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Saudi oil minister sacked by royal decree: state media RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's long-serving oil minister Ali al-Naimi has been sacked as part of a major government overhaul, according to a royal decree announced Saturday by state media.He has been replaced by Khaled al-Faleh, previously health minister, who takes the enlarged portfolio of energy, industry and mineral resources.Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2016 ...

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UN official spurns Netanyahu history lesson offer JERUSALEM: A senior United Nations official Saturday brushed aside an invitation from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a lecture on Jewish history, amid a row over a flashpoint Jerusalem holy site.Netanyahu said Friday he would host the lecture in response to a recent resolution of the UN's cultural body condemning Israeli "aggressions" against Muslims at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, while failing to mention the site's Jewish name Temple Mount.The UNESCO executive board resolution, submitted ...

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US sends troops to Yemen, steps up anti-Qaeda strikes WASHINGTON: The Pentagon acknowledged for the first time Friday it has deployed US troops to Yemen since the country's collapse last year to bolster government and Arab coalition forces battling Al-Qaeda.Spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said the US military has also stepped up air strikes against fighters with Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).A "very small number" of American military personnel has been working from a "fixed location" with Yemeni and Arab coalition forces ...

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Army colonel gunned down in Yemen's Aden ADEN: A Yemeni army colonel was gunned down in Aden on Saturday in the latest in a spate of assassinations of senior officers that underlines the persistent insecurity in the city.A gunman riding on the back of a motorcycle killed Colonel Badr al-Yafei in the city's Khormaksar district, which houses diplomatic missions and the airport, a security official told AFP.Yemen's second city is the headquarters of the government and its allies in a Saudi-led coalition ...

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Islamic State militants seize gas field in eastern Syria AMMAN: Islamic State militants on Thursday captured the main Shaer gas field in eastern Syria in the first gain for the ultra militant in the Palmyra desert area since they lost the ancient city in March, rebel sources and a monitor said. Amaq, a news agency affiliated to the militants, said they had taken over the gas field area and its facility where Syrian troops were stationed and killed at least 30 soldiers and gained ...

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US, Russia win truce promise in Syria's Aleppo ALEPPO: Under pressure from Russia and the United States, the Syrian army agreed on Wednesday to respect a two-day truce in the war-ravaged city of Aleppo.The Syrian climb-down came after Washington said the US and Russia had agreed to push the warring parties to extend their shaky ceasefire."A truce will be in place in Aleppo for 48 hours from 1:00 am on Thursday (2200 GMT Wednesday)," Syrian army command said, according to state media.The Russian ...

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Yemen govt urges UN action over rebel fire on besieged third city KUWAIT CITY: The head of the Yemeni government delegation at troubled peace talks in Kuwait demanded action from UN mediators on Thursday over rebel shelling of besieged third city Taez.Foreign Minister Abdulmalek al-Mikhlafi said the rebel artillery fire was in contravention of undertakings they had given when face-to-face negotiations resumed on Wednesday following a three-day walkout by his team.Mikhlafi said his negotiators had submitted proposals to UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed for implementing an ...