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Sunni fighters repel army in western Iraqi cities

Sunni fighters repel army in western Iraqi cities

Sunni Muslim fighters clashed on Thursday with Iraqi troops trying to regain control of two western cities, in a serious escalation of their confrontation with the Shi'ite-led government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. Tension has been running high in the Sunni-dominated province of...

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Lebanese ex-minister buried to anti-Hezbollah chants

Lebanese ex-minister buried to anti-Hezbollah chants

Mourners chanting anti-Hezbollah slogans laid to rest former Lebanese minister Mohamad Chatah on Sunday after he was killed by a car bomb his allies blame on the powerful Shi'ite group. Friday's attack on Chatah, a Sunni who was a vocal critic of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad...

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Teen in Beirut bombing ‘Selfie’ dies

Teen in Beirut bombing ‘Selfie’ dies

   A Lebanese teenager seen posing for a group “selfie” in front of a bomb-laden car moments before it exploded in the capital Beirut died of his injuries on Saturday. “The number of victims from the attack rose to seven after the death of young Mohammad...

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Maliki’s call for making Karbala the new Muslim Qibla stirs controversy

Maliki’s call for making Karbala the new Muslim Qibla stirs controversy

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s statements that the Shiite holy city of Karbala must be the Qibla - the direction to which Muslims pray - has stirred controversy among Islamic scholars. “Karbala must be the Qibla of the Islamic world because Imam Hussein...

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Lebanon bombing kills 5, including ex-minister

Lebanon bombing kills 5, including ex-minister

A powerful bombing rocked a central business district of central Beirut Friday, setting cars ablaze and killing five people, including a senior aide to former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, officials said.   The National News Agency said Mohammed Chatah and...

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Qatar: ACRPS officially announces establishing Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

Qatar: ACRPS officially announces establishing Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies has officially announced its establishment of the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies. DI is an independent institute for learning and research in the fields of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Public Administration, based in Doha,...

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Blast targets bus in Egyptian capital

Blast targets bus in Egyptian capital

Five people were injured on Thursday when a bomb exploded near a bus in the Egyptian capital, two days after a blast at a police station in the Nile Delta city of  Mansoura  killed 14 people. The explosion happened in the Nasr City neighbourhood, in front of Al-Azhar...

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As Egypt hardliners gain, scope for conflict grows

As Egypt hardliners gain, scope for conflict grows

If there was any hope left that the generals who overthrew Egypt's elected president six months ago might ease the state's crackdown on dissent, a suicide bomb that ripped through a police station on Tuesday may have destroyed it. The most populous Arab country enters the new year with...

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Deadly blast rocks Egyptian police station

Deadly blast rocks Egyptian police station

A powerful car bomb explosion has rocked a police headquarters in an Egyptian city north of Cairo, killing at least 14 people and injuring 120, officials said. The interim government accused the Muslim Brotherhood of orchestrating the attack, branding it a "terrorist...

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Hezbollah ambush kills 32 Islamist fighters in Lebanon

Hezbollah ambush kills 32 Islamist fighters in Lebanon

  At least 32 Nusra Front gunmen were killed in east Lebanon in a weekend ambush sprung by Hezbollah fighters, a senior security source said Monday, adding that a member of the Lebanese group was also killed in ensuing fighting. The ambush took place early Saturday...

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Egypt sends Mursi to trial for international conspiracy

Egypt sends Mursi to trial for international conspiracy

Egypt's public prosecutor charged former President Mohamed Mursi and 35 other top Islamists on Wednesday with conspiring with foreign groups to commit terrorist acts in Egypt, in a case that could result in their execution. Declaring it "the biggest case of conspiracy in the history of...

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Dubai government employees get 100% salary hike

Dubai government employees get 100% salary hike

Dubai government has increased the salaries of public sector employees by up to 100%, it announced on Tuesday. Under a 'nature of work allowance', employees of 32 government departments will receive salary hikes between 30-100%, depending on their current role....

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Pentagon chief affirms Qatar, US defence ties

Pentagon chief affirms Qatar, US defence ties

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel reaffirmed US military ties with Qatar on Tuesday, during a regional tour aimed at shoring up Gulf alliances amid disagreements over policy on Iran and Syria. Hagel met Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and his minister of state for defence, Major...

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Palestinian Hamas says it has 'resumed' ties with Iran

Palestinian Hamas says it has 'resumed' ties with Iran

The Palestinian Hamas movement has "resumed" relations with Iran after a temporary falling out over the Syrian conflict, a senior member of the Islamist movement said Monday. "Relations between Hamas and Iran have resumed," Mahmud al-Zahar told reporters at a news conference in Gaza,...

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With US ties frayed, Saudi calls for Gulf union

With US ties frayed, Saudi calls for Gulf union

With its decades-old US alliance strained over the Syria war and a nuclear deal with Iran, Saudi Arabia is calling on the Gulf monarchies to unite for their own self-defence. US Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel has assured Gulf states that the agreement struck between major powers and...

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Hezbollah media ‘sorry for Bahrain coverage’

Hezbollah media ‘sorry for Bahrain coverage’

The Lebanese Communication Group, parent of the Lebanese Shiite party Hezbollah’s Al Manar Channel and Al Nour Radio, has officially apologised to Bahrain’s Information Affairs Authority (IAA) for its past coverage of the country, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) has reported. The...

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Syria, Iran to top summit agenda

Syria, Iran to top summit agenda

The Syrian crisis and the Iranian nuclear accord will take the center stage in discussions Tuesday among the heads of government of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council in Kuwait. The topic of peace between Israel and Palestine will also be on the agenda besides a plan to form a strong...

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Egypt: 14 pro-Mursi women protesters freed

Egypt: 14 pro-Mursi women protesters freed

  An appeals court in Egypt on Saturday ordered 14 women jailed after a protest to be freed, reducing 11-year prison terms to a one-year suspended sentence.   The women's supporters in the Alexandria courtroom chanted "God is great" as the judge...

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