Oil and Gas 

Egypt explores gas cooperation with Palestine, Israel under EMGF scheme.

Egypt’s Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek El Molla headed to Ramallah and Israel, on Sunday, in a visit that aims to support the goals and efforts of the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF), according to statement from the ministry. El-Molla met Israeli Minister of Energy Yuval Steinitz, where they agreed to connect Israel’s Leviathan gas field to the Egyptian Liquefied Natural Gas (Egyptian LNG) company’s facilities, via an offshore pipeline. They also stressed the importance of cooperation to achieve the goals of the United Nations’ 2030 plan and…

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Government North America 

Canada’s deficit will be unsustainable in 1-2 years: Parliamentary Budget Officer

Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux says that the deficit will soon become unsustainable if the Trudeau government continues its current spending levels. On Sunday, Giroux warned that any new spending commitments without a plan to decrease the deficit might spell fiscal disaster. “It’s without a doubt that we cannot afford deficits of over $300 billion for more than just a few years. And when I say a few years, I really mean a year or two. Beyond that, it would become unsustainable,” he said. “So if the government has…

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North America 

Canada’s Top Cop Says Criminalizing Drugs Doesn’t Work, But He’ll Keep Doing it Anyway

Canadian Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says even if criminalizing drugs is ineffective, decriminalizing them isn’t the solution either. While Blair said in an interview Tuesday that “we don’t want to see people prosecuted for simple possession of drugs.” But when asked why his government has resisted calls to just eliminate the criminal prohibitions on those drugs, Blair responded: “I disagree with your characterisation of ‘resistance.’” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shot down calls to decriminalize drugs in the face of an opioid poisoning epidemic that continues to kill thousands. Blair,…

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Asia Covid19 

COVID-19: PM Muhyiddin hopes Malaysia, Singapore can finalise procedures for daily commuting

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has expressed hope that Singapore and Malaysia would soon finalise arrangements for daily commuting of workers between both countries, as border restrictions begin to ease amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In a Facebook post on Thursday evening (Sep 3) after meeting Singapore’s High Commissioner to Malaysia Vanu Gopala Menon, Mr Muhyiddin said they discussed the implementation of the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) at the Singapore-Malaysia border, which commenced from Aug 17. “I hope Malaysia and Singapore would quickly finalise the standard operating procedures…

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Utilities 

U.S Urges Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt to Continue Nile Dam Talks

The United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday urged Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt to work towards a “mutual arrangement” on the filling of the Grand Renaissance Dam (Gerd), as a way to securing future stability. In the very first see by the United States Secretary of State in 15 years to Khartoum, Mr Pompeo prevailed upon his host, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, to continue with discussions on an amicable solution on the Nile. Mr Pompeo’s arrival in Sudan follows the thawing of relations in between Israel and the…

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