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GCC to finalise plans on easing work, travel curbs

Labour ministers from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states are likley to finalise proposals on easing work and travel of both citizens and residents across member states by November aimed, a report said. The ministers are cur

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GCC talks with EU 'could be postponed'

A top-level meeting between GCC foreign ministers and their EU counterparts next week could be postponed, allegedly due to a controversial UN statement on the human rights situation in Bahrain.   The meeting was

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Turkish graft scandal deepens with more arrests

Hundreds of Turkish police officers were dismissed from their posts overnight and some moved to traffic duties, local media said, further undermining a graft investigation Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan portrays as a covert attempt by a rival to

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Kuwait appoints new finance, oil ministers

Major oil producer Kuwait appointed an Islamist lawmaker as oil minister on Monday as part of a government reshuffle triggered by political tensions, although the move is unlikely to affect energy policy. Ali Saleh Al-Omair, who r

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Two Turkish ministers resign over corruption probe

Two Turkish ministers resigned on Wednesday after their sons were arrested in a corruption investigation that has pitted the government against the judiciary and rattled foreign investors. Interior Minister Muammer Guler and Econo

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GCC push to improve health services

  Major changes are underway to improve health services across the Gulf with GCC health ministers yesterday announcing plans to increase patient safety, ensure more money is pumped into the sector and exchange expertise.

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Egypt fires finance, interior ministers

  Egypt's Islamist President Mohamed Mursi fired his finance and interior ministers, cabinet sources said, in a government reshuffle he had promised to assuage public anger at an economic crisis.  

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Egypt may replace up to 8 ministers next week

  Egypt's prime minister may replace as many as eight ministers next week as part of President Mohamed Mursi's plan to reshuffle the government ahead of a parliamentary election early next year, cabinet sources told Reute

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US stops 20 Iran officials attending UN assembly

The US has denied visas to about 20 Iranian government officials hoping to attend next week's United Nations General Assembly, including two ministers, Iran's Fars news agency reported. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadineja

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Arab ministers seek action on Annan plan

Arab foreign ministers on Wednesday called for a UN-backed peace plan for Syria to be put into action after President Bashar Al-Assad agreed to the proposal. The plan urges an end to violence but does not demand the Syrian leader step down

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