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Saudi says door open to future oil output hike

Saudi says door open to future oil output hike
Algiers - 

A meeting between oil producing countries on Sunday decided not to alter supply to the global market, after calls by US President Donald Trump for an immediate hike in output to reduce prices.

Kuwait activists combat rise in banning of books

Kuwait activists combat rise in banning of books
Kuwait City - 

In 2014, the Kuwaiti press hailed Gabriel Garcia Marquez as a literary "giant". But since his death, the Colombian writer and a slew of others have been banned as censorship takes root in the Gulf state.

After Idlib deal, Turkey faces tough task to oust jihadists

After Idlib deal, Turkey faces tough task to oust jihadists
Beirut - 

A Russia-Turkey deal may have stopped a regime assault on Syria's Idlib for now, but analysts are sceptical that rebel backer Ankara can impose it on the jihadists who dominate the area.

Syrians in government areas vote in first local polls since 2011

Syrians in government areas vote in first local polls since 2011
Damascus - 

Syrians in government-controlled areas cast their ballots on Sunday in the first local elections there since 2011, when the country's ill-fated uprising erupted against President Bashar al-Assad's rule.

Fearing attacks from above, Syrians in Idlib head underground

Fearing attacks from above, Syrians in Idlib head underground
Kafr Ain - 

The grotto in northwestern Syria has already saved his children's lives once. Fearing more air attacks, Abdulmonem is expanding the makeshift bomb shelter in case they need to take refuge there again.

IS claims deadly attack on Libya oil company: SITE

IS claims deadly attack on Libya oil company: SITE

Tripoli - 

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Tuesday for a suicide attack a day earlier against the headquarters of Libya's National Oil Corporation which killed two employees, according to a US-based monitor.

Yemen talks falter before they begin as rebels stay away

Yemen talks falter before they begin as rebels stay away

Geneva - 

Long awaited UN-backed talks between Yemen's warring parties sputtered out Saturday before ever truly starting, after the Huthi rebels refused to travel to Geneva and fresh fighting broke out on the ground.

Syria's Idlib under 'violent' air strikes after Tehran failure

Syria's Idlib under 'violent' air strikes after Tehran failure

Al Munţār - 

Syria's last major rebel bastion Idlib was Saturday targeted by the "most violent" Russian air strikes in a month, a monitor said, after the failure of a three-way summit on the Syrian conflict.

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