Daily Archive: February 10, 2017

Feb
10

Islamic State fighter is first Australian stripped of citizenship: report

Australian Islamic State fighter Khaled Sharrouf has become the country’s first dual nationality individual to be stripped of Australian citizenship under anti-terrorism laws, the Australian newspaper said on Saturday. Australia, a staunch ally of the United States and its battle against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria, is on alert for attacks by radicalized Muslims, including home-grown militants returning from fighting in the Middle East.

Feb
10

Trump envoy blocks ex-Palestinian PM from UN job ‘to support Israel’

Nikki Haley, US ambassador to United Nations, rejects choice of Salam Fayyad as Libya peace broker and declares UN ‘biased to the detriment of our allies’

The United States has blocked the appointment of the former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad as UN envoy to Libya.

Donald Trump’s UN ambassador, Nikki Haley, said in a statement that she did not “support the signal this appointment would send within the United Nations” where the state of Palestine does not have full membership.

Related: UN envoy Nikki Haley pledges to ‘take names’ of those who don’t support US

Related: US-backed Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad resigns

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Feb
10

Australian sheep farmers feel benefit as China flocks to buy wares

Good times return for merino wool as global demand booms

Feb
10

UN chief says ‘determined’ for success in Cyprus talks

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres delivers a speech during a press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim (unseen) on February 10, 2017 in IstanbulUN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Friday he was “determined” to do his best to facilitate a deal to reunify the divided Mediterranean island of Cyprus, declaring himself neither optimistic nor pessimistic of success. Guterres met with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in Istanbul for talks aimed at pushing for progress in reaching a Cyprus settlement, ahead of a whirlwind tour of five Arab countries. Asked about chances of success in solving the Cyprus problem, Guterres said: “I am not optimistic, I am not pessimistic.


Feb
10

Pressure on Greece eases after debt partners meet

Negotiators try to bridge differences over Athens bailout

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