QWorld: Low Turnout in Egypt’s Elections, Iran Deal and More
Here’s a quick round up of top news from across the world.
1. Turnout Low in Egypt’s Long-awaited Parliamentary Election
Egyptians turn out in low numbers to vote in the first phase of an election hailed by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as a milestone on the road to democracy but shunned by critics who say the new chamber will rubber stamp his decisions.
2. Iran Deal Closer to Reality as US and EU Take Steps to Lift Sanctions
The United States and the European Union both take formal legal steps that will lift sanctions once Iran meets the conditions tied to a landmark nuclear agreement with major world powers.
3. Merkel Backs Faster Turkish EU bid
German Chancellor Angela Merkel offers Turkey financial aid and the prospect of faster progress on its bid to join the European Union in return for help from Ankara in stemming the flow of migrants to Europe.
4. China’s Xi Lauds Britain for “Visionary” Openness
Chinese President Xi Jinping heaps praise on Britain for what he calls a “visionary and strategic choice” to strengthen commercial ties with China, as he prepares for state visit to the United Kingdom that’s expected to be richer in pomp and considerably warmer in tone than his recent trip to the United States.
5. Gunmen Wound at least Five in Israeli City of Beersheba
Two attackers, thought to be Palestinians, fire at bystanders at the central bus station in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, injuring at least five people, an Israeli ambulance service official and media say.
6. Yemen’s Abundant Guns Fuel its Messy Civil war
Yemenis often say there are three guns for every person in their country; in a civil war the United Nations says has turned the humanitarian situation in Yemen into “critical”, such an abundance of arms has become a matter of urgent concern.
7. Alibaba Lobbies to Stay off US Blacklist for Fakes
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding is lobbying hard to stay off the US Trade Representative’s blacklist after coming under renewed pressure this year over suspected counterfeits sold on its shopping platforms.
8. Afghan TV Stations Face Taliban Threat After Kunduz
Already forced to operate in one of the world’s most hostile environments for journalists, Afghan television stations now being openly targeted by Islamist insurgents as they continue a widening insurgency that threatens cities across the country.
9. As Winter Looms, Germany Struggles to House Refugees
At a sprawling camp in Celle, refugees in thick sweaters sit around a heater smoking cigarettes as rain beats down on the cramped white tent that has become their home. With temperatures dropping, the challenge of finding winter housing for thousands of refugees streaming into Germany each day is turning into one of the biggest tests for the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
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