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Australia reduces national terrorism threat to ‘possible’
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Australia reduces national terrorism threat to ‘possible’

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s terrorism threat level has been downgraded from “probable” to “possible” for the first time since 2014, the head of the main domestic spy agency said Monday.The defeat of the Islamic State group in battle in the Middle East and an ineffective al-Qaida propaganda machine failing to connect with Western youth has resulted in fewer extremists in Australia, Australian Security Intelligence Organization Director-General Mike Burgess said.“This does not mean the threat is extinguished,” Burgess said.“It remains plausible that someone will die at the hands of a terrorist in Australia within the next 12 months,” he added.However, there have been increases in radical nationalism and right-wing extremist ideology in Australia in the past couple of years, Bur...
Which EU politicians refused to label Russia a sponsor of terror? | Russia-Ukraine war News
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Which EU politicians refused to label Russia a sponsor of terror? | Russia-Ukraine war News

Many on the far right and some on the left rejected the symbolic move to declare Moscow as a terrorist regime.The European Parliament on Wednesday adopted a resolution declaring Russia a state “sponsor of terrorism” over its war in Ukraine. “The deliberate attacks and atrocities committed by Russian forces and their proxies against civilians in Ukraine, the destruction of civilian infrastructure and other serious violations of international and humanitarian law amount to acts of terror and constitute war crimes,” the European Parliament said. In total, 494 members of the European Parliament (MEPS) voted in favour of the resolution, 58 were against and 44 abstained. The largely symbolic move is unlikely to make an impact, because the European Union – unlike the United States – does not ...
England wary of World Cup upset against US
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England wary of World Cup upset against US

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — England scored six goals in its opening World Cup game against Iran, but it was the two it conceded that concern coach Gareth Southgate and provide hope for the United States.“By the end we looked sloppy,” said Southgate of the 6-2 win over Iran on Monday. He also warned the U.S. would be coming “full-throttle” in Friday’s Group B match. The tournament has already produced some shocking results, including Saudi Arabia’s win against Argentina and Japan’s upset over Germany.A win for the U.S. over England would not be on the scale of Saudi Arabia’s win - but Gregg Berhalter’s team is undoubtedly the underdog against one of the tournament favorites. The two goals conceded against Iran gave Southgate something to focus on in an otherwise encouraging performance. His messa...
Turkish Air Strikes in Syria Threatened Safety of U.S. Personnel -Pentagon
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Turkish Air Strikes in Syria Threatened Safety of U.S. Personnel -Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Turkish air strikes in northern Syria threatened the safety of U.S. military personnel and the escalating situation jeopardized years of progress against Islamic State militants, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.The public comments represent the strongest condemnation by the United States of NATO-ally Turkey's air operations in recent days against a Kurdish militia in northern Syria to date."Recent air strikes in Syria directly threatened the safety of U.S. personnel who are working in Syria with local partners to defeat ISIS and maintain custody of more than ten thousand ISIS detainees," the Pentagon's spokesman, Air Force Brigadier General Pat Ryder, said in a statement.Ryder said the escalating situation threatened the progress made in the fight against Islamic St...
Five Lessons Learned From Five Years In Business
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Five Lessons Learned From Five Years In Business

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. You're reading Entrepreneur Middle East, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media. This article was co-written with Zainab Imichi Alhassan Alli, co-founder, POP Communications. POP Communications POP Communications co-founders Sarah Curtis and Zainab Imichi 2022 marks five years since we launched Dubai-based social media, public relations, and influencer marketing agency POP Communications. And while POP might have officially come into being in August 2017, planning the business framework and brand vision was something we started a couple of years prior. The two of us always envisioned working for ourselves, but we a...
Zelenskiy Warns of More Attacks on Energy Infrastructure
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Zelenskiy Warns of More Attacks on Energy Infrastructure

(Reuters) - Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy warned against more potential Russian attacks on energy infrastructure, while the mayor of Kyiv urged residents to consider preparing to leave temporarily if the capital lost water and power supplies.* U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan has held undisclosed talks with top Russian officials in hopes of reducing the risk the war in Ukraine spills over or escalates into a nuclear conflict, the Wall Street Journal said.* President Joe Biden's administration is privately encouraging Ukraine’s leaders to signal an openness to negotiate with Russia and drop their public refusal to engage in peace talks unless President Vladimir Putin is removed from power, the Washington Post said.* German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, under fire for a Fr...
Seven Ships Carrying Ukrainian Food Leave Black Sea Ports on Thursday
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Seven Ships Carrying Ukrainian Food Leave Black Sea Ports on Thursday

KYIV (Reuters) - Seven ships carrying agricultural products left Ukrainian Black Sea ports on Thursday, a day after the resumption of a grain deal aimed at delivering Ukrainian food to foreign markets, the infrastructure ministry said.The vessels were loaded with 290,000 tonnes of food products and were headed towards European and Asian countries, the ministry said in a statement without elaborating.(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; editing by Tom Balmforth)Copyright 2022 Thomson Reuters.Political Cartoons on World Leaders Source link
Netanyahu Comeback Dominates Israel Election ‘All About Bibi’
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Netanyahu Comeback Dominates Israel Election ‘All About Bibi’

RAMLA, Israel (Reuters) - At a dead-end road in a crime-hit town in central Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu stands on a mobile stage enclosed by a glass wall, pledging through a window to restore law and order as the crowd chants "Bibi the king."Israel's longest-serving prime minister and the most dominant and polarizing political figure of his generation is back on the campaign trail as Israelis prepare to vote on Nov. 1 in their fifth national election in less than four years.His Likud party is expected to win the largest bloc of seats in the Knesset. But with corruption charges hanging over him and criticism mounting over his links to a rapidly growing far-right party he may depend on to form a government, surveys predict there will be no knock-out victory.For weeks, his "Bibi-bus" has be...
In Syrian North, Women Protest Over Death of Iran’s Amini
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In Syrian North, Women Protest Over Death of Iran’s Amini

QAMISHLI, Syria (Reuters) - Hundreds of women protested in Kurdish-controlled northern Syria on Monday over the death of an Iranian Kurdish woman in the custody of Iran's morality police, with some cutting their hair and burning headscarves in an echo of demonstrations in Iran.Mahsa Amini, 22, died earlier this month after being arrested in Tehran by police enforcing the Islamic Republic's strict restrictions on women's dress. Her death has touched off Iran's biggest unrest since 2019.Protesters held aloft pictures of Amini as they marched through a street in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli."She was subjected to brutal treatment by the Iranian tyrants. We don't accept this insult to any woman in society," said Sawsan Hussein, 52, an employee of the Kurdish-led administration wh...
Russia Releases U.S. Citizens Alexander Drueke and Andy Huynh in Prisoner Exchange -Family Representative
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Russia Releases U.S. Citizens Alexander Drueke and Andy Huynh in Prisoner Exchange -Family Representative

(Reuters) - Russia has released U.S. citizens Alexander Drueke, 39, and Andy Huynh, 27, in a prisoner exchange deal brokered by Saudi Arabia, a family representative told Reuters on Wednesday.The pair, both from Alabama, were captured in June while fighting in eastern Ukraine where they went to support Ukrainian troops resisting Russia's invasion.(Reporting by Reuters; Editing by Chris Reese)Copyright 2022 Thomson Reuters.Political Cartoons on World Leaders Source link