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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.

Abbas, Trump hopeful over Middle East peace deal

Abbas, Trump hopeful over Middle East peace deal

Abbas thanked Trump for his seriousness on the issue and his effort "to achieve the deal of the century, during this year or in the coming months."

Trust in news media high in the Middle East: survey

Trust in news media high in the Middle East: survey

Trust in the news media is high across the Middle East, but significantly less so on social media, according to the fifth annual survey of media use and public opinion by Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q).

Fake Brazilian 'photographer' duped BBC and others

Fake Brazilian 'photographer' duped BBC and others

Eduardo Martins, the war photographer, never existed -- the photos and videos he posted were doctored ones stolen from real photographers who risked their lives in places like Iraq.