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Syrian jet crashes into market, 27 killed

At least 27 people were killed and dozens injured when a Syrian army fighter jet crashed into a busy marketplace in the rebel-held northwestern town of Ariha on Monday, residents and witnesses said. Most of the dead were civilians on the ground in the Idlib provincial town that f

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Qatar's population up 9pc to 2.3m

Qatar’s population rose nine per cent to about 2.34 million as in June this year, compared to 2.15 million last year, according to a report.   The Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics, pointed out that the on a month-on-month basis the populatio

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Egypt president signs elections law

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has signed into law election-related legislation, the official gazette said on Sunday, opening the way to setting a date for long-delayed parliamentary polls. The election law allocates 448 seats to individual candidates and 120 seats to

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Skills plan to combat trafficking in Bahrain

Frontline staff who deal with victims of human trafficking are set to receive additional training through a series of internationally led workshops later this year in Bahrain. The workshops, scheduled for November, are being organised by the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) in co-ord

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US, Egypt return to 'stronger base': Kerry

The United States and Egypt are returning to a "stronger base" in bilateral ties despite tensions and human rights concerns, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday after talks with his Egyptian counterpart. "Egypt remains vital ... to engagement and stabil

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Saudi king leaves France after holiday row

Saudi Arabian King Salman left the south of France for Morocco on Sunday, cutting short a planned three-week stay after a petition from some 150,000 residents over the closure of a public beach outside his villa. A Saudi source said King Salman had arrived in Morocco, saying this

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US returning to 'stronger ties' with Egypt: Kerry

The US and Egypt are returning to a "stronger base" in bilateral ties despite tensions and human rights concerns, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday after talks with his Egyptian counterpart. "Egypt remains vital ... to engagement and stability in the

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UAE to try 41 for creating 'terrorist' group

United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities plan to try 41 people of various nationalities including Emiratis on charges of setting up a terrorist group, the official Wam news agency reported on Sunday. The agency quoted Attorney-General Salem Saeed Kubaish as saying in a statement: &

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Egypt extends military mandate in Gulf, Red Sea

The Egyptian government extended by six months the deployment of "some elements of the armed forces" outside Egypt's borders to defend national and Arab security in the Gulf, Red Sea and the Strait of Mandeb, state news agency MENA said on Saturday. Egypt is part of

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Bahrain urges death sentence for bombers

Bahrain’s scholars and clerics yesterday urged capital punishment for the perpetrators of the terrorist explosion which killed two policemen and injured six others, said a report in Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.

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