RAMALLAH: Israel hosts the Eurovision song contest this week and the thousands of visitors who come with it, but Palestinians are planning an alternative they hope draws attention to the country's occupation.The alternative to Eurovision, called Globalvision, will be held on Saturday (May 18), the same day of the song contest's finals in Tel Aviv.Pro-Palestinian campaigners say the idea for it came from the fact that they don't want to simply oppose the Israeli event but host a positive alternative.Globalvision parties are expected in London, Dublin, the Palestinian city of Ramallah and Haifa in northern Israel, which has a significant Arab population.No European TV channels are expected to feature the events but they will be streamed online, with organisers encouraging people to tune in instead of watching Eurovision.Among those expected to take part is influential British musician and producer Brian Eno, along with prominent Palestinian musicians.The event in Haifa will feature a … [Read more...] about Palestinians plan Eurovision alternative
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PARIS: A surge of tensions in the Gulf has shown the risk of a military confrontation between arch-foes Iran and the United States, even if any conflict would likely be marked by guerrilla warfare rather than full-scale battles, analysts say.A series of mysterious attacks on ships off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, the key ally of Tehran's Gulf rival Saudi Arabia, prompted President Donald Trump to warn Iran would "suffer greatly" if it harmed US interests.The United States and Iran have had no diplomatic relations since the seizure by Iranian radicals of American embassy staff in the wake of the 1979 Islamic revolution.The two sides have at times been close to conflict - in particular during a tense period under former US president George W Bush - but analysts see a series of factors as making the current moment particularly combustible.Trump dismayed European allies by pulling out of the 2015 deal on Iran's nuclear programme unilaterally and is now ratcheting up the … [Read more...] about Could Gulf tensions lead to Iran-US war?
By Lorne Cook The Associated Press Mon., May 13, 2019 BRUSSELS - Britain warned Monday that conflict might break out “by accident” amid rising tensions between the United States and Iran, as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks with European Union powers backing the nuclear deal with the Islamic republic. The warning came as Saudi Arabia said that two of its oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in attacks Sunday that caused “significant damage” to the vessels, one of them as it was heading to pick up Saudi oil to take to the U.S. Washington has warned ships that “Iran or its proxies” could be targeting maritime traffic in the Persian Gulf region and said it was deploying an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf to counter alleged threats from Tehran. “We are very worried about the risk of a conflict happening by accident, with an escalation that is unintended really … [Read more...] about Britain warns US-Iran conflict could break out ‘by accident’
2C2P chief executive officer Piyachart Ratanaprasartporn said that online payments will continue to grow as customers become more familiar and confident with making payments via the online channel. The firm plans to launch three new services this year: international money transfer; e-tax and e-bill services; and 3D Secure for online payments in order to attract online shops across Southeast Asia and Europe markets. The new services will allow transfer of money through QR cross-border payment. The firm, this year, is expanding its business to countries such as South Korea, Taiwan, India and Middle East. It has set up business in eight countries, including Vietnam, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Europe and Thailand. He added that the firm by the end of this year expects to generate revenue of around Bt2 billion. The top three major sources of revenue this year are – Thailand, around Bt1.2 billion, followed by Myanmar and Malaysia. The firm last year gained revenue of … [Read more...] about Payment service provider targets up to 50 per cent growth in 2019