Saturday, September 29, 2018

Weekly Headlines - 29 Sep 2018

Headlines of note compiled by for 29 Sep 2018. Click on a headline to read more.

Jordan Times >> The Palestinian refugee agency, UNRWA, on Thursday received pledges of $118 million from donor countries to help it overcome a crisis triggered by US funding cuts, Agence France-Presse reported. The pledges came at a conference Jordan co-host, along with Sweden, Japan, Germany, EU and Turkey.
Reuters >> The Israeli military on Thursday released a video clip and photos of what it said were Hezbollah Shi’ite militia rocket building sites in Lebanon. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had earlier told the U.N. General Assembly that Israel had evidence that Iran was helping Hezbollah develop precision-guided missiles.
Reuters >> Three Saudi men accused of terrorism were killed on Wednesday after they resisted arrest in the eastern Shi'ite Muslim region of Qatif, a Saudi security spokesman said on Thursday. Three members of the Saudi security forces suffered light injuries, he said.
Reuters >> Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan urged Germany on Thursday to designate the group that he blames for a 2016 coup attempt as a terrorist organization. Germany has so far said it needs more evidence to link the movement of the Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen to the attempt to overthrow Erdogan.
Reuters >> Egyptian prosecutors are investigating the death of a monk who was from the monastery where a bishop was murdered in June, a case that has rattled the biggest church in the Middle East.
Reuters >> The U.S. economy is not facing a large chance of a recession in the next two years, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said on Thursday. “There’s no reason to think that the probability of a recession in the next year or two is at all elevated,” Powell told a gathering of business people.
NYT >> After walking away from a deal, Tesla’s chief agreed to give up the chairmanship for three years and pay a $20 million fine.
The Daily Star >> U.S. President Donald Trump is the "main culprit" to blame for a recent surge in oil prices, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said Wednesday. "The main culprit of the price hikes... and the destabilization of the market is Mr Trump and… policies," Zanganeh said on state television   
Reuters >> Canada on Thursday shrugged off U.S. President Donald Trump's criticism that talks to modernize NAFTA were moving too slowly and made clear it had to keep negotiating. Washington has already wrapped up a deal with Mexico, the third NAFTA member, and is due to publish the text on Friday.
AP >> Israel's defense minister says the country's border crossing with Syria is reopening for U.N. personnel and will resume operating as before the civil war erupted next door. Avigdor Lieberman visited the Quneitra crossing Thursday.
AFP >> The US-led coalition fighting Daesh (ISIS) in Syria and Iraq has acknowledged the deaths of an additional 53 civilians, bringing the official toll to 1,114.  

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