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Iran vessels 'harassed' US warship, defense official says

Four of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps vessels "harassed" a U.S. warship on Tuesday near the Strait of Hormuz, a U.S. defense official said.

Source: Reuters

The ask from Bono is fun, but why emails for Hillary Clinton are still serious

A new batch of emails is more than a fascinating glimpse into the daily lives of the global elite. It poses danger to Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Source: CNBC.com

Young suicide bomber attacks Turkey wedding party, leaving 51 dead

President Erdogan decried the attack as an attempt by Islamic State extremists to destabilize the nation by exploiting ethnic and religious tensions.

Source: The Associated Press

JPMorgan adds sukuk to emerging markets indices

KUALA LUMPUR/ SYDNEY/ LONDON, Aug 19- U.S. investment bank JPMorgan will include Islamic bonds, or sukuk, in its emerging markets indices for the first time from later this year, widening the appeal of Islamic instruments among global debt investors. Dollar-denominated sukuk from Turkey, Malaysia and Indonesia will be included in JPMorgan's flagship EMBI Global...

Source: Reuters

JPMorgan adds sukuk to emerging markets indices

KUALA LUMPUR/ SYDNEY/ LONDON, Aug 19- U.S. investment bank JPMorgan will include Islamic bonds, or sukuk, in its emerging markets indices for the first time from later this year, widening the appeal of Islamic instruments among global debt investors. Dollar-denominated sukuk from Turkey, Malaysia and Indonesia will be included in JPMorgan's flagship EMBI Global...

Source: Reuters

The long history of foreign-born Olympians

Naturalized citizens have long been a crucial addition to national teams and the percentage of foreign-born athletes is growing.

Source: CNBC.com

MIDEAST DEBT-Saudi, other issuers gear up as Gulf bond crush looms

*Kuwait, Bahrain, Gulf firms also being pushed to market. Saudi Arabia, its finances strained by low oil prices, is expected to make its market debut in September. Bahrain has also chosen banks for an issue, while Kuwait has said it may sell up to $10 billion of conventional bonds and sukuk in global markets during the fiscal year to next March.

Source: Reuters

How some Middle East countries are 'buying' Olympic medals

Countries like Qatar and Bahrain have been spending millions of dollars to buy top African athletes and win Olympic medals.

Source: CNBC.com

Kuwait raises gasoline prices, following Gulf neighbors

KUWAIT CITY— Kuwait will raise its subsidized gasoline prices by as much as 83 percent beginning in September, becoming the last Gulf nation to do so as low global oil prices continue to gnaw away at governments across the region. Kuwait's Cabinet announced the decision on Monday, with the biggest price hike coming for its premium-grade gasoline.

Source: The Associated Press

Islamic finance is growing beyond the Muslim world: Expert

Atef El Shabrawi, an expert at Bahrain's International Council for Small Business, explains Islamic Finance and outlines the sector's potential for investors.

Source: CNBC.com