Xi reaffirms CPC’s absolute leadership over army

BEIJING. – Chinese President Xi Jinping yesterday reaffirmed the Communist Party of China (CPC)’s absolute leadership over the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). “To build a strong military, (we) must unswervingly adhere to the Party’s absolute leadership over the armed forces, and make sure that the people’s army always follows the Party,” Xi told a grand…
Continue reading…

 

$190bn tax bill for gold miner

LONDON. — It was supposed to mark a fresh start for the African business of the world’s biggest gold producer. In November 2014, African Barrick Gold would get a new name and new management to distance itself from a troublesome past and disputes with local politicians. Less than three years later, things are worse than…
Continue reading…

 

Trump confirms G20 dinner chat with Putin

WASHINGTON. – US President Donald Trump lashed out at “sick” media reports that he held a second “undisclosed” meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin at a state dinner during the G20 summit in Germany, saying the press was fully aware of the high-profile event. “Fake News story of secret dinner with Putin is ‘sick’. All G20…
Continue reading…

 

May reads riot act to her Cabinet ministers

LONDON. – Theresa May has upbraided her cabinet for their anonymous leaking and briefing of last week’s private meeting, accusing the culprits of failing to take their responsibilities seriously. The prime minister read the riot act to her senior ministers after two leaks appeared aimed at discrediting Philip Hammond, the chancellor. Several cabinet sources revealed…
Continue reading…

 

‘It’s an embarrassment to be an American’

NEW YORK. — JPMorgan Chase chief executive Jamie Dimon ripped into the political gridlock in Washington. “It’s almost an embarrassment to be an American citizen traveling around the world and listening to the stupid s**t we have to deal with in this country,” Dimon said on a conference call with analysts. Dimon, who is a…
Continue reading…

 

First anniversary of great victory of our democracy

By Binali Yildirim IT has been a year since we thwarted the bloodiest terrorist attack in the history of the Republic of Turkey. Turkey has proven its resilience, ability to recover and strength in the course of last year. It is essential to make an evaluation of the past year and look forward. First of all,…
Continue reading…

 

‘Contraceptives greatest anti-poverty innovation’

LONDON. – Contraceptives are “one of the greatest anti-poverty innovations the world has ever known”, philanthropist Melinda Gates said yesterday, calling for family planning to be a global priority. Access to birth control boosts economic productivity by allowing women to earn an income and leads to smaller families with more resources to spend on children’s…
Continue reading…

 

Trump calls Putin meeting an honour

HAMBURG. – US President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin held their first face-to-face meeting yesterday at a G20 Summit marred by violent protests and a rift between America and its Western allies over climate change and trade. “We look forward to a lot of very positive things happening for Russia, for the United…
Continue reading…

 

New drugs needed against gonorrhoea: UN

PARIS. – New drugs are urgently needed to treat gonorrhoea, a sexually-transmitted disease threatening to veer out of control as it develops resistance to existing antibiotics, the UN’s health agency said yesterday. Nearly 80 million people are infected with the disease every year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said in a statement. Among these, doctors are…
Continue reading…