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Yemen war: Houthis ‘halting drone and missile strikes’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Millions of Yemenis are at risk of starvation following three years of war Yemen’s Houthi rebels say they are halting drone and missile strikes on the Saudi-led military coalition after a request from the United Nations. The move comes after the coalition ordered a halt …

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Netanyahu warns of danger of early Israel election

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Kahlon (R) has said he does not think the coalition can continue Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned that early elections will be a disaster for Israel. Mr Netanyahu made the remark at a cabinet meeting, as key coalition allies threaten to pull their …

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Netanyahu faces key meeting amid Israel early polls call

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Kahlon (R) has said he does not think the coalition can continue Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet his finance minister on Sunday, in what is being seen as a last-ditch attempt to avert early elections. Moshe Kahlon’s Kulanu party is vital …

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Jamal Khashoggi: CIA ‘blames bin Salman for murder’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Saudi Arabia says the crown prince knew nothing of plans for the killing The CIA believes that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to US media reports. Sources close to the agency said it had made a …

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Saudi women in ‘inside-out abaya’ protest

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Saudi women have to wear the abaya in public by law Some Saudi women have launched a protest against the abaya – a long loose-fitting robe used to cover their bodies in public – by saying that they will wear it inside out. Under …

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Iran executes ‘Sultan of Coins’ amid currency crisis

Image copyright Tasnim News Agency/Reuters Image caption Vahid Mazloumin (R) was said to have amassed two tonnes of gold coins Iran has executed a currency trader known as the “Sultan of Coins” for amassing some two tonnes of gold coins. Vahid Mazloumin and another member of his currency trading network …

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Israel-Gaza ceasefire largely holds after flare-up

Image copyright AFP Image caption The clashes were the most intense between Israel and Gaza’s militants since 2014 A ceasefire that ended two days of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza is largely holding. Schools and businesses in southern Israel reopened on Wednesday after no rocket attacks were …

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Oil price drops amid fears over demand

Image copyright Getty Images Oil prices have dropped to their lowest level in over eight months amid fears about a slowdown in demand. International benchmark Brent crude dropped almost 7% to $65.11 (£50.24) a barrel, its lowest level since March. US oil – known as West Texas Intermediate – fell …

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