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Lebanon seeking answers over Halliburton offshore Israel contract

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BEIRUT, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Lebanon’s Prime Minister Najib Mikati has asked his foreign minister to seek clarification from the international community after Israel granted U.S. oilfield services group Halliburton (HAL.N) an offshore drilling contract in the Mediterranean. Lebanon and Israel are in dispute over the delineation of their territorial......

Syria says it welcomes Lebanon’s request to import energy

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DAMASCUS, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Syria said on Saturday that it welcomed Lebanon’s request to import Egyptian gas for energy generation via its territory after Lebanese ministers made the highest level visit to Damascus in years. Lebanon is suffering energy shortages that have forced even essential services including hospitals to......

Iran plans new round of talks with Saudi Arabia -Iranian envoy

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The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters, before the beginning of a board of governors meeting, in Vienna, Austria, March 1, 2021. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner DUBAI, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Iran plans to hold a fourth round of talks with regional rival Saudi Arabia......

Iraq seeks to ease Saudi-Iran hostility at Baghdad summit

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Gulf states fear they can no longer rely on Washington France, Iraq hope to pave way for regional dialogue Progress may hinge on Iran nuclear talks, says source Riyadh and Tehran vying for regional hegemony BAGHDAD, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Iraq has invited Iran and Tehran’s Gulf Arab foes to......

Iran warns of response if security threatened after ship attack – TV

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The Mercer Street, a Japanese-owned Liberian-flagged tanker managed by Israeli-owned Zodiac Maritime that was attacked off Oman coast as seen in Cape Town, South Africa, December 31, 2015 in this picture obtained from ship tracker website, MarineTraffic.com. Picture taken December 31, 2015. Johan Victor/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo DUBAI, Aug 2......

Israel blames Iran for attack on tanker off Oman that killed two

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DUBAI, July 30 (Reuters) – A Briton and a Romanian were killed when an Israeli-managed petroleum product tanker came under attack on Thursday off the coast of Oman, the company said on Friday, in an incident that Israel’s foreign minister blamed on Iran and said deserved a harsh response. There......

Water crisis protests persist in Iran, with chants in capital -reports

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DUBAI, July 21 (Reuters) – Protesters angry about water shortages took to the streets of southwest Iran for a sixth night in a row on Tuesday, with mounting violence, while Tehran residents chanted anti-government slogans, according to videos posted on social media on Wednesday and Iranian news outlets. Videos uploaded......

Youth killed in Iran water crisis protests

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DUBAI, July 17 (Reuters) – A young man was shot dead during a second night of protests over water shortages in southwest Iran, a local official said on Saturday, blaming armed protesters for the shooting, the state news agency IRNA reported. Iran is facing its worst drought in 50 years,......

Explosion in park in north Tehran, no one hurt

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DUBAI, July 10 (Reuters) – A loud blast heard in north Tehran early on Saturday was caused by an “unknown object” exploding in a park but no-one was hurt, Iranian state television reported. “An unknown object exploded …There was no damage and no one was hurt,” a reporter said. Tehran......

Fire in ship at Dubai’s Jebel Ali port under control -authorities

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DUBAI, July 7 (Reuters) – A fire on a ship at Dubai’s Jebel Ali Port, the Middle East’s largest transshipment hub, has been brought under control, the government’sDubai Media Office (DMO) said on Wednesday. The fire was caused by an explosion from a “normal accident” in a container holding flammable......

Iran restarts Bushehr nuclear power plant after overhaul-state media

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A general view of the Bushehr main nuclear reactor, 1,200 km (746 miles) south of Tehran, August 21, 2010. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi DUBAI, July 3 (Reuters) – Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant has resumed operations after being shut down two weeks ago for an overhaul, Iranian state broadcaster IRIB reported on......

Lebanon parliament approves cash subsidy costing $556 mln annually

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BEIRUT, June 30 (Reuters) – Lebanon’s parliament on Wednesday approved cash payments for poor families, to cost $556 million annually, a member of parliament told Reuters, planned as a step that would allow the curbing of a $6 billion subsidy programme for basic goods. Parliament also instructed government to issue......

Explosion in Yemeni city of Marib kills at least 12 – medical source

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An explosion near a petrol station in the Yemeni city of Marib killed at least 12 people on Saturday, a medical source said. The source told Reuters that dozens of people, many of them badly burned, had been taken to Marib General Hospital and 12 of them had died of......

U.S. imposes sanctions on two Houthi military leaders

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The United States is imposing sanctions on two Houthi military officials leading the Iran-aligned movement’s offensive to seize Yemen’s gas-rich Marib region, U.S. Special Envoy on Yemen said on Thursday. Tim Lenderking, who has been pushing for a ceasefire between the Houthis and a Saudi-led military coalition, also told a......

Lebanese president seeks to avert crisis with Gulf over minister’s comments

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Lebanon’s president said on Tuesday the foreign minister’s critical comments about Gulf states did not reflect official policy, seeking to avoid a further strain on ties with countries that have been Lebanon’s allies and donors. Mired in its worst economic crisis since a 1975-1990 civil war, Lebanon has lost the......

Lebanon rules out preconditions as sea border talks with Israel resume

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Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Tuesday there should be no preconditions for talks with Israel over their Mediterranean border dispute, key to Lebanon’s hopes to find gas reserves amid its worst economic crisis since its 1975-1990 civil war. Negotiations between the old foes were launched in October to try......

Saudi Aramco beats quarterly profit forecast, maintains dividend

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A view shows branded oil tanks at Saudi Aramco oil facility in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia October 12, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo State-run oil producer Saudi Aramco (2222.SE) beat analysts’ forecasts on Tuesday with a 30% rise in first-quarter net profit and maintained its dividend payout, helped by strong oil prices.......

Saudi in talks to sell 1% of Aramco, says crown prince

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Saudi Arabia’s crown prince said in televised remarks on Tuesday that the kingdom was in discussions to sell 1% of state oil firm Saudi Aramco to a leading global energy company. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said Aramco, the world’s biggest oil company which listed on the Saudi bourse in......

Saudi Arabia sees over $200 bln in savings from energy reforms plan – FinMin

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Saudi Minister of Finance Mohammed al-Jadaan gestures as he speaks during a news conference to announce the country’s 2021 budget, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia December 15, 2020. REUTERS/Ahmed Yosri Saudi Arabia could save over $200 billion over the next decade by replacing liquid fuel used for domestic consumption with gas......

Militants attack north Iraq oil wells, production unaffected – ministry

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Militants using explosives attacked two oil wells northwest of Kirkuk in northern Iraq on Saturday but no significant damage resulted and production was not affected, the Iraqi oil ministry said. The attack at the Bay Hassan oilfield “did not cause a fire or damage, affect production or stop oil pumping......

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