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US concerned at moves to suspend Bahrain opposition WASHINGTON: The United States has "strong concerns" about a lawsuit filed in Bahrain to suspend the activities of the Gulf kingdom's largest opposition group, a US official said on Tuesday.Bahrain moved to suspend Al-Wefaq for three months for allegedly violating the kingdom's law on associations, the official BNA news agency reported Sunday.Al-Wefaq has led the protest movement that started in February 2011. Political parties are banned in Bahrain, as in other Gulf Arab monarchies, and Al-Wefaq has the status of an association in the country which is a key regional US ally."We are aware of the lawsuit and are closely following the case," a State Department official told AFP.While the courts were still reviewing the case, "we have strong concerns about the decision to pursue this case, and its potential impact on upcoming elections" which are expected later in the year."All sides need to look for ways to build confidence ...


Israel says no need to cancel flights after rocket fire JERUSALEM: Israel said there was no reason to cancel flights after a rocket fired from Gaza crashed just kilometres (miles) from its main airport Tuesday, prompting some airlines to suspend services.The Federal Aviation Authority banned US airlines from flying to or from the Jewish state, which is locked in a bloody conflict with Gaza militants, and major European and Canadian carriers cancelled flights shortly after.Israeli "Transport Minister Yisrael Katz this evening called American companies to ...

Rocket fire on Israel airport prompts flights suspension JERUSALEM: A rocket fired from Gaza hit north of Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport on Tuesday, police said, prompting US and European airlines to suspend flights to and from Israel."A house was damaged in a rocket strike in the Kiryat Ono Yehud region, several kilometres (miles) from the airport," police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP.The US Federal Aviation Authority later banned US airlines from flying to or from the Jewish state, which is in a ...

US appeals court deals blow to Obama health care law WASHINGTON: A US federal appeals court delivered a stinging and potentially crippling blow to President Barack Obama's health care law Tuesday, ruling that insurance subsidies may not be available to millions of users.In a judgment it said has "major consequences," the DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Obama administration cannot subsidize Americans who purchased their coverage through a government website, and that tax credits established under the 2010 law can only be issued to ...

British state borrowing declines in June: data LONDON: British state borrowing fell only slightly last month, official data showed on Tuesday.Public sector net borrowing, the government's preferred measure of the deficit, dipped to £11.4 billion ($19.5 billion, 14.4 billion euros) in June.The figure, which excludes financial sector intervention measures and transfers from the Bank of England's cash stimulus scheme, compared with £11.5 billion in the same month of 2013."The public finances were essentially only stable year-on-year in June after stripping out all ...

Eurozone debt rises sharply: Eurostat BRUSSELS: Eurozean public debt -- the accumulated total of government budget deficits and borrowing -- rose sharply earlier this year, reversing a downtrend when the economic crisis eased, official figures showed on Tuesday.The 28 European Union states are supposed to keep total public debt below the equivalent of 60 percent of annual economic output, while annual budget deficits must not exceed 3.0 percent.For years however these limits have been breached and total debt increased sharply ...

Israel to finish Gaza tunnels assault before truce: Livni JERUSALEM: Israel will not halt its fire in Gaza until it finishes an operation aimed at destroying tunnels used by Hamas for cross-border attacks, a senior minister said on Tuesday. As world efforts to broker a ceasefire in war-torn Gaza gathered speed, Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni also ruled out any acceptance of the "unacceptable" demands laid out by Hamas as a condition for halting its fire.She said the question of an immediate ceasefire with ...


 



 
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