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UAE expects 2.4% GDP growth in 2019: central bank

The United Arab Emirates expects its economy to grow 2.4% in 2019, driven by faster growth in the oil sector, the central bank said in a report on Sunday.


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UK tanker Stena Impero to be released soon: Iranian maritime official

Stena Impero, the British-flagged tanker detained by Iran on July 19, will be released soon, an Iranian maritime official said on Sunday, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.


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Israel's president floats unity government between Netanyahu and Gantz

Israel’s president on Sunday began consulting with party leaders to discuss who should lead the country after no clear victor emerged from last week’s election, suggesting Prime Minister Benjamin Net


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Two flights diverted from Dubai due to suspected drones

Two flights were diverted from Dubai International Airport on Sunday due to suspected drone activity, the hub’s operator said, at least the second disruption of its kind there this year.


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Pompeo says US mission is to avoid war with Iran but measures in place to deter

The United States aims to avoid war with Iran and the additional troops ordered to be deployed in the Gulf region are for “deterrence and defense,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday.


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Iran to present plan for Gulf security at UN General Assembly this week

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will present a plan for creating security in the Gulf in cooperation with other countries in the region when he attends the United Nations General Assembly in New York


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Iran says it will destroy any aggressor, says IRGC chief

Iran will pursue any aggressor, even if it carries out a limited attack, and seek to destroy it, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Saturday (September 21), after attacks on Saudi oil


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Kuwait has foodstuff reserves for four to eight months of consumption: KUNA

Kuwait has strategic foodstuff reserves to cover four to eight months of consumption, the state news agency KUNA reported, as regional tension rises following attacks on oil facilities in neighboring


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Saudi says it will respond if probe confirms Iran role in attacks

Saudi Arabia will take appropriate steps to respond to an attack on its oil facilities if, as expected, a Saudi investigation confirms that Iran is responsible, a senior official said on Saturday.


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Turkey is prepared for possible Syria border operation, Erdogan says

Turkey is ready to act on its southern border with Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said, after warning that it could take unilateral steps if the US does not establish a “safe zone” in northeast Syri


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Lebanese PM talks to Saudi minister about support for economy

Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri spoke to the Saudi finance minister on Saturday about support for the Lebanese economy and preparations for the first meeting of a bilateral council, his media office sa


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Saudi Aramco has emerged from attacks 'stronger than ever': CEO

Saudi Aramco has emerged from attacks on its oil facilities “stronger than ever”, Chief Executive Amin Nasser told employees in a message, adding that full oil production would resume by the end of t


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Small but rare protests in Egypt after online call for dissent

Hundreds protested in central Cairo and several other Egyptian cities late on Friday (September 20) against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, responding to an online call for a demonstration against gov


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Iran says new US sanctions target Iranians' access to food, medicine

Iran’s foreign minister on Saturday denounced renewed US sanctions against its central bank as an attempt to deny ordinary Iranians access to food and medicine, and said the move was a sign of US desp


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United States sending troops to bolster Saudi defenses after attack

US President Donald Trump on Friday (September 20) approved sending American troops to bolster Saudi Arabia’s air and missile defenses after the largest-ever attack on the kingdom’s oil facilities, wh


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Turkey stations doctors near Syrian border for possible military operation

Doctors from Turkey’s large cities have been stationed in two southern provinces to prepare for a possible incursion into northern Syria, two security sources told Reuters on Friday (September 20), ad


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A historic first? Israel's Arabs could lead parliamentary opposition

Israel’s Arab parties are set to be the largest non-ruling bloc in parliament - and could even lead the opposition - if a national unity government emerges from Tuesday’s election.


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Saudi Arabia shows attack site damage as Iran pledges tough defense

Saudi Arabia on Friday (September 20) took media to inspect oil facilities hit by attacks that Washington and Riyadh blame on Iran, showing melted pipes and burnt equipment, as Tehran vowed wide retal


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Yemeni Houthis accuse Saudi-led coalition of 'dangerous escalation'

The Yemeni Houthi movement on Friday (September 20) accused the Saudi-led coalition of a dangerously escalation of the situation around Hodeidah after coalition forces attacked targets north of the po


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Amnesty accuses Hong Kong police of abuses, torture of protesters

Amnesty International accused Hong Kong police on Friday (September 20) of torture and other abuses in their handling of more than three months of pro-democracy protests, but the police say they have


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