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UN in security talks with Syria after chemical probe put on hold

UN in security talks with Syria after chemical probe put on hold
Beirut - 

UN security experts have said they were negotiating with Syrian and Russian authorities for international chemical inspectors to deploy to the site of an alleged toxic gas attack near Damascus, after a reconnaissance mission came under fire.

Saudi-Russia oil alliance likely to undercut OPEC

Saudi-Russia oil alliance likely to undercut OPEC
Dubai - 

Saudi Arabia hopes to bring Russia into the fold of an expanded club of global oil giants to sustain a stable market, leaving OPEC's role in question, analysts say.

Saudi-led coalition warns of 'painful' response over Yemen drones

Saudi-led coalition warns of 'painful' response over Yemen drones
Riyadh - 

A Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen's Huthi rebels warned them Monday of a "painful" response if they mounted new attacks on Saudi Arabia using what it said were Iran-supplied drones.

Syrian air defence shoots down missiles over Homs: state media

Syrian air defence shoots down missiles over Homs: state media
Damascus - 

Syrian air defence shot down missiles over the central province of Homs, the state news agency said Tuesday, with the strikes reportedly targeting regime air bases.

Chemical inspectors launch probe in Syria after Western strikes

Chemical inspectors launch probe in Syria after Western strikes
Damascus - 

The world's chemical weapons watchdog is set to convene Monday to discuss the suspected toxic gas assault in Syria that prompted an unprecedented wave of Western strikes, as its inspectors probe the attack near Damascus.

UN Council must prevent Syria 'spiraling out of control': Guterres

UN Council must prevent Syria 'spiraling out of control': Guterres

United Nations - 

The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday voiced concern to the Security Council's five permanent members over the "impasse" on Syria, stressing "the need to avoid the situation spiraling out of control."

Blast kills 13 civilians in Syria's Idlib

Blast kills 13 civilians in Syria's Idlib

Idlib - 

A huge blast killed at least 13 civilians in Syria's northwestern jihadist-held city of Idlib on Monday, a monitor said, as an AFP reporter said it wrecked a multi-storey building.

Iran fixes currency rate in bid to stop rial collapse

Iran fixes currency rate in bid to stop rial collapse

Tehran - 

Iran took the drastic step of fixing the rate of its currency against the dollar on Tuesday in a bid to arrest a slide that has seen it fall by a third in six months.

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