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Australia expected to ease visa restrictions on foreign pilots as planes left grounded

Australia expected to ease visa restrictions on foreign pilots as planes left groundedThe Australian government is expected to relax restrictions on visas for foreign pilots as a national shortage sees planes grounded and flights canceled, aviation officials said on Friday. Australia earlier this year removed pilots from a list of eligible professions allowed to work in the country as so-called skilled migrants amid a crackdown to promote “Australia-first”. With a global shortage of pilots, Australia’s international carriers have lost staff to competitors, forcing them to recruit from domestic carriers, who are in turn employing trained pilots from smaller regional airlines.



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Iran, Turkey sign deal with Qatar to ease Gulf blockade

Iran, Turkey sign deal with Qatar to ease Gulf blockadeIran and Turkey signed a deal Sunday with Qatar aimed at boosting commercial ties with the Gulf state which is under blockade by its Arab neighbours, Iranian state television said. The broadcaster’s website said the agreement provides for the creation of a “joint working group to facilitate the transit of goods between the three countries”. It also said the three nations aimed to tackle “obstacles to sending goods from Iran and Turkey to Qatar”.



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Fake meat, free markets ease North Koreans' hunger

Fake meat, free markets ease North Koreans' hungerThe dish’s name, injogogi, means “man-made meat.” In North Korea for years it was a recipe for survival. Today it is a popular street food, traded alongside other goods and services on informal markets, known as jangmadang. The creation and informal trade of injogogi and other foods offers a window into a barter economy that has kept North Korea afloat despite years of isolation, abuse and sanctions.



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Tillerson in new bid to ease Gulf crisis

Tillerson in new bid to ease Gulf crisisUS Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is to launch a fresh bid Sunday to ease a crisis between Riyadh and Doha, both allies of Washington, but without high hopes of a breakthrough. Apart from the months-long crisis, Iran’s rising influence in the Middle East is also expected to figure high on the agenda of America’s top diplomat during talks in the two capitals. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut ties with Qatar and imposed an embargo in June, accusing it of supporting terrorism and cosying up to Iran.



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List of missing people shrinking as California fires ease

List of missing people shrinking as California fires easeSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The number of people missing in the deadliest and most destructive series of wildfires in California history peaked at more than 2,000 in the hardest hit county but now stands at 50, with authorities believing nearly all of them will be found alive.



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Israel to ease holiday restrictions for Palestinians

Israel to ease holiday restrictions for PalestiniansIsrael on Friday decided to ease restrictions on Palestinians entering during the Jewish Sukkot holiday, which began Wednesday, the army said. On Tuesday, the army said crossings from the West Bank and Gaza into Israel would be closed to Palestinians for 11 days until midnight on October 14. The decision applies to Palestinians working in agriculture and hospitals, according to media reports.



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Teen shooter in New Mexico attack sought religion to ease troubled past

Teen shooter in New Mexico attack sought religion to ease troubled pastA teenager who killed two people and wounded four others in a shooting at a small-town New Mexico library had a troubled past but appeared to have turned his life around after joining a local church and accepting Jesus, his pastor said Tuesday. Sixteen-year-old Nathaniel Jouett had been baptized this summer and was helping the church raise money to send teen members to youth camp just days before he opened fire Monday afternoon at the Clovis-Carver Public Library, Pastor David Stevens said in a telephone interview. Jouett, a sophomore at Clovis high school, had been suspended from school for two days for fighting at the time of the shooting, Stevens said.



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How the Trump administration’s secret efforts to ease Russia sanctions fell short

How the Trump administration’s secret efforts to ease Russia sanctions fell shortIn the early weeks of the Trump administration, former Obama administration officials and State Department staffers fought an intense, behind-the-scenes battle to head off efforts by incoming officials to normalize relations with Russia, according to multiple sources familiar with the events. Unknown to the public at the time, top Trump administration officials, almost as soon as they took office, tasked State Department staffers with developing proposals for the lifting of economic sanctions, the return of diplomatic compounds and other steps to relieve tensions with Moscow.



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Venezuela's Maduro asks U.N. to help ease medicine shortages

Venezuela's Maduro asks U.N. to help ease medicine shortagesVenezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Friday he has asked the United Nations to help the South American nation alleviate medicine shortages, which have become increasingly severe as the oil-producing nation’s economic crisis accelerates. Maduro did not specify the type of aid he requested, although he stressed that the U.N. has knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry. Maduro earlier on Friday met with Jessica Faieta, Assistant Administrator and Director of the U.N. Development Program, according to state television.



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Youth organizations may not ease access to HIV tests

A nurse tests a blood sample during a free HIV test at a blood tests party, part of a campaign to prevent HIV infection among male same-sex couples, in BangkokBy Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) – Young people may be at risk for HIV infection, but very few get tested, partly because it can be difficult to access testing, researchers say. Community organizations may be important settings for youth to get tested, according to the authors of a new report. Marcell added that young men in racial/ethnic minorities, or who have sex with men, may be at great risk for HIV infection.



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