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Number of terror attacks dropped in 2016

Reuters 5:01AM July 20, 2017 The number of terrorist attacks worldwide and deaths from such attacks dropped in 2016 for the second straight year, driven by decreases in Afghanistan, Syria, Nigeria, Pakistan and Yemen, the US State Department has announced. The total number of terrorist attacks in 2016 dropped 9 per cent compared to 2015,

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Saudi King’s Son Plotted Effort to Oust His Rival

As next in line to be king of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Nayef was unaccustomed to being told what to do. Then, one night in June, he was summoned to a palace in Mecca, held against his will and pressured for hours to give up his claim to the throne. By dawn, he had given

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Countries That Broke Ties With Qatar Indicate Some Flexibility on Demands

Senior diplomats from the four Arab countries that have broken ties with Qatar indicated Tuesday that they were no longer insisting on 13 precise demands that the Qataris must satisfy, or on a specific deadline for them to comply. The remarks by the diplomats from Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates seemed

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US lifts laptop ban on flights to the US from Saudi Arabia

The Trump administration on Monday lifted the laptop ban on passengers flying on Saudia, the last airline facing in-flight restrictions on electronics, from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Saudia, or Saudi Arabia Airlines, flies to the U.S. from airports in two cities in Saudi Arabia, Jeddah and Riyadh. TSA confirmed in two tweets that passengers on flights

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The Chinese economy is growing faster than all expectations

Chinese economic growth topped expectations yet again in the June quarter with GDP expanding 6.9% from a year earlier. The figure, marginally ahead of forecasts looking for an increase of 6.8%, was the tenth consecutive GDP report where the year-on-year growth rate was either in line with expectations or exceeded them by 0.1%. An uncanny

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Qatar Crisis Set to Continue as Bloc Seeks a Solution ‘That Will Stick’

There’s little likelihood of a quick resolution to the Gulf standoff over Qatar as the emirate’s neighbors want a solution “that will stick,” according to a senior United Arab Emirates official. Speaking during a trip to London, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said the four-nation bloc led by Saudi Arabia that’s isolating

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Trump officials open border to 15,000 more foreign workers

The Department of Homeland Security on Monday announced a one-time increase of 15,000 additional visas for low-wage seasonal workers for the remainder of this fiscal year, a seeming about-face from President Trump’s “Hire American” rhetoric, following heavy lobbying from fisheries, hospitality and other industries that rely on temporary foreign workers. The increase represents a 45

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South Sudan Blocks Two News Websites, Citing ‘Hostile’ Reporting

South Sudan’s government said it blocked access to Sudan Tribune and Radio Tamazuj, popular websites for news on the war-torn country, accusing them of “hostile” reporting. The block went into effect Monday, Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth said by phone from the capital, Juba. “If they have been disseminating hostile messages towards us then we

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Air Zimbabwe lays off half its workforce amid financial woes

Zimbabwe’s state-owned airline has laid off 200 workers, roughly half of its staff, with immediate effect. The job losses are part of a turnaround strategy to bring struggling Air Zimbabwe back to profitability from a $300m (£230m) debt. Last month the EU banned it from using its airspace, citing safety concerns. There have been major

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Iraq ‘investigating Mosul cliff killing video’

The Iraqi government has said it is investigating a video seemingly showing troops killing suspected Islamic State militants detained in the Mosul area. In the footage, men wearing uniform throw an unarmed man over a cliff. They then shoot his motionless body. An interior ministry spokesman said that if the video was authentic those responsible

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