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Crude prices rise ahead of New Year

Global crude prices have edged up ahead of the New Year with the markets waiting to see how OPEC’s planned output cuts will affect prices in 2017. Brent crude, used to price international oils, advanced to 55 dollars and 52cents a barrel. U-S West Texas Intermediate also reached over 53 ...

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Israelis and Palestinians react to John Kerry’s speech

See Also: John Kerry full speech in Washington, DC>> Here Residents of Israel and Palestine have expressed their thoughts on US Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks and the UN’s recent resolution to stop Israel building settlements in occupied areas. Kerry issued a stern rebuke on Wednesday over Israeli settlements ...

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Turkey expects a truce plan for Syria before new year

Turkish Foreign Ministry has said that the country aims to establish a ceasefire in Syria before the start of the new year but it would not hold talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Incoming UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has hoped that Washington and Moscow can overcome their differences to help ...

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Homeless Iranians find shelter from cold in empty graves

A series of dramatic photographs showing homeless people sheltering from the winter cold in a graveyard near Tehran is stirring emotions in Iran. According to one local newspaper, over 50 people are living among empty graves in a cemetery located in Shahriar suburb, near the capital. Local charities have been ...

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Hong Kong: Iconic street fabric market to close

An iconic market in Hong Kong is winding as the government prepares to shut it down. Authorities have been trying to demolish the Yen Chow fabric market since 2000. Now, after protests, the clearance is finally going ahead. The city’s last fabric market has been an inspiration to young designers ...

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Israel: UN resolution ‘declaration of war’

Earlier: The UN Security Council with 14 of 15 members voting in favor has passed a resolution demanding an end to the construction of Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian territories. The resolution was introduced to the UNSC by New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela and Senegal. The resolution has been drafted by ...

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