Syria condemns deal between Kurds and US firm as ‘theft’ Aug 03, 2020 0 424 12345 AFPDamascusSyria on Sunday condemned an agreement between Kurdish-led forces in the country’s northeast and a US oil company, describing it as “theft” and an “affront to national sovereignty”.The foreign ministry denounced “an agreement signed by the SDF militia and a US oil company to steal Syrian oil... supported by the US administration”, in a statement quoted by the official SANA news agency.Senior US officials have confirmed an agreement to “modernise” the fields, without naming the US company or providing other details.The Syrian foreign ministry’s statement decried “an agreement between... thieves who steal and thieves who buy”.It also decried “the hostile US position towards Syria, the theft of the Syrian people’s riches and its hindrance of the state’s reconstruction efforts”. Senator Lindsey Graham, a longtime supporter of the Syrian Kurds, told a congressional hearing Thursday that he had spoken about the deal with SDF commander General Mazloum Abdi.“Apparently they’ve signed a deal with an American oil company to modernise the oil fields in northeastern Syria,” Graham said.Asked by Graham if the US was supportive of the deal, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said: “We are.”“The deal took a little longer, senator, than we had hoped and we’re now in implementation. It can be very powerful,” Pompeo said. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Philippines’ COVID-19 cases surge to over 100,000 Aug 03, 2020 0 1358 Virus curfew imposed in Melbourne as S Africa tops 500,000 cases Aug 03, 2020 0 414 Afghan govt urges Taliban to extend ceasefire Aug 03, 2020 0 460 Pakistan’s daily virus death toll falls to single digits DPA Islamabad The number of people dying of the coronavirus in Pakistan has fallen to a single-digit figure for the first time in three months, officials said on Sunday, calling the drop a hard-earned success thanks to .. Ethiopians celebrate first filling of controversial Nile dam DPA Addis Ababa Ethiopians celebrated the first filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on Sunday, flooding the streets of the capital Addis Ababa in support of the often controversial project on the Blue Nile .. Iran reports highest virus cases for nearly a month Tehran Iran on Sunday reported its highest single-day novel coronavirus infection count in nearly a month, warning that most of its provinces have been hit by a resurgence of the disease. The Islamic republic has been .. Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan recovers from coronavirus DPA New Delhi Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has been discharged from a Mumbai hospital where he was treated for COVID-19 during a 23-day stay, his son said on Sunday. Meanwhile, India’s federal home minister Amit .. Sudan welcomes Pompeo comments on ending terror listing AFP Khartoum Sudan’s government has welcomed remarks from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week that he would like to delist Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism, local media reported. Pompeo has repeatedly ..