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OPEC, non-OPEC agree first global oil pact

BBC Online OPEC and non-OPEC producers on Saturday reached their first deal since 2001 to curtail oil output jointly and ease a global glut after more than two years of low prices that overstretched many budgets and spurred unrest in some countries.  With the deal finally signed after almost a year of arguing within the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting ... Read More »

Twin bombing outside Istanbul soccer stadium kills 29, hurts 166

Two bombs exploded less than a minute apart, killing 29 people and wounding 166 outside a football stadium in Istanbul on Saturday night, in a co-ordinated attack on police shortly after a match between two of Turkey’s top teams, reports  First a car bomb exploded outside the Vodafone Arena, home to Istanbul’s Besiktas football team, leaving flaming wreckage on ... Read More »

Obama orders ‘full review’ of 2016 election cyber attacks

AFP, Washington, USA President Barack Obama has ordered a review of all cyber attacks that took place during the 2016 election cycle, the White House said Friday as concerns over Russian interference mount. White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said Obama called for the review earlier this week, amid growing calls from Congress for more information on the extent ... Read More »

Trump to pick Obama climate agenda foe to run EPA

Reuters, Washington Donald Trump will name Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, an ardent opponent of President Barack Obama’s measures to curb climate change, as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, a Trump transition team official said on Wednesday, a choice that enraged green activists and cheered the oil industry. Trump’s choice of Pruitt fits neatly with the Republican president-elect’s promise ... Read More »

PIA aircraft with 47 passengers crashes

           International Desk A Pakistani plane carrying 47 people crashed Wednesday on a domestic flight from the mountainous northern city of Chitral to Islamabad, aviation authorities said. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Flight PK661 crashed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the civil aviation authority told AFP. An earlier airline statement said the ATR-42 turboprop aircraft had lost contact ... Read More »

Air Force One Boeing order should be cancelled: Trump

  US President-elect Donald Trump has said he wants to cut government costs by cancelling the order for new planes to carry the American president. Six weeks ahead of taking office, he tweeted: “Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!” The government ... Read More »

18 dead, dozens feared trapped in Indonesia quake

At least 18 people died and dozens were feared trapped in rubble after a strong earthquake struck off Aceh province on Indonesia’s Sumatra island on Wednesday, officials said, reports BBC Online “Eighteen have died so far, based on data from the hospital. Some of the fatalities are children,” Said Mulyadi, deputy district chief of Pidie Jaya, the region hit hardest ... Read More »

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa passes away

The chief minister of India’s Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalithaa, who is Amma to many in India, has died in a Chennai hospital on Monday, nearly three months after she was admitted there. She was 68, reports NDTV, reprots Jayalalithaa had a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening and was rushed back to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Barely two weeks ... Read More »

Trump rants against China in Twitter outburst

BBC Online US President-elect Donald Trump has posted a series of tweets criticising China for its monetary policy and its operations in the South China Sea. “Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency” and “build a massive military complex?” he asked. “I don’t think so!” Last week Mr Trump risked a diplomatic rift with China ... Read More »

New Zealand PM Key announces surprise resignation

International Desk New Zealand Prime Minister John Key unexpectedly announced his resignation on Monday, saying it was the “right time” to leave politics after more than eight years in power. Key said he had no immediate future plans, but told reporters he would stay in parliament long enough to avoid a by-election for his seat. “There is no way I ... Read More »