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Saudi Aramco taps JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley for IPO, HSBC a contender - source

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Oil giant Saudi Aramco has asked JPMorgan Chase & Co and Morgan Stanley to assist with its upcoming mammoth IPO and could call on another bank with access to Chinese investors, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said.

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Netanyahu blasts U.N. 'hypocrisy', Australian PM opposes 'one-sided resolutions' 6:08am GMT

SYDNEY Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull offered a staunch defence of Israel on Wednesday, criticising the United Nations and vowing never to support "one-sided resolutions" calling for an end to Israeli settlement building on occupied land.

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U.S.-backed alliance enters Syria's Deir al-Zor province - Kurdish military source 21 Feb 2017

BEIRUT The U.S.-backed Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance has crossed into Deir al-Zor province for the first time as part of an offensive against Islamic State, a Kurdish military source said on Tuesday.

Syrian jets hit Idlib towns after rebels fire at Shi'ite villages 21 Feb 2017

BEIRUT Syrian government warplanes carried out several air strikes against towns in mostly rebel-held Idlib on Tuesday after insurgents fired on two besieged Shi'ite villages in the province, a pro-Damascus media outlet and war monitors said.

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Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State set to storm airport, clear way to western Mosul 21 Feb 2017

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq/BAGHDAD U.S.-backed Iraqi forces closing in on the Islamic State-held western half of Mosul prepared on Tuesday to storm the airport and a nearby military base on its southern outskirts to create a bridgehead for a thrust into the city.

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Exclusive - CIA-backed aid for Syrian rebels frozen after Islamist attack 21 Feb 2017

BEIRUT/AMMAN/WASHINGTON CIA-coordinated military aid for rebels in northwest Syria has been frozen since they came under major Islamist attack last month, rebel sources said, raising doubts about foreign support key to their war against President Bashar al-Assad.

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Saudi king to visit Indonesia in March with entourage of 1,500 - Indonesian officials 21 Feb 2017

JAKARTA Saudi Arabia's King Salman will visit Jakarta and Bali on the Indonesian leg of his Asian tour next month, bringing 1,500 people in his entourage including 10 ministers, Indonesian officials said.

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France's Le Pen cancels meet with Lebanon grand mufti over headscarf 21 Feb 2017

BEIRUT French far-right National Front presidential candidate Marine Le Pen cancelled a meeting on Tuesday with Lebanon's grand mufti, its top cleric for Sunni Muslims, after refusing to wear a headscarf for the encounter. | Video

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Egypt's Sisi, Jordan's Abdullah reaffirm support for two-state solution 21 Feb 2017

CAIRO The leaders of Egypt and Jordan reaffirmed their continued support on Tuesday for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after U.S. President Donald Trump suggested abandoning it.

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Turkey strips one jailed opposition leader of MP status, other leader sentenced 21 Feb 2017

ANKARA Turkey's parliament on Tuesday stripped one of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party's (HDP) two leaders of her status as a member of parliament and jailed the other, weeks ahead of a referendum on extending the president's powers.

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