Month: December 2019

Global News

Austrian conservatives and Greens see coalition deal within days

December 29, 2019 VIENNA (Reuters) – Austrian conservative leader Sebastian Kurz is on the brink of returning to power as a coalition deal with the left-wing Greens is likely to be struck this week, three months after his party won a parliamentary election, both sides indicated on Sunday. Late Saturday the Greens called a meeting […]

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More than 1,000 gather for rain-soaked Hong Kong rally

December 29, 2019 By Sarah Wu HONG KONG (Reuters) – More than 1,000 people rallied in the rain in a park in Hong Kong’s financial district on Sunday, chanting slogans for democracy as they huddled under a sea of umbrellas. The crowd, a mix of young and elderly people, wore black and turquoise surgical masks […]

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Guinea-Bissau votes in presidential run-off pitting two former premiers

December 29, 2019 By Alberto Dabo BISSAU (Reuters) – Voters in Guinea-Bissau cast ballots on Sunday in a run-off presidential election pitting two former prime ministers who both promise to bring stability to the turbulent West African nation. Incumbent President Jose Mario Vaz failed to make it to the second round after a five-year term […]

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Blast hits military parade in Yemen, at least five dead

December 29, 2019 DUBAI (Reuters) – A missile fired by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group struck a military parade in Yemen’s southern separatist-held town of al-Dhalea, killing at least five people and injuring others, Yemen’s Security Belt forces said on Sunday. No claim of responsibility was made and Houthi media did not immediately comment on the […]

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Finance

Dubai 2020 budget sets record spending to boost growth ahead of Expo

December 29, 2019 DUBAI (Reuters) – Dubai expects to substantially increase state spending next year to stimulate the emirate’s economy and support the Expo 2020 world fair, according to the 2020 budget released on Sunday. State spending will increase by 17% to a record 66.4 billion dirhams ($18.1 billion), compared with the original budget plan […]

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Turkey to evacuate wounded after deadly Mogadishu blast

December 29, 2019 MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A Turkish military cargo plane landed in the Somali capital on Sunday to evacuate people badly wounded in a devastating truck bombing in the city a day earlier that killed at least 90 people including two Turkish nationals. The plane also brought emergency medical staff and supplies, according to […]

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Ukraine starts all-for-all prisoner swap with pro-Russian separatists

December 29, 2019 By Pavel Polityuk and Vladimir Soldatkin KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine started a full prisoner swap on Sunday, driving all remaining detainees in the five-year conflict to a handover point and starting to unload them. The swap, at a checkpoint near the industrial town of […]

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Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker ends Mohammad cartoon contest within hours

December 29, 2019 AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders said on Sunday he had ended a contest for cartoons caricaturing the Prophet Mohammad, only hours after announcing the contentious event. In a tweet posted on Sunday morning, Wilders said international attention on the contest had enabled him to make a point about the […]

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Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker revives plan for Mohammad cartoon contest

December 29, 2019 AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders on Saturday said he had revived his plan to hold a contest for cartoons caricaturing the Prophet Mohammad, more than a year after canceling such an event out of fear for attacks in the Netherlands. In a post on Twitter late on Saturday, Wilders […]

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Residents, vacationers urged to leave Australian region as fire conditions worsen

December 29, 2019 By Will Ziebell MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Residents and vacationers in part of the Australian state of Victoria were urged to leave on Sunday ahead of what is expected to be a day of extreme fire danger. Authorities said temperatures of more than 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), strong winds, thunderstorms and a wind […]

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