Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza of Venezuela addresses the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (Cia Pak/UN Photo via AP)
Venezuelan foreign minister Jorge Arreaza addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 25, 2017. Cia Pak / UN Photo via AP

Venezuela foreign minister slams new US travel ban as 'aggressive' and 'illegal'



Venezuelan foreign minister Jorge Arreaza said the US's decision to add Venezuela to a list of countries from which some or all travellers are banned was “aggressive” and “illegal” in his speech to the UN General Assembly on Monday.

It came hours after the White House announced a new executive order adding three new countries — Venezuela, North Korea and Chad — to a list that already included Libya, Iran, Syria, Somalia and Yemen, while removing Sudan.

“We are obliged to denounce that our nation has been threatened by [US president] Donald Trump with use of force,” Mr Arreaza told the world body.

Echoing former Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez's 2006 speech in which he said he detected a “smell of sulphur” at the UN General Assembly after an address by then US president George W Bush, Mr Arreaza said “it is still the case that this podium smells like sulphur”.

Mr Chavez cooled his rhetoric towards the United States once Barack Obama became US president in 2009, but with Mr Trump’s restrictions and sanctions on Venezuela, the country is making a detour in its approach to Washington.

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Mr Arreaza said the Trump administration “has imposed illegal economic sanctions to force undemocratic political changes” in Venezuela — the latest being the travel ban imposed on Monday which will prevent the country’s officials from visiting the US.

“Venezuela will always deal with the government of the USA with respect, but we will always defend ourselves from aggression,” the foreign minister said.

He denounced the US for being “the only country who used nuclear weapons against other country and the main violator of human rights, not only in its own territory but throughout the world”. He called Mr Trump “the world's emperor” and accused him of using his speech at the General Assembly “to call for war.”

Mr Trump’s new travel ban will go into effect on October 18. US officials stressed that valid visas would not be revoked as a result of the new order.

According to the latest order, the “entry into the United States of nationals of the following countries is hereby suspended and limited, as follows, subject to categorical exceptions and case‑by-case waivers”.

For Syria and North Korea, all entries are suspended while visa restrictions will apply to the other countries on the list. Student and exchange visas will still be granted in the case of Iran, while the ban suspends mostly government officials from Venezuela.

In the case of Chad, counterterrorism experts raised eyebrows given its close co-operation with the US against Al Qaeda and its affiliates in Africa. But the new order mentioned that “several terrorist groups are active within Chad or in the surrounding region, including elements of Boko Haram, ISIL-West Africa, and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb” as justification for adding it to the list.

If the countries that have relations with the US, such as Chad, Libya and Yemen, take appropriate measures to address the US's concerns then they could be removed from the list, according to the order.

Sudan was removed after taking such measures, according to a US official. Iraq was on the original first list in February but later removed despite lapses in document-authentication and intelligence sharing, according to US officials.

"Iraq maintains a close partnership with the United States", said one official in a briefing explaining the new regulations. 
US secretary of state Rex Tillerson said of the new executive order, "the president is carrying out his duty to protect the American people", adding that "the state department will co-ordinate with other federal agencies to implement these measures in an orderly manner".

Mr Trump is also preparing a new cap on refugees admissions that will be announced before October 1, US officials say.

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-5 C Conners (Can)

-3 B Koepka (US), K Bradley (US), V Hovland (Nor), A Wise (US), S Horsfield (Eng), C Davis (Aus);

-2 C Morikawa (US), M Laird (Sco), C Tringale (US)

Selected others: -1 P Casey (Eng), R Fowler (US), T Hatton (Eng)

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+1 L Westwood (Eng), J Spieth (US)

+3 R McIlroy (NI)

+4 D Johnson (US)

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Company name: Klipit

Started: 2022

Founders: Venkat Reddy, Mohammed Al Bulooki, Bilal Merchant, Asif Ahmed, Ovais Merchant

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: Digital receipts, finance, blockchain

Funding: $4 million

Investors: Privately/self-funded

Company profile

Date started: 2015

Founder: John Tsioris and Ioanna Angelidaki

Based: Dubai

Sector: Online grocery delivery

Staff: 200

Funding: Undisclosed, but investors include the Jabbar Internet Group and Venture Friends

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Produced: Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rajkumar Hirani

Director: Rajkumar Hirani

Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal, Anushka Sharma, Manish’s Koirala, Dia Mirza, Sonam Kapoor, Jim Sarbh, Boman Irani

Rating: 3.5 stars

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Director: S Shankar

Producer: Lyca Productions; presented by Dharma Films

Cast: Rajnikanth, Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson, Sudhanshu Pandey

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

THE SPECS

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Engine:  3.6L V-6

Transmission: nine-speed automatic

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Pages: 304
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Name: SmartCrowd
Started: 2018
Founder: Siddiq Farid and Musfique Ahmed
Based: Dubai
Sector: FinTech / PropTech
Initial investment: $650,000
Current number of staff: 35
Investment stage: Series A
Investors: Various institutional investors and notable angel investors (500 MENA, Shurooq, Mada, Seedstar, Tricap)

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The flights

Emirates flies from Dubai to Phnom Penh via Yangon from Dh2,700 return including taxes. Cambodia Bayon Airlines and Cambodia Angkor Air offer return flights from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap from Dh250 return including taxes. The flight takes about 45 minutes.

The hotels

Rooms at the Raffles Le Royal in Phnom Penh cost from $225 (Dh826) per night including taxes. Rooms at the Grand Hotel d'Angkor cost from $261 (Dh960) per night including taxes.

The tours

A cyclo architecture tour of Phnom Penh costs from $20 (Dh75) per person for about three hours, with Khmer Architecture Tours. Tailor-made tours of all of Cambodia, or sites like Angkor alone, can be arranged by About Asia Travel. Emirates Holidays also offers packages.

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Men:

1. Titus Ekiru(KEN) 2:06:13 

2. Alphonce Simbu(TAN) 2:07:50 

3. Reuben Kipyego(KEN) 2:08:25 

4. Abel Kirui(KEN) 2:08:46 

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Women:

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Day 5, Abu Dhabi Test: At a glance

Moment of the day When Dilruwan Perera dismissed Yasir Shah to end Pakistan’s limp resistance, the Sri Lankans charged around the field with the fevered delirium of a side not used to winning. Trouble was, they had not. The delivery was deemed a no ball. Sri Lanka had a nervy wait, but it was merely a stay of execution for the beleaguered hosts.

Stat of the day – 5 Pakistan have lost all 10 wickets on the fifth day of a Test five times since the start of 2016. It is an alarming departure for a side who had apparently erased regular collapses from their resume. “The only thing I can say, it’s not a mitigating excuse at all, but that’s a young batting line up, obviously trying to find their way,” said Mickey Arthur, Pakistan’s coach.

The verdict Test matches in the UAE are known for speeding up on the last two days, but this was extreme. The first two innings of this Test took 11 sessions to complete. The remaining two were done in less than four. The nature of Pakistan’s capitulation at the end showed just how difficult the transition is going to be in the post Misbah-ul-Haq era.

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Name: WonderTree
Started: April 2016
Co-founders: Muhammad Waqas and Muhammad Usman
Based: Karachi, Pakistan, Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Delaware, US
Sector: Special education, education technology, assistive technology, augmented reality
Number of staff: 16
Investment stage: Growth
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Name: Ejari
Based: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Sector: PropTech
Total funding: $1 million
Investors: Sanabil 500 Mena, Hambro Perks' Oryx Fund and angel investors
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Date started: March 2023
Founder: Jacqueline Perrottet
Based: Dubai
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Investment stage: Pre-seed
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UAE athletes heading to Paris 2024

Equestrian
Abdullah Humaid Al Muhairi, Abdullah Al Marri, Omar Al Marzooqi, Salem Al Suwaidi, and Ali Al Karbi (four to be selected).
Judo
Men: Narmandakh Bayanmunkh (66kg), Nugzari Tatalashvili (81kg), Aram Grigorian (90kg), Dzhafar Kostoev (100kg), Magomedomar Magomedomarov (+100kg); women's Khorloodoi Bishrelt (52kg).

Cycling
Safia Al Sayegh (women's road race).

Swimming
Men: Yousef Rashid Al Matroushi (100m freestyle); women: Maha Abdullah Al Shehi (200m freestyle).

Athletics
Maryam Mohammed Al Farsi (women's 100 metres).

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Price, base / as tested Dh97,600
Engine 1,745cc Milwaukee-Eight v-twin engine
Transmission Six-speed gearbox
Power 78hp @ 5,250rpm
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Sarfira

Director: Sudha Kongara Prasad

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Radhika Madan, Paresh Rawal

Rating: 2/5

Confirmed bouts (more to be added)

Cory Sandhagen v Umar Nurmagomedov
Nick Diaz v Vicente Luque
Michael Chiesa v Tony Ferguson
Deiveson Figueiredo v Marlon Vera
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Tickets for the August 3 Fight Night, held in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi, went on sale earlier this month, through www.etihadarena.ae and www.ticketmaster.ae.

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2pm Handicap (TB) Dh 84,000 (D) 1,400m

Winner Karaginsky, Tadhg O’Shea, Satish Seemar.

2.30pm Maiden (TB) Dh 60,000 (D) 1,200m

Winner Sadeedd, Ryan Curatolo, Nicholas Bachalard.

3pm Conditions (TB) Dh 100,000 (D) 1,950m

Winner Blue Sovereign, Clement Lecoeuvre, Erwan Charpy.

3.30pm Handicap (TB) Dh 76,000 (D) 1,800m

Winner Tailor’s Row, Royston Ffrench, Salem bin Ghadayer.

4pm Maiden (TB) Dh 60,000 (D) 1,600m

Winner Bladesmith, Tadhg O’Shea, Satish Seemar.

4.30pm Handicap (TB) Dh 68,000 (D) 1,000m

Winner Shanaghai City, Fabrice Veron, Rashed Bouresly.


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