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Mursi faces trial in Egypt in test of 'Coup' democracy

Mursi faces trial in Egypt in test of 'Coup' democracy

Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi arrived at a Cairo police academy on Monday to face trial in what opponents of the army-backed government say is part of a campaign to crush his Muslim Brotherhood and revive a police state. It is the second time in just over two years that an...

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Tunisian parties fail to appoint new PM

Tunisian parties fail to appoint new PM

Tunisia's ruling Islamist Ennahda party and the opposition have failed to reach an agreement on appointing a new prime minister, with both sides pledging to continue negotiations. After an unsuccessful meeting on Saturday morning, the parties sat down behind closed doors again at around...

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Kerry to make first trip to Egypt since Mursi's ouster

Kerry to make first trip to Egypt since Mursi's ouster

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Egypt on Sunday for the first time since the army toppled the country's first freely elected president on July 3, state news agency MENA said. It said the visit to Egypt, whose alliance with the United States has come under strain, would only...

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Saudi Arabia: It’s final: Amnesty won’t be extended

Saudi Arabia: It’s final: Amnesty won’t be extended

    The Ministry of Labor has ruled out an extension of the amnesty period and warned illegal workers and Saudi employers that countrywide raids would start on Nov. 4. Hattab Al-Enezi, the ministry’s spokesman, rejected on Thursday reports carried by some...

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Egyptian popular satirist's show suspended

Egyptian popular satirist's show suspended

Private CBC TV station says it has stopped Bassem Youssef's satirical show because it violates its editorial policies. A controversial satirical show of Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef has been taken off air after being accused of violating editorial policies. A private...

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October Iraq's deadliest month in five years

October Iraq's deadliest month in five years

Most of the nearly 1,000 people killed last month were civilians, according to government figures. Nearly 1,000 people were killed across Iraq in October, making it the country's deadliest month since April 2008, figures compiled by government ministries showed.. A total of...

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Tunisia arrests five suspects behind bombings

Tunisia arrests five suspects behind bombings

Tunisian security forces arrested on Tuesday five people suspected of plotting a suicide bombing that shook a tourist resort and a foiled attack on the tomb of independence leader Habib Bourguiba. “The interior ministry’s specialized security units have managed in a short...

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Rice Offers a More Modest Strategy for Mideast

Rice Offers a More Modest Strategy for Mideast

     Each Saturday morning in July and August, Susan E. Rice ,  President Obama ’s new national security adviser, gathered half a dozen aides in her corner office in the White House to plot America’s future in the Middle East. The policy review, a...

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Overnight clashes raise death toll in Lebanon’s Tripoli to 9

Overnight clashes raise death toll in Lebanon’s Tripoli to 9

  Three people died overnight in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli in clashes between supporters and opponents of Syria's regime, bringing to nine the toll this week, an official said Saturday.   Sunni and Alawite gunmen have been fighting in the Bab al-Tebbaneh...

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Yemeni 15-year-old girl burned to death for ‘meeting fiancé’

Yemeni 15-year-old girl burned to death for ‘meeting fiancé’

A 15-year-old Yemeni girl has been burned to death for allegedly meeting her fiancé before their wedding, police said on Tuesday, adding that her father was the chief suspect. Prosecutors are to press charges against the 35-year-old over the death of his daughter in the village of...

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‘Don't text and drive:’ Lebanese diva Haifa Wehbe to spread the message

‘Don't text and drive:’ Lebanese diva Haifa Wehbe to spread the message

Known for her daring music videos, sell-out concerts and being at the front row of fashion shows worldwide, Lebanese pop diva Haifa Wehbe is now championing a more humanitarian cause closer to home. Wehbe was appointed on Friday as the Lebanese Communications Ambassador for Humanitarian...

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Middle East Arab nations urge Saudi Arabia to take seat

Middle East Arab nations urge Saudi Arabia to take seat

Arab nations appeal to the kingdom to reverse its decision and take up seat on the UN Security Council. Arab nations have appealed to Saudi Arabia to reverse its unprecedented decision to reject a seat on the United Nations Security Council.  Arab UN ambassadors...

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Turkish pilots held in Lebanon close to being freed: Ankara

Turkish pilots held in Lebanon close to being freed: Ankara

 Two Turkish Airlines pilots who were kidnapped in Lebanon in August are close to being released, Turkey's foreign minister said Friday. "Very favourable developments are under way concerning the two Turkish pilots, this matter has been largely settled," Ahmet Davutoglu said on local...

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‘Terrorist’ group kills two police in Tunisia

‘Terrorist’ group kills two police in Tunisia

  Two policemen were killed in a clash with a “terrorist” group west of the Tunisian capital on Thursday, the interior ministry said.   “Two National Guard agents were killed and a third was wounded in a confrontation with an armed terrorist...

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Deadly bomb blast targets worshipers in northern Iraq

Deadly bomb blast targets worshipers in northern Iraq

  An explosion targeting a crowd of worshippers on Tuesday, as they left a mosque in Iraq after prayers marking the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, killed 12 people, police and medical sources told Agence France-Presse. The blast at a Sunni mosque in Kirkuk,...

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Israel blocks construction materials from Gaza after 'terror tunnel' discovery

Israel blocks construction materials from Gaza after 'terror tunnel' discovery

The discovery of a secret tunnel from the Gaza Strip into Israel has prompted the Israeli government to order an immediate halt of all construction materials to Gaza. The Israeli military found the mile-long underground passage running between a home in a Hamas-controlled area, and a...

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Hajj 2013 gets hi-tech security boost

Hajj 2013 gets hi-tech security boost

  This year’s  hajj  is likely to be one of the safest in recent years. Saudi Arabia has secured the holy city of Makkah for the arrival of millions of hajjis. The equipment list is vast, the personnel well-trained, and with the installation of 1,166 CCTV cameras...

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 Deadly car bomb explodes in Iraq

Deadly car bomb explodes in Iraq

A car bomb exploded in a street lined with shops in the Iraqi city of Samarra, killing at least 17 people, police and medics said. There was no claim of responsibility for the attack on Saturday, but insurgent groups, including al-Qaeda, have been regaining ground this year, reversing a...

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