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UK considers action against Spain over Gibraltar

Britain may take legal action against Spain over tighter border controls at its contested overseas territory Gibraltar, Prime Minister David Cameron's spokesman said on Monday, escalating a row that has strained relations between the two cou

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Amid tension, embassies remain in North Korea

  Staff at embassies in North Korea appeared to be remaining in place on Saturday despite an appeal by authorities in Pyongyang for diplomats to consider leaving because of heightened tension after weeks of bellicose exchanges.

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Mena 'to see 3.5pc growth despite turmoil'

The Mena region faces headwinds amid economic crisis, but should be able to manage 3.5 per cent growth in GDP as domestic demand returns, said Saxo bank, an online trading and investment specialist, in its outlook for 2012. The combination

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Saudi fears oil price spike on Iran tension

Saudi Arabia hopes crude oil prices will not surge higher on tension between Western governments and Tehran over Iran's nuclear programme and that benchmark Brent prices remain near $100 a barrel, an industry source told Reuters. Oil p

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Iran ships 'approached US vessels in Gulf'

Small Iranian military motorboats approached US vessels passing through the Strait of Hormuz twice last week but the Pentagon said the interactions were not seen as hostile, even at a moment of heightened tensions between the two countries.

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UK, France clash over economic performance

Britain and France clashed over credit ratings on Friday, adding to tensions that erupted over British Prime Minister David Cameron's veto of a treaty on euro zone fiscal integration. Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg told French

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27 killed in blast at Iran military base

Twenty seven Iranian servicemen were killed and several others seriously wounded in an explosion on Saturday at a military base near Tehran that happened as troops were moving munitions, a Revolutionary Guards spokesman told state TV.

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IAEA report on Iran set to stoke tension

The UN nuclear watchdog is expected this week to issue its most detailed report yet on research in Iran seen as geared to developing atomic bombs, heightening international suspicions of Iranian intentions and fuelling Middle East tension.

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Turkey ups naval presence amid Israel tension

Turkey said on Tuesday it was freezing defence trade with Israel and stepping up naval patrols in the eastern Mediterranean , highlighting a potentially destabilising rift between the two major U.S. allies in the Middle East. Prime Ministe

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Saudi king, Assad to visit Lebanon together

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will visit Lebanon together on Friday to ease political tension over a UN tribunal set up after the 2005 killing of Lebanese statesman Rafik al-Hariri. "The visit of King Ab

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