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Oil prices gain on OPEC’s cut deal

Oil prices climbed by one per cent yesterday following supply cuts led by Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Russia, although a darkening economic outlook capped gains.
Al Jazeera correspondent Asad Hashim has been named the winner of the 2018 Agence France-Presse Kate Webb Prize for his coverage of the plight of ethnic Pashtuns and blasphemy issues in his native Pakistan.

Al Jazeera’s Asad Hashim wins AFP’s Kate Webb Prize

Al Jazeera correspondent Asad Hashim has been named the winner of the 2018 Agence France-Presse Kate Webb Prize for his coverage of the plight of ethnic Pashtuns and blasphemy issues in his native Pakistan.

Asian Cup: Son Heung-min may need a rest – South Korea coach

South Korea’s coach warned that Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-min may have to be eased in gently when he arrived for the Asian Cup after a frantic few months for club and country.

Afolabi Olufemi named acting NUPENG general secretary

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers on Friday confirmed Afolabi Olufemi as its Acting General Secretary.
Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun says she was stopped by Saudi and Kuwaiti officials while in transit at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok. AFP-Getty Images

Saudi asylum seeker in Thailand deletes Twitter account over ‘death threats’

The 18-year-old Saudi asylum seeker who fled her family to Thailand and harnessed the power of Twitter to stave off deportation on Friday abruptly suspended her account, with friends saying she had received death threats.
Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun says she was stopped by Saudi and Kuwaiti officials while in transit at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok. AFP-Getty Images

Court rejects bid to block deportation of Saudi woman

A Thai court Monday rejected an attempt to block the deportation of a Saudi woman who made a desperate plea for asylum, saying she feared for her life after escaping an abusive family.
A Saudi woman was stopped by Saudi and Kuwaiti officials when she landed in Bangkok's airport and her travel document was forcibly taken from her [Romeo Gacad-AFP-Getty Images]

Saudi woman held at Bangkok airport fears death if repatriated

A Saudi woman held at Bangkok airport said she would be killed if she is repatriated by Thai immigration officials, who have confirmed the 18-year-old was denied entry to the country.
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Qatar Airways buys 5 per cent stake in China Southern Airlines

Qatar Airways said on Wednesday that it had acquired a five per cent stake in China Southern Airlines, as it seeks to establish itself in the Asian aviation market.
People walk past an Apple store in Beijing on December 11, 2018. – Apple stores in China continued with business as usual on December 11, despite a Chinese court-ordered ban on iPhone sales that could hurt the US tech firm in one of its most crucial markets. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

Apple cuts revenue forecast on weak China sales

Apple Inc on Wednesday took the rare step of cutting its quarterly sales forecast, with Chief Executive Tim Cook blaming slowing iPhone sales in China, whose economy has been dragged down by uncertainty around U.S.-China trade relations.
Uhuru Kenyatta

Uhuru Kenyatta: China not taking over Mombasa port

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said the rumoured takeover of the Mombasa Port by China is pure propaganda.
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Dell returns to public markets after six years

Dell returned to public markets on Friday, nearly six years after the company’s founder and Chief Executive Officer Michael Dell took it private in what was then the biggest buyout since the financial crisis of 2008.

10 same-sex couples to sue Japanese government over marriage equality

Ten same-sex couples will jointly file a suit against the government next February for not recognizing marriage equality, their lawyers said Friday.

Police arrest six for killing, eating monkey

The trafficking and consumption of rare and endangered species are widespread in Vietnam as many still believe in the healing and medicinal qualities of the animals’ body parts.
Gavin Williamson

Britain voices ‘grave’ concerns over China’s Huawei

British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has warned of his “very deep concerns” about Chinese technology giant Huawei being involved in the use of 5G on Britain’s mobile network, The Times reported Thursday.
FILE: Medical marijuana plants under lighting in a grow house. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

Thailand approves medical marijuana

Thailand’s interim parliament voted to allow the use of medical cannabis, one of the senators who worked on the bill told CNN on Tuesday. Recreational use of the drug remains illegal.
An Indonesian soldier (C) stands amonst debris in Carita, Banten province on December 24, 2018, two days after a tsunami – caused by activity at a volcano known as the “child” of Krakatoa – hit the west coast of Indonesia’s Java island. – The death toll from the volcano-triggered tsunami in Indonesia has risen to 281, with more than 1,000 people injured, the national disaster agency said on December 24, as the desperate search for survivors ramped up. (Photo by ADEK BERRY / AFP)

Indonesia rescuers scramble to reach isolated tsunami-struck towns

Indonesian search and rescue teams Wednesday plucked stranded residents from remote islands and pushed into isolated communities desperate for aid in the aftermath of a volcano-triggered tsunami that killed over 400.
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Drug smugglers caught with $195 million heroin

Nearly half a tonne of heroin from Southeast Asia was seized in Taiwan moments after a drug smuggling gang using diving equipment brought the shipment to shore, officials announced Wednesday.
New legislation regulating print and online media alarmed press freedom advocates, who fear it will grant authorities censorship tools [K.M.Chaudary-AP]

Pakistan’s journalists complain of increasing censorship

Pakistani journalists, who have taken on military leaders and been beaten and jailed in the pursuit of a free press, say they now face a form of censorship that is more subtle but no less chilling, one spearheaded by the security services.

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Ethiopia has deployed soldiers against an armed faction of a recently-legalised opposition group that is robbing banks and attacking residents in the country’s remote west, the government said Wednesday.

Ethiopia deploys military against armed opposition faction

Ethiopia has deployed soldiers against an armed faction of a recently-legalised opposition group that is robbing banks and attacking residents in the country’s remote west, the government said Wednesday.

Chelsea to offer role to Petr Cech after retirement

Chelsea are open to offering former goalkeeper Petr Cech a role at the club after he retires from playing at the end of the season.

AGF orders freezing of Justice Onnoghen’s accounts

The Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation has asked the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit to freeze the bank accounts of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

VP Osinbajo: Atiku Abubakar, PDP have always opposed restructuring

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate in February 16 presidential election, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku have always opposed restructuring of the country.
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Oby Ezekwesili: APC, PDP playing politics with Nigerians’ plight

The presidential candidate of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, has again taken a swipe at both the ruling All Progressive Congress, (APC), and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), of playing politics with the plight of the Nigerian people, lamenting that Nigeria was now known as “the world capital of poverty.”