Friday, November 16, 2018

Weekly Headlines - 16 Nov 2018

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Headlines of note compiled by for 16 Nov 2018. Click on a headline to read more.

Reuters >> The United States imposed economic sanctions on 17 Saudi officials on Thursday for their role in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor sought the death penalty for five suspects in the murder.

Reuters >> Christian rivals from the Lebanese civil war, Samir Geagea , leader of the Lebanese Forces (LF) political party, and Suleiman Frangieh, head of the Marada Party, shook hands with each other on Wednesday, marking a formal reconciliation having been foes since the early days of the 1975-1990 civil war.

AFP >> Voters in rebel-held east Ukraine chose new leaders on Sunday after Russia defied Western calls not to sabotage peace talks and Kiev urged fresh sanctions against the Kremlin. Many analysts say the polls are a way for Moscow to strengthen its grip on around 3 per cent of Ukrainian territory where 3.7 million people live.

NPR >> Prime Minister Theresa May is taking flak from across the ideological spectrum amid a series of resignations. Some are demanding a no-confidence vote; others are demanding an entirely new referendum.

AFP >> Forces loyal to Yemen’s government Wednesday halted an offensive on the lifeline port of Hodeida as the United Arab Emirates, a key member of the pro-government coalition, threw its weight behind early United Nations peace talks.

Reuters >> The U.S. military will withdraw hundreds of troops focused on counterterrorism operations in Africa over the next several years to support the Pentagon's increased focus on countering threats from China and Russia, officials said on Thursday.

Reuters >> Saleh al-Faqeh held the wasted arm of his baby daughter as she took her last breath on Thursday at the malnutrition ward of the main hospital in Yemen's capital Sanaa.

VOA >> Smoke masks. Eye drops. No outdoor exercise. This is how Californians are trying to cope with wildfires choking the state, but experts say an increase in serious health problems may be almost inevitable for vulnerable residents as the disasters become more commonplace.  

The National (UAE) >> The successful October 28 launch of KhalifaSat is proof that the UAE’s Mars probe mission is on track, the satellite's project manager, Amer Al Sayegh, said at an event to celebrate the launch of the first satellite to be completely developed and manufactured in the UAE.

AFP >> President Donald Trump on Tuesday tapped John Abizaid, a top US general from the Iraq war who has studied the Middle East for years, as ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Abizaid is of Lebanese Christian descent who headed US Central Command during the Iraq war from shortly after the US invasion in 2003 through 2007.

AFP >> Tariq Ramadan, the prominent Swiss scholar held in France since February on charges he raped two women, on Thursday won conditional release as the allegations continued to be investigated, his lawyer said.  

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