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Iran rejects Trump offer of talks as ‘humiliation’, without value

LONDON: Senior Iranian officials on Tuesday rejected US President Donald Trump’s offer of talks without preconditions as worthless and “a humiliation” after he acted to reimpose sanctions on Tehran following his withdrawal from a landmark nuclear deal. Separately, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Trump’s repudiation of the accord reached in 2015 was “illegal” and Iran would not easily yield to Washington’s renewed campaign to strangle Iran’s vital oil exports. In May, Trump pulled the United States out of the…

Short on workers, German companies offer more employee flexibility

BERLIN: German companies are so desperate to attract staff that they are falling over themselves to offer perks such as long holidays, shorter hours, flexible shifts and sabbaticals, even though employees here already work the fewest hours in the developed world. Last year, state-owned rail operator Deutsche Bahn, one of the country’s biggest employers, offered workers a choice between six days extra annual leave, a 2.6 percent pay rise or a one-hour cut in the working week. Of around 137,000 staff given the choice, 58…

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait offer $2.5 bn in aid to crisis-hit Jordan

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA:  Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait have offered $2.5 billion in aid for Jordan to ease its economic crisis following a wave of anti-austerity protests, the Saudi Arabian state media announced early Monday. Jordan has been rocked in recent days by mass protests against price rises and a proposed tax hike as the government pushes measures to slash the country's debt, leading to the prime minister's resignation. A four-nation summit in the holy city of Mecca, hosted by Saudi King…

Saudi Arabia renews offer to deploy troops to Syria

RIYADH: Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir reaffirmed on Tuesday the kingdom's willingness to deploy troops to Syria as part of US-led efforts to stabilise the conflict-torn country. "We are in discussions with the US and have been since the beginning of the Syrian crisis (in 2011) about sending forces into Syria," Jubeir said at a press conference in Riyadh with UN chief Antonio Guterres. The comments were in response to a Wall Street Journal report on Monday that US President Donald Trump's administration…

MQM-P’s offer of alliance still valid for PSP, says Faisal Sabzwari

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) Rabita Committee member Faisal Sabzwari on Saturday said their offer of alliance with the Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) was still valid which had been categorically stated by Farooq Sattar, ARY News reported. "We have not closed the doors for the PSP and neither would do so. There is no truth in the claim, which is very hilarious, that the MQM-P wanted amalgamation with the PSP," he said addressing a press conference in Karachi. The presser was supposed to be addressed by…

Barcelona to offer Messi lifetime deal

MADRID: Barcelona will offer Lionel Messi a lifetime contract at the club, CEO Oscar Grau said on Saturday. Messi, 30, agreed a four-year deal with Barcelona in July, although has not officially signed it yet. Grau, speaking at the club’s annual general meeting, said the Argentine forward would be offered a similar deal to the one Barca’s Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta signed this month. Read More: Barcelona says ban on Messi ‘unfair' “Messi signed a four-year deal in June, but the club will offer him a lifetime…

British PM seeks summit breakthrough with offer on EU citizens

BRUSSELS: British Prime Minister Theresa May pledged Thursday to treat European nationals living in Britain fairly as she tried to get sceptical EU leaders to revive Brexit negotiations at a summit in Brussels. Her 27 EU counterparts are set to say there is insufficient progress on divorce issues to move on to a second phase on future relations, and the most they can do is to start internal preparations to discuss trade and a transition deal in December. But in a move to sway EU leaders on what is a key topic for them,…