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Veteran Essebsi wins Tunisia's first free presidential vote


TUNIS - Veteran Tunisian politician Beji Caid Essebsi won the country's first free presidential election, in the final step of a transition to democracy after an uprising that ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011. | Video


Airbus delivers first A350, rules out cancelling A380 project 4:34pm GMT

TOULOUSE, France - European planemaker Airbus delivered its first A350 mid-sized jetliner to Qatar Airways on Monday and moved to end speculation about the future of its larger A380 superjumbo.

Five killed as Libyan forces and Islamist fighters clash in Benghazi 4:32pm GMT

BENGHAZI, Libya - At least five people were killed and 35 wounded in clashes between Libyan pro-government forces and Islamist fighters in Benghazi, medics and military officials said.

Exclusive - WHO says Syria approves medicine deliveries to Aleppo, other areas 4:16pm GMT

BEIRUT - The Syrian government has approved the delivery of medicine and surgical supplies to three areas of the country aid workers were previously unable to reach regularly, including opposition-held Aleppo, the World Health Organization said on Monday.


Oil falls towards $60 on Saudi supply comments 2:36pm GMT

LONDON - Oil fell towards $60 (38 pounds) a barrel on Monday, reversing gains after Saudi Arabia indicated it could increase its output.

Landmine explosion wounds seven soldiers in southeast Turkey 1:39pm GMT

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey - Seven Turkish soldiers including a battalion commander were wounded on Monday when their armoured vehicle drove over a land mine in mainly Kurdish southeast Turkey, the military said.


Iraq says to start work on final oil deal with Kurdish region in weeks 12:39pm GMT

ABU DHABI - Iraq's Kurdish region will continue to export its own crude oil under an initial deal with Baghdad until a comprehensive deal is reached, with work on a final agreement expected to start within weeks, Iraqi oil minister Adel Abdel Mehdi said on Monday.

Data office says NGO has journalist exemption, rejects Steinmetz claim 12:20pm GMT

LONDON - Britain's data watchdog has dismissed Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz's claims against a campaign group which used data to link him and his BSGR mining business to corruption in Guinea, saying the group enjoyed exemptions for journalists.


Budget pressure unlikely to deflect Iran from nuclear goals 11:15am GMT

DUBAI - A big oil price slide will hurt Iran's attempts to rescue battered living standards, but economic pain is unlikely to soften its stance in nuclear talks or end aid to allies such as Syria, matters seen by its ruling clerics as strategic priorities.


Saudi oil minister says ready to raise output if new clients emerge 8:31am GMT

DUBAI - Saudi Arabia is prepared to increase its oil output and claim a bigger market share to meet the demands of any new customers, Monday's edition of the Saudi-owned al-Hayat newspaper quoted the kingdom's oil minister as saying.

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