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Armenia’s armed forces demand resignation of PM and government: Ifax

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FILE PHOTO: Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan attends a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin (not pictured) in Moscow, Russia January 11, 2021. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY./File Photo MOSCOW (Reuters) – Armenia’s armed forces called for the resignation of......

IAEA chief Grossi describes black box-type deal reached with Iran

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VIENNA (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog’s chief described his weekend deal with Iran on continued monitoring of its nuclear activities for up to three months as one where data is gathered but his agency is only able to access it afterwards. The International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran announced......

Halep pulls out of Qatar Open

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FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 16, 2021 Romania’s Simona Halep in action during her quarter final match against Serena Williams of the U.S. REUTERS/Loren Elliott (Reuters) – World number three Simona Halep has withdrawn from next week’s Qatar Open in Doha, the organisers......

Oman bans entry from 10 countries to curb coronavirus spread

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DUBAI (Reuters) – Oman will not allow people from 10 countries to enter the country for 15 days to curb the spread of the coronavirus, in particular certain mutated strains, the Gulf state’s coronavirus committee said on Tuesday. The countries are: Sudan, Lebanon, South Africa, Brazil, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana, Guinea,......

Saudi defence firm SAMI targets $5 bln annual revenue by 2030

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DUBAI, Feb 22 (Reuters) – State-owned Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) aims to generate annual revenue of $5 billion by 2030, its chief executive said on Monday, part of a drive to build more defence equipment inside the kingdom. Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s largest buyers of foreign arms......

Britain supports family of Harry Dunn in U.S. damages case

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Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, parents of British teen Harry Dunn who was killed in a car crash on his motorcycle, allegedly by the wife of an American diplomat, walk out after an interview in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., October 15, 2019. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/Files......

Saudi-led coalition: Houthi drone interception leaves shrapnel near Abha airport

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DUBAI (Reuters) – The Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Houthi group said it had intercepted a drone on Tuesday fired by the Iran-aligned group towards the kingdom but that it had left shrapnel in the vicinity of Saudi’s Abha airport, state media reported. The incident caused no casualties, the coalition statement......

Israel cancels participation in UAE defence expo, citing air travel curbs

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Emirati and Israeli flags fly upon the arrival of Israeli and U.S. delegates at Abu Dhabi International Airport, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates August 31, 2020. REUTERS/Christopher Pike JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has cancelled its planned participation in a major defence expo in the United Arab Emirates next week......

Saudi Arabia extends entertainment, dine-in coronavirus restrictions – SPA

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FILE PHOTO: Saudi women walk in Abha High City, as the summer season kicks off with health precautions amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in an effort to boost internal tourism after the pandemic in Abha, Saudi Arabia July 18, 2020. Picture taken July 18, 2020. REUTERS/Ahmed Yosri DUBAI (Reuters)......

Saudi Arabia extends entertainment, dine-in coronavirus restrictions – SPA

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FILE PHOTO: Saudi women walk in Abha High City, as the summer season kicks off with health precautions amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in an effort to boost internal tourism after the pandemic in Abha, Saudi Arabia July 18, 2020. Picture taken July 18, 2020. REUTERS/Ahmed Yosri DUBAI (Reuters)......

UK PM appoints Edward Lister as special envoy for the Gulf

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FILE PHOTO: Edward Lister, Chief Strategic Adviser to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, arrives to attend a Cabinet meeting at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London, Britain December 1, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed Edward Lister as his new special......

In memorial service, U.S. ambassador calls killing of Lebanese activist Slim barbaric

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Relatives and friends of Lokman Slim, a Shi’ite publisher and activist, stand during a gathering to pay tribute to him, one week after he was found dead in his car, in Beirut, Lebanon February 11, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir BEIRUT (Reuters) – The U.S. ambassador to Lebanon paid a rare visit......

Netanyahu appears in court for resumption of corruption trial

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FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu adjusts his protective face mask after receiving a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, Israel December 19, 2020. REUTERS/Amir Cohen JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned to court on Monday to answer corruption charges at the......

Iraq signs pact with Total for ‘large projects’

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FILE PHOTO: The logo of French oil and gas company Total is seen at a petrol station in Neuville Saint Remy, France, October 1, 2020. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol DUBAI (Reuters) – Iraq has signed a memorandum of understanding with Total to execute “large and promising projects” in the Middle Eastern country,......

UAE cabinet approves establishment of embassy in Tel Aviv

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FILE PHOTO: An Israeli flag, attached to a rock known as “Andromeda’s Rock”, flutters in the Mediterranean Sea as a Tel Aviv’s skyline of high-rise buildings is seen in the background, in Jaffa, Israel June 16, 2019. Picture taken June 16, 2019. REUTERS/Amir Cohen DUBAI (Reuters) – The United Arab......

UAE cabinet approves debt strategy to build local currency bond market

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DUBAI, Jan 24 (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates cabinet approved a public debt strategy aimed at developing the Gulf state’s market for local currency bonds, the UAE’s vice president said in a tweet on Sunday. “The goal is to build a bond market in the local currency … and......

Turkey-EU ties on better footing, EU’s Borrell says

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FILE PHOTO; European Union (R) and Turkish flags fly at the business and financial district of Levent in Istanbul, Turkey September 4, 2017. REUTERS/Osman Orsal BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Turkey and the European Union have started the year positively and steps to restart talks with Greece over hydrocarbons in the Mediterranean......

Azerbaijan to open restaurants but other coronavirus restrictions extended

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BAKU, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Azerbaijan will allow cafes and restaurants to open their doors to customers from Feb. 1 but other coronavirus lockdown restrictions will be extended until April, the government said on Saturday. Measures to stem the spread of the virus were introduced in late March and have......

Lebanon’s Hezbollah chief says nuclear button with “crazy fool” Trump

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FILE PHOTO: Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah gestures as he addresses his supporters via a screen during last day of Ashura, in Beirut, Lebanon September 20, 2018. REUTERS/Aziz Taher/File Photo BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday recent events in the U.S. would have......

Israel expects to receive first Moderna coronavirus vaccines on Thursday

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FILE PHOTO: A medical worker vaccinates a man against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as Israel continues its national vaccination drive, in Jerusalem December 21, 2020. REUTERS/Ammar Awad/File Photo JERUSALEM (Reuters) -Israel expects to receive its first shipment of Moderna Inc coronavirus vaccines on Thursday and will administer them to people......

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