Day: December 16, 2020

‘France covering up UAE crimes at secret Yemen prison’

December 16, 2020

A member of the French Parliament on Wednesday accused Emmanuel Macron’s government of covering up crimes committed by the UAE at a factory in Yemen used as a secret prison.   “How long will you continue to lie?” lawmaker Clementine Autain asked Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Defense Minister Florence Parly during a speech […]

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US: Pompeo in quarantine after COVID-19 exposure

December 16, 2020

  US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in quarantine in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines after being exposed to COVID-19, said the State Department Wednesday.   “Secretary Pompeo has been identified as having come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID,” said Spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus in a […]

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Pakistan opposes US sanctions against Turkey

December 16, 2020

Pakistan on Wednesday voiced opposition to the US’ recent unilateral sanctions against Turkey, joining a growing chorus of criticism over Washington’s controversial move.   “Pakistan is deeply concerned on the imposition of sanctions on Turkey by the United States,” said a statement from the Foreign Ministry, adding that Islamabad remains opposed to the use of […]

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Chile approves Pfizer vaccine for emergency use

December 16, 2020

The Chilean Public Health Institute authorized on Wednesday the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for emergency use.   Chile becomes the first South American country to approve the vaccine, which will be applied to the population aged 16 and older.   The agency said “Chile is prepared to receive the Pfizer vaccine” to help stop the spread […]

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Facebook under fire globally for misusing user data

December 16, 2020

The world’s largest social media platform Facebook is under fire from a number of countries for misusing its user data and acquiring other small firms that could later become a competitor against its hegemony.   Australia’s Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) sued Facebook on Wednesday for using the Onavo Protect VPN app in 2016 and […]

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Confidence in Turkish assets up as risk premium falls

December 16, 2020

Turkey’s risk premium in international markets saw a significant fall as the country returned to orthodox economy policies.   With the change in economic management and the reform process initiated by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the country’s five-year Credit Default Swaps (CDS), which is one of the main indicators of risk premium, declined by 194 […]

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HRW accuses Saudis of inhuman treatment to migrants

December 16, 2020

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday accused the Saudi authorities of holding hundreds of migrants in an inhuman conditions amid no procedures to protect them from the coronavirus pandemic.   According to a report released by the US-based HRW, the migrants were held in tiny overcrowded rooms for extended periods as well as many of […]

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UK: Christmas household gatherings to go ahead

December 16, 2020

Three UK households will be able to mix for five days over the Christmas period, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday, warning Britons to have as small gathering as possible and take personal responsibility.   Speaking at a press conference at Downing Street alongside the government’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty, Johnson said there […]

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