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Refugees, host countries pin hopes on aid 

Prime Minister Tammam Salam voiced hope Tuesday evening that a high-profile donor aid-pledging conference in Kuwait would net needed funds for the Syrian refugee crisis.

Nigeria’s Jonathan slightly ahead

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan and his ruling Peoples Democratic Party were marginally ahead of his main challenger, as the first general election results came in Monday.

S&P maintains Lebanon’s ‘stable’ ratings outlook 

International rating agency Standard & Poor’s maintained Lebanon’s long- and short-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings at “B-/B” and maintained its “stable” outlook on the long-term ratings.

S&P maintains Lebanon’s ‘stable’ ratings outlook 

International rating agency Standard & Poor’s maintained Lebanon’s long- and short-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings at “B-/B” and maintained its “stable” outlook on the long-term ratings.

Saudi Aramco signs $10 billion dual-currency loan

Saudi Aramco, the kingdom’s state oil giant, has signed a $10 billion loan with 27 financial institutions, it said Monday, taking advantage of favorable market conditions to securing better borrowing terms.

Iran riches coveted by Big Oil

Outside the boardroom of BP Plc’s headquarters on London’s swanky St. James’s Square, a display case houses the geological data from Masjid-i-Solaiman, Iran’s first oil well.

Merger of factions in Syria to contain Nusra 

On March 22, the Syrian insurgency witnessed the latest in a series of mergers, when the Islamist Suqour al-Sham faction effectively subsumed itself into one of the country’s most powerful organizations, Ahrar al-Sham.

Merger of factions in Syria to contain Nusra 

On March 22, the Syrian insurgency witnessed the latest in a series of mergers, when the Islamist Suqour al-Sham faction effectively subsumed itself into one of the country’s most powerful organizations, Ahrar al-Sham.

The reasons for our Arab wars lie deep 

The latest war in the Middle East, the Saudi Arabian-led assault on Yemen to prevent the Houthi movement from taking full control of the country, has triggered a fascinating legal and ideological debate about the legitimacy and efficacy of the venture.

Detached from reality 

In speaking to the U.S. news program “60 Minutes” this weekend, Syrian President Bashar Assad said he knew he had the support of the Syrian people because he was in “contact” with them, and felt what they felt.

Westbrook scores 33 as Thunder hold off Suns

Russell Westbrook had 33 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from 20 points down to beat the Phoenix Suns 109-97 Sunday and strengthen their hold on the final playoff spot in the NBA’s Western Conference.

Vettel win a relief for all except Mercedes

An ebullient Sebastian Vettel spoke at length about the importance of his first win for Ferrari when addressing reporters after his Malaysian Grand Prix triumph Sunday, yet his beaming smile pretty much said it all.

Power reigns supreme at 11th World Cup

The ICC hailed the 11th Cricket World Cup the “most popular ever” and although most neutrals would have preferred New Zealand to win Sunday’s final, there is no doubt Australia were worthy of their fifth title.

Moore denies racist comments on next Bond

James Bond legend Roger Moore has insisted he had said nothing racist about fellow British actor Idris Elba – tipped to play the superspy next – in a French magazine interview.