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Saudi Arabia says oil market recovery remains uncertain

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FILE PHOTO: A 3D printed oil pump jack is seen in front of displayed Opec logo in this illustration picture, April 14, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration LONDON (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s energy minister said on Thursday that the situation in the oil market had improved but the outlook for a recovery......

An ancient monastery in Iraq is a symbol of Christian survival

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ALQOSH, Iraq (Reuters) – Nestled in a steep rocky hillside among the remote mountains of northern Iraq, the Rabban Hormizd Monastery has watched invaders come and go through Christianity’s tumultuous history in this corner of ancient Mesopotamia. A view of Rabban Hormizd Monastery is seen in Alqosh, Iraq February 18,......

Rockets land at Iraqi air base hosting U.S., coalition forces: security sources

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(Reuters) – Several rockets landed on Wednesday at Iraq’s Ain al-Asad air base that hosts United States, coalition and Iraqi forces, two security sources said. No casualties have been reported so far, the sources said. It was the second rocket attack in Iraq this month and came two days before......

OPEC+ calls for “cautious optimism” despite oil price rally: document

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FILE PHOTO: The logo of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) sits outside its headquarters ahead of the OPEC and NON-OPEC meeting, Austria December 6, 2019. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger LONDON (Reuters) – A panel of experts of OPEC and allies, known as OPEC+, believes a recent oil price rally......

Saudi Aramco, Chevron chiefs see global oil demand recovery

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(Reuters) – Global oil demand is recovering and could return to around pre-pandemic levels next year, the chief executive of Saudi Aramco told an oil and gas conference on Tuesday. Global demand for oil is likely to recover from the second half of the year and could reach 99 million......

Turkey’s reopening relieves restaurants but worries doctors

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ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish restaurants reopened and many children returned to school on Tuesday after the government announced steps to ease COVID-19 curbs even as cases edged higher, raising concerns in the top medical association. FILE PHOTO: A man smokes outside a closed bar, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak......

Former U.S. ambassador doesn’t see Iran nuclear deal happening this year as escalations mount

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here A series of back-and-forth retaliatory moves and antagonizing statements between Washington and Tehran are putting the Biden administration’s plans for a return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal into greater peril by the day.  “You can’t act with impunity. Be......

Federer to miss this month’s Miami Open

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FILE PHOTO: Switzerland’s Roger Federer. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo (Reuters) – Roger Federer will not compete at this month’s Miami Open as the Swiss maestro continues to work his way back to fitness after two knee operations in the past 12 months, the Miami Herald reported on Monday. Federer will miss......

170 U.S. lawmakers urge Biden administration to push Turkey on rights

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FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan arrives for a meeting with EU Council President Charles Michel in Brussels, Belgium March 9, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One hundred seventy members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed a bipartisan letter sent to Secretary of State Antony Blinken urging President......

China’s Tencent Cloud to open datacentre in Bahrain

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FILE PHOTO: A staff member introduces Tencent Cloud service during a government-organized media tour to Tencent headquarters in Shenzhen, Guangdong province China September 27, 2020. REUTERS/David Kirton DUBAI (Reuters) – Tencent Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Chinese technology giant Tencent Holdings, will launch an internet data centre in Bahrain......

Israeli team in Greece probing ship suspected of oil spill, ministry says

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has sent investigators to Greece to inspect a ship suspected of causing an oil spill that has covered much of Israel’s shoreline with tar, the Environment Protection Ministry said on Saturday. Israel has been looking at a spill from a ship that passed about 50 km......

Saudi-led coalition says it thwarted Houthi missile attack on Riyadh – state TV

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CAIRO (Reuters) – The Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Iranian-aligned Houthi militia said on Saturday it had thwarted a ballistic missile attack by the Houthis on the Saudi capital Riyadh, Saudi state television reported. The coalition also said it had detected the launch of a number of explosive-laden drones from Houthi......

Spanish report calls for killing of more than 850 cattle on pariah ship

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By Marco Trujillo, Nathan Allen CARTAGENA, Spain (Reuters) – More than 850 cows that spent months aboard a ship wandering across the Mediterranean are not fit for transport anymore and should be killed, according to a confidential report by Spanish government veterinarians seen by Reuters. The cows were kept in......

Tunisia’s main party holds street protest, escalating government row

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TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia’s biggest political party rallied tens of thousands of supporters in the capital on Saturday in a show of strength that could fuel a dispute between the president and prime minister that has paralyzed the government. It is the biggest demonstration in Tunisia for years, and party......

Yemen’s children starve as U.N. seeks billions to avoid vast ‘man-made’ famine

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By Abdulrahman al-Ansi, Michelle Nichols SANAA/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ahmadiya Juaidi’s eyes are wide as she drinks a nutrition shake from a large orange mug, her thin fingers grasping the handle. Her hair is pulled back and around her neck hangs a silver necklace with a heart and the letter......

U.S. announces ‘Khashoggi ban’ for 76 Saudi individuals

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FILE PHOTO: Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi speaks at an event hosted by Middle East Monitor in London Britain, September 29, 2018. Middle East Monitor/Handout via REUTERS/ WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States banned 76 people from Saudi Arabia on Friday, saying it will not tolerate individuals who threaten or assault......

Texas freeze helps rival oil exporters like Saudi Arabia ‘tremendously,’ may influence OPEC decisions

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Pump jacks operate in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, U.S, on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. Matthew Busch | Bloomberg | Getty Images The shock winter storm in Texas that left millions without power and took dozens of lives also......

U.S. carries out airstrikes in Syria on Iranian-backed targets

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Watch CBSN Live The U.S. conducted its first military action under President Biden, targeting infrastructure utilized by Iranian-backed militant groups in Syria in response to recent rocket attacks in Iraq. Ed O’Keefe reports. Copyright © 2021 CBS Interactive Inc.......

White House says expects Biden call with Saudi king ‘very soon’

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FILE PHOTO: Horse racing – Saudi Cup – King Abdulaziz Racetrack, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – February 20, 2021 Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after The Saudi Cup REUTERS/Ahmed Yosri WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden’s phone call with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman should take place “very soon,”......

Syrian migrant sets sights on seat in German parliament

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Almost six years ago Tareq Alaows drifted across the Aegean in a rubber boat before walking most of the way from Athens to Vienna. Now the migrant who fled military conscription in Syria is trying to win a seat in Germany’s parliament. He plans to run for......

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