Thursday, October 4, 2018

Weekly Headlines - 4 Oct 2018

Headlines of note compiled by for 4 Oct 2018. Click on a headline to read more.

Jordan Times >> His Majesty King Abdullah, and HRH Crown Prince Hussein, received Chief of the Pakistan Armed Forces Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa at Al Husseiniya Palace on Tuesday. The meeting covered military cooperation between Jordan and Pakistan, and efforts to fight terrorism according to the Royal Court.
Reuters >> The United States on Thursday indicted seven Russian intelligence officers for conspiring to hack computers and steal data in a bid to delegitimize international anti-doping organizations and expose officials who revealed a Russian state-sponsored athlete doping program.
Reuters >> Head bowed, German Chancellor Angela Merkel paid homage in Jerusalem on Thursday to the six million Jews killed by the Nazis and said Germany had a responsibility to confront anti-Semitism and never to forget the Holocaust.
Reuters >> Britain and the Netherlands accused Russia of running a global campaign of cyber attacks to undermine democracies, including a thwarted attempt to hack into the chemical weapons watchdog while it was analyzing a Russian poison used to attack a spy.
Reuters >> U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday that Russia's violation of an arms control treaty was "untenable" and unless it changed course the United States would respond.
Reuters >> Germany and Israel agree that Iran should never be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons but they differ on how to achieve this goal, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday at a news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Reuters >> A fire accompanied by explosions hit a large storage complex in southeast Tehran, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported Thursday.
AP >> Turkey's statistics agency says the country's inflation rate jumped to almost 25 percent in September amid a sliding currency. The Turkish lira has depreciated by close to 40 percent against the dollar since the start of the year over concerns about President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's economic policies and spats with the United States.  
AP >> Yemen’s weak Central Bank is getting a $200 million cash infusion from Saudi Arabia to shore up its reserves after the currency went into free fall, sparking further concerns for the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
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.

Turkey parliament extends mandate for troop deployment in Syria, Iraq
AFP >> Turkish parliament Wednesday approved a motion to extend the deployment of troops in neighboring Syria and Iraq for another year, the official Anadolu news agency reported.

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