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Saudi Aramco raises $25.6bn in world’s biggest share sale

Image copyright Reuters State-owned oil giant Saudi Aramco has raised a record $25.6bn (£19.4bn) in its initial public offering (IPO) in Riyadh. The share sale was the biggest ever, surpassing that of China’s Alibaba which raised $25bn in 2014 in New York. Aramco relied on domestic and regional investors to …

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Jesus manger: Relic returns to Bethlehem in time for Christmas

Image copyright AFP Image caption The relic’s return coincides with the start of Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem A fragment of wood believed to have formed part of Jesus’ manger has been returned to Bethlehem after more than 1,000 years in Europe. Pope Francis ordered the return of the thumb-sized relic …

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Iraq unrest: Top Shia cleric condemns Iraq protest shootings

Image copyright AFP Image caption On Friday large crowds attended funerals for those killed in Najaf Iraq’s top Shia Muslim cleric has condemned the use of force against protesters after more than 40 people were killed in the bloodiest day since anti-government protests began. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani also suggested …

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Iraq unrest: Nearly 40 killed in fresh wave of protests

Media captionWatch protesters running away from the sound of rapid gunfire in Nasiriya Nearly 40 people have been killed in Iraq on one of the bloodiest days since anti-government protests began last month, medics and officials say. At least 25 people died when security forces opened fire to clear bridges …

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Iraq unrest: More than 30 killed in fresh wave of protests

Media captionWatch protesters running away from the sound of rapid gunfire in Nasiriya More than 30 people have been killed in Iraq on one of the bloodiest days since anti-government protests began last month, medics and officials say. At least 25 people died when security forces opened fire to clear …

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Iraq unrest: 30 killed in fresh wave of protests

Media captionWatch protesters running away from the sound of rapid gunfire in Nasiriya More than 30 people have been killed in Iraq on one of the bloodiest days since anti-government protests began last month, medics and officials say. At least 25 people died when security forces opened fire to clear …

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