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France, Lebanon and the Hariri family have close ties

Added: 19.11.2017 14:07 | 0 views | 0 comments

France under President Emmanuel Macron has played a leading role in trying to avert a fresh crisis in Lebanon following the surprise resignation of its prime minister Saad Hariri. Hariri arrived in Paris on Saturday on Macron's invitation, after the premier once again dismissed rumours that he had been held against his will in Saudi Arabia since announcing his resignation there on November 4. As Macron holds talks with Hariri, AFP explains France's role in working to defuse the situation.

Juncker: EU backs Spain in fight against Catalan secession

Added: 19.11.2017 13:55 | 1 views | 0 comments

MADRID (AP) — European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker calls Catalonia's secessionist push a "disaster" and has reaffirmed Europe's support of a unified Spain. Juncker tells the Spanish newspaper El Pais on Sunday that "Catalonia is an enormous concern. I don't like the situation it has provoked, it is a disaster." He sent a message to ...]

AP source: Dolphins waiving Maualuga after his arrest

Added: 18.11.2017 19:50 | 1 views | 0 comments

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press the Miami Dolphins are waiving linebacker Rey Maualuga after an arrest in Miami.

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Cambodia accused of 'killing off democracy' after opposition party dissolved by Supreme Court

Added: 18.11.2017 11:04 | 1 views | 0 comments

Cambodia has been accused of ‘killing off democracy’ after the country’s supreme court dissolved the opposition party and outlawed over 100 politicians ahead of a general election next year. Thursday's ruling to disband the Cambodia National Rescue Party, in a Southeast Asian country visited by about 159,000 Britons a year, was widely expected amid the worst crackdown on freedom and human rights in two decades. The government of Prime Minister Hun Sen, a firebrand former Khmer Rouge fighter who has held office for 32 years, had already accused the CNRP of plotting a US-backed revolution and jailed the party’s leader Kem Sokha in September. After a horrific genocide in the 1970s, when the Khmer Rouge under dictator Pol Pot killed 1-3 million, Cambodia has functioned nominally as a democracy since 1993. Analysts say the current repression reveals Hun Sen’s desire to cling to power after a surge in the CNRP’s popularity. “This is the end of democracy in Cambodia. We have not done anything wrong. We have fought for democracy. They have killed the will of more than three million people in Cambodia,” said CNRP spokesman, Yim Sovann, referring to the party’s recent support in June’s local elections. Deputy opposition leader Mu Sochua, 63, has been lobbying for international help since she was forced to flee her homeland in October, after being accused by Hun Sen of being an “urban terrorist.” She described the supreme court's decision as "a blow to democracy" but said it would not be fatal. "The democratic movement for change inside and outside Cambodia will be glued together stronger than ever," Ms Sochua said after the decision. Mu Sochua, deputy leader of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Credit: AP Ms Sochua met with British officials in London this week to shore up support for targeted sanctions on the regime. Britain is one of Cambodia’s most important trading partners, importing roughly $1 billion [£760m] worth of products in 2016. In an interview she told The Telegraph the party was anxious to see more action from the international community, "especially the UK", and hoped Thursday's decision would be seen as "a red line being crossed".  "You can let peace die, democracy die in Cambodia or you can take action to be accountable to your own taxpayers," Ms Sochua said. She added: “If the prime minister can go as far as dissolving the party that is the only competitor, I think Mr Hun Sen can do anything else, so the situation for democracy and for peace in Cambodia looks really bleak. Opposition leader Kem Sokha prays during a Buddhist ceremony in Phnom Penh Credit:  AP Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch, called for Japan and the EU to immediately suspend all financial and technical electoral assistance for the 2018 election unless the CNRP was reinstated and permitted to compete. “The Supreme Court dissolution of the CNRP is the culmination of Hun Sen’s backdoor plan to ensure his victory in next year’s election,” Mr Robertson said. Champa Patel, head of the Asia programme at think-tank Chatham House, pointed out that the presiding judge in the case was a high-ranking member of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party and a close associate of the prime minister.   A Buddhist monk tries to enter a blocked street outside the supreme court on Thursday Credit: AP “The dissolution of the Cambodian opposition reflects how the courts in Cambodia have become tools serving government interests,” she said. “It is difficult to see how any proceedings can be seen as independent of vested interests.” The atmosphere of intimidation in Cambodia had already sparked international alarm, with Sweden threatening to revise its relations with Phomn Penh, and US Senator Ted Cruz threatening to push for a travel ban on top officials. Profile | Hun Sen  

British rider Hegarty dies in Macau GP crash

Added: 18.11.2017 10:37 | 3 views | 0 comments

The Topgun Racing Honda rider crashed at Fisherman’s Bend on lap six of the race, hitting the barriers on the outside of the circuit and losing his crash helmet.The race was immediately red-flagged and, with it clear how serious the situation was, a decision was made not to restart it.Hegarty was transported immediately to hospital but a statement issued by race organisers confirmed ...

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Ferrari scuppered Red Bull's attempt to scrap three-engine limit

Added: 18.11.2017 9:01 | 3 views | 0 comments

With F1 already under fire for the wave of grid penalties that have marred the end of the campaign – which Ross Brawn recently said were making a ‘farce’ of F1 – there are concerns that the situation could get even worse next season with teams having to get through the campaign with one fewer power unit.Sources have revealed that Red Bull boss Christian Horner brought up the matter at ...

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Air Transat Cancels Puerto Rico Flights

Added: 17.11.2017 16:13 | 3 views | 0 comments

In the light of the latest information on the situation in the Caribbean, Air Transat has announced it is cancelling  flights to Puerto Rico for the 2017-2018 winter season. In order to meet the needs of its customers, the airline will expand service to Mexico. Air Transat will resume operations in San Juan, Puerto Rico...


Comcast talking to Fox about a deal, source says

Added: 17.11.2017 15:01 | 2 views | 0 comments

Comcast is in discussions with 21st Century Fox about buying its movie studio, some cable channels and its international arms, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. This person wouldn't discuss the matter publicly.
The conversations are at a very early stage, and there's...


Comcast, Verizon approached Twenty-First Century Fox to buy some assets -sources

Added: 17.11.2017 2:20 | 0 views | 0 comments

Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc have both expressed interest in acquiring a significant part of Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc's assets, two people familiar with the situation told Reuters on Thursday.


Comcast, Verizon approached Twenty-First Century Fox to buy some assets: sources

Added: 16.11.2017 23:07 | 0 views | 0 comments

Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc have both approached Twenty-First Century Fox Inc to express interest in buying Fox assets that were the subject of recent talks between Fox and Walt Disney Co, two people familiar with the situation told Reuters on Thursday.


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