Oct. 12 (UPI) — Gulf Keystone became the second company in as many days to announce payments for oil exported from the Kurdish north of Iraq after its referendum.
Gulf Keystone Petroleum said Thursday it received a gross payment of $15 million from the semiautonomous Kurdistan Regional Government for oil exported from the region’s Shaikan oil field. The payment was for oil exported in June, but comes less than a month after the Kurdish region held a contentious referendum for independence from the rest of Iraq.
Norwegian oil and gas company DNO announced Wednesday it received $39.5 million from the KRG for oil exported from its Tawke field in July. It shared that payment with its operating partner, Genel Energy.
Payments for exports for both companies were more or less on par with previous months.
Companies working in the Kurdish region export oil through a pipeline running north to the Turkish seaport of Ceyhan on the Mediterranean Sea. Export capacity from the Kurdish pipeline is around 300,000 barrels per day.
After the referendum, Turkey said it was considering choking off the flow of oil from the Kurdish north in response to what Ankara viewed as a destabilizing move. So far, there are no indications that Kurdish oil exports or operations have been disrupted. Representatives from Gulf Keystone, DNO and Genel declined to comment about the status of operations.
On Tuesday, the federal Iraqi Oil Ministry called on the North Oil Co. to “speed up the implementation” of a project meant to move oil from a pipeline running from the disputed northern city of Kirkuk. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadicalled for a region-wide reconstruction effort after declaring northern Iraqi provinces liberated from the Islamic State, also known as ISIL, ISIS, and Daesh.
The line running from Kirkuk, which the federal government said avoids Kurdish territory, could carry between 250,000 and 400,000 bpd.
Parts of the northern Iraq are considered disputed territories with the KRG.
The organisers of the Oscars are to meet to discuss their response to the mounting allegations of sexual harassment against the disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences added its voice to the growing chorus of disgust against the alleged behaviour of a man it awarded a best picture Oscar to in 1999 for producing Shakespeare in Love.
“The Academy finds the conduct described in the allegations against Harvey Weinstein to be repugnant, abhorrent, and antithetical to the high standards of the Academy and the creative community it represents,” it said in a statement.
On Thursday, French actor Florence Darel became the latest star to accuse the producer of sexual harassment.
Darel, 49, who first came to notice in Éric Rohmer’s A Tale of Springtime in 1990, told French media that Weinstein had promised to help make her big in America if she became his “part-time” mistress.
She said she first had to reject his advances after Weinstein’s company Miramax bought the 1993 fashion industry comedy À La Mode in which she appeared.
“We had a little premiere in New York and he wouldn’t stop calling me so that I would come to the party afterwards. Because I could see what he was up to, I pretended that I was with the lead actor in the film so he would leave me alone,” she told Le Parisien newspaper.
The following year, pushed by her agent, she agreed to meet Weinstein in a Paris hotel.
“He talked to me about a film he wanted to make about World War II and then he began to tell me that he found me very attractive and wanted to have an affair with me,” Darel added.
“I told him I was very much in love with my partner, but he said that that didn’t worry him and he wanted me to be his mistress for a few days a year. That way we could work together. Basically, he said that if I wanted to make it in America, it would be through him,” the actor said.
“I told him I had to go and left,” she added.
Darel joins a string of other high-profile actors, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Léa Seydoux and Cara Delevingne, who have accused the producer of sexual harassment or assault. Three women have accused Weinstein of rape.
Weinstein denies allegations of non-consensual sex. In a statement issued on Wednesday in response to his wife’s decision to leave him following the allegations, Weinstein said: “I support her decision, I am in counselling and perhaps, when I am better, we can rebuild. Over the last week, there has been a lot of pain for my family that I take responsibility for.”
In video footage published on Wednesday, Weinstein told reporters: “Guys, I’m not doing OK but I’m trying. I gotta get help… You know, we all make mistakes….second chance I hope.”
The film industry is facing questions about why it did not act earlier to censure Weinstein. His reputation for sexual harassment was such an open secret in Hollywood that it was the source of sitcom jokes and a knowing reference at an Academy Awards nomination ceremony.
Announcing the nominees for best supporting actress in 2013, the comedian Seth MacFarlane said: “Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein.”
MacFarlane confirmed the joke was prompted by allegations made by Jessica Barth, one of more than a dozen women who have recounted sexual harassment by Weinstein.
The Palme d’Or-winning actor Seydoux also joined the ranks of Weinstein’s accusers this week, saying she had to defend herself after he allegedly jumped on her and tried to kiss her.
Writing in the Guardian, the star of Blue is the Warmest Coloursaid Weinstein stared at her “as if I was a piece of meat”.
She added: “We were talking on the sofa when he suddenly jumped on me and tried to kiss me. I had to defend myself. He’s big and fat, so I had to be forceful to resist him.”
British supermodel Delevingne also claimed Weinstein made unwelcome advances towards her in a hotel room.
In a statement posted on Instagram she said she was left feeling “very powerless and scared” when he invited her to his hotel room and tried to make her kiss a woman.
On Wednesday night, police in Los Angeles were called to a “family dispute” at the home of Weinstein’s daughter, a day after his British wife, Georgina Chapman, said she was leaving him over the allegations.
The Los Angeles police department said Weinstein was not there when officers arrived and no crime had been committed.
“The Americans zapped her trying to get away from Raqqa. Quite frankly, it’s good riddance,”the Sun quoted a Whitehall source as saying.
The Sun’s article claims that the CIA told their British counterparts that Jones had been killed by a Predator drone strike.
There are fears that the strike might have also killed her 12-year-old son Joe ‘Jojo’ Dixon. The Sun’s sources said ‘Jojo’ was not specifically targeted in the strike, and it would have been called off if he had been known to be in the vicinity.
The Pentagon, however, declined to confirm the report of Jones’ death officially.
“I do not have any information that would substantiate that report but that could change and we are looking into this,” Pentagon spokesman Major Adrian Rankine-Galloway was quoted as saying by the Guardian.
There was no immediate comment from the CIA either.
Jones, who was the lead guitarist of an all-girl rock-band in the 1990s, left her home in Kent to join the terrorists in Syria with her husband Junaid Hussain back in 2013.
The couple were reportedly involved in planning IS attacks, and were considered to be among the organization’s most effective western recruiters. Hussain was killed in a US drone strike in 2015.
Jones used her social media accounts to recruit women for IS and was giving practical tips on how to travel to Syria. She also encouraged IS sympathizers to carry out attacks in the UK, reportedly offering practical guidance.
The “white widow” was also reportedly in charge of training European female fighters, or “muhajirat,” in Raqqa, according to British broadsheet the Telegraph.
Turkish and US officials have agreed to meet to work on resolving a diplomatic dispute between the two NATO allies, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Thursday. Talks between the foreign ministers were constructive, Reuters quoted Bozdag as saying. Bozdag told broadcaster Haberturk that a US consulate employee arrested in Turkey “had not demanded lawyer access” and the US mission could apply to send a lawyer to see him.
Paris authorities plan by 2030 to ban all combustion-engine cars, including those fuelled by both diesel and petrol, according to an official at Paris City Hall. “This is about planning for the long term with a strategy that will reduce greenhouse gases,” Christophe Najdovski, an official responsible for transport policy at the office of Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, said on Thursday. “Transport is one of the main greenhouse gas producers… so we are planning an exit from combustion engine vehicles, or fossil-energy vehicles, by 2030,” Najdovski told France Info radio. Cars that run on electricity would not be affected, Reuters said.
The Kurdistan regional government is willing to hold talks with the federal government of Iraq about a dispute over Kurdish airports, border posts and banks, Reuters reports, citing a statement published overnight. The central government in Baghdad has taken measures to isolate the Kurdish region in the country’s north after it voted for independence in a referendum held last month.
The competition watchdog has given its provisional seal of approval to Just Eat’s £200m takeover of Hungryhouse.
The two app-based food ordering services agreed on the tie-up in December last year.
On Thursday, the Competition and Markets Authority said that it had decided that the deal does not raise competition concerns.
“The group found that Hungryhouse presently provides limited competition to Just Eat because it is much smaller in size and offers too few unique restaurants, making it increasingly difficult for Hungryhouse to attract and retain consumers,” it said.
“Furthermore, it found that the industry is evolving rapidly following the entry of platforms, such as Deliveroo, UberEATS and Amazon, which also manage or facilitate delivery services on behalf of restaurants. These companies generally present a greater competitive challenge to Just Eat than Hungryhouse, and this is likely to grow as they expand,” it added.
The CMA said that it was now asking for views on these provisional findings and that it would assess all the evidence before making a final decision.
Both companies welcomed the decision.
“We look forward to continuing to deploy our technology and expertise to help more independent restaurants develop and grow their businesses, while offering an even better service to consumers,” London-headquartered Just Eat, which is listed on the FTSE 250 stock index, said.
Delivery Hero, the German company that currently owns Hungryhouse, in a separate brief statement also said that it welcomed the CMA’s decision.
An Italian woman has been granted sick pay after taking time off to care for her ill dog.
The unnamed academic, from Rome’s La Sapienza University, brought her fight to the courts arguing she deserved to be compensated for the two days she had taken to care for her pet.
Her lawyers cited Italy’s strict animal protection laws, which say people who abandon an animal to “grave suffering” should be jailed for a year and fined up to €10,000 (£9,000), according to La Pressa.
A judge accepted the lawyers’ case, and ordered the university to count her two days off under an employee allowance for absences related to “serious or family personal reasons”.
The Italian Anti-Vivisection League (LAV), one of the biggest animal rights groups in Europe, mounted the woman’s case for her.
World news in pictures
11 October 2017
A supporter of Kenyan opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, lies on the ground after he was hit by a police truck during a protest along a street in Nairobi, Kenya
9 October 2017
A supporter of the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) wears oranges during a protest calling for the sacking of election board officials involved in August’s cancelled presidential vote, in Nairobi, Kenya
8 October 2017
Palestinian and Israeli women march, as part of an event organised by “Women Wage Peace” group calling for an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, near the Jordan River, in the occupied West Bank
6 October 2017
A woman stands on the stairs outside the Administrative Court in Athens as she takes part in a protest against planned pension cuts
5 October 2017
Members of Indonesia’s special forces Kopassus march during celebrations for the 72nd anniversary of the Indonesia military, in Cilegon, Indonesia Banten province
4 October 2017
People look on as boats participating in Clipper Round the World Yacht Race leave Punta del Este harbour in Uruguay
2 October 2017
Smoke billows from buildings following a reported air strike on Ain Tarma in the Eastern Ghouta area, a rebel stronghold east of the Syrian capital
1 October 2017
Firemen try to hold a group of people in front of Spanish Civil Guard officers outside a polling station in San Julia de Ramis on the day of a referendum on independence for Catalonia banned by the Spanish government. More than 5.3 million Catalans are called today to vote in a referendum on independence, surrounded by uncertainty over the intention of Spanish institutions to prevent this plebiscite banned by justice
30 September 2017
Catalan regional police (Mossos d’Esquadra) arrive to the IES Tarradell school to notify its principal that the school must remain closed, in Barcelona. Hundreds of people have spent the night in different schools and civic centers designated by the regional Government to be polling stations for the ‘1-O Referendum’ in an attempt to prevent the police from stopping their use, as the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia ordered
29 September 2017
An Indian police officer chases Shi’ite Muslim mourners as they run after they tried to participate in a Muharram procession ahead of Ashura, in Srinagar
27 September 2017
Ugandan opposition lawmakers fight with plain-clothes security personnel in the parliament while protesting a proposed age limit amendment bill debate to change the constitution for the extension of the president’s rule, in Kampala
26 September 2017
Military and local security personnel keep Rohingya refugees in line as they queue for aid at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
24 September 2017
Cliff Marisma of Australia and Per Estein Prois-Rohjell of Norway compete in the World Jousting Championships in Sydney, Australia. The World Jousting Championships sees Australia’s best jousters go head-to-head with their international counterparts. The Championship aims to replicate the same combat conditions that featured in 15th century Europe, with knights wearing historically accurate armour weighing around 40kg.
23 September 2017
Freshmen students of Nanning College for Vocational Technology balance bottles on their heads during their military training in Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China.
22 September 2017
A fighter from the Free Syrian Army (Al-Hamza Brigade) is seen looking out in Hazwan town in Aleppo
21 September 2017
Protesters burn an effigy of President Rodrigo Duterte during a day of protest outside the presidential palace in Metro Manila, Philippines
20 September 2017
A crowd of protesters lift up a ballot box outside the Catalan region’s economy ministry building after junior economy minister Josep Maria Jove was arrested by Spanish police during a raid on several government offices, in Barcelona
19 September 2017
Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi walks off the stage after delivering a speech to the nation over Rakhine and the Rohingya exodus, in Naypyitaw, Burma
Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
17 September 2017
Rohingya refugees wait for aid packages in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
16 September 2017
Riot police line up behind their shields following a clash with demonstrators demanding the resignation of congressmen outside the Guatemalan National Congress, in Guatemala City. Guatemala’s congress early this week voted overwhelmingly to reject a UN-backed request to lift the immunity of President Jimmy Morales in order for him to face a corruption probe over irregular party financing
13 September 2017
Members of the International Space Station (ISS) expedition 53/54, US astronauts Joseph Akaba (L) ,Mark Vande Hei (R) and Russia’s cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin attend a sending-off ceremony in the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan
12 September 2017
A resident pushes his cart as he wades a flooded main street in Manila after a tropical depression locally named “Maring”, hit the eastern town of Mauban before moving northwest across the main island of Luzon and passing just beside Manila
Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images
11 September 2017
Soldiers in Japan’s Self-Defence Force prepare for a ceremony for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo
10 September 2017
A truck of a courier overturned by the storm in Livorno, Italy. The storm has claimed six victims with six others missing. Over 200 mm of rain has fallen causing landslides, mudslides and the flooding of various rivers
9 September 2017
The picture released from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows North Korean residents offering flowers before the statues of Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il (R) on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang during celebrations of the 69th anniversary of North Korea’s national day
8 September 2017
People gather on a street after an earthquake in Mexico City
7 September 2017
Rohingya refugee children sit in a hut next to the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal in Teknaf, Bangladesh
6 September 2017
Police patrol the area as Hurricane Irma slams into San Juan, Puerto Rico
5 September 2017
A masked witness points to the police officers suspected of killing 17-year-old Kian delos Santos as she testifies during a senate hearing in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines
4 September 2017
(L-R) Brazil’s President Michel Temer, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pose for a group photo during the BRICS Summit at the Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Cente rin the Fujian province
3 September 2017
This undated picture released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) looking at a metal casing with two bulges at an undisclosed location.
North Korea has developed a hydrogen bomb which can be loaded into the country’s new intercontinental ballistic missile, the official Korean Central News Agency claimed on 3 September. Questions remain over whether nuclear-armed Pyongyang has successfully miniaturised its weapons, and whether it has a working H-bomb, but KCNA said that leader Kim Jong-Un had inspected such a device at the Nuclear Weapons Institute.
2 September 2017
A girl looks on as muslims offer prayers during the Eid al-Adha festival in Agartala
2 September 2017
A cyclist looks at a truck flipped into floodwater in Port Arthur, Texas
1 September 2017
People attend prayers for the Muslim holiday of Eid Al-Adha at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia
Antara Foto/Rosa Panggabean/Reuters
31 August 2017
U.S. Marine Corps F-35B fighter jets (front) and South Korean air Force’s F-15K fly over South Korea during a joint military drill
Republic of Korea Air Force/Yonhap/via Reuters
30 August 2017
Pope Francis is greeted by pilgrims as he arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican
29 August 2017
Retiring paramilitary policemen prepare for a group photo before retirement in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China
28 August 2017
The sun sets on the playa as approximately 70,000 people from all over the world gathered for the annual Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada
27 August 2017
A member of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) tells a Rohingya girl not to come on Bangladesh side.
Thousands of people have fled their homes following two days of violence in a deepening crisis in the state of Rakhine in Myanmar.
Members of the Muslim Rohingya minority escaped to the border with Bangladesh but Bangladeshi border guards are turning them back.
26 August 2017
100 newlyweds wearing Han Dynasty style outfits attend a group wedding in Pingdingshan, Henan province of China.
25 August 2017
Protesters block rail tracks during a demonstration of “Ende Gelaende” activists against the open cast Garzweiler brown coal mining near Vanikum, Germany.
24 August 2017
Italian Police use a water cannon as they clash with refugee squatters who had occupied a small square in central Rome
24 August 2017
Thailand’s Patsapong Amsam-ang competes in the men’s pole-vault athletics final of the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) at the Bukit Jalil national stadium in Kuala Lumpur
23 August 2017
A child reacts after a big wave on a waterfront as Typhoon Hato hits Hong Kong
President Gianluca Felicetti said the ruling paved the way for pets to be recognised as “members of the family”.
“It is a significant step forward that recognised that animals that are not kept for financial gain or their working ability are effectively members of the family,” he said.
“Now, with the necessary veterinary certification, those in the same situation will be able to cite this important precedent.”