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Attacks in Benghazi kill 5 Libyan soldiers

Gunmen staged overnight attacks on at least six security buildings and outposts throughout Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, killing five soldiers, military officials said Saturday. The brazen assaults, which included snipers, rocket-propelled grenades and explosives thrown onto rooftops,...

Iraq journalists held for 'stealing' minister's notepad

Iraqi press freedom activists on Saturday decried the detention for more than 10 days of two journalists accused of stealing the notebook of the country's defence minister following a meeting of political leaders. Mohammed Fuad and Afdhal Jumaa are alleged to have stolen Saadun al-Dulaimi's...

Tunisia jail terms spark civil liberty crackdown fears

Prison sentences for a Tunisian rapper and three European activists with women's protest group Femen have heightened fears among artists, journalists and rights activists that the Islamist-led government is rolling back civil liberties. Ala Yaacoub, better known by his rap name "Weld El 15",...

Egypt's Brotherhood turns to flour power

The bread queue can be a dangerous and dishonest place in  Egypt . People have killed over state-subsidized loaves. Corruption blights much of the trade. The problems, says the ruling Muslim Brotherhood, are why it has introduced a new way to deliver bread - safely and cleanly -...