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Qatar's Masraf Al Rayan hires banks for debut dollar sukuk - sources

DUBAI, March 24 (Reuters) - Qatari Islamic lender Masraf Al Rayan has hired banks ahead of a potential sale of U.S. dollar-denominated sukuk, or Islamic bonds, sources familiar with the matter said.


Brexit chaos: U.K. lawmakers fear for their safety as stakes — and tensions — mount

LONDON — Brexit has been delayed. But for many of the lawmakers who could ultimately decide its fate, there is no breathing space from Britain’s messy and at times toxic divorce from the European Union.


Venezuela opposition fears crackdown after Maduro threatens arrests

Venezuela’s opposition is bracing for a severe political crackdown after Nicolás Maduro lashed out at the “diabolical pro-imperialist puppets” he claimed were trying to remove him from the presidency and vowed to imprison them all.


Sri Lankan officials say Oman minister has arrived for refinery project launch

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Oman’s oil minister arrived in Sri Lanka on Saturday to participate in the launching of a $3.85 billion oil refinery project, government officials in Colombo said, three days after Oman said it had not yet agreed to invest in the facility.


Despite White House declaration of victory over ISIS, fighting persists in Syria

President Trump declared ISIS was entirely defeated in Syria on Friday. NBC News’ Matt Bradley reports from Baghouz, where the sound of airstrikes and gunfire can still be heard.


MKs call on A-G to investigate Breaking the Silence

A group of nine MKs have sent a letter to Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit asking him to open an investigation into Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence and how they operate against the IDF.


With an eye on Iran, U.S. clinches strategic port deal with Oman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States clinched a strategic port deal with Oman on Sunday which U.S. officials say will allow the U.S. military better access the Gulf region and reduce the need to send ships through the Strait of Hormuz, a maritime choke point off Iran.


Thailand election: everything you need to know about Sunday's vote

On Sunday 24 March, Thailand will have its first general election in eight years. It will mark the end of five years of military rule after it took power in a bloodless coup in 2014, following months of political turmoil, social unrest and an election that was later ruled void by the constitutional


Frans Andriessen, Dutch politician and three-term European Commissioner who deftly navigated the era of ‘mutton wars’ and set-aside – obituary

Frans Andriessen, who has died aged 89, was a Dutch lawyer who, as a three-term European Commissioner, restructured Europe’s steel industry, curbed some of the EC farm budget’s excesses and paved the way with Washington for the creation of the World Trade Organisation.


Rafi Eitan, Israeli Spymaster Who Caught Eichmann, Is Dead at 92

Rafi Eitan, the canny Israeli spymaster who commanded the Nazi-hunting team that captured Adolf Eichmann in Argentina and many years later was unmasked as the handler of Jonathan Jay Pollard, the American Navy intelligence analyst who pleaded guilty to passing on more than 1,000 secret documents to


Blast kills 8 children collecting scrap metal in Sudan

CAIRO (AP) - Sudanese officials say eight children have been killed in an explosion near a military facility where they were searching for scrap metal to resell. The officials say the explosion happened Saturday in Omdurman, the twin city of the capital, Khartoum. They spoke on condition of anonymit


The ‘caliphate’ is no more. But the Islamic State isn’t finished yet.

BEIRUT — U.S.-backed forces declared the final defeat of the Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate Saturday, bringing to an end the brutal experiment in state building that had lured foot soldiers from around the world and inflicted unimaginable suffering on those caught up in the militants’ rampa


Hamas Crackdown on Gaza Protests Instills Fear

GAZA CITY — The young tea and coffee vendor from northern Gaza said he was not asking for much. He just wanted to get by. So the vendor, Amir Abu Oun, 19, joined the peaceful protests in the Jabaliya refugee camp this month against the daily hardships in the impoverished Palestinian coastal enclave.


The Latest: GOP's Jordan says Mueller is 'next to Jesus'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump and the special counsel's Russia investigation. (all times Eastern time):. Rep. Jim Jordan has yet to see the special counsel's report on the Russia investigation, but the Ohio Republican insists it shows no evidence of "coordination, collusion


Trump mounts Rust Belt defense

President Trump is mounting a defense of Rust Belt states that delivered his 2016 victory and will serve as the key to his reelection bid next year. The president will travel to Michigan next Thursday to stage his first campaign rally since a number of top Democratic contenders jumped into the presi


Why Norway plus gives Britain the time it needs to get out of its Brexit mess

Brexit is, undeniably, important. The Prime Minister’s faulty negotiations have now turned what the majority of the British people considered an opportunity into a national crisis. However, now is perhaps the moment to reflect that, in an era of trade wars, geopolitical realignment and existential t


Russian voyager Konyukhov’s rowboat battered by severe storm, says his son

MOSCOW, March 24. /TASS/. The rowboat of Russian voyager and survivalist Fyodor Konyukhov, who is now performing a solo round-the-world rowboat journey, was battered by a severe storm in the Pacific Ocean on March 23, Konyukhov’s son Oskar, the organizer of the journey, told TASS on Sunday.


Trump-Russia inquiry: President 'did not conspire with Russia'

President Trump's campaign "did not conspire" with Russia during the 2016 election campaign, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report says. The summary of the special counsel's report released on Sunday "did not draw a conclusion" as to whether there was any obstruction of justice, either.


Revealed: 'Alarming' cocaine use at Wembley for England vs Czech Republic

Cocaine use appears to have been rife among those attending England’s opening European Championship qualifier at Wembley, according to a Sunday Telegraph investigation. Traces of the class-A drug were found in around half of toilet cubicles tested by reporters after Friday night’s game, despite spec


Turkish watchdog to investigate JP Morgan, other banks -Anadolu

ISTANBUL, March 23 (Reuters) - Turkey's banking watchdog has launched an investigation into JP Morgan over complaints about a report it published on Friday, state-owned Anadolu news agency said on Saturday.