Friday, October 12, 2018

Weekly Headlines - 11 Oct 2018


Headlines of note compiled by QaysArthur.net for 11 Oct 2018. Click on a headline to read more.


Reuters >> Ukraine secured approval on Thursday to establish an independent church in what Kiev says is a vital step against Russian meddling in its affairs, but the Russian clergy fiercely opposes the biggest split in Christianity for a thousand years.

Reuters >> A two-man U.S.-Russian crew of a Soyuz spacecraft bound for the International Space Station was safe following a dramatic emergency landing on Thursday shortly after liftoff in Kazakhstan when their rocket failed in mid-air.

Reuters >> A U.S. Navy warship has docked in the southern Israeli port of Ashdod, the first such visit there in almost 20 years, in what officials from both sides hailed as a sign of their strong ties in the face of shared adversaries like Iran.

Reuters >> Canada made mistakes in its dealings with Saudi Arabia which helped spark a diplomatic dispute, the former Canadian ambassador to Riyadh said in frank remarks on Wednesday.

Reuters >> An Egyptian military court sentenced 17 people to death on Thursday for their involvement in bombing attacks on three churches and a police checkpoint in 2016 and 2017 that killed more than 80 people, the state news agency MENA reported.

Reuters >> British and EU negotiators making headway on the Irish border hope for a Brexit deal breakthrough on Monday, diplomats said, though the British prime minister’s Northern Ireland ally has stoked uncertainty by warning it could vote against her.

Reuters >> Violent and sexual abuse of children by priests and nuns, including beatings with crucifixes and dog leads, took place at two Catholic care homes over decades in Scotland, according to an inquiry report on Thursday. The report, the first chapter of a wider investigation led by Supreme court judge Lady Anne Smith…

Reuters >> Far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro plans to tackle Brazil’s chronic energy shortages head-on by expanding nuclear power and hydroelectric energy despite environmental concerns over the impact of new dams on the Amazon, the retired general devising his infrastructure program told Reuters.  

Reuters >> Nigerian ex-head of state Olusegun Obasanjo backed his former deputy on Thursday for next year’s presidential election, ending a public feud that had threatened to undermine the main opposition candidate.

Reuters >> Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that the demilitarized zone in Syria's Idlib was effective and no major military actions are planned in the region.

AFP >> Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, will be supplying Indian buyers with an additional 4 million barrels of crude oil in November, several sources familiar with the matter said Wednesday. The shows Saudi Arabia’s willingness to make up the shortfall once sanctions by the United States on oil exports from Iran, the third-largest producer in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, start up on Nov. 4.



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