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Tribe of slain Libya rebel commander protests at eastern oil port

By Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan tribesmen staged a demonstration at the eastern oil port of Hariga on Thursday in protest against the...

Algeria bans wearing of full-face veils at work

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian authorities on Thursday banned women from wearing full-face veils, or niqabs, at work, citing reasons of identification for the decision. The...

Saudi Arabia foreign minister meets German ambassador in fresh sign of...

DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir met with German Ambassador Joerg Ranau on Thursday, state news agency SPA said on Thursday,...

Dutch call off Saudi trips due to concern over missing journalist

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra on Thursday pulled out of next week’s investment summit in Riyadh and a Dutch trade mission...

France sends mixed signals over Saudi ties after Khashoggi affair

By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) – France pulled its finance minister out of a Saudi investment conference on Thursday in response to the unexplained disappearance...

CEO of French group Thales pulls out of Saudi investment conference

PARIS (Reuters) – Patrice Caine, the chairman and chief executive of French defense electronics group Thales, has decided not to attend a Saudi investment...
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Oil prices edge up, but set for weekly loss on stock...

By Roslan Khasawneh SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Oil prices nudged higher on Friday but were set for a second weekly drop amid higher U.S. crude inventories,...

Fox Business Network pulls out as sponsor of Saudi conference

(Reuters) – Fox Business Network <FOXA.O> said on Thursday it is withdrawing as a sponsor of the Future Investment Initiative Summit to be held...

Goldman Sachs says executives will not attend Saudi conference

(Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc <GS.N> will not send any of its executives to a Saudi investment conference next week, Chief Executive Officer...

France says planned EU mechanism to enable Iran trade may have...

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s foreign ministry said on Thursday a so-called Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) that the European Union is considering creating to enable...

Turkey’s Tupras in talks with U.S. for Iran sanctions waiver: sources

By Humeyra Pamuk WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Turkey’s top refiner, Tupras, is in talks with U.S. officials to obtain a waiver allowing it to keep buying...

Gulf Arab economies to accelerate modestly through 2020: Reuters poll

By Andrew Torchia DUBAI (Reuters) – Gulf Arab economies are likely to accelerate over the next couple of years as governments boost spending, but growth...
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Mideast ride-hailing app Careem secures $200 million new funding

By Alexander Cornwell DUBAI (Reuters) – Middle East ride-hailing company Careem said on Thursday it had secured $200 million in new funding from existing investors,...

Uber extends safety features to passengers, drivers in Europe, Middle East

DUBAI (Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc is to connect passengers and drivers directly to emergency services in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa...

Bahrain minister backs boycott of Uber over Khashoggi case

DUBAI (Reuters) – Bahrain’s foreign minister called for a boycott of the ride-hailing company Uber Technologies after its chief executive officer said he...

Bristol-Myers to invest in Compugen, collaborate in clinical trials

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Bristol-Myers Squibb Co and Israel’s Compugen said on Thursday they will collaborate in clinical trials for patients with advanced solid...

Israeli tech women protest men-only meeting with Merkel

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Women working in high-tech companies posed around a cardboard cutout of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday to protest against...

Egypt’s first smartphone maker plans expansion in Africa

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s first smartphone maker is looking to enter the broader African market by the end of 2018 or early 2019 as...
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Mercedes also dominant on virtual F1 race tracks

LONDON (Reuters) – Formula One champions Mercedes also dominated the sport’s virtual racetracks on Wednesday with British driver Brendon Leigh starting the defense of...

Prince Ali focusing on football mission outside FIFA and AFC

By Christian Radnedge LONDON (Reuters) – Former FIFA vice president Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan is not planning a return to the frontline...

Refugee team to take part at Tokyo 2020 Olympics: IOC

By Karolos Grohmann BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Refugees will be able to take part at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after the International Olympic Committee said...