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Day: September 9, 2016

The White House to Vote on Sept
America, ENGLISH

The White House to Vote on Sept

      The House is slated to vote on a bipartisan bill that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia, setting the stage for a showdown with President Barack Obama on the eve of the 15th anniversary of the attacks. The Senate passed the bill in May by voice vote despite the strident objections from Saudi Arabia, a key U.S. ally in the Middle East. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals. The White House has signaled Obama would veto the legislation over concerns about exposing Americans overseas to legal risks. If the door is opened for U.S. citizens to take the Saudis to court, then a foreign country could in turn sue the United States, the Obama administration has cautioned. Votes from two-thirds of the members in the House...
Oil prices down in Asia
Asia, ENGLISH

Oil prices down in Asia

    Both main contracts soared more than two dollars Thursday after the energy department said US inventories dropped 14.5 million barrels, the sharpest rate in 17 years. Oil prices retreated on Friday, taking a chunk out of the previous day’s rally as investors digested data suggesting last week’s plunge in US stockpiles was likely a one-off. Both main contracts soared more than two dollars Thursday after the energy department said US inventories dropped 14.5 million barrels, the sharpest rate in 17 years. But analysts said the decline was attributed to the suspension of imports and shutdown of some production due to Hurricane Hermine, which passed through the Gulf of Mexico in late August, and warned of a rebound next week. “The reason behind the enormous drawdown is transit...
World’s smallest baby born weighing only 8 ounces
ENGLISH, Life Style

World’s smallest baby born weighing only 8 ounces

    A little girl born with feet the size of a fingernail is being hailed as the world's smallest surviving premature baby. Emilia Grabarczyk was only 8.6 inches (22cm) long and weighed 8 ounces (229 grams) when she was born at a hospital in the western German city of Witten nine months ago. Her tiny foot was only 1.2 inches (3cm) long. In comparison, a large banana weighs about 7 ounces while an orange is 6 ounces. Doctors have described her as the "little fighter" and her survival as a "medical sensation" while German media said she was the lightest premature baby ever born in the world. The early birth was followed by a period of uncertainty. Emilia was born so early that it led to subsequent complications. There was an increased risk of hyperactivity and learning difficult...
Media’s front page cover: Mark Zuckerberg accused of abusing power
America, ENGLISH

Media’s front page cover: Mark Zuckerberg accused of abusing power

    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg Norway’s largest newspaper has published a front-page open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, lambasting the company’s decision to censor a historic photograph of the Vietnam war and calling on Zuckerberg to recognize and live up to his role as the world’s most powerful editor. Espen Egil Hansen, the editor-in-chief and CEO of Aftenposten, accused Zuckerberg of thoughtlessly “abusing your power” over the social media site that has become a lynchpin of the distribution of news and information around the world, writing, I am upset, disappointed – well, in fact even afraid – of what you are about to do to a mainstay of our democratic society. “I am worried that the world’s most important medium is limiting freedom instead of trying to ext...
China responds strongly after North Korea’s nuclear test
Asia, ENGLISH

China responds strongly after North Korea’s nuclear test

    North Korea nuclear test: China also said that it would lodge a diplomatic protest with North Korea's embassy. China said it resolutely opposed North Korea’s nuclear test on Friday but is unlikely to follow up with strong action because its influence is limited and it believes the United States and South Korea share responsibility for growing tensions in the region. China also said that it would lodge a diplomatic protest with North Korea’s embassy following the nuclear test. China, Pyongyang’s main diplomatic ally, is key in any effort to rein in North Korea’s nuclear programme. But it has been infuriated by the isolated nation’s nuclear and missile tests and has signed up to increasingly tough United Nations sanctions. Read | North Korea leader Kim showed ‘maniacal reckl...