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U.N. Syria envoy warns of 'perfect storm' in Idlib

U.N. Syria envoy warns of 'perfect storm' in Idlib

World
Aug. 30 (UPI) -- U.N. Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura warned of a "perfect storm" facing the country's Idlib province Thursday. De Mistra expressed concern for the residents of Idlib as President Bashar al-Assad's government forces, which are backed by Russia, are expected to launch an offensive to clear militants from the al-Qaida and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham -- also known as the al-Nusra Front -- militant groups from the area. "While we are talking, there are some discussions taking place, and we hope that they will be fruitful but that doesn't mean that we should be not worried, on the contrary, we are worried about any hurried escalation," he said. The Russian military amassed a fleet of at least 10 warships and two submarines off Syria's northwest coast in preparation for an as...
'Perfect storm' for retailers, warns McDonald's boss

'Perfect storm' for retailers, warns McDonald's boss

Business
Britain's retailers are facing "a perfect storm" that will see businesses squeezed and more corporate failures, according to the UK boss of McDonald's.In an exclusive interview for Sky News, Paul Pomroy said he had made the "bold decision" to keep investing in restaurants and staff since Brexit, but said conditions were getting ever tougher.Describing a "perfect storm of challenges, Mr Pomroy said: "I am really concerned by the amount of inflation that companies are carrying at the moment."Food inflation is running at between 4% and 7% across retail, there's pressure on wage inflation, interest rate movements and now you are seeing businesses becoming less brave in their decision-making.Image:Paul Pomroy says firms are becoming 'less brave in their decision-making'"They're not making the i...
Liverpool FC: Virgil van Dijk completes Anfield switch and says Reds are 'perfect match'

Liverpool FC: Virgil van Dijk completes Anfield switch and says Reds are 'perfect match'

Sports
Virgil van Dijk says Liverpool is the "perfect match" for him after his world record move from Southampton was officially completed.The 26-year-old's switch from the Saints was agreed last week, but with the January transfer window now open his deal, understood to be worth £75million - the highest fee ever paid for a defender, is now sealed.The Dutchman told Liverpool's official website: "With the history at the club and everything around it - even the training ground and stuff - it is just a perfect, perfect match for me, and for my family as well."Van Dijk, who has signed what Liverpool have said is a "long-term contract" at Anfield, is not concerned about his price tag weighing heavy.The transfer fee eclipses the £54m spent by Manchester City to sign England full-back Kyle Walker from T...