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Libyan oil guard says captures coastal town from Islamic State after clashes

BENGHAZI, Libya A force that controls oil terminals in eastern Libya said it had captured the town of Ben Jawad from Islamic State, pushing the militant group back along a coastal strip they control east of their stronghold of Sirte.

Netanyahu says willing to discuss Arab initiative for peace with Palestinians

JERUSALEM Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held out the prospect on Monday of reviving a 2002 Arab peace initiative that offers Israel diplomatic recognition from Arab countries in return for a statehood deal with the Palestinians.

World, Israel 9:21am IST

Egypt journalist union chiefs charged with harbouring wanted colleagues

CAIRO The head of Egypt's journalists' union and two of its board members were in police detention on Monday on charges of harbouring colleagues wanted by the law and spreading lies, their lawyer and a fellow union official said.

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Pakistan misses GDP growth target by 0.8 percent, sets 5.7 percent target for next year

ISLAMABAD Pakistan achieved GDP growth of 4.7 percent in the fiscal year ending in June 2016, missing its target of 5.5 percent, the prime minister's office announced on Monday.

Business, South Asia, Economy 30 May 2016

Brother of Paris attacker on trial over militant training

PARIS Seven people went on trial in Paris on Monday accused of travelling to Syria to train as militant fighters, among them the brother of one of the militants who killed 130 people in the French capital last November.

World, Syria 30 May 2016

UAE acquits two Libyan-Americans and Canadian of militancy charges

DUBAI A security court in the United Arab Emirates on Monday acquitted two Libyan-American businessmen and a Libyan-Canadian charged with supporting Libyan militants, a lawyer and a family representative said.

World, Libya 30 May 2016

Kuwait jails three royals for insulting emir, judiciary

DUBAI A Kuwaiti court sentenced three members of the country's ruling family to five years in jail on Monday for insulting the Gulf state's ruler and judiciary on an internet messaging service, a defendant in the case said, confirming local media reports.

30 May 2016

Syrian opposition to decide new negotiating team next week after resignation

BEIRUT The Syrian opposition will meet in 10 days' time to decide who to send to future peace talks after its chief negotiator resigned, a spokesman told a pan-Arab television station on Monday.

World, Syria 30 May 2016

Wider Image: Hopes and fears for jobs as Afghan cement factory reopens

JABAL SARAJ, Afghanistan After a break of 20 years, Afghanistan's first cement factory is once more clanking noisily in the countryside near Kabul as crushed-up limestone rocks rattle along a battered conveyor belt to the newly restored kiln.

30 May 2016

Leadership row in Turkey's nationalist opposition helps Erdogan

ANKARA Turkey's nationalist opposition on Monday blocked a move by party dissidents to hold a special congress next month to try to oust its veteran leader, dragging out a dispute that is key to President Tayyip Erdogan's ambitions for greater powers.

30 May 2016

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