Monthly Archives: December 2016

PPF urges Bahrain to end prosecution of rights’ activist

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) has written a letter to His HM Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of the Kingdom of Bahrain to express its concern over the continued persecution of human rights and free speech defender Najeeb Rajab. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali, in his letter, urged the king of Bahrain to end […]

China Opens World’s Highest Bridge

Beijing, China has opened the Beipan River Bridge that links Southwest China’s Guizhou and Yunnan provinces, Xinhua news agency reported. The bridge is the world’s highest, standing at 565 meters and extending for 1.34 km as it crosses a gorge between …

Turkey’s Constitutional Amendment Bill Headed for Parliament Vote

Ankara, The Turkish parliament’s constitutional committee has approved a bill proposing a set of constitutional amendments, including a switch to a presidential system of governance in Turkey. Backed by the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party’s 3…

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Venezuela president extends date to use 100-bolivar bills

Venezuela president extends date to use 100-bolivar bills

الجمعه 1438/4/1 هـ الموافق 2016/12/30 م واس

CARACAS, Venezuela, Rabi’II 01, 1438, December 30, 2016, SPA — President Nicolas Maduro has again extended the deadline for Venezuelans to stop using their old 100-bolivar bills, according to AP.
Maduro said in a television and radio broadcast address on Thursday that people now have until Jan. 20 to stop using the old bills.
The decision comes almost two weeks after violent protests and looting erupted when an earlier date to stop using the old bills came and went before new bills to replace them were distributed.
Government officials have blamed “sabotage” for the ongoing delay in the distribution of the new bills.
Venezuela faces a severe economic crisis that includes galloping inflation and shortages of food, medicine and other goods.
00:24 LOCAL TIME 21:24 GMT

Brazil could simplify oil tax rules as part of broad reform- source

Brazil could simplify oil tax rules as part of broad reform- source
Friday 1438/4/1 – 2016/12/30

BRASILIA, Rabi’II 01, 1438, December 30, 2016, SPA — Brazil’s government is considering simplifying the tax regime of the oil and gas industry a…

EU commission approves support measures for Italy’s Monte Paschi bank

Brussels, Rabi’I 30, 1438, December 29, 2016, SPA — The Italian government has received the green lightfrom European Union authorities to provide liquidity measures for itsailing lender Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS), according to dpa.The European Co…

Asian stocks fall

TOKYO, 30 Rabi’I,1438 AH, 29 December,2016 , SPA — Asian shares mostly dropped in thin trading Thursday, taking their cue from a slide on Wall Street as the stronger yen helped send Japanese stocks lower, AP reported.Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 slipp…