Ine Eriksen Soereide, the former Norwegian Defence Minister, and the recent minister of foreign affairs of the country -- YOUTUBEOSLO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Norwegian Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide was named minister of foreign affairs on Friday, making her the first woman to hold the post in the Nordic country.She replaces Boerge Brende, who last month was appointed president of the World Economic Forum.The appointment leaves the top three government jobs, that of prime minister, foreign minister and finance minister, in the hands of women.
October 20, 2017 09:22 UTC
"There is no going back," said Arif Ayhan, a member of the Association for Trade and Tourism in Hasankeyf. "The people could have been listened to, at least, and not ignored," he added. "I do not need anything from the state, just that they leave their hands off beautiful Hasankeyf," said local resident Ayvaz Tunc. "I only ask that Hasankeyf remains as it is in all its splendour. I do not want the city to be swallowed up under the waters."
October 20, 2017 09:11 UTC
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga and Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera arrive to review a Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile unit at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo -- REUTERSTOKYO - 20 October 2017: Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera stressed on Friday the importance of solving North Korea's nuclear, missile and abductions issues with diplomacy.Onodera said that he will discuss the North Korean issue with his US and South Korean counterparts during his upcoming visit to the Philippines, Japan's NHK news reported.Onodera noted that the defense ministry needs to confirm cooperation with the US and South Korea to be ready for various contingencies.He expressed hope that he would hold talks with his Chinese and Russian counterparts about North Korea.Onodera is scheduled to travel on Sunday to the Philippines on a several-day visit to take part in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) defense ministers meeting (ADMM).
Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy arrives at a European Union leaders summit in Brussels -- REUTERSMADRID - 20 October 2017: The Spanish government has agreed with the opposition Socialists (PSOE) to hold regional elections in January in Catalonia as part of the extraordinary package of measures to temporarily impose direct rule on the region, Socialist politician Carmen Calvo said in an interview on national television on Friday.Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will hold a special cabinet meeting on Saturday to put in motion the process to suspend Catalonia's autonomy after regional leader Carles Puigdemont refused to drop his secession campaign.
National flag of Qatar - FlickrCAIRO – 20 October 2017: Qatari lawyer and former Justice Minister Najeeb Al Nuaimi said in a statement that he has a bad experience with Qatari courts and that they cannot be trusted.In a report published by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy in Washington DC, a statement by Nuaimi was attached where he supported former Al-Jazeera channel journalist Mohamed Fahmy, concerning the lawsuit the latter filed against the channel, after the channel’s attorney demand the trial take place in a Qatari court instead of a Canadian one.Nuaimi said that he had a bad experience with the Qatari courts while advocating Qatari poet Mohamed Al-Agamy in a secret session, where he claimed the judge and the investigative judge were the same person, a matter that violates Qatari laws and doesn’t guarantee the defendant a fair trial.On June 22, two former Al Jazeera journalists, Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Mohamed Fawzy, held a press conference titled “Al Jazeera on Trial” to reveal Doha’s foreign agenda in the region.They accused the Qatari network of supporting terrorist organizations with money and broadcasting equipment. Fawzy slammed the network for “betraying them” as the channel did not inform its employees that their work in Egypt was illegal.Earlier, on June 5, the Arab quartet halted all land, air and sea traffic with Qatar, and withdrew their diplomats and ambassadors from the Qatari peninsula. They issued 13 demands to Doha – then shortened them to six principles - including the closure of the Al Jazeera channel.
Over the next few days the committee of energy and environment will start discussing that law.The law states a set of very specific rules that will assure the safety of nature reserves from any violation, and stipulates very strict punishments for those who violate them. The government retains the right to confiscate such lands and compensate its owners if its acquisition is done for the sake of the public good. Such acquisitions fall under law No. 10 for the year 1990 for expropriation for the common good. Same goes for trading in wild animals or endangered plants, or growing them outside their natural habitats as stated by the executive regulations.
Egyptian president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and the French minister Emmanuel Macron -- Egypt TodayPARIS - 20 October 2017: A renowned French analyst stressed the similarities between Paris and Cairo's strategic views regarding current regional crises and threats posed by terrorism and extremism.Charles Saint-Prot was commenting on Egypt's President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi's anticipated visit to France on October 23-25.Egypt should be backed by its allies in war against terrorism, Saint-Prot said in statements to MENA.Egypt is a key partner for France in light of transformations witnessed by the Arab world.The French analyst, meanwhile, highlighted the geopolitical importance of cooperation between Egypt and France.As for the situation in Libya, Saint-Prot asserted that restoring stability in the conflict-torn Arab country is of strategic importance for Egypt, the only neighboring country that could play an effective role in this file.On the Qatari crisis, the French politician affirmed that solution of the crisis is at the hands of Qatar due to its 'adventurous policies'.
October 20, 2017 08:48 UTC
American Cancer Society (ACS) and prevention.com have reported that if breast cancer was detected early and was limited to the breast, the five-year survival rate would be 99 percent.While they might appear invulnerable on the screen, off it they are just like the rest of us. These starlets have stood the hardest test; bravely fought cancer, and won the fight in the most inspiring of ways. After paying the doctor a visit, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, but she stood strong and travelled overseas to receive her treatment and had one of her breasts removed. Shortly after, she returned and donated her apartment to become a breast cancer research center to help all patients of the disease. According to everydayhealth, she opted for a double mastectomy to avoid all chances of having the disease as she explained in an interview with Ellen Degeneres.
October 20, 2017 08:48 UTC
Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders -- WikipediaAMSTERDAM - 20 October 2017: The Netherlands condemned on Thursday Israel's recent decision to build new settlement units in the West Bank.Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said that such decision has raised serious questions about the way Israel deals with peacemaking, Russia Today channel reported.He affirmed that such decision would not contribute to the achievement of the two-state solution but would only inflame tensions with the Palestinian people and undermine reconciliation efforts with them.Israeli authorities on Wednesday have approved building some 1,323 new settlement units in the West Bank, making the overall settlement units approved this week up to 2,646 units, according to Peace Now movement against the settlement enterprise.
October 20, 2017 08:37 UTC
The Egyptian Antiquities Ministry is currently intensifying its efforts to complete the transfer of antiquities from the Egyptian Museum located inside Tahrir square and other archeological locations to the Egyptian Grand Museum, which is still under construction. The Egyptian Antiquities Ministry is seeking turning the Egyptian Grand Museum into the biggest museum in the world and also to rightly value the antiquities pieces being displayed there that are affiliated to the Pharaonic, Greek and Roman civilizations. According to the state-run newspaper Al-Ahram, the Egyptian Grand Museum will comprise 100,000 artifacts; only 42,000 pieces have been arrived to the museum so far. The Egyptian Antiquities Minister Khaled Anany stated previously that the Grand Egyptian Museum will be opened by mid-2018 and also noted that the total cost of the construction process of the establishment will be EGP 20 billion. Moreover, the Egyptian Minister of International Co-operation Sahar Nasr has also asserted that the museum will be one of the biggest museums in the world.
October 20, 2017 08:37 UTC
Swiss Re, one of the world’s biggest reinsurers, estimates that Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, plus two recent earthquakes in Mexico will cost the industry about $95 billion. The Zurich-based company, which as a reinsurer provides backup policies to companies that write primary insurance policies, says the claims process is ongoing and estimates could evolve. Swiss Re expects its own payouts linked to the natural disasters will be about $3.6 billion, including $175 million for the Mexico earthquakes alone. Swiss Re didn’t immediately respond to a call and an e-mail from The Associated Press seeking an elaboration. CEO Christian Mumenthaler called the catastrophes “extremely powerful” and said Swiss Re “can support our clients when they need us most.”
October 20, 2017 08:37 UTC
Hong Kong shares rebound as China 'Minsky moment' fears recede - Reuters20 October 2017: Hong Kong shares rebounded sharply on Friday, as investors scrambled for bargains among stocks bruised from the previous session's sell-off, which was triggered by the Chinese central bank chief's reference to a "Minsky moment".On Friday, the Hang Seng Index rose 1.2 percent, to 28,487.24 points, recovering much of Thursday's 1.9 percent decline, and ending the week roughly flat.The Hong Kong China Enterprises Index jumped 1.8 percent, to 11,558.35 points, up 0.3 percent for the week.The benchmark Hang Seng index fell the most in two months on Thursday, as investors were spooked by People's Bank of China governor Zhou Xiaochuan's comments that risks from excessive optimism could lead to a "Minsky Moment". European stocks also suffered.A Minsky Moment, named after economist Hyman Minsky, is a sudden collapse of asset prices that follows a long period of growth, sparked by debt or currency pressures. "The rebound shows the market was wrong yesterday," Robert Di, founding partner of asset manger RPower Capital said.He added there had been some misreading of Zhou's remarks, which he said were used as an excuse by some investors to take profit following Hang Seng's nearly 30 percent surge this year. "I guess he wants to effect change and make life a little bit easier for his successor," Oliver said. "A bit like Bernanke wanted to end the process of quantitative easing before Janet Yellen took over.
October 20, 2017 08:26 UTC
US President Donald Trump risks driving Iran towards nuclear proliferation and worsening a standoff with North Korea if Washington ends a nuclear deal with Tehran, former US Secretary of State John Kerry said late on Thursday. Kerry, who negotiated the 2015 deal between Iran and world powers, was speaking a week after Trump refused to certify that Tehran was in compliance with it, amid growing tensions with Pyongyang over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The nuclear deal places Iran under tough restraints, including inspections, round-the-clock surveillance and tracking every ounce of uranium produced, Kerry said. If Iran violated the accord, UN sanctions would snap back into place, Kerry told the audience. “So the scenario that Trump opens up by saying ‘let’s get rid of the deal’ is actually proliferation, far more damaging and dangerous,” Kerry said.
October 20, 2017 08:26 UTC
With the backing of an exiled former Palestinian security chief, grieving families are agreeing to drop their 10-year-old blood feuds in exchange for $50,000 payments. “By doing this, we end rancor among families,” said Majed Abu Shamalla, a Fatah lawmaker loyal to Dahlan. “We end a cycle of blood and revenge and this can lead to a real political reconciliation. “I hope these incidents will not happen again and the families will not suffer like our suffering.”Hundreds of families have similar stories. Members of the committee that distributes the checks said they will intensify pressure on these families to accept blood money later.
October 20, 2017 07:18 UTC
The unidentified woman is an Italian model and actress, according to an announcement of attorney David M. Ring’s press conference. In addition to talking to detectives, the woman and Ring spoke to the Los Angeles Times on Thursday, telling them Weinstein bullied his way into her hotel room, refused to leave and raped her. More than 40 women have accused Weinstein, 65, of harassment or abuse. Actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Lupita Nyong’o have all accused Weinstein of harassment, while actresses Asia Argento and Rose McGowan have accused the film mogul of raping them. “My client is grateful to all the courageous women who have already come forward to finally expose Weinstein,” Ring said.
October 20, 2017 06:56 UTC