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Raqqa: US coalition ‘wiped city off Earth’, Russia says

Moscow accuses the West of sending aid to the Syrian city to cover up evidence of crimes. BBC News – Middle East

Emirates, Cargolux agree new air cargo codeshare deal

Agreement comes as Emirates is named third biggest freight carrier in the world in 2016 Arabian Business – transport

IMF urges Saudi Arabia not to rush economic reforms

International Monetary Fund recommends policy to avoid inflicting too much damage on growth Arabian Business – banking-finance

UAE banking sector outlook to remain stable, says Moody’s

Global ratings agency forecasts credit growth of around 5% in 2018 Arabian Business – banking-finance

Militants kill Egyptian security forces in desert shoot-out

The forces are reported to have been looking for the militants’ hideout when they came under attack. BBC News – Middle East

Iraq Kurds: Army claims full control of Kirkuk province

Kurdish forces have not confirmed reports that they have given up the last area under their control. BBC News – Middle East

Inside Raqqa: Reduced to rubble after brutal ISIS rule

It was here, at the main square in Raqqa, that ISIS militants unveiled their brutality to the world — they carried out public executions for offenses as minor as smoking

Dubai’s KBW’s appoints commercial chief to drive growth

Aaron Chehab will focus on the investment firm’s core markets in Saudi Arabia and the UAE Arabian Business – banking-finance

US-backed forces say ‘major military operation’ is over

US-backed forces fighting ISIS in Raqqa say “major military operations” in the city have ended and that the jihadists have lost their grip on their self-declared capital. – RSS

Emirates said to become launch operator of Boeing 777X

Emirates president Tim Clark is quoted as saying he expects to take delivery of the first aircraft in early 2020 Arabian Business – transport

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