight: Libya yet to reach consensus as political agreement expiry looms

by Nawas Darraji and Mahmoud Darwesh. TRIPOLI, Dec. 17 (Xinhua) -- Two years after Libyan political rivals signed a UN-sponsored political agreement in Morocco, there are many future scenarios expected amid difficulty to implement the due, with obstacles of substantial disagreements over articles....

Vortex Sells 45 Pct Stake In Vortex Solar To Kwap For £67.5 Mln

By From Massita Ahmad SINGAPORE, Dec 17 (Bernama) -- Vortex, one of Europe's foremost renewable energy investment platforms, has sold a 45 per cent equity stake in Vortex Solar Investments S.a.r.l to Malaysia's second-largest pension fund, Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (Diperbadankan) (KWAP), for 67.5 million (1 = RM5.
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