KUWAIT (Reuters) – Libya’s foreign minister said on Sunday that some foreign fighters have left the country as the unity government seeks to marshal international help to withdraw the many who remain. Libya’s warring sides, backed by regional powers, remain entrenched with allied foreign mercenaries along front lines in defiance of a ceasefire agreement. The previous government in Tripoli, in the west, which was recognised by the United Nations, was supported by Turkey. The warring sides brought in mercenaries, including via Russia’s Wagner group, from Syria, Sudan and Chad among other countries, the United Nations has said. The ceasefire agreement called for all foreign mercenaries to be withdrawn within three months of its being signed a year ago.
October 03, 2021 12:45 UTC
DUBAI (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates is trying to manage long-running rivalries with Iran and Turkey through dialogue to avoid any new confrontations in the region as the Gulf state hones in on its economy post COVID-19, a senior official said. “We will see in the coming period really what is going on with regards to America’s footprint in the region. The UAE has moved to de-escalate tensions by engaging with non-Arab Iran and Turkey, whose influence it had moved to counter in conflicts in Yemen, Libya and elsewhere in the region. The UAE and Saudi Arabia believe the 2015 nuclear pact was flawed for not addressing Iran’s missiles programme and network of regional proxies. Am I very positive that Iran will change its regional course?
October 03, 2021 12:11 UTC
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South Africa captain Temba Bavuma expects to be fit to lead the side at the Twenty20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates as he continues to recover from a thumb injury. I am quite happy with where it’s at. Everyone is happy with the progress thus far.”Bavuma will be the first black African captain for South Africa at a World Cup. “Looking at the position I am in, I acknowledge the responsibility when leaving South African shores,” he said. “And the thinking that when you come back to South Africa, things could be different.
October 03, 2021 12:11 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) -Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei won a thrilling women’s London Marathon on Sunday in two hours, 17 minutes and 43 seconds as world record holder and defending champion Brigid Kosgei faded late in the race to finish outside the podium places. Jepkosgei, the reigning New York Marathon champion, smashed her personal best of 2:18.40 on her debut in the British capital, becoming the seventh fastest woman in history. The 28-year-old, who was a pacemaker in London two years ago, finished 15 seconds ahead of Ethiopian Degitu Azimeraw whose compatriot Ashete Bekere came third. “Some years back I was pacing (in) London so it was better preparation,” Jepkosgei said. Only elite races took place last year on a course around St James’s Park, with amateurs last competing in 2019.
October 03, 2021 12:00 UTC
(Reuters) – The United States said it is concerned with China’s increasing military activity near Taiwan and added that China’s military pressure against Taiwan undermines regional peace and stability. “We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure and coercion against Taiwan,” a State Department spokesperson said on Sunday. (Reporting by Ann Maria Shibu in Bengaluru; Editing by David Clarke)
October 03, 2021 11:48 UTC
But imagine if the federal funds interest rate were to increase to 20%, as it did in 1980. Increasing interest rates to that level would have a devastating impact on business, real estate, the stock market and the entire economy. The annual inflation rate reached a 13-year high of 5.4% in June and July, followed by a slight decrease to 5.3% in August. Like high interest rates, high inflation would be an economic wrecking ball, reducing the purchasing power of both consumers and businesses. More recently, both parties have been negotiating a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and Democrats have proposed an additional $3.5 trillion spending bill for entitlements.
October 03, 2021 10:07 UTC
This is one of those nights, a one-timer, a first-timer, returning Tom Brady to Gillette Stadium as someone other than the six-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback of the Patriots. Oh right, that would be Tom Brady. Or did Bill Belichick think, you know, Brady no longer could lead a team to the Super Bowl? A Patriots game against Tampa Bay historically produced tepid interest. One thing’s for certain, echoing the words of Louis Pasteur, “chance favors the prepared.” Tom Brady may have been stung by his Foxborough departure, but in its aftermath he was prepared.
October 03, 2021 08:48 UTC
MetroWest Daily NewsDanny Smith was recently hired as director of strategic markets at Ti-SALES, a Sudbury-based distributor of water and wastewater solutions. Smith brings more than 30 years of experience in the water and wastewater industry. His expertise with chemical feed and monitoring equipment will help Ti-SALES continue to be a strong resource for municipal water and wastewater customers. ****Emily Neill, of Natick, and Josh Levy, of Westwood, were recently selected co-chairs of the Board of Advisors at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Hicks brings more than 30 years of medical device experience with an established track record of success in commercialization, operations and creating shareholder value.
October 03, 2021 08:37 UTC
(Reuters) – World number two Aryna Sabalenka will not play at the Indian Wells tournament after testing positive for COVID-19, the 23-year-old said. Sabalenka, who lost to Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez in the U.S. Open semifinal last month, was the top seed in the women’s draw at the Indian Wells after world number one Ash Barty pulled out https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/barty-withdraws-indian-wells-2021-09-27 from the WTA 1000 event near Los Angeles. “Unfortunately I’ve tested positive at Indian Wells and won’t be able to compete,” Belarusian Sabalenka wrote on her Instagram story on Saturday. “I’ve started my isolation and I’ll be staying here until I’m cleared by the doctors and health officials. Sabalenka has already qualified for the season-ending WTA Finals, contested by the world’s top eight singles players and eight doubles teams, which will be held next month in Guadalajara, Mexico.
October 03, 2021 02:41 UTC
SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Keno scored late in the second half for Atletico Mineiro to give the Belo Horizonte side a 1-0 win over Internacional and help them extend their lead at the top of Brazil’s Serie A to 11 points. Just four days after they were knocked out the Copa Libertadores at the semi-final stage, Atletico bounced back with substitute Keno’s 78th minute goal the difference between the sides. Internacional had the better of the early exchanges, forcing keeper Everson into three excellent saves, and they will consider themselves unlucky to lose their first match in nine. The win takes Atletico on to 49 points, 11 ahead of second-placed Palmeiras, who are at home to Juventude on Sunday. (Reporting by Andrew Downie; Editing by Michael Perry)
October 03, 2021 02:03 UTC
UPTON — Over the summer, the Nipmuc football team got a little visit from one of its former stars. Saturday unfortunately wasn't any different for the Warriors as Nipmuc's comeback attempt came up short, falling to the Woolies 35-27. A lot of that growth and maturation and improvement from Clark, Tupper thinks, goes back to his time over the summer working with Dishington. "Judah was with us for most of the summer," Tupper said. While the offseason work has helped some this season, Clark knows that there is still plenty more to work on.
October 03, 2021 00:56 UTC
2 seed Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium rallied for a 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 win Saturday over top seed and home favorite Yulia Putintseva in the Astana Open final in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. Van Uytvanck improved to 5-0 in her career in WTA finals and defeated Putintseva for the first time in their five head-to-head meetings. Putintseva jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the deciding set, but Van Uytvanck broke her serve in three of last four opportunities in the two-hour, 20-minute match. Jabeur advanced with a 6-4, 3-2 win over fifth-seeded Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan in one semifinal and will be looking for her second career title. Muguruza is playing in her fourth final of the season — she is 1-2 with the win coming in Dubai — and is aiming to win her ninth career title.
October 02, 2021 22:52 UTC
A proposal for a three-line underground metro system with 25 stations around Malta was unveiled by the government on Saturday. The network would cost around €6.2 billion and take 15 to 20 years to build, according to studies by London-based consultants Arup Group. He said the proposed system would address the urgent need to reduce traffic congestion in Malta. The proposed system would therefore reduce Malta's carbon footprint and promote a healthier lifestyle with more physical activity, as well as increasing personal leisure time. "We continue to believe that efficient and affordable mass transport is a must for Malta.
October 02, 2021 16:16 UTC
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Petrobras Chief Executive Officer Joaquim Silva e Luna said there was “zero” risk that the state-run Brazilian oil company would seek to artificially control fuel prices even amid growing public outrage over inflation. Petrobras this week raised diesel prices by about 9%, its first such hike in 85 days. “There is no chance of this [controlling prices] happening,” Luna said in a phone interview late on Friday. Lula said President Jair Bolsonaro, Mines and Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque and Economy Minister Paulo Guedes are convinced that artificially controlling prices would be detrimental to Petrobras. Oil prices are likely to rise in the final quarter, driven by demand for fuel derivatives in the Northern Hemisphere, and domestic price adjustments will largely depend on the exchange rate.
October 02, 2021 15:33 UTC
MOSCOW (Reuters) – All the barriers to register Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine with the World Health Organization (WHO) have been cleared and only some paperwork remains to be completed, Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said on Saturday. The Sputnik V shot, widely used in Russia and approved for use in over 70 countries, is undergoing a review by the WHO and the European Medicines Agency (EMA). “Russia’s position on promotion and registration of the Sputnik V vaccine was heard, we have removed all the questions for today,” Murashko was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency. He said that the company which is dealing with Sputnik V registration at WHO only “has to sign a few documents, submit a few additional papers”. The WHO said in July its review of how Russia produces the Sputnik V vaccine had found some issues with the filling of vials at one plant.
October 02, 2021 14:37 UTC