Daily Archives: December 19, 2015

India | US Congress decides to lift 40-year ban on oil export

Washington, Dec 17:  The US is set to lift a four- decade ban on export of oil, a move that may benefit countries like India by giving them an option to purchase crude from non-Middle Eastern nations. The measure allowing oil exports is at the centre of a deal Congressional leaders announced yesterday on spending and tax legislation. Both the House and Senate still must pass it and President Barack Obama must sign it into law. This legislation is scheduled to be voted on this week before Congress adjourns for winter break.

UK | US to sell arms to Taiwan despite Chinese opposition

The Obama administration has announced a $1.83bn (£1.22bn) arms sale to Taiwan in a deal that has antagonised China.

The US said the deal was consistent with its “long-standing policy on arms sales to Taiwan”.

But China has said it is strongly opposed to the sale, and has pledged to sanction the US firms involved in it.

Shaky ceasefire holds in Yemen as rivals meet

ADEN: A fragile ceasefire between Yemeni pro-government forces and Iran-backed rebels appeared to hold on Wednesday (Dec 16) despite breaches, as UN-sponsored peace talks entered a second day in Switzerland.

Although fighting has subsided, both sides traded blame for violations that have left at least 24 people dead since the truce came into effect at midday (0900 GMT) Tuesday.

UK | Thousands riot in small Dutch town over plan for asylum-seeker centre

More than 2,000 residents of the small town of Geldermalsen take to the streets tearing down fences and chanting anti-immigrant slogans.

Dutch police have fired warning shots in an effort to disperse a crowd, as a protest against plans to house asylum seekers in a small town turned into a riot.

Australia | MH17: Australia Say Russia Not To Blame, Evidence Tampered With

The official Australian investigation into the cause of the crash of Malaysian Airlines MH17 have accused the Dutch Safety Board (DSB) of failing to provide “conclusive evidence” of what exactly destroyed the aircraft, and say that Russia did not shoot down the plane despite accusations to the contrary from DSB.