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North Korea calls for urgent UN measures in response to seizure of cargo ship by ‘gangster’ US

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Pyongyang has urged the UN to act after North Korea’s bulk carrier, the Wise Honest, was captured by US forces. It was seized a year after being detained in Indonesia. Pyongyang’s UN representative Kim Song has sent a letter on Friday to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres asking for immediate action to be taken to return the Read More

Saudi Arabia has restarted oil pipelines after Iran-backed rebel attack

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By Nayla Razzouk on 5/15/2019 Photo: Saudi Aramco. DUBAI (Bloomberg) — Saudi Arabia restarted its main cross-country oil pipeline after a drone attack by Iran-backed rebels that halted the link and escalated tensions in the world’s largest oil-exporting region. Saudi Aramco resumed operations at the pipeline after a halt Tuesday, the state-run oil company said Read More

India’s monsoon to arrive late, deliver less rain – Skymet

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s monsoon rains will arrive on its southern coast on June 4 and deliver less rain than average this year, a private weather forecaster said on Tuesday, lowering prospects of higher farm and economic growth in the $2.6 trillion economy. A man transports passengers on an improvised motorized rickshaw during heavy Read More

Russia to retain crown of world’s top wheat exporter

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Global grain production is set for a sharp increase in the next 12 months with Russia remaining the top exporter, according to a report from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA projects global wheat production to grow by 46 million tons from the previous year to a record 777 million tons. Russia Read More

Yemen’s Houthis offer unilateral withdrawal from key ports in coming days – UN

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The Houthis have offered to withdraw their forces from three key ports in Yemen starting this weekend, according to senior United Nations official in charge of monitoring the move. The UN “welcomes the offer and intention of the Ansar Allah to undertake an initial unilateral redeployment from the ports of Al-Hudaydah, Salif and Ras-Issa,” said Read More

North Korea ‘fires two short-range missiles’

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By Sunita Patel-Carstairs, news reporter North Korea has fired two suspected short-range missiles, according to the South Korean military. South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff said in a statement the missiles were fired towards the east from Sino-ri in North Pyongan province in the northwest of the country at around 8.30am (BST). They flew around Read More

Kim Jong Un’s ‘great satisfaction’ with North Korea missile test

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By Sharon Marris, news reporter Kim Jong Un watched the recent launch of what appeared to be a new short-range ballistic missile, North Korean state media has confirmed. The country’s leader was pictured observing Saturday’s drills and expressed “great satisfaction”, according to Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency. Image: Kim Jong Un was pictured with Read More

Japan’s Abe indicates possible meeting with North Korea’s Kim ‘without conditions’

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There were signs of renewed diplomacy between Japan and North Korea on Friday, after Japanese PM Shinzo Abe was reported suggesting that a meeting with Kim Jong-un without any “preconditions” was a possibility. The resolution of the issue of Japanese citizens “abducted” by Pyongyang has long been held up by Tokyo as a precursor to Read More

Gazpromneft-Yamal and eDrilling partner to optimize Tyumen drilling operations

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5/1/2019 STAVANGER — eDrilling has announced that it has signed a contract with Gazpromneft-Yamal, a Gazprom Neft subsidiary, for the use of eDrilling’s software to optimize its drilling operations in the Tyumen region. “Our objective is to improve performance across the board through the use of new technologies and design solutions in the field.” remarks Read More

What the CIA is looking for in the al Baghdadi video

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On Monday, Islamic State released a video that purportedly showed leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi for the first time in five years. The leader of one of the world’s most notorious terror groups had been rumoured to be dead, after IS’s defeat in Baghouz, eastern Syria, last month. Now, after his first appearance since he Read More