Government / Politics

Highlights: Bank of England rate setters speak in parliament

Highlights: Bank of England rate setters speak in parliament

Published 17/10/2017

Members of the Bank of England interest rate setting committee were speaking in parliament on Tuesday. They also supplied statements to the Treasury Committee. Below are some of their comments: [more…]

U.N. urges Bangladesh to move Rohingya refugees stranded at border

U.N. urges Bangladesh to move Rohingya refugees stranded at border

Published 17/10/2017

The U.N. refugee agency urged Bangladesh on Tuesday to speed up vetting of up to 15,000 Rohingya refugees "stranded" near the border after crossing into the country from Myanmar and move them further inland to safety and better conditions. [more…]

Inspection battle threatens Egypt`s wheat supply

Inspection battle threatens Egypt`s wheat supply

Published 17/10/2017

Wheat shipments to Egypt, the world's largest buyer, are being disrupted by a dispute involving government inspectors angered by a ban on the expenses-paid foreign trips they once enjoyed to approve cargoes at their ports of origin. [more…]

Islamic State in Raqqa mounts last stand

Islamic State in Raqqa mounts last stand

Published 17/10/2017

U.S.-backed militias will capture Islamic State's last foothold in the jihadists' former Syrian capital of Raqqa within hours, a militia spokesman said on Tuesday. [more…]

U.S.-backed Syrian militias raise flag in Raqqa stadium

U.S.-backed Syrian militias raise flag in Raqqa stadium

Published 17/10/2017

U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) raised a militia flag inside Raqqa stadium on Tuesday, one of the last remaining areas that were held by Islamic State in its former capital, a Reuters witness said. [more…]

Labour leader and other UK lawmakers could lose seats in cost cutting plan

Labour leader and other UK lawmakers could lose seats in cost cutting plan

Published 17/10/2017

The leader of Britain's main opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, and other politicians could lose their seats if proposals to "cut the cost of politics" go ahead, a report suggested on Tuesday. [more…]

Accelerating inflation points to likely ECB monetary policy change: ZEW

Accelerating inflation points to likely ECB monetary policy change: ZEW

Published 17/10/2017

Accelerating inflation bodes well for the German economy and makes it more probable that the European Central Bank will alter its ultra-loose monetary policy, the ZEW research institute said on Tuesday. [more…]

Philippine president declares Marawi liberated as battle goes on

Philippine president declares Marawi liberated as battle goes on

Published 17/10/2017

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared the southern city of Marawi liberated from pro-Islamic State militants on Tuesday, although the military said 20-30 rebels were holding about 20 hostages and still fighting it out. [more…]

Iraqi forces take control of all oil fields operated by state-owned North Oil in Kirkuk

Iraqi forces take control of all oil fields operated by state-owned North Oil in Kirkuk

Published 17/10/2017

Iraqi forces completed an operation to take control of all oil fields operated by state-owned North Oil Company in the Kirkuk region on Tuesday, a senior military officer said. [more…]

Kurdish forces pullout from Khanaqin area on Iraq-Iran border, security sources say

Kurdish forces pullout from Khanaqin area on Iraq-Iran border, security sources say

Published 17/10/2017

Kurdish Peshmerga forces pulled out from the area of Khanaqin, on the border with Iran as Iraqi forces prepared to take over their positions, security sources said. [more…]