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March 21st, 2018 - Biz in 60

Abu Dhabi to combine sovereign funds Abu Dhabi says it will merge two of its leading sovereign wealth funds, the Abu Dhabi Investment Council and Mubadala Investment Company. The combined fund would have assets worth more than 200 billion dollars. The emirate is trying to mitigate the impact of low oil prices by pooling its investment power and consolidating operations. Tencent's net profit almost doubles Chinese tech giant Tencent's net income for the three months to end-December beat...


March 21st, 2018 - Daily News Brief

Korean US meeting? South Korea's President Moon Jae-in is preparing for a meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong-un next month. He believes a three-way summit involving the two Koreas and the United States is possible. If the meeting between the US president and the DPRK's Kim Jong-un does take place, Trump will be the first sitting US president to meet a North Korean leader. Nix nixed Cambridge Analytica suspends its chief executive, Alexander Nix, after he said his company's targeted...


March 20th, 2018 - Daily News Brief

Opioid dealers US President Donald Trump has called for the death penalty for some convicted drug dealers, in a bid to curb the opioid crisis that is ravaging parts of America. Trump has long spoken approvingly of countries like Singapore that have fewer issues with drug addiction because, according to proponents, they harshly punish drug dealers. Daesh redux Daesh militants have taken an area near eastern Ghouta, driving out regime forces after anti-Assad rebels left the region. Monday's...


March 19th, 2018 - Daily News Brief

Trump warning US President Donald Trump has been warned by Republican senators not to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, telling Trump to let Mueller do his job. Republican senator Lindsey Graham said if Trump were to dismiss Mueller, it would mark “the beginning of the end of his presidency.” White House lawyer Ty Cobb said on Sunday, the president is not considering or discussing the firing of Robert Mueller. President Putin Vladimir Putin is set to be Russia's president until 2024,...


March 16th, 2018 - Daily News Brief

Eastern Ghouta Authorities in Syria say at least 20 thousand people have left eastern Ghouta in recent days. And the Russian defence ministry says as many as 20 thousand more could leave on Friday. The enclave on the edge of the capital Damascus was held by rebels and endured a three-year regime siege before Assad's forces and their allies intensified their assault on the region…...after the UN called for a ceasefire in late February. Russia sanctions The US government has imposed sanctions...


March 15th, 2018 - Daily News Brief

Gun violence In the US, hundreds of thousands of students walked out of class on Wednesday, one month after the deadly shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Some 2,800 schools nationwide joined the 17-minute protest, one minute for each of the Florida victims. Students want leaders to do more to curb gun violence. But the White House and Congress have caved to the NRA on the issue, pushing for more guns in schools, not less. Eastern Ghouta Thirteen more civilians were...


March 14th, 2018 - Daily News Brief

Tillerson out US President Donald Trump went on Twitter to announce he was firing his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, the latest senior White House official to be shown the door. Trump later said he got along fine with the former Exxon CEO, but that they saw the world in different ways. The president replaced him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, and moved up CIA deputy chief, Gina Haspel, to the top spot, the first woman to head the US spy agency. E Ghouta evacuation In Syria’s eastern...


March 13th, 2018 - Daily News Brief

US warning The US is warning the UN if it doesn't do more to end the violence in Syria, Washington might step in. US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, criticised the UN Security Council for what she called its "impotence" in stopping the carnage in eastern Ghouta. The US is accusing the Assad regime and its allies Russia and Iran of violating a UN ceasefire. Taliban talks The US says it's picking up signs of interest from the Taliban about trying to end the 16-year war in Afghanistan. US...


March 12th, 2018 - Daily News Brief

Trump Kim US officials are defending President Donald Trump’s decision to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, saying it won't just be for show. CIA director Mike Pompeo said Trump will meet Kim to “solve a problem," and not to make “theatre." US official say getting rid of nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula is the aim, which is something Kim has agreed to discuss. "Ideal weapon" Russia says it has tested a hypersonic missile, with President Vladimir Putin calling it the “ideal...


March 9th, 2018 - Daily News Brief

DPRK-US summit North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump are expected to meet by May. If it happens it will be the first meeting of a DPRK and US leader…...And the summit could mark a breakthrough in nuclear tensions between Pyongyang and Washington. South Korea, China, Japan and Russia have all cautiously welcomed the possibility of a meeting. Eastern Ghouta A Red Cross aid convoy entered Syria's battered eastern Ghouta on Friday, even as the regime pushes to consolidate...


March 8th, 2018 - Daily News Brief

Eastern Ghouta The Syrian regime is close to cutting rebel-held eastern Ghouta in two, a pro-regime military commander said on Thursday. That was a day after more than 80 people died as fighting continues in the rebel-held enclave on the edge of Damascus. Russia, meanwhile, is offering safe passage out of the war zone. Some rebels and their families have taken up the offer. Over 850 people have died since the regime stepped up its assault on eastern Ghouta, ignoring a UN call for a...


March 7th, 2018 - Daily News Brief

Eastern Ghouta The UN is asking for better protection of its aid convoys into beseiged rebel-held eastern Ghouta in Syria. The Assad regime is stepping up its offensive against the enclave, making further gains in recent days according to a war monitor. The UN is blaming all sides in the conflict for the atrocities in eastern Ghouta. Its next aid convoy is due to go in on Thursday. Nuclear talk US President Donald Trump says he believes North Korea is being sincere in its offer to hold...


March 6th, 2018 - Daily News Brief

Eastern Ghouta Syrian regime air strikes on Monday killed another 80 civilians, including seven children, in Syria’s eastern Ghouta, according to a war monitor. It was the highest single day death toll in the rebel-held region, since the UN called for a ceasefire on February 24, with little effect. The continued strikes also forced an aid convoy to withdraw, and that was after the regime had already stripped it of medical supplies. Inter-Korea talks North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says he...


March 5th, 2018 - Daily News Brief

Ghouta People in eastern Ghouta have started fleeing the opposition-held region, after at least 35 civilians were killed on Sunday. The regime campaign have seen it claim almost 25 percent of the Ghouta since it began in late 2017. Regime leader Bashar al Assad said he would continue until eastern Ghouta is captured. Assad said Western officials were telling ridiculous lies about the humanitarian situation there. Italian elections Italy face a period of political instability after Sunday’s...


March 2nd, 2018 - Daily News Brief

Trump’s Tariff The US’s biggest trading partners are furious with President Donald Trump's decision to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminium imports. On Thursday, Trump announced he would impose hefty tariffs to protect US producers. But the move risks retaliation from major trade partners like China, Europe and neighbouring Canada. Trump wants to introduce a 25 percent duty on steel imports, and a 10 percent levy on aluminium next week. Syria North Korea has denied any part in...


March 1st, 2018 - Daily News Brief

Syria Russian media are reporting that the US has set up some 20 military bases in YPG-controlled areas in Syria, and continuing to supply the terrorist organisation with advanced weapons. Meanwhile, the Assad regime is continuing its assault on rebel-held eastern Ghouta, despite the UN call for a ceasefire, which has Russia's backing. Hope Hicks White House communications director Hope Hicks is stepping down. A close confidant of the president, Hicks said she was quitting a day after a...


February 28th, 2018 - Daily News Brief

Syria On Tuesday, Syrian regime attacks in Eastern Ghouta killed 15 people. After Russia’s call for a “humanitarian pause” began in an opposition-held region near Damascus. The International Committee of the Red Cross said the five-hour cease-fire was a positive move. However, it warned the lack of planning meant civilians in eastern Ghouta could not leave areas where fighting was going on safely. The last ten days have seen hundreds of people killed by regime attacks in eastern Ghouta....


February 27th, 2018 - Daily News Brief

yria In Syria’s opposition-held eastern Ghouta at least 30 people have been killed in the last 48 hours. Russia’s Vladimir Putin has called daily "humanitarian pauses" in eastern Ghouta. The ceasefire will be held between 7 GMT to 12 GMT every day, starting on Tuesday. Russia’s defence minister said they would help set an evacuation route for civilians in the area. However, Britain's deputy UN ambassador said Russia’s efforts were not compliant with the UN resolution. Trump NRA On Monday, US...


February 26th, 2018 - Daily News Brief

Syria Despite the UN Security Council’s ceasefire resolution, a chlorine attack in eastern Ghouta killed 14 people. The violation of the ceasefire pushed German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron into action. The two have urged Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to pressure the Syrian regime to withdraw. Meanwhile, Russia has called for a UN Security Council meeting to discuss the ongoing violence in eastern Ghouta. Korea talks On Sunday, the Trump...


February 23th, 2017 - Daily News Brief

UN Syria The UN Security Council will vote on Friday on a draft resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire in Syria. But it’s not clear if the resolution has won the support of Syria’s ally, Russia Russia's UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia called a 30-day ceasefire “unrealistic.” Yet on Thursday, Russia proposed amendments to the resolution drafted by Sweden and Kuwait... and said that the 15-member Security Council could not simply impose a truce on Syria without consulting the parties. Myanmar...


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