Israel ban on binary options gets final parliamentary approval

Israel’s parliament on Monday gave final approval to a law that bans local firms from selling binary options overseas by online trading, giving market regulators the authority to begin a broad crackdown.Binary options involve placing a bet on whether the value of a financial asset - a currency, commodity or stock - will rise or fall in a fixed time,

IS came with a hit list, left Syria town in a trail of blood

Photo: APThe Islamic State militants came into the Syrian town with a hit list. By the time they left three weeks later, more than 70 civilians had been killed — shot or beheaded, their bodies dumped in farms and ditches.The apparent revenge killings in the town of Qaryatayn underscore the ability of the extremists to inflict heavy losses even when

Tillerson says room for Taliban in Afghan government

Photo: APU.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday there is a place for moderate elements of the Taliban in Afghanistan’s government as long as they renounce violence and terrorism and commit to stability. He also delivered a blunt warning to neighboring Pakistan, insisting Islamabad must step up action against terrorist groups that have found safe haven within its borders.Speaking

Trump shoots down retirement limit to pay for GOP tax cuts

President Donald Trump shot down a possible approach for raising revenue to finance tax cuts in politically must-do legislation for the Republicans, promising Monday the popular 401(k) retirement program will be untouched.As Republicans hurtle toward producing a bill to overhaul the U.S. tax system, they’re scrambling to find new revenue sources to pay for anticipated tax cuts exceeding $1 trillion.

Philippines declares end to 5-month militant siege in Marawi

Photo: APThe Philippine government declared the end Monday to the militant siege of a southern city that lasted five months, left more than 1,100 people dead and sparked fears of the Islamic State group gaining a foothold in Southeast Asia.Speaking at an annual meeting of the region’s defense ministers, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told reporters that combat operations in Marawi

New York attorney general launches probe of Weinstein Co.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a civil rights investigation on Monday into The Weinstein Co. following sexual harassment and assault allegations against its co-founder, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.As part of the investigation, the prosecutor’s office issued a subpoena seeking company records on harassment complaints and legal settlements to determine whether any civil rights and anti-discrimination laws were broken.“No New

US senate presses ahead on $36.5B disaster relief package

Photo: APA senior Senate Democrat said there’s no time to waste as the Senate pressed ahead Monday on a $36.5 billion hurricane relief package that would give Puerto Rico a much-needed infusion of cash.The measure also would replenish rapidly dwindling emergency disaster accounts and provide $16 billion to permit the financially troubled federal flood insurance program to pay an influx

Commentary: Abe needs to make right call for his 'new start'

Japanese Prime Minister and ruling Liberal Demoratic Party (LDP) leader Shinzo Abe speaks before press at the LDP headquarters in Tokyo, one day after general election on October 23, 2017. File photo: VCG"From now on, it's a new start," Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters after his ruling camp secured a two-thirds "supermajority" in Sunday's lower house election, adding

Trump's trip to DMZ remains undecided: White House official

U.S. President Donald Trump's possible trip to the Demilitarized Zone separating the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and South Korea during his upcoming Asia tour next month is "still being worked out," said a White House senior official on Monday.Trump is "most likely to visit" Camp Humphreys, a military base about 60 km south of Seoul, capital of South

Spanish deputy PM says still "a chance" to avoid article 155

Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said on Monday there was still "a chance" for Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to avoid Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution being applied to his region.The Spanish government on Saturday agreed to apply the article to suspend regional control of key Catalan institutions, such as the treasury, police, and regional TV network

7 killed, over 90 injured as Typhoon Lan sweeps across Japan

A man walks on a street holding a broken umbrella in the northeastern Japan city of Iwaki on Oct. 23, 2017, as powerful Typhoon Lan brought strong wind and rain.(file photo:VCG)Seven people died and over 90 others were injured as Typhoon Lan lashed wide swathes of Japan after making landfall in central Japan early Monday.This season's 21st typhoon made landfall

Egyptian jets destroy arms convoy crossing from Libya

The Egyptian air forces destroyed on Monday a group of vehicles loaded with weapons and ammunition that infiltrated into Egypt from neighboring Libya, army spokesman

Big 5 business groups make plea to Brexit Secretary over future deal with Brussels

Britain's five main business organizations joined forces Monday to send a letter to Brexit Secretary David Davis, calling on the government to broker an urgent Brexit transition deal.The letter, from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the Institute of Directors (IOD), British Chambers of Commerce, Federation of Small Businesses and the manufacturer's group, the EEF, contains a warning that jobs

Iran welcomes Saudi-Iraq normalization of relations

A senior Iranian official on Monday welcomed the recent moves for normalization of ties between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, Press TV reported.Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, an adviser to Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, also said that Riyadh should stop its "destructive and unconstructive behavior" in the region.The comments by Amir-Abdollahian followed the recent visit by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi- to Riyadh.

IS leaves 100 dead bodies ahead of withdrawing from central Syrian town

The Islamic State (IS) militants left 100 dead bodies ahead of withdrawing from a central Syrian town that has recently been restored by the Syrian government forces, a monitor group reported on October 23.The IS militants killed over 100 in the town of al-Qaryatayn in the eastern countryside of Homs province during their second invasion of the town earlier this

Fiji serious about food security in face of climate change: official

The Fijian government stressed on October 23 that it remains steadfast in its efforts to ensure the food security for its people amid the climate change.Speaking at the opening of a three-day international symposium on tropical fruits which is being held in Fiji's third largest city of Nadi, Fiji's Minister for Agriculture Inia Seruiratu said his country has been stressing

Trump hails China's help over DPRK crisis

US President Donald Trump said China has been helping Washington over the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) nuclear crisis, adding that he and Chinese President Xi Jinping have an "exceptional relationship.""They have been helping us," Trump told Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo in an interview aired on Sunday. "They're closing off their banking systems to North Korea (DPRK). They

ASEAN defense ministers agree to step up counter-terrorism measures

ASEAN Defence Ministers and ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh link armson the sidelines of the 11th ADMM opening ceremony(file photo:VCG)The defense ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) nations agreed on Monday to step up counter-terrorism measures to prevent pro-Islamic State (IS) militant groups from gaining a stronghold in Southeast Asia.At the end of their annual security

Sri Lanka says to create safer working conditions for women

Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lanka's prime minister (file photo:VCG)Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Monday that his administration will create safer working conditions for women as women's participation in the labor market had remained low in recent years.In an economic policy statement delivered at the parliament, Wickremesinghe said Sri Lanka had a low percentage of women in the labor

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