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Israeli settler group brushes off Trump settlement warning
JERUSALEM (AP) — The group representing Israeli settlers is brushing off a White House statement warning Israel about constructing new settlements.
The Yesha settlers' council said Friday it looks forward to working with the Trump administration.
President Trump has been perceived as sympathetic to the settlements. But the White House said Thursday: "While we don't believe the existence of settlements is an impediment to peace, the construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful in achieving that goal."
It came hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Israel would build a new settlement on the same day it evacuated a West Bank outpost.
The Palestinians want the territory for their future state. Much of the international community condemns settlement building there.
Election Day promises to be a marathon
WASHINGTON (AP) — Grab some toothpicks to prop open your eyelids because Election Day promises to be a marathon.Polls open before dawn on Tuesday, Nov. 8, and it will be Wednesday on the East Coast before the last votes are cast.It will be strictly a spectator sport for the estimated 46 million people who are likely to vote in advance. Oregon, Washington and Colorado are mostly vote-by-mail states.The presidential nominees, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, are expected to… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
EVN invests $5.9b in power projects in 2016
The Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) said it invested around VND134.85 trillion (US$5.93 billion) to boost the capacity of the national power grid in 2016. This is 1.8 per cent higher than the amount the group planned to invest in 2016 and equals 9 per cent of the total social investment of the nation.The EVN put into operation five turbines at Lai Chau and Huoi Quang hydropower plants and Duyen Hai thermo-power plant, which have a combined capacity of 2,305MW.Work on the other key power… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
State-owned corporations ask for preferences, again
The government has set up a steering committee to deal with state-owned enterprises’ (SOEs) unprofitable multi-billion dong projects. The projects will be dealt with market rules instead of preferences. Meanwhile, other state-owned corporations continue to ask for preferential treatment. The managers of Vinacomin, the national mining group, can sigh with relief as they did not find Vinacomin’s projects on the list of the 12 projects incurring big losses put under the Ministry of Industry… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Britain pays compensation to victims of sex attacks by Libyan cadets
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Ministry of Defence has paid compensation to two people who suffered sex attacks in 2014 by Libyan cadets who were being trained at a British army barracks.Over 300 cadets had been taking part in the program at Bassingbourn barracks, near Cambridge in eastern England, but they were sent home earlier than planned following a spate of attacks, several of which led to charges and convictions."Compensation payments have been made to two people treated appallingly by… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
I. Coast to learn result of vote on new constitution
Abidjan (AFP) - Ivory Coast is expected to announce Tuesday the result of an opposition-boycotted weekend referendum on constitutional changes that President Alassane Ouattara says will help end years of instability.The package put to the country's 6.3 million voters has alarmed opposition leaders and prompted accusations that Ouattara is trying to line up a successor for when his term ends in 2020.The independent electoral commission was expected to announce the results of the final 15 of 31… chat_bubble_outline Read More...