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Bank of Israel keeps benchmark interest rate at 0.1%

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JERUSALEM, April 19 (Reuters) – The Bank of Israel held its benchmark interest rate at 0.1% for an eighth straight meeting on Monday amid optimism over an economic recovery due to a rapid COVID-19 vaccine rollout and inflation turning positive. All 16 economists polled by Reuters had said they expected......

Taliban, Afghan government to attend peace talks in Turkey April 24

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ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey will host a major summit on Afghanistan’s peace process in Istanbul from April 24 to May 4, its foreign ministry said on Tuesday, adding representatives from the Taliban and Afghan government would both attend the talks. The meeting includes the United Nations and Qatar as part......

U.S. was not involved in Iran nuclear site incident: White House

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States was not involved in any attack on Iran’s key Natanz nuclear site and has no comment on speculation about the cause of the incident, the White House said on Monday. Reporting by Nandita Bose and Trevor Hunnicutt Source – For more click here To......

Qatar National Bank’s Q1 net profit falls 7% as provisions climb

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DUBAI, April 11 (Reuters) – Qatar National Bank (QNB) , the biggest lender in the Gulf, said on Sunday its first quarter net profit fell by 7% from a year earlier to 3.3 billion riyals ($906 million) as it booked 1.4 billion riyals in “precautionary” loan loss provisions. The bank’s......

Jordan bans media coverage of royal rift, Saudi reaffirms support

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(Adds dropped words in second paragraph) FILE PHOTO: Jordan’s Crown Prince Hamza bin Hussein delivers a speech to Muslim clerics and scholars at the opening ceremony of a religious conference at the Islamic Al al-Bayet University in Amman, Jordan August 21, 2004. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji AMMAN (Reuters) – Jordan banned all......

Iraqi Airways to start direct flights to Abu Dhabi – news agency

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FILE PHOTO: An Iraqi Airways plane is seen at the Erbil International Airport in Erbil, Iraq September 29, 2017. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari DUBAI (Reuters) – Iraqi Airways plans to start direct flights to the United Arab Emirates’ capital Abu Dhabi on May 1, the state-run Iraqi News Agency reported on Sunday,......

Suez canal ends shipping backlog: statement

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CAIRO (Reuters) – Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said that all 422 ships stranded by the grounding of the giant container ship Ever Given passed through the canal by Saturday, ending the backlog caused by the blockage. Reporting by Moamen Said Atallah; writing by Mahmoud Mourad; editing by John Stonestreet Source......

Suez Canal shipping backlog to end on Saturday – canal authority

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CAIRO (Reuters) – The last ships stranded by the grounding of a giant container vessel in the Suez Canal should pass through the waterway on Saturday, according to the canal authority, which said an investigation into the incident would report its findings soon. Osama Rabie, chairman of the Suez Canal......

Suez Canal shipping backlog to end on Saturday – canal authority

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CAIRO (Reuters) – The last ships stranded by the grounding of a giant container vessel in the Suez Canal should pass through the waterway on Saturday, according to the canal authority, which said an investigation into the incident would report its findings soon. Osama Rabie, chairman of the Suez Canal......

Iran, world powers to hold nuclear talks in Vienna on Tuesday

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PARIS (Reuters) – Representatives of Iran and world powers will meet next Tuesday in Vienna to discuss the troubled 2015 nuclear deal, Iranian and European officials said after holding virtual talks on Friday aimed at reviving the accord. FILE PHOTO: Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal......

Follow-up probe of virus origins expected – WHO’s Tedros

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FILE PHOTO: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) speaks during the opening of the 148th session of the Executive Board on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Geneva, Switzerland, January 18, 2021. Christopher Black/WHO/Handout/File Photo GENEVA (Reuters) – Experts examining the origins of the coronavirus......

Hezbollah: time to allow formation of new Lebanon government

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FILE PHOTO: A man rides a motorbike past a picture of Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, near Sidon, Lebanon July 7, 2020. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho/File Photo BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s Hezbollah said on Wednesday it was time for politicians to put aside their demands and allow the formation of a......

Saudi Aramco private investment plan voluntary, not state imposed, says CEO

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LONDON, March 31 (Reuters) – Saudi Aramco said on Wednesday the government had no plans to impose private partnerships on the oil giant, after it launched a programme to support private investment in the kingdom as part of Saudi Arabia’s diversification push. “This is a voluntary programme. It’s on the......

Shipping restarts at Suez Canal after ship refloated- sources, agency

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ISMAILIA, Egypt March 29 (Reuters) – Shipping is on the move again in the Suez Canal after a container ship that had blocked the waterway for nearly a week was refloated, two marine sources and a shipping agency said on Monday. A marine source said ships were travelling southwards towards......

Ship swings back across Suez Canal before next tugging attempt, witness and source say

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A view shows the container ship Ever Given, one of the world’s largest container ships, after it was partially refloated, in Suez Canal, Egypt March 29, 2021. Suez Canal Authority/Handout via REUTERS SUEZ, Egypt (Reuters) – A giant container ship that was jammed across the Suez Canal and has been......

Lebanon’s largest Christian bloc warns against sidelining president

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FILE PHOTO: Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri meets with Lebanese President Michel Aoun at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon December 9, 2020. Dalati Nohra/Handout via REUTERS BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s largest Christian bloc, the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM), warned prime minister-designate Saad al-Hariri on Saturday against sidelining President Michel......

Turkey’s cenbank governor to meet some banks’ general managers on Wednesday

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FILE PHOTO: Turkey’s new Central Bank Governor Sahap Kavcioglu sits at his office in Ankara, Turkey March 21, 2021. Turkish Central Bank/Handout via REUTERS ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s new central bank governor, whose shock appointment at the weekend triggered financial market turmoil, will hold talks with some banks’ general managers......

UPDATE 1-BBVA says commitment to Turkey unchanged, shares fall 6%

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(Adds details) MADRID, March 22 (Reuters) – Spain’s BBVA on Monday said its commitment to Turkey was unchanged despite a 15% decline in Turkey’s lira to a near all-time low after President Tayyip Erdogan’s ousting of a hawkish central bank governor. The sacking of Naci Agbal, appointed less than five......

Kuwait Emir departs for Europe after completing medical checks in the U.S.: state news agency

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FILE PHOTO: Kuwait’s new Emir Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah gestures as he takes the oath of office at the parliament, in Kuwait City, Kuwait September 30, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie McGehee DUBAI (Reuters) – Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah traveled on Sunday to Europe for a private visi, after a sucessful medical......

France eases COVID-19 restrictions on international travel

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PARIS (Reuters) – France will ease some COVID-19 restrictions on international travel outside Europe, the foreign ministry said on Thursday. The ministry said in a statement that travellers to or from Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Israel, Japan, Britain and Singapore would no longer need a compelling reason to travel.......

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