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Erdogan says Turkey will continue advancing in Syria

Turkey will continue to “liberate Syrian lands” so that refugees can return to Syria safely, President Tayyip Erdogan said in an election victory speech on Monday. Speaking to supporters from the balcony of his ruling AK Party’s headquarters in Ankara after Sunday’s presidential and parliamentary elections, Erdogan said Turkey would …

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Erdogan declares victory in Turkish election

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared himself the winner of a high-stakes election, in which he sought to cement his power on the nation he has ruled for 15 years. But the opposition has cried foul, claiming that state media and the election commission have manipulated the results. The …

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EU investigates Qatar’s long-term LNG contracts

The European Commission is investigating the bloc’s biggest seaborne gas supplier Qatar Petroleum over potentially restrictive 20-year supply agreements inhibiting development of a single gas market, its latest challenge to a major gas supplier. The bloc, having just wrapped up a seven-year market abuse probe into Russian giant Gazprom, said …

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Egypt to increase gas production at Zohr

Egypt aims to increase production at its huge Zohr offshore gas field in the Mediterranean to 1.75 billion cubic feet per day in August, Petroleum Minister Tarek Al Molla said on Thursday. Al Molla said in a statement that recent production increases have pushed Egypt’s total natural gas production to …

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Mideast M&A deals decline sharply in Q1 2018

Merger & acquisition deals across the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region declined sharply year-on-year, falling 21.8 per cent in the first quarter of 2018, according to EY’s first-quarter 2018 M&A report. Mena M&A activity saw 93 announced deals in the first quarter of 2018, compared to 119 deals …

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Bahrain to expedite new oil operations

International companies will be selected to partner with Bahrain for the oil production phase in December 2019, Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa has said. He said that in line with King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa’s directives to prioritise oil exploration, operations should be expedited and the necessary …

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Bahrain to issue 10-year self-sponsorship permit

Bahrain is to issue a ten-year renewable residency permit on a self-sponsorship basis to foreign investors. Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa on Tuesday evening instructed the Minister of Interior to prepare a draft edict to create the self-sponsorship residency permit for foreign investors. The new system is designed …

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Egypt Widens Security Crackdown as Concerns of Unrest Grow

Egypt’s government has intensified a crackdown on political opponents, arresting a series of high-profile dissidents in raids on their homes in recent weeks as President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi prepares to begin a new term next month. Those detained in the current sweep are among the country’s most prominent non-Islamist activists, including …

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Israeli parliament debates bill promoting Kurdish statehood

Israel’s parliament (Knesset) has reportedly discussed a bill that explores ways through which the Tel Aviv regime can help the Kurds establish an independent state supportive of the regime within Syria, Iraq and Turkey, where anti-Israel sentiments run high. The official Israeli radio reported on Monday that the proposal had been submitted to the legislature …

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UAE imposes economic sanctions on senior leadership of Hezbollah

UAE has imposed economic sanctions against 10 leaders of Lebanon’s Hezbollah which are on its terrorism list including Hassan Nasrallah and his deputy Naim Qassem. The move comes in line with significant actions taken by the seven members of the Terrorist Financing and Targeting Center (TFTC) to disrupt Iran’s destabilising influence in the …

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Kuwait asks Philippine ambassador to leave

Kuwait gave the Philippine ambassador one week to leave the  country and recalled its top diplomat in Manila for consultations, the foreign ministry said. The ministry reiterated in a statement its full rejection and condemnation of the blatant violation of diplomatic norms by the embassy of the Philippines. Embassy staff …

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Philippine embassy in Kuwait helps workers run away

Kuwait has protested to the Philippines following “serious offences” that included conducting operations to whisk domestic workers away from their employers’ homes in diplomatic vans. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it summoned on Friday the Philippines ambassador to Kuwait and handed him two protest notes. A spokesperson for the …

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Iraq restarts war reparations to Kuwait

Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussain has been dead for more than a decade but Kuwait is still receiving reparations for his 1990 invasion, with the latest tranche of $90 million (Dh330 million) approved on Friday. The payment was the first authorised by the United Nations Compensation Commission since 2014 when there …

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Turkish president calls snap polls in June

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday called early presidential and parliamentary elections for June, a move that will usher in a new political system increasing the powers of the president earlier than scheduled. Erdogan announced, following a meeting with Devlet Bahceli, the leader of Turkey’s main nationalist party, that elections originally scheduled for November 2019 will now …

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