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  • Oil prices fall on rising Iraq output, doubt over producer talk prospects 28 Aug 2016 | 8:01 pm

    A pumpjack drills for oil in the Monterey ShaleOil prices fell early on Monday as output from Iraq rose and as Iran said it would only cooperate in upcoming producer talks to freeze output if fellow exporters recognized its right to fully regain market share. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were down 43 cents at $47.21 a barrel. Traders said the price falls were a result of climbing output from the Middle East, where oil exports from Iraq's southern ports have averaged 3.205 million barrels per day (bpd) in August, exceeding the average level seen in July, according to two officials from state-run South Oil Company said.

  • Iran deploys long-range missiles to Fordo nuclear site 28 Aug 2016 | 4:38 pm

    Iranian students form a human chain during a protest to defend their country's nuclear program outside the Fordo Uranium Conversion Facility in Qom in 2013Tehran has deployed a recently delivered Russian-made long-range missile system to central Iran to protect its Fordo nuclear facility, state television said Sunday. Protecting nuclear facilities is paramount "in all circumstances" General Farzad Esmaili, the commander of Iran's air defences, told the IRIB channel. "Today, Iran's sky is one of the most secure in the region," he added.

  • Yemen govt cautiously welcomes US peace plan 28 Aug 2016 | 2:33 pm

    Yemenis walk amid the rubble of a house in the Huthi rebel-held capital Sanaa after it was reportedly hit by a Saudi-led coalition air strikeYemen's exiled government has said it welcomes in principle a US-backed plan to resume peace talks with Iran-backed rebels on the basis of forming a unity government. In Sanaa, the rebels said they had discussed the establishment of a government, and said they would respond "positively" to any attempt to end the conflict. Meeting in Riyadh, the Yemeni cabinet gave an "initial welcoming to the ideas that came out of the meeting in Jeddah," which included US Secretary of State John Kerry, the government's website said late Saturday.

  • Veteran Israeli politician Ben Eliezer dies aged 80 28 Aug 2016 | 1:59 pm

    FILE -- In this Jan. 30, 2002 file photo, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, right, shakes hands with Israeli Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer before their meeting in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheik. Ben Eliezer, a veteran Israeli politician who held a series of top governmental posts, including defense minister died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. He was 80. A native Arabic speaker, Ben Eliezer was on friendly terms with deposed Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak and other Arab leaders and helped bridge gaps between Israel and the Arab world. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)JERUSALEM (AP) — Binyamin Ben Eliezer, a veteran Israeli politician who held several top government posts and often served as a bridge to the Arab world, died Sunday. He was 80.

  • Turkey-backed rebels expel Kurdish forces from Syrian towns 28 Aug 2016 | 1:56 pm

    Turkish troops return from the Syrian border, in Karkamis, Turkey, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. Turkey on Wednesday sent tanks across the border to help Syrian rebels retake the key Islamic State-held town of Jarablus and to contain the expansion of Syria's Kurds in an area bordering Turkey.(Ismail Coskun, IHA via AP)BEIRUT (AP) — Rebels backed by Turkey made major gains Sunday in northern Syria, expelling Kurdish-led forces from towns and villages as part of a determined campaign by Ankara to push the militants east of the Euphrates River.

  • Germany's vice chancellor says Merkel underestimated migrant challenge 28 Aug 2016 | 1:54 pm

    German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend the cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in BerlinGerman Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said in an interview on Saturday that Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives had "underestimated" the challenge of integrating record numbers of migrants. Gabriel leads the Social Democrats (SPD) -- the junior coalition partner in Merkel's government -- and his comments come as campaigning kicks off for a federal election next year and regional elections in Berlin and the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. There is widespread concern about how to integrate them into German society and the labor market, and support for the anti-immigrant party Alternative for Germany (AfD) has grown.

  • EU nations must not to refuse Muslim migrants: Merkel 28 Aug 2016 | 1:37 pm

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives her summer interview with journalists of German public TV chain ARD on August 28, 2016 in BerlinThe refusal of some EU countries to accept Muslim refugees is "unacceptable", Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday as Germany called for quotas to divide the influx throughout the bloc. "That's not right at all that some countries say: 'generally speaking, we don't want to have Muslims in our countries'," Merkel told German public television channel ARD. A common European migration policy is a highly controversial issue, which will be on the agenda of an EU summit next month, with eastern members the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia refusing to take in refugees under an EU-wide quota system championed by Berlin.

  • Iran inaugurates its homegrown National Network of Data 28 Aug 2016 | 12:47 pm

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official news agency is reporting the country has inaugurated first phase of its "National Network of Data."

  • Egypt seeks tougher penalties for female circumcision 28 Aug 2016 | 12:10 pm

    Female genital mutilation can cause lifelong pain, including extreme discomfort during sexual intercourse, serious complications during childbirth and psychological traumaEgypt's government said on Sunday it will ask parliament to approve a draft law that would increase jail terms for those who perform female circumcision. Female circumcision, or female genital mutilation (FGM), was banned in Egypt in 2008. In Egypt, the procedure is practised by both Muslims and Christians.

  • New passenger fee added at Qatar's international airport 28 Aug 2016 | 11:42 am

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar's main Hamad International Airport is adding a $10 fee for all passengers departing from the airport, including on connection flights.

  • French environment minister announces partnerships in Iran 28 Aug 2016 | 11:26 am

    Iran's Vice President and Minister of State for Environmental Protection Masoumeh Ebtekar (R) attends a press conference with French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal, following their meeting in Tehran on August 28, 2016France's environment minister signed Sunday a plan for French firms to help tackle Iran's environmental problems, but criticised the refusal of her country's banks to work with the Islamic republic. Segolene Royal met in Tehran with the head of Iran's Environmental Protection Organisation, Massoumeh Ebtekar, and a group of ministers, agreeing to work together on the water shortage, energy efficiency and pollution problems facing Iran.

  • Down another key minister, Iraq continues Mosul push 28 Aug 2016 | 11:05 am

    FILE -- In this Jan. 9, 2016 file photo, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, center, then Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi, right, then Interior Minister Mohammed al-Ghabban, left, attend a ceremony marking Police Day, in Baghdad, Iraq. Recent political upheaval has left Iraq without a minister of defense or interior as the country prepares for the operation to retake Mosul -- expected to be the most complicated yet in the fight against the Islamic State group. Al-Obeidi was abruptly dismissed by a parliamentary no-confidence vote Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, for reasons that seem to have little to do with his performance in office. Al-Ghabban submitted his resignation in early July amid mounting anger following a massive truck bombing claimed by IS that killed more than 300 people. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, File)BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's security forces continue to gear up for a long-awaited operation to retake the Islamic State-held city of Mosul. But they will be doing so without the minister of defense who has presided over most of the military's recent successes against IS.

  • Houthis say ready for fresh Yemen talks if attacks stop 28 Aug 2016 | 10:51 am

    An armed man loyal to the Houthi movement holds his weapon as he gathers to protest against the Saudi-backed exiled government deciding to cut off the Yemeni central bank from the outside world, in the capital SanaaYemen's Houthi-run governing council said on Sunday it was ready to restart peace talks with the country's exiled government provided a Saudi-led coalition stopped attacking and besieging Houthi-held territories. U.N.-sponsored negotiations to end 18 months of fighting in the impoverished country on Saudi Arabia's southern border collapsed earlier this month and the dominant Iran-allied Houthi movement there resumed shelling attacks into the kingdom. At its weekly meeting at Sanaa’s presidential palace, the council said that its willingness to restart peace talks was contingent on the "total cessation of the aggression and lifting of the unjust siege on the Yemeni people".

  • Iran confirms arrest of member of negotiation team 28 Aug 2016 | 9:58 am

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's judiciary on Sunday confirmed the brief detention of a member of Iran's negotiation team with world powers on suspicion of "infiltration," the official IRNA news agency reported.

  • Iran says 'nuclear spy' arrested, bailed 28 Aug 2016 | 9:48 am

    Iran and the US, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia negotiated for more than two years before signing a historic agreement in July 2015Iran has arrested a "spy" involved in the nuclear negotiations with world powers but has not yet formally charged the suspect, the judiciary's spokesman told reporters on Sunday. Legal action has been instigated against him and he has been released on bail," the official IRNA news agency quoted Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejeie as saying at his weekly press conference. On August 16, the Tehran prosecutor announced the arrest of a British-Iranian on suspicion of links to Britain's intelligence service.

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