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The two Gulf countries are in the early stages of developing a digital currency to be used between banks. However the announcement comes as a marked turnaround for Saudi Arabia.

Officials met and agreed that exchanging information was 'exceptionally important' as the countries seek to combat terrorism in the region.

Keeping bodies of dead Palestinians illegal, rules Israeli court

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Keeping bodies of dead Palestinians illegal, rules Israeli court

An Israeli court has ruled that bodies of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces should not be used as bargaining chips.

Pence to delay Middle East visit following Palestinian snub

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Pence to delay Middle East visit following Palestinian snub

Before Pence delayed his visit, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ aides had said he will not be meeting the US vice president when he visits ...

Netanyahu being questioned for seventh time over corruption

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Netanyahu being questioned for seventh time over corruption

A new testimony from an Australian billionaire puts Netanyahu back in ...

Malnourished baby dies in Eastern Ghouta Malnourished baby dies in Eastern Ghouta

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Malnourished baby dies in Eastern Ghouta

Malnutrition has killed 15 residents, including five children, in Eastern Ghouta, where Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime has surrounded around 400,000 people.

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UN blames Damascus for Syria peace talks failure

UN's Staffan de Mistura has hit out at the Syrian regime for having no interest in peace talks besides the fight "against terrorism".

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US jets 'intercept Russian warplanes' in Syria

Russian jets have been intercepted after flying into US controlled airspace in Syria according to the Pentagon.

US-coalition forces 'to remain' in Syria despite Russian withdrawal

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US-coalition forces 'to remain' in Syria despite Russian withdrawal

The US State Department said its coalition forces will remain in Syria to continue fighting pockets of Islamic State militants, despite the ...

Israel will return Lebanon to the Stone Age: minister

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Israel will return Lebanon to the Stone Age: minister

Israeli intelligence minister Yisrael Katz said that with Israel’s "expansion", the whole of Lebanon could potentially be targeted to curb ...

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Undercover Israelis infiltrate Palestinian demo, open fire

Israeli police officers wearing keffiyehs and Palestinian flags infiltrated a demonstration near Ramallah before shooting their pistols into the air and detaining protesters.

Israeli intelligence minister invites Saudi crown prince to visit

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Israeli intelligence minister invites Saudi crown prince to visit

Israel's intelligence minister Yisrael Katz told Saudi media that Israel would be happy to host Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman amid rumours of rapprochement between the two countries.

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Saudi Arabia to raise energy prices, compensate families

Saudi Arabia has decided to hike energy prices while paying compensation to Saudi families, as the world's top oil exporter seeks new revenue sources.

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Saudi Arabia might enrich uranium in US nuclear deal

A US nuclear company might Russian and Chinese sidestep rivals looking to build reactors in Saudi Arabia, by offering uranium refinement if Donald Trump relaxes current restrictions.

Qatar projects smaller budget deficit, increased spending for 2018

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Qatar projects smaller budget deficit, increased spending for 2018

Qatar has announced that expects its budget deficit to decline marginally next ...

UN probes 'Iraq army abuses' during battles with Kurds

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UN probes 'Iraq army abuses' during battles with Kurds

The UN mission to Iraq says it is investigating allegations of human rights abuses following clashes between the Iraqi army and Kurdish fighters in a disputed city last October.

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Israeli extremist jailed for arson at Jesus 'miracle' church

An Israeli man has been jailed for setting fire to a church which Christians believe is the location of one of Jesus' most well-known miracles.

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Amnesty slams Iran death sentence for academic

Amnesty International said on Tuesday that Iran's courts had 'run roughshod over the rule of law' by upholding the death sentence of an academic accused of spying during nuclear talks.

New York explosion was ‘attempted terrorist attack’

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New York explosion was ‘attempted terrorist attack’

A man with a pipe bomb strapped to his body set off a crude explosive device at a subway close to Times Square on Monday, injuring himself and ...

Cairo, Moscow sign contract for Egypt's first nuclear plant

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Cairo, Moscow sign contract for Egypt's first nuclear plant

Moscow and Cairo signed a final contract on Monday that will see energy hungry Egypt light up with its first nuclear power plant.

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Iraq's former oil hub deserted years after IS defeat

Two years after IS were forced from the industrial hub of Baiji the city remains a devastated ghost town as funds to help rebuild life have failed to materialise.

Hizballah: 'Israel will be destroyed after Trump's Jerusalem move'

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Hizballah: 'Israel will be destroyed after Trump's Jerusalem move'

The leader of Lebanon’s powerful militant and political group Hizballah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, proclaimed on Monday that his organisation would renew its focus on the Palestinian cause

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Thousands of IS fighters could return to Africa

More than 6,000 Africans who fought for IS in Iraq and Syria could return home, the African Union's top security official warned, calling on countries to prepare for the threat.

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Al-Azhar's strong stance on Jerusalem move 'embarrasses' Sisi

Egypt's top Muslim cleric has 'unilaterally' decided to strongly condemn Trump's announcement that the US recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital, sources say.