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Saudi king visits Indonesia with huge entourage, tons of gear

Saudi king visits Indonesia with huge entourage, tons of gear

Cheering crowds welcomed King Salman Wednesday as he began the first visit by a Saudi monarch to Indonesia for almost 50 years, seeking stronger economic ties with the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.

Russia, China block UN sanctions on Syria

Russia, China block UN sanctions on Syria

Russia yesterday cast its seventh veto to protect the Syrian government from United Nations Security Council action, blocking a bid by Western powers to impose sanctions over accusations of chemical weapons attacks during the six-year Syrian conflict.

Boat show draws crowds

Boat show draws crowds

Visitors check boats docked at the Dubai International Marine Club during the Gulf emirate’s international Boat Show yesterday.

Israeli police begin demolishing 9 West Bank settler homes

Israeli police begin demolishing 9 West Bank settler homes

Israeli police began Tuesday demolishing nine West Bank settler homes declared illegal by the Supreme Court, despite hundreds of protesters barricading themselves in them.

Saudi Aramco to shut Riyadh refinery for maintenance

Saudi Aramco to shut Riyadh refinery for maintenance

Saudi Aramco plans to shut its 126,000 barrels per day (bpd) crude oil refinery in Riyadh for planned maintenance from March 1 for 80 days, the state news agency reported on Tuesday.

To secure Mosul, Iraq army makes desert push with US help

To secure Mosul, Iraq army makes desert push with US help

Much of the fighting for west Mosul will be at close quarters, but Iraq's battle against the Islamic State group is also being waged in the open desert.

Top Palestinian official denied entry to Egypt

Top Palestinian official denied entry to Egypt

A senior Palestinian official has been denied entry to Egypt, prompting a Palestinian delegation to withdraw in protest from a counter-terrorism conference he was to attend, officials said Tuesday.

Largest coup trial opens in Turkey with 330 suspects

Largest coup trial opens in Turkey with 330 suspects

The biggest trial of suspects accused of involvement in last year's failed July coup opened in Turkey on Tuesday in a courtroom specially built to hold more than 1,500 people.

 Israeli planes hit Gaza after rocket attack

Israeli planes hit Gaza after rocket attack

Israeli aircraft hit targets in the Gaza Strip yesterday, hours after a rocket fired from the Palestinian territory slammed into southern Israel.

‘White Helmets’ rescuers say Oscar win shows people care

‘White Helmets’ rescuers say Oscar win shows people care

The Oscar awarded to a documentary about the daily lives of volunteers of a Syrian search and rescue group called the White Helmets shows people care about its mission to help civilians caught in Syria’s civil war, the group said yesterday.

Opposition seeks Russian support at Syria peace talks

Opposition seeks Russian support at Syria peace talks

Syria’s opposition yesterday urged Russia, a key ally of President Bashar al-Assad, to put pressure on Damascus to help kickstart sputtering peace talks in Geneva.

 Iran’s The Salesman wins Oscar for best foreign language film

Iran’s The Salesman wins Oscar for best foreign language film

Iran’s The Salesman, a drama about honour and revenge in a modern marriage, won the Oscar on Sunday for best foreign language film.

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