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  •  New 100 and 200 euro notes are to go into circulation effect from May 28 2019 the European Central Bank ECB said on Monday The notes are to be shown to the public for the first time at the ECB headquarters in Frankfurt later that day The new notes are intended to be more difficult to forge The ECB has already released improved notes in the denominations of five 10 20 and 50 euros The 500 euro note is no longer being produced Banks and the retail sector are expected to prepare staff for the introduction of the new notes The older notes will remain legal tender but will gradually be withdrawn from circulation dpa PNAN Edited by Fatima Sule Felix Ajide NAN
    ECB: New 100, 200 euro notes go into circulation May 2019
     New 100 and 200 euro notes are to go into circulation effect from May 28 2019 the European Central Bank ECB said on Monday The notes are to be shown to the public for the first time at the ECB headquarters in Frankfurt later that day The new notes are intended to be more difficult to forge The ECB has already released improved notes in the denominations of five 10 20 and 50 euros The 500 euro note is no longer being produced Banks and the retail sector are expected to prepare staff for the introduction of the new notes The older notes will remain legal tender but will gradually be withdrawn from circulation dpa PNAN Edited by Fatima Sule Felix Ajide NAN
    ECB: New 100, 200 euro notes go into circulation May 2019
    Foreign4 years ago

    ECB: New 100, 200 euro notes go into circulation May 2019

    New 100 and 200 euro notes are to go into circulation effect from May 28, 2019, the European Central Bank (ECB) said on Monday.

    The notes are to be shown to the public for the first time at the ECB headquarters in Frankfurt later that day.

    The new notes are intended to be more difficult to forge. The ECB has already released improved notes in the denominations of five, 10, 20 and 50 euros.

    The 500-euro note is no longer being produced.

    Banks and the retail sector are expected to prepare staff for the introduction of the new notes.

    The older notes will remain legal tender but will gradually be withdrawn from circulation. (dpa/PNAN)

    Edited by: Fatima Sule/Felix Ajide
    (NAN)

  •  President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey said on Friday the U S decision to arm the Syrian Kurdish YPG is contrary to its relationship with Turkey adding he believed issues with Washington would be largely solved in an upcoming visit Erdogan who was speaking at a news conference in the capital Ankara also said he would pursue the issue of the extradition of the U S based cleric Fethullah Gulen to the end Erdogan is due to meet with President Donald Trump during a visit to Washington on May 16 The issues of arming the YPG which Turkey sees as a terrorist organisation and the extradition of Gulen whom Ankara blames for last year s coup are expected to be high on the agenda NAN reports that on Thursday U S Defence Secretary Jim Mattis told Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim that Washington was committed to protecting its NATO ally a spokesperson said The roughly half hour meeting in London appeared to be the highest level talks between the two nations since Washington announced on Tuesday plans to back the YPG militia in an assault to retake the city of Raqqa from Islamic State Turkey views the YPG as the Syrian extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party PKK which has fought an insurgency in southeast Turkey since 1984 and is considered a terrorist group by the United States Turkey and Europe A U S official told Reuters that the U S was looking to boost intelligence cooperation with Turkey to support its fight against the PKK The Wall Street Journal reported the effort could end up doubling the capacity of an intelligence fusion center in Ankara It was unclear if the effort would be enough to soothe Turkey however Turkey has warned the U S that its decision to arm Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State in Syria could end up hurting Washington and accused its NATO ally of siding with terrorists Pentagon spokesperson Dana White disclosed little about Mattis meeting with Binali in London where both men were attending a conference on Somalia The secretary reiterated U S commitment to protecting our NATO ally she said in a statement after the talks Mattis speaking on Wednesday expressed confidence that the United States would be able to resolve tensions with Turkey over the decision to arm the Kurds saying We ll work out any of the concerns Yildirim told reporters on Wednesday the U S decision will surely have consequences and will yield a negative result for the U S as well The U S regards the YPG as a valuable partner in the fight against Islamic State militants in northern Syria Washington says that arming the Kurdish forces is necessary to recapturing Raqqa Islamic State s de facto capital in Syria and a hub for planning attacks against the West That argument holds little sway with Ankara which worries that advances by the YPG in northern Syria could inflame the PKK insurgency on Turkish soil SH
    U.S. decision to arm Syrian YPG counter to relationship with Turkey, Erdogan says
     President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey said on Friday the U S decision to arm the Syrian Kurdish YPG is contrary to its relationship with Turkey adding he believed issues with Washington would be largely solved in an upcoming visit Erdogan who was speaking at a news conference in the capital Ankara also said he would pursue the issue of the extradition of the U S based cleric Fethullah Gulen to the end Erdogan is due to meet with President Donald Trump during a visit to Washington on May 16 The issues of arming the YPG which Turkey sees as a terrorist organisation and the extradition of Gulen whom Ankara blames for last year s coup are expected to be high on the agenda NAN reports that on Thursday U S Defence Secretary Jim Mattis told Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim that Washington was committed to protecting its NATO ally a spokesperson said The roughly half hour meeting in London appeared to be the highest level talks between the two nations since Washington announced on Tuesday plans to back the YPG militia in an assault to retake the city of Raqqa from Islamic State Turkey views the YPG as the Syrian extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party PKK which has fought an insurgency in southeast Turkey since 1984 and is considered a terrorist group by the United States Turkey and Europe A U S official told Reuters that the U S was looking to boost intelligence cooperation with Turkey to support its fight against the PKK The Wall Street Journal reported the effort could end up doubling the capacity of an intelligence fusion center in Ankara It was unclear if the effort would be enough to soothe Turkey however Turkey has warned the U S that its decision to arm Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State in Syria could end up hurting Washington and accused its NATO ally of siding with terrorists Pentagon spokesperson Dana White disclosed little about Mattis meeting with Binali in London where both men were attending a conference on Somalia The secretary reiterated U S commitment to protecting our NATO ally she said in a statement after the talks Mattis speaking on Wednesday expressed confidence that the United States would be able to resolve tensions with Turkey over the decision to arm the Kurds saying We ll work out any of the concerns Yildirim told reporters on Wednesday the U S decision will surely have consequences and will yield a negative result for the U S as well The U S regards the YPG as a valuable partner in the fight against Islamic State militants in northern Syria Washington says that arming the Kurdish forces is necessary to recapturing Raqqa Islamic State s de facto capital in Syria and a hub for planning attacks against the West That argument holds little sway with Ankara which worries that advances by the YPG in northern Syria could inflame the PKK insurgency on Turkish soil SH
    U.S. decision to arm Syrian YPG counter to relationship with Turkey, Erdogan says
    Foreign6 years ago

    U.S. decision to arm Syrian YPG counter to relationship with Turkey, Erdogan says

    President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey said on Friday the U.S.’ decision to arm the Syrian Kurdish YPG is contrary to its relationship with Turkey, adding he believed issues with Washington would be largely solved in an upcoming visit.

    Erdogan, who was speaking at a news conference in the capital Ankara, also said he would pursue the issue of the extradition of the U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen to “the end”.

    Erdogan is due to meet with President Donald Trump during a visit to Washington on May 16.

    The issues of arming the YPG, which Turkey sees as a terrorist organisation, and the extradition of Gulen, whom Ankara blames for last year’s coup, are expected to be high on the agenda.

    NAN reports that on Thursday, U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis told Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim that Washington was committed to protecting its NATO ally, a spokesperson said.

    The roughly half-hour meeting in London appeared to be the highest level talks between the two nations since Washington announced on Tuesday plans to back the YPG militia in an assault to retake the city of Raqqa from Islamic State.

    Turkey views the YPG as the Syrian extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has fought an insurgency in southeast Turkey since 1984 and is considered a terrorist group by the United States, Turkey and Europe.

    A U.S. official told Reuters that the U.S. was looking to boost intelligence cooperation with Turkey to support its fight against the PKK.

    The Wall Street Journal reported the effort could end up doubling the capacity of an intelligence fusion center in Ankara.

    It was unclear if the effort would be enough to soothe Turkey, however.

    Turkey has warned the U.S. that its decision to arm Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State in Syria could end up hurting Washington, and accused its NATO ally of siding with terrorists.

    Pentagon spokesperson Dana White disclosed little about Mattis’ meeting with Binali in London, where both men were attending a conference on Somalia.

    “The secretary reiterated U.S. commitment to protecting our NATO ally,” she said in a statement after the talks.

    Mattis, speaking on Wednesday, expressed confidence that the United States would be able to resolve tensions with Turkey over the decision to arm the Kurds, saying: “We’ll work out any of the concerns.”

    Yildirim told reporters on Wednesday the U.S. decision “will surely have consequences and will yield a negative result for the U.S. as well”.

    The U. S. regards the YPG as a valuable partner in the fight against Islamic State militants in northern Syria.

    Washington says that arming the Kurdish forces is necessary to recapturing Raqqa, Islamic State’s de facto capital in Syria and a hub for planning attacks against the West.

    That argument holds little sway with Ankara, which worries that advances by the YPG in northern Syria could inflame the PKK insurgency on Turkish soil.

    SH

  •  U S Defence Secretary Jim Mattis told Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Thursday that Washington was committed to protecting its NATO ally a spokesperson said The assurance is coming as Turkey fumes over a decision to arm Kurdish fighters in Syria The roughly half hour meeting in London appeared to be the highest level talks between the two nations since Washington announced on Tuesday plans to back the YPG militia in an assault to retake the city of Raqqa from Islamic State Turkey views the YPG as the Syrian extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party PKK which has fought an insurgency in southeast Turkey since 1984 and is considered a terrorist group by the United States Turkey and Europe A U S official told Reuters that the United States was looking to boost intelligence cooperation with Turkey to support its fight against the PKK The Wall Street Journal reported the effort could end up doubling the capacity of an intelligence fusion center in Ankara It was unclear if the effort would be enough to soothe Turkey however Turkey has warned the U S that its decision to arm Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State in Syria could end up hurting Washington and accused its NATO ally of siding with terrorists Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan who will meet U S President Donald Trump in Washington on May 16 has voiced hopes Washington might reverse the decision Pentagon spokesperson Dana White disclosed little about Mattis meeting with Binali in London where both men were attending a conference on Somalia The secretary reiterated U S commitment to protecting our NATO ally she said in a statement after the talks Mattis speaking on Wednesday expressed confidence that the United States would be able to resolve tensions with Turkey over the decision to arm the Kurds saying We ll work out any of the concerns Yildirim told reporters on Wednesday the U S decision will surely have consequences and will yield a negative result for the U S as well The U S regards the YPG as a valuable partner in the fight against Islamic State militants in northern Syria Washington says that arming the Kurdish forces is necessary to recapturing Raqqa Islamic State s de facto capital in Syria and a hub for planning attacks against the West That argument holds little sway with Ankara which worries that advances by the YPG in northern Syria could inflame the PKK insurgency on Turkish soil SH
    “U.S. committed to your security”, Mattis tells Turkey PM
     U S Defence Secretary Jim Mattis told Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Thursday that Washington was committed to protecting its NATO ally a spokesperson said The assurance is coming as Turkey fumes over a decision to arm Kurdish fighters in Syria The roughly half hour meeting in London appeared to be the highest level talks between the two nations since Washington announced on Tuesday plans to back the YPG militia in an assault to retake the city of Raqqa from Islamic State Turkey views the YPG as the Syrian extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party PKK which has fought an insurgency in southeast Turkey since 1984 and is considered a terrorist group by the United States Turkey and Europe A U S official told Reuters that the United States was looking to boost intelligence cooperation with Turkey to support its fight against the PKK The Wall Street Journal reported the effort could end up doubling the capacity of an intelligence fusion center in Ankara It was unclear if the effort would be enough to soothe Turkey however Turkey has warned the U S that its decision to arm Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State in Syria could end up hurting Washington and accused its NATO ally of siding with terrorists Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan who will meet U S President Donald Trump in Washington on May 16 has voiced hopes Washington might reverse the decision Pentagon spokesperson Dana White disclosed little about Mattis meeting with Binali in London where both men were attending a conference on Somalia The secretary reiterated U S commitment to protecting our NATO ally she said in a statement after the talks Mattis speaking on Wednesday expressed confidence that the United States would be able to resolve tensions with Turkey over the decision to arm the Kurds saying We ll work out any of the concerns Yildirim told reporters on Wednesday the U S decision will surely have consequences and will yield a negative result for the U S as well The U S regards the YPG as a valuable partner in the fight against Islamic State militants in northern Syria Washington says that arming the Kurdish forces is necessary to recapturing Raqqa Islamic State s de facto capital in Syria and a hub for planning attacks against the West That argument holds little sway with Ankara which worries that advances by the YPG in northern Syria could inflame the PKK insurgency on Turkish soil SH
    “U.S. committed to your security”, Mattis tells Turkey PM
    Foreign6 years ago

    “U.S. committed to your security”, Mattis tells Turkey PM

    U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis told Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Thursday that Washington was committed to protecting its NATO ally, a spokesperson said.

    The assurance is coming as Turkey fumes over a decision to arm Kurdish fighters in Syria.

    The roughly half-hour meeting in London appeared to be the highest level talks between the two nations since Washington announced on Tuesday plans to back the YPG militia in an assault to retake the city of Raqqa from Islamic State.

    Turkey views the YPG as the Syrian extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has fought an insurgency in southeast Turkey since 1984 and is considered a terrorist group by the United States, Turkey and Europe.

    A U.S. official told Reuters that the United States was looking to boost intelligence cooperation with Turkey to support its fight against the PKK.

    The Wall Street Journal reported the effort could end up doubling the capacity of an intelligence fusion center in Ankara.

    It was unclear if the effort would be enough to soothe Turkey, however.

    Turkey has warned the U.S. that its decision to arm Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State in Syria could end up hurting Washington, and accused its NATO ally of siding with terrorists.

    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who will meet U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on May 16, has voiced hopes Washington might reverse the decision.

    Pentagon spokesperson Dana White disclosed little about Mattis’ meeting with Binali in London, where both men were attending a conference on Somalia.

    “The secretary reiterated U.S. commitment to protecting our NATO ally,” she said in a statement after the talks.

    Mattis, speaking on Wednesday, expressed confidence that the United States would be able to resolve tensions with Turkey over the decision to arm the Kurds, saying: “We’ll work out any of the concerns.”

    Yildirim told reporters on Wednesday the U.S. decision “will surely have consequences and will yield a negative result for the U.S. as well”.

    The U. S. regards the YPG as a valuable partner in the fight against Islamic State militants in northern Syria.

    Washington says that arming the Kurdish forces is necessary to recapturing Raqqa, Islamic State’s de facto capital in Syria and a hub for planning attacks against the West.

    That argument holds little sway with Ankara, which worries that advances by the YPG in northern Syria could inflame the PKK insurgency on Turkish soil.

    SH

  •  Officials say U S President Donald Trump has approved supplying arms to Kurdish YPG fighters to support an operation to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State inspite of fierce opposition from NATO ally Turkey Ankara views the Kurdish YPG militia fighting within a larger U S backed coalition as the Syrian extension of the Kurdish PKK militant group which has fought an insurgency in southeastern Turkey since 1984 There was no immediate reaction from Turkey whose president Tayyip Erdogan is expected to meet Trump in Washington next week The Pentagon immediately sought to stress that it saw arming the Kurdish forces as necessary to ensure a clear victory in Raqqa Islamic State s de facto capital in Syria and a hub for planning the group s attacks against the West We are keenly aware of the security concerns of our coalition partner Turkey Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement as she traveled in Lithuania with defence secretary Jim Mattis We want to reassure the people and government of Turkey that the U S is committed to preventing additional security risks and protecting our NATO ally White said The U S has long directly supplied arms to the Arab components of the so called Syrian Democratic Forces which include YPG fighters White said Washington would still prioritise supplying those Arab fighters within the SDF One U S official speaking on condition of anonymity said the equipment for the Kurdish fighters could include small arms ammunition machine guns armored vehicles and engineering equipment Equipment provided to the SDF would be limited specific to a mission and provided incrementally as objectives are reached White said Officials said the U S alliance with Turkey has proven decisive in the battle against Islamic State in Syria providing the coalition with access to Turkey s Incirlik air base to wage strikes against the militants Mattis speaking before the announcement to reporters in Denmark and after talks with coalition members sounded upbeat about working through tensions with Ankara Our intent is to work with the Turks alongside one another to take Raqqa down and we re going to sort it out and we ll figure out how we re going to do it Mattis said Mattis called Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik on Tuesday the Pentagon said It was unclear how Isik responded but the Pentagon said that both affirmed their support for peace and stability in both Iraq and Syria The decision to arm the Syrian Kurds will likely cast a shadow over Erdogan s visit to Washington policy experts said There have been bad episodes in the relationship between the United States and Turkey but this one is serious because it gets to the heart of Turkish security priorities said Bulent Aliriza director of the Turkey project at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington You ve now got a question mark over the U S Turkish security relationship that is pretty serious Aliriza said Ankara had long argued that Washington should switch support for the planned assault on Raqqa from the Kurdish YPG militia to Syrian rebels Turkey has trained and led against Islamic State for the past year But the U S administration was skeptical that the Turkish backed force was large enough or sufficiently trained White appeared to allude to that conclusion when she said The SDF partnered with enabling support from U S and coalition forces are the only force on the ground that can successfully seize Raqqa in the near future Saleh Muslim co chair of the Syrian Kurdish PYD party the YPG s political affiliate said the U S decision was expected The Raqqa campaign is running in parallel with the international coalition against terrorism It s natural that they would provide weapons to the SDF and the armed groups fighting as part of it Muslim said In a sign of recent tensions Turkish warplanes carried out air strikes against Kurdish YPG fighters in northeastern Syria and Iraq s Sinjar region late last month killing less than 30 fighters according to one estimate The U S has played down Turkish accusations of links between the YPG and PKK Ankara believes the YPG s advances will fuel anti Kurdish sentiment in predominantly Arab parts of Syria such as Raqqa and threaten Syria s territorial integrity SH
    Officials say U.S. to arm Syrian Kurds fighting Islamic State, inspite of Turkey’s ire
     Officials say U S President Donald Trump has approved supplying arms to Kurdish YPG fighters to support an operation to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State inspite of fierce opposition from NATO ally Turkey Ankara views the Kurdish YPG militia fighting within a larger U S backed coalition as the Syrian extension of the Kurdish PKK militant group which has fought an insurgency in southeastern Turkey since 1984 There was no immediate reaction from Turkey whose president Tayyip Erdogan is expected to meet Trump in Washington next week The Pentagon immediately sought to stress that it saw arming the Kurdish forces as necessary to ensure a clear victory in Raqqa Islamic State s de facto capital in Syria and a hub for planning the group s attacks against the West We are keenly aware of the security concerns of our coalition partner Turkey Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement as she traveled in Lithuania with defence secretary Jim Mattis We want to reassure the people and government of Turkey that the U S is committed to preventing additional security risks and protecting our NATO ally White said The U S has long directly supplied arms to the Arab components of the so called Syrian Democratic Forces which include YPG fighters White said Washington would still prioritise supplying those Arab fighters within the SDF One U S official speaking on condition of anonymity said the equipment for the Kurdish fighters could include small arms ammunition machine guns armored vehicles and engineering equipment Equipment provided to the SDF would be limited specific to a mission and provided incrementally as objectives are reached White said Officials said the U S alliance with Turkey has proven decisive in the battle against Islamic State in Syria providing the coalition with access to Turkey s Incirlik air base to wage strikes against the militants Mattis speaking before the announcement to reporters in Denmark and after talks with coalition members sounded upbeat about working through tensions with Ankara Our intent is to work with the Turks alongside one another to take Raqqa down and we re going to sort it out and we ll figure out how we re going to do it Mattis said Mattis called Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik on Tuesday the Pentagon said It was unclear how Isik responded but the Pentagon said that both affirmed their support for peace and stability in both Iraq and Syria The decision to arm the Syrian Kurds will likely cast a shadow over Erdogan s visit to Washington policy experts said There have been bad episodes in the relationship between the United States and Turkey but this one is serious because it gets to the heart of Turkish security priorities said Bulent Aliriza director of the Turkey project at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington You ve now got a question mark over the U S Turkish security relationship that is pretty serious Aliriza said Ankara had long argued that Washington should switch support for the planned assault on Raqqa from the Kurdish YPG militia to Syrian rebels Turkey has trained and led against Islamic State for the past year But the U S administration was skeptical that the Turkish backed force was large enough or sufficiently trained White appeared to allude to that conclusion when she said The SDF partnered with enabling support from U S and coalition forces are the only force on the ground that can successfully seize Raqqa in the near future Saleh Muslim co chair of the Syrian Kurdish PYD party the YPG s political affiliate said the U S decision was expected The Raqqa campaign is running in parallel with the international coalition against terrorism It s natural that they would provide weapons to the SDF and the armed groups fighting as part of it Muslim said In a sign of recent tensions Turkish warplanes carried out air strikes against Kurdish YPG fighters in northeastern Syria and Iraq s Sinjar region late last month killing less than 30 fighters according to one estimate The U S has played down Turkish accusations of links between the YPG and PKK Ankara believes the YPG s advances will fuel anti Kurdish sentiment in predominantly Arab parts of Syria such as Raqqa and threaten Syria s territorial integrity SH
    Officials say U.S. to arm Syrian Kurds fighting Islamic State, inspite of Turkey’s ire
    Foreign6 years ago

    Officials say U.S. to arm Syrian Kurds fighting Islamic State, inspite of Turkey’s ire

    Officials say U.S. President Donald Trump has approved supplying arms to Kurdish YPG fighters to support an operation to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State, inspite of fierce opposition from NATO ally Turkey,

    Ankara views the Kurdish YPG militia, fighting within a larger U.S.-backed coalition, as the Syrian extension of the Kurdish PKK militant group, which has fought an insurgency in southeastern Turkey since 1984.

    There was no immediate reaction from Turkey, whose president, Tayyip Erdogan, is expected to meet Trump in Washington next week.

    The Pentagon immediately sought to stress that it saw arming the Kurdish forces “as necessary to ensure a clear victory” in Raqqa, Islamic State’s de facto capital in Syria and a hub for planning the group’s attacks against the West.

    “We are keenly aware of the security concerns of our coalition partner Turkey,” Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement as she traveled in Lithuania with defence secretary Jim Mattis.

    “We want to reassure the people and government of Turkey that the U.S. is committed to preventing additional security risks and protecting our NATO ally,” White said.

    The U.S. has long directly supplied arms to the Arab components of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces, which include YPG fighters.

    White said Washington would still prioritise supplying those Arab fighters within the SDF.

    One U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the equipment for the Kurdish fighters could include small arms, ammunition, machine guns, armored vehicles and engineering equipment.

    Equipment provided to the SDF would be limited, specific to a mission and provided “incrementally as objectives are reached” White said.

    Officials said the U.S. alliance with Turkey has proven decisive in the battle against Islamic State in Syria, providing the coalition with access to Turkey’s Incirlik air base to wage strikes against the militants.

    Mattis, speaking before the announcement to reporters in Denmark and after talks with coalition members, sounded upbeat about working through tensions with Ankara.

    “Our intent is to work with the Turks, alongside one another, to take Raqqa down, and we’re going to sort it out and we’ll figure out how we’re going to do it,” Mattis said.

    Mattis called Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik on Tuesday, the Pentagon said.

    It was unclear how Isik responded but the Pentagon said that both “affirmed their support for peace and stability in both Iraq and Syria.”

    The decision to arm the Syrian Kurds will likely cast a shadow over Erdogan’s visit to Washington, policy experts said.

    “There have been bad episodes in the relationship between the United States and Turkey, but this one is serious because it gets to the heart of Turkish security priorities,” said Bulent Aliriza, director of the Turkey project at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

    “You’ve now got a question mark over the U.S.-Turkish security relationship that is pretty serious,” Aliriza said.

    Ankara had long argued that Washington should switch support for the planned assault on Raqqa from the Kurdish YPG militia to Syrian rebels Turkey has trained and led against Islamic State for the past year.

    But the U.S. administration was skeptical that the Turkish-backed force was large enough or sufficiently trained.

    White appeared to allude to that conclusion when she said: “The SDF, partnered with enabling support from U.S. and coalition forces, are the only force on the ground that can successfully seize Raqqa in the near future.”

    Saleh Muslim, co-chair of the Syrian Kurdish PYD party, the YPG’s political affiliate, said the U.S. decision was expected.

    “The Raqqa campaign is running in parallel with the international coalition against terrorism. It’s natural that they would provide weapons” to the SDF and the armed groups fighting as part of it, Muslim said.

    In a sign of recent tensions, Turkish warplanes carried out air strikes against Kurdish YPG fighters in northeastern Syria and Iraq’s Sinjar region late last month, killing less than 30 fighters, according to one estimate.

    The U.S. has played down Turkish accusations of links between the YPG and PKK.

    Ankara believes the YPG’s advances will fuel anti-Kurdish sentiment in predominantly Arab parts of Syria such as Raqqa, and threaten Syria’s territorial integrity.

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  •  OPEC and non member oil producers are considering extending a global supply cut for nine months or more to avoid a price sapping output increase in the first quarter of 2018 when demand is expected to be weak OPEC and industry sources said The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries Russia and other producers agreed last year to curb production by 1 8 million barrels per day for six months from Jan 1 Oil prices have gained support but global inventories remain high pulling crude LCOcI back below 50 dollars a barrel and putting pressure on OPEC to extend the cuts through the rest of 2017 Production from countries not participating in the deal such as the United States has also been rising keeping crude below the 60 dollars level that OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia and others would like to see The sources said OPEC countries including core Gulf members are discussing internally whether an extension of nine months or longer is needed to give the market more time to rebalance One industry source familiar with the talks said there had been discussions about extending curbs until the end of the first quarter of 2018 when crude demand should be seasonally weak To increase production in those months may have a negative impact on prices So we may ask for an extension until the end of Q1 of 2018 the source said An OPEC source said other ideas and scenarios could be discussed adding that core Gulf OPEC producers had talked about an extension beyond six months Another OPEC source said it would be tough to get a consensus on prolonging curbs for more than six months but anything can happen A third source said an extension of up to one year could be an option Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al Falih said on Monday the OPEC led production cut could be extended beyond 2017 Based on consultations that I ve had with participating members I am confident the agreement will be extended into the second half of the year and possibly beyond Falih said at an industry event in Kuala Lumpur Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak on Monday backed extending oil output curbs saying it would help speed up a return to a healthier market Novak did not mention for how long he thought curbs should be prolonged OPEC officials generally believe the agreement is helping to bring the market closer to balance and that it should be extended into the second half of this year O PEC sources told Reuters on May 2 that a bigger cut was unlikely SH
    OPEC, non-OPEC to consider extending supply cut by 9 months or more: Sources
     OPEC and non member oil producers are considering extending a global supply cut for nine months or more to avoid a price sapping output increase in the first quarter of 2018 when demand is expected to be weak OPEC and industry sources said The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries Russia and other producers agreed last year to curb production by 1 8 million barrels per day for six months from Jan 1 Oil prices have gained support but global inventories remain high pulling crude LCOcI back below 50 dollars a barrel and putting pressure on OPEC to extend the cuts through the rest of 2017 Production from countries not participating in the deal such as the United States has also been rising keeping crude below the 60 dollars level that OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia and others would like to see The sources said OPEC countries including core Gulf members are discussing internally whether an extension of nine months or longer is needed to give the market more time to rebalance One industry source familiar with the talks said there had been discussions about extending curbs until the end of the first quarter of 2018 when crude demand should be seasonally weak To increase production in those months may have a negative impact on prices So we may ask for an extension until the end of Q1 of 2018 the source said An OPEC source said other ideas and scenarios could be discussed adding that core Gulf OPEC producers had talked about an extension beyond six months Another OPEC source said it would be tough to get a consensus on prolonging curbs for more than six months but anything can happen A third source said an extension of up to one year could be an option Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al Falih said on Monday the OPEC led production cut could be extended beyond 2017 Based on consultations that I ve had with participating members I am confident the agreement will be extended into the second half of the year and possibly beyond Falih said at an industry event in Kuala Lumpur Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak on Monday backed extending oil output curbs saying it would help speed up a return to a healthier market Novak did not mention for how long he thought curbs should be prolonged OPEC officials generally believe the agreement is helping to bring the market closer to balance and that it should be extended into the second half of this year O PEC sources told Reuters on May 2 that a bigger cut was unlikely SH
    OPEC, non-OPEC to consider extending supply cut by 9 months or more: Sources
    Foreign6 years ago

    OPEC, non-OPEC to consider extending supply cut by 9 months or more: Sources

    OPEC and non-member oil producers are considering extending a global supply cut for nine months or more to avoid a price-sapping output increase in the first quarter of 2018, when demand is expected to be weak, OPEC and industry sources said.

    The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Russia and other producers agreed last year to curb production by 1.8 million barrels per day for six months from Jan. 1.

    Oil prices have gained support but global inventories remain high, pulling crude “LCOcI” back below 50 dollars a barrel and putting pressure on OPEC to extend the cuts through the rest of 2017.

    Production from countries not participating in the deal, such as the United States, has also been rising, keeping crude below the 60 dollars level that OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia and others would like to see.

    The sources said OPEC countries including core Gulf members are discussing internally whether an extension of nine months or longer is needed to give the market more time to rebalance.

    One industry source familiar with the talks said there had been discussions about extending curbs until the end of the first quarter of 2018, when crude demand should be seasonally weak.

    “To increase production in those months may have a negative impact (on prices). So we may ask for an extension until the end of Q1 of 2018,” the source said.

    An OPEC source said other ideas and scenarios could be discussed, adding that core Gulf OPEC producers had talked about an extension beyond six months.

    Another OPEC source said it would be tough to get a consensus on prolonging curbs for more than six months but “anything can happen”.

    A third source said an extension of up to one year could be an option.

    Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Monday the OPEC-led production cut could be extended beyond 2017.

    “Based on consultations that I’ve had with participating members, I am confident the agreement will be extended into the second half of the year and possibly beyond,” Falih said at an industry event in Kuala Lumpur.

    Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak on Monday backed extending oil output curbs, saying it would help speed up a return to a healthier market.

    Novak did not mention for how long he thought curbs should be prolonged.

    OPEC officials generally believe the agreement is helping to bring the market closer to balance and that it should be extended into the second half of this year. O

    PEC sources told Reuters on May 2 that a bigger cut was unlikely.

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  •  Turkey is planning to build a wall along the Turkish Iranian border as part of measures against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party PKK Hurriyet Daily News cited a high level official on Monday An official said Turkey is going to build a 70 km wall along the border near eastern Agri Province and Igdir Province and will also close the rest of border with lights towers and iron fences According to the official the PKK has several camps with 800 to 1 000 militants inside Iran territory near the Turkish border The official added that the outlawed PKK members occasionally enter Turkey carrying out attacks Turkey is building a 900 km wall along the Syrian border to prevent refugees and outlawed militants from entering the country and the first 556 km phase was completed in April the official said
    Turkey to build wall on border with Iran
     Turkey is planning to build a wall along the Turkish Iranian border as part of measures against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party PKK Hurriyet Daily News cited a high level official on Monday An official said Turkey is going to build a 70 km wall along the border near eastern Agri Province and Igdir Province and will also close the rest of border with lights towers and iron fences According to the official the PKK has several camps with 800 to 1 000 militants inside Iran territory near the Turkish border The official added that the outlawed PKK members occasionally enter Turkey carrying out attacks Turkey is building a 900 km wall along the Syrian border to prevent refugees and outlawed militants from entering the country and the first 556 km phase was completed in April the official said
    Turkey to build wall on border with Iran
    Foreign6 years ago

    Turkey to build wall on border with Iran

    Turkey is planning to build a wall along the Turkish-Iranian border as part of measures against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Hurriyet Daily News cited a high-level official on Monday.

    An official said Turkey is going to build a 70-km wall along the border near eastern Agri Province and Igdir Province, and will also close the rest of border with lights, towers and iron fences.

    According to the official, the PKK has several camps with 800 to 1,000 militants inside Iran territory near the Turkish border.

    The official added that the outlawed PKK members, occasionally enter Turkey, carrying out attacks.

    “Turkey is building a 900-km wall along the Syrian border to prevent refugees and outlawed militants from entering the country, and the first 556 km phase was completed in April,” the official said.

  •   India s top court on Friday upheld death sentences against four men who fatally gang raped a woman on board a bus in 2012 a crime that sparked widespread protests and drew international attention to violence against women Applause broke out in court among relatives of the victim whose identity is protected by law as judges explained the crime met the rarest of the rare standard required to justify capital punishment in India It s a barbaric crime and it has shaken the society s conscience Justice R Banumathi said as a three judge Supreme Court panel threw out an appeal on behalf of the defendants The five men and a juvenile lured the 23 year old trainee physiotherapist and her male friend on to a minibus in New Delhi on Dec 16 2012 before repeatedly raping the woman and beating both with a metal bar and dumping them on a road The woman died of internal injuries two weeks later in a Singapore hospital I am very satisfied Today I am happy the victim s mother said Her father said It s not just a victory for my family it s a victory for each and every woman in our country Four of the attackers were sentenced to death 2013 by the trial court while the fifth hanged himself in prison during the original seven month case The verdict was upheld by the high court in 2014 The four gym instructor Vinay Sharma bus cleaner Akshay Kumar Thakur fruit seller Pawan Gupta and unemployed Mukesh Singh then appealed to the Supreme Court The sixth defendant a minor accused of pulling out part of the woman s intestines with his own hand was sent to a reform home for three years and has since been released The defendants were not in court on Friday A P Singh a lawyer representing three of the condemned men said that justice had not been done He vowed to file a review petition to the chief justice of the Supreme Court The last recourse of the convicts all of whom are now in their twenties would be to seek clemency from President Pranab Mukherjee The crime sparked big protests and led thousands of women across India to break their silence over sexual violence that often goes unreported It also shone a spotlight on what women s groups call a rape epidemic in the country In 2015 police registered more than 34 000 rape complaints and 84 000 women filed sexual harassment cases according to the National Crime Records Bureau Authorities have stiffened penalties against sex crimes introduced fast track trials in rape cases and made stalking a crime Despite the toughening of the laws debate continues over whether they serve as a sufficient deterrent On average 50 crimes against women are registered every day by police in Delhi including at least four cases of rape according to a senior official in the federal home ministry Edited by Celine Damilola Oyewole Sadiya Hamza NAN
    India’s Supreme Court upholds death penalty in Delhi gang rape case
      India s top court on Friday upheld death sentences against four men who fatally gang raped a woman on board a bus in 2012 a crime that sparked widespread protests and drew international attention to violence against women Applause broke out in court among relatives of the victim whose identity is protected by law as judges explained the crime met the rarest of the rare standard required to justify capital punishment in India It s a barbaric crime and it has shaken the society s conscience Justice R Banumathi said as a three judge Supreme Court panel threw out an appeal on behalf of the defendants The five men and a juvenile lured the 23 year old trainee physiotherapist and her male friend on to a minibus in New Delhi on Dec 16 2012 before repeatedly raping the woman and beating both with a metal bar and dumping them on a road The woman died of internal injuries two weeks later in a Singapore hospital I am very satisfied Today I am happy the victim s mother said Her father said It s not just a victory for my family it s a victory for each and every woman in our country Four of the attackers were sentenced to death 2013 by the trial court while the fifth hanged himself in prison during the original seven month case The verdict was upheld by the high court in 2014 The four gym instructor Vinay Sharma bus cleaner Akshay Kumar Thakur fruit seller Pawan Gupta and unemployed Mukesh Singh then appealed to the Supreme Court The sixth defendant a minor accused of pulling out part of the woman s intestines with his own hand was sent to a reform home for three years and has since been released The defendants were not in court on Friday A P Singh a lawyer representing three of the condemned men said that justice had not been done He vowed to file a review petition to the chief justice of the Supreme Court The last recourse of the convicts all of whom are now in their twenties would be to seek clemency from President Pranab Mukherjee The crime sparked big protests and led thousands of women across India to break their silence over sexual violence that often goes unreported It also shone a spotlight on what women s groups call a rape epidemic in the country In 2015 police registered more than 34 000 rape complaints and 84 000 women filed sexual harassment cases according to the National Crime Records Bureau Authorities have stiffened penalties against sex crimes introduced fast track trials in rape cases and made stalking a crime Despite the toughening of the laws debate continues over whether they serve as a sufficient deterrent On average 50 crimes against women are registered every day by police in Delhi including at least four cases of rape according to a senior official in the federal home ministry Edited by Celine Damilola Oyewole Sadiya Hamza NAN
    India’s Supreme Court upholds death penalty in Delhi gang rape case
    Foreign6 years ago

    India’s Supreme Court upholds death penalty in Delhi gang rape case

     India’s top court on Friday upheld death sentences against four men who fatally gang raped a woman on board a bus in 2012, a crime that sparked widespread protests and drew international attention to violence against women.

    Applause broke out in court among relatives of the victim, whose identity is protected by law , as judges explained the crime met the “rarest of the rare” standard required to justify capital punishment in India.

    “It’s a barbaric crime and it has shaken the society’s conscience,” Justice R. Banumathi said, as a three-judge Supreme Court panel threw out an appeal on behalf of the defendants.

    The five men and a juvenile lured the 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist and her male friend on to a minibus in New Delhi on Dec. 16, 2012, before repeatedly raping the woman and beating both with a metal bar and dumping them on a road.

    The woman died of internal injuries two weeks later in a Singapore hospital.

    “I am very satisfied. Today I am happy,” the victim’s mother said.

    Her father said: “It’s not just a victory for my family, it’s a victory for each and every woman in our country.”

    Four of the attackers were sentenced to death 2013 by the trial court while the fifth hanged himself in prison during the original seven-month case. The verdict was upheld by the high court in 2014.

    The four – gym instructor Vinay Sharma, bus cleaner Akshay Kumar Thakur, fruit-seller Pawan Gupta, and unemployed Mukesh Singh – then appealed to the Supreme Court.

    The sixth defendant, a minor accused of pulling out part of the woman’s intestines with his own hand, was sent to a reform home for three years and has since been released.

    The defendants were not in court on Friday.

    A.P. Singh, a lawyer representing three of the condemned men, said that justice had not been done. He vowed to file a review petition to the chief justice of the Supreme Court.

    The last recourse of the convicts, all of whom are now in their twenties, would be to seek clemency from President Pranab Mukherjee.

    The crime sparked big protests and led thousands of women across India to break their silence over sexual violence that often goes unreported.

    It also shone a spotlight on what women’s groups call a rape epidemic in the country.

    In 2015, police registered more than 34,000 rape complaints and 84,000 women filed sexual harassment cases, according to the National Crime Records Bureau.

    Authorities have stiffened penalties against sex crimes, introduced fast-track trials in rape cases and made stalking a crime.

    Despite the toughening of the laws, debate continues over whether they serve as a sufficient deterrent.

    On average, 50 crimes against women are registered every day by police in Delhi, including at least four cases of rape, according to a senior official in the federal home ministry

    Edited by: Celine-Damilola Oyewole/Sadiya Hamza
    (NAN)

  •  Kenya s ministry of health on Thursday launched a new drug and self testing kit to aid HIV and AIDS prevention and treatment interventions Director of Medical Services in the Ministry of Health Jackson Kioko said Kenya was the second African country after South Africa to roll out the new HIV pill and self testing kit as efforts to eliminate the disease gathers steam Kenya has made significant breakthrough in the fight against and other infectious diseases The launch of HIV pill and self testing kit are an addition to the existing arsenal to combat this killer disease Kioko said The HIV drug Pre Exposure Prophylaxis PrEP is meant for high risk groups like sex workers teenagers and gay communities whose vulnerability to the virus is high Kioko said Kenya s regulatory authorities have approved the pill The PrEP is a critical intervention in HIV prevention It is only meant for HIV negative people and has over 96 per cent efficacy said Kioko He revealed the HIV pill is already being sold at selected private health facilities for 0 20 U S dollars but will soon be available for free in government run health facilities Likewise the HIV self testing kit will be available at pharmacies and private clinics at a cost of 8 dollars and will help reduce the number of Kenyans who are not aware of their status Kioko said the ministry of health intends to avail self testing kits to an estimated 400 000 HIV positive individuals unaware of their status The self testing will be accompanied by a confirmatory test in government laboratories It is integrated in Kenya s AIDS Strategic Framework that aims to reduce new infections by 75 per cent said Kioko Kenya has an estimated 1 5 million people living with AIDS and two thirds of them are already enlisted in a treatment program subsided by the state The Head of National Aids and STI Control Program Martin Sirengo said unveiling of an efficacious and cheaper drug to prevent HIV transmission alongside self testing kit will hasten progress towards making Kenya an AIDS free nation SH
    Kenya launches new HIV drug, self-testing kit
     Kenya s ministry of health on Thursday launched a new drug and self testing kit to aid HIV and AIDS prevention and treatment interventions Director of Medical Services in the Ministry of Health Jackson Kioko said Kenya was the second African country after South Africa to roll out the new HIV pill and self testing kit as efforts to eliminate the disease gathers steam Kenya has made significant breakthrough in the fight against and other infectious diseases The launch of HIV pill and self testing kit are an addition to the existing arsenal to combat this killer disease Kioko said The HIV drug Pre Exposure Prophylaxis PrEP is meant for high risk groups like sex workers teenagers and gay communities whose vulnerability to the virus is high Kioko said Kenya s regulatory authorities have approved the pill The PrEP is a critical intervention in HIV prevention It is only meant for HIV negative people and has over 96 per cent efficacy said Kioko He revealed the HIV pill is already being sold at selected private health facilities for 0 20 U S dollars but will soon be available for free in government run health facilities Likewise the HIV self testing kit will be available at pharmacies and private clinics at a cost of 8 dollars and will help reduce the number of Kenyans who are not aware of their status Kioko said the ministry of health intends to avail self testing kits to an estimated 400 000 HIV positive individuals unaware of their status The self testing will be accompanied by a confirmatory test in government laboratories It is integrated in Kenya s AIDS Strategic Framework that aims to reduce new infections by 75 per cent said Kioko Kenya has an estimated 1 5 million people living with AIDS and two thirds of them are already enlisted in a treatment program subsided by the state The Head of National Aids and STI Control Program Martin Sirengo said unveiling of an efficacious and cheaper drug to prevent HIV transmission alongside self testing kit will hasten progress towards making Kenya an AIDS free nation SH
    Kenya launches new HIV drug, self-testing kit
    Foreign6 years ago

    Kenya launches new HIV drug, self-testing kit

    Kenya’s ministry of health on Thursday launched a new drug and self-testing kit to aid HIV and AIDS prevention and treatment interventions.

    Director of Medical Services in the Ministry of Health Jackson Kioko said Kenya was the second African country after South Africa to roll out the new HIV pill and self-testing kit as efforts to eliminate the disease gathers steam.

    “Kenya has made significant breakthrough in the fight against and other infectious diseases.

    “The launch of HIV pill and self-testing kit are an addition to the existing arsenal to combat this killer disease,” Kioko said.

    The HIV drug Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is meant for high risk groups like sex workers, teenagers and gay communities whose vulnerability to the virus is high.

    Kioko said Kenya’s regulatory authorities have approved the pill.

    “The PrEP is a critical intervention in HIV prevention. It is only meant for HIV negative people and has over 96 per cent efficacy,” said Kioko.

    He revealed the HIV pill is already being sold at selected private health facilities for 0.20 U.S. dollars but will soon be available for free in government-run health facilities.

    Likewise, the HIV self-testing kit will be available at pharmacies and private clinics at a cost of 8 dollars and will help reduce the number of Kenyans who are not aware of their status.

    Kioko said the ministry of health intends to avail self-testing kits to an estimated 400,000 HIV-positive individuals unaware of their status.

    “The self-testing will be accompanied by a confirmatory test in government laboratories.

    “It is integrated in Kenya’s AIDS Strategic Framework that aims to reduce new infections by 75 per cent,” said Kioko.

    Kenya has an estimated 1.5 million people living with AIDS and two thirds of them are already enlisted in a treatment program subsided by the state.

    The Head of National Aids and STI Control Program Martin Sirengo said unveiling of an efficacious and cheaper drug to prevent HIV transmission alongside self-testing kit will hasten progress towards making Kenya an AIDS-free nation.

    SH

  •  Sandstorms engulfed northern China on Thursday prompting authorities to issue a second warning in three weeks for children and old people to stay indoors The level of fine particulates those that can embed deep inside human lungs registered beyond index in stations across northern China including Heilongjiang Liaoning and Inner Mongolia The China Meteorological Administration issued a blue alert to remain in place until Friday as the beige haze blanketed Hebei Gansu Ningxia Shaanxi Shanxi Jilin and parts of Xinjiang China has a four colour coded system for severe weather with red the most serious followed by orange yellow and blue According to the U S embassy Beijing registered 506 microgrammes of Particulate Matter PM 2 5 microns and smaller per cubic metre on Thursday The World Health Organisation said that a maximum safe level was 25 microgrammes Airborne PM 2 5 is fine enough to penetrate deep into the lungs and is associated with increased risk of heart attack stroke lung cancer and asthma Levels throughout Beijing of PM 10 larger particles in the air harmful to health surpassed 1 000 microgrammes early on Thursday morning according to the Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Centre The warning followed a yellow alert issued on April 15 during reportedly the worst sandstorm in the Chinese capital for 13 years Spring is the traditional sandstorm season for northern China when winds whip across the Gobi Desert in Inner Mongolia picking up sand and then dumping it all along a belt of heavily populated land further south The Chinese government claims the storms have diminished in the last 30 years and credits the planting of billions of trees for the dust control Edited by Celine Damilola Oyewole Sadiya Hamza NAN
    Authorities issue warning as dust storms envelop northern China
     Sandstorms engulfed northern China on Thursday prompting authorities to issue a second warning in three weeks for children and old people to stay indoors The level of fine particulates those that can embed deep inside human lungs registered beyond index in stations across northern China including Heilongjiang Liaoning and Inner Mongolia The China Meteorological Administration issued a blue alert to remain in place until Friday as the beige haze blanketed Hebei Gansu Ningxia Shaanxi Shanxi Jilin and parts of Xinjiang China has a four colour coded system for severe weather with red the most serious followed by orange yellow and blue According to the U S embassy Beijing registered 506 microgrammes of Particulate Matter PM 2 5 microns and smaller per cubic metre on Thursday The World Health Organisation said that a maximum safe level was 25 microgrammes Airborne PM 2 5 is fine enough to penetrate deep into the lungs and is associated with increased risk of heart attack stroke lung cancer and asthma Levels throughout Beijing of PM 10 larger particles in the air harmful to health surpassed 1 000 microgrammes early on Thursday morning according to the Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Centre The warning followed a yellow alert issued on April 15 during reportedly the worst sandstorm in the Chinese capital for 13 years Spring is the traditional sandstorm season for northern China when winds whip across the Gobi Desert in Inner Mongolia picking up sand and then dumping it all along a belt of heavily populated land further south The Chinese government claims the storms have diminished in the last 30 years and credits the planting of billions of trees for the dust control Edited by Celine Damilola Oyewole Sadiya Hamza NAN
    Authorities issue warning as dust storms envelop northern China
    Foreign6 years ago

    Authorities issue warning as dust storms envelop northern China

    Sandstorms engulfed northern China on Thursday, prompting authorities to issue a second warning in three weeks for children and old people to stay indoors.

    The level of fine particulates those that can embed deep inside human lungs registered “beyond index” in stations across northern China including Heilongjiang, Liaoning and Inner Mongolia.

    The China Meteorological Administration issued a “blue alert” to remain in place until Friday as the beige haze blanketed Hebei, Gansu, Ningxia, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Jilin and parts of Xinjiang.

    China has a four-colour coded system for severe weather, with red the most serious, followed by orange, yellow and blue.

    According to the U.S. embassy, Beijing registered 506 microgrammes of Particulate Matter (PM) 2.5 microns and smaller per cubic metre on Thursday.

    The World Health Organisation said that a maximum safe level was 25 microgrammes.

    Airborne “PM 2.5” is fine enough to penetrate deep into the lungs, and is associated with increased risk of heart attack, stroke, lung cancer and asthma.

    Levels throughout Beijing of “PM 10”, larger particles in the air harmful to health, surpassed 1,000 microgrammes early on Thursday morning, according to the Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Centre.

    The warning followed a yellow alert issued on April 15 during reportedly the worst sandstorm in the Chinese capital for 13 years.

    Spring is the traditional sandstorm season for northern China, when winds whip across the Gobi Desert in Inner Mongolia picking up sand and then dumping it all along a belt of heavily populated land further south.

    The Chinese government claims the storms have diminished in the last 30 years, and credits the planting of billions of trees for the dust control.

    Edited by: Celine-Damilola Oyewole/Sadiya Hamza
    (NAN)

  •  The Federal Government has reiterated its determination to stop the importation of Premium Motor Spirit PMS otherwise known as petrol by 2019 The Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation NNPC Dr Maikanti Baru disclosed this to newsmen on the sideline of the ongoing Offshore Technology Conference OTC in Houston Texas U S Baru who was represented at the conference by the Chief Operating Officer Gas and Power Mr Saidu Mohammed said the feat was achievable He said that all the nation s three refineries were producing petroleum products between five and six million litres of PMS daily That is part of what is making the PMS market in Nigeria stable today we believe that the set target of exiting PMS importation in 2019 is achievable As a result lack of turnaround maintenance over the years it will take more years to get the refineries fully back to their nameplate capacities We will also bring in new refineries that will co locate with existing ones we are on course and I see us becoming a net exporter of products he said He said in line with its transformation agenda the corporation was aligning its 12 Business Focus Areas with the Federal Government s 7 Big Wins as championed by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Dr Ibe Kachikwu Baru had earlier told newsmen that the corporation s power supply was the most reliable and the cheapest Edited by Joseph Edeh Grace Yussuf NAN
    FG determined to stop PMS importation by 2019 – NNPC
     The Federal Government has reiterated its determination to stop the importation of Premium Motor Spirit PMS otherwise known as petrol by 2019 The Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation NNPC Dr Maikanti Baru disclosed this to newsmen on the sideline of the ongoing Offshore Technology Conference OTC in Houston Texas U S Baru who was represented at the conference by the Chief Operating Officer Gas and Power Mr Saidu Mohammed said the feat was achievable He said that all the nation s three refineries were producing petroleum products between five and six million litres of PMS daily That is part of what is making the PMS market in Nigeria stable today we believe that the set target of exiting PMS importation in 2019 is achievable As a result lack of turnaround maintenance over the years it will take more years to get the refineries fully back to their nameplate capacities We will also bring in new refineries that will co locate with existing ones we are on course and I see us becoming a net exporter of products he said He said in line with its transformation agenda the corporation was aligning its 12 Business Focus Areas with the Federal Government s 7 Big Wins as championed by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Dr Ibe Kachikwu Baru had earlier told newsmen that the corporation s power supply was the most reliable and the cheapest Edited by Joseph Edeh Grace Yussuf NAN
    FG determined to stop PMS importation by 2019 – NNPC
    Foreign6 years ago

    FG determined to stop PMS importation by 2019 – NNPC

    The Federal Government has reiterated its determination to stop the importation of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) otherwise known as petrol by 2019.

    The Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru disclosed this to newsmen on the sideline of the ongoing Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, Texas, U. S.

    Baru, who was represented at the conference by the Chief Operating Officer, Gas and Power, Mr Saidu Mohammed, said the feat was achievable.

    He said that all the nation’s three refineries were producing petroleum products between five and six million litres of PMS daily.

    “That is part of what is making the PMS market in Nigeria stable today, we believe that the set target of exiting PMS importation in 2019 is achievable.

    “As a result lack of turnaround maintenance over the years, it will take more years to get the refineries fully back to their nameplate capacities.

    “We will also bring in new refineries that will co-locate with existing ones, we are on course and I see us becoming a net exporter of products,” he said.

    He said in line with its transformation agenda, the corporation was aligning its 12 Business Focus Areas with the Federal Government’s 7-Big Wins as championed by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu.

    Baru had earlier told newsmen that the corporation’s power supply was the most reliable and the cheapest.

    Edited by: Joseph Edeh/Grace Yussuf
    (NAN)

     

     

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