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Baghdad court issues arrest warrant for Iraqi Kurd VP

Baghdad court issues arrest warrant for Iraqi Kurd VP

2017-10-19 20:02:30, france24.com

BAGHDAD (AFP) - A Baghdad court on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for the vice president of Iraqi Kurdistan on charges of "provocation" against Iraq's armed forces, the judiciary said. Kosrat Rasul had referred to the Iraqi army and federal police as "occupation forces" in a statement on Wednesday, the court said. In the statement, Rasul, who is also vice president of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), one of the two main Kurdish parties, criticised his own group for not having resisted the entry of Iraqi federal forces into the disputed northern city of Kirkuk on Monday

 

Sports

Casspi debuts with defending champs Golden State for 500th career NBA game

Casspi debuts with defending champs Golden State for 500th career NBA game

2017-10-18 14:31:59, timesofisrael.com

Israeli basketball player Omri Casspi and his Golden State Warriors both came up short of big expectations as the NBA season tipped off Tuesday, with the defending champions falling to the Houston Rockets 122-121. Yavne-native Casspi, battling a mild right ankle sprain, scored two points and nabbed one rebound in four minutes on the floor off the bench. His debut with the Warriors, the sixth NBA team Casspi has played for, was the 500th career start for the forward, who became the first Israeli ever to make it to the top US basketball league

 

Business

Financially hit TSC closes supermarkets

Financially hit TSC closes supermarkets

2017-10-19 02:31:28, dailystar.com.lb

The Kuwait-based company TSC seems to be closing the curtain on its investments in Lebanon as employees of the supermarket chain plan a demonstration Thursday to demand their full salaries and compensations. The reasons behind the closure of The Sultan Center supermarkets chains remains unknown although insiders say that TSC incurred losses of hundreds of millions of dollars since it opened in Lebanon in 2008

 

Health

Israeli-founded Kite Pharma gets FDA nod for cancer therapy

Israeli-founded Kite Pharma gets FDA nod for cancer therapy

2017-10-19 15:19:42, timesofisrael.com

The US Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved Kite Pharma’s drug for a type of lymphoma based on a technology developed in Israel, in which the patient’s own immune cells fight the cancer. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, the Kite biopharmaceutical company was acquired by Gilead Sciences Inc. in August for about $12 billion in an all-cash deal. Kite was founded in 2009 by Israeli-American oncologist Arie Belldegrun, who studied at the Hebrew University and Weizmann Institute of Science

 

Education

Gov. Scott pushes for more security at Jewish day schools

Gov. Scott pushes for more security at Jewish day schools

2017-10-19 05:43:20, wesh.com

Gov. Scott pushes for more security at Jewish day schools MAITLAND, Fla. — Gov. Rick Scott will visit a local Jewish community center that was targeted in overseas bomb threats last year. Scott will be in Maitland on Thursday to discuss a million-dollar proposal to provide extra security to Jewish day schools across the state. Scott said he wants that money for security upgrades and other counter-terrorism measures

 

Society & Culture

Resident asked to leave pool for wearing burkini

Resident asked to leave pool for wearing burkini

2017-10-19 09:34:37, gulfnews.com

Dubai: A resident living in Remraam was asked to leave the community pool for wearing a lose-fitting burkini, after the lifeguard received a complaint from another resident. The incident on October 16, which sparked a strong reaction among the community, left the expat resident feeling “disturbed” and like “an outsider,” leading her to lodge a complaint to the authorities. B.G, an American Muslim woman was swimming at the community pool with her husband, when the incident took place

 

Life & Style

Asha Bhosle and Javed Ali in Dubai concert

Asha Bhosle and Javed Ali in Dubai concert

2017-10-18 12:22:36, gulfnews.com

Veteran singer Asha Bhosle, who has thrived in Bollywood for over six decades with numerous hits, will perform in Dubai on November 3 at the Sheikh Rashid Hall at the World Trade Centre. The Dum Maaro Dum singer, who was honoured with the Dubai International Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014, is known for her timeless melodies including Yeh Mera Dil and Dil Cheez Kya Hai

 

Science & Nature

How much will you pay for a bottle of water?

How much will you pay for a bottle of water?

2017-10-19 07:36:22, gulfnews.com

Dubai: Not all bottled water is created equal. Some are rare finds because of their exotic source and some are just regular, treated water. So which is it for you? Bottled water sourced from untouched glaciers far away can come with a heftier price tag compared to the regular ones we source locally. The impression is these bottles of water are more superior and are therefore more preferable

 

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