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Archive for January 2017

Ninety-day state of emergency due to end

January 19, 2017 - TURKEY

The state of emergency President Recep Tayyip Erdogan imposed in the days after the coup attempt of July 15, and renewed in October, is due to end. It is almost certain to be extended again – along with the president’s crackdown.

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Departing president enacts rule to protect abortion rights

January 18, 2017 - UNITED STATES

A rule that stops state governments from defunding abortion providers for political reasons goes into effect two days before President Barack Obama leaves office. He enacted it to curb Republic attacks on abortion rights, one of the most divisive issues in America.

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Lebanon hopes to vote for a new parliament

January 17, 2017 -

May 2017, LEBANON, The country will hold its first parliamentary elections since 2009 – if Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s 30-member national unity government can agree on how the vote will be conducted.

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Boeing 737 airliner introduced 50 years ago – its success a test

January 17, 2017 - UNITED STATES

Boeing turned 100 in Jul 2016, and its flagship aircraft, the 737, turns 50 in Jan 2017. The landmarks salute the company’s success as it struggles to keep investors happy; production has not kept pace with orders for the 737 twin jet narrow-body airliner. The updates, the 737 MAX and 737 Next Generation, account for some of the lag. The company plans to ramp up production.

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Leaders of divided Cyprus try again for reunification deal

January 12, 2017 - SWITZERLAND

The leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus plan to resume United Nations-sponsored reunification talks in Geneva. The last round hit an impasse on Nov 21. The main stumbling block is the issue of land transfers to address the claims of Cypriots who fled their homes in 1974.

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Apple iPhone unveiled by Steve Jobs 10 years ago

January 9, 2017 - UNITED STATES

The original Apple iPhone was unveiled at the Macworld conference in San Francisco in 2007 by Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs. A decade on, and six years after Jobs’ death, the company is preparing to launch the iPhone 8.

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