Daesh Takes Syrian Town as Fighting Looks Set to Intensify

BEIRUT (Reuters) Daesh fighters drove Syrian government forces from a town in the west of the country on Sunday, as fighting looked set to intensify despite a flurry of international diplomacy and talks between regional rivals. The jihadists’ advance came even as Russian warplanes and Syrian forces supported by them stepped up assaults against insurgents

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KSA, S&P Spat Continues Over Ratings

By Staff Reporter DUBAI, Oct. 31 Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Finance accused ratings agency Standard and Poor’s of acting “on an unsolicited basis” few hours after the agency downgraded the Kingdom’s credit ratings to A+ with a negative outlook. The ministry further challenged economic data provided by S&P, saying the Kingdom’s economy had already taken provisional measures to

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Through Thick, Thin and Stink

A crisis of waste management in Lebanon prompts a protest movement that shows no signs of abating BY Nour Samaha Newsweek Middle East Web Exclusive BEIRUT: What started out with just 10 people on the streets protesting against an old garbage problem soon escalated to crowds in the tens of thousands, demanding an overhaul of

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China Says Taiwan Election Putting off Tourists from Visiting

BEIJING (Reuters) Chinese tourists are being put off visiting Taiwan because of the “highly politicized” atmosphere there ahead of January’s elections, a government spokesman said on Wednesday, but would not say if Beijing was telling people not to go. Taiwan elections are always sensitive in Communist Party-ruled China, worried that the democratic winds from across

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