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Jordan elected to take Saudi seat on U.N. Security Council

Jordan elected to take Saudi seat on U.N. Security Council

The 193-member U.N. General Assembly elected Jordan to the U.N. Security Council on Friday to replace Saudi Arabia, which rejected its two-year term in protest at the council's failure to end the war in Syria and act on other Middle East issues. Saudi Arabia was elected in October to...

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Qatar describes political efforts in Syria as an 'immoral waiting game'

Qatar describes political efforts in Syria as an 'immoral waiting game'

     Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid Bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah accused Bashar al-Assad's regime of committing "systematic crimes" against people in Syria. Al-Attiyah also blamed the international community for not putting an immediate end to the daily...

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UAE leader accepts invitation to visit Iran

UAE leader accepts invitation to visit Iran

The president of the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday accepted an invitation to visit Iran, the WAM state news agency said, as Tehran looks to mend ties with Gulf states. The Sunni monarchies of the Gulf, particularly Saudi Arabia, have long viewed Shiite Iran as a regional rival and...

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Hussein al-Laqis Dead: Hezbollah Commander Killed Outside His Beirut Home

Hussein al-Laqis Dead: Hezbollah Commander Killed Outside His Beirut Home

A senior commander for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah was gunned down Wednesday outside his home in southern Beirut, security officials said. Hezbollah blamed Israel for the killing, something officials there quickly denied. Hezbollah immediately announced the death of...

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Senior Islamic scholar Qaradawi resigns from Al-Azhar

Senior Islamic scholar Qaradawi resigns from Al-Azhar

  Prominent Egyptian-born Muslim scholar Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi has resigned from Al-Azhar's Senior Scholars Council, the prestigious Cairo-based religious institution's most authoritative body. In a Monday statement, al-Qaradawi said his resignation aimed to "register...

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Survey: Corruption grows in Mideast hot spots

Survey: Corruption grows in Mideast hot spots

   An international watchdog group says its annual survey shows the most violent nations in the Middle East are perceived to be the region’s most corrupt and are getting worse.   Transparency International’s 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index ranks...

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Putin and Saudi intelligence chief meet in Moscow

Putin and Saudi intelligence chief meet in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar Bin Sultan in Moscow on Tuesday, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.   Details of the planned meeting are not immediately available, but the talks are likely to focus on the...

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Tripoli under Lebanon army control after sectarian killings

Tripoli under Lebanon army control after sectarian killings

Lebanese authorities decided Monday to place Tripoli under army control for six months after a wave of sectarian killings linked to Syria's war left 11 dead in the main northern city. The decision was taken at a meeting between President Michel Sleiman, army chief General Jean Kahwaji...

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 15 dead in wave of Iraq attacks

15 dead in wave of Iraq attacks

Attacks near Baghdad and northern and western Iraq killed 15 people Monday, the latest deadly violence to rock the country amid fears it is slipping back into all-out sectarian war. Iraq's worst bloodshed since 2008, with more than 6,000 people killed already this year, has forced the...

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Al-Qaeda-linked group says takes foothold in West Bank, members killed

Al-Qaeda-linked group says takes foothold in West Bank, members killed

      An al-Qaeda-linked group said three militants killed in the West Bank by Israeli forces last week were its members, and that their presence there showed that the Islamist network had taken root in the occupied Palestinian territory.  ...

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Syria-fuelled violence kills three in Lebanon's Tripoli

Syria-fuelled violence kills three in Lebanon's Tripoli

Three people were killed overnight in fighting in the north Lebanese city of Tripoli, security sources said on Sunday, raising to nine the death toll in 24 hours of violence fuelled by sectarian tensions over Syria's civil war. The clashes between Tripoli's Alawite minority, which...

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Iraq recovers 18 bodies hours after mass kidnapping

Iraq recovers 18 bodies hours after mass kidnapping

The bodies of 18 people kidnapped hours earlier by men in army uniforms were found abandoned north of Baghdad on Friday, the latest troubling sign of worsening violence in Iraq. The killings come amid a surge in violence that has included multiple attacks with victims snatched from...

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Obama and Saudi King Abdullah discuss common concerns

Obama and Saudi King Abdullah discuss common concerns

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz received a phone call on Wednesday from U.S. President Barack Obama during which the two leaders discussed bilateral ties and regional issues, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. The phone conversation came days after the United States...

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 Tunisia: protesters torch Ennahda’s office

Tunisia: protesters torch Ennahda’s office

Protesters set fire to the office of Tunisia’s Islamist ruling party Ennahda in the city of Siliana as demonstrations erupted nationwide against tough economic conditions. General strikes were called in the northwestern city of Siliana, Gafsa and in Gabes, which is along...

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Dubai makes history with winning bid to host World Expo 2020

Dubai makes history with winning bid to host World Expo 2020

    Dubai has won in its bid for the World Expo 2020. In the third and final round Dubai received 116 votes of a possible 132. It got through to the final round of voting with 87 votes - that's 52%, after Izmir, Turkey was eliminated with just 36 votes, Russia...

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Iraq attacks, including suicide bombs, leave 11 dead

Iraq attacks, including suicide bombs, leave 11 dead

Attacks in Iraq, including suicide bombings against police and the killing of a family, left 11 people dead Wednesday, part of a surge in violence authorities have struggled to stem. The bloodshed, which has left nearly 6,000 people dead so far this year in the worst violence to hit...

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Al-Jadeed says crew attacked, journalist arrested

Al-Jadeed says crew attacked, journalist arrested

The Beirut-based television channel Al-Jadeed said members of the General Security attacked Tuesday a TV program crew and arrested one journalist. Footage aired on Al-Jadeed showed the team getting beaten up by customs personnel in their plain green military uniforms...

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Hariri says Hezbollah responsible for terrorism

Hariri says Hezbollah responsible for terrorism

Hezbollah is the party to blame for the infiltration of terrorism into Lebanon, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri said in an article published Sunday, as he reiterated his condemnation of Hezbollah’s intervention in the Syrian crisis. “No matter what excuses Hezbollah uses to...

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