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At least four people were killed when a missile hit a hospital supported by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in northern Yemen, the aid agency says. MSF said the strike in Saada province, a Houthi rebel movement stronghold, had injured a further 10 people. The Houthis are fighting the government and its allies, including Saudi Arabia. MSF said it...

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Oil producers' group Opec has said it expects oil prices to recover to $70 a barrel by 2020. Prices have fallen from more than $110 a barrel in the summer of 2014 to less than $37 a barrel now due to oversupply and slowing demand. But Opec said oil prices would begin to rise next year and, longer term,...

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An outbreak of swine flu in two south-eastern provinces of Iran has killed at least 33 people over the last three weeks, state media report. Iran's Deputy Health Minister Ali-Akbar Sayyari told the official IRNA news agency 28 had died in Kerman province and five in Sistan-Baluchistan. He warned that the outbreak was likely to spread to other areas...

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An international team of architects and scientists have observed "thermal anomalies" in the pyramids of Giza, Egyptian antiquities officials say. Thermal cameras detected higher temperatures in three adjacent stones at the bottom of the Great Pyramid. Officials said possible causes included the existence of empty areas inside the pyramid, internal air currents, or the use of different building materials....

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Western business people returning to Iran in the wake of the nuclear deal may be surprised to find plenty of entrepreneurial drive from a new generation of online start-ups, which have appeared despite years of international sanctions. If Amazon chief Jeff Bezos were to go to Iran today, he would find a lot that looks very familiar. ...

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Saudi authorities have said the giant Saudi Binladin Group was "in part" responsible for Friday's deadly crane collapse at the Grand Mosque in Mecca. An investigative commission ruled that the company had not "respected the norms of safety", the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said. The crane fell during a storm, killing 107 people and injuring nearly 400. The...

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Italian energy group Eni says it has found one of the world's largest natural gas fields off Egypt's coast. The company said the area was 1,450m (4,757 feet) beneath the surface and covered 100 sq km (39 sq miles). It could hold as much as 30 trillion cubic feet of gas, or 5.5 billion barrels of oil equivalent, Eni...

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Israeli archaeologists say they are trying to decode ancient inscriptions written in Hebrew script discovered at a dig in Jerusalem. The writing was found on the walls of a room containing the remains of a Jewish ritual bath, or mikveh, believed to be about 2,000 years old. Experts are now trying to decipher words and symbols including a boat...

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Prince Alwaleed bin Talal's attention span may be just seconds but his attention to detail is huge. Visitors sitting across the desk from the billionaire on the 66th floor of his office in the Saudi capital Riyadh have to fight for him to focus on them as opposed to the 20 televisions screening 24-hour Arabic and English news stations....

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