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Iran prepared to talk to Saudi, says Zarif

Iran is prepared to hold talks with regional rival Saudi Arabia, with or without the help of a mediator, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday, ahead of a visit by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan. Asked about reports that Khan, due to arrive in Iran at the weekend, may …

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Islamic State attacks Kurds during Turkish offensive

Turkey intensified its air and artillery strikes in northeast Syria on Friday in an offensive against Kurdish militia that has raised the prospect of a humanitarian disaster and questions about U.S. President Donald Trump’s policy in the region. The Kurds, who recaptured swathes of northeastern Syria from Islamic State with …

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Car bomb rocks Kurdish held city in Syria

A car bomb in the Syrian city of Qamishli on Friday killed at least three civilians and wounded nine more, the internal security forces of the Kurdish-led administration said. Rescue workers were still searching for dead and wounded in the wreckage, the security forces said in a statement. The statement …

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Turkish towns hit on border as army advances into Syria

Turkey stepped up its air and artillery strikes on Kurdish militia in northeast Syria on Friday, escalating an offensive that has drawn warnings of humanitarian catastrophe and turned Republican lawmakers against U.S. President Donald Trump. The incursion, launched after Trump withdrew U.S. troops who had been fighting alongside Kurdish forces …

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UAE in trade talks in Vietnam

The Ministry of Economy is organising the official visit of a senior commercial delegation to Vietnam, led by Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, to discuss ways of reinforcing the economic ties between the UAE and Vietnam and develop their existing trade and investment partnerships. The delegation, which …

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DP World makes it to Peru

DP World’s business in Peru, which began with container handling at the Port of Callao, has expanded into a fully integrated maritime and logistics operation, catering to the needs of customers across the entire supply chain. Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, visited Peru’s chief …

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Putin plans to visit UAE

President Vladimir Putin of Russia will commence his official state visit to the UAE on Tuesday, 15th October. During the visit, the Russian President will hold talks with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. …

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Saudi Arabia in defence talks with US

Saudi Arabia’s deputy defense minister said on Thursday he discussed regional security and military cooperation with senior U.S. government officials at a time of heightened tension with Iran following last month’s attacks on Saudi oil facilities. Saudi Arabia and the United States blamed common foe Tehran for the Sept. 14 …

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UAE in defence talks with UK

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has received Lieutenant General Sir John Lorimer, the UK’s Defence Senior Adviser to the Middle East and North Africa. During the meeting held at Al Bahr Palace, His …

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US sanctions bill pending against Turkey

A leading U.S. Republican senator said he plans to introduce a package of “devastating” sanctions to hit Turkey over its military operation in northeast Syria, expressing concerns over the fate of Kurds in the area. Senator Lindsey Graham, usually a vocal ally to President Donald Trump, has repeatedly criticized Trump’s …

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Turkey advances into Syrian territory

Turkey launched a military operation against Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria on Wednesday just days after U.S. troops pulled back from the area, with air strikes and artillery hitting YPG militia positions around the border town of Ras al Ain. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, announcing the start of the action, …

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Pompeo sides with Iraq protestors

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to “exercise maximum restraint” and “address protesters’ grievances” after more than 100 people were killed in recent demonstrations, the State Department said on Tuesday. “The secretary lamented the tragic loss of life over the past few days …

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Saudi Arabia pushing cybersecurity in UAE’s GITEX Technology Week

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy today outlined how it is adapting and maintaining its world-class defense against evolving global cybersecurity threats. “Cyberattacks aimed at disrupting critical infrastructures are becoming more nuanced, advanced and difficult to spot. There can be no compromise when it comes to our defensive posture and we …

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Turkey launches early strike on Syria

The Turkish military carried out strikes targeting the Syrian-Iraqi border overnight to prevent Kurdish forces using the route to reinforce northeast Syria, as Ankara prepares to launch an offensive there, two Turkish officials told Reuters on Tuesday. Turkey says it has finalised preparations for a military push into northeast Syria, …

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Saudi, Russian oil ministers coordinating policy

The Saudi energy minister on Monday discussed with the Russian minister of economic development cooperation in energy and the stability of global markets, Saudi state news agency (SPA) reported. Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman discussed with Russia’s Maxim Oreshkin “the role of the two countries in the stability of global markets …

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US vacates northeast Syria for Turks

The United States began pulling troops back from the northeast Syria border on Monday, opening the way for a Turkish strike on Kurdish-led forces long allied to Washington, in a move U.S. President Donald Trump hailed as a bid to quit “endless wars”. The major policy shift, which hands Turkey …

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