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Cat disease killing endangered monk seals, Schatz slams coronavirus test kit delays, Ala Moana park plan approved, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Man feeds feral cats at Hilo bayfront park ©2020 All Hawaii News Cats blamed for ‘debilitating’ disease striking Hawaiian monk seals. In just the first month this year, two Hawaiian monk seals have been killed or sickened by a disease that is released into the environment by cat feces. Star-Advertiser.Endangered Hawaiian monk seal sickened by toxoplasmosis, which is spread in feces of cats. Officials from NOAA want the public to know that if cats were kept indoors, toxoplasmosis would not...
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Pompeo in #SaudiArabia to talk #Iran, economy and human rights - Reuters

Pompeo in Saudi Arabia to talk Iran, economy and human rights - Reuters:U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to discuss regional security, namely Iran, after the U.S. killing last month of a top Iranian general pushed the oil-producing region closer to an all-out war.In meetings with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the next two days, Pompeo will also raise economic and human rights issues like the case of a Saudi-American physician who re...
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Flawed coronavirus test kits sent to Hawaii, Hawaiian Electric earnings jump 33.7%, Hawaiian group sues over Mauna Kea access road, Florence Puana dies at 100, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Legal observers on Mauna Kea access road on July 20, 2019 ©2020 All Hawaii News Hawaiians sue over use of Mauna Kea Access Road. Three Native Hawaiian beneficiaries sued the state today claiming that it has violated the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act by using Mauna Kea Access Road without any compensation. Star-Advertiser.Lawsuit questions state’s authority over Maunakea Access Road. A Native Hawaiian advocacy group has sued the state for its management of the land around the Maunakea Acce...
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US Senators write to Pompeo about NRC, CAA and internet restrictions in Kashmir

Ahead of US President Donald Trump’s first visit to India, four US Senators – Republicans and Democrats- have asked the US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo for an assessment of the situation in Jammu & Kashmir, including the Indian government’s restrictions on internet and cellular services, following the abrogation of Article 370 in August last […] ...
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Pompeo says settlement report shows UN's 'unrelenting anti-Israel bias'

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday denounced the UN release of a list of companies involved with Israeli settlements, saying it proved the world body was biased against the Jewish state. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michele Bachelet on Wednesday released a list of 112 companies with activities in Israeli settlements, including major US firms Airbnb, Expedia and TripAdvisor. The report was ordered in 2016 by the UN Human Rights Council, from which President Donald Trump's ad...
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MIDEAST STOCKS-Most major gulf markets gain; QNB drags #Qatar lower - Reuters

MIDEAST STOCKS-Most major gulf markets gain; QNB drags Qatar lower - Reuters:Most major Gulf stock markets gained on Monday, withDubai leading the gains on corporate earnings, while Qatar slipped as its toplender traded ex-dividend.Dubai's main share index gained 0.5% as Dubai Islamic Bank, whichis due to report 2019 earnings on Wednesday, rose 1.1%. Emaar Properties was up 1.3%.Air Arabia closed up 4.7%, after rising as much as 8% during thesession. The budget airliner swung to a profit in 201...
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Legislative leaders introduce Native Hawaiian reconciliation measures, Chinese seek asylum from coronavirus, lawmakers want to tighten gun laws, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Native Hawaiian oli at Mauna Kea ©2020 All Hawaii News Hawaii Lawmakers Want State To Reconcile With Native Hawaiians. Resolution would create a “blue ribbon commission” to establish a new relationship based on trust. Civil Beat.Mauna Kea Ignited A New Wave Of Hawaiian Pride. Where Does It Go From Here? The protests are seen as part of a long push toward more self-determination for Native Hawaiians, but there is little consensus on how best to achieve that. Civil Beat.=====Pearl Harbor co...
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Mideast Stocks: Most of Gulf gains; #Dubai bucks the trend | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Mideast Stocks: Most of Gulf gains; Dubai bucks the trend | ZAWYA MENA Edition:Most Gulf stock markets rose on Tuesday, supported by banking shares, following a rebound in oil prices on hopes for new output curbs from OPEC and its allies.The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies are considering cutting crude output by 500,000 barrels per day, as demand shrinks because of the coronavirus outbreak in China, people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday.Brent cru...
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Hawaii unprepared to be coronavirus hub, Caldwell shelves $772M Blaisdell reno amid rising rail costs, Tupola running for City Council, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Photo by Ani Kolleshi on Unsplash Coronavirus likely to appear in Hawaii ‘sooner or later,’ state official says. The state has identified a quarantine site at a military base at Pearl Harbor for any travelers who have been to Hubei province within 14 days or are considered high-risk, whether or not they show symptoms of the deadly coronavirus. Star-Advertiser.Any Future Coronavirus Patients Will Be Quarantined At Pearl Harbor. Hawaii officials believe the likelihood of using the facility ...
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House Speaker Saiki resurrects state property tax bill, groups sue DLNR over aquarium collectors, coronavirus hits Hawaii tourism, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

School of fish in Hawaii ©2020 All Hawaii News State agency has not protected reef fish, lawsuit says. Earthjustice filed suit Monday against a state agency it says is sidestepping the law when it comes to the regulation of tropical fish taken from Hawaii’s reefs for the commercial aquarium pet trade. Star-Advertiser.DLNR draws lawsuit. The State’s Department of Land and Natural Resources is drawing a lawsuit from the environmental law firm Earthjustice, claiming the agency has created lo...
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MIDEAST STOCKS-Banks hold back most of Gulf; lender FAB boosts #AbuDhabi - Reuters

MIDEAST STOCKS-Banks hold back most of Gulf; lender FAB boosts Abu Dhabi - Reuters:Most major Gulf stock markets weakened onWednesday, largely pulled down by losses in banks, but Abu Dhabibucked the trend on the back of top lender First Abu Dhabi Bank(FAB).Saudi Arabia's benchmark index retreated 0.2%,offsetting earlier gains in the day. Samba Financial Group declined 1.6%, while Saudi British Bank wasdown 1.7%.  State-owned oil giant Saudi Aramco slipped 0.3% to34.5 riyals. EFG Hermes on Wed...
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The Titanic Wreck Will Now Be Protected Under a ‘Momentous Agreement’ With the U.S.

The world’s most famous shipwreck, the RMS Titanic, will be more rigorously protected under an international agreement, the U.K.’s Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani confirmed during a Tuesday visit to Belfast, where the ship was built. The U.K. and the U.S. will now be responsible for granting permits to those wishing to visit the wreck and remove artefacts. The agreement, which was signed by the United Kingdom in 2003, was ratified by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last year. The ...
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Mideast Stocks - Financial shares lift Gulf markets | ZAWYA MENA Edition

:Major Gulf stock markets opened higher on Sunday, buoyed by gains in the financial sector.The Saudi index rose 0.3% as Al Rajhi Bank and National Commercial Bank advanced 0.3% and 0.5% respectively.Among other gainers, United Electronics Company jumped 7.1% after reporting a 14.6% rise in fourth-quarter profit. Almarai, the Gulf's largest dairy firm, dropped 1.1 % after reporting a 15.9% fall in fourth-quarter profit to 311.9 million riyals ($83.1 million) after significant increases in sales, ...
Tags: Travel, Gulf, Saudi Aramco, State, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, National Commercial Bank, Al Rajhi Bank, Mideast Stocks Financial, United Electronics Company

MIDEAST STOCKS-Middle Eastern stocks gain on financials, #Kuwait leads - Reuters

:Gulf stock markets closed higher on Tuesday with Kuwaitleading the gains, bolstered by banking shares amid rising oil prices, whileEgypt was supported by top lender Commercial International Bank.Oil prices rose snapping four straight days of declines as the United Statesand China prepared to sign a preliminary trade deal.Brent crude gained 43 cents, or 0.67%, at $64.63 per barrel by 1036GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures rose 32 cents or 0.4% at$58.40 a barrel.Saudi Arabia's index ...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Reuters, Saudi Aramco, State, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Saudi Basic Industries, Al Rajhi Bank, United Statesand China, Commercial International Bank Oil

#Saudi Aramco raises IPO to record $29.4 billion by over-allotment of shares - Reuters

:State-owned oil company Saudi Aramco said on Sunday it had exercised its “greenshoe option” to sell an additional 450 million shares, raising the size of its initial public offering (IPO) to a record $29.4 billion.Aramco initially raised a $25.6 billion, which was itself a record level, in its December IPO by selling 3 billion shares at 32 riyals ($8.53) a share. But it had indicated it could sell additional shares through the over-allotment of shares. Aramco shares were flat at 35 riyals short...
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Sultan Qaboos, Quiet Peacemaker Who Built #Oman, Dies at 79 - The New York Times

Sultan Qaboos, Quiet Peacemaker Who Built Oman, Dies at 79 - The New York Times: Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman during a meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the Beit Al Baraka Royal Palace in Muscat, Oman, in 2019. Credit... Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool Photo, via Associated Press Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman, who over nearly five decades in power transformed his Persian Gulf kingdom from an isolated enclave into a developed nation known for brokering quiet tal...
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Hawaii drops to No. 2 in homelessness, HUD funds to buy out lava victims, Westboro Baptist Church to picket Maui high school, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Homeless in Honolulu ©2020 All Hawaii News Hawaii drops to No. 2 in homelessness as trends improve, officials say. Hawaii no longer holds the ignominious title as the country’s leading state in per capita homelessness. Star-Advertiser.Hawaii Is No Longer No. 1 For Homelessness. New York Is Worse. Civil Beat.Get Ready For An Economic Slowdown, State Economist Says. It’s not a recession yet but government should consider picking up some of the private sector’s slack as the construction in...
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What to do in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Wedged in the foothills of Mongolia’s sacred mountains, Ulaanbaatar might just be the biggest city you’ve never heard of. The economic, cultural, and political center of the country is home to 1.5 million citizens, about half of Mongolia’s total population. Geographically limited by the rugged landscape, UB (as the locals call it) continues to define itself as it literally grows up into a contemporary capital city. A modern skyline is rimmed by traditional ger (yurt) districts, and congested ...
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MIDEAST STOCKS-Major Gulf indexes slide as #Iran retaliates; Aramco's retreat extends - Reuters

MIDEAST STOCKS-Major Gulf indexes slide as Iran retaliates; Aramco's retreat extends - Reuters:Major stock markets in the Gulf endedlower on Wednesday after Iran launched missiles at bases housingU.S. forces in Iraq, while Saudi Aramco extended losses.  Iran retaliated against the U.S. drone strike that killed anIranian commander late last week, an attack that stoked fears ofall-out conflict in the Middle East and set off a bout of riskaversion.However, Iranian officials said Tehran did not w...
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MIDEAST STOCKS-Gulf stocks fall after Iranian missile strike - Reuters

MIDEAST STOCKS-Gulf stocks fall after Iranian missile strike - Reuters:Gulf stock markets retreated on Wednesday after Iran fired missiles at U.S.-led forces in Iraq in retaliation for the killing of an Iranian military commander last week.Iranian state television said Iran had fired 15 missiles at U.S. targets. The U.S. military said at least two Iraqi facilities hosting U.S.-led coalition personnel were targeted. Iraq said 22 missiles were fired.Iranian Foreign Minister Jawad Zarif called the ...
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Defenders of History Take Aim at Trump's Threat to Strike Iran's Cultural Sites

WASHINGTON -- More than 2,300 years ago, the Persian capital of Persepolis was burned by a foreign warrior in a fatal blow to the empire and its rich heritage. The ruins of the ancient city, in modern-day southwest Iran, could now be on President Donald Trump's target list of 52 sites he has threatened to attack as tensions escalated between Washington and Tehran.Trump did not identify which places the United States might strike, as he warned on Twitter that he would order -- 52 in all, one ...
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Hawaii population slips in latest estimate, auditor suspends OHA audit, most mental patients used meth, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Food court at Ala Moana Center ©2019 All Hawaii News State's Continuing Population Decline Raising More Concerns About Economic Impacts. A new report from the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism highlights the migration of residents during a five-year period using data from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey. Hawaii Public Radio.Amid ongoing cost of living woes, Hawaii’s population shrinks for third year. New Census estimates show that Hawaii’s populat...
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MIDEAST STOCKS-Banks aid #Saudi index, most of Gulf moves little - Reuters

MIDEAST STOCKS-Banks aid Saudi index, most of Gulf moves little - Reuters:Saudi Arabia’s stock market rose in early trading on Tuesday, supported by its financial shares, while other major Gulf bourses were little changed with many investors away for year-end holidays.The kingdom’s main index added 0.3%, buoyed by a 0.3% rise in Al Rajhi Bank and a 1.2% gain in Banque Saudi Fransi.On Monday, the latter raised its dividend for the second half to 1 riyal ($0.3199) per share.State-owned Saudi Aramc...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Gulf, Reuters, Saudi Aramco, State, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Banque Saudi Fransi, Al Rajhi Bank, Zain Sauid

MIDEAST STOCKS-Financials lead most Gulf bourses higher, but Egypt retreats - Reuters

MIDEAST STOCKS-Financials lead most Gulf bourses higher, but Egypt retreats - Reuters:Most major Gulf markets rose on Sunday asfinancial shares climbed, with Saudi leading the gains, thoughEgypt was pressured by a sell-off in blue chip stocks.Saudi's benchmark index ended up 0.7%, with Al RajhiBank rising 1.2% and Saudi Basic Industriesgaining 0.9%.State-owned Saudi Aramco inched up 0.1%. OnTuesday Aramco said Goldman Sachs may make additional purchasesof the oil giant's shares to support the pr...
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MIDEAST STOCKS-Gulf mostly little changed; financials pressure #Saudi - Agricultural Commodities - Reuters

MIDEAST STOCKS-Gulf mostly little changed; financials pressure Saudi - Agricultural Commodities - Reuters:Gulf stock markets were mostly quiet in moderate trading volumes on Wednesday in the absence of foreign investors for Christmas, while Saudi was hurt by losses in financial shares.The Saudi index fell 0.3% as Al Rajhi Bank lost 0.5% and fellow lender National Commercial Bank dropped 0.6%.State-owned Aramco slipped a further 0.4% despite Goldman Sachs saying that it may stabilise its shares b...
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Hawaii delegates split on impeachment vote, Hawaii County Council rejects $10M from state for Mauna Kea Thirty Meter Telescope enforcement, Pearl Harbor WWII 75th anniversary event planned, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Trump impeachment rally Dec. 17, 2019 in Hilo ©2019 All Hawaii News Gabbard, Case part ways on impeachment vote. Hawaii’s two members of the U.S. House of Representatives diverged in Wednesday’s historic vote to impeach President Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Star-Advertiser.House Votes To Impeach Trump Without Gabbard’s Support. Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard was one of only four Democratic holdouts as Trump was impeached for abuse of power and obstruction of Co...
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Millions for Hawaii in federal spending bill, feds step in to battle Oahu violent crime wave, Ige mum on Mauna Kea enforcement costs, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Kilauea Volcano crater PC: K. Mulliken USGS Dec. 12, 2019 Federal Spending Deal Pumps Millions Of Dollars Into Hawaii. Congress passed a budget that includes money for programs the Trump administration tried to cut. Civil Beat.$21 Million For New Volcano Observatory Field Station In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Funding to keep the U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory inside the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park was included in the year end spending package making its way t...
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Aramco shares dip on day of MSCI, Tadawul indices inclusion - Reuters

:Saudi Aramco’s shares opened at 37.5 riyals ($10.00) on Wednesday, down 0.66% from Tuesday, on the first day of their inclusion into the MSCI emerging markets index, and shed further value in the first hour of trading, losing 2%.The oil giant’s shares on Wednesday were also included into the Tadawul index, down 0.25% in early trade, with Aramco’s 12% weight following Al Rajhi Bank, which had the largest weighting at almost 14%.State-owned Aramco listed on the Saudi exchange last week having rai...
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University officials grilled over budget, Honolulu mayor signs plastics ban, Kauai woman, Mormon church, settle over child sex assault claims, Mauna Kea obstruction defense cites war crimes, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

University of Hawaii - Hilo ©2019 All Hawaii News UH Executive Salary Hikes, $2.7M Enrollment Contract Under Scrutiny. State lawmakers grilled University of Hawaii President David Lassner on Friday about the university's spending, focusing on a $2.7 million consultant contract to increase enrollment and recent salary increases for UH vice presidents. Hawaii Public Radio.Senators question University of Hawaii officials over spending and raises. State senators grilled University of Hawaii...
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MIDEAST STOCKS-Aramco advances for second day; #Saudi sharply lower - Reuters

MIDEAST STOCKS-Aramco advances for second day; Saudi sharply lower - Reuters:Most major Gulf markets fell on Thursdaywith Saudi leading the declines as it gave up previous session'sgains made as oil giant Aramco commenced trading on the bourse.State-owned Aramco, however, climbed further to beup 4.6%, the top gainer, adding to a 10% rise on its first dayof trade. The stock closed at 36.8 riyals, valuing the firmslightly below $2 trillion.Total turnover for the whole Riyadh market was 18.4 billio...
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