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UN nuclear watchdog to visit Tehran for talks

A high-level UN nuclear watchdog team will visit Tehran for talks in coming days, Iran said on Friday, more than a month after it missed a deadline for addressing questions about its suspected atomic bomb research. Diplomats told

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Bahrain unveils watchdog rights report

Bahrain’s main rights watchdog opened up its records to share its annual report with envoys from around the world. The National Institution for Human Rights (NIHR) met a host of ambassadors at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Manam

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Syria watchdog weighs chlorine attack probe

The head of the global chemical weapons watchdog overseeing the destruction of Syria's toxic stockpile is considering launching a fact-finding mission on his own initiative to investigate reports of chlorine gas attacks there, sources said.

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Saudi to regulate homegrown YouTube shows

Saudi Arabia plans to regulate local companies that screen shows on YouTube, a senior official was quoted as saying in local media - a move that could stifle its nascent creative industries. The kingdom is the world's top per

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Kuwait moves to create telecoms watchdog

Kuwait's parliament has approved the first reading of a bill to create the country's first independent telecoms watchdog, according to the assembly's website, a move that could lead to further liberalisation of the sector.

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Bahrain denounces terror groups

International watchdogs criticising Bahrain's human rights record have been urged to focus on terror groups that are brainwashing children and exploiting them in acts of violence. In an interview with French weekly magazine Va

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Iran to double nuke work in bunker says IAEA

Iran is ready to sharply expand its uranium enrichment in an underground plant after installing all the centrifuges it was built for, a UN report said, a move likely to increase Western alarm about Tehran's nuclear course. It

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Egypt bars brokerage from trading foreign stocks

Egypt's markets watchdog has told local brokerages and portfolio management firms that they can no longer trade foreign securities, saying it exposes investors to risks that Egyptian authorities are unable to monitor. A decree signed this

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Bahrain may set up graft watchdog

Bahrain is likely to set up an independent commission to fight corruption in the country amid renewed calls from The Bahrain Transparency Society (BTS), said officials. BTS said corruption had become a worldwide issue and many countries we

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Opec, IEA clash over oil reserves weapon

Consumer watchdog the International Energy Agency's (IEA) emergency oil release is a desperate measure that threatens to undo two decades of co-operation with Opec and could fail to calm prices, said experts. Thursday's announcement of a 6

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