Arab Opinion Poll Shows Support for Clinton

Voice of America news – Arabs from Iraq to Tunisia are closely following the U.S. presidential election, and most want Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton to win the race, believing she’ll have the most positive impact on U.S. policy toward their region, a new survey indicated. The survey of eight leading Arab nations conducted by the Arab Center in Washington found 66 percent of Arabs preferred that Clinton become the next U.S. president, while just 11 percent preferred Republican Donald Trump. It polled 400 adults each in Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Morocco,…

Iraqi forces resume offensive towards eastern Mosul

REUTERS – Iraqi troops resumed on Monday a coordinated offensive towards Mosul, the last major city held by Islamic State, targeting the eastern bank of the Tigris river that divides the city, military officials said. The army’s counter-terrorism unit had paused its advance last week after it made ground quicker than forces on other fronts, to allow them to close the gap and get nearer to the city. Iraqi security forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters started the offensive on Oct. 17, with air and ground support from the U.S.-led coalition…

Bob Dylan Breaks Silence on His Nobel Prize: ‘It’s Hard to Believe’

After 15 days of an apparent silent treatment, Bob Dylan has made his first public statements about winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. “It’s hard to believe, amazing, incredible. Whoever dreams about something like that?” Dylan told The Telegraph in his first interview since the Swedish Academy announced the honor on Oct. 13. Dylan was recognized for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” The award briefly got some airtime on his website before it was quickly removed, and the musician famously shuns media, but he…

New earthquake rocks Italy, buildings collapse but no deaths reported

A powerful earthquake struck Italy on Sunday in the same central regions that have been rocked by repeated tremors over the past two months, with more homes and churches brought down but no deaths reported. The quake, which measured 6.6 according to the U.S. Geological Survey, was bigger than one on Aug. 24 that killed almost 300 people. Many people have fled the area since then, helping to avoid a new devastating death toll. With thousands already made homeless, a leading seismologist warned that the earthquakes could go on for…

Tunisia-EU first summit

Federica Mogherini, the high representative of Union for foreign affairs and security policy will be coming to Tunisia on Monday 1st  November for preparing the Tunisia-EU first summit that will be held at Brussels on 1stcoming December and to launch the clean-up of the lake of Bizerte Share+1TweetShare0 Shares

Australia gambling giants Tabcorp and Tatts plan merger

Two of Australia’s biggest bookmakers plan to merge, as they try to compete against the rise of online betting. Tabcorp and Tatts Group – the country’s largest non-casino gambling firms – hope to form a business worth A$11.3bn ($7.1bn; £8.7bn). But the deal needs to be scrutinised by regulators and approved by shareholders of both companies. Betting is a national obsession in Australia, making it one of the world’s most lucrative gambling markets. It has the world’s highest gambling loss per head, according to UK consultancy H2 Gambling Capital, with…

Mosul: Intense battles with IS on road to Iraqi city

The Iraqi army is advancing on Mosul slowly. Sometimes very slowly. It is made difficult by so-called Islamic State (IS), who are launching harrying attacks along the way. We witnessed it in Bashmana, one of the 70 villages the Iraqi army still has to clear even before they reach the outskirts of Mosul. We joined General Abbas in his convoy of five Humvees as they advanced slowly towards Bashmana. Plumes of smoke were already rising from the small village But the steady move forward became a rapid U-turn. General Abbas…

US election 2016: Clinton and Trump face final debate

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will take to the stage in Las Vegas later for the final debate in an increasingly bitter race for the US presidency. Polls show Mr Trump is losing in key battleground states after facing a slew of sexual assault allegations. But Mrs Clinton remains unpopular with many US voters and has faced more bad headlines about her use of a private email server. Most Americans will cast their votes on 8 November. Millions are expected to tune into the third and final debate at the…

Yahoo urges US to clarify user data rules

Internet firm Yahoo has called on the US government to clarify the rules around providing it with users’ data. The call comes after the firm was accused of secretly scanning millions of its users’ email accounts on behalf of the US government. The government should explain to the public the “national security orders they issue to internet companies to obtain user data,” it said. Yahoo said press reports about the firm’s “mail scanning” were misleading. “As we’ve said before, recent press reports have been misleading; the mail scanning described in…