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Qatar defies US, sides with Turkey with $15bn investment pledge

  • Emir's support for Erdogan comes amid trade, diplomatic spat with US
  • The Turkish currency has lost nearly 40 percent against the dollar this year
By Arab News ·

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Jordan weighs up Russian offer for voluntary return of Syrian refugees

  • Russia has offered to repatriate the Syrians by the end of 2018 but Jordan does not want to force displaced Syrians to return to their homeland
  • Jordan would benefit from reopening its border with Syria, but also carried risks of terrorists enter the country with fake IDs
By Mohamed Al-Daameh ·

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UN Palestinian schools to open on time despite US funding freeze

  • There had been warnings from UN chief Antonio Guterres and others that the schools might not be able to open due to funding shortages
  • Last month, UNRWA announced it was cutting more than 250 jobs in the Palestinian territories due to the funding crisis
By AFP ·

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Saudi Arabia praised for services and facilities for Hajj pilgrims

  • Guests laud King Salman’s efforts to unify ranks
  • Tatarstan’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Kamil Ismailov hailed the Kingdom’s efforts to ensure pilgrims’ comfort and safety
By Tareq Al-Thaqafi ·

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German firms end Iran projects amid new US sanctions

  • New US sanctions against Iran took effect last week and several European companies have suspended plans to invest in Iran in light of the US sanctions
By Reuters ·

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Troops called to India's Kerala as flood toll rises

  • More than 10,000 kilometers of roads and hundreds of homes have been destroyed or damaged across the state
  • A heavy rainfall “red-alert” has been issued across much of the state, which is home to around 33 million people
By AFP ·

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Saudi Arabia handball team in confident mood as Asian Games gets ready for the starter's gun

  • Continental festival of sport to officially start tomorrow in Jakarta.
  • Saudi Arabia handball team face hosts Indonesia today.
By Gary Meenaghan ·