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The severed relationship between Banque du Liban and foreign correspondent banks will make it tough for Lebanon to transfer foreign payments and purchase basic goods from abroad.

Prince Hamzah's visit was seen as undermining King Abdullah and Crown Prince Hussein, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Suez Canal blockage to weigh heavily on reinsurers

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Suez Canal blockage to weigh heavily on reinsurers

The blockage caused by the grounding of the Ever Given held up an estimated $400 million per hour in international trade. Insurers are expected to cover up to $100 million.

Egypt, Uganda sign security agreement as Sisi warns Ethiopia

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Egypt, Uganda sign security agreement as Sisi warns Ethiopia

Egypt and Uganda have signed an agreement to share military intelligence as President Sisi warned Ethiopia following the failure of talks on its ...

Tunisia’s president rejects parliamentary bid to establish constitutional court

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Tunisia’s president rejects parliamentary bid to establish constitutional court

The constitution adopted during the country’s democratic transition in 2011 outlines the need for a constitutional court to be set up within a ...

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Israel president to announce pick to form coalition

Israel President Reuven Rivlin will announce his choice for a leader to form a new government, with Netanyahu leading the pack for endorsements.

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Pakistanis rush to buy Covid-19 vaccine through private sales

As commercial sales of the Russian vaccine were possible for the first time in Pakistan, thousands of Pakistanis rushed to get vaccinated.

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Iran rejects ‘step-by-step’ lifting of sanctions as talks announced

Following the announcement of indirect Iran-US talks, Iran says it demands the complete lifting of all US sanctions and opposes any gradual ...

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Saudi arrested as juvenile faces execution despite reforms: HRW

"In sentencing a child to die while ignoring torture allegations, the Saudi court made a mockery of the country’s alleged 'reforms'," said HRW.

UK crime agency considers investigating Lebanon corruption report: sources

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UK crime agency considers investigating Lebanon corruption report: sources

A report by a group of London-based lawyers accused Lebanon's central bank governor and associates of money laundering and corrupt practices.

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'Talibanisation of education': Afghanistan overturns ban on schoolgirls singing

Afghanistan's Ministry of Education backtracked on a decision to impose a nationwide singing ban on schoolgirls, following an outcry, as women ...

Germany to propose Beirut port reconstruction: report

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Germany to propose Beirut port reconstruction: report

Berlin will tie reconstruction funding to the formation of a new reformist government, sources said.

Reported 'black market' dodges unofficial Turkish-Saudi trade blockade

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Reported 'black market' dodges unofficial Turkish-Saudi trade blockade

Turkish traders are reportedly shipping products to third countries before they are exported to Saudi Arabia.

Moroccan security forces suppress pro-Palestinian protest in Rabat

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Moroccan security forces suppress pro-Palestinian protest in Rabat

Moroccan security forces in Rabat have used force to break up a 'Land Day' protest against normalisation of relations with Israel

US 'open' to Iran's suggestion of 'wider nuclear deal'

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US 'open' to Iran's suggestion of 'wider nuclear deal'

Western diplomats believe that the US is open to Iran's suggestions on a wider nuclear deal roadmap.

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India’s Gulf workers in Covid-19 reverse migration chaos

Migrant workers from India have helped build Gulf economies, but many have fallen victim to the Covid-19 crisis.

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EU to sanction 3 Iranians for human rights abuses

For the first time since 2013, the EU will impose travel bans and asset freezes on a number of Iranians accused of human rights abuses.

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Disagreements in Saudi Arabia over OPEC+ oil cuts strategy

Despite early reports that Saudi Arabia wishes to maintain the OPEC+ oil production cuts, conflicting accounts have since emerged.

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Palestinians receive 100,000 doses of Chinese Covid-19 vaccine

The PA is expected to use the latest shipment in its limited vaccination campaign, which covers healthcare workers, the elderly, and those with ...

India rejects 'undiplomatic' Saudi advice on oil reserves

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India rejects 'undiplomatic' Saudi advice on oil reserves

India has reiterated that it could seek alternative energy sources amid high crude prices.

Pregnant teenager stabbed to death in Turkey

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Pregnant teenager stabbed to death in Turkey

The 17-year-old's death comes as Turkish women continue to protest against the country's withdrawal from an anti-violence treaty.

Turkey denies reports of deal to open Syria crossings

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Turkey denies reports of deal to open Syria crossings

Turkish officials have denied reports in Russian media that an agreement was reached with Ankara to open crossings between regime and rebel held ...

Vaccine corruption in Lebanon and the World Bank's dilemma

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Vaccine corruption in Lebanon and the World Bank's dilemma

In-depth: The World Bank's threat to suspend coronavirus financing over Lebanon's queue-jumping scandal shows there is no easy answer to vaccine ...

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