Alibaba given OK for Hong Kong listing

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HONG KONG: Chinese online retail titan Alibaba has been given the go-ahead to list shares in Hong Kong, reports said yesterday, in what could be the city’s biggest IPO in almost a decade. Approval for the sale will also give the city’s financial authorities a huge boost as Hong Kong […]

Madagascar farmers rise against ‘new city’

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Anger is boiling over in the hills surrounding Antananarivo over plans to relocate part of Madagascar’s choked capital to emerald-green farmland. Hundreds of farmers in Ambohitrimanjaka village are facing off with the authorities over a presidential scheme that threatens to engulf a thousand hectares of rice fields. “We will not […]

Western powers urge restraint

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HONG KONG: Hong Kong protesters struck the city’s transport network for a second day running yesterday as western powers voiced concern over spiralling violence after police shot a young demonstrator and another man was set on fire. The flare-up is the latest in the 24 straight weeks of increasingly violent […]

Shameful for UK not to publish probe

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LONDON: Hillary Clinton said yesterday it was “shameful” that the British government had not published a delayed parliamentary report into possible Russian interference in British politics ahead of December elections. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government has previously rejected claims it was suppressing the report to avoid a scandal ahead of […]

Gaza militants launch rocket fire at Israel

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JERUSALEM: The Israeli army said that Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip pounded the Jewish state with “substantial” rocket fire Tuesday after Israel killed a commander of Islamic Jihad. “There is substantial fire,” army spokesman Jonathan Conricus told journalists in a conference call. Rockets struck the south of Israel and warning […]

Military pledges to tackle violence

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LA PAZ: Bolivia’s Evo Morales departed Monday for exile in Mexico, leaving behind a country in turmoil after his abrupt resignation as president. As the nation suddenly found itself without a leader, the military agreed to help police take back streets lost to violence from disgruntled supporters of Bolivia’s first […]

Role of security forces in Morales’s resignation

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MADRID: Spain on Monday criticised the role of Bolivia’s police and army in the resignation of president Evo Morales following three weeks of violent protests over his disputed re-election. “This intervention takes us back to moments in the past history of Latin America,” said a foreign ministry statement.  Spain, Bolivia’s […]

US accused of holding back progress towards peace

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UNITED NATIONS: North Korea on Monday accused the United States and South Korea of hostility that has prevented progress towards peace on the peninsula, in a speech to the United Nations. Addressing the UN General Assembly, North Korea’s ambassador, Kim Song, highlighted how Pyongyang has not carried out tests of […]

Six sentenced for links to banned group

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MOSCOW: A Russian court yesterday handed down prison terms of up to 19 years to six Crimean Tatar men for membership of a banned “terrorist organisation”, ending a three-year case denounced by rights groups. Six residents of Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014, were arrested […]

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