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Libyan coastguard rescues 115 migrants off Tripoli
Tripoli (AFP) - Libya's coastguard said it rescued 115 migrants on Sunday who had been aboard a rubber boat that broke down off Tripoli, and that one migrant had drowned.
The migrants "were on a rubber boat that broke down northwest of Khoms," some 100 kilometres (60 miles) from the capital on Saturday, navy spokesman Colonel Ayoub Qassem told AFP.
He said the rescue began at 7:30 am local time and it took two hours to take the migrants to Khoms port where they were given medical aid.
They were then passed to the interior ministry's department tackling illegal immigration, he added.
The migrants were of various African nationalities.
People smugglers have exploited the chaos gripping Libya since the 2011 uprising that overthrew dictator Moamer Kadhafi to traffic migrants across the Mediterranean to Europe.
As many as 4,220 migrants have died trying to cross the Mediterranean so far this year, a higher number than the full-year totals for 2014, 2015 or any other year on record, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
The Libyan Red Crescent said on Saturday that in the past week it had retrieved the bodies of 40 migrants who had drowned attempting to reach Europe.
The same day, 10 migrants' bodies were recovered from a rubber boat and more than 2,200 people were rescued at sea, according to the Italian Coast Guard.
On Friday, 1,200 migrants were rescued in eight operations.
Iranian baby with heart defect admitted to Portland hospital
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Iranian infant in need of life-saving heart surgery has arrived at a Portland hospital with her family after being temporarily banned from coming to the U.S. by President Donald Trump's immigration orders.The 4-month-old girl, Fatameh Reshad, was admitted to OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital on Tuesday morning.The girl's family chose Portland because of proximity to relatives.Iranian doctors told the child's parents weeks ago that she needed surgery.The family… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Hungary to cut corporate tax rate to EU low
Budapest (AFP) - Hungary is seeking to lower corporate tax to nine percent starting from 2017, the lowest rate in the European Union, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Thursday."Next year, corporate tax will be set at a single, equitable figure of nine percent, for small and medium enterprises, and large corporations alike," he told reporters in Budapest.Hungarian companies with a turnover of under 500 million forints (1.6 million euros, $1.7 million) currently pay 10 percent of their earnings… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Rising demand compels a shift to affordable housing
Affordable housing is expected to take the lead in the local property market next year, on account of rising demand. Do Thu Hang, associate director of Advisory Services in Hanoi at Savills Vietnam Co., Ltd., said that affordable housing will likely receive the most attention in the Vietnamese property market next year. Next on the development list are the Grade B and A property segments, otherwise known as mid- and high-end housing, followed by condotels, shophouses, and… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
India Bans Largest Currency Bills, for Now, in Bid to Cut Corruption
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Vietnam private airline seeks continuation of discounts for aviation services
A file photo of a Hai Au seaplane Hai Au Aviation, which offers seaplane tours, has reportedly sought continued discounts from aviation authorities, citing financial problems. The Ministry of Transport is now considering the proposal following approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, news website Dau Tu reported Sunday. If approved, Hai Au would continue to pay half the regulated landing, takeoff and air control charges services for another year, it said. The carrier, which has… chat_bubble_outline Read More...