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Syria's Assad makes first address to new parliament DAMASCUS: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad addressed the new parliament on Tuesday congratulating lawmakers on a record turnout in a March general election. "The Syrian people surprised the world yet again with an unprecedented voter turnout... and an unprecedented number of candidates," Assad said in the speech broadcast on state television.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Air strikes, Turkish shelling kill 7 Islamic State militants in Syria ISTANBUL: Shelling by Turkey's military and attacks by U.S.-led coalition aircraft killed seven Islamic State militants in Syria, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Monday.Turkish howitzers and rocket launchers opened fire over the border, while the air strikes hit an area near the Syrian town of Azaz, the agency said, citing security sources, but giving no detail on when the attacks took place.The shelling and air strikes destroyed weapons systems that the militants were ...

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Saudi economic diversification plan finalised JEDDAH: Saudi officials have finalised a detailed plan to diversify the kingdom's economy away from oil and have sent it for cabinet approval, official media said on Monday.The National Transformation Programme (NTP) will elaborate upon Vision 2030, an 84-page document released in April by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 30, who is leading the reform charge.At the heart of the Vision is a plan to float less than five percent of state oil firm ...

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Civilian killed as gunmen attack airport in Yemen's Aden ADEN: Suspected jihadists attacked the airport in Yemen's government-held second city Aden on Monday sparking a firefight in which at least one civilian was killed, a security source said.Around 20 gunmen stormed the main entrance road to the airport in the city's Khormaksar district, demanding the release of a fellow jihadist of Western origin who was detained late last month.Airport guards repulsed the attack after a 90-minute gun battle, the source said, adding that the ...

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Syrian government air strikes kill 15 people in east: monitor BEIRUT: Syrian government warplanes killed at least 15 people in air raids on a town in the eastern province of Deir al-Zor on Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.The raids hit the town of al-Boulil, near a military airport. Four women and a child were among those killed, the British-based Observatory said.Syrian government forces have been fighting against Islamic State in the area. The jihadist group controls most of Deir al-Zor ...

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Syrian government air strikes kill 15 people in east BEIRUT: Syrian government warplanes killed at least 15 people in air raids on a town in the eastern province of Deir al-Zor on Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said. The raids hit the town of al-Boulil, near a military airport. Four women and a child were among those killed, the British-based Observatory said. Syrian government forces have been fighting against Islamic State in the area. The jihadist group controls most of ...

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Bahrain replaces oil minister - agency DUBAI: Bahrain's king Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa replaced the oil minister in a minor cabinet reshuffle on Friday that affected two cabinet portfolios, state news agency BNA reported.The agency said that Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Hamad was appointed energy minister, replacing Abdul-Hussain bin Ali Mirza.Mirza was appointed minister of water and electricity in the kingdom, which is a small oil exporter and not a member of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...