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GCC summit offers hope to end dispute: Kuwaiti minister

The next Gulf Cooperation Council summit, to be held in Riyadh next month, may be an opportunity to end the rift within the group, Kuwait’s deputy foreign minister was quoted as saying by state news a


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Japan's Fuji Oil plans to resume Iran oil loadings from January: sources

Japanese refiner Fuji Oil Co is set to resume Iranian crude purchases after Japan received a waiver from US sanctions on Tehran, industry sources familiar with the matter said.


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Trump says he doesn’t want to listen to audio recording of Khashoggi murder

US President Donald Trump said he does not want to listen to an audio recording of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, calling it “very violent, very vicious and terrible.


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Netanyahu urges coalition partners not to bring down government

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged his coalition partners on Sunday (November 18) not to bring down the government, citing security challenges ahead and hinting at future Israeli military


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Yemen’s Houthis halt missile attacks on Saudi coalition

Yemen’s Houthi movement said on Monday (November 19) it was halting drone and missile attacks on Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and their Yemeni allies, responding to a demand from the United


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Russia, Turkey, Iran to hold Syria talks November 28-29 in Kazakhstan

Russia, Turkey, and Iran will hold the next round of talks on Syria on Nov. 28-29 in Kazakhstan, Kazakh foreign minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov said on Monday (November 19).


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Jordan PM: kingdom will pay heavy price if IMF-backed tax law not approved

Jordan’s Prime Minister Omar al Razzaz said on Sunday (November 18) the kingdom will pay a heavy price if parliament fails to approve new IMF-backed tax legislation.


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Undersea gas fires Egypt's regional energy dreams

Egypt is looking to use its vast, newly tapped undersea gas reserves to establish itself as a key energy exporter and revive its flagging economy.


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Turkey releases eight detained in probe of prominent rights activist: lawyers

Turkish authorities released eight people who were detained on Friday under an investigation into jailed rights activist Osman Kavala and accused of following him in a bid to unseat the government thr


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Islamic State says US-led strikes kill 40 in militant pocket in Syria

At least forty people, mostly women and children, were killed on Saturday (November 17) in the latest wave of US-led coalition airstrikes against the last remaining Islamic State-held pocket in Syria


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Rebels say Syrian army steps up attacks in Idlib

Syrian rebels said on Saturday (November 17) the Syrian army and their allies were intensifying attacks on a demilitarized zone in the northwest in an attempt to undermine a Russian-Turkish deal that


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Trump calls CIA assessment of Khashoggi murder premature but possible

President Donald Trump on Saturday (November 17) called a CIA assessment blaming Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi “very premature” and said he


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Trump says not considering extraditing Erdogan foe

President Donald Trump said Saturday (November 17) he was not considering extraditing a US-based Muslim cleric to Turkey as part of an effort to ease pressure on Saudi Arabia.


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Egyptian sentenced to death for killing Christian doctor

Egypt has sentenced Saturday (November 17) an alleged Islamic State (ISIS) supporter to death for stabbing and killing an 82-year-old Christian doctor in Cairo.


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Netanyahu’s main coalition partner pushes for early election

Israel moved closer to early elections Friday (November 16) after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s main coalition partner, the ultra-nationalist Jewish Home party, said it wants a vote “as soon as


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Turkey sentences six people to life in prison for Istanbul airport attack

A Turkish court has handed life prison sentences to six people convicted over a 2016 attack at Istanbul’s main Ataturk airport which killed 45 people, the state-owned Anadolu news agency reported on F


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Why are women in Saudi Arabia wearing their abayas inside out?

Saudi campaigners have urged Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to loosen the conservative kingdom’s strict dress code after women took to social media wearing their abayas inside out in protest.


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US opposes UN Golan resolution, wins Israeli praise

The United States opposed on Friday (November 16) for the first time an annual draft resolution at the United Nations calling on Israel to rescind its authority in the occupied Golan Heights, drawing


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'Firm assurances' Yemen's warring parties will attend talks: UN

Yemen’s warring parties have given “firm assurances” that they are committed to attending peace talks to be convened shortly in Sweden, UN Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths said on Friday (November 16), an


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CIA believes Saudi crown prince ordered journalist's killing: sources

The CIA believes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday (November 16), complicating Presi


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