Turkish lira in historic 15% crash after Erdogan stokes fire sale

Lira has shed 45% vs dollar this year, worst in world Central bank has slashed policy rate 400 points since Sept Turks say household budgets, future plans in turmoil Ex-central banker calls for end to ‘irrational experiment’ Erdogan insists tighter policy will not lower inflation Turkey’s lira nose-dived 15% on Tuesday in its second-worst dayContinue reading “Turkish lira in historic 15% crash after Erdogan stokes fire sale”

Israeli spyware company NSO Group placed on US blacklist

Decision against company at heart of Pegasus project reflects deep concern about impact of spyware on US national security interests NSO Group has been placed on a US blacklist by the Biden administration after it determined the Israeli spyware maker has acted “contrary to the foreign policy and national security interests of the US”. The finding byContinue reading “Israeli spyware company NSO Group placed on US blacklist”

Several killed in Yemen blast targeting Aden governor

Governor Ahmed Lamlas and Agriculture Minister Salem al-Suqatri survive car bomb that killed at least six people. A car bomb targeting the governor’s convoy shook Yemen’s southern port city of Aden on Sunday killing at least six people. Governor Ahmed Lamlas and Agriculture Minister Salem al-Suqatri, both members of a separatist group in southern Yemen,Continue reading “Several killed in Yemen blast targeting Aden governor”

Exclusive: Armed American Civilians on Private Plane to Afghanistan Arrested in Dubai

Seven armed United States civilians attempting to make their way to Afghanistan via the United Arab Emirates were arrested on August 31, a State Department cable reviewed by Newsweek said. The group of U.S. nationals was detained last Tuesday and later released on bail by local police at Dubai International Airport after having “arrived on a privateContinue reading “Exclusive: Armed American Civilians on Private Plane to Afghanistan Arrested in Dubai”

Several reported killed as Taliban shoot at crowds waving Afghan flag

Witness describes mass panic during independence day rally in Asadabad, a day after deaths at a similar protest Several people have been killed after Taliban fighters shot at crowds waving the national flag at an independence day rally, leading to mass panic and a crush, a witness has said, a day after three people were killed inContinue reading “Several reported killed as Taliban shoot at crowds waving Afghan flag”

Detainee says China has secret jail in Dubai, holds Uyghurs

A young Chinese woman says she was held for eight days at a Chinese-run secret detention facility in Dubai along with at least two Uyghurs, in what may be the first evidence that China is operating a so-called “black site” beyond its borders. The woman, 26-year-old Wu Huan, was on the run to avoid extraditionContinue reading “Detainee says China has secret jail in Dubai, holds Uyghurs”

Israeli spyware firm linked to fake Black Lives Matter and Amnesty websites – report

Researchers say web domains masquerading as activist, health and media groups are used by governments to hack targets An Israeli company that sells spyware to governments is linked to fake Black Lives Matter and Amnesty International websites that are used to hack targets, according to a new report. Researchers from the Citizen Lab at the UniversityContinue reading “Israeli spyware firm linked to fake Black Lives Matter and Amnesty websites – report”

Egypt’s Sisi opens naval base close to border with Libya

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi inaugurated a large naval base on Saturday 135 km from the border with Libya, flanked by close ally Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Libya’s unity president. Egypt says the July 3 base will help it protect strategic and economic interests as well as helping guardContinue reading “Egypt’s Sisi opens naval base close to border with Libya”

UN assembly condemns US embargo on Cuba, for 29th time

The UN General Assembly condemned the nearly 60-year-old US embargo on Cuba for the 29th year in a row Wednesday, calling for it to end by a vote of 184 to two. Only Israel voted with the US against the resolution. Three other US allies: Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and Colombia abstained. Brazil, which votedContinue reading “UN assembly condemns US embargo on Cuba, for 29th time”

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