Iraqi FM summons U.S. and UK ambassadors over air strikes: spokesman

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s foreign minister has summoned the U.S. and British ambassadors in Baghdad over air strikes carried out by the United States on Iraqi military positions overnight, a spokesman said on Friday. “The Foreign Minister held an emergency meeting in which the ministry’s undersecretaries, advisors, and official spokesman discussed the measures regarding the recent American aggression. He has […]

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Western University cancels classes, Fanshawe College remains open amid coronavirus pandemic

A new set of preventative measures amid the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 has students in London facing class cancellations. Classes at Western University will be cancelled until Tuesday, Mar. 17, university president Alan Shepard said in a statement Thursday night. Any exams scheduled during the timeline will be rescheduled, he added. Classes will resume Wednesday, but will be conducted online […]

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Iraqi religious authorities say U.S. air strike hit civilian airport

KERBALA, Iraq (Reuters) – A U.S air strike hit an Iraqi civilian airport under construction in the holy Shi’ite Muslim city of Kerbala and killed one worker, Iraqi religious authorities said on Friday. The United States said earlier it had mounted a series of precision air strikes on Thursday against an Iran-backed militia in Iraq it blamed for a rocket […]

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The wrong time to go bust: investors wary of distressed Lebanon debt

BEIRUT, March 13 (Reuters) – With distressed debt investors and emerging markets funds suddenly faced with one of the sharpest asset price falls in a generation, Lebanon picked the wrong time to go bankrupt. Funds are still circling as the clock ticks down on Lebanon’s first sovereign default, but some may not buy until after the government unveils plans to […]

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#GameOfTwoHalves Podcast: Discussing Singapore's first privatised football club Lion City Sailors

TAP/CLICK TO LISTEN: #GameOfTwoHalves Ep 71: Singapore’s first privatised football club; Man City’s European ban  10:02mins Synopsis: #GameOfTwoHalves is The Straits Times’ weekly sports podcast that is out every Tuesday. Money FM’s Bernard Lim calls up ST sports correspondents David Lee and Sazali Abdul Aziz. Last Friday, Singapore’s first privatised professional football club was unveiled as the Lion City Sailors […]

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Twins take on extreme nude survival challenge in African wilderness

Two twins took on the South African wilderness in the buff as part of a reality TV challenge. Amber and Serena Shine, from New Zealand, carried out the adventure for Naked and Afraid on the Discovery Channel. They survived for 21 days by themselves along with the camera crew. They said they were at one point woken by something that […]

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CEE MARKETS-Warsaw rebounds from worst-ever hit, crown stabilises

By Jason Hovet PRAGUE, March 13 (Reuters) – The hardest-hit Central European stock markets recovered some losses on Friday, with Warsaw blue-chips adding more than 5% after their worst-ever fall in the previous session, while the Czech crown stabilised after a sharp fall. The crown firmed 0.4% to 26.10 to the euro after dropping over 2% on Thursday amid market […]

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Kuwait asks Muslims to pray at home to halt coronavirus spread

DUBAI (Reuters) – Kuwait’s religious authorities asked Muslims to pray at home on Friday as Gulf Arab states stepped up measures to fight the spread of the new coronavirus. Bahrain ordered the release of hundreds of prisoners on Thursday, in one of the biggest pardons since the 2011 uprising against the monarchy, according to the Bahrain Institute for Rights and […]

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Japanese wind fans bank interest

* Loans: First offshore wind project catches lenders’ attention By Wakako Sato and Evelynn Lin TOKYO/HONG KONG, March 13 (LPC) – Domestic and international lenders are vying for a slice of Japan’s nascent offshore wind power sector, which is expected to provide as much as ¥3trn (US$29bn) in project financing opportunities, albeit at very low margins. Akita Offshore Wind completed […]

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