By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) – The Iraqi government’s assault to retake the city of Mosul could take months, prompting more and more civilians to try to flee to avoid being trapped between frontlines, a senior official of the International Committee of the Red Cross told Reuters. A growing number of wounded, more than 100 on some days, are emerging from rural areas surrounding the city of one million that is held by Islamic State forces, said Dominik Stillhart, director of ICRC operations worldwide. “What we see now on the ground is indeed that the fight in Mosul is not just going to stop anytime soon because the resistance is very strong,” Stillhart, back from visiting Iraq, said in an interview on Thursday at ICRC headquarters in Geneva.
Syria’s pro-regime Grand Mufti Ahmed Badreddin Hassoun on Thursday rejected claims he had encouraged terrorism in Europe, during a rare visit outside Syria that has triggered outrage from rights groups. “They say that I said I will send terrorists to Europe to kill themselves. “I said, don’t bombard Syria or Lebanon.
Bahraini authorities have put a prominent human rights lawyer on trial for charges that include insulting state institutions, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday, in a further crackdown on dissent. The New York-based rights group said that Mohammed al-Tajer, who has defended opposition figures and rights activists involved in 2011 pro-democracy protests, was questioned by the public prosecutor on Nov. 10 for inciting hatred of a religious sect and misusing a telecommunications appliance. Public prosecutors had cited a private WhatsApp voice message sent in early 2016 in which 50-year-old al-Tajer said that the country’s public prosecution was employing surveillance teams to intercept “every word about Sunnis, Saudi Arabia, hatred of the regime, or insults against the king”, HRW quoted his lawyer as saying.
A leading minister called Mahmud Abbas Israel’s top ideological enemy on Thursday after the Palestinian president suggested he could withdraw recognition if progress was not made towards peace. “Abu Mazen talks about stopping recognising Israel — he never really recognised Israel’s right to exist and the Jewish people’s right to a state of their own,” Steinitz told army radio, referring to Abbas.
30 ألف شخص تلقوا مساعدات بعد فرارهم من الجزء الشرقي المحاصر من حلب خلال الأيام الماضية، وبهذا يبلغ عدد النازحين في المدينة 400 ألف شخص، بحسب ما ذكره مبعوث الأمم المتحدة الخاص، ستيفان دي ميستورا.
“The cut by OPEC will be largely offset by increases in U.S. production where the rig count has already increased,” said India Oil Corp’s Director of Finance A K Sharma. Higher oil prices and lower production costs are encouraging U.S. shale operators to increase output, while Kazakhstan started production at the Kashagan field in October. Traders said the extent of the impact of the output deal will also depend on how it affects exports from Saudi Arabia and other OPEC members.
He will oversee the entire culinary and F&B operation of the property, including six restaurants and bars, as well as banquet facilities
Kuwait’s economic lift-off seems more imminent
After years of subdued investor interest and muted stock market performance, signs of optimism are finally emerging in Kuwait. A reform-ready government with the determination and ability to spend, attractively priced stocks and aspirations to join the …