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Mena conflicts threaten two decades of health gains

The Arab Spring uprising and subsequent conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa have lowered life expectancy in countries such as Syria, Yemen, Tunisia and Egypt, jeopardizing two decades of health gains, experts said on Wednesday.

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US targets more than $2bn in aid for Iraq

The United States expects to raise more than $2 billion this week for war-torn Iraq during a pledging conference in Washington, a senior State Department official said on Monday. "We're hoping to raise in excess of $2 bil

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War, oil rout erode Mideast growth prospects: IMF

Wars and depressed crude oil prices have diminished growth prospects for the Middle East and central Asia, and private sector productivity gains are needed to avoid a "new mediocre" for the region, the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

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There is no 'Plan B' for Syria, but war: UN

A UN mediator said on Monday there was no "Plan B" other than a resumption of conflict in the Syrian war if the first of three rounds of talks which aim to agree a "clear roadmap" for Syria fail to make progress.

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Saudi announces Yemen prisoner exchange

Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it exchanged prisoners with its foes in Yemen's Houthi movement and that a calm was holding along their border, in signs of unprecedented progress to end their 11-month war. The statement on stat

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Houthis, Saudis discuss ending Yemen war as toll hits 6,000

Iran-allied Houthis and their Saudi foes have begun talks to try to end Yemen's war, two officials said, in what appears their most serious bid to close a theatre of Saudi-Iranian rivalry deepening political tumult across the Middle East.

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Houthis in Saudi for talks on ending war

A delegation from the Houthi movement is in Saudi Arabia for talks on ending Yemen's war, two senior officials said, in what appeared to be the most serious attempt to date to end the conflict. The visit is the first of its ki

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Houthis in Saudi for talks on ending war

A delegation from the Houthi movement is in Saudi Arabia for talks on ending Yemen's war, two senior officials said, in what appeared to be the most serious attempt to date to end the conflict. The visit is the first of its ki

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Is Saudi Arabia winning the war against shale?

Saudi officials insist the kingdom's oil production strategy is not aimed at putting US shale producers out of business, a message that has been repeated to visiting US policymakers.   The United States remai

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Turkey urges joint ground ops as Syria war nears border

Turkey is asking allies including the United States to take part in a joint ground operation in Syria, as a Moscow-backed government advance nears its borders, raising the possibility of direct confrontation between the Nato member and Russia.

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