Obama says new US troops in Syria will be essential

HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday announced the deployment of up to 250 U.S. military personnel to Syria, mostly special operations forces, to assist local troops trying to dislodge Islamic State extremists. He called the move essential to keeping up momentum against the group.

  • Written by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press KATHLEEN HENNESSEY, Associated Press

IMF expects $500B revenue loss for Mideast oil exporters

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Oil exporting countries in the Middle East lost a staggering $390 billion in revenue due to lower oil prices last year, and should brace for even deeper losses of more than $500 billion this year, the International Monetary Fund said Monday.

  • Written by AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press