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United Airlines flies daily between to Lagos — Nigeria's largest city — and the U.S. city of Houston, Texas. But not for much longer.

Media reports say demand for the route connecting the two oil-industry capitals has fallen. The airline is also having trouble converting proceeds from ticket sales in Nigeria's naira into dollars.

A survey by an independent Moscow-based polling agency has found that Russians believe their country has a trio of main enemies – the United States, Ukraine and Turkey, in that order.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that both Israel and the Palestinians needed to take immediate steps to demonstrate the will to seek lasting peace.

“We need to find some immediate kinds of steps on the ground that will make a difference,“ Kerry told reporters in Paris. “Everybody agreed today that you can’t impose a solution from outside and you need to have direct negotiations."

ASKED how he is feeling these days, Selahattin Demirtas forgoes the pleasantries. “I’m trying to be doing well, given the circumstances,” he says, taking a seat at his office in the Turkish capital, Ankara. Amid unrelenting bloodshed in the Kurdish southeast, Mr Demirtas’s mood has darkened.

A Dubai airliner with 62 people on board nosedived and exploded in a giant fireball early Saturday while trying to land in strong winds in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, killing all aboard, officials said. Russia’s Emergencies Ministry said the Boeing 737-800 operated by FlyDubai was carrying 55 passengers, most of them Russians, and seven crew members of various nationalities. FlyDubai confirmed that there were no survivors and said four children were among those killed.

At the Sulaimani Forum when US columnist Thomas Friedman made a comparison between the Islamic State (ISIS) and presidential candidate Donald Trump – to illustrate how propaganda can successfully energize large crowds -- he connected two main subjects that had been engaging many of guests and participants at the annual meeting in the Kurdish city.

Turkey’s annual rate of inflation rose slightly last month, the Turkish statistical institute, TurkStat, said Friday.

Official TurkStat figures showed inflation increased to 6.58 percent in May from 6.57 percent in April.

Supporters of Apple in its objections to helping the FBI break into an iPhone used by a mass shooter are planning demonstrations in more than 40 cities Tuesday, including at the FBI's headquarters in Washington.

With an estimated $130 billion in external debt as of December 2015, Iraq’s economy will likely see further stagnation this year after plunging oil prices crippled its finances last year, according to government aides in Baghdad.

Low oil prices have pushed top exporter Saudi Arabia to hasten difficult economic reforms and cut spending on popular benefits, but it has few options beyond sticking with a strategy to defend its market share - no matter how low prices sink.

Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and his deputy met with three provincial governors Wednesday morning to discuss the current economic situation in the region and steps the government is taking to overcome the crisis.

Sale to Haier one of largest acquisitions of American company by Chinese competitor. General Electric announced Friday that it would sell its main appliance business to a Chinese company for $5.4 billion and refocus itself to center on technology development.

Peshmerga militiamen pile armchairs and sofas high on a removal van as they decamp from the dam above Mosul to the plain below. Mosul, Iraq’s second city and the nerve centre of Islamic State (IS), lies in their sights. Thanks to coalition arms, training and air power, the peshmerga, Iraqi Kurdish troops whose name means “one who confronts death”, now surround it on three sides. Together with Baghdad’s army, they are also closing in from the fourth side, the south. “Whatever we take, we hold,” says a peshmerga intelligence officer, surveying IS dugouts from a trench on the front line.

Kurds who have been left out of Geneva peace process say they will combine three semi-autonomous areas of Syria's north.

U.S.-backed Kurdish militias and their allies battled Sunday to consolidate their hold over a strategic dam in northern Syria, which they seized from the extremist group Islamic State.

The Kurdish militia known as the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, along with allied local Arab fighters in what’s called The Democratic Forces of Syria said they captured the Tishrin Dam on the Euphrates river, located about 60 miles east of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, over the weekend.

In today’s computer age the Kurds are virtually illiterate because they do not have their own digital code for their ethnic language.

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Mohammed Zeidan, from the Arab community of Kafr Manda in northern Israel, is the only Arab in Israel who has been able to get the ultranationalist Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Arab Knesset member Ahmad Tibi from the Joint List to exchange warm greetings. Zeidan, 19, scored an 800 on Israeli's Psychometric Entrance Test, the highest possible score. Tibi praised his achievement on Twitter, and Bennett was quick to retweet Tibi’s greeting, leading the two political foes to exchange kind words.

Peshmerga militiamen pile armchairs and sofas high on a removal van as they decamp from the dam above Mosul to the plain below. Mosul, Iraq’s second city and the nerve centre of Islamic State (IS), lies in their sights. Thanks to coalition arms, training and air power, the peshmerga, Iraqi Kurdish troops whose name means “one who confronts death”, now surround it on three sides. Together with Baghdad’s army, they are also closing in from the fourth side, the south. “Whatever we take, we hold,” says a peshmerga intelligence officer, surveying IS dugouts from a trench on the front line.

Thousands of children seeking asylum in Britain are being denied access to schools across the country, organizations who work with refugees say.

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