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U.S. says more sanctions await if Turkey does not free pastor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States warned Turkey on Thursday to expect more economic sanctions unless it hands over detained American pastor Andrew Brunson,...

In eye of the storm, Turkey’s new finance chief faces credibility...

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish Finance Minister Berat Albayrak faces a key credibility test on Thursday when he hosts a conference call with global investors...

Qatar to invest $15 billion in Turkey; source says banks the...

ANKARA (Reuters) - Qatar pledged $15 billion of investment in Turkey on Wednesday, that a government source in Ankara said would be channelled into its...

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Higher living costs, fees force many Egyptians to drop haj plans

CAIRO  - Mahmoud Aouni has always wanted to make the haj pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, an important religious...

Yemeni government and Houthi movement invited to September 6 peace talks – U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations has invited the Yemeni government and the Houthi movement that controls most of the north to peace talks...

U.S. welcomes Saudi Arabia’s pledge of $100 million for Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday welcomed Saudi Arabia's contribution of $100 million to help stabilize parts of Syria no longer held...

Iraq bombs Islamic State ‘operations room’ in Syria

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq launched an air strike on a gathering of Islamic State fighters in neighbouring Syria, killing members of the hardline militant...

Iraq says buys 60 thousands tonnes rice in international tender

DUBAI/HAMBURG (Reuters) - Iraq's state grains board said on Thursday it had purchased a total of 60,000 tonnes of rice in an international tender,...

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