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World Bank report warns Gaza Strip economy is in ‘free fall’

  • The World Bank says Gaza’s economy contracted by 6 percent in the first quarter of 2018
  • It cited various factors, beginning with Israel’s decade-long blockade against the territory’s Hamas rulers
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Human rights monitor accuses Houthis of hostage-taking, torture

  • ‘Houthi officials have treated detainees brutally, often amounting to torture’
  • ‘Some Houthi officials are exploiting their power to turn a profit through detention, torture and murder’

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Turkey sends reinforcements to Syria’s Idlib

  • Around 35 military vehicles traveled south down the main highway near the town of Saraqib after midnight
  • The convoy was accompanied by pro-Ankara rebels of the National Liberation Front
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Full-blown US, China trade war to cost jobs, growth and stability — WTO’s Azevedo

  • ‘A continued escalation of tensions would pose an increased threat to stability, to jobs and to the kind of growth that we are seeing today’
  • ‘There would be no winners from such a scenario and every region would be affected’
By Reuters ·

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Startup of the Week: Purple Brain to raise media standards

  • Purple Brain is mainly focused into the commercial world, which is tough and competitive, not only here but worldwide
By Deema Al Khudair ·

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Manchester City boss Guardiola gives Tommy Fleetwood a Pep talk ahead of Ryder Cup

  • World No.11 receives special message from Spaniard ahead of Europe's clash against the US
  • Fleetwood to make his Ryder Cup debut in Paris this week.
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Vietnam jails activist for anti-government posts on Facebook

  • The conviction comes as communist authorities step up a crackdown on dissent
  • Some 97 activists were in jail as of April this year, according to Amnesty International
By AP ·