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Tag Archives: BBC

Saudi Arabia, UAE introduce VAT for first time

  Riyadh: Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) introduced the Value Added Tax (VAT) for the first time from Monday. It is a five per cent tax on most goods and services to boost revenue. The VAT will be applied on food, clothes, electronics and gasoline, phone, water and electricity bills, as well as…

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Exotic Indonesian birds found in drain pipes

  Jakarta: A wildlife raid in Indonesia led to 125 exotic birds stuffed into drain pipes sealed by wire and ready to be smuggled, authorities said. The birds comprised 84 eclectus parrots and 41 endangered white cockatoos, reports the BBC. Separate raids were conducted in parts of eastern Indonesia, leading to the arrest of four men.…

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‘Trump’s Russia stance puts US in peril’

  Washington: Two former US intelligence chiefs say President Donald Trump’s stance on Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election is putting the US at risk. The US President sparked uproar by suggesting he believed Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin when he said there had been no interference. The two leaders briefly discussed the allegations at an…

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N.Korean man pleads with China to help family

  Pyongyang: A North Korean man has pleaded with Chinese President Xi Jinping not to forcibly repatriate his wife and young son, saying they face imprisonment or death if sent home, a media report said on Saturday. The woman and her four-year-old son are understood to have been among a group of 10 North Koreans who…

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Kim Jong-un visits cosmetics firm with wife

  Pyongyang: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has taken time away from the confrontation with the US and allies to visit a cosmetics factory in Pyongyang. He went to the newly renovated factory with senior party members and his rarely seen wife, Ri Sol-ju, BBC reported on Sunday. The site was visited by his father and…

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Afghan President has worst job on Earth: Ghani

  Kabul: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has said that he has the “worst job on Earth” and did not deny that it had been a difficult three years since he took office in September 2014. “This is the worst job on Earth,” the President said in an exclusive BBC interview. “We were like 12-year-olds taking on…

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Travel ban: People denied entry to US can reapply

  Washington: People denied entry to the US under President Donald Trump’s first travel ban can now reapply for visas following a legal settlement reached in a federal court. The US government will now contact individuals turned away at borders as a result of the executive order that came into force on January 27, BBC reported…

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Spanish police stop second attack, kill five terrorists

  Madrid: Spanish police said they have stopped a second attempted terror attack on Friday after an earlier one in Barcelona. They killed five persons in Cambrils town to foil the attack. Mossos d’Esquadra, the Catalan police force, killed four out of the five attackers on the spot, a BBC report said. This was after they…

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US notifies UN of Paris climate deal pullout

  Washington: The Donald Trump administration has issued its first written notification that the US intends to withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate agreement, a media report said on Saturday. However, in the notice to the UN on Friday the US State Department said Washington would remain in the talks process, the BBC reported. “Today, the…

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