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U.S. prosecutors charge Iranian in 'Game of Thrones' hack


U.S. prosecutors have charged an Iranian-based hacker with penetrating the network of cable TV provider HBO and stealing episodes and plot summaries for unaired programs including "Game of Thrones," then threatening to release the data unless he was paid $6 million.

Exclusive: Agribusiness firms discouraged by Saudi mills sale terms

DUBAI An unwieldy sale process and onerous ownership rules are discouraging some potential investors from bidding for Saudi Arabia's state-owned grain mills, sources close to the firms say, in a potential snag for the kingdom's economic reforms.

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Lebanon army chief warns of Israel threat amid political crisis

BEIRUT Lebanon's army chief told his soldiers on Tuesday to be extra vigilant to prevent unrest during political turmoil after the prime minister quit, and accused Israel of "aggressive" intentions across the southern frontier.

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Still battling for independence, Lebanon to mark national day

BEIRUT Lebanon marks its independence on Wednesday with its sovereignty as compromised as ever by the agendas of foreign states that have shaped its history since the French mandate ended in 1943.

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Iraq relocates hundreds of foreign wives and children of suspected militants to Baghdad

ERBIL/BAGHDAD Iraqi authorities have moved hundreds of foreign wives and children of suspected Islamic State militants from a detention centre in northern Iraq to Baghdad, citing security concerns and the difficulties of keeping them in a remote location.

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Russia's Putin hosts Assad in fresh drive for Syria peace deal

MOSCOW/BEIRUT Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad late on Monday for three hours of talks to lay the groundwork for a new push by Moscow to end Syria's conflict now that Islamic State's territorial caliphate is overrun.

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Russia says retreat of Syrian opposition figures good for peace

MOSCOW/BEIRUT Russia said on Tuesday that the resignation of "radically minded" Syrian opposition figures such as Riyad Hijab would help unite the disparate opponents of President Bashar al-Assad around a more "realistic" platform.

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Burkina Faso recalls ambassador to Libya over 'slave markets' report

OUAGADOUGOU Burkina Faso's foreign minister said on Monday it had recalled its ambassador to Libya over a report that black African migrants were being auctioned as slaves there.

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Exclusive: Westinghouse discussing group bid for Saudi nuclear tender - sources

RIYADH/PARIS Toshiba-owned Westinghouse is in talks with other U.S-based companies to form a consortium to bid in a multi-billion-dollar tender for two nuclear power reactors in Saudi Arabia, three industry sources said.

Famine survey warns of thousands dying daily in Yemen if ports stay closed

GENEVA A U.S.-funded famine survey said on Tuesday that thousands of Yemenis could die daily if a Saudi-led military coalition does not lift its blockade on the country's key ports.

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