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Oil slides as Saudi Naimi tells market to forget OPEC cuts

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NEW YORK - Oil prices resumed their downward march on Monday, doubling back on the biggest one-day gain in over two years, after Saudi Arabia's powerful oil minister said OPEC would not cut production at any price.

Jordan puts Brotherhood politician on trial over UAE comments

AMMAN - Prominent Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood figure Zaki Bani Rushaid went on trial on Monday on charges of "souring ties with a foreign country" after he criticised the United Arab Emirates for designating his organisation as a terrorist group.

2:24am IST

U.S. Army refers Bergdahl case to commander, punishment possible

WASHINGTON - A U.S. general will decide whether to pursue disciplinary action against Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl over his 2009 disappearance from his base in Afghanistan, after the Army said on Monday it forwarded the findings of its investigation to him.

2:11am IST

Veteran Essebsi wins Tunisia's first free presidential vote

TUNIS - Veteran Tunisian politician Beji Caid Essebsi won the country's first free presidential election in the final step of a transition to democracy after an uprising that ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.

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Libya fighting spreads to third oil port, 11 killed in Benghazi

BENGHAZI/TRIPOLI - Fighting between Libya's competing governments has spread to a third oil port, curbing gas exports to Italy and cutting crude production to less than needed to cover the North African country's own domestic requirements, officials said.

World, Libya 22 Dec 2014

Al Jazeera suspends Egypt channel as Doha, Cairo mull closer ties

CAIRO - Qatari-owned Al Jazeera suspended broadcast of its Egypt-focused channel on Monday, citing a product restructuring, as Doha and Cairo seek to mend ties that deteriorated last year after the army toppled elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

22 Dec 2014

Exclusive: WHO says Syria approves medicine deliveries to Aleppo, other areas

BEIRUT - The Syrian government has approved the delivery of medicine and surgical supplies to three areas of the country aid workers were previously unable to reach regularly, including opposition-held Aleppo, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

World, Syria 22 Dec 2014

Flying back on course: the inside story of the new Airbus A350 jet

PARIS - Ten years ago, the boss of Qatar Airways, who takes his first new A350 jet this week, warned Airbus it was flying off course.

Iraqi Kurds, Yazidis fight Islamic State for strategic town of Sinjar

MOUNT SINJAR, Iraq - Kurdish and Yazidi fighters battled to take the strategic northern Iraqi town of Sinjar back from Islamic State on Sunday after breaking a months-long siege of the mountain above it.

Top News, World, Iraq 22 Dec 2014

How Syria policy stalled under the 'analyst in chief'

WASHINGTON - Throughout 2012, as signs mounted that militants in Syria were growing stronger, the debate in the White House followed a pattern. In meeting after meeting, as officials from agencies outside the executive residence advocated arming pro-Western rebels or other forms of action, President Barack Obama’s closest White House aides bluntly delivered the president’s verdict: no.

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