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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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Syria recognises Russian-backed Georgia regions

Syria has recognised two Russian-controlled regions of Georgia – Abkhazia and South Ossetia – as independent states, angering Georgia. The Georgian Foreign Ministry responded by saying it was breaking off diplomatic relations with Syria. Separatists in Abkhazia and South Ossetia broke away from Georgia in 2008 with massive help from …

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Syria may not have declared entire chemical arsenal, OPCW says

The head of the world’s chemical weapons watchdog has questioned whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad declared his entire arsenal. Ahmet Uzumcu, director general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), highlighted that attacks involving chlorine barrel bombs and deadly nerve agent sarin have continued despite the landmark …

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US warns Syrian government not to advance on south

The U.S. government says it will take “firm and appropriate measures” to protect a cease-fire in southern Syria if President Bashar Assad’s forces attack rebels there. In a statement released Friday, the State Department said it was concerned by reports that Assad’s forces were preparing for an operation near the …

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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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Trump considering steep car import tariff

The US Commerce Department said Wednesday it launched an inquiry that could allow the Trump administration to impose tariffs on auto imports over national security concerns. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced he initiated a so-called Section 232 investigation on auto trade — which would provide the legal basis to impose …

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