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Qatar's ruler, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, gives a speech to the Shura Council in Doha, Qatar, November 3, 2020. Qatar News Agency/Handout via REUTERSDOHA, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Qatar's ruling emir on Tuesday warned the Gulf state against excessive tribalism he said endangered national unity, proposing a plan to promote equal citizenship through changes to legislation that has inflamed tribal sensitivities. Qatar is gearing up to host the World Cup soccer tournament next year and hopes to see 1.2 million fans visit the conservative Gulf state during the 28-day tournament. Sheikh Tamim said the event would enhance Qatar's global status and "demonstrate the openness and tolerance of the hospitable Qatari people". He also stressed the need to reduce "excessive dependence on the state" in a wide-ranging speech that touched on Qatar's gas output expansion plans and economic diversification efforts.
Persons: Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, Qataris, Thani, Sheikh Tamim, Andrew Mills, Ghaida Ghantous, William Maclean Organizations: Shura Council, Qatar News Agency, Handout, REUTERS DOHA, Doha, Thomson Locations: Thani, Doha, Qatar, Gulf, Kuwait
Fitch places credit ratings of Qatari banks on negative watch
  + stars: | 2021-10-25 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
Qatar Islamic bank is pictured in Doha, Qatar, June 11, 2017. REUTERS/Naseem ZeitoonDUBAI, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Credit ratings agency Fitch Ratings indicated on Monday it could cut the ratings of all banks in Qatar, saying it was concerned over the sector's increasing reliance on external funding and a recent rapid growth in assets. Fitch placed Doha Bank (DOBK.QA), Al Khalij Commercial Bank (KCBK.QA) Qatar Islamic Bank (QISB.QA) and Dukhan Bank on "ratings watch negative", meaning it sees a greater potential for a downgrade in their ratings. It also added Qatar National Bank (QNBK.QA), Commercial Bank (COMB.QA), Ahli Bank (AABQ.QA) and Qatar International Islamic Bank (QIIB.QA) on negative watch. Foreign assets were "broadly stable" and the banking sector's net external debt was $133 billion, representing 82% of expected gross domestic product (GDP) this year, it said.
Persons: Naseem Zeitoon DUBAI, Fitch, Hadeel Al Sayegh, Kirsten Donovan, Susan Fenton, Paul Simao Organizations: REUTERS, Fitch, Doha Bank, Al, Commercial Bank, Qatar Islamic Bank, Dukhan Bank, Qatar National Bank, Ahli Bank, Qatar International Islamic Bank, Thomson Locations: Qatar, Doha, Ahli
Olympic sprinter Alex Quiñónez fatally shot in Ecuador
  + stars: | 2021-10-25 | by ( ) www.nbcnews.com   time to read: +2 min
GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador — Ecuadorian sprinter Alex Quiñónez was fatally shot in the port city of Guayaquil, police said Saturday. Guayaquil-based newspaper El Universo reported that Quiñónez was fatally shot on a street in the northwest section of the city around 9:20 p.m. Friday and that another man was also killed. Ecuador President Guillermo Lasso vowed in a statement on Saturday that the slaying “will not go unpunished.”Quiñónez’s death was also confirmed by the Ecuadorian Olympic Committee Olympic Committee in a statement on Saturday. It said the circumstances of his death “have not yet been clarified.”Relatives mourn next to Alex Quiñonez' coffin at a funeral home in southern Guayaquil, Ecuador, on Oct. 23, 2021. His loss leaves us with pain in our chests.”Guayaquil and other parts of Ecuador have been struggling with high levels of crime.
Persons: Alex Quiñónez, Quiñónez, Usain Bolt, Guillermo Lasso, , Alex Quiñonez, Fernando Mendez, Andrea Sotomayor, Sotomayor, Álex Quiñónez, Lasso Organizations: London Games, El Universo, Ecuadorian Olympic, AFP, Getty, Ecuadorian Olympic Committee, Sport Locations: GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador, Ecuadorian, Guayaquil, Doha
Fitch places credit ratings of 4 Qatari banks on negative watch
  + stars: | 2021-10-25 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
REUTERS/Naseem ZeitoonDUBAI, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Credit ratings agency Fitch Ratings indicated on Monday it could cut the ratings of four banks in Qatar, saying it was concerned over the sector's increasing reliance on external funding and a recent rapid growth in assets. Fitch placed Doha Bank (DOBK.QA), Al Khalij Commercial Bank (KCBK.QA) Qatar Islamic Bank (QISB.QA) and Dukhan Bank on "ratings watch negative", meaning it sees a greater potential for a downgrade in their ratings. The Qatari banks' reliance on "external funding, coupled with the large size of the banking system, could have moderately weakened the authorities' ability to support the banking sector," the ratings agency said in a statement. Foreign funding was $193 billion at the end of August, Fitch said, representing 48% of the Qatari banking sector's liabilities compared with $121 billion and 38% at the end of 2018. Foreign assets were "broadly stable" and the banking sector's net external debt was $133 billion, representing 82% of expected gross domestic product (GDP) this year, it said.
Persons: Naseem Zeitoon DUBAI, Fitch, Hadeel Al Sayegh, Kirsten Donovan, Susan Fenton Organizations: REUTERS, Fitch, Doha Bank, Al, Commercial Bank, Qatar Islamic Bank, Dukhan Bank, Thomson Locations: Qatar, Doha
FILE PHOTO: Qatar Islamic bank is pictured in Doha, Qatar, June 11, 2017. REUTERS/Naseem ZeitoonDUBAI (Reuters) - Credit ratings agency Fitch Ratings indicated on Monday it could cut the ratings of three banks in Qatar, saying it was concerned over the sector’s increasing reliance on external funding and a recent rapid growth in assets. Fitch placed Doha Bank, Al Khalij Commercial Bank and Qatar Islamic Bank on “ratings watch negative”, meaning it sees a greater potential for a downgrade in their ratings. The Qatari banks’ reliance on “external funding, coupled with the large size of the banking system, could have moderately weakened the authorities’ ability to support the banking sector,” the ratings agency said in a statement.
Persons: Naseem Zeitoon DUBAI, Fitch Organizations: Qatar Islamic, REUTERS, Reuters, Fitch, Doha Bank, Al, Commercial Bank, Qatar Islamic Bank Locations: Qatar, Doha
Key moments from decades of climate conferences
  + stars: | 2021-10-25 | by ( Andrea Januta | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +6 min
But the realization that industrial activity was causing climate change, and discussions about what to do about it, began much earlier. Here are some key moments in the global climate conversation:1800s - Throughout the 1800s, several European scientists study how different gases and vapours can trap heat in Earth’s atmosphere. 1990 - At the U.N.’s so-called Second World Climate Conference, scientists highlight the risks of global warming to nature and society. Framework Convention on Climate Change at the Rio Earth Summit. Key points to be discussed include emissions pledges, climate financing, and phasing out coal use.
Persons: Emmanuel Macron, Benoit Tessier, Svante Arrhenius, Guy Callendar, Charles David Keeling, James Hansen, Margaret Thatcher, George W, Bush, COP15, COP17, Donald Trump, Greta Thunberg, Antonio Guterres, Joe Biden’s, Andrea Januta, Katy Daigle, Frances Kerry Organizations: REUTERS, Climate Conference, Rio Earth Summit, Republicans, Fund, COP18, Teen, Thomson Locations: Trocadero, Paris, France, Glasgow, Scotland, Swedish, Mauna Loa, American, British, Berlin, Kyoto, Japan, United States, Russia, Bali, Copenhagen, Cancun, Durban, South Africa, China, India, New, Doha, COP19, Warsaw, COP25, Madrid
Hafizi was on the run for seven weeks with her journalist husband and their two children, moving between four cities before being evacuated to Greece with 25 more women judges and lawyers and their families. "I would ask the international community to not recognise the Taliban," Hafizi said. Suhail Shaheen, a member of the Taliban's political office in Doha, denied the accounts of women judges and lawyers who had fled. UNDER THREATAfghanistan has about 500 registered women lawyers and about 250 women judges, carrying out dangerous work even before the Taliban took power. For months Hafizi feared for her life, taking a different route to work every day after two Supreme Court women judges were killed by unidentified gunmen in January.
Persons: Bibi Chaman Hafizi, Hafizi, Suhail Shaheen, Friba Quraishi, Quaraishi, Quraishi, Parniyan Zemaryalai, Angus MacSwan Organizations: West Asia News Agency, REUTERS, Counter Narcotics, Taliban, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, WANA, ATHENS, Greece, Europe, Doha, Mazar, Spanish, Athens, Netherlands, London
Sudanese civilian leaders on Monday urged citizens to take to the streets to defend the transition to democracy. No to a military coup.” It was still unclear whether the military, which is riven by divisions, was united behind the coup attempt. But after Mr. al-Bashir, then an army general, took power in military coup in 1989, Mr. Hamdok mostly worked abroad. For it to be released, he said, Sudan’s military leaders will need to fully restore Mr. Hamdok and other civilian leaders to power. Image Sudanese protesters marching in Khartoum on Monday to denounce the overnight detentions of members of Sudan’s government by the army.
Persons: Abdel Fattah al, Burhan, General al, , Hamdok, Ned Price, , Omar Hassan, Bashir, Mr, Abdalla Hamdok, Brittainy Newman, al, Abdi Latif Dahir, Nazim Sirag, Monim El Jak, jerrycans, Omar al, Ahmed Abusin, ” Mr, Abusin, ” Khalid Albaih, Simon Marks, Omar Hassan al, Bryan Denton, ” Yasser Arman, Price, Jeffrey Feltman, Maryam al, Sadiq al, Marwan Ali, Feltman, Antonio Guterres, ” Ned Price, ” Josep Borrell Fontelles, Vicky Ford, ” Jeffrey Feltman, Hamdok’s, Soldiers, Yasuyoshi, ory Organizations: ., Agence France, State Department, The New York Times, Facebook, Sovereignty Council, Monday, Sudanese Professionals Association, Western, Troops, Sudan Pro, Credit, Getty, Central Committee, Sudanese Doctors, , Embassy, Twitter, Force, Military, East Green Initiative, United Nations, Commission, University of Khartoum, University of Manchester, Deloitte, Touche Management, African Development Bank, International Labor Organization, International Institute for Democracy, Electoral Assistance, Protesters, WASHINGTON, Sudanese, U.S, Associated Press, United, Mr, Biden, American Embassy, International, Arab League, U.S . State Department, Arab, Rights, African Union Commission, European Union, EU, Security, United Nations General Assembly, Nations, International Criminal Locations: Sudanese, Khartoum, Sudan, U.S, Africa, Port Sudan, , Omdurman, Doha, Qatar, Sudan’s, , Saudi Arabia, England, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast, Dubai, United, United States, Washington, of Africa, States, Darfur
A minor earthquake measuring at a 3.6 magnitude shook the Los Angeles area early Sunday morning, waking up a some residents. The quake hit East Los Angeles at about 7:01 a.m. PST Sunday morning, reaching a depth of about 17 km (10 miles), according to the United States Geological Survey. A 3.6 magnitude earthquake is relatively small for Southern California, which sits on multiple different fault lines. "It felt like TWO giant JOLTS that woke me out of my morning daze," one person wrote. Los Angeles was hit with a trio of earthquakes in April this year, measuring in at 2.5, 3.3, and 4.0 magnitudes around 4 a.m. local time.
Organizations: United States Geological Survey Locations: Los Angeles, Southern California
World Championship bronze medallist Quinonez killed in Ecuador
  + stars: | 2021-10-23 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
Athletics - World Athletics Championships - Doha 2019 - Men's 200 Metres Heats - Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar - September 29, 2019 Ecuador's Alex Quinonez reacts REUTERS/Lucy NicholsonOct 23 (Reuters) - Sprinter Alex Quinonez, Ecuador's World Championship bronze medallist, has been killed in his home city of Guayanquil on Friday, the country's sports ministry said on Saturday. Guayaquil-based newspaper El Universo said Quinonez, who was 32, and another individual were fatally shot at around 9:20 p.m. on Friday in the northwest part of the city. Quinonez won the 200m bronze medal at the 2019 World Championships in Doha and reached the final of the same event at the 2012 London Olympics. "With great sadness, we confirm the murder of our sportsman Alex Quinonez," the country's sports ministry said on Twitter. "We have lost a great sportsman, someone who allowed us to dream, who moved us... he was the greatest sprinter this country produced."
Persons: Alex Quinonez, Lucy Nicholson, Quinonez, Guillermo Lasso, Lasso, Agnes Tirop, Hritika Sharma, Pritha Sarkar Organizations: Doha, Khalifa, El Universo, Tokyo Olympics, Twitter, Kenyan, Thomson Locations: Doha, Qatar, Guayanquil, Guayaquil, Bengaluru
Partial remains found by authorities searching for Brian Laundrie, Gabby Petito’s fiancé, were confirmed to be his after a review of dental records. A spokesperson for the North Port Police told NBC News earlier Thursday that the remains were "skeletal." According to the FBI, the remains were found alongside personal items, such as a backpack and a notebook, belonging to Laundrie. Laundrie’s parents helped lead the FBI and North Port police to the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, according to Steven Bertolino, an attorney for the Laundrie family. @gabspetito / via InstagramThe Carlton Reserve and neighboring Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park are short drives north of the Laundrie family home.
Persons: Brian Laundrie, Gabby Petito’s fiancé, Laundrie, Michael McPherson, Laundrie’s, Steven Bertolino, Chris, Roberta Laundrie, Brian, Bertolino, Gabby Petito, Petito Organizations: Florida's Carlton Reserve, FBI, North Port Police, NBC, North Port police, CNN, The Carlton Reserve, North Port, Forest, Carlton Reserve Locations: Florida's, Wyoming, Denver, Tampa, Moab City , Utah, Bridger, Teton
A Northern California family who were found dead in August died from heat and dehydration during their hike in the Sierra National Forest, officials said. Briese said the cause of death was "hyperthermia and probable dehydration." John Gerrish, Ellen Chung, their 1-year-old daughter, Miju, and their dog were all found dead in August over a mile from their car with "no apparent causes of death," Briese said. Investigators combed the area, searched abandoned mines for signs of entrance by the family, and investigated possible exposure to toxic gases, but found none. Briese said at the time that there was no obvious cause of death and the area had unreliable cell reception.
Persons: Jeremy Briese, Briese, John Gerrish, Ellen Chung, Miju Organizations: Sierra National Forest, Bureau, Land Management Locations: Northern California, Mariposa County, Merced, Briceburg, Bagby
Actor Ruby Rose alleges that she was fired from The CW’s “Batwoman” after she was seriously injured on set. Warner Bros. Television Group did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the allegations that the crew members were injured. Rose asked fans to stop asking whether she would return to the series, saying she wouldn’t go back to “Batwoman” for any amount of money. A representative for Rose did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Warner Bros. Television Group’s allegations. “Aside from them, I was loved and loved my crew,” Rose said.
Persons: Ruby Rose, Batwoman ”, Rose, Peter Roth, , ” Rose, , wouldn’t, Batwoman, Kate Kane, Warner, Ruby, Roth, Jack Rowand, Javicia Leslie, television's, they've Organizations: Warner Bros . Television, Workers, British Columbia, Warner Bros . Television Group, CW, Variety, Entertainment Locations: quadriplegic
The new Qatar Energy logo is pictured during a news conference in Doha, Qatar, October 11, 2021. Qatar News Agency/Handout via REUTERSDUBAI, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Top liquefied natural gas exporter Qatar Energy said late on Wednesday it remains committed to being a trusted partner for energy supplies in India and does not miss shipments it is contractually obligated to deliver. Reuters had earlier reported, citing two sources, that India, grappling with its worst power crisis in five years, had asked Qatar to expedite delivery of 58 delayed liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes. L4N2RE2YZReporting by Ghaida Ghantous; Editing by Jacqueline WongOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Ghaida Ghantous, Jacqueline Wong Organizations: Qatar Energy, Qatar News Agency, Handout, REUTERS, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Qatar, Doha, REUTERS DUBAI, India
Left to right: Former Afghan diplomat Asila Wardak, former Afghan politician and peace negotiator Fawzia Koofi, Afghan journalist Anisa Shaheed and former Afghan politician, Naheed Fareed speak to reporters outside the U.N. Security Council, in New York, U.S. October 21, 2021. "It's very simple," former Afghan politician and peace negotiator Fawzia Koofi told reporters outside the UN Security Council in New York. "We are talked a lot about, but we are not listened to," she said of Afghan women. The women spoke to reporters before addressing a UN event on support for Afghan women and girls, organized by Britain, Qatar, Canada, UN Women and the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. The UN Security Council also met separately on Thursday to discuss women, peace and security.
Persons: Asila Wardak, Fawzia Koofi, Anisa Shaheed, Naheed Fareed, Michelle Nichols UNITED, Koofi, Fareed, Suhail Shaheen, Ghulam Isaczai, Wardak, Isaczai, Michelle Nichols, Karishma Singh Organizations: . Security, REUTERS, Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, United Nations, organisation's, UN Security Council, UN, Taliban, Georgetown Institute for Women, Security, UN Security, Thomson Locations: Afghan, New York, U.S, York, Afghanistan, Doha, Britain, Qatar, Canada
LOS ANGELES — Britney Spears’ father has hired an experienced attorney following expectations that lawyers for the singer will scrutinize his role as conservator over the last 13 years. Jamie Spears was suspended as his daughter’s conservator last month after her attorney accused him of financial mismanagement. The decision to add Weingarten to Jamie Spears’ team comes after statements from Britney Spears’ attorney, Mathew Rosengart, about possibly deposing Jame Spears. Jamie Spears has denied allegations of misconduct while serving as his daughter’s conservator, saying he has only acted in Britney Spears’ best interest. The court still has pending motions regarding fees in Britney Spears’ conservatorship, including an accounting filed by her father’s team in August 2020.
Persons: Britney Spears, James “ Jamie ” Spears, Alex Weingarten, Willkie Farr, Gallagher, Jamie Spears, Weingarten, Vivian Thoreen, Thoreen, Brenda Penny, John Zabel, Mathew Rosengart, Jame Spears, Rosengart, Spears, conservatorship, , ” Thoreen, Britney, Penny, Diana Dasrath Organizations: Los Angeles, Court, NBC News, NBC, Doha Madani Locations: Los, Angeles, Los Angeles, Doha, New York
A charity organization announced it would not accept donations from Jamie Lynn Spears’ upcoming memoir sales following criticism from #FreeBritney followers, who believe the younger sister was complicit in the singer’s 13-year conservatorship. Representatives for Jamie Lynn Spears declined to comment. The decision not to take money from the younger Spears comes after fans of her older sister, Britney Spears, directed harsh criticism at the nonprofit on social media. While Jamie Lynn Spears has denied profiting over her sister’s conservatorship, #FreeBritney activists insist she has failed to help Britney Spears to gain her freedom. Completely cancels any and all of your credibility.”Other users commented characterizing Jamie Lynn Spears as “abusive,” or simply leaving #CancelJamieLynnSpears and #FreeBritney on social media posts.
Persons: Jamie Lynn Spears, , , Spears, Britney Spears, “ I've, ” Jamie Lynn Spears, I've, Organizations: NBC
His defenders have argued the envoy was handed an impossible task, given the tight deadline set by the Trump administration for the United States' withdrawal from Afghanistan. The talks ended with America's hasty and chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan in August and the Taliban's takeover of the country. Instead, his letter amounted to a defense of the 2020 Doha agreement that opened the way for the withdrawal of U.S. troops. But critics accused the Trump administration of negotiating a “surrender agreement” with the Taliban and have blasted the Biden administration for going ahead with the deal. This comes as the State Department's inspector general informed Congress on Monday that her office would be launching a series of investigations into the Biden administration's Afghanistan withdrawal.
Persons: Zalmay Khalilzad, ” Khalilzad, Antony Blinken, Critics, Ashraf Ghani, Trump, Khalilzad, , Wakil Kohsar, Donald Trump, Mike Pompeo, Biden, Pompeo, ” H.R, Bari Weiss, ” McMaster, Joe Biden, Blinken, Thomas West, Obama, Diana Shaw Organizations: U.S, Representative, NBC News, Taliban, NBC, United, United States ”, Islamic, Getty, McMaster, Doha, Trump, U.S . Embassy, State, Biden, State Department’s, Senate Foreign Relations, House Foreign Affairs Committee Locations: Afghanistan, United States, U.S, Doha, America, Islamic Republic, Kabul, AFP, Qatar, West, U.S . Embassy Kabul
Qatar emir appoints Al-Kuwari finance minister in reshuffle
  + stars: | 2021-10-19 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: 1 min
Night scene of the skyline of Doha with towers are seen at Al Dafna Area in Doha, Qatar, October 20, 2019. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon/File PhotoDUBAI, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani has appointed Ali Bin Ahmad Al-Kuwari as finance minister in a government reshuffle, according to a statement issued by the emiri court on Tuesday, following the previous minister's arrest in May. Al-Kuwari had been serving as commerce and industry minister and as acting finance minister before the reshuffle. His predecessor in the finance ministry, Ali Sherif al-Emadi, was arrested over embezzlement allegations and stripped of his duties in May. Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Alison Williams, Editing by Timothy HeritageOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Naseem Zeitoon, Tamim bin Hamad, Thani, Ali Bin Ahmad Al, Kuwari, Ali Sherif al, Maher Chmaytelli, Alison Williams, Timothy Organizations: REUTERS, Al, Reuters, Timothy Heritage, Thomson Locations: Doha, Al Dafna Area, Qatar, DUBAI
DOHA, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Qatar, the world's top exporter of liquefied natural gas, has created a new ministry for the environment and climate change under a government reshuffle announced on Tuesday by the emir of the Gulf state. The decision comes as the UN climate change conference is due to convene in Glasgow, Scotland, at the end of the month. Reporting by Andrew Mills and Maher Chmaytelli, Editing by Louise HeavensOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Andrew Mills, Maher Chmaytelli, Louise Heavens Organizations: Thomson Locations: DOHA, Qatar, Gulf, Glasgow, Scotland
A member of the Taliban holds a flag in Kabul, Afghanistan June 16, 2018. The writing on the flag reads: 'There is no god but Allah, Muhammad is the messenger of Allah'. REUTERS/Mohammad IsmailKABUL, Oct 19 (Reuters) - The new Taliban government said on Tuesday it hoped to build on the "good progress" made in talks with the former U.S. Special Envoy for Afghanistan Zalmai Khalilzad and was optimistic about moving forward with his successor Tom West. Khalilzad's departure as the top U.S. envoy for Afghanistan was announced on Monday, less than two months after the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban takeover of the country. "We are optimistic about moving forward with the new representative Mr Tom West & full implementation of Doha Agreement will normalize relations between both governments," Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Qahar Balkhi said in a tweet.
Persons: Allah, Muhammad, Mohammad Ismail, Tom West, Abdul Qahar Balkhi, James Mackenzie, Alison Williams Organizations: Taliban, REUTERS, U.S ., Afghanistan Zalmai, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, Mohammad Ismail KABUL, Doha
The iconic red, white, and blue A380s sat in storage around Europe and as far as the Middle East. In Doha, Qatar, for example, three British Airways A380s sat idle on a taxiway at Hamad International Airport. A British Airways Airbus A380. Thomas Pallini/InsiderHamad International Airport was just voted "best airport in the world" by Skytrax. Here's what living in the passenger terminal for 48 hours was like.
Persons: Thomas Pallini Organizations: British Airways, International Airport, British Airways Airbus, International Locations: Europe, Doha, Qatar
Singapore Airlines is set to fly the shortest Airbus A380 flight in service from Singapore to Malaysia. While the A380 double-decker jet is designed for long-haul travel, Singapore Airlines has taken a less popular approach for operating the superjumbo. As of November 2021, the carrier with launch the A380 on a route from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, making it the shortest A380 flight in service, according to CNN. The airline also recently announced plans to fly A380 daily from Singapore to London beginning in November. The route will be part of the company's "vaccinated travel lane" concept that allows travelers to have quarantine-free entry into Singapore, according to Executive Traveler.
Organizations: Singapore Airlines, Airbus, British Airways, Service, Privacy, CNN, Boeing, Singapore isn't, Qatar Airways Locations: Singapore, Malaysia, London, Frankfurt, Madrid, Kuala Lumpur, Doha, Paris, Miami, Dubai, Los Angeles
Top U.S. envoy to Afghanistan stepping down
  + stars: | 2021-10-18 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad listens to a video question from U.S. Representative Susan Wild (D-PA) as he testifies about the potential withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Afghanistan at a hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. May 18, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstWASHINGTON, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Top U.S. envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad is stepping down, the State Department said on Monday, less than two months after the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban takeover of the country. A person familiar with the matter said on condition of anonymity that Khalilzad submitted his resignation on Friday. Khalilzad, born in Afghanistan, held the post since 2018 and spearheaded the negotiations with the Taliban that led to the February 2020 agreement for the withdrawal of U.S. forces this year. In mid-August, the government collapsed as the Taliban swept through the country and marched into the capital, Kabul, unopposed.
Persons: Zalmay Khalilzad, Representative Susan Wild, Jonathan Ernst WASHINGTON, Tom West, Antony Blinken, Khalilzad, Biden, Ashraf Ghani, Patricia Zengerle, Humeyra Pamuk, Jonathan Landay, Kanishka Singh, Mary Milliken, Matthew Lewis Organizations: Special, Representative, House Foreign Affairs Committee, Capitol, REUTERS, U.S, State Department, U.S ., Reuters, ., CNN, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, Washington , U.S, Doha, U.S, Kabul, American, Washington, Bengaluru
A shooting occurred at about 1:15 a.m. in the quad area at Grambling State University, located between Monroe and Shreveport, according to a statement from the school Sunday. pic.twitter.com/eTI0ssCOgI — Grambling State Univ (@Grambling1901) October 17, 2021Louisiana State Police confirmed its detectives were investigating. Louisiana State Police issued an arrest warrant Friday for a suspect in the death of Damarius Murphy at Grambling State University. A 16-year-old was also injured in that incident, which occurred between two people who were not Grambling students. Grambling State President Rick Gallot questioned in a statement Sunday why anyone would come onto campus to shoot innocent people.
Persons: , eTI0ssCOgI, Damarius Murphy, Rick Gallot, ” Gallot, Organizations: Grambling State University, , Dining, University Police, Grambling State Univ, Louisiana State Police, Grambling Locations: Louisiana, Monroe, Shreveport, Grambling
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