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Yemen temporary halts imports of luxury goods amid economical tensions

RIYADH: Yemen’s government ordered a temporary halt to imports of luxury goods, including automobiles, in a bid to prop up the struggling local currency, according to a statement tweeted by the information minister on Sunday. The government, whose members are based in the southern city of Aden and the Saudi capital, Riyadh, following the 2015 takeover of Sanaa by the Houthis group, also ordered a 30 percent increase in public-sector salaries, including for pensioners and contractors. Protests over Yemen's weakening…

Turkey says it will retaliate if US halts weapons sales

ANKARA: Turkey will retaliate if the United States enacts a proposed law that would halt weapons sales to the country, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday. Lawmakers in the US House of Representatives released details on Friday of a $717 billion annual defense policy bill, including a measure to temporarily halt weapons sales to Turkey. In an interview with broadcaster CNN Turk, Cavusoglu said the measures in the bill were wrong, illogical and not fitting between the NATO allies. “If the United States…

US Army halts use of Chinese-made drones

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Army has ordered its members to stop using drones made by Chinese manufacturer SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd because of "cyber vulnerabilities" in the products. An Aug. 2 Army memo posted online and verified by Reuters applies to all DJI drones and systems that use DJI components or software. It requires service members to "cease all use, uninstall all DJI applications, remove all batteries/storage media and secure equipment for follow-on direction." The memo says DJI drones are the most widely used by…

China halts North Korea coal imports after missile test

BEIJING: China will suspend all imports of coal from North Korea for the rest of the year, Beijing said on Saturday, depriving Pyongyang of a crucial source of foreign exchange following its latest missile test. “ will temporarily stop its imports of coal from North Korea for the rest of this year ,” the commerce ministry said in a statement posted on its website. The statement said the suspension was in accordance with existing UN sanctions imposed on North Korea over its nuclear and missile programmes and would come…

Chaos, anger as Trump order halts Muslim immigrants from seven countries

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK: President Donald Trump's order to restrict people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States sparked confusion and anger on Saturday after immigrants and refugees were kept off flights and left stranded in airports. In his most sweeping decision since taking office a week ago, Trump, a Republican, put a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the United States and temporarily barred travellers from Syria and six other countries. Civil rights and faith groups, activists and…