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As oil slips, Saudi faces change – $656bn in currency reserves will help kingdom avoid shift in lifestyles, policies

Palestinian flag flies at UN for first time

Kurds capture ground from IS in north Iraq

ERBIL: Kurdish forces said they drove Islamic State out of several villages near the oil city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq yesterday after US-led coalition airstrikes targeted insurgent positions overnight.…

After billions spent on safety, Saudis lost control of crowd – Pilgrims say road was blocked, police deny

Finland: Next top choice for Iraqi asylum-seekers – ‘People here are civilized, calm and it’s quiet’

UAE unveils new migrant labor reforms

Anger at Houthis drives support for separatists – Southerners hope victory over Houthis will bring separation

131 dead as airstrike hits Yemeni wedding

SANAA: The death toll from an alleged airstrike on a Yemeni wedding soared yesterday to 131, including women and children, as the Saudi-led coalition denied it was behind the incident.…

Rebels insist no role for Assad despite overtures

New clashes at Jerusalem holy site as Jewish holiday starts – Palestinian Red Crescent report 22 wounded

JERUSALEM: New clashes broke out yesterday between Palestinians and Israeli police who stormed Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound, as an expected increase in Jewish visitors to the site over the…

Microbrew trend in Holy Land turns water to hummus beer

France carries out first strikes on IS – Russia seeking ‘coordinated framework’