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Suicide bomber kills 4 Yemen troops near Aden airport ADEN: Four Yemeni soldiers were killed Sunday in a suicide attack on a checkpoint near the international airport in second city Aden, home to a growing jihadist presence, a security official said."A suicide bomber driving a bomb-laden vehicle blew himself up on Sunday upon arrival at a checkpoint near Aden airport," the official told AFP."Four soldiers were killed and two others were wounded," he added, without blaming any group for the attack.Yemen has been rocked by more than a year of fighting between Iran-backed rebels and pro-government forces, supported by a Saudi-led coalition.Jihadists have exploited the unrest, with Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group strengthening their presence in the south, including in Aden which is serving as the government's temporary capital.Both groups have claimed several attacks against army and government installations in the port city.On Friday, a car bomb exploded in the port city near a building housing the foreign ...

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Syria opposition negotiator urges attacks on regime despite truce GENEVA: The Syrian opposition's chief negotiator on Sunday called for renewed attacks on regime forces, despite the shaky truce deal between government troops and rebel fighters.Mohammed Alloush, a leading political figure in the Jaish al-Islam (Army of Islam) rebel group, is in Geneva as the senior negotiator of the High Negotiations Committee. A fellow opposition figure said Alloush's hawkish statement did not represent the HNC's position. "Don't trust the regime and don't wait for their ...

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Kuwait oil union rejects minister's appeal to cancel strike KUWAIT CITY: The oil workers union Saturday turned down an appeal from Kuwait's acting oil minister to call off a total strike in protest at alleged pay cuts and to accept negotiations.Anas al-Saleh, in a statement cited by the official KUNA news agency, urged workers to "give priority to the public interest and resort to reason and wisdom by sitting at the negotiations table."The union, however, immediately rejected the minister's call as offering nothing new ...

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Saudi construction industry output to reach $148bn in 2020 ISLAMABAD: The outlook for Saudi Arabian construction remains bright as the industry's output value is forecast to rise at a 7.05 percent by 2020, compared with 6.35 percent during the review period (2011-2015).According to a report from Timetric's Construction Intelligence Center (CIC), Saudi industry is consequently set to rise from a value of $105.6 billion in 2015 to $148.5 billion in 2020, measured at constant 2010 US dollarexchange rates, Saudi Gazette reported.The growth will be ...

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Iraq parliament cancels session as MPs challenge speaker BAGHDAD: Iraq's parliament canceled a session on anti-graft reforms on Saturday, state TV said, as some MPs disputed the legitimacy of the speaker to chair the meeting in an escalation of a political crisis crippling state institutions. The session is the third canceled this week as politicians bicker over a plan to overhaul Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's cabinet by bringing in technocrats in a bid to stem corruption.The session was scrapped because "parliament couldn't be ...

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Yemen peace talks set to resume amid shaky ceasefire DUBAI: A concerted United Nations effort aimed at ending nearly 13 months of war in Yemen sees peace talks resuming on Monday, but with a ceasefire barely holding.Previous attempts have failed to stop the fighting which has killed thousands of people, forced almost 2.8 million from their homes and raised regional tensions.A ceasefire that came into effect on Sunday at midnight to pave the way for the talks in Kuwait has been violated numerous times.But ...

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18 dead in week of Saudi floods, rain: civil defence RIYADH: Eighteen people have been killed during heavy rains and floods over the past week in Saudi Arabia, the civil defence agency said on Thursday.In a statement, it said the toll covered much of the country, from Riyadh to Hail, Mecca, Medina, Al-Baha, Asir, Najran and Jazan.The agency said it rescued 915 people.Among the dead were two people reported by state television earlier Thursday as killed in the southwestern Jazan region, which borders Yemen.The pair ...