Gasoline, diesel prices see hike in December | Jordan Times
AMMAN — The government’s fuel pricing committee on Wednesday decided to raise the prices of a number of fuel derivatives for December.The price of one litre of unleaded 90-octane gasoline will increase by JD0.01 in December, selling at JD0.920, compared with JD0.910 in November.The price per litre of unleaded 95-octane gasoline will go up by JD0.015 to reach JD1.170 in December, versus JD1.155 in November, according to an Energy Ministry statement cited by the Jordan News Agency, Petra.
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Turkey calls for U.S. understanding ahead of possible Syria operation | Reuters
Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar called on the United States on Thursday to show understanding over a possible new Turkish military operation in Syria, after Washington voiced its "strong opposition" to such a move.
Islamic State names new leader after Quraishi blew himself up when surrounded -sources | Reuters
The Islamic State (IS) militant group has appointed a previously unknown figure as its head after its leader blew himself up in October while being besieged by former anti-government rebels in southern Syria, those involved in the clash told Reuters.
Iran’s President Visits Kurdish Province Amid Growing Unrest - WSJ
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi touted development projects in the restive Kurdish region where Tehran has carried out its harshest crackdown since antigovernment protests erupted in September.
Egypt to build 21 desalination plants in phase 1 of scheme -sovereign fund | Reuters
Egypt plans to award deals next year to build 21 water desalination plants in the first $3 billion phase of a programme that will draw on cheap renewable energy, the CEO of the country's sovereign fund said on Thursday.
Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund Raises $17 Billion Loan from International Banks - WSJ
The sovereign-wealth fund is pouring unprecedented amounts of capital into diversifying the kingdom’s economy.
Saudi Arabia signs MOU with Spanish company to build combat ships - SPA | Reuters
Saudi Arabia's defence ministry signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Spanish state-owned Navantia company on Wednesday to build multi-mission combat ships for the Saudi Navy, the Saudi state news agency (SPA) reported early on Thursday.
Saudi Arabia to host China-Arab summit during Xi visit, sources say | Reuters
Saudi Arabia plans to host a Chinese-Arab summit on Dec. 9 attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to the kingdom, three Arab diplomats in the region familiar with the plans said on Wednesday.
Census: Christians a minority in England; non-religious grow | AP News
LONDON (AP) — Fewer than half the people in England and Wales consider themselves Christian, according to the most recent census — the first time a minority of the population has followed the country's official religion.
Finance and Economy
Oil settles little changed after China eases COVID curbs, dollar dips | Reuters
Oil prices settled largely narrowly mixed on Thursday, retreating from an early rally built on dollar weakness and hopes for improved fuel demand in China after COVID-19 curbs were eased in two major Chinese cities.
EU Asks Members to Set Russia Oil-Price Cap at $60 - WSJ
The price cap is the West’s attempt to squeeze the Kremlin’s oil revenues while keeping oil supplies steady and avoiding an increase in global energy prices.
Israel's Netanyahu puts hardliner in charge of settlements | AP News
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's designated prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday announced a coalition deal that will give a hardline, pro-settler party control over a number of key government ministries and a senior role in overseeing the construction of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.
Israeli forces kill 2 militants in West Bank arrest raid | AP News
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli forces killed two Palestinian militants during an arrest raid Thursday in the occupied West Bank, according to the military and the Islamic Jihad militant group, the latest bloodshed in months of violence between the sides.