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At Syria border, Jordanians dash over for cheap shopping

At Syria border, Jordanians dash over for cheap shopping
Nassib - 

Near the recently reopened border with Jordan, former Syrian rebel fighter Bahaa al-Masri sells date-filled pastries and sesame biscuits to Jordanians flocking across the frontier to snap up bargains.

Major oil producers to consider cuts after price slide

Major oil producers to consider cuts after price slide
Dubai - 

Major oil producers meet in Abu Dhabi on Sunday to consider reverting to output cuts after a sharp slide in crude prices revived fears of a 2014-style crash.

Erdogan opens new Istanbul Airport, planned to be world's largest

Erdogan opens new Istanbul Airport, planned to be world's largest
Istanbul - 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday opened Istanbul's new international airport, which his government says will eventually become the world's largest, with great fanfare.

Saudi offers Yemen fuel aid as economy sags

Saudi offers Yemen fuel aid as economy sags
Aden - 

A Saudi oil tanker carrying the first batch of petroleum products worth $60 million arrived at Yemen's Aden port Monday, to help power electricity stations and prop up the war-torn country's sagging economy, officials said.

Lebanese seek to save landmark concrete park from crumbling

Lebanese seek to save landmark concrete park from crumbling
Tripoli - 

Close to the seafront in Lebanon's Tripoli, giant curves of concrete stand testimony to dreams before the civil war, etchings of an exhibition park never finished but already cracking.

One year after IS 'defeat', Syria's Raqa still in fear

One year after IS 'defeat', Syria's Raqa still in fear

Raqa - 

A year after a US-backed alliance of Syrian fighters drove the Islamic State group from the northern city of Raqa, traumatised civilians still live in fear of near-daily bombings.

Turkish police leave Saudi consulate in Istanbul after search: AFP

Turkish police leave Saudi consulate in Istanbul after search: AFP

Istanbul - 

A team of Turkish police investigators and prosecutors on Tuesday left the Saudi consulate in Istanbul after conducting an unprecedented eight-hour night-time search agreed after the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

No jihadists seen exiting Syria buffer on eve of deadline: monitor

No jihadists seen exiting Syria buffer on eve of deadline: monitor

Beirut - 

Hardline fighters have yet to begin withdrawing from a planned buffer zone in northwestern Syria, a monitor and an AFP correspondent said Sunday on the eve of the pullout's deadline.

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