Palestinian president Abbas to attend Peres's funeral (AFP)

Palestinian president Abbas to attend Peres's funeral (AFP)

AFPon September 29, 2016, 11:45 pm Palestinian president Abbas to attend Peres’s funeral Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will attend the funeral of Israeli ex-president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres, Palestinian officials said Thursday, in what will be a rare visit to Jerusalem. Several Palestinian officials confirmed his participation at Friday’s funeral, speaking to AFP condition of anonymity. An Israeli defence ministry unit also said Abbas had asked to coordinate his participation. Making the short trip from nearby Ramallah, he will join leaders from…

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The forgotten home of US tennis

The forgotten home of US tennis

Jimmy Connors, the home favorite and defending champion of the US Open, has just been defeated by Guillermo Vilas, the shaggy-haired Argentinian on his way to a then-record 46-match winning streak. Crowds of people swarm onto the court, and Vilas is hoisted onto a fan’s shoulders. Four decades later, the West Side Tennis Center is quiet — the once thriving home of American tennis is a shadow of its former self. The action has moved three miles north of the Queens neighborhood to Flushing Meadows, where the USTA National Tennis…

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Why is China buying so many donkeys?

Why is China buying so many donkeys?

But as the rising power shifts towards advanced industry and away from traditional agriculture, donkeys are in decline. State statistics show the population has fallen from 11 million to six million over the last 20 years. China is now increasingly looking to Africa to boost its stocks, and imports donkeys from countries across the continent. But flourishing trade has hit several roadblocks. Niger recently became the latest African state to ban exports of donkeys, following a surge in sales to China. Government officials reported that 80,000 animals had been sold…

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Driving a good rental insurance deal

Driving a good rental insurance deal

WHEN it comes to insurance cover, zooming off on holiday in a rental car can be confusing so take extra care with policy details before driving away. One in four people who hired a car felt they had been upsold car insurance unnecessarily, the latest research from Canstar Blue found. Usually when signing a car hire agreement consumers take out cover that could saddle them with a massive excess charge if something does go wrong. This excess charge can be reduced by paying more for the cover at the time…

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Australia urged to take Bangladesh to task over police 'kneecapping'

Australia urged to take Bangladesh to task over police 'kneecapping'

Posted September 29, 2016 20:32:42 Human Rights Watch has said it has documented 25 instances of “kneecappings” by Bangladeshi police, and that countries like Australia should demand improvements if their co-operation is to continue. Key points: Human Rights Watch released footage of a journalist allegedly being shot in the knee by police The group is urging Australia and others to be more vocal on police violence Critics say the Bangladeshi Government uses security forces for political ends Australia co-operates with Bangladesh on anti-terror initiatives, and the rights group said Australian…

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