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Iraq hits Islamic State inside Syria with 'deadly' air strikes

Iraq hits Islamic State inside Syria with 'deadly' air strikes

Iraqi forces wave their national flags after retaking the town of Zankura from IS (AFP) Iraq said on Thursday its air force carried out air strikes in Syria against the Islamic State, in the latest attacks against the group to prevent the group infiltrating across the border. The strikes were in coordination with Syrian government, […]

Israel freeing 207 African migrants from prison

Israel freeing 207 African migrants from prison

African migrants released from Saharonim Prison in Negev desert, Israel, on Sunday (AFP) Israel on Sunday began freeing 207 African migrants from prison following a supreme court ruling after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu controversially reversed a deal with the UN refugee agency on the detainees’ fate. By early evening, a spokeswoman for the immigration authority […]

Joy Reid Mocks America's Invisible Man In The Middle East: 'Where's Jared?'

Joy Reid Mocks America's Invisible Man In The Middle East: 'Where's Jared?'

Americans haven’t heard a peep from Jared Kushner, whom President Donald Trump tapped to be his point man on Middle East peace. His disappearing act is now particularly remarkable in the wake of U.S. military action in Syria. “Where is Jared?” host Joy Reid mockingly asked Saturday on MSNBC’s “AM Joy.” “Jared’s job was to solve all the […]

US, Britain and France Strike Syria Over Suspected Chemical Weapons Attack

US, Britain and France Strike Syria Over Suspected Chemical Weapons Attack

“We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents,” he said. [Read the full text of President Trump’s address »] But Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who had urged caution in White House deliberations leading up to the strike, told reporters on Friday night that there were […]

Guterres: Situation in the Middle East threatens global security

Guterres: Situation in the Middle East threatens global security

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, addressing the Security Council on Syria, urged all states “to act responsibly in these dangerous circumstances.” “Increasing tensions and the inability to reach a compromise in the establishment of an accountability mechanism threaten to lead to a full-blown military escalation,” Guterres told the 15-member council. Russian UN ambassador told the […]

Global petrochemicals growth shifts from Middle East to Gulf Coast

Global petrochemicals growth shifts from Middle East to Gulf Coast

LyondellBasell is planning to build a $2.4 billion petrochemical plant at its existing Channelview complex. LyondellBasell is planning to build a $2.4 billion petrochemical plant at its existing Channelview complex. Photo: LyondellBasell LyondellBasell is starting construction on a new $700 million plastics plant at its existing petrochemical hub in La Porte. LyondellBasell is starting construction […]

Hong Kong stocks likely to rise amid escalating Middle East tensions

Hong Kong stocks likely to rise amid escalating Middle East tensions

Hong Kong stocks were largely flat by mid-morning, with the main benchmark index rising just 0.05 per cent, but they still bucked the global market slump sparked by escalating tensions in the Middle East. The benchmark Hang Seng Index rose 14.08 points to 30,911.79, while the Hang Seng China Enterprises Index edged down 0.11 per […]

Topaz boss expects Middle East market to improve next year

Topaz boss expects Middle East market to improve next year

Ren Kofod-Olsen: 2019/2020 could see offshore vessel market in the Middle East improve Dubai-based Topaz Energy and Marine chief executive Ren Kofod-Olsen said he is cautiously optimistic about the market for offshore support vessels in the Middle East and more bullish about 2019-20. In an exclusive interview with OSJ, Mr Kofod-Olsen said discussions […]

Turkey reveals $34bn plan to boost economy, create jobs

Turkey reveals $34bn plan to boost economy, create jobs

The Turkish government has revealed details of a $34 billion investment package aimed at creating jobs and reducing the country’s rising deficit, according to Hurriyet Daily News. The project-based plan will see some 19 companies granted funds to expand their businesses, which it is estimated will directly generate some 35,000 jobs, and indirectly aid in […]

Trump needs to show us his cards in the Middle East

Trump needs to show us his cards in the Middle East

President Trump speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House on April 3. (Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images) April 9 at 6:17 PM The April 6 editorial “A gift to America’s enemies” and David Ignatius’s April 6 op-ed, “On the front line in Syria, it’s ‘an honor for us to be here,’ ” critical of President Trump’s […]