As UAE hails Israel accord, silence from Saudi Arabia

DUBAI/RIYADH (Reuters) – As media and people in the United Arab Emirates hailed the Gulf state’s deal to normalise relations with Israel as a diplomatic victory that helps the Palestinians, silence reigned in Saudi Arabia, longtime figurehead of regional policy towards Israel. Analysts see the surprise UAE-Israel agreement announced on Thursday as a strategic boost for the UAE’s regional and […]

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UPDATE 1-Airline SAS says Sweden and Denmark support tweaked rescue plan

* * Main owner cash injections conditional on debt conversion * Debtholder and shareholder meetings scheduled for September * (Adds company comment, updates shares) STOCKHOLM, Aug 14 (Reuters) – SAS said on Friday its main owners had approved a revised rescue plan after it made changes to a key part of the deal earlier this month to appease holders of […]

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Sri Lankan shares rise for fourth session as industrial stocks gain

Aug 14 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan shares rose for a fourth straight session, closing at more than a five-month high on Friday, helped mainly by gains in industrial stocks. ** The benchmark CSE All Share Index ended 0.50% higher at 5,261.99, its highest closing level since March 10. ** Sri Lanka’s June trade deficit narrowed year on year to $161 […]

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Chinese LGBT group ShanghaiPRIDE halts work to 'protect safety'

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – ShanghaiPRIDE, one of China’s longest running gay pride groups, said it was cancelling all activities and events for the foreseeable future, citing the need to protect the “safety” of its people and prompting a chorus of regret on social media. Homosexuality is legal in China, which until 2001 had classified it as a mental disorder. However same-sex […]

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Belarusian opposition leader calls for new protests and vote recount

MINSK (Reuters) – Belarusian opposition politician Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya on Friday asked supporters to sign an online petition demanding a recount of last Sunday’s presidential election, in which she believes she was cheated out of victory. In a video posted on YouTube, Tsikhanouskaya, who is in neighbouring Lithuania, also asked supporters to demand an official investigation into allegations that the election […]

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'Little brown girl': Australian Biden-Harris cartoon sparks furore

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A cartoon in Australia’s biggest national newspaper drew condemnation on Friday as being racist for portraying U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden describing his new running mate, Kamala Harris, as “this little brown girl”. The cartoon by Johannes Leak in Rupert Murdoch’s The Australian newspaper, known for its conservative views, depicted a beaming Biden saying Harris, the […]

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AOC dares Trump to a grades fight after ‘poor student’ dig

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) took Donald Trump to school after the president attacked the congresswoman as a “poor student.” “I won’t say where she went to school. It doesn’t matter,” Trump told Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo on Thursday. “This is not even a smart person other than she’s got a good line of stuff, I mean she goes out and she yaps […]

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