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15:27, 02 October 2014 Thursday
Oil prices drop to new 27-month low
11:48, 02 October 2014 Thursday

Oil prices drop to new 27-month low

Sharp cuts in official selling prices from state producer Saudi Aramco to Asian customers on Wednesday came as the clearest sign yet that the world's largest exporter is trying to compete for crude market share.

Argentina central bank chief quits
11:35, 02 October 2014 Thursday

Argentina central bank chief quits

Argentine debt prices fell on the news Juan Carlos Fabrega had stepped down.


Cuba rejects plans for first mosque
13:16, 02 October 2014 Thursday

Cuba rejects plans for first mosque

Pedro Lazo Torres, the leader of Havana’s Muslim community, revealed that his joint efforts with Turkey's Religious Affairs Foundation (TDV) to open a mosque in Havana was rejected.

Pilgrims converge on Saudi's Mina ahead of Hajj
12:50, 02 October 2014 Thursday

Pilgrims converge on Saudi's Mina ahead of Hajj

Pilgrims – coming from all over the world – will spend one day and one night in prayer before setting out for Mount Arafat on Friday morning for the spiritual journey's climax.

Islamophobic attacks increase 65 in London
11:15, 02 October 2014 Thursday

Islamophobic attacks increase 65% in London

Metropolitan Police figures have shown offences have increased from 344 to 570 in the last year.


11:43, 02 October 2014 Thursday

Blasts rock Bulgarian explosives plant, 15 dead

A large explosion was followed by a series of smaller blasts in a part of the privately-run plant where mines were dismantled in the village of Gorni Lom.


TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on OCT 02
13:22, 02 October 2014 Thursday

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on OCT. 02

Thursday’s dailies cover the clashes between ISIL and the pro-Kurdish Democratic Union party in Kobani and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s remarks at the opening of the country’s new legislative year.


2 000 dead Bolivians on vote register ahead of polls
12:16, 02 October 2014 Thursday

2,000 dead Bolivians on vote register ahead of polls

Juan del Granado, candidate for Movement Without Fear (MSM) denounced the issue as “very serious” and demanded that the names be immediately withdrawn from the register.

Ecuador apologizes for allowing oil drilling on tribal lands
11:38, 02 October 2014 Thursday

Ecuador apologizes for allowing oil drilling on tribal lands

The apology to the Sarayaku community came two years after the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that the OPEC nation had violated the tribe's right to be consulted.


14:49, 02 October 2014 Thursday

Parcel containing bomb materials sent to Greek stock exchange

A stock exchange official said the package was discovered mid-morning at the building's entrance but did not affect the trading session, which continued without interruption.

Putin says sanctions will not stop Russia
13:24, 02 October 2014 Thursday

Putin says sanctions will not stop Russia

Paying little attention to the sliding fortunes of Russia's weakening economy, Russian president Vladimir Putin listed Russia's budget triumphs and the growth rates in the industrial and agricultural sectors.

Greenland in political chaos as three ministers step down
11:46, 02 October 2014 Thursday

Greenland in political chaos as three ministers step down

Greenland is a self-ruling country within the Kingdom of Denmark and has a population of about 56,000 people.


Melting ice forces some walruses to beach in Alaska
11:28, 02 October 2014 Thursday

Melting ice forces some walruses to beach in Alaska

Researchers monitoring these patterns estimate as many as 35,000 walruses came to shore near the coastal village of Point Lay, about 700 miles (1130 km) north of Anchorage at the weekend.


More than 100 ex-rebels family members die in Congo camp
10:14, 02 October 2014 Thursday

More than 100 ex-rebels, family members die in Congo camp

A spokesman for Congo's government said an investigation had been launched into the situation but health problems that people face across Congo, rather than poor management at the camp, were most likely to be the cause of the deaths.

UN to talk with Libyan militias in peace process
10:10, 02 October 2014 Thursday

UN to talk with Libyan militias in peace process

Bernadino Leon, the U.N. special envoy to Libya, said a second step would be to seek talks with the militias that now run the desert nation.


Myanmar news site attacked by anti-Muslim hackers
14:30, 02 October 2014 Thursday

Myanmar news site attacked by anti-Muslim hackers

A cyberattack by extremist Buddhists is the latest in series in response to Irrawaddy’s coverage of religious violence.

ISIL advances on Kobani nears Turkish border
12:24, 02 October 2014 Thursday

ISIL advances on Kobani, nears Turkish border

Heavy clashes between ISIL and Kurdish YPG fighters had been continuing on Kobani's eastern and southeastern outskirts for the last 36 hours.

Jordan Brotherhood faces internal reform calls
12:21, 02 October 2014 Thursday

Jordan Brotherhood faces internal reform calls

Reformist members demand the resignation of executive office members, the elimination of what they call "crisis elements" and the amendment of the group's internal bylaws.

Gulf envoys to return to Qatar 'very soon'
12:19, 02 October 2014 Thursday

Gulf envoys to return to Qatar 'very soon'

The three Gulf States collectively pulled their ambassadors from Qatar in March, claiming Doha had violated a 2013 security pact and interfered in their domestic affairs.

Gulf Arabs demand return of state authority in Yemen
10:16, 02 October 2014 Thursday

Gulf Arabs demand return of state authority in Yemen

Fighters from the Shi'ite Muslim Houthi movement seized Sanaa on Sept. 21 after overrunning an army brigade affiliated to the moderate Islamist Islah party, making them effectively the power brokers in the country.

41 children killed in Homs school bombings
09:14, 02 October 2014 Thursday

41 children killed in Homs school bombings

Two blasts killed at least 45 people, including 41 children, in the Syrian city of Homs.


Mohammed most popular boy's name in Israel
13:42, 02 October 2014 Thursday

Mohammed most popular boy's name in Israel

By omitting Arab names from the list, Israel's Population, Immigration and Border Authority hid the fact that the most popular boy's name in Israel for that year was actually Mohammed.

Palestinians draft UN resolution to end Israeli occupation
11:30, 02 October 2014 Thursday

Palestinians draft UN resolution to end Israeli occupation

The resolution calls for "the full withdrawal of Israel from all of the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, by November 2016.

US warns Israel over East Jerusalem settlements
09:59, 02 October 2014 Thursday

US warns Israel over East Jerusalem settlements

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the step would also send a "troubling message" if the Israeli government proceeded with tenders and construction.


Turkey's top general vows to defend Aleppo base
15:22, 02 October 2014 Thursday

Turkey's top general vows to defend Aleppo base

Rumors are circulating the Turkish media that ISIL militants have surrounded the Suleiman Shah tomb, a Turkish military base in Syria's Aleppo.

Turkey to speed up nuclear power plant construction
13:19, 02 October 2014 Thursday

Turkey to speed up nuclear power plant construction

Turkey will speed up the process of nuclear power plant construction, said Turkish energy minister following talks with Russian energy officials.

Assad 'not less dangerous' than ISIL Turkish FM claims
12:13, 02 October 2014 Thursday

Assad 'not less dangerous' than ISIL, Turkish FM claims

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu compared the Syrian regime to the ISIL.

PKK leader Ocalan threatens to end peace process
10:57, 02 October 2014 Thursday

PKK leader Ocalan threatens to end peace process

"If this massacre attempt achieves its goal it will end the process," said Abdullah Ocalan, leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

Turkey PM discusses Kobani with Kurdish opposition
09:39, 02 October 2014 Thursday

Turkey PM discusses Kobani with Kurdish opposition

Turkey had warned Kurdish and Syrian fighters to unite against ISIL, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.


US drops charges on soldier who killed Iraqi boys
09:53, 02 October 2014 Thursday

US drops charges on soldier who killed Iraqi boys

The Army gave no reason for the decision to drop the charges against Sergeant First Class Michael Barbera.

US Secret Service director resigns under fire
09:24, 02 October 2014 Thursday

US Secret Service director resigns under fire

U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson steps down after an incident in which an Iraq war veteran with a knife scaled the White House fence, sprinted across the lawn and got deep inside the mansion before an off-duty agent stopped him.


France boosts military response to ISIL eyes next phase
15:01, 02 October 2014 Thursday

France boosts military response to ISIL, eyes next phase

Ahead of a visit to Washington by Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Thursday to meet his American counterpart, his ministry said three Rafale fighter jets and an anti-aircraft warship would be sent to the Gulf to support Iraqi government forces against ISIL.

Iraqi FM weapons needed to fight ISIL not more troops
12:08, 02 October 2014 Thursday

Iraqi FM: weapons needed to fight ISIL, not more troops

The Iraqi army needs more weapons, said Iraqi foreign minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari.


Taliban bomber in Afghan capital targets army bus kills three
14:54, 02 October 2014 Thursday

Taliban bomber in Afghan capital targets army bus, kills three

The Taliban claimed responsibility and its reclusive leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, called the recent election a "publicity stunt".

North Korea prepares launch site for longer-range rockets
11:26, 02 October 2014 Thursday

North Korea prepares launch site for longer-range rockets

A longer-range capability would be bound to concern its sworn enemies, Japan and the United States whom it regularly threatens with nuclear strikes.

China warns US not to meddle in Hong Kong
09:30, 02 October 2014 Thursday

China warns US not to meddle in Hong Kong

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Beijing had "very formally and clearly stated its position: Hong Kong affairs are China's internal affairs. All countries should respect China's sovereignty."


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