Daily Archives: September 6, 2019

More than 76,000 in hurricane-hit Bahamas may need food, other aid: WFP


September 6, 2019

GENEVA: More than 76,000 people could be in need of food and other aid in the Bahamas after the Caribbean nation was ravaged by Hurricane Dorian, the UN´s World Food Programme said on Thursday, with eight tonnes of supplies ready to arrive. Dorian was a Category 5 hurricane — the highest on the five-level wind scale — when it hit …

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UK´s Johnson says would rather die than delay Brexit


September 6, 2019

LONDON: Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Thursday he would “rather be dead in a ditch” than delay Brexit beyond next month, as he urged opposition lawmakers who oppose his plan to support an early election. MPs in the House of Commons this week passed a bill that could stop Johnson taking Britain out of the European Union without a divorce …

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Iran to unveil details on cuts to nuclear commitments


September 6, 2019

TEHRAN: Iran is set to detail its latest cut to commitments under a 2015 nuclear deal on Saturday, in response to US sanctions and perceived inaction by other parties to save the accord. Iran´s atomic energy organisation spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi will hold a news conference on Tehran´s third round of cuts in its nuclear commitments since May, the semi-official ISNA …

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Hurricane Dorian pounds Carolinas after Bahamas havoc


September 6, 2019

UNITED STATES: Hurricane Dorian pounded the Carolinas with strong winds and driving rain on Thursday after cutting a swath through the northern Bahamas, where it left at least 20 people dead and thousands homeless. Residents of South and North Carolina were bracing for the Category 2 storm as rescue efforts ramped up for Dorian victims on the hardest-hit Bahamas islands …

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Take that, rat! New York turns to alcohol in rodent fight


September 6, 2019

NEW YORK: New York unveiled its latest weapon Thursday in the city’s long-running war against rats — alcohol. Rodents are one of the more unappealing aspects of life in America’s largest metropolis, often seen scurrying between subway tracks and sniffing around garbage bags. City officials have spent millions of dollars trying to cull the rat population over the years, deploying …

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Taliban supporters cheer US withdrawal plans


September 6, 2019

Kandahar: Taliban loyalists are cheering the prospect of a deal with the US that after 18 years of gruelling conflict will see “defeated” American “invaders” finally go home. While details of the deal have not been announced, it is widely expected the Pentagon will slash its troop presence in Afghanistan in return for various Taliban commitments. AFP spoke to several …

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Robert Mugabe’s rule in facts and figures


September 6, 2019

Harare: Data on health, economics, corruption, press freedom and migration reveals much about Robert Mugabe´s 37-year rule.  Life expectancy  When Mugabe came to power in 1980, life expectancy at birth in Zimbabwe was 59.4 years, rising to 60.8 years in 1986, according to the World Bank. It then crashed to just 44.1 years by 2002 — a devastating indictment of …

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CM Murad condoles actor Abid Ali’s death


September 6, 2019

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah expressed grief and offered condolences on veteran actor Abid Ali’s death. CM Murad said that the noted work of Abid Ali will be remembered forever. On Thursday, Abid Ali passed away after prolonged illness, at the age of 67. He was under treatment for a liver ailment at a private hospital in Karachi …

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NA speaker Asad Qaiser condoles demise of Abid Ali


September 6, 2019

ISLAMABAD: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser and Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri have expressed grief and sorrow over the sad demise of television artist Abid Ali. In their condolence messages, they expressed sympathy for the bereaved family. They said Abid Ali made name for the country with his art and his artistic services would be remembered for a long time …

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