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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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Egypt expels Turkish ambassador, Turkey retaliates

Egypt expels Turkish ambassador, Turkey retaliates

Egypt said on Saturday it was expelling Turkey's ambassador and accused Ankara of backing organisations bent on undermining the country - an apparent reference to the Muslim Brotherhood of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, himself a...

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Wary silence from Arabs over Iran deal

Wary silence from Arabs over Iran deal

Iran's nuclear deal with global powers was met with wary silence from Arab states on Sunday, with Iran's only two Arab friends Iraq and Syria welcoming the accord but others keeping their opinions to themselves. All Arab countries apart from Syria and Iraq are ruled by Sunni Muslims...

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Prince Alwaleed bin Talal: An Ally Frets About American Retreat

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal: An Ally Frets About American Retreat

'The U.S. has to have a foreign policy. Well-defined, well-structured. You don't have it right now, unfortunately. It's just complete chaos. Confusion. No policy. I mean, we feel it. We sense it, you know." Members of the Saudi royal family have voiced their displeasure with the...

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Heavy rainfall lashes Gulf region

Heavy rainfall lashes Gulf region

    A major thunderstorm hit the Gulf region on Thursday night with heavy rain lashing parts of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the Saudi capital Riyadh, which was the scene of major flooding earlier this week.   Earlier climate forecasts compelled the...

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Saudi Arabia urges citizens to leave Lebanon

Saudi Arabia urges citizens to leave Lebanon

Saudi Arabia has asked its citizens to leave Lebanon due to the risk of political violence in the country, where twin suicide bombings near Iran's embassy in Beirut killed 25 people this week. Riyadh has issued several similar calls in the past two years as the...

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 Saudi Arabia says six shells fall near border post close to Iraq, Kuwait

Saudi Arabia says six shells fall near border post close to Iraq, Kuwait

Six mortar shells landed near a remote Saudi border post close to neighbouring fellow oil producers Iraq and Kuwait on Wednesday, but caused no damage, the kingdom said on Thursday. The shells hit desert on the far northwestern fringes of the kingdom’s oil producing...

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 Spate of Baghdad blasts kills at least 24

Spate of Baghdad blasts kills at least 24

    A wave of attacks, most of them car bombs targeting Shiite neighborhoods, rocked Baghdad early on Wednesday, killing at least 24 people in the latest bout of bloodshed to rock Iraq.   The violence, which left 65 others wounded, comes amid a...

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Algeria: 12 die in World Cup Qualifying rejoicing

Algeria: 12 die in World Cup Qualifying rejoicing

 Algerian authorities say 12 people have died and 240 were injured during celebrations for Algeria's 1-0 victory over Burkina Faso that sent the country's team to the 2014 soccer World Cup in Brazil. A government statement Wednesday said that five celebrating fans were killed when...

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Flash floods in Saudi Arabia claim 15 lives

Flash floods in Saudi Arabia claim 15 lives

At least 15 people have died and eight others are reported missing in flash floods caused by heavy rains in Riyadh and other parts of the Kingdom in the last 24 hours. The Civil Defense Department said Monday that it had received more than 7,000 calls for help from different regions...

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Beirut blasts kill 23, Al Qaeda-linked group claims hand

Beirut blasts kill 23, Al Qaeda-linked group claims hand

 Deadly twin blasts in Lebanon's capital Beirut Tuesday claimed 23 lives, including that of an Iranian diplomat, and injured 146, with an Al Qaeda-aligned group claiming responsibility. Ali Hassan Khalil, Lebanon's caretaker health minister, said that the toll from the blast,...

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Iraq executes 12 ‘terror’ convicts amid surging unrest

Iraq executes 12 ‘terror’ convicts amid surging unrest

Iraqi authorities announced the execution of a dozen “terrorism” convicts on Monday, defying widespread international condemnation of Baghdad’s use of the death penalty as violence nationwide has surged.   The latest executions, carried out on Sunday, bring to...

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Abducted Libyan spy chief released

Abducted Libyan spy chief released

Libya’s deputy intelligence chief Mustafa Nuh was freed on Monday a day after he was captured near Tripoli airport, a source in the intelligence services said. “Nuh was freed today,” the source told Agence France-Presse on condition of anonymity, without giving...

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Palestinian villages subject to Israeli mock raids not told they are exercises

Palestinian villages subject to Israeli mock raids not told they are exercises

  Palestinian civilians are being embroiled in Israeli military training, including mock arrests, raids on private homes and incursions into villages, without being told they are involved in army exercises. The  Israel  Defence Forces (IDF) defended...

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Qatar to make military service compulsory for four months

Qatar to make military service compulsory for four months

Qatar's government has approved a draft law making it compulsory for men in the Gulf state to do military service for up to four months, media reports said on Thursday. Under the proposed legislation, the first of its kind in Qatar, it would be compulsory for men aged...

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 POLL-Egypt is worst Arab state for women, Syria before by one grade, 19

POLL-Egypt is worst Arab state for women, Syria before by one grade, 19

Sexual harassment, high rates of female genital cutting and a surge in violence and Islamist feeling after the Arab Spring uprisings have made Egypt the worst country in the Arab world to be a woman, a poll of gender experts showed on Tuesday. Discriminatory laws and a spike in trafficking...

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