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Turkey urges public to ignore Khashoggi case ‘leaks’ as Putin awaits investigation outcome

  • Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul says case of Jamal Khashoggi is being “thoroughly” investigated
  • Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia would wait for the outcome of that investigation
By Arab News ·

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Gulf Arab economies to accelerate modestly through 2020 – poll

  • Gulf Arab economies will probably enjoy their best environment for growth since the oil price crash
  • Many economists do not expect oil prices to keep rising in the long term
By Reuters ·

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Top anti-Taliban official killed in Kandahar shooting

  • Sources confirm death of police chief Raziq in targeted attack
  • Militant group claims responsibility for incident
By Sayed Salahuddin ·

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Hamas pledges Gaza rocket fire probe as calm returns

  • Hamas, which has ruled Gaza for a decade, issued a joint statement with its ally Islamic Jihad publicly disavowing the rocket fire
  • The risk of a new war, whether through miscalculation or design, remained
By AFP ·

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Kosovo votes to create national army over Serb objections

  • Europe’s newest independent state which relies on NATO troops for its protection, voted to set up a 5,000-strong national army
  • The landlocked Balkan territory of 1.8 million, which declared independence in 2008, is still guarded by 4,000 stationed NATO troops
By Reuters ·

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Top anti-Taliban official killed in Kandahar shooting

By Sayed Salahuddin ·

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Exxon Mobil places big bet on China’s LNG needs

  • Exxon is among the top ranked US companies that are pushing ahead in China despite the trade dispute
  • China in 2017 embarked on a huge program to shift millions of households and factories from coal to natural gas for power and heating
By Reuters ·

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Joan Oumari makes case for Lebanon causing Asian Cup shock

  • Lebanon have made it to their first Asian Cup since 2000 and are up to 77th in world rankings.
  • Oumari feels the Cedars have what it takes to upset a few of the big guns.
By Paul Williams ·

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Facebook’s election ‘war room’ takes aim at fake information

  • Days after the surprise victory of President Donald Trump, CEO Mark Zuckerberg brushed off assertions that the outcome had been influenced by fictional news stories on Facebook
  • Facebook offered reporters a peek into the war room to show off its improved ability to prevent foreign interference in the upcoming US midterm elections
By AP ·