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Saudi privatisation programme targets $11 billion non-oil revenues by 2020

RIYADH Saudi Arabia aims to generate 35 billion to 40 billion riyals ($9 billion to $11 billion) in non-oil revenues from its privatisation programme by 2020 and create up to 12,000 jobs, according to a document published by the official Saudi Press Agency on Tuesday.

In Iraq minefields, an old war leaves a menacing legacy

BASRA, Iraq The Iraqis who pick over their country's old battlefields for military scrap metal and wiring have few other ways to make a living, but the task comes with enormous risks.

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Egypt's former anti-graft chief jailed for 5 years by military court - lawyer

CAIRO A military court has sentenced Egypt's former anti-corruption chief to five years in prison on charges of spreading false news harmful to the military, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

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U.S. top court curbs human rights claims against companies

WASHINGTON Foreign corporations cannot be sued in American courts for human rights abuses committed overseas, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday, refusing to revive a lawsuit claiming Jordan-based Arab Bank Plc helped finance militant attacks in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

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Anti-Semitic letter by Wagner sold at auction in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM A letter written by German composer Richard Wagner that underscored his anti-Semitism was sold to Jewish collector from Switzerland at auction in Israel on Tuesday for $34,000, the auction house said.

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Wounded soldier gets world's first penis transplant in U.S. operation

A soldier wounded by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan has received the world's first complete penis and scrotum transplant, officials at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore said on Monday. | Video

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Pakistan group says nine activists missing after backing rights movement

ISLAMABAD A Pakistani leftist youth organization said on Tuesday that nine of its members went missing in Karachi after demonstrating in support of an ethnic rights movement that has worried the country's security establishment.

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Trump and France's Macron seek to resolve differences on Iran deal

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron pledged on Tuesday to try to resolve U.S.-European differences on Iran but Trump gave no clear signal about whether he would carry out a threat to abandon an international nuclear deal with Tehran. | Video

World, Top News 24 Apr 2018

Syria is death trap for civilians, U.N. refugee chief warns

BRUSSELS Civilians can no longer flee fighting and bombing raids in Syria because borders are so tightly controlled and neighbouring countries are overwhelmed by refugees, creating some of the worst suffering in modern times, a top U.N. agency chief said.

World, Syria 24 Apr 2018

Israel abandons plan to forcibly deport African migrants

JERUSALEM The Israeli government said on Tuesday it had abandoned a plan to forcibly deport African migrants who entered the country illegally after failing to find a willing country to take in the migrants.

World, Israel 24 Apr 2018

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