Middle East

Turkey lifts female army officers’ headscarf ban

Turkish Army was final institution in which women were prohibited from wearing headscarves Turkey will lift a ban on female officers wearing the Islamic headscarf in the officially secular country’s…

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Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Egypt’s Sisi, Jordan’s Abdullah reaffirm support for two-state solution

The leaders of Egypt and Jordan reaffirmed their continued support on Tuesday for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after U.S. President Donald Trump suggested abandoning it. Egyptian President…

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Saudi Arabia

Saudis Walk Away From Russia, Oil Talks Fall Apart

Saudi Arabia is walking away from upcoming talks with non-OPEC members, including Russia, amid disagreements on how to share the burden of oil production cuts. Russia is the world’s largest…

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Death toll in Iraq bombing claimed by IS rises to 73

The death toll from a car bombing south of Baghdad claimed by the Islamic State group rose to 73 on Friday, including about 40 Iranian pilgrims, as Iraqi forces fought…

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Isreali Settlement

France urges businesses to label goods from Israeli settlements

France published an official notification Thursday urging businesses to use labels to identify goods produced in the Israeli settlements, prompting a swift condemnation from Israel. It was not immediately clear…

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Oil may rise to $55 if all producers cooperate – Iran

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh expressed optimism on Saturday about an upcoming OPEC meeting and said crude prices could jump to $55 a barrel if an agreement is reached and…

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Iraq sets to cooperate with OPEC on “correct basis”

Iraq told a top OPEC official on Tuesday it was ready to cooperate in reaching a deal on supply cuts to support oil prices as long as it kept its…

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Middle East Leaders Give $1.2m Of Gifts To White House

Middle East rulers and politicians gave some $1.25m worth of gifts to the White House last year, led by $988,000 of presents from Saudi Arabia. Some $785,000 of the gifts…

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Former Qatari Emir dies aged 84

Qatar’s former emir, Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani died on Sunday, aged 84, Qatar’s state news agency QNA reported. He ruled Qatar from 1972 until 1995 when he was deposed…

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US election is a choice between ‘bad’ and ‘worse’ – Iran President Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday the choice offered to voters in the U.S. presidential election was between “bad and worse” and that harsh exchanges in the debates pointed…

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