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Car bomb kills 11 civilians in northern Syria: monitor

Beirut - 

A car bomb near a hospital in a town held by Turkey-backed Syrian rebels in northern Syria killed 11 civilians on Sunday, a monitor said.

Erdogan hosts Putin, Rouhani for Syria summit

Erdogan hosts Putin, Rouhani for Syria summit
Ankara - 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will host his Russian and Iranian counterparts on Monday for their latest summit on Syria, with attention focused on Damascus's push on the last rebel-held bastion of Idlib.

Oil prices surge after attacks hammer Saudi output

Oil prices surge after attacks hammer Saudi output
Hong Kong - 

Oil prices saw a record surge Monday after attacks on two Saudi facilities slashed output in the world's top producer by half, fuelling fresh geopolitical fears as Donald Trump blamed Iran and raised the possibility of a military strike on the country.

Saudi says Netanyahu annexation pledge a 'dangerous escalation'

Saudi says Netanyahu annexation pledge a 'dangerous escalation'
Riyadh - 

Saudi Arabia on Wednesday condemned as a "dangerous escalation" Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's controversial pledge to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if he is re-elected.

Iran again rebuffs US talk of Trump-Rouhani meeting

Iran again rebuffs US talk of Trump-Rouhani meeting
Muscat - 

Iran on Wednesday rejected the possibility of a meeting between President Hassan Rouhani and US counterpart Donald Trump, after the White House signalled it was open to such an encounter.

Iran fires up advanced centrifuges in latest nuclear step

Iran fires up advanced centrifuges in latest nuclear step

Tehran - 

Iran said Saturday it had fired up advanced centrifuges to boost its enriched uranium stockpiles, its latest scaling-back of commitments under a crumbling 2015 nuclear deal.

OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia replaces energy minister

OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia replaces energy minister

Riyadh - 

Saudi Arabia's King Salman named his son as energy minister after veteran official Khalid al-Falih was sacked, state media said Sunday, in a major shakeup as the OPEC kingpin reels from low oil prices.

Iran says views converging with France on breaking impasse

Iran says views converging with France on breaking impasse

Paris - 

Iran said Monday its views have been converging with those of France on ways to save a nuclear deal at risk of unravelling since the US withdrew last year.

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