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Syrian forces fully control rebel stronghold near Lebanon

March 17, 2014 5:34 am0 comments
Syrian forces fully control rebel stronghold near Lebanon

BEIRUT: Syrian forces backed by Hezbollah militants took full control of the town of Yabroud on Sunday after driving out rebels, helping President Bashar Assad secure the land route connecting the capital Damascus with Aleppo and the Mediterranean coast. The fall of Yabroud, the last rebel bastion near the Lebanese […]

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Missing MH370: Are both pilots involved?

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Missing MH370: Are both pilots involved?

KUALA LUMPUR: The final words from the missing Malaysian jetliner’s cockpit gave no indication anything was wrong even though one of the plane’s communications systems had already been disabled, officials said Sunday, adding to suspicions that one or both of the pilots were involved in the disappearance. As authorities examined […]

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KSA inflation ‘under control’

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KSA inflation ‘under control’

Fahad Abdullah Al-Mubarak, governor of Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA), asserted on Sunday that the current central bank policy rates are reasonable and balanced, and tapering of the US Federal Reserve’s bond purchases was unlikely to affect its monetary policy direction. He also voiced confidence that Saudi Arabia’s economy can […]

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Breakthrough gives Emirati women hope to soar high

March 16, 2014 3:41 am0 comments
Breakthrough gives Emirati women hope to soar high

 Manama: “The next time I read or hear utter nonsense about Emirati women unable to succeed or to assert themselves in male-dominated jobs, my riposte will be only two words,” Sarah Al Mansouri, a Bahraini businesswoman, said before marking a short pause to get the full attention of the other […]

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Djokovic books semifinal clash with Isner

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Djokovic books semifinal clash with Isner

INDIAN WELLS: Second-seeded Novak Djokovic swept past unseeded Frenchman Julien Benneteau on Friday to set up a semifinal showdown with American John Isner at the Indian Wells ATP Masters. Djokovic, a two-time champion in the California desert, needed just 68 minutes to power past Benneteau 6-1, 6-3. The world number […]

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Middle East oil, gas transaction value increases 15 percent

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According to EY’s Global Oil & Gas Transactions report, the combined number of oil and gas transactions in the UAE, Oman and Iraq represented almost 60 percent of the total number of upstream transactions in the Middle East. Overall, the actual number of transactions in the region fell 40 percent […]

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Emaar plans $2.5bn listing of shopping mall unit 

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DUBAI: Dubai’s Emaar Properties said it would sell up to 25 percent of its shopping mall and retailing unit in a public offer expected to raise 8 to 9 billion dirhams ($2.18-$2.45 billion), making it one of the region’s largest equity offers since 2008. Emaar, Dubai’s biggest listed real estate […]

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Enough evidence to convict Bin Laden kin

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Enough evidence to convict Bin Laden kin

NEW YORK: There is more than enough proof that would allow a jury to decide to convict Osama Bin Laden’s son-in-law of conspiring to kill Americans, a judge said Friday as he turned down a defense request to dismiss the case. “The government’s evidence in (the count) of the conspiracy […]

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4 dead as heavy rains lash Oman

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4 dead as heavy rains lash Oman

Muscat:  Four people were killed in the heavy rains that lashed Oman over the last two days. Two nationals were killed when their vehicle was washed away by Al Qahmi wadi in the Mahda province on Saturday morning. Their bodies were found more than a kilometre away from the spot […]

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Traveler found dead in airport toilet

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Traveler found dead in airport toilet

An Indian expatriate who was on his way home was found dead in a public toilet at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport on Friday evening. “The police station at King Abdulaziz International Airport received information from airport staff stating that a 38-year-old man had been found dead inside one of […]

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