Fri04272018

LAST_UPDATEFri, 27 Apr 2018 10am

Pro-Assad Militias To Enter Syria's Afrin: State Media

BEIRUT - Militias allied to the Syrian government will enter the Afrin region, Syrian media reported on Monday, after a Kurdish official said a deal had been struck with the Syrian army to help Kurdish forces end a Turkish offensive.

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Merkel Taps Ally For Party Job, Grooming Potential Successor

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Saarland State Prime Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer ahead CDU leadership meeting in Berlin, Germany, February 19, 2018.

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel put forward close ally Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on Monday to take over as secretary general of her Christian Democrats (CDU), heeding calls from within the party to inject new blood and groom a successor.

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New British Party Inspired By Macron Seeks To Overturn Brexit

LONDON - A new British party inspired by French President Emmanuel Macron’s movement launched a campaign on Monday to thwart Brexit by convincing lawmakers to block any EU withdrawal deal Prime Minister Theresa May can strike.

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Azerbaijan, Turkey, Ukraine Regional Format To Be Created

Azar Khudiyev

KIEV (Ukraine) – Azerbaijan has initiated the establishment of another regional format involving the country, Turkey, and Ukraine, according to Azerbaijani Ambassador to Ukraine, Azar Khudiyev, reported Azerbaijan State News Agency (AZERTAC).

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Singapore To Set Up Rail Infra Fund Worth S$5 Bln This Year

SINGAPORE -- Singapore will set up a new Rail Infrastructure Fund worth S$5 billion (S$1=RM2.96) this year for major rail lines ahead, said Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat.

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Iraq To Discuss Resumption Oil Export Through Ceyhan Port In Turkey

BAGHDAD -- Iraq's Oil Minister Jabbar Ali al-Luaibi will visit Turkey this week at the invitation of Turkey's Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Berat Albayrak to hold talks on developing bilateral relations, reported the National Iraqi News Agency (NINA).

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27 Paramilitary Hashd Shaabi Fighters Killed In Ambush In Central Iraq

BAGHDAD -- Up to 27 members of paramilitary Hashd Shaabi fighters were killed in an ambush by Daesh militants near the town of Hawijah in Kirkuk province, reported China's Xinhua news agency.

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Jailed Bangladeshi Ex-PM Khaleda Zia's Eligibility To Contest Election Remains Uncertain

Khaleda Zia

DHAKA -- Jailed Bangladeshi ex-Prime Minister Khaleda Zia cannot contest the next general election in the current legal context, according to Bangladeshi Chief Election Commissioner AKM Nurul Huda, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

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Singapore Plans To Raise Goods, Services Tax By 2 Pct In Next Few Years

SINGAPORE -- Singaporean Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said in his Budget Statement in the parliament on Monday that the government will lift the Goods and Services Tax (GST) from the current seven percent to nine percent sometime in the period between 2021 and 2025, reported China's Xinhua news agency.

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S Korean President Wants Resolute Measures Against US Protectionist Moves

Moon Jae-in

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday instructed goverment officials to take confident and resolute measures against US protectionist moves in bilateral trade, reported China's Xinhua news agency.

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