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Dubai stock market tumbles raising spectre of second crisis

The plunging oil price has dragged the Dubai stock market to its lowest level this year<p><b>Emerging markets</b><p><b>Questor says AVOID</b><p>Stock markets in the Middle East are tumbling once again as the falling oil price places fresh challenges on the finances of the region. They look like extremely risky prospects …

Stock Markets

Obama vows to 'stand by' Gulf allies amid concern over Iran threat | Reuters

CAMP DAVID, Md. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama vowed on Thursday to back Gulf allies against any “external attack,” seeking to reassure them of Washington’s iron-clad commitment to their security amid Arab anxiety over U.S.-led efforts to reach a nuclear deal with Iran.<p>Hosting the six-nation …

South Asia

Taliban attack underscores difficulties facing Afghan leader

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An audacious Taliban attack on a Kabul guesthouse that left 14 people dead, including nine foreigners, underscores the difficulties President Ashraf Ghani faces in providing even basic security following the withdrawal of international combat troops from Afghanistan.<p>The …

Afghanistan

New counter-extremism laws pledged in Queen’s Speech

David Cameron will announce new plans on Wednesday to curb extremist activity and radical hate preachers in his new government’s first State Opening of Parliament, commonly known as the Queen’s Speech.<p>The prime minister will tell the National Security Council the new measures will give police …

Victorious Cameron to brief party on EU strategy | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Buoyed by a surprisingly clear-cut election victory, British Prime Minister David Cameron will name his new cabinet on Monday and meet Conservative lawmakers keen to hear how he plans to claw back more powers from the European Union.<p>Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks …

Downing Street