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Oil pipeline bursts near Israel-Jordan border JERUSALEM: An oil pipeline rupture has caused thousands of cubic metres of crude oil to spill into the Arava desert in southern Israel near the border with Jordan, officials said Thursday.The incident took place just north of the Red Sea resort city of Eilat and 500 metres (yards) from the frontier.The spill was "a couple of kilometres long", according to an Israeli environment ministry spokeswoman who was unable to give more specific information.She said it was unclear whether there was any foul play and environmental authorities would open an investigation."They have forces on the ground that prevented it from spreading to Jordan," she added. The leak involved a 245 kilometre (152 mile) pipeline carrying crude oil from the southern port city of Ashkelon on Israel's Mediterranean coast to Eilat.Ronen Moshe, spokesman for the Eilat Ashkelon Pipeline Company (EAPC), said the spill happened at 8:45pm (1845 GMT) on Wednesday in a ...

Car bomb targets home of Iran envoy in Yemen capital SANAA: A car bomb targeted the residence of Iran's ambassador in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Wednesday, causing casualties, witnesses said.Ambassador Hassan Sayed Nam was not in the house when the attack took place in the diplomatic district of Hada, according to guards.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Jordan in push at the UN for Palestine resolution UNITED NATIONS: Jordan on Tuesday launched a bid to win backing for a UN resolution on a final Israeli-Palestinian settlement that could be presented to the Security Council in the coming weeks.Jordan's Ambassador Dina Kawar said she would be meeting with representatives from Arab countries and council members to gauge whether there is support for a "unified text" on advancing Israeli-Palestinian peace.If a consensus can be reached, a draft resolution could be presented to the ...
119 nationalities sing UAE national anthem to set world record ISLAMABAD: The UAE has once again entered the record books, this time for most nationalities singing a national anthem at a time. Bringing together students from more than 119 nationalities to sing the UAE national anthem, students from GEMS schools set the new record."Our world record-breaking rendition of the UAE national anthem is a celebration of unity through diversity represented by 119 of the 200 nationalities who call the UAE home, and who are eager ...
Syria says US-led strikes have not weakened Islamic State BEIRUT: Syria's foreign minister said US-led air strikes had failed to weaken Islamic State it in Syria and the jihadist group would not be tackled unless Turkey was forced to tighten border controls.A U.S.-led alliance started attacking Islamic State targets in Syria in September as part of a wider effort to destroy the al Qaeda offshoot that has seized large areas of the country and neighbouring Iraq."All the indications say that (Islamic State) today, after ...
Saudi detainee sent home from Guantanamo: Pentagon WASHINGTON: A Saudi Arabian inmate at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba was repatriated Saturday, leaving 142 prisoners still at the jail President Barack Obama has pledged to close, the Pentagon said.Last month, Mohammed al-Zahrani was approved for transfer by the special review board, created by Obama in his efforts to shutter the controversial jail, the statement said, adding that Congress was duly informed of the transfer.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Voting underway in Bahrain amid Shia opposition boycott MANAMA: Bahrainis went to the polls Saturday for the first legislative elections since a 2011 uprising, but the vote is being boycotted by the Shiite opposition that led Gulf kingdom's pro-democracy movement.The electorate of almost 350,000 is being called to choose 40 deputies, with Sunnis making up most of the 266 candidates.The polls are being contested without a compromise in sight between authorities in the Sunni-ruled monarchy and the opposition.Al-Wefaq, the main opposition group, has ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
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WeeklyFebruary 26, 2015
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