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UPDATE 3-Syria's Assad visits army in eastern Ghouta as rebels in talks
BEIRUT/AMMAN, March 18 (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday visited Syrian soldiers who appear close to defeating the last major opposition foothold near Damascus and met some of the many thousands of people uprooted during the government offensive.
Egypt targets budget deficit of 8.4 percent, GDP growth of 5.8 percent in 2018/19: PM
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's government approved its 2018/19 fiscal year budget on Sunday, targeting a budget deficit of 8.4 percent of GDP, Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said.
Israeli stabbed in Jerusalem's Old City, attacker shot dead: Israeli TV
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli was stabbed and wounded in Jerusalem's Old City on Sunday and an Israeli television station said the suspected attacker was shot dead.
Syrian President Assad visits army positions in eastern Ghouta - state media
BEIRUT, March 18 (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday visited army positions in Syria's eastern Ghouta, the president's Telegram account said.
UPDATE 2-Iraq's SOMO chief says targeting more crude sells to Asian markets
BAGHDAD, March 18 (Reuters) - The head of Iraq's state-oil marketer SOMO said on Sunday that Iraq will seek to corner a greater share of Asian markets through a new joint venture strategy.
UPDATE 1-Kurds signal move to new phase of guerrilla war on Turkish forces in Afrin
BEIRUT, March 18 (Reuters) - The Kurdish administration of Syria's Afrin region indicated on Sunday that Kurdish-dominated forces fighting Turkey-backed groups in the area will shift from direct confrontation to guerrilla tactics.
Republican senator expects Trump to pull out of Iran deal: CBS
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he expects President Donald Trump to pull out of the Iran nuclear agreement in May.
UPDATE 1-Republican senator expects Trump to pull out of Iran deal -CBS
WASHINGTON, March 18 (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he expects President Donald Trump to pull out of the Iran nuclear agreement in May.
Gaza security shuts mobile company's main office in PM bomb probe
GAZA (Reuters) - Hamas-run security services in Gaza have shut down a cellular company's headquarters over its alleged failure to cooperate in their investigation of a suspected attempt to assassinate the Palestinian prime minister, security officials said on Sunday.
Exclusive: Qatar asks U.S. to investigate UAE bank for 'financial warfare'
LONDON (Reuters) - Qatar has asked U.S. regulators to investigate the U.S. subsidiary of the largest bank in the United Arab Emirates, accusing it of "bogus" foreign exchange deals designed to harm its economy as part of a blockade by Gulf neighbors.
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