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Erdogan: we will ‘strangle’ U.S.-backed force in Syria “before it’s even born”

Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan threatened on Monday to “strangle” a planned 30,000-strong U.S.-backed force in Syria “before it’s even born,” as Washington’s backing for Kurdish fighters drove a wedge into relations with one of its main Middle East allies. The United States announced its support on Sunday for plans for a “border force” to defend territory held by U.S.-backed, …

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One tourist killed in Luxor hot air balloon crash

A hot air balloon crashed on Friday in Egypt’s Luxor governorate, killing a 36-year-old South African tourist and injuring 13 other foreign tourists as they were on a tour over the Valley of the Kings, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported. The body of the deceased tourist as well as those …

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Iran’s peace, stability important for Turkey

Iranian president and his Turkish counterpart held a phone conversation during which the two sides called for expanding their ties and Erdoğan stressed the significance of ‘maintaining peace and stability in Iran. Erdoğan and Rouhani discussed ongoing demonstrations in Iran in a phone conversation on the morning of Jan. 3, …

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Russia registers in Syria ten ceasefire violations, Turkey – eleven

Russian observers registered over past 24 hour ten ceasefire violations in Syria, Turkish representatives – eleven, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a daily bulletin on ceasefire observation, published on Wednesday. “Control groups continue monitoring the ceasefire compliance within the implementation of the Memorandum on the de-escalation zones in the …

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GCC’s insurance sector poised for strong growth in next five years

Insurance industry across the GCC is poised for strong growth during the next five years, thanks to the huge economic diversification programme undertaken by governments, supportive population dynamics and changing regulations that have introduced mandatory health insurance cover in many countries, according to a recent forecast by Alpen Capital. The …

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Oman’s economy seems to be in correction mode

Jasim Ali, Special to Gulf News The Omani economy is doing fine in the ongoing environment of continuing socioeconomic challenges. What’s more, multinational agencies are projecting improved performances in the medium-term for the sultanate on the assumption of stronger oil prices. Also, the preliminary projections for 2018 budget assume stronger …

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Oman’s tourism sector witnesses rapid progress

With major projects such as the Oman Convention Bureau and the new Muscat International Airport nearing completion, the tourism and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) industries in Oman are set to undergo a major expansion in the coming years, according to the Sultanate’s Ministry of Tourism (MOT). In an …

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Muslim leaders discuss al-Quds at OIC emergency summit in Turkey

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) convenes an urgent summit in Istanbul on Washington’s contentious declaration on Jerusalem al-Quds, with the Turkish foreign minister urging Muslim nations to respond by pressing the world for the recognition of the city as the capital of a Palestinian state. Representatives from 57 OIC members are …

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Putin is outplaying Trump in the Middle East

Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to Syria on Monday as part of a whirlwind Middle Eastern tour. Putin, who also stopped in Egypt and Turkey, met leaders, posed for photo-ops, inked a huge energy deal and, all in all, played the part of an influential international statesman. While President Trump has sparked outrage across the region, …

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