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Trump told Turkey U.S. would only look at possible extradition of...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump told his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan that Washington “would take a look at” the possibility of extraditing...

Michael Flynn’s ex-business partner enters not guilty plea

(Reuters) – Bijan Rafiekian, the ex-business partner of former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn, entered a plea of not guilty on Tuesday after...

U.S. Middle East peace plan to take advantage of technology: Haley

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday that an American plan to broker...

‘Extra mile to go’ in bid for Syria constitutional body: U.N.’s...

GENEVA (Reuters) – U.N. Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Tuesday after talks with Russia, Iran, and Turkey that “there is an extra...

Iraq’s parliament confirms cabinet ministers, but divisions remain

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s parliament voted on Tuesday to approve three out of five ministers put forward by Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, ending weeks...

Violence against journalists hits unprecedented levels: RSF

PARIS (Reuters) – The murder of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi in a year when more than half of all journalists killed were targeted deliberately...
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Saudi finance minister says PIF policy is based on medium to...

DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi finance minister Mohammed al-Jadaan said on Tuesday the policy of the country’s sovereign fund, Public Investment Fund (PIF), is based...

WTO to investigate Qatari allegations of Saudi piracy

By Eric Knecht DOHA/GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Trade Organization (WTO) said on Tuesday it would investigate Qatar’s allegations of intellectual property breaches against Saudi...

Saudi king promises economic reforms, fiscal discipline in budget speech

RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Tuesday announced a 1.11 trillion Saudi riyal ($295 billion) budget, the kingdom’s biggest ever, and said...

Air Italy flights to Chicago risk rekindling row with U.S. carriers

ROME (Reuters) – Air Italy will start flying to Chicago next year, a move likely to revive a dispute between its minority shareholder Qatar...

Saudi 2019 budget boosts spending in bid to spur sluggish economy

RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia plans to increase state spending by more than 7 percent next year in an effort to spur economic growth,...

Credit Suisse names Dominique Leimer head of Saudi private bank: Bloomberg

(Reuters) – Zurich-based Credit Suisse Group AG <CSGN.S> has named Dominique Leimer of UBS Group <UBSG.S> as the head of its private wealth unit...
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Israeli spacecraft gets final element before 2019 moon launch

By Ari Rabinovitch YEHUD, Israel (Reuters) – Israeli engineers on Monday added the final element to a spacecraft destined for the moon – a digital...

Early retirement of workers to slash Bezeq’s 2018 profit

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Bezeq Israel Telecom said on Monday its board approved an expense of 512 million shekels ($136 million) for a cost-cutting...

Israel’s tech sector faces challenge from shortage of workers

By Tova Cohen TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Israel is struggling to recruit enough workers to its technology sector, a report showed on Sunday, creating a...

Saudi telecom operators agree annual royalty fees

DUBAI (Reuters) – Telecommunications operators Saudi Telecom Co <7010.SE> (STC), Etihad Etisalat <7020.SE> (Mobily) and Zain Saudi Arabia <7030.SE> said on Sunday that they...

U.S.-Israeli analytics startup Chorus.ai raises $33 million

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Chorus.ai, a U.S.-Israeli provider of analytics for sales teams, said on Thursday it raised $33 million in a funding round...

Finablr’s UAE Exchange, Ripple to begin blockchain payments by first quarter

By Tom Arnold DUBAI (Reuters) – United Arab Emirates-based UAE Exchange and U.S. startup Ripple plan to launch cross-border remittances to Asia via blockchain by...
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Soccer: Qatar won’t decide on 48-team World Cup until it’s seen...

By Eric Knecht DOHA (Reuters) – Qatar will not take a decision on whether to expand its 2022 World Cup to 48 teams from 32...

Da Costa wins Formula E season-opener in Saudi Arabia

(Reuters) – Portuguese Antonio Felix da Costa held off a late charge from defending world champion Jean-Eric Vergne to win the opening race of...

Athletics: Gatlin still believes he can be a contender in Doha...

By Gene Cherry (Reuters) – The clock is ticking on Justin Gatlin and not just the stopwatch. The world champion will be 37 years old...