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Saudi foreign minister says looking at more measures against Iran ABU DHABI: Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said on Saturday his country was looking into additional measures to take against Iran.Adel al-Jubeir's comments came in a press conference after an extraordinary meeting of the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), convened to discuss tensions with Iran after attacks on Saudi missions there."We are looking at additional measures to be taken if it (Iran) continues with its current policies," Jubeir said. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Air strike kills 39 in Syria as UN envoy visits Damascus BEIRUT: An air strike reportedly killed dozens of people in a rebel-held town in Syria on Saturday as a U.N. envoy visited Damascus to advance preparations for peace talks planned this month despite opposition misgivings.Agreement was also reached for aid to be delivered on Monday to an opposition-held town besieged by pro-government forces where United Nations says there have been credible reports of people dying of starvation, sources said. Aid will be sent simultaneously to ...

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Russia raids on Qaeda-run Syria prison kill at least 10 BEIRUT: At least 10 people were killed on Saturday in Russian air strikes on a prison complex run by Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate in the country's northwest, a monitor said.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes hit an Al-Nusra Front building in Maarat al-Numan, in Idlib province. The toll could rise as dozens of people were wounded or trapped under the rubble, the monitor said.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Last Kuwaiti Guantanamo inmate returns home KUWAIT CITY: The last Kuwaiti prisoner in the US Guantanamo Bay prison returned home Saturday to a family reception after 14 years of detention, the head of a detainee group said.Faez Mohammed Ahmed Al-Kandari became the last of 12 Kuwaitis held for long terms in the prison as the United States prepares to close the facility."He looked tired but his morale was very high. He was welcomed at the airport by his father, two brothers ...

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Syria government to allow aid into besieged Madaya: UN DAMASCUS: Syria's government gave permission Thursday for UN aid deliveries to three besieged towns, including Madaya near Damascus where people are reportedly starving to death, the UN said."The UN welcomes today's approval from the Government of Syria to access Madaya, Fuaa and Kafraya and is preparing to deliver humanitarian assistance in the coming days," a UN statement said. It said there were "credible reports of people dying from starvation" in Madaya, including a 53-year-old man ...

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US-led air strikes have cut IS oil revenues: US military WASHINGTON: US-led coalition air strikes against Islamic State oil facilities have cut the militant group's oil revenues by about 30 percent since October, a coalition spokesman said on Wednesday.In October, the U.S. military launched an intensified effort to go after oil infrastructure controlled by Islamic State, dubbed "Tidal Wave II."That effort has consisted so far of 65 air strikes, a Baghdad-based spokesman for the U.S.-led campaign, U.S. Army Colonel Steve Warren, said in a news ...

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Qatar recalls ambassador to Iran DOHA: Qatar has recalled its ambassador to Iran following an attack on the Saudi Arabian embassy in Tehran, state media in Doha said on Wednesday."Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs recalled today Qatar's Ambassador to Tehran following the attacks on the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Tehran and general consulate in Mashhad," said foreign ministry director, Khalid bin Ibrahim al-Hamar, quoted by the Qatar News Agency.The response by Doha is similar to action ...