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Oil falls as OPEC+ talks delays raise supply concerns
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
A line handler helps dock the oil tanker, Texas Voyager, as it pulls into its mooring to offload its crude oil at Port Everglades on April 21, 2020 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Oil prices slipped on Tuesday amid concerns over mounting supply after leading producers delayed talks on 2021 output policy that could extend production cuts as the coronavirus pandemic continues to sap fuel demand. OPEC+ delayed talks output policy for next year until Thursday, three sources told Reuters, as key players were still in disagreement on how much oil they should pump amid weak demand. "I suspect that, ultimately, OPEC+ will extend the production cut program by three months," said Bob Yawger, director of energy futures at Mizuho Securities. Sources said the UAE had complicated the picture by signaling it would be willing to support a rollover of supply cuts only if group members' compliance with cut commitments improved.
Persons: Brent, Bob Yawger Organizations: Texas, . West Texas, Organization of, Petroleum, Mizuho Securities, United Arab Emirates, UEA Locations: Port, Fort Lauderdale , Florida, Covid, OPEC, Russia, UAE, Saudi Arabia
WAM/Handout via REUTERSWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia agreed on Monday to let Israeli airliners cross its airspace en route to the United Arab Emirates after talks between Saudi officials and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, a senior Trump administration official said. Kushner and Middle East envoys Avi Berkowitz and Brian Hook raised the issue shortly after they arrived in Saudi Arabia for talks. “We were able to reconcile the issue,” the official told Reuters. The agreement was hammered out just hours before Israel’s first commercial flight to the UAE was planned on Tuesday morning. “This should resolve any issues that should occur with Israeli carriers taking people from Israel to the UAE and back and to Bahrain,” the official said.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Steve Mnuchin, Financial Affairs Obaid Humaid, Jared Kushner, Kushner, Avi Berkowitz, Brian Hook, , Israel, Prince Mohammed bin Salman Organizations: U.S, Treasury, UAE, State, Financial Affairs, Ben Gurion, REUTERS WASHINGTON, United, United Arab Emirates, Saudi, White House, Trump, Middle, Reuters, Gulf Cooperation Locations: Tel Aviv, Israel, Handout, Saudi Arabia, United Arab, UAE, Bahrain, Sudan, Kuwait, Qatar
U.S. arms sales to UAE draw fire from 29 rights groups
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Mike Stone | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.96   time to read: +2 min
U.S. Air National Guard/Miss Julie M. Shea/Handout via REUTERSWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Twenty-nine arms control and human rights organizations have signed a letter opposing the sale of $23 billion worth of missiles, fighter jets and drones to the United Arab Emirates and asking the U.S. Congress to block the deal. “The hope is to stop these sales altogether,” said Seth Binder, advocacy officer at the Project on Middle East Democracy, who spearheaded the effort. U.S. law covering major arms deals allows senators to force votes on resolutions of disapproval. However, to go into effect the resolutions must pass the Republican-led Senate, which rarely breaks with Trump. The letter, which will be sent to lawmakers and the U.S. State Department, said, “The planned arms sales to the UAE, a party to the conflicts in Yemen and Libya, would fuel continued civilian harm and further exacerbate these humanitarian crises.”Signatories to the letter include human rights organizations from the region, including the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) and Mwatana for Human Rights.
Persons: Julie M, Shea, Handout, , Seth Binder, Biden, Atomics, Lockheed Martin, Donald Trump, Organizations: Vermont Air National Guard Base, . Air National Guard, REUTERS WASHINGTON, United Arab Emirates, U.S, Congress, East Democracy, Lockheed, Lockheed Martin Corp, Raytheon, Republican, Trump, Democratic, Representatives, U.S . State Department, Cairo Institute for Human Rights, Human Rights Locations: United States, South Burlington , Vermont, U.S, UAE, Yemen, Libya
Israel, long suspected of killing Iranian nuclear scientists over the last decade, has declined to comment on the attack. Iran long has maintained its nuclear program is peaceful. Though long suspicious of Iran's nuclear program, the Emirates has said it wants to de-escalate the crisis. Protesters hold the pictures of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran's top nuclear scientist, during a demonstration against his killing in Tehran, Iran on Saturday. The nuclear watchdog has provided an unprecedented, real-time look at Iran’s civilian nuclear program following the country’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Fakhrizadeh, Hossein, Gen, Esmail Ghaani, Ali Akbar Sahei, Mamoud Alavi, Amir Hatami, Fakhrizadeh's, Hatami, hadn't, Majid Asgaripour, Reuters Hatami, , Alam, Ali Shamkhani, ” Shamkhani, Donald Trump’s, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Organizations: International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran's Defense Ministry, Revolutionary Guard, Force, Intelligence, Defense, United Arab Emirates, U.S, Protesters, Reuters, , Press, NBC, country’s Supreme National Security Council, Fakhrizadeh, Iran’s Guardian Council Locations: TEHRAN, Iran, Israel, Tehran, UAE, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Emirates, Imamzadeh Saleh, , Al, Fars
REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina“I think within OPEC there was consensus,” Iran’s oil minister, Bijan Zanganeh, told the Iranian oil ministry’s news agency, SHANA. OPEC+ had been due to ease existing production cuts by 2 million barrels per day (bpd) from January. Saudi energy minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman told the OPEC meeting on Monday he would step down as a co-chair of a ministerial monitoring committee, three OPEC sources said. Adding to the challenge within OPEC+, Moscow’s finances can tolerate lower oil prices than Riyadh’s. Oil had a bull run last week, triggered by hopes for a COVID-19 virus vaccine and expectations of a rollover in OPEC+ cuts.
Persons: Ramzi Boudina “, Bijan Zanganeh, SHANA, “ Tomorrow’s, , Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, Dmitry Peskov, Peskov, Vladimir Putin Organizations: Organization of, Petroleum, REUTERS, reconvene, OPEC, United Arab, Saudi, Deutsche Bank Locations: DUBAI, LONDON, MOSCOW, Russia, Algiers, Algeria, OPEC, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Saudi, U.S
After consultations on Sunday failed to reach agreement, sources said Russia suggested a possibility for OPEC+ to start increasing output by 0.5 million bpd each month from January. Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman told the OPEC meeting on Monday he would step down as a co-chair of a ministerial monitoring committee, three OPEC sources said. But Peskov said Russian President Vladimir Putin had no plans to call Saudi Arabia’s leadership before the OPEC+ meeting, a move that in the past has helped smooth over any dispute. Adding to the challenge within OPEC+, Moscow’s finances can tolerate lower oil prices than Riyadh’s. Oil had a bull run last week, triggered by hopes for a COVID-19 virus vaccine and expectations of a rollover in OPEC+ cuts.
Persons: Ramzi Boudina, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, Dmitry Peskov, Peskov, Vladimir Putin Organizations: Organization of, Petroleum, REUTERS, United Arab, Saudi Energy, Saudi, Brent, Deutsche Bank Locations: DUBAI, LONDON, MOSCOW, Russia, Algiers, Algeria, Ramzi Boudina OPEC, OPEC, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, U.S
Saudi and Israeli sources say that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman met covertly on November 22, the first such meeting between Israeli and Saudi leaders. Full normalization between Saudi Arabia and Israel remains unlikely in the near term, but defense and intelligence cooperation will continue to advance in the coming months. Saudi Arabia, and in particular its high-profile development projects like Neom, are reliant on advanced technologies such as biotech, agricultural tech and cyber technologies to succeed. However, Saudi Arabia has not yet shown that it's prepared to make the jump to normalization with Israel without the formation of a Palestinian state. Domestic backlash in Saudi Arabia could also cause notable security concerns.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Prince Mohammad bin Salman, Mike Pompeo's, Netanyahu, Saudi Crown Prince, Yossi Cohen, Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump, Abu Dhabi's, Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Evan Vucci, Joe Biden, Biden, Saudi Arabia's, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, it's, King Salman, Prophet Muhammad Organizations: Saudi, Reuters, Street, Saudi Crown, Iran, United, United Arab, Trump White House, AP, Congress, Trump, Saudi Press Agency, Handout, United Arab Emirates, Initiative Locations: Saudi Arabia, Israel, Saudi, Neom, United States, Arab Gulf, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, Riyadh, Evan Vucci Saudi Arabia, Iran, Yemen, Saudi Arabian, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Palestinian, France
Trump senior aide Kushner and team heading to Saudi Arabia, Qatar
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Steve Holland | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and his team are headed to Saudi Arabia and Qatar this week for talks in a region simmering with tension after the killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist. FILE PHOTO: Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman escorts White House senior advisor Jared Kushner and his wife White House senior advisor Ivanka Trump at the Global Center for Combatting Extremist Ideology in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 21, 2017. U.S. officials believe enticing Saudi Arabia into a deal with Israel would prompt other Arab nations to follow suit. The official said Kushner met at the White House last week with the Kuwaiti foreign minister, Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, which comprise the GCC, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar in 2017 and imposed a boycott over allegations that Qatar supported terrorism, a charge it denies.
Persons: Jared Kushner, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, White, Ivanka Trump, Jonathan Ernst, Kushner, Avi Berkowitz, Brian Hook, Adam Boehler, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Fakhrizadeh, Benjamin Netanyahu, bin Salman, Mike Pompeo, Bin Salman, Netanyahu, Biden, Barack Obama’s, Trump, Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al, Mohammad Al Organizations: WASHINGTON, White House, Saudi Arabia's, White, Global Center, REUTERS, Saudi, Middle, U.S . International Development Finance Corporation, United Arab, U.S, Reuters, Gulf Cooperation Council, United Arab Emirates, GCC, Qatar Locations: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Riyadh, Saudi, Neom, Israel, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Tehran, Iranian, Iran, Sabah . Kuwait, Egypt
FILE PHOTO: Prime Minister and Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum attends the Global Women's Forum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 16, 2020. REUTERS/Christopher Pike/File PhotoDUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates on Sunday approved the establishment of a new national cybersecurity council, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Prime Minister and Vice-President and ruler of Dubai, said on Twitter. The cabinet of the UAE government also appointed minister of state and head of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) Sultan al-Jaber as a special envoy for climate change.
Persons: Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al, Maktoum, Christopher Pike, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Sultan al, Jaber Organizations: United Arab, Global, United Arab Emirates, REUTERS, DUBAI, Reuters, United, Sunday, Twitter, Abu, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company Locations: United Arab Emirates, Dubai, United Arab, UAE, Abu Dhabi
Opinion | Dear Joe, It’s Not About Iran’s Nukes Anymore
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Thomas L. Friedman | ) www.nytimes.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
After Trump scrapped the nuclear deal, Iran abandoned its commitments to restrict its enrichment of uranium that could be used for a nuclear bomb. But since Biden’s election, Iran has said it would “automatically” return to its nuclear commitments if Biden lifts the crippling sanctions imposed by Trump. Only after those sanctions are lifted, said Tehran, might it discuss regional issues, like curbs on Iran’s precision missile exports and capabilities. (Iran has a network of factories manufacturing its own precision-guided missiles.) The Saudis have been trying to do the same versus Iran’s proxies in Yemen, who have fired on its airports.
Persons: Biden, Trump, he’ll Organizations: United Arab, Trump, Biden, Hezbollah Locations: Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Tehran, Lebanon, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, U.S, Gaza
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Diego Maradona’s death has triggered an outpouring of grief around the world. Now comes the scramble for a share of the soccer legend’s complex financial legacy, ranging from his iconic jerseys to luxury cars, image rights and even an amphibious tank. The Argentine playmaker, known as “Dios” for his godlike skills on the soccer pitch and “Pelusa” for his prominent mane of hair, also remains valuable for his image - even after death. “The most important patrimony here could be the image rights, and also all his shirts,” said Apolo. His family and children have called for unity in the recent weeks before his death after Maradona underwent brain surgery to remove a blood clot, which he was recovering from.
Persons: Diego Maradona’s, Maradona, Matías Morla, , Martín Apolo, Apolo, , Claudia Villafañe, ” Walter Machuca, Argentina’s Organizations: BUENOS AIRES, Reuters, Napoli, Argentine, Gimnasia y Esgrima, United Arab, Worth, Puma, Football, Belarus ’ Dynamo Brest Locations: BUENOS, Argentina, Italy, Cuba, Buenos Aires, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Belarus, Mexico, Dubai, Argentine
KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Thousands of Sudanese packed into the city of Omdurman on Friday for the funeral of Sadiq al-Mahdi, Sudan’s last democratically elected prime minister, who died from the coronavirus at the age of 84. FILE PHOTO: Sudanese leading opposition figure Sadiq al-Mahdi addresses his supporters after he returned from nearly a year in self-imposed exile in Khartoum, Sudan, December 19, 2018. “Mahdi was known for his moderation and realistic reading of the Sudanese political arena... His absence will inevitably weaken the democratic transition process,” she added. Mahdi’s body arrived at Khartoum airport on Friday morning, where the head of the ruling sovereign council, the prime minister and other top officials attended an official reception. The coffin then moved to Omdurman, the capital’s twin city across the river Nile, for the funeral, state TV reported.
Persons: Sadiq al, Sudan’s, Mahdi, Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Abd al, Rahman, , Rasha Awad, Al, “ Mahdi, Omar Hassan al, Bashir, Awad Organizations: Reuters, REUTERS, , COVID, Umma Party, Oxford, United, United Arab Emirates, Sudanese, Umma Locations: KHARTOUM, Omdurman, Khartoum, Sudan, British, COVID, United Arab
“It’s Iran, Iran, Iran,” Israeli cabinet minister Tzachi Hanegbi told Israel’s Army Radio when asked about the visit. SAUDI KING NOT INFORMEDSunday’s meeting was held in the presence of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israel’s spy chief, Israeli media said. There was limited talk of the meeting on Saudi social media, but some opposition figures denounced the visit. Despite this, normalisation is not expected to happen while King Salman is alive, said a well-connected Saudi source and a foreign diplomat in Riyadh. The Saudi source and the diplomat said the Saudi king was kept in the dark about Netanyahu’s visit.
Persons: Mohammed Bin Salman, Benjamin Netanyahu, Mikhail Klimentyev, Joe Biden, Washington’s, Tzachi Hanegbi, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Donald Trump, Biden, Barak Obama’s, Trump, Sunday’s, Mike Pompeo, Israel’s, Pompeo, Netanyahu, King Salman, Mohammed bin Salman, , Neil Quilliam, Prince Mohammed’s, Benny Gantz, Gantz Organizations: Saudi Arabia's Crown, Sputnik, REUTERS, Israel’s Army Radio, Saudi, Hezbollah, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, SAUDI KING, United Arab, MbS, normalisation, Chatham House, Defence Locations: RIYADH, JERUSALEM, Saudi, Iran, Osaka, Japan, Jerusalem, Kremlin, Neom, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Tehran, , U.S, Israel, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Gulf, Yemen, Lebanese, SAUDI, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, UAE, Tel Aviv
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew into Saudi Arabia last weekend for a secret nighttime rendezvous with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, he and his allies in Washington hoped to win assurances that a normalization deal between the two longtime Middle East rivals was in reach, Saudi advisers and U.S. officials said. But Prince Mohammed pulled back from a deal, according to the Saudi advisors and U.S. officials, largely because of the U.S. election result. Mr. Biden has said he also favors normalization deals between Arab states and Israel. He has taken a tougher stance on Saudi Arabia’s human-rights record, in particular the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. And a deal struck under the aegis of the new president could put relations between the Biden administration and Riyadh on a surer footing, Saudi aides said.
Persons: Saudi Arabia —, Benjamin Netanyahu, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Mike Pompeo, Trump, Abraham, Trump’s, Prince Mohammed, Joe Biden, Mr, Biden, Jamal Khashoggi Organizations: Saudi Crown, U.S, Abraham Accords, United Arab Locations: RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Washington, Saudi, Iran, Israel, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Tehran, Riyadh
Sarah Gilbert, vaccine knowledge project manager at Oxford University, said that the removal of traditional barriers in vaccine development have facilitated the rapid progress. An effective, safe vaccine available for the general population in the coming months is coming closer to fruition , though global rollout will likely take many years. Now that effective vaccines are within range, industry experts are turning their attention towards logistics. Widespread use of a COVID-19 vaccine will require supply chains to ramp up production and scale up distribution while navigating various regulatory authorities around the world. All of this is set against the backdrop of several COVID-19 vaccines awaiting trial results in the coming months.
Persons: Sarah Gilbert, Gilbert, Melvin Sanicas, Sanicas, Jonathan Van, Tam, Chris Whitty, coronavirus, They're Organizations: Oxford University, AstraZeneca, Business, COVID, United, Oxford, Pfizer, Moderna, Royal Society of Tropical Medicine, Hygiene, FDA, European Medical Agency, coronavirus, CanSino, United Arab Locations: Europe, United States, West, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain
'Exciting' growth prospects for Israeli firms in the UAE and GCC, says wealth fund MubadalaIbrahim Ajami of Mubadala Investment Company discusses the firm's two strategies when it comes to investing in Israel following a normalization of ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
Persons: Mubadala Ibrahim Ajami Organizations: GCC, Mubadala Investment Company, United Locations: UAE, Israel, United Arab Emirates
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Sudan's former PM Sadiq al-Mahdi dies of coronavirus in UAE: sources
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
Slideshow ( 3 images )CAIRO (Reuters) - Leading Sudanese politician and former prime minister Sadiq al-Mahdi has died in hospital in the United Arab Emirates after being infected with coronavirus, family sources said early on Thursday. Mahdi, 84, was Sudan’s last democratically elected prime minister and was overthrown in 1989 in the military coup that bought former president Omar al-Bashir to power.
Persons: Sadiq al, Mahdi, Omar al, Bashir Organizations: United, United Arab Emirates Locations: CAIRO, Sudanese, United Arab
Sudan's former PM Sadiq al-Mahdi dies from coronavirus in UAE
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.88   time to read: +1 min
KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan’s last democratically elected prime minister, Sadiq al-Mahdi, who was overthrown in the 1989 military coup that brought Omar al-Bashir to power, has died from a coronavirus infection, his party said on Thursday. Sudan’s transitional administration, which governs under a power sharing deal between the military and civilian groups, declared three days of mourning. In a statement, the Umma Party said Mahdi would be buried on Friday morning in the city of Omdurman in Sudan. His daughter Mariam Sadiq al-Mahdi, deputy leader of the Umma Party, was among those detained during the demonstrations. After the military overthrew Bashir, Mahdi pushed for a transfer to civilian rule.
Persons: Sadiq al, Mahdi, Omar al, Bashir, Mahdi’s, Mariam Sadiq al, Umma Party’s Organizations: Reuters, United Arab Emirates, Umma Party Locations: KHARTOUM, UAE, Sudan, Omdurman, Umma
Sudan's former PM Sadiq al-Mahdi dies from coronavirus
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sadiq al-Mahdi, Sudan’s last democratically elected leader and the great-grandson of the messianic figure who fought the British in the 19th century, has died from the coronavirus, his party said on Thursday. The two-time prime minister who was a central figure in Sudan’s political and spiritual life for more than half a century was being treated in the United Arab Emirates. Mahdi’s daughter Mariam Sadiq al-Mahdi, deputy leader of the Umma Party, was among those detained during the demonstrations and has been the party’s most visible political figure in political negotiations since. Mahdi was voted prime minister a year later. The Umma Party said Mahdi would be buried on Friday morning in Omdurman.
Persons: Sadiq al, Sudan’s, Hamdok, Mahdi’s, Omar Hassan al, Bashir, Mahdi, Mariam Sadiq al, Umma Party’s, , Jaafar Nimeiri, Nimeiri Organizations: Reuters, United, United Arab Emirates, Current, Umma Party, Britain’s Oxford University, Finance Ministry Locations: KHARTOUM, British, United Arab, Umma, Khartoum’s, Omdurman, Sudan, UAE
Sudan's last democratically elected PM dies from COVID-19
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sadiq al-Mahdi, Sudan’s last democratically elected leader and the great-grandson of the messianic figure who fought the British in the 19th century, has died from the coronavirus, the party he led said on Thursday. The two-time prime minister, who was a central figure in Sudan’s political and spiritual life for more than half a century, was being treated in the United Arab Emirates. His Umma Party was one of the largest opposition groups during Bashir’s 30-year rule. Mahdi’s daughter Mariam Sadiq al-Mahdi, deputy leader of the Umma Party, was among those detained during the protests and has been the party’s most visible political figure in political negotiations since. The Umma Party said he would be buried on Friday morning in Omdurman.
Persons: Sadiq al, Sudan’s, Abdalla Hamdok, Mahdi, Omar Hassan al, Bashir, Mahdi’s, Mariam Sadiq al, Jaafar Nimeiri, Nimeiri, , Critics, Sadiq, , Abdelwahid Ibrahim Organizations: Reuters, United, United Arab Emirates, Current, Umma, Umma Party, Britain’s Oxford University Locations: KHARTOUM, British, United Arab, Khartoum’s, Omdurman, Sudan, UAE
(Reuters) - World soccer great Diego Armando Maradona, who died on Wednesday less than a month after his 60th birthday, was worshipped like a god for his genius with the ball, but his demons almost destroyed him. Action Images/Lee Smith/File PhotoMaradona had died after suffering a heart attack at his home in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, those close to him confirmed. And, after the 1986 World Cup triumph in Mexico, he also coaxed a mediocre Argentine team to a second successive World Cup final in Rome in 1990. He was banned again for 15 months after testing positive for drugs at the 1994 World Cup in the United States. “He will always be forgiven,” said Maradona fan Marcelo Pose, a Buenos Aires attorney.
Persons: Diego Armando Maradona, Diego Maradona, Lee Smith, Maradona, Alberto Fernandez, Che Guevara, Evita Peron, Brazil’s Pele, El, ‘ El Diez, , , Dalma, Dona Tota, It’s, Fidel Castro, Che, ” Pele, Pele, , Diego, ’ Maradona, Pablo Alabarces, , Marcelo Organizations: Reuters, Argentine, Argentina, England, Villa, Argentinos Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Soccer, Cuban, FIFA, United Arab, Dorados, Gimnasia y Esgrima, Buenos Aires University, Maradona Locations: Argentina, Celtic, Glasgow, Scotland, Buenos Aires, Mexico, Lanus, Spain, Brazil, Argentine, Rome, Naples, United States, Cuba, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Mexican, Sinaloa, La Plata, Italy, China, Europe, England, Malvinas
U.S. blacklists Libyan militia, leader after Russia stops U.N. sanctions
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Michelle Nichols | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States unilaterally blacklisted Libya’s Kaniyat militia and its leader on Wednesday after Russia last week prevented a U.N. Security Council committee from imposing sanctions over human rights abuses by the group. “Mohamed al-Kani and the Kaniyat militia have tortured and killed civilians during a cruel campaign of oppression in Libya,” U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. The United States and Germany earlier this month proposed that the U.N. Security Council’s 15-member Libya sanctions committee impose an asset freeze and travel ban on Kaniyat militia and al-Kani. Last month Libyan authorities dug up 12 bodies from four unmarked graves in Tarhouna, adding to the scores of corpses already discovered since June. Russia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt support the LNA.
Persons: Libya’s, “ Mohamed al, Steven Mnuchin, Kani, Khalifa, Muammar Gaddafi Organizations: YORK, United, Russia, Security, Global, National Accord, Libyan National Army, NATO, United Arab Locations: U.S, Libya, ” U.S, United States, Germany, Kani, Russia, Libyan, Tarhouna, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Egypt
DUBAI (Reuters) - Abu Dhabi state investor Mubadala plans to identify potential fund partners in Israel and find high-growth technology firms in which to co-invest, as the United Arab Emirates and Israel seek to boost commercial ties after normalising relations. “There will be interesting opportunities with joint funds or joint ventures, but we are still early on in evaluating this,” Ibrahim Ajami, the head of Mubadala’s Ventures unit, told a financial technology conference in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. He said Mubadala - which manages over $230 billion in assets - has co-invested with Israeli investors in the United States and Europe, but closer ties between the UAE and Israel open up a significant opportunity for investments. Since the UAE and Israel agreed to normalise relations in August, the two countries have signed a host of accords to boost economic and business ties. Bank Leumi, Israel’s second-biggest bank, this week brought a delegation of executives to Dubai from industries ranging from real estate to energy and technology.
Persons: ” Ibrahim Ajami, ” Ajami, Israel’s, ” Avraham Ortal, It’s, Organizations: Reuters, United Arab, Mubadala’s Ventures, UAE, Bank, Leumi Locations: DUBAI, Abu Dhabi, Israel, United Arab Emirates, United States, Europe, Silicon, India, China, UAE, Dubai
UAE halts new visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim states - document
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Alexander Cornwell | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates has stopped issuing new visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to a document issued by a state-owned business park. FILE PHOTO: The skyline including the Burj Khalifa tower is seen as ships dock at Port Rashid in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 26, 2013. The document said applications for new employment and visit visas had been suspended for nationals - those outside the UAE - of 13 countries that also included Somalia, Libya and Yemen until further notice. A diplomat commented that the UAE had strained relations with some of the states listed, such as Turkey. Last week, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said the UAE had stopped processing new visas for its citizens and those of some other countries, but that those already holding valid visas were not affected and could still enter the UAE.
Persons: Ahmed Jadallah Organizations: Reuters, United Arab, United Arab Emirates, REUTERS, Federal Authority, Identity, Embassy, Islamic State Locations: DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Burj Khalifa, Port Rashid, Dubai, United Arab, UAE, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Algeria, Kenya, Iraq, Lebanon, Tunisia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jeddah, Israel
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