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Netanyahu says Israel could act against Iran

Netanyahu says Israel could act against Iran

Benjamin Netanyahu said Iran was increasing its power as the US-led coalition against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria regains territory from militants.

Tillerson says Hezbollah actions threaten Lebanon, region

Tillerson says Hezbollah actions threaten Lebanon, region

Hezbollah's involvement in regional conflicts poses a threat to the security of Lebanon and is a destabilising influence in the Middle East, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday.

US Mideast peace plan 'fairly well advanced': Tillerson

US Mideast peace plan 'fairly well advanced': Tillerson

Rex Tillerson, who was speaking during a visit to Jordan to sign a five-year $6.4bn aid package that extends US support to a key Arab ally, said President Donald Trump would decide when to announce the peace plan.

Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital

A senior administration official said Trump would make the announcement -- ignoring frantic warnings from US allies in the region and around the world -- at 1:00 pm (local time) from the White House.

Rouhani calls for dialogue to solve regional problems

Rouhani calls for dialogue to solve regional problems

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that Middle Eastern countries should solve their problems together without relying on external powers.

Trump to speak with Turkey's Erdogan on peace efforts in region

Trump to speak with Turkey's Erdogan on peace efforts in region

US President Donald Trump said he will speak with President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey later on Friday to discuss peace efforts in the Middle East, as the region grapples with multiple conflicts.

Iran says 'biased' French policy stoking Mideast crises

Iran says 'biased' French policy stoking Mideast crises

Iran said on Friday that "biased" French policy was stoking crises in the Middle East after Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian accused it of "hegemonic" ambitions in the region.

Mideast oil demand to grow by 0.1mn bpd in 2018: Opec

Mideast oil demand to grow by 0.1mn bpd in 2018: Opec

Oil demand growth in the Middle East is expected to rise by 0.1mn bpd in 2018, same as that of this year, Opec has said in a new report.

Qatar Airways acquires 9.61% stake in Cathay Pacific

Qatar Airways acquires 9.61% stake in Cathay Pacific

Hong Kong's Kingboard Chemical Holdings said it had sold the stake to Qatar Airways for HK$5.16bn ($661mn), making the Middle Eastern carrier the third-largest shareholder in Cathay.

Mideast aviation market to hit 517mn passengers by 2036

Mideast aviation market to hit 517mn passengers by 2036

The region, led by the GCC, will maintain average compound annual growth rate of 5%, the International Air Transport Association said in its 20-year ‘Air Passenger Forecast’ released on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka suffers sharpest monthly drop in remittances

Sri Lanka suffers sharpest monthly drop in remittances

Remittances declined by a record 10% to $556.6mn, compared with $618.3mn in August last year, the central bank said in a report.

Oil slide weighs heavily on MENA growth forecast: IMF

Oil slide weighs heavily on MENA growth forecast: IMF

Iran's growth is forecast to slide to 3.5% this year down from a strong 12.5% in 2016. Iraq's economy, which experienced healthy 11% growth in 2016, is expected to fall into negative territory and shrink by 0.4% this year.