Archive for 2016

Bill Gates says world more vulnerable to flu epidemic

  • 31 December 2016 - 22:36
Bill Gates says world more vulnerable to flu epidemic

BBC - Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates says he is crossing his fingers that a deadly flu epidemic does not strike in the next 10 years because the world is "a bit vulnerable right now". Mr Gates, whose foundation invests in improving global healthcare, said the Ebola and Zika crises...

Serena Williams engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian

  • 31 December 2016 - 21:26
Serena Williams engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian

BBC - Serena Williams has used the social media platform Reddit to announce that she is engaged to its co-founder, Alexis Ohanian. The tennis star made the announcement in the form of a poem. She said he took her to Rome, where they first met, to propose to her - and she said...

Twin IS bombings kill at least 28 people in Iraqi capital, Baghdad

  • 31 December 2016 - 21:17
Twin IS bombings kill at least 28 people in Iraqi capital, Baghdad

BBC - At least 28 people have died in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, in a double bombing claimed by so-called Islamic State (IS). The explosions happened one after another in the busy al-Sinak market. More than 50 people were injured. Police said a roadside bomb exploded near a car spare...

UN Security Council endorses Syria ceasefire deal unanimously

  • 31 December 2016 - 21:07
UN Security Council endorses Syria ceasefire deal unanimously

BBC - The UN Security Council has unanimously endorsed a ceasefire deal in Syria led by Turkey and Russia, as well as plans for fresh peace talks next month. The resolution, drafted by Russia, also calls for rapid access for humanitarian aid to be delivered across the country. The...

Gaddafi wanted to pay IRA $50 million to assassinate British PM Thatcher

  • 31 December 2016 - 19:56
Gaddafi wanted to pay IRA $50 million to assassinate British PM Thatcher

RT- A senior Libyan official voiced a proposal to give the the Irish Republican Army (IRA) $50 million to murder then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, according to a newly-released Irish state document from 1986. The document details an Irish ambassador’s account of an “urgent”...

Over 159 Mali nationals deported home from Libyan by IOM

  • 31 December 2016 - 19:53
Over 159 Mali nationals deported home from Libyan by IOM

Dozens of Malian migrants kept locked up in Libyan jails after failing to make it onto boats bound for Europe have arrived home, with some reporting maltreatment by authorities in the unstable north African nation, AFP reported. The group of 159 Malians including several children arrived in...

GNA and CBL agree to coordinate to overcome economic downslide

  • 31 December 2016 - 19:48
GNA and CBL agree to coordinate to overcome economic downslide

The Middle East Monitor - Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) and central bank in Tripoli say they have agreed to work together to tackle urgent economic problems in 2017, creating a potential lifeline for the UN-backed GNA. The government has struggled to extend its authority...

Former Greek Ambassador to Libya dies in Brazil

  • 31 December 2016 - 19:41
Former Greek Ambassador to Libya dies in Brazil

Brazilian police suspect a body discovered inside a charred vehicle in Rio de Janeiro is Greece’s ambassador to Brazil who went missing three days ago, television channel Globo reported on Thursday. A police spokesman could not be immediately reached for comment. Ambassador Kyriakos...

Turkish new line of policy brings about ceasefire in Syria

  • 31 December 2016 - 19:36
Turkish new line of policy brings about ceasefire in Syria

BBC - If the ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey holds, it will be welcomed by most people in Syria - but the odds seem stacked against it. Several previous ceasefires have collapsed, and new clashes have already broken out in several parts of the country amidst sharp differences in...

Putin refuses to go tit-for-tat with US regarding diplomats expulsion

  • 31 December 2016 - 19:34
Putin refuses to go tit-for-tat with US regarding diplomats expulsion

BBC - Russian President Vladimir Putin has ruled out a tit-for-tat response after the US expelled 35 Russian diplomats amid a row over hacking. He said Russia would not "stoop" to the level of "irresponsible diplomacy" but would work to restore ties with the US under President-elect Donald...