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World in brief: September 5 2018

SPAIN: Madrid has cancelled the sale of 400 laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia amid fears they could be used by the Riyadh-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen.

The deal was signed by the conservative government in 2015, but the new centre-left administration plans to return the €9.2 million (£8.28m) already paid by the Saudis, a Defence Ministry spokeswoman confirmed yesterday.

GREECE: Ferry crews ended their pay strike a day early yesterday after their union was offered an increase.

The main seamen’s union PNO ordered an immediate return to work yesterday after the operators offered a 2 per cent pay rise after an eight-year freeze.

The strike, which began early on Monday, caused major disruption as most islands have no air link with the mainland.

IRAN: President Hassan Rouhani insisted yesterday that his country will continue exporting crude oil despite US efforts to stop it through sanctions.

He told a group of oil officials yesterday that Washington is targeting oil exports as part of efforts to reimpose sanctions on Iran.

“We will continue by all means to both produce and export. Oil is in the front line of confrontation and resistance,” Mr Rouhani said.

LIBYA: The death toll from fighting between rival armed groups in the capital Tripoli has climbed to at least 50 people, the Health Ministry announced yesterday.

A further 138 have been wounded since fighting erupted last week between groups from Tripoli and rivals from a town to the south.

The UN-backed government has declared a state of emergency in and around the capital.


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