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Yemenis fall deeper into poverty on eve of Ramadan

SANAA: Marketplaces in Yemen's rebel-held capital Sanaa were stacked with produce on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan, but there were barely any customers with the means to buy. Prices have spiked over the course of Yemen's conflict, which since 2015 has pitted a Saudi-led coalition against the Iran-backed Huthi rebels and seen the country's largest port reduced to a wasteland under de facto blockade. Millions of Yemenis are living on the edge of famine in what the United Nations calls the world's gravest…

Pope rails against ‘fake news’

ROME: Pope Francis warned on Wednesday against the temptation of fake news, drawing a parallel between ethically compromised journalism and the biblical tale of Adam, Eve, the snake and the forbidden fruit. In his annual World Communication Day message held on the feast day of Francis de Sales, the patron saint of journalists, the Pope referred to Eve being fooled by the snake as "the first fake news". "We need to unmask what could be called the 'snake-tactics' used by those who disguise themselves in order to strike,"…

Govt hikes petroleum products prices on new year’s eve

ISLAMABAD: The government on Sunday announced hike in petroleum products prices on the eve of new year, ARY News reported. The new price of petrol will be Rs81.53 a liter after increase of Rs4.6, said Prime Minister’s Advisor on Finance Miftah Ismail. “The petrol prices are climbing up in the global markets, yet the rates in Pakistan are lesser than in India, Bangladesh and Turkey,” he said while announcing revised rates of petroleum products. Read More: Govt increases petrol prices by Rs1.48 per litre for December…

All to play for on eve of Dutch vote

THE HAGUE: Dutch politicians hit the airwaves and the campaign trail Tuesday, battling to win over undecided voters in the final countdown to an election overshadowed by an acrimonious row with Turkey. On the eve of Wednesday's legislative polls, many of the 12.9 million eligible Dutch voters appear not to have made up their minds on which of the record 28 parties in the running to choose. A final debate between the eight top party leaders was slated for Tuesday night, with analysts saying there was still a lot to play…