SEOUL: North Korea's rubber-stamp parliament will hold its next session in September where it is set to discuss new laws and other organisational issues, state media said Monday.The hermit state's legislative body meets only once or twice a year, mostly for day-long sessions to approve budgets or other decisions deemed necessary by the ruling Workers' Party. "The 7th Session of the 14th Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) of the DPRK will be convened in Pyongyang on September 7," the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported. "The session will discuss the issue of adopting the law on the socialist rural development and the law on landscaping and the organisational matter," it added.Such meetings are carefully monitored by observers for any changes to economic policy or a reshuffle of high-ranking officials.It is unclear whether leader Kim Jong Un will attend the upcoming meeting. Kim did not attend the last session in February this year.Under Kim, the North has made rapid progress on its weapons programmes and has carried out a record-breaking blitz of tests this year, including firing an intercontinental ballistic missile at full range for the first time since 2017.Last month, Kim said his country was "ready to mobilise" its nuclear deterrent in any future military conflict with Washington and Seoul.Talks with the United States have been deadlocked since the collapse of a summit in 2019 between Kim and then-US president Donald Trump over sanctions relief and what the North would be willing to give up in exchange.The meeting comes as North Korea has reported "no new Covid-19 fever cases" in recent days.Pyongyang has also claimed that everyone who had fallen sick since an Omicron outbreak in May has now recovered.In a separate report, KCNA said the North would hold a national meeting early this month to review the "successes, experience and lessons in the state emergency anti-epidemic work".
August 08, 2022 04:23 UTC
DoT Asks Spectrum Bidders to Make Payments by Aug 16 The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has issued demand notices to all the four companies that bought spectrum in the recently concluded auction, asking them to make payments by August 16. NDA Candidate Dhankar Elected New Vice Prez Former West Bengal Governor and NDA candidate Jagdeep Dhankar was elected as the 14th Vice President of India on Saturday, defeating joint opposition nominee Margaret Alva by a huge margin of 346 votes.
August 08, 2022 03:40 UTC
The Confederation of African Football has condemned Napoli President, Aurelio De Laurentiis, following his comments that the Italian Serie A club would not sign African players unless they agreed to waive playing at the Africa Cup of Nations. Laurentiis said Napoli would avoid signing any more African players unless they agreed not to play in the AFCON. “Enough of African players or they should give up playing in the African Cup of Nations. “By publicly declaring that players who sign for Napoli must sign a waiver denouncing participation in the Africa Cup of Nations as a condition of employment, De Laurentiis’ comments are likely to fall under Article 14 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations. “We do not doubt that Napoli and UEFA are as committed as CAF is to these global humanitarian objectives.
August 08, 2022 03:25 UTC
"Dubai, and the UAE overall, is a world class example of dealing with a pandemic. Now you see talent internationally, from all parts of the world, wanting to move to Dubai," said Ola Doudin, co-founder of BitOasis, a cryptocurrency platform. "We're definitely seeing Dubai leading that race, competing with other financial hubs and really positioning itself as a global crypto hub," Doudin said. But that bet on crypto comes at a time when there's rising investor apprehension toward the digital currency market, amid high-profile hacks, collapsed "stablecoins," and steep drops in crypto prices. So will the emirate's bet the volatile crypto industry catapult it to success or leave it in the dust?
August 08, 2022 02:51 UTC
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August 08, 2022 02:17 UTC
By Ismail BellaoualiMorocco’s Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch, a billionaire petrol baron, is facing a growing online campaign demanding he step down as fuel prices — and energy firms’ profits — surge. Many are calling on the government to halve fuel prices and impose a cap on the profits of petrol retailers — including the dominant player Afriquia, of which Akhannouch is the majority owner. “This campaign’s focus on the prime minister in person reflects anger at the mix of money and politics which Akhannouch is seen as embodying,” saidanalyst Mohamed Chakir. Petrol prices in Morocco hit record highs of 18 dirhams ($1.80) for a litre of unleaded in June, fuelling overall inflation expected to top five percent this year, and adding to the misery of farmers hit by the worst drought in decades. The firm was among several major companies hit by a boycott in 2018 over a cost-of-living crisis when Akhannouch was agriculture minister.
August 08, 2022 01:29 UTC
TUNIS: Tunisian coastguards “rescued” over 250 migrants who were attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Italy, the North African country’s National Guard said on Sunday. Maritime authorities “were able... to rescue 255 would-be migrants, including 170 people of various African nationalities, with the remainder Tunisians,” the National Guard said in a statement on Facebook. The attempted crossings — 17 in total — took place on the night of Friday to Saturday from the east of Tunisia, according to National Guard spokesman Houcem Eddine Jebabli. The statement did not indicate whether any vessels had got into difficulty or sunk, but did note that an unspecified sum of cash was seized during the operations. The National Guard also on Friday carried out a “pre-emptive operation”, arresting five people who were “preparing to lead an illegal immigration bid departing from the coast of Sousse province in the east of the country”, Jebabli said.
August 08, 2022 01:27 UTC
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August 08, 2022 01:00 UTC
Advertisement“Not guilty,” he replied when asked how he pleaded to a charge of having accepted a bribe as Illinois’ governor in the 1960s. “It has been said of Otto Kerner that he was born with a golden ballot in his mouth,” the New York Times wrote. Raised in Chicago, Kerner’s father served on the same federal appeals court where his son would later hold forth. Sign up to receive the Vintage Chicago Tribune newsletter at chicagotribune.com/newsletters for more photos and stories from the Tribune’s archives. Have an idea for Vintage Chicago Tribune?
August 07, 2022 20:54 UTC
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in South Africa on Sunday, the first leg of his three-nation African tour. In addition to South Africa, Blinken is also set to visit the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. Blinken is slated to deliver a major speech in South Africa on Monday on U.S. strategy toward sub-Saharan Africa. Political analysts say Africa has again become a battleground for influence and ideology decades after the end of the Cold War. This is Blinken's second trip to Africa as secretary of state, after visiting Nigeria, Senegal and Kenya in November.
August 07, 2022 20:36 UTC
Food price inflationIn July 2022, food prices surged 11% on a year-on-year basis. This is the consequence of higher prices of services in restaurants, cafés and hotels (+ 8.1%) and rents (+4.8%). Unregulated food products saw a 13.1% rise compared to 0.3% for regulated food products. Consumer prices up 8.2% over one yearConsumer prices increased 1% in July after 0.7% in June and 0.9% in May. In monthly variation, food prices surged 1.9%, mainly due to higher prices of poultry (7.6%), vegetables (3.3%), sheepmeat (2.6%), edible oils (1.9%) and eggs (2.9%).
August 07, 2022 19:35 UTC
BUTHA-BUTHE, Lesotho (AP) — While millions across Europe sweat through a summer of record-breaking heat, they’re skiing in Africa. This isn’t another sign of climate change but rather the fascinating anomaly of Lesotho, a tiny mountain kingdom completely surrounded by South Africa. That gives Lesotho snow in the southern hemisphere’s winters. And while cold winters aren’t rare in southern Africa, snow is and ski resorts are even rarer. “For a competition like this to happen in southern Africa is so heartwarming,” he said.
August 07, 2022 19:29 UTC
Goshen, IN (46526)TodayThunderstorms, accompanied by locally heavy rainfall at times. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Locally heavy rainfall possible..TonightThunderstorms, accompanied by locally heavy rainfall at times. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Locally heavy rainfall possible.
August 07, 2022 18:55 UTC
Lebanon has called on the European Union to cooperate on a roadmap for the gradual return of Syrian refugees to their country. “Lebanon is going through an unprecedented economic and social crisis in its modern history, under which 80% of the Lebanese are living under poverty line,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The ministry cited the presence of Syrian refugees as a “main reason” of the Lebanese economic crisis. “Lebanon and the EU have a common interest in finding a sustainable solution to the Syrian displacement issue, which protects Lebanon socially, economically and on a security level, in addition to preemptively protecting European countries from the consequences of any possible deterioration,” the ministry said. “Lebanon calls for cooperation, consultation and dialogue to lay down a roadmap that would allow the gradual dignified and safe return of displaced Syrians to their homeland,” the statement added.
August 07, 2022 18:43 UTC