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  • Rosneft shares soar on surprise Glencore, Qatar deal 

    Rosneft stock was up some five percent by 1100 GMT on the Moscow Exchange to 374 rubles ($5.9, 5.5 euros), valuing the company overall at around 58 billion eurosShares in Russian oil giant Rosneft lept Thursday after the Kremlin announced the 10.5 billion euro ($11.3 billion) sale of a stake to commodities trader Glencore and Qatar's sovereign fund. President Vladimir Putin late Wednesday hailed the surprise deal for 19.5 percent of the state-controlled firm as the largest in the global energy sector for 2016, a major fillip for the strongman leader as he seeks to plug the country's growing deficit. The sell-off is part of a broader privatisation drive and comes despite Moscow being mired in Western sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine that have played a major part in plunging the country into recession.


  • Saudi, Iran engaging in 'proxy wars': UK foreign minister 

    Britain's foreign minister Boris Johnson has accused Saudi Arabia and Iran of "puppeteering" and engaging in "proxy wars" in the Middle EastBritain's foreign minister Boris Johnson has accused Saudi Arabia and Iran of "puppeteering" and engaging in "proxy wars" in the Middle East, a video reported on Thursday shows. Such public criticism of British ally Saudi Arabia was seen by some commentators as a diplomatic blunder by Johnson, who has been in the job less than six months.


  • Israel's Netanyahu gives conditional 'No' to meeting Abbas in Paris 

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a Likud party meeting at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in JerusalemBy John Irish and Ori Lewis PARIS/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that he had told French President Francois Hollande he would not meet Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas if France pushed ahead with an international peace conference in Paris later this month. France has been trying to convince Netanyahu, who has repeatedly rejected the conference proposal, to meet with Abbas in Paris to try to revive moribund peace talks between the two sides, Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Wednesday. "Netanyahu told Hollande that if there will not be an international conference in Paris, he will come to meet Abu Mazen (Abbas) for direct talks without preconditions," the statement said Netanyahu told Hollande.


  • Israeli forces kill Palestinian brandishing knife: police (Reuters) - Israeli paramilitary police officers in the occupied West Bank shot and killed a Palestinian who ran toward them brandishing a knife on Thursday, police said. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the 18-year-old Palestinian had got off a bus at a main West Bank junction and appeared suspicious to border policemen stationed there. "The suspect did not heed their call to stop, continued to move in their direction and at one point whipped out a knife and began running towards them.
  • Assad supporters see domino effect in Aleppo government win 

    In this Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 photo, Syrians sit at a restaurant in western Aleppo, Syria. Aleppo shakes with explosions and gunfire day and night in both the government and rebel sides. But for supporters of President Bashar Assad at least, there is comfort in the growing sense of imminent victory in the city. A rebel defeat in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and former commercial center, is likely to reverberate across the war-torn country, where opposition forces continue to hold out in smaller, more disconnected areas. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)ALEPPO, Syria (AP) — Aleppo shakes with explosions and gunfire day and night in both the government- and rebel-held sides of the divided Syrian city. But for supporters of President Bashar Assad, there is a growing sense of imminent victory.


  • Ties between Russia and the Taliban worry Afghan, U.S. officials 

    File picture of members of the Taliban at the site of the execution of three men in Ghazni ProvinceBy Hamid Shalizi and Josh Smith KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan and American officials are increasingly worried that any deepening of ties between Russia and Taliban militants fighting to topple the government in Kabul could complicate an already precarious security situation. Russian officials have denied they provide aid to the insurgents, who are contesting large swathes of territory and inflicting heavy casualties, and say their limited contacts are aimed at bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table. Leaders in Kabul say Russian support for the Afghan Taliban appears to be mostly political so far.


  • Macedonian nationalist ex-PM set to win election in test for EU 

    The leader of the biggest opposition party SDSM Zaev greets supporters during a pre election rally in SkopjeBy Kole Casule and Georgina Prodhan SKOPJE/BELGRADE (Reuters) - Macedonia's veteran nationalist leader Nikola Gruevski looks set for a comeback in Sunday's parliamentary election, posing a challenge to the European Union and its strategy of coaxing Balkan nations to make painful reforms in exchange for aid. Gruevski, who led the tiny ex-Yugoslav republic for almost a decade as head of the right-wing VMRO-DPMNE, stepped down in January as part of an EU-brokered deal to end a crisis that began in early 2015, when the opposition accused the government of widespread wiretapping and exposed recorded conversations that appeared to show corruption at the highest levels. The EU has long criticized Gruevski's record on safeguarding democracy and the rule of law in Macedonia, but it needs Skopje's cooperation in tackling Europe's migrant crisis, in which more than one million people, mostly Muslims fleeing wars in the Middle East, have entered the bloc in the past 18 months.


  • NATO commander says 150 Turkish officers have left post-coup 

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, speaks with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, center, prior to a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of a NATO foreign ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. NATO foreign ministers on Tuesday will discuss closer EU-NATO cooperation. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO's top military officer said Wednesday that about 150 Turkish officers have been recalled or retired from the alliance's high command since a failed coup attempt in Turkey, placing a significant burden on his staff.


  • In West Bank, Fatah vote shows politics an old man's game 

    This photo taken Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, shows Fatah members talk ahead of the opening session of the Fatah party seventh conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Arabic in the background reads "Palestine, Ramallah." The recent conference of the ruling Fatah party sent a disheartening message to young Palestinians: Most of those elected to top positions were in their 60s and 70s, signaling that politics under octogenarian President Mahmoud Abbas is an old man's game and that it is unlikely that fresh ideas on winning statehood will emerge from this group of veteran loyalists. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The recent conference of the ruling Fatah party sent a disheartening message to young Palestinians: Most of those elected to top positions were in their 60s and 70s, signaling that politics under octogenarian President Mahmoud Abbas is an old man's game and that it is unlikely that fresh ideas on winning statehood will emerge from this group of veteran loyalists.


  • CIA director visits Albania for counterterrorism talks TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The United States embassy in Tirana says Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan visited Albania to discuss terrorism along with a variety of other bilateral and international issues.
  • US envoy to UN sees security risk if refugees not rescued 

    FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2016 file photo, migrants arrive at the new reception center in Paris. Samantha Power, the United States' U.N. ambassador says Wednesday Dec.7, 2016 that Western nations may face a security challenge down the road if they fail to do their share in sheltering arriving refugees today(AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)PARIS (AP) — As Western nations dig in to protect their own citizens, their territory and their way of life, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations warned on Wednesday that a security challenge may await them down the road if they fail to do their share in sheltering refugees today.


  • Around 1,500 European jihadists return from Mideast: report 

    Belgium expressed concern last month that jihadists were increasingly returning to Europe as US-backed coalition forces drive the Islamic State (IS) group from territory in Syria and IraqAround a third of the estimated 5,000 European jihadists who went to Syria and Iraq have returned to Europe, and some may have orders to attack, an EU report warned Wednesday. Up to 2,500 fighters from Europe remained on the battlefield but their massive return in the short term seemed unlikely, according to the report seen by AFP. Belgium expressed concern last month that jihadists were increasingly returning to Europe as US-backed coalition forces drive the Islamic State (IS) group from territory in Syria and Iraq.


  • Britain's May says to help Gulf leaders 'push back' Iran 

    Saudi King Salman meets Theresa May during the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Manama on December 6, 2016London (AFP) - Prime Minister Theresa May told Gulf leaders on Wednesday that Britain would help "push back" against Iranian aggression as they agreed on a strategic partnership to deepen ties.


  • 2 Abu Dhabi banks to merge into largest Gulf Arab bank DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Stockholders at two Abu Dhabi banks approved a plan Wednesday to merge the firms into the biggest bank of all Gulf Arab countries with assets of $178 billion amid a regional economic slump.
  • Germany urges Israel to scrap 'illegal' settlement bill Germany urged Israel in unusually strong language on Wednesday to scrap legislation that would legalize Israeli settlement homes built on private Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, saying this would break international law. Germany tends to be more reserved than other European nations in its criticism of Israel due to the legacy of the Nazi Holocaust, but it has objected in the past few years to Israeli settlement expansion on land Palestinians want for a state. Israel's parliament gave initial approval on Monday to a revised bill on the settlement homes, a move that has drawn international condemnation and follows the victory in the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election of Donald Trump, one of whose aides has hinted at a more tolerant U.S. stance on settlements.
  • How Iran closed the Mosul 'horseshoe' and changed Iraq war 

    Iraqi forces backed by tribal militias during battle to retake a village from the Islamic State on the eastern bank of the river TigrisBy Dominic Evans, Maher Chmaytelli and Patrick Markey BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - In the early days of the assault on Islamic State in Mosul, Iran successfully pressed Iraq to change its battle plan and seal off the city, an intervention which has since shaped the tortuous course of the conflict, sources briefed on the plan say. The original campaign strategy called for Iraqi forces to close in around Mosul in a horseshoe formation, blocking three fronts but leaving open the fourth - to the west of the city leading to Islamic State territory in neighboring Syria.


  • Trump lays out non-interventionist U.S. military policy 

    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks at a USA Thank You Tour event at Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North CarolinaBy Steve Holland FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump laid out a U.S. military policy on Tuesday that would avoid interventions in foreign conflicts and instead focus heavily on defeating the Islamic State militancy. In the latest stop on a "thank you" tour of states critical to his Nov. 8 election win, Trump introduced his choice for defense secretary, General James Mattis, to a large crowd in this city near the Fort Bragg military base, which has deployed soldiers to 90 countries around the world. "We will stop racing to topple foreign regimes that we know nothing about, that we shouldn't be involved with," Trump said.


  • Suitors, husbands spurn Middle Eastern women disfigured by war By Lin Taylor AMMAN (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ahzan was shopping in a market in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad when an explosion ripped through the street, lifting her off her feet and shattering her lower body.
  • Libyan forces clear last Islamic State holdout in Sirte 

    Fighters of Libyan forces allied with the U.N.-backed government celebrate after they finished clearing Ghiza Bahriya, the final district of the former Islamic State stronghold of SirteBy Hani Amara SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) - Libyan forces backed by U.S. air strikes finished clearing the last Islamic State holdout in Sirte on Tuesday after a near seven-month battle for the militant group's former North African stronghold. The forces gained full control over a final patch of ground in Sirte's Ghiza Bahriya district after hours of clashes. As celebrations erupted among the Libyan forces, which are dominated by brigades from the city of Misrata, a spokesman said the military campaign would continue until the wider area was secured.


  • Israel knew of Iran link in sub deal: minister 

    Before reports of Iran's link to ThyssenKrupp, Israel's attorney general had already ordered police to examine allegations of improper conduct in the planned purchase of the submarinesIsrael knew its arch-enemy Iran held a stake in ThyssenKrupp when it planned to purchase submarines from the German firm, Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday. "We have known Iran was a shareholder in the German company since 2004," the minister said in comments broadcast by public television, referring to the year of a previous order. Lieberman said Israel "had no other alternatives" apart from the German company to buy new submarines.


  • Saudi condemns 15 to death for spying for Iran 

    Human Rights Watch has dismissed the Saudi trial as "a mockery of justice"A Saudi court Tuesday sentenced 15 people to death for spying for the kingdom's rival Iran, local media and a source close to the case said, in a move likely to heighten regional tensions. The source told AFP that most of the 15 Saudis were members of the kingdom's Shiite minority. Tehran swiftly denied the espionage charges and urged Saudi Arabia not to "seek to bring baseless accusations against Iran with the intention of political gains and increasing tensions in the region".


  • British PM joins Gulf summit for post-Brexit talks 

    British Prime Minister Theresa May will be the first British premier and the first woman to attend the annual summit of the six oil-rich Gulf Cooperation Council statesBritish Prime Minister Theresa May is to meet Gulf leaders who on Tuesday opened their annual summit in Bahrain, for talks on trade ties after Britain leaves the European Union. King Salman of Gulf heavyweight Saudi Arabia opened the summit with a call for "doubling of efforts" to face regional challenges.


  • Ransomed: The freeing of 226 Christians from Islamic State 

    Zammo Marza, Sherineh Marza, Charli Kanoun and Abdo Marza, from left, kneel at the grave of Marza Marza in Saarlouis, Germany in this Monday, Nov. 7, 2016 photo. The Marza family were among 226 Assyrian Christians taken captive by the Islamic State group in a February 2015 attack on their villages in Syria’s Khabur River valley. It took a year to free the hostages, and only after three were killed and millions of dollars gathered by the Assyrian diaspora worldwide was paid to the militants, and in the end the Khabur region has been totally emptied of the tiny, centuries-old minority community. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)SAARLOUIS, Germany (AP) — The millions in ransom money came in dollar by dollar, euro by euro from around the world. The donations, raised from church offerings, a Christmas concert, and the diaspora of Assyrian Christians on Facebook, landed in a bank account in Iraq. Its ultimate destination: the Islamic State group.


  • German police arrest Iraqi rape suspect, leaders warn against backlash German police have detained an Iraqi migrant for suspected rape only days after an Afghan refugee was held in a separate rape and murder case, and the government warned against a political backlash to such crimes. The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has grown in support while Chancellor Angela Merkel's popularity has suffered. The 17-year-old Afghan was detained on Friday on suspicion of raping and murdering a 19-year-old German student as she cycled home from a party in the southwestern city of Freiburg.
  • Factbox: Trump fills top jobs for his administration (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said on Monday he would name retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The following is a list of Republican Trump's selections for top jobs in his administration. All the posts but that of national security adviser require Senate confirmation: DEFENSE SECRETARY: JAMES MATTIS Mattis is a retired Marine Corps general known for his tough talk, distrust of Iran and battlefield experience in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Israeli far right hails bill to legalise settler homes 

    The international community considers all settlements in the West Bank, including Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, to be illegal, whether they are authorised by the government or notIsraeli far-right politicians on Tuesday welcomed initial approval of a bill to legalise some 4,000 settler homes in the West Bank, calling it a step towards annexation of most of the Palestinian territory. The bill was given preliminary approval by parliament late on Monday despite a chorus of international criticism that it was an illegal land grab with dangerous implications for Middle East peace. Preliminary approval had been expected following an agreement between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a right-wing rival, though Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has said he will not be able to defend it before the courts.


  • Merkel's conservatives meet to prepare for 'toughest' election 

    German Chancellor and leader of the conservative CDU Angela Merkel poses with CDU leaders in EssenBy Paul Carrel ESSEN, Germany (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel will rally her conservatives at a party conference on Tuesday to gird for a German election next year that she expects to be "tough like no other". Seeking a fourth term in office, Merkel must unite her Christian Democrats (CDU) and try to recapture some of her personal popularity, undermined by the crises that have rocked Europe. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's referendum defeat on Sunday and the impending departure of French President Francois Hollande underline Merkel's status as Europe's most experienced leader, but she needs to win back disgruntled voters at home.


  • Israeli legislators advance revised bill to legalize settlements 

    An Israeli boy holds his bicycle near homes in the Jewish settler outpost of Amona in the West BankBy Ori Lewis JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's parliament gave initial approval on Monday to a revised bill that would legalize Israeli settlement homes built on private Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank. The proposed law has already drawn sharp international condemnation and strained relations within Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's governing right-wing coalition. Israeli critics and Palestinians have called it a land grab that would further distance prospects for a two-state solution that would end the long Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


  • Draft law on settler homes passes first hurdle in Israel 

    A draft law that could lead to the legalisation of nearly 4,000 settler homes has already attracted strong international criticismA controversial draft law that could lead to the legalisation of nearly 4,000 settler homes in the occupied West Bank passed a preliminary vote in Israel's parliament on Monday. The draft is the fruit of a compromise between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the bill's main backer, Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who has called it the start of Israel's eventual annexation of most of the West Bank. Bennett, from the religious nationalist Jewish Home party, is among members of Netanyahu's coalition who have made no secret of opposing a Palestinian state.


  • Libyan forces close to securing last Islamic State holdouts in Sirte: officials 

    Fighters of Libyan forces allied with the U.N.-backed government gather atop the ruins of a house as they are close to securing last Islamic State holdouts in SirteBy Ayman al-Sahli MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) - Libyan forces said on Monday they were close to securing a final patch of land where Islamic State militants have been holding out in their former North African stronghold of Sirte. Islamic State took over Sirte in early 2015, setting up its most important base outside the Middle East and extending its control along about 250 km (150 miles) of Mediterranean coastline. Forces led by brigades from the western city of Misrata launched a counter-attack against the jihadist group in May, and since Aug. 1 the United States has carried out more than 490 air strikes to support them.


  • Israel closes in on deal that could legalise 4,000 settler homes 

    A draft law that could lead to the legalisation of nearly 4,000 settler homes has already attracted strong international criticismIsrael Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu closed in on a deal with a key rival Monday that could lead to approval of controversial legislation legalising nearly 4,000 settler homes in the occupied West Bank. The bill has drawn harsh criticism internationally, with its main backer, Education Minister Naftali Bennett, calling it the start of Israel's eventual annexation of most of the West Bank. It would still need preliminary approval and three full votes at Israel's Knesset, or parliament, but an agreement between Netanyahu and Bennett would likely assure passage.


  • What does Jammeh's defeat mean for future of aid and development in Gambia? 

    People tear a poster of former Gambian president Yaya Jammeh in BroussbiBy Kieran Guilbert and Emma Farge DAKAR/BANJUL (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Gambia's shock election result, which saw veteran leader Yahya Jammeh defeated after 22 years in power, could mend the West African nation's ties with Europe, boost its development, and halt an exodus of migrants to the West, analysts said on Monday. Jammeh, who has ruled with an iron hand since seizing power in a coup, stunned observers and sparked wild celebrations across Gambia on Friday when he accepted his surprise election loss to opposition candidate Adama Barrow.


  • Somali forces say killed three in attack on Islamic State-linked fighters By Abdiqani Hassan BOSASSO, Somalia (Reuters) - Soldiers allied to the Western-backed Somali government killed three fighters loyal to the Islamic State in northern Somalia on Monday as they pressed ahead toward the insurgents' main stronghold, officials said. The troops, alongside militia fighters, launched an offensive last week to wrest back control of the port town of Qandala in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland. The insurgents launched counterattacks away from their stronghold, in areas along the route to Qandala, and that led to the fighting on Monday in an area west of the port.
  • U.N. refugee chief warns EU against carrot-and-stick approach to migration 

    U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Grandi speaks during a news conference in AmmanBy Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Linking aid for countries in the Middle East and Africa to how they manage migration can create dangerous precedents, the United Nations top refugee official warned the European Union on Monday. Overwhelmed by the arrival of more than a million refugees and migrants in 2015, the EU has tightened its external borders and sought to strike deals with countries along main migration routes to contain the flow of people. Under the most prominent such collaboration, it promised Turkey an initial 3 billion euros in aid for Syrian refugees living there, accelerated EU accession talks and visa-free travel to Europe for its citizens.


  • In Jordan hospital, mental trauma scars children blown apart by bombs 

    Young girls play puzzles as an occupational therapist assesses their cognitive development inside a Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital in AmmanBy Lin Taylor AMMAN (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As soon as the bombs exploded outside his house in the Iraqi town of Falluja, Rachid Jassam rushed onto the street to rescue the injured. "I lost five centimeters of my bone from my right leg and I couldn't move it anymore." More than 20 per cent of all patients at the MSF hospital are children just like Rachid - blown apart, severely burned and disfigured by conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Gaza. Since it opened in 2006, the hospital has treated almost 4,400 patients free of charge, and remains the only hospital in the Middle East to perform advanced reconstructive surgery on victims of war.


  • China warns against obstruction of Iran nuclear deal 

    Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi after a joint press conference in Beijing, on December 5, 2016Implementation of the Iran nuclear deal should not be "affected by any changes in the domestic situations" of countries involved, China's foreign minister warned Monday, as US president-elect Donald Trump threatens to abandon it. The agreement, signed in Vienna in July 2015 and in force since January, was the signature diplomatic breakthrough of Barack Obama's second term. Trump has promised to tear up the nuclear deal once in office, calling the agreement under which it was implemented -- the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action -- the "worst deal ever negotiated".


  • U.S. reshaping budget to account for Russian military threat 

    FILE PHOTO - Secretary of the Air Force James talks to members of the 341st Missile Wing during a visit to Malmstrom Air Force Base, MontanaBy Andrea Shalal SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (Reuters) - Russia's increasing military activities around the world have unsettled top U.S. military officials, who say they are reshaping their budget plans to better address what they now consider to be the most pressing threat to U.S. security. "Russia is the No. 1 threat to the United States. James, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson and Pentagon chief arms buyer Frank Kendall, all voiced growing concern about Russia's increasingly aggressive behavior in interviews late on Saturday.


  • Netanyahu to discuss 'bad' Iran deal with Trump, Kerry stresses settlements 

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opens the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem officeBy Jeffrey Heller and Arshad Mohammed JERUSALEM/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday he would discuss with Donald Trump the West's "bad" nuclear deal with Iran after the U.S. president-elect enters the White House. Speaking separately to a conference in Washington, Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry clashed over the Iran deal and Israel's settlement construction on the occupied West Bank, which Kerry depicted as an obstacle to peace. "Israel is committed to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.


  • Women, children leave Islamic State holdout in Sirte: Libyan forces 

    Fighter of Libyan forces allied with the U.N.-backed government receives as forces advance against Islamic State holdouts in Ghiza Bahriya district in SirteLibyan forces said at least 10 women and children left the last cluster of buildings controlled by Islamic State in the group's former stronghold of Sirte on Sunday, adding that they had edged closer to taking full control of the city. Forces led by brigades from Misrata and backed by U.S. air strikes have surrounded Islamic State fighters in a small patch of ground close to Sirte's Mediterranean sea front. Several groups of women and children, as well as male civilian captives, have either escaped or been released from the shrinking area held by Islamic State in recent weeks.


  • New controversy hits Israel sub deal over Iran link 

    Israel is replacing its existing Dolphin submarine fleet, which entered service in 1999Israel was embroiled in fresh controversy on Sunday over its purchase of submarines from German company ThyssenKrupp after reports that the country's arch-enemy Iran holds a stake in the firm. The attorney general had already ordered police to look into allegations of improper conduct in the planned purchase of the submarines, and reports of Iran's link to the company have fuelled more criticism. Israel sees Iran as its main enemy in the region, and suggestions that the Islamic republic would benefit from the Jewish state's defence purchases have made headlines.


 

 

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