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A gas flare burns at Russian oil refinery, operated by OAO Lukoil. in Russia. Russia, holds some of the richest shale reserves and seeks to use the same technologies that sparked an industrial boom in the US. Picture: BLOOMBERG

EU looks to Iran to lessen reliance on Russia

Lifting of sanctions against Tehran, which Iran desperately needs, a necessary condition for eurozone to develop new infrastructure

Invest in educating girls rather than in weapons

Afghan women wait for their turn to vote at a polling station in Mazar-i-sharif on Saturday. Voting was largely peaceful in Afghanistan's presidential election on Saturday, with only isolated attacks on polling stations as a country racked by decades of chaos embarked on its first ever democratic transfer of power. Picture: REUTERS

After 9/11, the US systematically overused military tools and underemployed two other kinds of tools — education and women’s empowerment

Palestine needs to start looking inward

Mahmoud Abbas. Picture: REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO

Low number of decided cases at the International Criminal Court indicates that its ultimate value will lie in the realm of the political and the symbolic

Israel to transfer millions of dollars of frozen tax funds to Palestinians


Israel says it will transfer $470m of withheld tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority following talks

Yemen’s new vice-president ‘hopes to avert Saudi invasion’


Newly appointed vice-president, Khaled Bahah, a widely respected figure named this week to shore up the legitimacy of the exiled Saudi-backed government, said on Thursday he hoped to avert a Saudi-led invasion to restore unity to the country.

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