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Oil drops on recession fears and China COVID curbs

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A maze of crude oil pipes and valves is pictured during a tour by the Department of Energy at the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in Freeport, Texas, U.S. June 9, 2016. REUTERS/Richard Carson Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register IMF chief says she cannot rule out recession Beijing......

Qatari foreign minister: Iran says it has matters ‘under review’ over nuclear pact, al Jazeera TV reports

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May 21 (Reuters) – (This May 21 story was corrected after Al Jazeera TV corrected its translation to “under review” [not “compromise”], headline, paragraph 1.) Qatar’s foreign minister said in remarks cited on Saturday by al Jazeera TV that Qatar had been informed by Iran that matters were “under review”......

Revolutionary Guards say colonel assassinated in Tehran

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DUBAI, May 22 (Reuters) – Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said on Sunday that one of its officers, Colonel Sayad Khodai, was killed in a rare assassination in Tehran. Khodai was “one of the defenders of the shrines”, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported, referring to military personnel or advisers who Iran......

Iranian news agency ISNA says members of Israeli intelligence network discovered and arrested in Iran

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DUBAI, May 22 (Reuters) – Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency reported on Sunday that members of an Israeli intelligence service network had been discovered and arrested by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. “Under the guidance of the Zionist regime’s intelligence service, the network attempted to steal and destroy personal and......

Oman ends all COVID protective measures

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May 22 (Reuters) – Oman announced on Sunday the lifting of all measures that had been taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19, in all venues and for all activities, state TV reported, citing a statement from the government committee dealing with the pandemic. There have been 389,943 infections and......

Saudi Arabia’s Alwaleed to sell 16.87% of Kingdom Holding to PIF for $1.5 bln

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Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal attends the investment conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia October 23, 2018. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register DUBAI, May 22 (Reuters) – Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has signed an agreement with Saudi Arabia’s powerful sovereign......

Iran to revive gas pipeline project to Oman – IRNA

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Iranian flag flies in front of the UN office building, housing IAEA headquarters, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Vienna, Austria, May 24, 2021. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register DUBAI, May 21 (Reuters) – Iran’s oil minister has agreed to revive a long-stalled......

Iraq bids to control Kurdistan oil revenue with contract switch

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LONDON, May 19 (Reuters) – Iraq has made a fresh attempt to control revenue from the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan by asking oil and gas firms operating there to sign new contracts with state-owned marketer SOMO rather than the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Oil minister Ihsan Ismael on May 7......

‘I mean Ukraine’: Former U.S. president George Bush calls Iraq invasion ‘unjustified’

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WASHINGTON, May 19 (Reuters) – Former U.S. President George W. Bush mistakenly described the invasion of Iraq as “brutal” and “unjustified” before correcting himself to say he meant to refer to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Bush made the comments in a speech during an event in Dallas on Wednesday, while......

T.J. Maxx parent sees upbeat profit as price hikes counter higher costs

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A T.J. Maxx store which is owned by TJX Cos Inc in Pasadena, California U.S., May 15, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register May 18 (Reuters) – Discount store operator TJX Cos Inc on Wednesday forecast annual profit above Wall Street estimates after posting......

Iraq balks at greater Chinese control of its oilfields

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Iraq persuaded Lukoil to halt sale to Sinopec – sources Baghdad concerned China becoming too dominant – sources Western firms not happy with terms of Iraqi deals LONDON/BASRA, May 17 (Reuters) – Iraq’s oil ministry thwarted three prospective deals last year that would have handed Chinese firms more control over......

Saudi King Salman leaves hospital, says royal court

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May 16 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz, 86, left hospital on Sunday following a colonoscopy last week, the royal court said in a statement on state media. Saudi TV ran a video clip showing the monarch walking slowly using a cane as he left King Faisal Specialist......

Saudi April consumer price index up 2.3%-govt data

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A policeman wearing a protective face mask blcoks the road during a curfew imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia April 2, 2020. REUTERS/Yasser Bakhsh Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register DUBAI, May 15 (Reuters) –......

Lebanon holds first vote since blast, financial collapse

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BEIRUT, May 15 (Reuters) – Polls opened on Sunday in Lebanon’s first election since the country’s economic collapse, a test of whether Iran-backed Hezbollah and its allies can preserve their parliamentary majority amid soaring poverty and anger at ruling parties. Following months of uncertainty over whether the election would go......

Polls open in Lebanese parliamentary election

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BEIRUT, May 15 (Reuters) – Polls opened on Sunday in Lebanon’s first parliamentary election since the country’s economic collapse. Voting was due to begin from 7 a.m. (0400 GMT) across 15 electoral districts, with candidates vying for 128 seats divided among 11 religious groups according to a sectarian power-sharing system.......

UAE telecoms group e& buys 9.8% stake in Vodafone for $4.4 billion

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The Vodafone logo is seen at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Sergio Perez/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register DUBAI, May 14 (Reuters) – Emirates Telecommunications Group Company PJSC (ETISALAT.AD), now known as e&, has acquired a 9.8% stake in Vodafone......

Israeli police beat mourners at funeral of slain Palestinian journalist

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JERUSALEM, May 13 (Reuters) – Israeli police officers charged at Palestinian mourners carrying the coffin of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh on Friday, before thousands led her casket through Jerusalem’s Old City in an outpouring of grief and anger over her killing. Packed around Abu Akleh’s coffin, dozens of......

UAE President and pro-West moderniser Khalifa dies

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Khalifa had rarely been seen in public since 2014 Death not expected to change domestic, foreign policy De facto ruler MBZ expected to be chosen president Biden lauds Khalifa as a true partner of US ABU DHABI, May 13 (Reuters) – United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al......

France investigates Emirati Interpol chief over torture complicity allegations

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A view shows the International Criminal Police Organisation Interpol headquarters in Lyon, France, April 25, 2022. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register PARIS, May 12 (Reuters) – French prosecutors have opened an investigation into global police agency Interpol president Ahmed Nasser Al-Raisi over allegations......

Al Jazeera journalist killed during Israeli raid in West Bank

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Deadly shooting occurred during Israeli raid Israel says troops exchanged fire with Palestinians Journalist’s wounded colleague blames Israel for death Israel says Palestinian gunmen likely shot her JENIN, West Bank, May 11 (Reuters) – An Al Jazeera reporter was shot dead during an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank......

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