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UAE ready to send ground troops to Syria

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has said it was ready to send ground troops to Syria as part of an international coalition to fight against Islamic State. "Our position throughout has been that a real campaign against Daesh has to include a ground force," Minister of Sta

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‘Dinner in the Sky’ comes to Bahrain

Adventurous diners in Bahrain will be hoisted 50 metres in the air as part of ‘Dinner in the Sky’,  a Belgium-based concept that has taken place across the world, next month. The once-in-a-lifetime experience is being organised by Bin Faqeeh Real Estate Investmen

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Tunisia finishes 200-km Libya border fence

Tunisia has completed a 200-km (125 mile) barrier along its frontier with Libya to try to keep out Islamist militants, and will soon install electronic monitoring systems, Defence Minister Farhat Hachani said on Saturday. Libya's chaos since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 201

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Slowdown leads to Western law firms' Abu Dhabi exodus

London-based Simmons & Simmons is the latest in a wave of Western law firms to shut their offices in Abu Dhabi, UAE, in the last year as low oil prices put a damper on business. The company plans to close its office in the UAE capital by the end of April, a spokeswoman said.

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Saudi woman injured after fall from rollercoaster

A Saudi woman sustained severe head injuries when she fell off a fast-moving rollercoaster in a well-known shopping mall in the town of Jazan. The Civil Defence team took the woman to Jazan Hospital where she is reported to be in a critical condition in intensive care, reported t

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Thousands flee as Syrian army set for big Aleppo offensive

Tens of thousands of Syrians have fled an intensifying Russian assault around Aleppo and aid workers said they feared the major city could soon fall under a full government siege. Iran reported one of its generals had been killed on the front line, giving direct confirmation of t

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Bahrain ready to commit ground forces to Syria

Bahrain is ready to commit ground troops to Syria as part of a US-led coalition against Islamic State, the Gulf kingdom said on Friday, a day after its larger neighbour and close ally Saudi Arabia announced a similar pledge. Bahraini ambassador to Britain Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohamme

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Saudi 'ready to join ground operations in Syria'

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Defense said it is prepared to deploy ground forces in Syria to fight Daesh (ISIS), if the US-led interational coalition also deploys ground forces.   Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri, advisor in the Office of the Minister of Defense

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More women face genital mutilation than estimated

More than 200 million girls and women globally have suffered genital mutilation, far higher than previously estimated, which highlighted the need to accelerate efforts to eradicate the practice, the United Nations said on Friday.   Despite growing momentum to en

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Saudi population up 2.4pc to 31.52m

Saudi Arabia’s population increased 2.4 percent to 31.52 million last year from 30.77 million in 2014, a report quoting the Saudi Department of Statistics and Information. Saudi nationals made up two-thirds of the population at 21.1 million, while the number of expatriates

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