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Netanyahu gives up role as Israel’s foreign minister

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister’s office in Jerusalem February 17, 2019. Sebastian Scheiner/Pool via REUTERS JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday handed over his role as foreign minister to intelligence minister Israel Katz, giving up the portfolio he has held since 2015. […]

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Soccer – Sanchez worried over losing his spark at Man United

(Reuters) – Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez is concerned people may not have seen his best at Old Trafford as he continues to fight for an extended run of playing time this season. Soccer Football – Champions League Round of 16 First Leg – Manchester United v Paris St Germain – Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain […]

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Lebanese women hail first female Arab interior minister

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon has appointed the Arab world’s first female interior minister in its new government, prising open a wider foothold for women in its overwhelmingly male political scene. Lebanon’s Finance Minister Raya Haffar al-Hassan speaks during a news conference in her office in Beirut April 15, 2010. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi Raya al-Hassan is one […]

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Germany’s SPD climbs in polls after welfare rethink

FILE PHOTO: German Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Andrea Nahles delivers a statement following the Hesse state election, in Berlin, Germany, October 29, 2018. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/File Photo BERLIN (Reuters) – Support for Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) has hit its highest level in almost six months, a poll showed on Sunday, a week after the centre-left […]

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Iran presents new Fateh submarine armed with cruise missile – TV

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday inaugurated a new domestically-built submarine armed with cruise missiles at a time of rising tensions with its arch-enemy the United States. The ceremony took place in the southern port city of Bandar Lengeh. “It weighs 600 tonnes and enjoys state-of-the-art weaponry, including torpedoes, naval mines and […]

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MIDEAST STOCKS-UAE property developers’ earnings give Gulf markets a boost

* Emaar, Aldar post better-than-expected results * Real estate sector gets confidence boost * DAMAC gains despite 87 pct drop in Q4 net profits * Bank stocks down in Saudi Arabia * Orascom Investment extends gains in Egypt DUBAI, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Most stock markets in the Middle East closed higher on Sunday, reflecting […]

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Robben picks Anfield as his ‘worst stadium’ ahead of Champions League return

Soccer Football – Champions League – Group Stage – Group E – Bayern Munich v Benfica – Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany – November 27, 2018 Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Michael Dalder (Reuters) – Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has described Anfield as his “worst stadium” as he prepares for a […]

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Syrian’s Assad – U.S. will sell out those relying on it

FILE PHOTO: Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad speaks during an interview with AFP news agency in Damascus, Syria in this handout picture provided by SANA on April 13, 2017. SANA/Handout via REUTERS BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned on Sunday the United States would not protect those depending on it, in reference to Kurdish […]

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Rallying – Tanak wins in Sweden to lead championship

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Estonian Ott Tanak won Rally Sweden for Toyota on Sunday to take the lead in the world rally championship for the first time in his career. Finland’s Esapekka Lappi was second for Citroen, 53.7 seconds behind, with Belgian Thierry Neuville third for Hyundai and a further three seconds adrift in the second […]

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Miner Vale evacuates 200 people near Brazilian dam on fears of instability

A view of the entrance of the B3/B4 Mar Azul mine operated by Vale SA that was evacuated, in Nova Lima, Brazil February 16, 2019. REUTERS/Cristiane Mattos SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Around 200 residents were evacuated from an area near a tailings dam in Brazil operated by Vale SA late on Saturday, amid fears that […]

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Athletics – Wanders and Hassan set world 5km records in Monaco

(Reuters) – Julien Wanders and Sifan Hassan won the inaugural 5 kilometre Herculis in Monaco on Sunday and in doing so claimed the official male and female world records respectively. The distance has only been recognised as a world record event by the governing IAAF since January last year with previous faster times described as […]

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Iran’s Zarif accuses Israel, U.S. of seeking war

MUNICH (Reuters) – Iran’s foreign minister on Sunday accused Israel of looking for war and warned that its actions and those of the United States were increasing the chances of a clash in the region. Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during the annual Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany February 17, 2019. REUTERS/Andreas […]

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Germany sees big rise in hacker attacks on infrastructure – paper

FILE PHOTO – A German flag is seen on the laptop screen in front of a computer screen on which cyber code is displayed, in this illustration picture taken March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany has experienced a big increase in the number of hacker attacks on critical infrastructure such as power […]

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India hunting for mastermind of Kashmir bombing

SRINAGAR (Reuters) – Hundreds of Indian forces were on Sunday hunting for the Kashmir chief of the Pakistan-based militant group believed to have masterminded a car bombing on an Indian security convoy, killing 44 paramilitary police. Indian Army soldiers in a vehicle patrol a street as a woman walks past during a curfew in Jammu, […]

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Russia’s Gazprombank freezes accounts of Venezuela’s PDVSA: source

FILE PHOTO: Cutouts depicting images of oil operations are seen outside a building of Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA in Caracas, Venezuela January 28, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins/File Photo MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian lender Gazprombank has decided to freeze the accounts of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA and halted transactions with the firm to reduce […]

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French court to investigate anti-Semitic insults during protest

Protesters wearing yellow vests clash with French riot police near the Invalides during a demonstration of the “yellow vests” movement in Paris, France, February 16, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (Note: paragraph 2 contains language that readers may find offensive) PARIS (Reuters) – A Paris court said on Sunday it had begun an investigation into anti-Semitic insults […]

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Russia’s Gazprombank decided to freeze PDVSA accounts – source

MOSCOW, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Russian lender Gazprombank has decided to freeze the accounts of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA and halted transactions with the firm to reduce the risk of the bank falling under U.S. sanctions, a Gazprombank source told Reuters on Sunday. “PDVSA’s accounts are currently frozen. As you’ll understand, operations cannot be […]

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Netanyahu’s main rival in Israeli election voices agreement with him on Iran

MUNICH (Reuters) – Former general Benny Gantz, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s strongest challenger in an election scheduled for April, voiced support on Sunday for the right-wing leader’s tough policy towards Iran. Former Israeli armed forces chief of staff Benny Gantz speaks at the annual Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany February 17, 2019. REUTERS/Andreas […]

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Alpine skiing – Hirscher takes early slalom lead as Kristoffersen struggles

Alpine Skiing – FIS Alpine World Ski Championships – Men’s Slalom – Are, Sweden – February 17, 2019 – Austria’s Marcel Hirscher reacts. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger ARE, Sweden (Reuters) – Austrian favourite Marcel Hirscher looked on course for a seventh world title as he set the fastest time in the first run of the men’s slalom […]

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Kenya recalls its ambassador to Somalia as territorial row escalates

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya has recalled its ambassador to Somalia after the Mogadishu government’s decision to auction oil and gas exploration blocks at the centre of a maritime territorial dispute in the Indian Ocean, the foreign ministry said. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague is considering a claim on their maritime boundaries […]