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Civilians evacuated as Syrian Kurds bombed in Hasakah

Dozens killed, thousands evacuated after second day of Syrian government air raids on Kurdish-controlled areas of city.. Syrian government jets have continued to pound Kurdish-controlled parts of the northeastern city of Hasakah for a second day, killing at least 22 residents and forcing thousands to flee… Source: Civilians evacuated as Syrian Kurds bombed in Hasakah – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

China seeks diplomatic edge with Suu Kyi visit

BEIJING/YANGON — Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s state counselor and foreign minister, has gotten an unusually warm reception on her trip to China, meeting with both Premier Li Keqiang and President Xi Jinping as Beijing tries to regain clout with its neighbor to the south. China, not the U.S., became Suu Kyi’s first destination beyond Southeast Asia after her rise to power in Myanmar’s new government, formed in March… Source: China seeks diplomatic edge with Suu Kyi visit- Nikkei Asian Review Read More »

Ten things you can’t do in Dubai

Laws in the United Arab Emirates have again been thrust into the spotlight after a British citizen in Dubai was arrested for sharing a charity post on his Facebook page. Most people know Dubai is tough on drugs; that tourists can get in trouble for drinking alcohol outside designated areas; and people who have sex in public can find themselves facing the… Source: Ten things you can’t do in Dubai – BBC News Read More »

Cost of property compensation could bankrupt unified Cyprus, according to World Bank – report

World Bank estimates on the cost of compensation for properties in the context of a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem are prohibitive as it would bring the unified island’s economy to its knees, Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi reported on… Citing the minutes of meetings between Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and… Source: Cost of property compensation could bankrupt unified Cyprus, according to World Bank – report   – Cyprus Mail Cyprus Mail Read More »

World Humanitarian Day: Some Things to Consider

As we celebrate World Humanitarian Day on 19 August let us reflect that while international respect for humanitarian principles have regressed in recent years, the impetus and momentum created by the UN’s World Humanitarian Summit offers an opportunity for progress. Let us grasp this opportunity before it is too late. The world is experiencing a series of compounded, prolonged and increasingly conflict-based humanitarian crises. In 2015, over 125 million people required daily emergency food, water and shelter for… Source: World Humanitarian ... Read More »

Russia rehearses swiftly moving military hardware to Crimea

Russian naval and land forces have practiced swiftly moving military hardware and troops to annexed Crimea as part of a logistics exercise which foreshadows much larger war games there next month, the Russian Defense Ministry said… The training exercise comes at a time of heightened tension between Russia and Ukraine after Moscow accused Kiev of sending saboteurs into the contested peninsula to carry out a series of bombings. Kiev has flatly denied that… Source: Russia rehearses swiftly moving military hardware to ... Read More »

US to ditch private prisons

Privately-run prisons are not as safe or effective as government-run facilities and will be phased out, the United States says.. The Bureau of Prisons began contracting with privately operated institutions in 1997 to alleviate overcrowding and in response to orders from the US Congress… Source: US to ditch private prisons | Radio New Zealand News Read More »

US and Asian buyers seek to cash in on weak pound

US and Asian companies are ramping up their interest in British firms as they look to capitalise on sterling’s collapse following the EU referendum. Despite fears that Brexit uncertainty would choke off M&A activity, dealmakers have seen a growing appetite from American, Chinese and Japanese firms looking to buy British, as the pound struggles to recover from record lows… Source: US and Asian buyers seek to cash in on weak pound – The Scotsman Read More »

UK’s De La Rue to compete for currency printing contracts

British bank note printer De La Rue will be subject to competitive bidding for the impending multi-billion shilling contract to print new Kenyan currency despite co-owning the Nairobi subsidiary with the government.. Treasury secretary Henry Rotich said the joint venture agreement that was signed yesterday had no exclusivity clauses for the British firm, which has printed… Source: UK’s De La Rue to compete for currency printing contracts – Politics and policy Read More »

Dutton’s new gambit ‘another form of torture’

Peter Dutton is taking his war on people smuggling to a new level, one that defies logic and basic decency and appears to be more about establishing his big-C conservative credentials than protecting the nation’s borders. Not content with contradicting his Prime Minister and declaring there is no third country option for the refugees stranded on Manus Island, Dutton now insists that any refugees who… Source: Dutton’s new gambit ‘another form of torture’ Read More »

Corporate Income Tax Rates around the World, 2016

It is well known that the United States has the highest corporate income tax rate among the 35 industrialized nations of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).[1] Kyle Pomerleau Emily Potosky Tax Foundation However, it is less well known how th e United States stacks up against countries throughout the entire world. Expanding the sample of countries and tax jurisdictions to 188, the U.S.’s corporate tax rate of almost 39 percent is the third highest in the world, ... Read More »

Fighting for the ‘Soul of France,’ More Towns Ban a Bathing Suit: The Burkini

PARIS — The debate is now so heated in France that one could be forgiven for assuming that the burkini — the full-body bathing suit worn by some Muslim women — had invaded French beaches. Five towns have banned them. Three more are in the process of doing so. Prime Minister Manuel Valls supported the prohibitions on Wednesday, calling the garment part of “the enslavement of women.”… Source: Fighting for the ‘Soul of France,’ More Towns Ban a Bathing Suit: ... Read More »

Denmark Lectures America on NATO

Leaders from tiny countries with almost no skin in the game have no place to talk. Doug Bandow Denmark is a shrimp in the European ocean. A pleasant place to live, it is a geopolitical nullity. No one much cares what the Danes think about the world because, they can’t do much to change it… Source: Denmark Lectures America on NATO | The National Interest Blog Read More »

‘The worst place on earth’: inside Assad’s brutal Saydnaya prison

Syria’s most notorious jail has been a journalistic blank spot. Now ex-detainees and architects have built an accurate model, using ‘ear-witness’ testimony, of the president’s hellish torture house Samer al-Ahmed remembers the size of the small hatch near the bottom of his cell door because he was regularly forced to squeeze his head through… Source: ‘The worst place on earth’: inside Assad’s brutal Saydnaya prison | Art and design | The Guardian Read More »