KUWAIT CITY: Faced with heavy losses from low oil prices, Gulf states have embarked on belt-tightening measures to cut spending and boost non-crude revenues, but analysts warn much more needs to be...
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Pakistani Taleban to fight alongside Syrian fighters

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani Taleban have set up camps and sent hundreds of men to Syria to join fighters opposed to Bashar Assad, the militant group said on Sunday, in a strategy aimed at cementing ties

ElBaradei sworn-in as Egypt’s vice president

CAIRO: Egyptian reform advocate Mohammed ElBaradei, who led the country’s main opposition group in criticism of the Muslim Brotherhood, was sworn-in Sunday as the country’s interim vice

Egypt premier close to forming Cabinet

CAIRO: Egypt’s new prime minister edged closer to forming a Cabinet yesterday as supporters of ousted President Muhammad Mursi vowed to keep fighting for his reinstatement with further protests.

Famed Crusader fort hit in Syrian air raid

BEIRUT: An air raid on Syria’s famed Krak des Chevaliers castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site, has damaged one of the fortress’s towers, footage shot by activists showed yesterday.

Iraq shuts Kirkuk cafes after attack

BAGHDAD: Authorities in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk have ordered all cafes to be shut down a day after a suicide attack killed 39 people when a bomber detonated his explosives in a crowded coffe

S. Sudan fighting could spark ‘ethnic conflict’

JUBA: Fighting in South Sudan’s Jonglei state, where tribal militia forces are reported to be marching on a rival group, risks spiralling into “outright ethnic conflict,” European diplomats warned Sat

Iraq cannot stop Iran arms transfer to Syria: FM

DUBAI: Iraq lacks the means to stop Iranian arms deliveries to Syria through its airspace, if there are any, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said in comments published on Saturday.

US wants Egypt to free Mursi

The US has urged the Egyptian military and interim leaders to free deposed President Muhammad Mursi for the first time since he was detained over a week ago.

Suicide bomber strikes Iraq cafe as attacks kill 47

KIRKUK, Iraq: Violence in Iraq killed 47 people on Friday, with the deadliest attack a suicide bombing that ripped through a crowded cafe, leaving 38 dead, police and doctors said.

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