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Syrian National Coalition chief Khaled Khoja said Thursday that he wants to "establish a new framework for the Syrian opposition." (AFP/File)
11:40 GMT
The Syrian National Coalition said on Thursday that that the overthrough of President Bashar al-Assad is no longer a precondition for the resumption of peace negotiations.
The talks hope to quell the ongoing conflict between rival factions in Libya. (AFP/File)
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Libya’s warring factions held UN-backed peace talks in Morocco with the aim to end the conflict between the two rival governments which many fear could spiral into full-blown civil war.
Umarali Kuvatov was reportedly shot after a quarrel on the street, sources said Friday. (Screenshot: Twitter)
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Umarali Kuvatov, leader of an opposition movement, was reportedly shot after a quarrel on the street, sources said Friday.
At least five people were injured on Friday morning when a car rammed into a group of pedestrians in Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
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At least five people were injured on Friday morning when a car rammed into a group of pedestrians in Jerusalem.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons concluded "with a high degree of confidence" that forces loyal to the Syrian regime used chlorine gas in several attacks last year. (AFP/File)
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The UN Security Council is set to vote on Friday on a US-drafted resolution that threatens measures against the Syrian regime over its alleged use of chlorine bombs.
Daesh’s extreme interpretation of Islam outlaws statues, idols, and shrines. (AFP/File)
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Daesh began bulldozing the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in Iraq on Thursday in the jihadists' latest attack on the country's historical heritage
After the attacks, the state-owned National Oil Corportation declared at least 11 oilfields non-operational. (AFP/File)
08:11 GMT
Libya declared force majeure on 11 oilfields after a series of Islamic State attacks on facilities in the country's central region.
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal. (AFP/File)
07:55 GMT
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal called Thursday on the US-led coalition conducting airstrikes against Daesh to fight the jihadists on the ground.

March 5, 2015

Juventus 1-2 Fiorentina: Salah double gives Viola vital victory
21:54 GMT
The Chelsea loanee scored either side of a Fernando Llorente goal - one a stunning solo effort - to give Vincenzo Montella's side a great Coppa Italia win
An explosion near the border of Turkey hit member of the al-Qaeda affiliated group Thursday. (AFP/File)
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An explosion near the border of Turkey hit member of the al-Qaeda affiliated group Thursday.
The Cairo Criminal Court began trying 213 alleged members of a Daesh-affiliated group Thursday. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT
The Cairo Criminal Court began trying 213 alleged members of a Daesh-affiliated group Thursday.
After energy, the government is looking to attract investment in a number of other key sectors including manufacturing, real estate, petrochemicals, and tourism.
18:48 GMT
Egypt will launch a new economic development program aimed at revitalizing the country’s flailing economy during an upcoming major investment conference.
Turning to the judicial sector, the department revealed that the percentage of female judges jumped from 6.2 in 2009 to 16 per cent in 2013.
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Only 16 per cent of women were in the local labour market in 2013, according to figures released by the Department of Statistics (DoS) Wednesday.
You don’t want to waste your efforts attracting customers that don’t really buy into your brand and those that will never become the driving force of your sales
18:37 GMT
A powerful business brand has a clearly defined target market and a clearly defined niche.
Bulldozers push earth and dredgers spit mud round the clock at Egypt’s Suez Canal in a race to quickly expand the strategic waterway for two-way traffic.
18:21 GMT
Bulldozers push earth and dredgers spit mud round the clock at Egypt’s Suez Canal in a race to quickly expand the strategic waterway for two-way traffic.
The tough days that Egypt’s tourism industry has faced seem to be finally over after four years.
18:08 GMT
Demand for hotel rooms across Egypt in the second half of 2014 increased by 58%, says expert.
An "open gate" in the MidEast, more than half of Jordan's population are refugees coming from unstable neighboring countries. (AFP/File)
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A "safe haven" in the MidEast, more than half of Jordan's population are refugees coming from unstable neighboring countries.
The number of jobs in Israel's construction industry filled by Palestinians has doubled in the past two years, accounting for 15.3% of jobs in the sector
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The number of Palestinians living in the West Bank and working in the Israeli economy has doubled over the past four years to 92,000 in 2014, the Bank of Israel reports.
Iranian diplomat Noor Ahmad Nikbakht hugs his daughter after two years of abduction in Yemen. (Screenshot: Twitter)
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Iranian diplomat Nour Ahmad Nikbakht returned home Thursday after being taken hostage for years in Yemen.
Conflicting reports emerged Thursday about a Daesh or al-Nusra Front member who was treated, then arrested at a hospital in Bekaa Valley. (AFP/File)
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Conflicting reports emerged Thursday about a Daesh or al-Nusra Front member who was treated, then arrested at a hospital in Bekaa Valley.
Media reports said Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, 76, is still in critical condition after undergoing surgery Thursday. (AFP/File)
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Media reports said Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is still in critical condition after undergoing surgery Thursday.
Paul Pogba
16:51 GMT
The Frenchman's representative says there are many options open for the midfielder but says he could stay with the Serie A champions, too
Israeli settlers set fire to two cars belonging to Palestinians Thursday, spraying racist graffiti nearby. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
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Israeli settlers set fire to two cars belonging to Palestinians Thursday, spraying racist graffiti nearby.
Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
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The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, which celebrates its 25th anniversary edition later this month, has been named the top Cross Country Rally in the FIA World Cup.
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish boys wearing costumes read the book of Esther at a synagogue in the Israeli city of Bnei Brak near the costal city of Tel Aviv on March 4, 2015. (AFP/File)
14:55 GMT
Thousands of Jews from around the world celebrate Purim from Wednesday night until Sundown today.
Islamist rebels wore gas masks before heading for battle with Syrian regime forces in 2013. (AFP/File)
14:35 GMT
Almost a year after Obama said chemical weapon use was a "red line," the US is calling for action against the Syrian regime.
Sayyid Khalid al Busaidy
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Sayyid Khalid al Busaidy, the chairman of the Oman Football Association (OFA), is among seven candidates who will be contesting for three vacant Asian quota seats on the FIFA's executive committee next month.
President Hadi is trying to have international aid transferred to Aden, which has become a stronghold for the leader and a center of support. (AFP/File)
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President Hadi is trying to have international aid transferred to the Central Bank of Aden, a source said Thursday.
Some are curious as to where the security team was when the filming happened. (Shutterstock)
14:00 GMT
A porno film was allegedly filmed at Senn al-Agouz area inside the Pyramid and near the Sphinx.
Mohamed Salah
13:47 GMT
Italy Serie A champions Juventus have revealed they are wary of Egypt winger Mohamed Salah ahead of their game against Fiorentina in the first leg of the Coppa Italia semis on Thursday...
Mohamed Ibrahim has been replaced as interior minister in a cabinet reshuffle Thursday. (AFP/File)
13:46 GMT
Mohamed Ibrahim has been replaced as interior minister in a cabinet reshuffle Thursday.
Volunteer Shiite fighters work with Iraqi forces to fight Daesh near the city of Tikrit. (AFP/File)
13:43 GMT
28,000 individuals flee ongoing violence in the city of Tikrit, as Iraqi forces and allies launch a massive attack against Daesh to reclaim Salahuddin province.
The Syrian regime attacked the city with a barrel bomb and killed at least 18 civilians, a monitor said Thursday. (AFP/File)
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The Syrian regime attacked the city with a barrel bomb and killed at least 18 civilians, a monitor said Thursday.
Tuba Büyüküstün visiting girls at Jordan's Zaatari Refugee Camp for Syrians. (Image: Facebook)
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Known for her roles in the Turkish soap opera “Ihlamurlar altinda” (Under the lime trees), which was dubbed into Arabic, Tuba Büyüküstün tours around the Syrian refugee camp located in Jordan.
The extremist militants set fire to Iraqi oil wells to try to hinder aerial attacks Thursday.
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The extremist militants set fire to Iraqi oil wells to try to hinder aerial attacks Thursday.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. (AFP/File)
12:15 GMT
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced that Turkey will not provide ground troops to Iraqi and Kurdish forces in the effort to reclaim the city of Mosul from Daesh in April.
The nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council fear growing Iranian influence in the Middle East (File-AFP)
12:00 GMT
Arab governments are skeptical of Obama's potential nuclear deal; a look at decades of Christian emigration from the Middle East; and a legitimate example of Hezbollah's antisemitic rhetoric.
The kidnappers are presumed to be members of al-Qaeda. (AFP/File)
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After being kidnapped by al-Qaeda members in July 2013, Iranian diplomat Nour-Ahmed Nikbakht has since been released from captivity.
Iraqi government forces and allied militias take position on the side of a road in the northern part of Diyala province, bordering Salahuddin province, as they take part in an assault to retake the city of Tikrit from Daesh. (AFP/File)
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Iraqi government forces, backed by Shia volunteer fighters, battle Daesh in the northern province of Salahuddin, killing ten militants in the process.
Daniela Spector performing with her husband Ben (Image: Facebook/ Asaf Antman)
11:26 GMT
Daniela Spector's latest album is all about beautiful things.
The individuals were charged for various crimes, including  “terrorist acts, shootings, drug trafficking, arms smuggling, the possession of weapons." (AFP/File)
10:47 GMT
Almost 1,000 individuals were arrested in the month of February for various charges, including terrorism, indicating a rapid decline the country's security situation.
Omar Khairat is sure to look this sharp tonight. (Image: Facebook)
10:46 GMT
Joining the ranks of John Legend, Omar Khairat is next on the list for the Spring of Culture Festival lineup.
Trays of baklava sweets are displayed in Daesh's recent propaganda stunt. (Image: Daily Mail)
10:30 GMT
Of all the tourist destinations in the world, the Daesh stronghold of Mosul in Iraq would most likely be at the bottom of your list. The extremist group is now, however, trying to show "normal" life in the captured territory by releasing a tourist-style brochure of the city.
Safinaz sharing her heart rendering story on Dream TV. (Image: Facebook)
10:15 GMT
Egypt-based belly dancer Sofinar, often known as "Safinaz", shared on live news some shocking reports about the hotel that sued her for disgracing the Egyptian flag.
Asala is replacing Sherine Abdel Wahab on The Voice. (Image: Albawaba edit)
10:03 GMT
Assala Nasri replacing Sherine Abdel Wahab on The Voice... will she turn her chair around for you?
This is the second Turkish military plane to crash in two weeks. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
A Turkish F-4E aircraft has crashed in central Turkey just one hour after taking off, killing both pilots on board.
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Can you survive a day without your personal technology toys? Take up the Al Bawaba challenge, joining thousands of people around the planet as they park their phones, tablets, e-readers and give “real life” a go. And do drop us a comment on how it went! To make sure you read about it before entering the black hole of communication, we’re giving you overnight opportunity -- so read and get ready to go it unplugged!
Carefully crafted from metal and glass, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge blend purposeful design with powerful features.
09:24 GMT
Samsung Electronics announced Monday its entirely redefined smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge.
See Drake up close and personal in Dubai! (Image: Facebook)
09:23 GMT
Drake's Dubai concert is coming up, and now there's a pop-up VIP section available for his biggest (and richest) fans!
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addresses a two-day conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah, March 4, 2015. (AFP/File)
09:23 GMT
PA President Mahmoud Abbas criticized the Israeli government Wednesday for withholding over $100 million worth of tax revenues.
The Big Spenders Index tracks the 10 locations most likely to see strong growth in big-ticket spending by ultra-wealthy residents or visitors.
09:13 GMT
Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait ranked in the top 10 of a global luxury index, performing especially well on the basis of their propensity to spend on imported luxury goods.
Diana King is in the region! (Image: Facebook)
09:00 GMT
Diana King is performing tonight in Bahrain and this Saturday in the Emirates, and here's everything you need to about the reggae artist.
Iraqi soldiers backed by armed militias take position in Diyala province against Daesh targets, March 2, 2015. (AFP/File)
08:59 GMT
If the Iraqi army takes Tikrit back from Daesh militants, it will be a victory against the extremist group. In the long run, however, will it change anything?
Egypt aims to fully repay its $3.1 billion debt to foreign oil and gas companies by mid-2016, around a year later than previously indicated.
08:42 GMT
In November, Egypt said it would repay all its debts within six months.
Gerard on Hugo Boss' promotional poster for their new fragrance "Boss Bottled." (Image: Thenextgag.com)
08:30 GMT
Hollywood's Gerard Butler is promoting Hugo Boss' new fragrance in Dubai, and you might be the lucky fan who gets to meet him!
Qatar Airways will also keep investing in other well-managed carriers to diversify its income from the main airline.
08:22 GMT
Qatar Airways would like to raise its stake in the owner of British Airways and Iberia at some point and may invest in other well-run airlines.
The alleged "gay" man was thrown from a building and then stoned to death after surviving the fall. (Image: Daily Mirror)
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Daesh militants in Raqqa were captured on film throwing a "gay" man from a building, then stoning the victim to death after he survived the fall.
The volume of Iran’s annual farmed caviar output stands at 3 tons, which is planned to reach 100 tons by 2025
08:08 GMT
Iran can earn an income equal to 12.6 percent of its annual crude oil revenue by producing 100 tons of farmed caviar per year.
Government troops backed by the US-led coalition killed 38 Daesh militants Wednesday. (AFP/File)
07:50 GMT
Security forces backed by the US-led coalition killed 38 Daesh militants in Anbar province, the country's army confirmed.
Both Khloe and French enjoyed a ride on their jet skis. (Image: Popist.com)
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Khloe Kardashian enjoyed a beach holiday with her on and off BF French Montana!
Relief items from Dubai were shipped to Damascus for displaced refugees Wednesday. (AFP/File)
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Relief items from Dubai were shipped to Damascus for displaced refugees Wednesday.
The government repaid $5 billion in November and December 2014 in outstanding debts out of a total of $8 billion.
05:55 GMT
Egypt will present 12 petroleum, petrochemicals and minerals projects worth $10 billion at the economic development conference set for mid-March, the petroleum ministry has said.
US-led airstrikes may hit Daesh targets for now, but what happens when the smoke goes away?  (AFP/File)
05:35 GMT
Why air strikes won't eliminate Daesh; John Locke teaches us about Yemen's political crisis; and graffiti a mode of artistic expression for Palestinians.
The newest bizarre, yet dangerous trend in drugs? Crushed ants.
05:00 GMT
Arab teens have taken to crushing and smoking ants for a cheap high.
More than 350 soldiers who took part in last summer's military onslaught have since received counseling for post-traumatic stress, a report said Wednesday. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
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More than 350 soldiers who took part in last summer's military onslaught have since received counseling for post-traumatic stress, a report said Wednesday.
Chen says BlackBerry is “stabilizing” financially, without presenting figures.
04:55 GMT
BlackBerry will launch four new smartphones this year and a new package of cross-platform applications as it continues its “philosophical” shift to making software.
Housemaids from the Phil-ippines, Nepal and India have also been diminishing in the last few years, further restricting housemaid recruitment.
04:55 GMT
With Indonesia joining the list of countries that have barred their women from working as housemaids in the UAE, finding domestic help has become a major challenge in the country.

March 4, 2015

Sepp Blatter
22:33 GMT
The Swiss is sure that prejudice and ignorance can be stamped out of the game but only if tougher punishments are introduced
Hamas increased its security measures on the border Wednesday as tensions between Gaza and Egypt escalate. (AFP/File)
20:51 GMT
Hamas increased its security measures on the border Wednesday as tensions between Gaza and Egypt escalate.
The project will be built with Egyptian-Arabtec cooperation at a cost of $40bn.
19:47 GMT
Housing Ministry asks for higher percentage of residential units than previously agreed, says source.
Bank of Khartoum has applied for a branch licence and is hoping to finalise the process of obtaining it within weeks, he said.
19:24 GMT
Bank of Khartoum, an Islamic institution which is Sudan's biggest privately owned bank, plans to open a wholesale banking branch in Bahrain.
Introverts commonly assume that they must conform to the extrovert mould to be successful
19:10 GMT
At the end of the day, introverts need to play to their strengths and not shy away from them.
Most of them are UAE nationals who manage a number of homegrown businesses in the country.
18:57 GMT
The richest five people in the UAE, with a combined net worth of $21.7 billion (Dh79 billion), have made it to this year’s Forbes World’s Billionaires List.
As a good example of how to behave online, the conference organisers chose a number of influential social media figures to be speakers at the event.
18:51 GMT
Online etiquette and the correct way to behave on social media will be the focus of a major youth conference opening in Bahrain next week.
A source at the Beirut Municipality told The Daily Star that the police will be hunting down and shutting clinics discovered to be operating without licenses.
18:35 GMT
In a statement, Chebib said all illegitimate aesthetic centers in Beirut would be shut down until they obtain legal status.
The devices are anticipated to receive a mixed reaction in the UAE,
18:29 GMT
The much-anticipated devices were launched by the Korean manufacturer ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
If the oil price decline persists over a longer period, analysts expect some of the GCC sovereigns that do not have adequate liquidity and or resources to cover fiscal deficits are likely to seek sukuk funding.
18:21 GMT
Fiscal deficits arising from low oil prices and funding needs for infrastructure projects are unlikely to boost sovereign sukuk issuance from the GCC region.
The fire at a convention center lasted four hours and injured 40 people Wednesday. (AFP/File)
18:14 GMT
The fire lasted four hours and injured 40 people Wednesday.
Rebels attacked a government security building Wednesday, causing tens of casualties on both sides. (AFP/File)
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Rebels attacked a government security building Wednesday, causing tens of casualties on both sides.
The PLO said Wednesday it can't pay the $655 million in damages fined by a New York court. (AFP/File)
17:23 GMT
The PLO said Wednesday it can't pay the $655 million in damages fined by a New York court.
Zinedine Zidane
17:18 GMT
The Frenchman was banned from coaching the club's Castilla team but saw the decision overturned and Cruyff believes the embarrassing incident should never have happened
The Jordanian king called on his citizens Tuesday to be proud of the country's resilience against "enemies of Islam." (Courtesy/Royal Court)
16:47 GMT
The Jordanian king called on his citizens Tuesday to be proud of the country's resilience against "enemies of Islam."
Marina showing off her new set of wheels.
16:45 GMT
Assi El Helani's daughter Marina clearly has the keys to both her superstar daddy's heart and a brand new car!
Pitbull is pumped to come to the region. (Image: Facebook)
16:04 GMT
The "Fireball" singer is headlining this year's Bahrain Formula One at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir, it was announced yesterday.
The unidentified warplanes struck an airport in a Libyan town allied with the legitimized government Wednesday. (AFP/Abdullah Doma)
15:44 GMT
The unidentified warplanes struck an airport in a Libyan town allied with the legitimized government Wednesday.
T-Pain supporting the troops in Bahrain. (Image: Facebook)
15:18 GMT
T-Pain made Monday a magical day for US servicemen, women, families and friends at the naval base in Jaffair with a surprise concert.
Diana King rockin' the stage. (Image: Facebook)
15:01 GMT
"I Say a Little Prayer" hit maker Diana King is bringing her reggae singing self to the Emirates.
Lily looked stunning from all angles in her magical Elie Saab dress. (Image: Jezebel)
14:51 GMT
"Cinderella" actress Lily James looked magical in an Elie Saab shimmering dress.
The UN agency is looking to hold discussions with the country about its nuclear program on March 9. (AFP/File)
14:51 GMT
The UN agency is looking to hold discussions with the country about its nuclear program on March 9.
Apple’s iPhone 5s retained its spot of being the most popular smartphone in the UAE during the fourth quarter of 2014,
14:50 GMT
The report found that between August 1 and December 31, 61 per cent of handsets registered on the UAE’s networks were smartphones.
Gaza is reportedly suffering severe water shortages, leading Israeli officials to agree to double its water output to the Strip. (AFP/File)
14:49 GMT
Following news of severe shortages in the embattled Gaza Strip, Israeli officials have agreed to increase water output by some 5 million cubic meters.
Brent crude fell more than $3 on Monday as traders refocused on rising global supplies.
14:43 GMT
Oil rebounded by more than $2 towards $62 a barrel on Tuesday as fighting in Libya, stronger equity markets and firm demand helped Brent futures recover from their biggest one-day loss in a month.
Pep Guardiola
14:40 GMT
Pep Guardiola has no intention of leaving Bayern Munich at the end of the 2014-15 campaign amid rumours linking him with a move to Manchester City.
The completion date of the GCC rail, which will connect all six Gulf states, might be pushed back to 2020, the chairman of the UAE’s Federal Transport Authority (FTA) said.
14:32 GMT
“Initially we set the deadline for 2018…but some countries might not deliver on time,” said Abdulla Belhaif Al Nuaimi, minister of public works and chairman of the FTA.
The Afghan commander is said to have been close with Iranian Revolutionary Guard leaders, who also have a strong presence on the southern Syrian battlefield. (AFP/File)
14:24 GMT
An Afghan Shia commander was killed during a battle with southern Syrian rebels for control of key positions between the capital Damascus and the southern city of Daraa, according to activists and Iranian media.
Kuwait is set to award about KD14 billion ($47.2 billion) worth of projects this year, almost double the value of contracts awarded in 2014.
14:22 GMT
Last year, Kuwait had awarded KD7.3 billion ($25 billion) worth of contracts. It was almost four times as much as in 2013 and more than the last three years combined, stated MEED Projects in its report.
Hundreds were rescued but ten died when migrants left North Africa on Tuesday. (AFP/File)
14:20 GMT
Hundreds were rescued but ten died when migrants left North Africa on Tuesday.

The exact mechanics of Saudi decision-making have always been obscure, but there is a broad understanding that the king has the final say in a process
14:12 GMT
Saudi Arabia's subtle change of energy policymaker line-up since the accession of new King Salman in late January appears to give the king's inner circle a firmer hand on the kingdom's oil strategy than previous rulers have enjoyed.