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Saudi oil facilities attacked as oil prices surge

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Shortly after trading started on Monday after an assault on Saudi Arabia’s petroleum installations on Saturday that knocked out more than five percent of global petroleum supply and stopped production of more than half of Saudi Arabia’s daily exports, petroleum prices spiked.

State oil giant Saudi Aramco said the attack reduced crude oil production by 5.7 million barrels a day.

Brent crude futures jumped to nearly 20 percent, the largest intraday, at an opening session high of $71.95 a barrel, while U.S. crude futures jumped to a session high of $63.34 a barrel by more than 15 percent. Since May, both benchmarks have risen to the maximum.

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Yemen’s Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the attack

Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels took responsibility for the attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure on Saturday, saying their drones hit Abqaiq and Khurais Saudi oil processing facilities.

Oil exports from Saudi Arabia will proceed as usual this week as the kingdom taps stocks from its big storage facilities, an industry source informed Reuters on Sunday about the developments.

Saudi authorities have claimed to be in control of the fires, though it seems they have been overstretched by the incident. The U.S have accused Iran of carrying out the attack, a claim that has been denied by Tehran.

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  1. Nazom

    September 17, 2019 at 9:00 am

    Saudi Arabia better pack their bags and leave Yemen now.

  2. Okpakulele

    September 17, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Leeemao

  3. Vigi

    September 17, 2019 at 10:04 am

    More attacks would be seen in the coming days.

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Senate trial of Donald Trump Impeachment gets underway

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At 1pm today the Senate of the United States would begin the trial of President Donald Trump impeachment. Members of the upper chamber would gather as proceedings in the case commences.



Last week, senators and the chief justice were sworn in. Since then, the Democratic Party lawmakers who will head the prosecution, known as the House managers, have filed their legal brief and Trump’s defence team has done the same.

The president is accused firstly of having abused the power of his office to pressure Ukraine into announcing an investigation of his domestic political rival, Joe Biden, in order to potentially help Trump’s re-election campaign.

The second article of impeachment says he obstructed Congress’ investigation of the Ukraine affair. Both articles were approved last month by the House of Representatives. President Donald Trump has denied any wrongdoing.

President Trump’s legal team said on Monday that the president “is the victim” of a “rigged process” motivated by politics and that he has done nothing wrong.

Trump rejects impeachment charges as an affront to U.S. Constitution

The brief argues that the case is “flimsy” and that the two articles of impeachment “allege no crime or violation of law whatsoever”.

Later on, Monday Republicans proposed 12-hour daily sessions for the trial, setting a gruelling pace for the start of the case. Democrats immediately expressed their anger, calling the proposal “a national disgrace”.

Trump is framing the impeachment as an attempt to overturn the 2016 election. Democrats say the president’s behaviour is threatening the integrity of the election later this year.



Senators must remain silent during proceedings, which are due to take place every day except on Sundays until a decision is reached. Two-thirds of members are required to remove a president from office.

The Senate is controlled by Trump’s Republican party and the most likely outcome is an acquittal.

We would recall that Donald Trump who was elected into office as the President of the United States has been impeached by the House of Representatives on Wednesday by a 230 to 197 vote in the Democratic-majority House. Trump becomes the third US president to be impeached.

The House vote came four months after a whistleblower blew open the scandal of Trump pressuring Ukraine’s president to investigate his potential White House challenger in 2020, the veteran Democrat Joe Biden.

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Donald Trump Impeached by House of Reps

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Donald Trump who was elected into office as the President of the United States has been impeached by the House of Representatives on Wednesday by a 230 to 197 vote in the Democratic-majority House. Trump becomes the third US president to be impeached.



Trump will now stand trial in the Senate, where his Republicans hold a solid majority and are expected to exonerate him.

The House vote came four months after a whistleblower blew open the scandal of Trump pressuring Ukraine’s president to investigate his potential White House challenger in 2020, the veteran Democrat Joe Biden.

Trump’s impeachment by the United States House of Representative doesn’t really means he will be removed immediately from office but has to be passed by the United States Senate and then a decision will be made if he will be removed from office or not.

After a marathon 10-hour debate, lawmakers also voted 229-198 to approve the second article of impeachment facing Trump — for obstructing the congressional probe into his Ukraine dealings.

In an extraordinary split screen moment, as the House was casting votes to impeach him, thousands of Trump’s most fervent supporters were cheering him at a rally in Michigan where he railed against a “radical left” he said was “consumed with hatred.”

“The Democrats are declaring their deep hatred and disdain for the American voter,” Trump said to boos and cheers.

Meanwhile Trump has taken to his twitter handle as usual to say that those trying to impeach him were not actually after him.



“In reality, they’re not after me, they’re after you,” the impeached president had tweeted.

Mr. Trump has denied any wrongdoing, saying, he had been treated worse than “those accused in the Salem witch trials.”

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Former military leader, Musharraf sentenced to death

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Gen. Pervez Musharraf has been sentenced to death for treason after a special court hearing in Islamabad.

Gen. Musharraf seized power in a military coup in 1999 and served as the country’s president from 2001 to 2008. He is currently in Dubai after being allowed to leave the country for medical treatment in 2016.

The charge relates to Gen. Musharraf’s suspension of the constitution in 2007, when he imposed emergency rule in a move intended to extend his tenure.

Gen. Musharraf in video described the allegations as baseless and politicaly motivated. The former military leader is the first to be tried for suspending the constitution

In November 2007, Gen. Musharraf suspended the constitution and imposed emergency rule – a move that sparked protests. He resigned in 2008 to avoid the threat of impeachment. (BBC)

When Nawaz Sharif – an old rival whom he deposed in a coup in 1999 – was elected prime minister in 2013, he initiated a treason trial against Gen. Musharraf and in March 2014 the former general was charged for high treason.

He argued the case was politically motivated and that the actions he took in 2007 were agreed by the government and cabinet. But his arguments were turned down by the courts and he was accused of acting illegally. According to the Pakistani constitution, anyone convicted of high treason could face the death penalty.

Gen Musharraf has been living in Dubai since 2016 and he has steadfastly refused to appear before the court, despite multiple orders.

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