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Rivals jostle for power at Iraq parliament

Country’s next leaders will face the mammoth task of rebuilding BAGHDAD: Iraqi lawmakers convened yesterday with Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi and a populist cleric together seeking to form a government…

UAE announces first astronauts to go to space

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates has selected its first two astronauts to go on a mission to the International Space Station, Dubai’s ruler said yesterday. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed Al-Maktoum…

Turkey’s central bank promises action as inflation soars to 18%

Albayrak promises ‘full-fledged fight’ to ensure price stability ISTANBUL: Turkey’s central bank signalled yesterday it would take action against “significant risks” to price stability, a rare move to calm financial…

Iran boosts its defenses

DUBAI: Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said yesterday war was unlikely but called on Iran’s armed forces to boost their defense capacities, according to his official website, as the…

Saudi official hints at Qatar canal project

RIYADH: A Saudi official hinted Friday the kingdom was moving forward with a plan to dig a canal that would turn the neighboring Qatari peninsula into an island, amid a…

Anger as US ends funding for UNRWA

RAMALLAH: Palestinians reacted angrily yesterday to a US decision to end all funding for the UN agency that assists millions of refugees, seeing it as a new policy shift aimed…

Drought puts Iraq at risk of jihadist resurgence: Study

BAGHDAD: Iraq risks a jihadist resurgence if it fails to tackle a critical drought and other climate-related security issues, according to a study presented to the UN Security Council and…

Turkey hikes gas, power prices by 14%

Inflation running at 14-year high as currency crisis deepens ANKARA: Turkey raised natural gas prices yesterday by as much as 14 percent, two sources said, while the energy regulator announced…

Saudi-led coalition rejects UN’s ‘war crimes’ report

Report points to widespread arbitrary detention, rape and torture RIYADH: A Saudi-led coalition battling in Yemen yesterday dismissed as inaccurate a report by UN investigators that highlighted possible war crimes…

Saudi women grow ventures at US incubator

WASHINGTON: Reem Dad, a 22-year-old from Saudi Arabia, is developing a platform for pilgrims and tourists to experience a virtual reality tour of Madinah, one of Islam’s holiest sites. Heba…

Khamenei ready to abandon nuke deal if needed

TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme leader warned yesterday the country could abandon its nuclear deal with world powers if it no longer served its interests, even as economic and political pressure mounted…

Israel renews threat to attack Iran’s military targets in Syria

Russia hopes West won’t ‘obstruct anti-terror operation’ in Syria JERUSALEM: Israel yesterday renewed its threat to attack Iranian military targets in Syria, after the two Muslim allies signed an accord…