Saudi Arabia Rocked by Huge Deficits as Oil Plunges
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Saudi Arabia announced a 2015 budget with a huge deficit Thursday as the world's largest crude exporter begins to feel the impact of its own decision not to shore up oil prices. [Full Story]
Christmas Banned by Chinese University
A university in northwestern China has banned Christmas, calling it a kitsch foreign celebration unbefitting of the country's own traditions and making its students watch propaganda films instead, media said on Thursday.The state-run Beijing News said that the Modern...... [Full Story]
The Ebola epidemic has cast a dark shadow over Christmas this year in [Full Story]
An Israeli court ordered the destruction of a settlement in the West Bank [Full Story]
Jordan vowed Thursday to make every effort to save a pilot captured by [Full Story]
Russia said on Thursday its currency crisis was over even though its forex [Full Story]
The main feature of the latest edition of Inspire, al-Qaida's [Full Story]
Two tests of Cuba's willingness to improve its dismal human rights record will come in 2015, when the government of Raúl Castro has promised to release 53 political prisoners and begin expanding Internet access as part of a deal to re-establish relations with the United... [Full Story]
A Russian Black Sea city declared a state of emergency Thursday after a burst pipeline spewed oil into the landlocked water body, with stormy weather hampering cleanup efforts.The pipeline near the city of Tuapse burst late Tuesday, according to ChernomorTransneft, a... [Full Story]
For the next two years, extremists on trial in Pakistan on terrorism charges will face military officers not civilian judges. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made the announcement after a lengthy meeting of the political and security establishment, The New York Times... [Full Story]
Saudi Arabia will lift state spending to a record in its 2015 budget while covering a deficit with its huge fiscal reserves, the government said, providing the first detailed look at how the world's top oil exporter aims to handle an era of cheap oil. Financial markets had... [Full Story]
Sudan has ordered two senior United Nations officials to leave, a UN staff member said Thursday, after a recent spike in tensions between Khartoum and the peacekeeping mission in Darfur.The UN resident coordinator and humanitarian coordinator Ali Zaatari and the UN... [Full Story]
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