Middle East and North Africa

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United States Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Nikki Haley speaks in front of White House senior adviser Jared Kushner during a meeting of the UN Security Council at UN headquarters in New York, U.S., February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The United States is "ready to talk" Middle East peace with the Palestinians, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday in remarks directed at Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a meeting of the U.N. Security Council.

Commoditiesin 26 minutes

FILE PHOTO: The logo of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is pictured at its headquarters in Vienna, Austria September 21, 2017. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

OPEC is closing in on its goal of reducing oil inventories held by industrialized nations to their five-year average, the original target of a supply-cutting pact with Russia and others, figures from the group's head of research showed on Tuesday.

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Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighters are seen near the city of Afrin, Syria February 19, 2018. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Pro-Syrian government forces entered Syria's northwestern Afrin region on Tuesday to help a Kurdish militia there fend off a Turkish assault, raising the prospect of a wider escalation of the conflict.

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A helicopter is seen flying over the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, Syria February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh

Pro-government forces pounded Syria's eastern Ghouta on Tuesday, killing at least 66 people after the enclave's heaviest one-day death toll in three years, a monitoring group said.

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FILE PHOTO - A gas station worker pumps gas into a car at a gas station of the state oil company PDVSA in Caracas, Venezuela August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

U.S. crude rose to a near two-week high on Tuesday on signs of inventory declines at a key storage hub, while Brent eased under pressure from a stronger dollar.

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Polish Deputy Culture Minister Jaroslaw Sellin on Tuesday backed a call for building a "Polokaust" museum to commemorate Poles killed by the Nazis during World War Two, in comments that may further exacerbate tensions with Israel.

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FILE PHOTO: Smoke is released into the sky at a refinery in Wilmington, California March 24, 2012. Picture taken March 24, 2012. REUTERS/Bret Hartman/File Photo

(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own)

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Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri briefs the media on the findings of the EU border agency's Risk Analysis Report for 2018, in Brussels, Belgium February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

The European Union's southern borders in the Mediterranean will remain under heavy pressure from African migrants trying to reach Europe this year, the head of the EU's border agency Frontex said on Tuesday.

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Airbus Chief Operating Officer and planemaking President Fabrice Bregier, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker and Rolls-Royce President civil aerospace Chris Cholerton (L to R) attend a news conference before Airbus delivers the first A350-1000, the largest member of the new Airbus wide-body family and the largest twin-engined jet built in Europe, to Qatar Airways, in Blagnac near Toulouse, France, February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

Airbus got a boost for its largest twin-engined jet on Tuesday when Qatar Airways said it was considering upgrading some of its A350 orders to the largest model as it took delivery of the first such plane.

Cyber Riskin 3 hours

Binary code is seen on a screen against a North Korean flag in this illustration photo November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas White/Illustration

A North Korean cyber espionage group previously known only for targeting South Korea's government and private sector deepened its sophistication and hit further afield including in Japan and the Middle East in 2017, security researchers said on Tuesday.

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White House senior adviser Jared Kushner sits with United States Ambassador to the United Nations (UN), Nikki Haley, and lawyer Jason Greenblatt (R) before a meeting of the UN Security Council at UN headquarters in New York, U.S., February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday, during a U.N. Security Council Middle East meeting, that U.S. negotiators were "ready to talk, but we will not chase after you."

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FILE PHOTO: Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan looks on ahead of a meeting at the EU Parliament in Brussels, Belgium October 5, 2015. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo

Turkey should again consider criminalizing adultery, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, revisiting an issue that caused outrage among secular Turks and warnings from the European Union when his party raised it more than a decade ago.

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FILE PHOTO: The Airbus A320neo (New Engine Option) takes off during its first flight event in Colomiers near Toulouse, southwestern France, September 25, 2014. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

Airbus <AIR.PA> said it was making good progress in resolving Pratt & Whitney <UTX.N> engine snags that were holding up some A320neo narrowbody deliveries, and gave a fresh signal it was considering raising output of its larger A350 wide-body jet.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara attend an inauguration ceremony for a fortified emergency room at the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, southern Israel, February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Israeli police alleged on Tuesday that Benjamin Netanyahu's former spokesman tried to bribe a judge to drop a fraud case against Netanyahu's wife, the latest corruption investigation encircling the long-serving prime minister.

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REFILE - CORRECTING YEAR Relatives of a passenger who was believed to have been killed in a plane crash react near the town of Semirom, Iran, February 18, 2018. REUTERS/Tasnim News Agency

There were no survivors among the 65 passengers and crew on an Iranian plane that ploughed into a mountain top, where most of the bodies lie buried under snow, the first rescue team to reach the wreckage said on Tuesday.

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A major donor meeting aimed at gathering support for Lebanon's economy will take place on April 6 in Paris, a Lebanese government source said on Tuesday.

Commoditiesin 4 hours

An undated image courtesy of Noble Energy. REUTERS/Handout

U.S. oil and gas producer Noble Energy Inc <NBL.N> reported adjusted quarterly profit on Tuesday that easily beat analyst estimates due to cost cuts and higher crude prices, sending shares surging more than 7 percent in morning trading.

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Syrian state media reported on Tuesday that Turkish forces had shelled the pro-Syrian government fighters after they entered Afrin region to help ward off a Turkish attack.

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Syrian state television showed a convoy of pro-government fighters entering the Kurdish-held Afrin region on Tuesday to help fend off a Turkish assault.

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FILE PHOTO: French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian delivers a speech during a foreign ministers’ meeting on the International Partnership against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons, in Paris, France, January 23, 2018. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Tuesday he would travel to Russia and Iran in the coming days to discuss the war in Syria.

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