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  • Spain could again revise down 2018 growth forecast due to Catalonia: Rajoy

    November 9, 2017 11:55 AM 356

    MADRID - The Spanish government could again revise down the country's 2018 economic growth forecast due to the political crisis in Catalonia, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Thursday. "It is affecting tourism, it is affecting some entities and it is affecting trade. We have seen some worrying figures. And it could be that next year effectively this will lead to a cut to growth

  • Turkey detains more than 100 Islamic State suspects

    November 9, 2017 9:45 AM 388

    ISTANBUL - Turkish police have detained 111 people over suspected links to Islamic State in Ankara and have arrest warrants for a total of 245 suspects in the capital and surrounding province, state-run Anadolu news agency said on Thursday. It said 1,500 police officers were taking part in the operation across Ankara province, raiding 250 addresses

  • Bomb kills three, including senior police official, in restive southwestern Pakistan

    November 9, 2017 6:40 AM 291

    QUETTA, Pakistan - A bomb killed a senior Pakistani police official on his way to work and two others on Thursday in the restive southwestern province of Baluchistan, an official said. Baluchistan was rocked by a series of attacks late last year that claimed over 180 lives and raised concerns about a growing militant presence, including fighters affiliated

  • Egypt's Sisi against idea of strikes on Iran, Hezbollah

    November 8, 2017 10:20 PM 377

    Sharm el-Sheikh - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Wednesday he was against the idea of military strikes against Iran or the Tehran-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah as there was enough turmoil already in the Middle East. He was asked what he thought of the prospect of such strikes in a question and answer session with journalists - two days after

  • U.S. Commerce Secretary says Trump-Xi talks will address trade imbalances

    November 8, 2017 8:55 AM 259

    BEIJING - Meetings between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing this week will focus on addressing trade imbalances between the two countries, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in Beijing on Wednesday. Ross was speaking at a signing ceremony for commercial deals between the two countries worth about $9 billion

  • Britain says Iran's treatment of jailed aid worker is unacceptable

    November 7, 2017 8:55 AM 263

    LONDON - Iran's continued detention of jailed Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is unacceptable, British trade minister Liam Fox said on Tuesday, adding that she should be released as soon as possible. Zaghari-Ratcliffe is serving a five-year jail sentence after being convicted of plotting to overthrow Iran's clerical establishment

  • Lebanon's Hariri leaves Saudi Arabia for UAE trip

    November 7, 2017 7:55 AM 270

    BEIRUT - Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, who sparked a political crisis on Saturday by declaring his surprise resignation in Riyadh, has traveled to the UAE, Saudi-owned media said on Tuesday. His resignation has thrust Lebanon back onto the front line of the Middle East's most biting rivalry, pitting a mostly Sunni bloc led by Saudi Arabia

  • At least five dead after migrant boat sinks off Libya

    November 6, 2017 2:05 PM 260

    TRIPOLI - At least five migrants died and an unknown number were feared missing after their boat capsized off western Libya on Monday, Libyan coastguard officials and a charity said. The rubber boat was carrying about 140 people when it overturned close to the border between Libyan and international waters, Libyan officials said. The Libyan coastguard

  • Saudi king receives ex-Lebanon PM Hariri in Riyadh

    November 6, 2017 10:05 AM 263

    RIYADH - Saudi King Salman received former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri in Riyadh on Monday following his resignation, Saudi media reported. Hariri announced his resignation on Saturday from Riyadh, saying he believed there was an assassination plot against him and accusing Iran, Saudi Arabia's arch-rival, and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah of sowing

  • Bomb threats force evacuation of Moscow's Bolshoi theater, hotels: reports

    November 5, 2017 3:40 PM 243

    MOSCOW - Bomb threats forced thousands of people to evacuate Moscow's Bolshoi theater, Metropol hotel, GUM department store on the Red Square and other public places on Sunday, local media reported. A spate of anonymous phone calls have caused disruption at shopping centers, train stations and public buildings across Russia in the past two months. The calls