Friday, September 21, 2018

Weekly Headlines - 21 Sep 2018

Headlines of note compiled by for 21 Sep 2018. Click on a headline to read more.
Jordan Times >> The Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MOPIC) and the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development on Thursday finalized an agreement to reschedule Jordan’s debts to the fund.
The Independent >> French president Emmanuel Macron has branded the leaders of the campaign for Brexit “liars”, in an extraordinary attack at the close of the Salzburg summit. The stance is another blow to Theresa May, given that the EU’s rejection of her Chequers plan which makes a “blind Brexit” seem inevitable.
Reuters >> At least 136 bodies have been retrieved after a ferry sank on Lake Victoria, Tanzania's top police official Simon Sirro said on Friday, and scores more were still feared missing as rescuers searched for survivors on the morning after the disaster..
AFP >> Cyprus and Egypt Wednesday signed an agreement paving the way for the Mediterranean’s first subsea pipeline to carry Cypriot natural gas to the Arab country for re-export to Europe.
Reuters >> The United States is getting "very, very close" to having to move forward on its trade deal with Mexico without Canada, White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett said on Friday.
Reuters >> John Hancock, one of the oldest and largest North American life insurers, will stop underwriting traditional life insurance and instead sell only interactive policies that track fitness and health data through wearable devices and smartphones, the company said on Wednesday.
Reuters >> South Korean President Moon Jae-in climbed Mount Paektu in North Korea with its leader Kim Jong-un. After the two leaders pledged new steps aimed at salvaging nuclear talks on Wednesday, Moon and Kim ended their historic three-day summit by climbing the symbolic mountain on the Chinese border together.
AFP >> Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Poland and the Netherlands on Thursday called on Israel to reverse its decision to demolish a Palestinian village in the West Bank. They warned that the demolition of the village of Khan Al Ahmar "would severely threaten the viability of the two-state solution".   
AFP >> The UN judge responsible for preparing war crimes charges against individuals over the Syrian conflict said Thursday her office plans to open at least two cases by year's end.
Reuters >> Washington's Gulf Arab allies should be included in proposed treaty negotiations with Iran over its ballistic missile program and regional behavior, a senior Emiriati official said on Thursday after U.S. special envoy for Iran, said on Wednesday the United States is seeking to negotiate such a treaty with Iran.
AFP >> Turkey, which was last month buffeted by its worst currency crisis in recent years, Thursday forecast sharply lower growth coupled with persistently high inflation in its new medium-term economic program.

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