“Interim” Pakistan PM May Stay Put Amid Doubts over Sharif’s Brother

By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan, Aug 3 – Interim Pakistani leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi took control of prime ministerial duties on Thursday after a guard of honour amid growing uncertainty that the brother of ousted leader Nawaz Sharif will eventually take over the job as planned. Sharif, disqualified by the Supreme Court last week, named

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Iran Revolutionary Guards Find New Route to Arm Yemen Rebels

By Jonathan Saul LONDON, Aug 2 – Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have started using a new route across the Gulf to funnel covert arms shipments to their Houthi allies in Yemen’s civil war, sources familiar with the matter have told Reuters. In March, regional and Western sources told Reuters that Iran was shipping weapons and military

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Iraq in Market to Raise $1 billion, first Standalone Bond in Over Decade

By Davide Barbuscia DUBAI, Aug 2 – Iraq started marketing a $1 billion bond on Wednesday, its first international debt issuance as a standalone credit since 2006 and an attempt to put decades of turmoil behind it. With huge oil reserves behind it, the bond was seeking to tempt emerging market investors with alluring profits

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Kuwait Denies its Waters Used for Iran Supplies to Houthis

DUBAI, Aug 2 – Kuwait on Wednesday denied a Reuters report that Iran was using the Gulf Arab state’s waters to smuggle weapons and equipment to Houthi forces in Yemen. “The State of Kuwait refuted news by the Reuters news agency regarding Iran’s exploitation of Kuwaiti waters to deliver arms and military assistance to the

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Hundreds Flee Saudi Town as Security Forces Clash with Gunmen

DUBAI, Aug 1 – Hundreds of people have fled a town in eastern Saudi Arabia where government forces are fighting Shi’ite Muslim gunmen, activists and Saudi media reported on Tuesday. Fighting has intensified in recent days in Awamiya where authorities have been trying since May to tear down the old quarter to prevent militants using

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Pakistani Lawmakers Elect Ousted PM Nawaz Sharif’s Ally as Replacement

By Asif Shahzad and Drazen Jorgic ISLAMABAD, Aug 1 – Pakistani lawmakers on Tuesday elected former petroleum minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, an ally of ousted leader Nawaz Sharif, to replace him and the new premier immediately sought to project an image of stability. Lawmakers of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) party banged on benches

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Pakistan Set to Elect New Prime Minister on Tuesday

By Drazen Jorgic and Asif Shahzad ISLAMABAD, July 31 – Pakistan’s lawmakers will elect a new prime minister on Tuesday to replace ousted leader Nawaz Sharif, with ruling party stalwart Shahid Khaqan Abbasi expected to become interim leader until Sharif’s own brother is eligible. The confirmation from parliament came after Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain convened

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Lost Children are Legacy of Battle for Iraq’s Mosul

By Angus MacSwan MOSUL, Iraq, July 30 – Thousands of children have been separated from their parents in the nine-month battle for Mosul and the preceding years of Daesh rule in northern Iraq – some found wandering alone and afraid among the rubble, others joining the refugee exodus from the pulverized city. In some cases their

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